Course Syllabus – Fall 2004
Instructor: Jim Wilkins-Luton
Office location: JSH 211
Office Phone: (360) 992-2225
Office Hours: By appointment, for now
Voice Mail: 2225
Prerequisite: Recommending score on ASSET, recommendation from DVED English instructor, or consent of Instructional Unit.
Required Course Materials:
• Textbook: Pamela Arlov’s Wordsmith, 2nd ed.
• 3 ½ inch floppy disk, IBM format
• 3-ring binder and dividers
• Good access to a college dictionary
This course emphasizes writing more fluently, clearly, and correctly. Students build skills through exercises in grammar, writing responses to assigned readings, journaling, and planning, organizing, drafting, and revising paragraphs and short essays. In-class and out-of-class paragraphs, active reading, and a focus on the basic elements of English grammar are required.
This is a highly interactive course that includes a wide variety of instructional experiences including instructor planned lectures, discussion, and small group activities.
WEEKLY ACTIVITY PATTERN:
Monday - Writing Concepts
Tuesday- Computer: “Perfect Copy” and Online Writing Support Programs
Wednesday- Responsive Readings and Textual Analysis
Thursday- Sentence Skills: Grammar and Punctuation
Friday- Peer Review and Creative Writing Activities
This course is designed to improve your English writing skills as you work to develop the skills expected of a college level writer. It does not meet a degree requirement at Clark-College, but it may meet certificate or high school credit requirements.
Clark College has identified six campus-wide abilities that form the foundation of our educational emphasis. These include: 1) Communication, 2) Critical Thinking, 3) Information/Technology,
4) Lifelong Learning, 5) Effective Citizenship, 6) Global/Multi-cultural. Students may make substantial progress toward Level One of the Communication and Life-Long Learning Abilities. Students will also be presented with a foundation for progress toward Information/Technology, Effective Citizenship, and Critical Thinking.
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will increase their knowledge and abilities through meeting learning objectives. The following objectives will be employed using a variety of strategies throughout the term.
Clark College English Department
Standard Learning Outcomes DVED 094 English Basics
Design and execute thorough searches for information.
Students should be able to use an online index to locate information in periodicals.
Students should be able to arrange and complete an interview.
Describe, paraphrase, and summarize college-level material accurately. Students should be able to summarize an article from their textbook or the popular press.
Analyze and use a variety of college-level material to both identify areas for investigation and to develop ideas to communicate.
Students should be able to write a paragraph answering questions about the content of an article from their textbook.
Understand and apply the principles of effective communication when writing and speaking:
a) Develop and organize around one central idea
b) Support central and related ideas with detail and evidence
c) Create an easy to follow organization
d) Uuse verbal skills such as precise word choice and correct grammar
Students should be able to:
a) Develop stand-alone paragraphs
• Use a variety of strategies for generating and organizing ideas for writing.
• Make a point in a topic sentence.
• Stay on the subject throughout the paragraph.
b) