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1 a week 1 class 1

  1. 1. EWRT 1A Week 1 Class 1
  2. 2. Adding the Class I will only take 30 students As of now, I have 44 who are enrolled or on the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I won’t hand out add codes until Monday of next week, and then, only if there is room. As we go over the syllabus, consider whether you will stay in the class. If you want out, please let me know, so I can offer your seat to another student. If you are not on the waiting list, it is very unlikely you will get into the class unless we have a mass exodus after the syllabus!
  3. 3. Requirements: Active participation in class discussions and regular attendance. Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading. Four formal papers, one of which will be written in class, one which will be delivered as a speech. A series of posts to the class Tests, quizzes, and in-class assignments.
  4. 4. Texts and Required Materials: Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games. Class Reader. College-level dictionary A stapler, USB flash drive, loose-leaf paper or a notebook for note-taking, and pens or pencils
  5. 5. CLASS POLICIES: Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism includes quoting or paraphrasing material without documentation and copying from other students or professionals. Intentional plagiarism is a grave offense; the resulting response will be distasteful. Depending upon the severity, instances of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the paper or the course and possible administrative action. All assignments will be scanned and scrutinized for academic dishonesty. Please refer to your handbook for more information regarding plagiarism. Attendance: Attendance is a significant part of this course, and success in this course depends on regular attendance and active participation. If excessive absences become a problem, you may be dropped from this course (see your handbook for more on De Anza’s official attendance policy). Tardies and early departures may count as absences. You will be allowed two absences during the semester though you are still responsible for timely submission of all work due on any day you are absent. Because YOU WILL LOSE 10 POINTS PER ABSENCE after two absences, you should save them for emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your life.
  6. 6. Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices: In this class, we will regularly engage in the discussion of topics that may stir passionate debates. Please speak freely and candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas in a comfortable environment. Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to others when they contribute to class discussions or while they give presentations, not slamming the classroom door or walking in front of classmates giving presentations if you do arrive late, and maintaining a positive learning environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a positive learning environment, please focus on the work assigned, turn off all cell phones and ipods before class, and do not text-message in class. If your behavior becomes disruptive to the learning environment of the class, you may be asked to leave and/or be marked absent.Participation: Participation includes doing all work asked of you inside and outside of class, maintaining a positive learning environment for your classmates, and contributing to class discussion.
  7. 7. Website: Our class website is http://ewrt1ahungergames. wordpress.com. In order to do the homework, you must establish an account. To make your own FREE Word Press account, go to wordpress.com and click on the large, orange button that says, “Get started here.” The system will walk you through a series of steps that will allow you to set up your own user-friendly Word Press page. You may use either your name or a pseudonym, if you prefer to remain anonymous. Make sure you sign in with YOUR Word Press username before you post on our class page so you get credit for your work. Please email me your username if it is significantly different from your real name. If you cannot establish your website and username, please come to my office hours this week, and I will help you with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so establishing this connection is mandatory.
  8. 8. Syllabus The syllabus is a tentative schedule of agenda. It may be revised during the quarter. Use it to determine how to prepare for class.For Example
  9. 9. Questions?
  10. 10.  You are headed into the woods for several weeks. The possibility that you will encounter carnivores, giardiasis (from bad water), rough terrain, weather, insects, and poison ivy is very real. You are wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. You have an empty daypack. From the list below, choose which additional items you would take with you on your trip. Note in detail why you would choose these items.
  11. 11.  After you finish choosing your items, get into groups of three or four and discuss your choices. Explain your reasons for choosing your supplies to the other people in your group. When you have all settled on your final lists, make a list for yourself of what each person in your group is taking with him or her.
  12. 12. Essay #1: The argument essay: an in-class writing examWrite an essay arguing for the supplies you have chosen to take with you into the wild.Present the issue to readers, and develop an argument for the purpose of confirming,challenging, or changing your readers’ views on which supplies are the most importantfor survival.Your final essay should be around 500 words. You don’t need outside sources for thisessay.Ways to proceed:Focus your presentation of the issue: Explain the situation to your reader. Yourintroduction could be a scenario describing the setting you will face or a description of asituation you or someone you know faced in the past.A clear position: Compose a thesis that makes your position unambiguous, appropriatelyqualified, and clearly arguable. (Your thesis will likely be near the end of yourintroduction).Plausible reasons and convincing support: To argue for a position, writers must givereasons and support them with examples, scenarios, or anecdotes. Write bodyparagraphs arguing for each item you want to take.Anticipate opposing positions and objections: Consider the choices of your group matesand write a counterargument that addresses why you wouldn’t take the items the otherpeople in your group think are very important. You must address each specific tool
  13. 13. Homework Week 1 Class 1 Buy: Hunger Games and The St Martin’s Guide to Writing. Make your Word Press Website Write your essay outline with a thesis Bring a hard copy of your outline, a pen, and paper to class and be prepared to take in-class essay test #1.