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English 095: Basic Writing I (4)
Prerequisite: English Placement Test (placement determined by student's score). Instruction in basic writing and reading. Focus on writing processes such as invention, revision, and editing. Use of personal experience and/or observation in writing narrative and expository essays. Graded CR/NC.
Develop the ability to focus an essay upon a single assertion triggered by a writing prompt
Use effective writing process strategies in invention, drafting, revising, and editing
Develop critical reading strategies for both narrative and expository prose
Use both narrative and expository structures to organize essays
Demonstrate fluency by developing essays with sufficient specific detail
Revise writing based on criteria articulated in the rubric and feedback from peers and the instructor
Edit writing to eliminate major errors in English sentence structure, punctuation, and usage
English Department policy states that composition students must attend the first two classes of the quarter to retain their place in the class. Any student who is absent either the first or second class meeting will be dropped and the space given to another student who is trying to add.
Regular attendance is essential. Failure to attend class or arriving to class late will seriously damage your chances of passing this course. The English Department has a firm policy that states that no student may miss more than 20 percent of the class meetings. If you are more than 20 minutes late, consider yourself absent. If you must miss a class for a valid reason, please call the department number or email me and leave a message that includes how I can reach you so that we can make sure you don't fall behind the rest of the class.
There will be weekly reading and writing assignments in this class. You will need to plan ahead carefully in order to complete the following tasks on time:
Please note that all assignments (the readings, the essays, and the journal entries) are required. I will not accept a portfolio from anyone who has failed to complete all of the assignments.
Texts, Supplies and Other Helpful Advice
Textbook: All reading materials will be supplied by the instructor.
The writing handbook recommended by the English Department is Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual, 4th ed. (Bedford/St. Martin’s).
Supplies: Some regular, lined notebook (8.5 x 11) paper, some dark-ink pens (blue or black), at least two standard-sized (8.5 x 11) bluebooks (exam books) to use for your reading journals, and a manila folder for your portfolio. (These supplies should be available in the campus bookstore.)
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. I will take attendance at the start of every class. If you are not present I will mark you absent. Arriving late will count as half of an absence. You are allowed one absence without penalty. If you miss more than four classes you will be disqualified from taking the final and therefore will fail the class.
Your Portfolio: For this class, ultimately you will be evaluated on the basis of three writing samples—two essays written during the quarter, revised and edited (with rough drafts attached beneath the revision), and your final exam. Due dates for each revision are noted on the schedule. (Note: You are responsible for composing essays on all of the assigned topics.)
Grading Policy: Course grades are determined by an evaluation of your portfolio by two current English 095 instructors. The following grades are used:
CR—Credit: You pass the course and are eligible to enroll in English 096
ADA Accommodations: Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any student who is registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities and requests needed accommodation.
Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, portable radios, televisions, computers, MP3/CD/Disc/Mini-disc players, and any other electronic communication and/or entertainment devices before coming to class.
Preparing for Class: Please read the assigned texts before class. Often I will offer some guidelines about future reading assignments in class. For example, I might tell you to focus on a particular character or scene for the next class meeting. If you are absent, you are responsible for getting the assignment from a classmate.
Academic Dishonesty/Cheating: Collaborating with others is encouraged when you are planning your papers, reviewing each other’s work, preparing for presentations or for exams. Study or reading groups can be effective ways to study and learn. However, when you write your papers, the text needs to be your own.