English 1A: Composition

Fall 2004

Professor Decker

(909) 941-2412

cathy@citrus.ucr.edu

Section #30025                                                                     

http://hal.ucr.edu/~cathy

Office LA-7C

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2 -3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m.

 

Classroom LA-1

Class hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.

 

Course Description

Composition involves the careful study and practice of expository and argumentative writing techniques and the frequent writing of compositions, with the ultimate goal of writing an original research project. Students are required to spend eight hours doing tutorial work designed to complement the class material at the Writing Center (located in the main campus library; the writing center phone number is 477-8544). This class is designed to prepare students for satisfactory college writing.

 

Prerequisite

To enter this course, students need to pass the English Assessment Test at the 1A level. Another acceptable way to prepare for the class is to have earned a C or better in English 450 or ESL 450.

 

Textbook

The textbook for the class is Stephen Reid's The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers, 6th edition (2003).

 

Class Policies

Plagiarism, the misrepresentation of the ideas or words of another as one's own ideas or words, is not acceptable. Plagiarized compositions will receive a grade of 0, and may result in a grade of F for the course.

 

Obey the official college policies regarding food, smoking, discrimination, disruptive behavior, phone use, cheating, etc. If you have questions, please see me.

 

The services of the DPS office (941-2379) are available to all students with a documented disability. This office can also help you with testing and documenting disabilities. Please be sure to allow adequate time to make appropriate accommodations.

Prior to November 19, 2004, students may be dropped from the course for missing 4 classes or for not completing an assignment. Students still enrolled after November 19, 2004, who miss 4 or more classes will receive a grade between 0 and 50 for class participation. Students who fail to turn in 1 or more assignments will receive a grade between F and D+.

 

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day noted. Assignments turned in on a class or school-day prior to due date will received 5 bonus points; assignments turned in after the class they are due will lose 5 points. No assignment will be accepted more than a week early or a week late (see the exact dates on each assignment sheet). Please note that missing an assignment can result in a lowered grade or being dropped from the course.

 

Students are required to use the Chaffey College Writing Center in the main campus library (477-8544). Students are also encourage to use the other Chaffey College Success Centers, including the Math Center in PS-12 (941-2370); the Reading/ESL Center in SL-17 (941-2657); the Main Campus Center in VSS-105 (466-2812); the Fontana Center in Room 107 (477-2908); the Ontario Center in Room 203 (477-2935); or the Chino Center in Room 200  (477-8591).  See www.chaffey.edu for more details.

 

The four essays and rewrite must be typed in MLA format and follow the assignment directions.  A draft, a peer evaluation form, a tutoring slip from the writing center, a "Works Cited" page (if required), copies of sources or questionnaires used that are not in the textbook, and the postscript exercise (this may be typed or handwritten) must be turned in with each essay. The rewrite need only have the graded original essay attached to it. A penalty of 5 points (out of 100) will be deducted for each missing part.  See the paper assignment sheets for a complete list of everything that must be turned in with the final version and for full details of all bonuses and/or penalties.

 

The research paper is argumentative and consists of six-pages of text including parenthetical citations. In addition to the six-pages of text, student must prepare an outline and an MLA-style "Works Cited" page documenting at least six sources.  An assignment sheet will be handed out with full details of all required parts of the project; 5 points (out of 100) will be deducted for each missing part. All research paper topics must be approved in writing by me prior to 11/10/04.

 

Grade Scale

A+   100 

  

A   96 

   

A-   93 

  

B+   89 

  

B   86 

 

B-   83

   

C+   79 

   

C  76 

     

D+  69

    

D   66 

    

D-   63  

 

F    59              

 

Grade Formula

Four 3-page essays (including all required parts, see assignment sheet) 40%

One rewrite (attach original graded essay to revision) 10%

One 6-page researched argument (including all required) 5%

Revision of the 6-page researched argument (including all required parts) 15%

Class participation (including journal work) and attendance 10%

Writing Center Tutorials, Workshops, and Internet Activities 10%

Final Exam, a 3-page analysis of your class experience, 10%

 

Schedule

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Read the pages to be discussed prior to the class period in which they will be discussed. All page numbers refer to the textbook.

