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August 26 (83/71/72)

  1. 1. What is the average salary in the United States for a person with a bachelor’s degree? A. $32,478 B. $46,159 C. $58,613 D. $62,782 E. $70,426 Compared to $31,283 for a high school graduate!
  2. 2.  Introduction  Office location  Office hours  LRC hours  Note about the best way to reach me
  3. 3.  Introduction  Office location  Office hours  LRC hours  Note about the best way to reach me
  4. 4.  Accelerated course  Goal is to take you to English 101A  Second part of the semester is not optional  You will need to enroll in English 71 and 72 (but we will help you do so!)  We will talk about the cost/benefits in a minute  Make sure this class is for you!
  5. 5. “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?”
  6. 6. Entryways into College Reading and Learning, Janet Elder. This book must be purchased in the Porterville Bookstore because it comes with the Connect Reading 2.0 lab access code.
  7. 7.  iClicker  Access to computer, Internet, and printer  Four different color highlighters  Three-ring binder with dividers  Flash drive
  8. 8.  Five points for attendance every class meeting  If you miss six classes, you will be dropped or receive an F in the class  You do not need to tell us the reason for your absence; we assume if you are missing class it is for a good reason  Regardless of the reason for your absences, you will be dropped after your sixth absence because you cannot make up the class time you missed. This is not a punishment. We may empathize and fully agree with your decision to miss class for an extended period of time, but you are still missing class time that cannot be replaced!!
  9. 9.  We welcome all questions  Make sure they pertain to the topic  Make sure they do not apply only to your very specific case
  10. 10.  Do not talk to other students while we are 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  Be considerate with questions  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 we 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.  If you go out of class to make or take a phone call, take all of your personal items with you and please do not return; we assume the call required immediate action and that the emergency will necessitate you forfeiting your participation points for the day as well as missing any work we may do in class.
  11. 11.  Bring your materials (including the iClicker) and notebook to every class meeting  You will have seven essays  You will have reading quizzes  You will have vocabulary quizzes  You will have six grammar quizzes  You will have two literature circles  You will need to complete a reading lab  You will need to complete a blog post weekly on Moodle
  12. 12. Item Percentage Essays 35% Vocabulary Quizzes 10% Grammar Quizzes 10% Literature Circles 10% Reading Strategy Quizzes 10% Reading Lab 10% Weekly Blog Posts 5% Assignments 5% Participation 5% Total 100%
  13. 13. You can track your own grade by logging on to Engrade ( In addition, you may inquire about your grade at any time (outside of class time, of course.)
  14. 14. We will use Moodle to supplement the class material. If you miss class, you may review the PowerPoint presentations and handouts online via Moodle.
  15. 15.  All final out-of-class essays:  Typed  common 12-point font (preferably, Times New Roman)  double-spaced  one-inch margin all around 
  16. 16.  Homework and in-class assignments are not accepted late regardless of the reason  Graded essays will be marked down one grade for each week they are late  You are allowed to drop your lowest grammar quiz, reading strategy quiz, and vocabulary quiz grades  If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero, though you may choose to drop that particular quiz
  17. 17. Do not plagiarize! Do not steal from yourself
  18. 18.  Look at the due dates and get a feel for the flow of the class  Final is on Tuesday, December 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
  19. 19.  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.)
  20. 20.  This class is unique and we want you to think long and hard about your participation in it  You will be challenged and pushed to your limit, but you will have a lot of support  Ultimately, the responsibility for learning in this class falls on the student’s shoulders  Your goal should be developing as much as possible as a reader and writer, not simply passing
  21. 21.  The class is 3 hours a day, 4 days a week for 16 weeks=183 hours in a classroom  For each class hour, you should be committed to 3 hours of time outside class=36 hours a week outside of class  THAT’S A FULL-TIME JOB!  Demanding workload  Should probably be the only course you are taking
  22. 22.  Should probably be the only course you are taking=EXTREME FOCUS!  You will carry a full load (12 units) with this one course  The class is 16 WEEKS rather than 3 SEMESTERS!  You have the opportunity to move directly into English 101A (transferrable English) after one semester
  23. 23.  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 tomorrow  This is your first homework assignment and it will count as an assignment
  24. 24. 1. Name (your legal name—the one on the roster) 2. Name (what do you want us to call you?) 3. What is your experience with English courses? How long ago did you take an English course? Was it at the high school or college level? 4. What is going on in your life right now? (job, kids, etc.) 5. Why are you here at Porterville College? AA? Make more money at work? Parents/spouse/significant other making you? To transfer? Where? 6. What’s important to you? 7. What shows do you watch on television? 8. What kinds of music do you listen to? 9. What is it about your reading skills that you need to improve? 10. What is it about your writing skills that you need to improve? (Be specific.) 11. What grade do you expect to earn in this course? 12. Anything else you need us to know?
  25. 25.  You must find a person who fits each category  You may only have a person once (we 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!
  26. 26.  How to register your i>Clicker online  You must register before tomorrow  Cheating policy  Forgotten clicker  Broken/lost clicker
  27. 27. Get the book and materials Syllabus Agreement