Instructor: Craig Lore
Office: FO 221
One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until
Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say.
Course Description and Goals
: English IA is the first in SJSU’s two-part composition
sequence; it provides an introduction to college-level composition. Since a college career
requires an extensive amount of reading and writing, this course is designed to enhance both
skills. Students learning objectives will include 1) reading a variety of texts to recognize
excellence in writing, 2) analyzing various writings to discover effective writing styles and
methodologies 3) responding to the readings in writing and discussion to discover significance
and theses, 4) writing, both formal and informal, to gain experience and mastery of grammar,
punctuation, and mechanics, 5) recognizing the need to write clear, concise prose.
Required Texts and Materials
Reading Critically, Writing Well: A Reader and a Guide
The Everyday Writer:
Ed. Andrea A. Lunsford
The American Heritage Dictionary
One blank, bound Mead composition book
Four (4) large blue books for in-class essays
One (1) yellow test book
Two to three double-pocket folders
You will write eight essays total: a baseline, four out-of-class, and four in-class. The
first in-class, the baseline essay, will not be graded.
You must complete all eight essays to be
eligible to pass the course
. According to department guidelines, you must write a minimum of
8000 words, not including the final exam, notebook writing, quizzes, or any informal
Writing informs, influences, and/or persuades, and each of us is capable of altering the
space around us through clear writing directed to a specific audience for a distinct purpose.
Every student will choose a major theme, centered on an issue that is important and significant to
that student, upon which to focus all eight of his or her essays. As the essays progress during the
semester from more personal to more informative, students will employ additional resources
from interviews, the library, and/or the internet.
Write out-of-class essays using Times New Roman, 12-point font, in MLA format (we
will go over MLA format in class). You will be actively involved in peer editing. Essays without