  1. August 17 Introduction

 

  1. August 19 Discussion of pages (pp.) 3-26, 31-36 (Chapters 1-2)

 

  1. August 24 Discussion of pp. 47-58, 80-90, 99-101 (Chapter 3)

 

  1. August 26 Last day to email or turn in Internet Activity #1 (See Writing Center Assignment Sheet for details).Discussion of pp. 103-110, 130-138, 142-145 (Chapter 4)

 

  1. August 31 Essay #1 Peer Evaluation (A 3-page essay either "0bserving," p. 80 or "remembering, p. 130) Bring draft, notes, and textbook to class

 

  1. September 2 Essay #1 Due with postscript (p. 93 or p. 141). See assignment sheet for full details of all required parts. Discussion of pp. 642-648, Review of Chapters 1-4, Introduction to Chapters 5 and 11

 

  1. September 7 Discussion of pp. 151-171, 188-202 (Chapter 5)

 

  1. September 9 Discussion of pp. 5123-532, 540-555 (Chapter 11) and pages 594-608 (Citing and Documenting Sources n MLA style)

 

  1. September 14 Essay #2 Peer Evaluation (A 3-page essay either a "summary and response" p. 188 or an "interpretation" p. 540; a 4th page, a "Works Cited" page like the sample on p. 629, should be attached with at least one entry--the essay or short story on which you are writing)

 

  1. September 16 Essay #2 Due with "Works Cited" page and postscript (p. 202 or p.546-547).See assignment sheet for full details of all required parts. Review of Chapters 5 and 11, Introduction to Chapters 6-7

 

  1. September 21 Discussion of pp. 213-225, 244-258 (Chapter 6)

 

  1. September 23 Discussion of pp. 273-321 (Chapter 7)

 

  1. September 28 Last day to turn in Internet Activity #2 (See Writing Center Assignment Sheet for details). Library Research and Documenting Sources in MLA style

 

  1. September 30 Essay #3 Peer Evaluation (A 3-page essay either "investigating" p. 244 or "explaining" p. 307; a 4th page, a "Works Cited" page like the sample on p. 629, should be attached citing at least two sources)

 

  1. October 5 Essay #3 Due with "Works Cited" page and postscript (p. 258 or p. 321). See assignment sheet for full details of all required parts. Review of Chapters 6-7, Introduction to Chapters 8-9

 

  1. October 7 Discussion of pp. 333-345, 352-374 (Chapter 8)

 

  1. October 12 Discussion of pp. 389-396, 401-406, 415-432 (Chapter 9)

 

  1. October 14 Campus Research (report to class first)

 

  1. October 19 Essay #4 Peer Evaluation (A 3-page essay either "evaluating" p. 366 or "solving a problem" p. 415; a 4th page, a "Works Cited" page like the sample on p. 629, should be attached citing at least one source)

 

  1. October 21 Essay #4 Due with "Works Cited" page and postscript (pp. 374-5 OR p. 426). See assignment sheet for full details of all required parts. Review of Chapters 8-9, Introduction to Chapters 10 and 12

 

  1. October 26 Discussion of pp. 441-458, 464-471, 483-495 (Chapter 10)

 

  1. October 28 Last day to turn in Internet Activity #3 (See Writing Center Assignment Sheet for details). Discussion of pp. 557-594, 616-630 (Chapter 12)

 

  1. November 2 Rewrite of Essay #1, #2, or #3 due (attach original, graded essay to revision); Library research (report to class first)

 

  1. November 4 Pro/Con workshop on your research paper thesis

 

  1. November 9 Library research (report to class first)

 

  1. November 11 Outline/Summary Workshop—bring photocopies of two articles you are going to use to support your research paper thesis to class

 

  1. November 16 Research Paper Peer Evaluation I

 

  1. November 18 Research Paper Due (includes postscript exercise on p. 494-495; see assignment sheet for full details of all required parts) Writing Workshop

 

  1. November 23 Writing Workshop (Please note there is no class on November 25)

 

  1. November 30 Last day to email or turn in Internet Activity #4 (See Writing Center Assignment Sheet for details).Writing Workshop

 

  1. December 2 Research Paper Peer Evaluation II

 

  1. December 7 Revised Research Paper Due (includes postscript exercise on p. 615; see assignment sheet for full details of all required parts) Discussion of Final Exam

 

  1. December 9 Last day to turn in Writing Center Workshop Sheet. (See Writing Center Assignment Sheet for details). Discussion of Final Exam, a 3-page typed analysis essay on what you have learned in the class, which is due no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the final exam period, which is Thursday, December, 16, from 4:15 to 6:45 p.m.

 

A Final Word

Welcome to the class!  English 1A is a challenging course that offers you the opportunity to research and write on topics you enjoy. Anytime you learn a new skill or gain new knowledge, you are likely to feel some sense of anxiety or risk. I encourage you to take this risk and seize this rare opportunity to spend time reading and writing about something that interests you! In 2014, what do you want to remember from this class? What skills do you want to learn and still be using in 2014?

 

Now is the time to make those memories and learn those skills! My best wishes go to you as you start you educational journey to the future,

Cathy Decker, Ph.D.