Slide 1: Good afternoon and welcome to English 1. I am Dr. Kim Palmore, and that video outlined just a few of the many tips that you will enjoy this semester. Right now, I would like you to fold the 3x5 card on your desk in half, like this. Then, write on it the name you prefer to be called. Finally, please add the pronouns that you use: she hers/he his/they them, for example. Also there is a roll sheet circulating. If you are enrolled in this class, just write your name as it likely appears on the roster. If you are trying to add, please include your name and your email address.
Slide 2: Agenda: Today’s class is divided into two parts. The first part will cover the nuts and bolts of the course. During the second part of the class, we will review the basic features of the argument essay. We will do some brainstorming together, and then do a review of outlining, the thesis, topic sentences, and the counterargument. Don’t worry if you can’t remember how to write an argument essay. I will provide plenty of help.
Slide 3: If you are already enrolled in the course, you undoubtedly received my pre-class email, and you know that even though this course is fully face-to face, we will be using the convenient features of Canvas. You can see your grades, access documents and assignments, and submit your homework all online. I will also communicate with you via Canvas
Slide 4: Canvas Here is a picture of our course. Note that the homepage provides links via the menu across the top of the picture. There are more links on the left that will help you navigate the site. Canvas is user friendly, but if you have questions, I will answer them via email or at the beginning of our next couple of classes. After we cover some of the course basics, I will give you a more complete demonstration of the website.
Slide 5: The syllabus is listed in two parts on the website. Part 1 provides information, course expectations, and class policies. You will also find the list of required
Slide 6:Texts and Required Materials: We will use a textbook, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, and a novel, The Hunger Games for this class. You will also need a large Blue Book for your first in-class essay exam. You can buy all three at the bookstore, or you can order the two books online. You have two weeks to get your books. You will need your bluebook by our third meeting for the in class essay.
Slide 7: Course Requirements: Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions are essential to your success in class. You will earn real points for engaging in activities. You must also keep up to date on reading and assignments. You will take various in-class writing assignments. Your homework will generally be essay brainstorming and drafting. Finally you will also complete formal writing assignments, including one in-class essay and three out of class essays, the final two having increasing research components.
Slide 8: Kaizena: I use an electronic system called Kaizena to collect your essays. This software allows you to upload your essay just like you would attach it to an email. In Kaizena, I can give you both audio and written comments, and I can embed links that will give you helpful tips on improving your writing. In order to use Kaizena, you simply join a Kaizena group by using the link on our homepage to add yourself to your class. When you get closer to submitting your first out of class essay, I will cover the submission process in greater detail. If you would like to preview that information, click on the “Kaizena link” under the “Create Accounts” tab on the Canvas webpage.
Slide 9: Grades: Here is an overview of the assignments and point values for the semester. Notice that our first essay is worth 75 points. This essay serves as a sample of your timed writing skills, and shows me places we can begin our work to improve your writing. The next two essays are each worth 150 points; these essays will require increasing research and documentation skills on the way to our final research essay project. Also notice that your website posts are worth 150 points. The hefty point value is tied to a significant amount of brainstorming, prewriting, and revision. Please do not neglect your homework. Finally, the last graded part of the class is rooted in your participation in discussion, activities, and writing workshops.
Slide 10: Grade Breakdown: Here is the grading scorecard for the essays. They follow the standard grading scale, but please do notice that there is no C- grade. You must pass the class with a C in order to move forward.
Slide 11: Intro to Class Policies: I would like you to read the syllabus carefully after class today, but I would like to cover a few important policies here.
Slide 12: Attendance: Your success depends on your attendance. Participation points will be earned as part of our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points. Please save absences for emergencies. It is your responsibility to notify me if you have a conflict that keeps you from our meetings. Please do so in advance when possible.
Slide 13: Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices: Please speak freely in class, but also respect others when they speak. Courtesy will allow each person to discuss ideas in a comfortable and safe environment. Courtesy also means not slamming doors, walking in front of others, and maintaining an engaged and positive learning environment. To that end, please turn off your devices when class starts. If you must use your phone, please step outside to do so.
Slide 14: Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism is a grave offense. It includes the intentional use or misuse of material without documentation. It also includes copying from other students or professionals. As we will learn about documenting sources, I encourage you to ask me, or consult our documentation resources, to make sure that you understand how and when to cite. There is a video on our site that discusses the intricacies of plagiarism.
Slide 15: The Course Calendar: The course calendar is a schedule of both our in-class activities and your homework.
Class 19: Any Questions?
Ewrt 1 a online introduction hybrid
Welcome to EWRT 1A
Dr. Kim Palmore
ph. 408 674 3005
The Course Description and Details
• Green sheet/Syllabus
What is a Hybrid Class?
A hybrid class meets both in the
classroom and electronically. For this
course, it means that we will meet once
a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes, and
that you will complete the remaining 2
hours and 15 minutes of this five unit
course on your own, via presentations
on the website. We will not meet
together; rather, you will simply go to
the online presentations and work
through them on your own. I will answer
questions by email. These
presentations must be completed in a
timely manner each week.
We will use Canvas to communicate, see
grades, access course documents and
assignments, and submit homework.
As I informed you, our class is published on Canvas. You should be
able to access this course by logging into Canvas and using your
Go to https://deanza.instructure.com
Use your college credentials to log in.
