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010 Fall 18 Syllabus

Unit 1 – Narrative

WEEK ONE – 8/13 and 8/15

Monday Syllabus and Introduction

Wednesday Intro to Literacy Narrative

WEEK TWO – 8/20 and 8/22

Monday “They Say” and Process

Wednesday The Conversation and Carr

WEEK THREE – 8/27 and 8/29

Monday LIBRARY DAY The Conversation

Wednesday Narrative Examples and Summary

WEEK FOUR – 9/3 and 9/5

Monday Labor Day NO CLASS

Wednesday Peer Review

  • DUE Rough Draft of Literacy Narrative
  • Read Chapter 4 (“Yes / No / Okay, But”: Three Ways to Respond)
  • Malcolm X, “Learning to Read” JOURNAL 4 Summary/Response

Unit 2 – Report

WEEK FIVE – 9/10 and 9/12

Monday Metaphors and Lessons

Wednesday Intro to Report and Quoting

WEEK SIX – 9/17 and 9/19

Monday Topic and Research Questions

Wednesday Library Research Day

WEEK SEVEN – 9/24 and 9/26

Monday Distinguishing “They Say” and “I Say”

Wednesday Annotated Bib and MLA

WEEK EIGHT – 10/2 and 10/3

Monday So What? and Who Cares?

Wednesday Peer Review and Reading

  • Rough Draft 2 DUE

WEEK NINE – 10/8 and 10/10

Monday Transitions and MLA

Wednesday Intro to Arguments

  • Final Draft 3 DUE

Unit 3 – Argument

WEEK TEN – 10/15 and 10/17

Monday Rhetoric and Logos

Wednesday Pathos and Fallacies

WEEK ELEVEN – 10/22 and 10/24

Monday Ethos and Audience

Wednesday Chips and Salsa

WEEK TWELVE – 10/29 and 10/31

Monday Titles and Arguments

  • Chapter 10 (“But Don’t Get Me Wrong”: The Art of Metacommentary)
  • STEFAN CASSO, “Worth the Lie” Journal 12 Reading on Canvas

Wednesday Peer Review and Intros

  • Rough Draft 3 DUE

WEEK THIRTEEN – 11/5 and 11/7

Monday Class Cancelled

Wednesday Saying Why it Matters

  • Final Draft 3 DUE

Unit 4 – Review

WEEK FOURTEEN – 11/12 and 11/14


Wednesday Intro to Review

WEEK FIFTEEN – 11/19 and 11/21

Monday School Clubs and Review


WEEK SIXTEEN – 11/26 and 11/28

Monday Research and Bib

  • Chapter 11 (“He Says Contends”: Using the Templates to Revise)
  • MICHELLE ALEXANDER, “The New Jim Crow” (230) JOURNAL 16

Wednesday Review Analysis

  • Annotated Bib 2 DUE

WEEK SEVENTEEN – 12/3 and 12/5

Monday Evaluation and Peer Review


WEEK EIGHTEEN – 12/10 and 12/12

Monday Exam Review

  • Final Draft Essay 4 DUE

Wednesday FINAL EXAM

English 010: Preparation for College English

Crafton Hills College – Fall 2018

Instructor: Sefferino Ramos
Voicemail/Text: (909) 453-2953
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3 PM; After class and by apt.
English 010 – 40 M/W 3:00 – 4:50 PM West 108
English 010 – 50 M/W 5:00 – 6:50 PM West 109

Course Description

Welcome to English 010! Over the next eighteen weeks we will study how to write different types of college essays. By studying and writing different types of compositions, you will learn how to compose your own effective and purposeful texts. We will study argumentation, learn to research, and practice the process of writing. We will study how good writing is dependent on the situation, reader, and purpose it is created for. What you say, how you say it, and who you are saying it to, are important to keep in mind as you write.

We will explore many concepts about writing: literacy, discourse, rhetoric, writing process, the conversation, and critical reading, writing, and thinking, to name a few. This is one of the few writing classes you will take, the more you apply yourself here, the better you will be able to communicate effectively in college and beyond. Come to class with an open mind and ready to work and you will learn a ton about writing.

This class is a work in progress. We will be reading and writing and utilize the class website to post the final drafts. Everything you write in this class will be published online. Do not worry; this will be the highlight of the course. We will build a community of writers to learn from each other and produce knowledge for others to learn as well.

Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the topic thesis, details, transitions, and organizational patterns within essays, two to three-page articles, and textbook chapters
  2. Vary reading speeds and methods according to the type of material and purpose for reading
  3. Read, discuss, and write an accurate summary of a passage from a text
  4. Identify, correct, and apply rules of grammar through analysis of their own writing
  5. Identify the structural and major rhetorical patterns in expository prose readings
  6. Generate ideas about which to write, using a variety of heuristic methods
  7. Write an essay consisting of introduction, body, conclusion, with a clear statement of thesis
  8. Write an essay of three or more pages without gross problems with unity, clarity, development, organization, or coherence
  9. Organize paragraphs into a logical sequence, developing the central idea of the essay to a logical conclusion
  10. Use sentences of varying structure and type in order to emphasize meaning, relationship, and importance of ideas
  11. Find books, articles, periodicals, and newspapers related to particular subjects
  12. Integrating the ideas of others through paraphrase, summary, and quotation into papers
  13. Revise, proofread, and edit essays so they exhibit no gross errors in English grammar, usage, or punctuation
  14. Begin analyzing and evaluating a piece of writing for its rhetorical and technical merit, with consideration of the principles of unity, coherence, tone, persona, purpose, methods, and the effects on a target audience
  15. Write an in-class essay of at least 350 words that is unified, coherent, and relatively free from distracting sentence-writing errors
  16. Assess credibility of sources and incorporate sources into a paper and document those sources according to MLA or APA style

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Write effective essays.
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills.
  • Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills.

Required Text

  • Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say I Say with Readings, 4th edition. ISBN: 9780393631685
  • Additional Readings on Class Website

Assessment and Grading

Specific instructions and rubrics will be provided to you for your work on the major projects. As we go through the course, we will clarify the assignments and make sure we agree on what good work looks like.

Crafton Hills does not use a + or – grading scale, only A, B, C, D, and F. The class uses a 1300-point grading scale. Points required for an A= 1170, B= 1040, and C=910. Anything less than 910 points is considered a failing grade. Essays 1 – 4 are mandatory for everyone. It becomes very difficult to pass the class if you are missing an essay. You can earn up to 60 points extra credit.

Assignment Points Possible My Points Assignment Points Possible My Points
Journals 15 x 10 = 150 Final 100
Rough Drafts 4 x 20 = 80 Worksheet
Peer Review 4 x 25 = 100 Tutoring 20
Essay 1 150 Workshops
Essay 2 150 Annotated Bib 2 x 25 = 50
Essay 3 150 Presentation 20
Essay 4 150 Participation 100
Midterm Project 80 TOTAL 1300

Course Policies

Syllabus Revision: I may need to change or revise the syllabus during the semester. Students will receive ample notice of revisions.

Classroom Code of Conduct: We will be discussing controversial and/or adult oriented content in this course. You are all adults and are expected to conduct yourself accordingly in class and in all interactions with other students. Racist, sexist, bigoted, and hurtful language will not be tolerated and could get you removed from the course and/or reported to disciplinary authorities. While I am here to lecture and help facilitate discussion, it is up to you to participate in the class and keep up with the readings. I will be available through email and after class, so please see me if you need anything pertaining to our class.

Attendance: Your attendance is required and graded. We will be working together regularly in groups and to workshop assignments. For this to work, you must be present and ready to participate. If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to turn in required assignments on time and to find out from your classmates what you missed. Reading and writing assignments are due at every class meeting. To get the points for the day, you need to be present and on task.

Arriving late, leaving early, or other inappropriate behavior disrupts your learning and that of your classmates and will be considered an absence. No cell phones, texting, or unauthorized computer use will be tolerated, and you will be marked absent. Please do not bring any food or drink into the classroom. You can bring water in a container that seals and is leak proof.

Personal Writing: We will be doing personal writing in this class as we explore ourselves and each other. Do not write anything that you are not comfortable sharing with this class and outside of this class. The writing that we do here is for everyone in the class. If you have any questions about whether something is suitable, please discuss it with me or your class mates.

Plagiarism: Knowingly submitting the work of others as your own is considered plagiarism. Proper MLA citation is required for all sources used in the course. If you have any questions or need help with citations, please see me. If you plagiarize, the least that will happen is you fail this course.

Electronic Devices: Electronic devices are not permitted during class time, unless specifically cleared by me. Please silence or turn off your electronics and phones. If you require special accommodation, please see the contact the Disabled Student Services office at (909) 389-3325. There is no texting, social media, or email during class.

Late Work and Make-up Work: All assignments are due at the start of class on the designated dates. It is your responsibility to have assignments submitted on time. In-class assignments and essays cannot be made up. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or need special accommodations. Make-up work will only be accepted in case of emergency or a case by case basis. Do not wait until the next class session to ask about make-up work. Contact me before it is late.

Revision: If you are not happy with a grade you receive on an assignment, you may revise the essay with the original attached and a one-page reflection on the revision process, within one week of receiving the grade.

ADA Compliance: If you are unable to participate fully in this class due to a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should contact the Disabled Student Services office at (909) 389-3325.

Disclaimer: The best way to grow as a writer is to study other writers’ work, so I may use your writing as a model/sample in our class or for future classes. This is a great way for you to contribute to the growth and learning of your peers here at Crafton Hills College and beyond. Do not be embarrassed, we are all here learning from each other.

Course Schedule

  • The following is the schedule of assignments for this class. The schedule of readings and assignments is subject to change based upon the needs of the class.
  • All readings and assignments are listed on the day they are due. Please come to class with all readings and assignments complete.
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