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English 010 Syllabus

Unit 1 – Narrative

WEEK ONE – 1/17

Wednesday Syllabus and Introduction


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WEEK TWO – 1/22 and 1/24

Monday Intro to Literacy Narrative and Drafts

Wednesday The Conversation

WEEK THREE – 1/29 and 1/31

Monday The Conversation and Carr

Wednesday Narrative Examples and ‘They Say’

WEEK FOUR – 2/5 and 2/7

Monday Summary Writing and Review

  • DUE Rough Draft of Literacy Narrative
  • Chapter 2 (“Her Point Is”: The Art of Summarizing)
  • KEVIN KELLY, “Better Than Human” p. 299 JOURNAL 3

Wednesday Paraphrase and Peer Review

  • DUE Revised Draft for Peer Review

Unit 2 – Report

WEEK FIVE – 2/12 and 2/14

Monday Metaphors and Images

  • Chapter 4 (“Yes / No / Okay, But”: Three Ways to Respond)
  • LEV GROSSMAN, “From Scroll to Screen” JOURNAL 4

Wednesday Intro to Report and Responding

WEEK SIX – 2/19 and 2/21

Monday NO CLASS 

Wednesday Report Topic and Quoting

WEEK SEVEN – 2/26 and 2/28

Monday Distinguishing “They Say” and “I Say”

  • Chapter 5 (“And Yet”: Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say)
  • CLIVE THOMPSON, “Smarter Than You Think” p. 340 JOURNAL 6

Wednesday Library Research Day

WEEK EIGHT – 3/5 and 3/7

Monday Naysayers and Annotated Bib

Wednesday Reading and Peer Review


Final Draft of Report Due Monday 3/12/2018 by Midnight. Post to class website.

SPRING BREAK – 3/12 – 3/16

Unit 3 – Review

WEEK NINE – 3/19 and 3/21

Monday Midterm and “So What?”

  • Chapter 7 (“So What? Who Cares?”: Saying Why It Matters)
  • SHERRY TURKLE, “No Need to Call” [p. 373] JOURNAL 8
  • LISA SCHWARZBAUM, “‘The Hunger Games’: EW Review

Wednesday Intro to Review and MLA Practice

WEEK TEN – 3/26 and 3/28

Monday Transitions and Analysis

Wednesday Intro to Fallacies

WEEK ELEVEN – 4/2 and 4/4

Monday The Future and Criteria

  • Chapter 9 (“Ain’t So / Is Not”: Academic Writing Doesn’t Always Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice)
  • BROOKE GLADSTONE AND JOSH NEUFELD, “The Influencing Machines” [p. 330] JOURNAL 10

Wednesday Chips and Salsa and Sources

WEEK TWELVE – 4/9 and 4/11

Monday Intellectualism and Metacommentary

  • Chapter 10 (“But Don’t Get Me Wrong”: The Art of Metacommentary)
  • GERALD GRAFF, “Hidden Intellectualism” [p. 264] JOURNAL 11

Wednesday Evaluation Revision and Peer Review

  • Rough Draft Review DUE

Unit 4 – Argument

WEEK THIRTEEN – 4/16 and 4/18

Monday Intro to Rhetoric

Wednesday Arguments and Solutions

WEEK FOURTEEN – 4/23 and 4/25

Monday Academic Writing

Wednesday Ethos and Audience

WEEK FIFTEEN – 4/30 and 5/2

Monday Pathos and Visual Rhetoric

  • Chapter 12 (“I Take Your Point”: Entering Class Discussions)
  • STEFAN CASSO, “Worth the LieJournal 14

Wednesday Solution Examples

WEEK SIXTEEN – 5/7 and 5/9

Monday Analyze This and College Purpose

Wednesday Multimodality and Study Lesson

WEEK SEVENTEEN – 5/14 and 5/16

Monday Peer Review

Wednesday Revision: Vibrant Sentences

WEEK EIGHTEEN – 5/21 and 5/23


  • Essay 4 Due

Wednesday In Class Final


English 010: Preparation for College English

Crafton Hills College – Spring 2018

Instructor: Sefferino Ramos

Class Time: 3:00-4:50 pm MW

Classroom: West -108



Voicemail/Text: (909) 453-2953

Office Hours: After class and by apt.


Course Description: Welcome Roadrunners! Over the next eighteen weeks we will study ourselves as readers and writers, looking to see how our past experiences shape our literacy today. Language is powerful and can change our lives. 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 study how we develop as writers and who we are now, to understand that we are all literate people entering a new environment, academia.

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. Begin integrating the ideas of others through paraphrase, summary, and quotation into a paper that expresses his or her own voice, position, or analysis
  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, 3rd edition. ISBN: 9780393617443
  • Additional Readings on 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 1250-point grading scale. Points required for an A= 1125, B= 1000, and C=875. Anything less than 875 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 150 Final 100
Rough Drafts 80 Worksheet 20
Peer Review 80 Tutoring
Essay 1 100 Workshops
Essay 2 150 Annotated Bib 50
Essay 3 150 Presentation 20
Essay 4 150 Participation 100
Midterm 100 TOTAL 1250

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. In order for this to work, you have to be present and ready to work. 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. Readings 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. As you can see, we will be working at computer stations and no food is allowed. 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 any and all sources used in the course. If you have any questions or need help with citation 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.

Student Services

The following is a list of email addresses and phone numbers for student services at CHC, should you require them:

CHC Admissions and Records:


CHC Campus Police:

CHC Career Center:

CHC Coach Cupboard:

CHC Disabled Students Programs and Services:


CHC Financial Aid

CHC Health and Wellness Center

CHC Library

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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