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August 23 (83TR)

  1. 1. August 23, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Instructor: Melissa Long<br />Earned my Master’s degree from Chico State<br />Teaching English for nine years<br />First semester at Porterville College<br />
  3. 3. Syllabus<br />BASIC WRITING<br />Time and Place: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. until 9:25 a.m. in LRC room 512<br />Instructor: Melissa Long<br />Phone Number: 791-2264<br />E-mail: <br />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.<br />
  4. 4. Roosevelt Quotation<br />“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.”<br />- David McCullough, “No Time to Read?”<br />
  5. 5. Textbook<br />Kessler, Elizabeth Rodriguez. Reflect, Inform, Persuade: College Writing Today. Boston: Longman, 2010.<br />
  6. 6. Textbook<br />Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 2003.<br />
  7. 7. Required Materials<br />Notebook with paper that can be neatly removed<br />College dictionary<br />Access to computer, Internet, and printer<br />A binder or folder to keep all of your papers<br />Four highlighters (different colors)<br />
  8. 8. Attendance<br />Five points per class <br />i>Click <br /> Four absences<br />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. <br />
  9. 9. Behavior and Conduct<br />Do not talk to other students while I am lecturing <br />Do not talk to other students while other students are talking to the class<br />If you are late, come in quietly and with as little disruption as possible<br />Do not sleep in class; you will be marked absent<br />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.<br />
  10. 10. Requirements<br />Bring your book and notebook to every class meeting<br />Annotate all textbook reading<br />There will be four essays and two paragraphs<br />There will be seven grammar quizzes<br />You are allowed to drop one grammar quiz<br />
  11. 11. My Writing Lab<br />15 hours outside of class<br />Must have 75% to receive credit<br />130 points<br />You will need your student ID number and access code for the orientation<br />You can access lessons and handouts if you want to review or if you miss class<br />
  12. 12. Reading Journal<br />The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time<br />Must have the pages read before that class session<br />I will give you a prompt in advance<br />Journal entries must be 150 words<br />
  13. 13. Grading<br />Your grade will be based on the total points you earn out of the 1000 possible points. <br />You may inquire about your grade at any time (outside of class time, of course.)<br />
  14. 14. How I Calculate Assignments Grade<br />Take the number of assignments completed and divide by the number of assignments possible.<br />You get that percentage of 130 points<br />So…<br />Mary would get 100% of 130 points=130<br />John would get 75% of 130 points=98<br />Jane would get 50% of 130 points=65<br />Bob would get 25% of 130 points=33<br />
  15. 15. Student Learning Outcomes<br />Identify verbs, gerunds, infinitive verbs, and adjectives ending with –ing and –ed.<br />Identify nouns, subject nouns, object nouns, pronouns, subject pronouns, object pronouns, prepositions, and prepositional phrases.<br />Identify coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, clauses, dependent clauses, and independent clauses.<br />Punctuate dependent and independent clauses with periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, and dashes.<br />Write complete, coherent paragraphs free of spelling errors, sentence fragments, comma splices, fused sentences, and subject-verb agreement errors.<br />
  16. 16. Paper Format<br />All final out-of-class paragraphs and essays:<br />Typed <br />common 12-point font (such as Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman)<br />double-spaced<br />one-inch margin all around<br />name, date, and class should appear in the top left corner of all papers<br />
  17. 17. Late Papers<br />Homework and in-class assignments are not accepted late regardless of the reason<br />Graded out-of-class paragraphs and essays will be marked down one grade for each class session they are late<br />You are allowed to drop one grammar quiz grade<br />If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero, though you may choose to drop that particular quiz<br />
  18. 18. Plagiarism<br />You will receive a zero on the assignment<br />You may also be reported to the dean and face serious consequences<br />
  19. 19. Americans with Disabilities Act Statement<br />Please let me know if you need accommodation for a disability as soon as possible<br />
  20. 20. Semester Schedule<br />Look at the due dates<br />Final will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.! <br />
  21. 21. Peer Phone Numbers and E-mail<br />Remember that your peers will often be your best resource. <br />In the unlikely event that you are absent, please contact one of your peers to obtain any information you missed. <br />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.)<br />
  22. 22. Syllabus Agreement<br />Do not do this right now!<br />Read through the syllabus on your own<br />Make sure you understand the difficulty and the level of commitment you will need to have<br />Initial and sign where indicated and bring the agreement back on Thursday<br />This is your first homework assignment and it will count as an assignment<br />
  23. 23. Notecards<br />Name (what you want to be called)<br />English Experience (your experience with English classes in the past)<br />What is going on in your life right now? (job, kids, etc.)<br />Why are you here at Porterville College? AA? Make more money at work? Parents/spouse/significant other making you? To transfer? Where?<br />What’s important to you?<br />What shows do you watch on television?<br />What is it about your writing that you need to improve?<br />Anything else you need to know.<br />
  24. 24. Icebreaker<br />You must find a person who fits each category<br />You may only have a person once (I suggest starting with the most difficult ones)<br />All writing must be in your handwriting<br />Only speak in pairs (no clusters)<br />Ask if the person fits the category (instead of asking what category the person fits)<br />You may use yourself once<br />First person to complete the entire sheet wins!<br />
  25. 25. I>Click<br />You will pick one up when you walk in the door each class session<br />Register it for that class<br />Make sure you return it at the end of the class period<br />
  26. 26. Have you ever used i>Click before?<br />Yes<br />No<br />I’m not sure<br />
  27. 27. Are you looking forward to this semester?<br />Yes<br />No<br />I’m not sure<br />
  28. 28. Do you remember what the homework is?<br />Yes<br />No<br />
  29. 29. Handouts<br />List of prepositions<br />You will want to begin memorizing these because knowing them is vital to your first grammar quiz<br />
  30. 30. Homework<br />Get the books<br />Syllabus Agreement<br />