You will be taken to the Canvas dashboard where you should see our
course: S17: English Composition
If you do not have access to this course via Canvas, please let me
know as soon as possible.
When you first log in to Canvas, the website will look
similar to this. Start by clicking on “pages” to enlarge
the framed picture part of the webpage.
Notice the expansion of the screen. Here you can
manage the primary page of the website via the
buttons on the header: Home, About, Course
From this same setting, you can navigate both the primary page
and the larger Canvas site. The links on the left of this view will
help you navigate the Canvas site. You can check your grades,
assignments, and announcements here. All the way to the left,
you will see your calendar, which is quick way to check due dates.
Canvas Navigation tools
Click on the three horizontal lines (the hamburger)
in this view to enlarge the primary page even
This configuration makes the primary page the
easiest to navigate. Scroll down to see the whole
website and its many options here.
The Syllabus: Information,
Expectations, and Policies
The Syllabus: The Course
Some Reading Assignments
Your Daily Homework Assignment
Look Under “Course Information” to find
The Syllabus: Part 1
Information, Expectations, and Policies
Texts and Required Materials are
available online and in the De Anza
Rise B. Axelrod and
Charles R. Cooper, The St.
Martin’s Guide to Writing 8th
Suzanne Collins. The
Hunger Games (Any
version, including Kindle).
A large blue book for in-
class essay #1.
This book is
Don’t buy a
Active participation in class discussions and
regular attendance. You will earn real points
for your participation in activities.
Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and
Formal writing: one in-class essay; three out
of class essays, the final two with research
A series of homework posts to the class
Reading quizzes and in-class assignments.
Create your account. Go to Kaizena.com or simply use the link on our class
website home page. Click “Sign up.” Choose “Student.” Enter your group
code (you can find this on the right side of the website or in the slideshow
directions for how to use Kaizena).
Files are added to Conversations in Kaizena. To add a file to a conversation,
click the "Add File" button.
Once I have graded your paper, you can access it by going to the
“conversations” link in Kaizena. Click on the highlighted sections of the paper
to find both audio and written comments concerning your essay and links to
materials that will help you improve your writing.
We will discuss how to submit your essay in greater detail in the class before
your first essay is due. Feel free to go through the “Kaizena” presentation
under the “Create Accounts” tab on the Canvas webpage if you want to
preview the process.
All out of class essays will be submitted
electronically before the due date.
It is your responsibility to talk to me your
absences or other conflicts. Work done in
class cannot be made up. Also, please
arrive on time, as you will not be able to
make up work completed before you arrive,
Success in this course depends on regular attendance and
active participation. Participation points will be part of our daily
activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points.
You should save absences for emergencies, work conflicts,
weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your
Late Work: I do not
generally accept late
work. You may receive
an extension if you have
an unavoidable and
excusable reason, with
documentation from a
medical professional or
another legal authority.
Because of the short
summer schedule, you
cannot afford to get
Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:
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
Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely
listening to others, not slamming the classroom
door or walking in front of classmates 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 you must use your phone,
please step outside so as to minimize disruption.
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.
The syllabus is a tentative schedule.
It may be revised during the quarter.
Use it to determine how to prepare for class.
There is writing homework for each
class meeting. This is both to help
you think about your reading and to
help you produce ideas for your
In order to earn an A on your
homework, you must do the
Complete all of the posts.
Post on time.
Be thoughtful in your responses
All homework will be posted under the homework panel on
our primary page on the Canvas site. Homework is due
before our next class meeting.
On the front page of the website, you will find the
homework post after each class.
Below that post on the left is a “comment” link.
Click right on the word “comments,” and a
comment box will open. Scroll to the end of the
posted comments, and post your work into the
comment box; finally, click “Post Comment.”
Take a look at the website now
Your homework for this class is worth 100 points because it
requires significant work. Take this part of the course very
seriously. It is easy to skip a few assignments, and then a
few more, but failing the homework section of this class will
be detrimental to your grade.
Make a word document for your homework. Write the
assigned work there. Date it and record the post #. Revise
and edit before you post. Post your homework in a timely
manner. This will keep you on track by reminding you of how
many you have done or missed.
At the end of the quarter, I will ask you to assess your work,
so make sure you stay on top of what you have
In order to do the homework, you must establish a
username. To make your own FREE WordPress
username, go to
system will walk you through the steps to get a
WordPress username. Alternatively, you can sign into
our website through Facebook.
If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a
pseudonym. Just make sure you sign in with YOUR
WordPress username before you post on our class page
so you get credit for your work. Please email me your
username once you have established which account
you shall use for the quarter.
If you cannot establish your username, please see me
as soon as possible, and I will help you with the process.
Much of our work will take place online, so establishing
Again, you can find this page at
How to take the quiz
You can easily take a quiz by
accessing the Quizzes page.
The questions will be shown
one at a time. The questions
are multiple choice,
true/false, and fill in the
blank. They are based on
this first presentation. You
may take the first quiz two
times. I will record the
Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with
the website. Read the Information, expectations,
and policies portion of the Syllabus. Look over the
daily calendar. We will review course and college
policies at the beginning of our next meeting, after
you have familiarized yourself with the website
and course materials. Please be prepared for both
discussion and a question and answer period.
Explore Canvas and the
Buy/Order: The Hunger
Games and The St
Martin’s Guide to Writing.
Make your Kaizena
Make: Your Word Press
Take Quiz 1