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  • 1. August 23, 2011
  • 2. Instructor: Melissa Long
    Earned my Master’s degree from Chico State
    Teaching English for nine years
    First semester at Porterville College
  • 3. Syllabus
    BASIC WRITING SKILLS
    Time and Place: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:25 p.m. until 3:50 p.m. in SM room 101A
    Instructor: Melissa Long
    Phone Number: 791-2264
    E-mail: melissa.long@portervillecollege.edu
    Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • 4. Roosevelt Quotation
    “Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on the river, he caught up and got the draw on them with his trusty Winchester, at which point they surrendered. Then Roosevelt set off in a borrowed wagon to haul the thieves cross-country to justice. They headed across the snow-covered wastes of the Badlands to the railhead at Dickinson, and Roosevelt walked the whole way, the entire 40 miles. It was an astonishing feat, what might be called a defining moment in Roosevelt’s eventful life. But what makes it especially memorable is that during that time, he managed to read all of Anna Karenina. I often think of that when I hear people say that they haven’t time to read.”
    - David McCullough, “No Time to Read?”
  • 5. Textbook
    Kessler, Elizabeth Rodriguez. Reflect, Inform, Persuade: College Writing Today. Boston: Longman, 2010.
  • 6. Textbook
    Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Perennial Classics, 1998.
  • 7. Required Materials
    Notebook with paper that can be neatly removed
    College dictionary
    Thesaurus
    Access to Internet, computer, and printer
    A binder or folder to keep all of your papers
    Four different color highlighters
  • 8. Attendance
    Five points per class
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     Four absences
    Regardless of the reason for your absences, you will be dropped after your fourth absence because you cannot make up the class time you missed.
  • 9. Behavior and Conduct
    Do not talk to other students while I am lecturing
    Do not talk to other students while other students are talking to the class
    If you are late, come in quietly and with as little disruption as possible
    Do not sleep in class; you will be marked absent
    Turn off and remove from sight all pagers, cell phones, and/or other electronic devices. If someone’s device goes off during class or if I see someone playing with one of these devices during class, that person will receive a warning. If it happens again (by anyone), that person will be asked to leave the class.
  • 10. Requirements
    Bring your book and notebook to every class meeting
    Annotate all textbook reading
    There will be four essays and two paragraphs
    There will be seven grammar quizzes
    You are allowed to drop one grammar quiz
  • 11. Inside PC Component
    You can access lessons and handouts if you want to review or if you miss class
  • 12. Reading Journal
    Brave New World
    Must have the pages read before that class session
    I will give you a prompt in advance
    Journal entries must be 150 words
    You can drop one journal entry (or miss one)
  • 13. Grading
    Your grade will be based on the total points you earn out of the 1000 possible points.
    You may inquire about your grade at any time (outside of class time, of course.)
  • 14. How I Calculate Assignments Grade
    Take the number of assignments completed and divide by the number of assignments possible.
    You get that percentage of 160 points
    So…
    Mary would get 100% of 160 points=160
    John would get 75% of 160 points=120
    Jane would get 50% of 160 points=80
    Bob would get 25% of 160 points=40
  • 15. Student Learning Outcomes
    Organize and develop academically sound paragraphs and essays.
    Write short papers on a variety of topics.
    Review and practice essentials of English grammar, mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure and patterns.
    Have experience with a variety of rhetorical modes.
    Write as a process.
    Distinguish fact from opinion.
    Perform basic library skills.
  • 16. Paper Format
    All final out-of-class paragraphs and essays:
    Typed
    common 12-point font (such as Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman)
    double-spaced
    one-inch margin all around
    name, date, and class should appear in the top left corner of all papers
  • 17. Late Papers
    Homework and in-class assignments are not accepted late regardless of the reason
    Graded out-of-class paragraphs and essays will be marked down one grade for each class session they are late
    You are allowed to drop one grammar quiz grade
    If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero, though you may choose to drop that particular quiz
  • 18. Plagiarism
    You will receive a zero on the assignment
    You may also be reported to the dean and face serious consequences
  • 19. Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
    Please let me know if you need accommodation for a disability as soon as possible
  • 20. Semester Schedule
    Look at the due dates
    Final will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.!
  • 21. Peer Phone Numbers and E-mail
    Remember that your peers will often be your best resource.
    In the unlikely event that you are absent, please contact one of your peers to obtain any information you missed.
    Please do not come to me after you have been absent and ask if you missed anything. This is insulting and I will take it as such. When you are absent, you miss something. (And, yes, it is probably something important because otherwise I wouldn’t take the time to teach it.)
  • 22. Syllabus Agreement
    Do not do this right now!
    Read through the syllabus on your own
    Make sure you understand the difficulty and the level of commitment you will need to have
    Initial and sign where indicated and bring the agreement back on Thursday
    This is your first homework assignment and it will count as an assignment
  • 23. Notecards
    Name (what you want to be called)
    English Experience (your experience with English classes in the past)
    What is going on in your life right now? (job, kids, etc.)
    Why are you here at Porterville College? AA? Make more money at work? Parents/spouse/significant other making you? To transfer? Where?
    What’s important to you?
    What shows do you watch on television?
    What is it about your writing that you need to improve?
    Anything else you need to know.
  • 24. Icebreaker
    You must find a person who fits each category
    You may only have a person once (I suggest starting with the most difficult ones)
    All writing must be in your handwriting
    Only speak in pairs (no clusters)
    Ask if the person fits the category (instead of asking what category the person fits)
    You may use yourself once
    First person to complete the entire sheet wins!
  • 25. Homework
    Get the books
    Syllabus Agreement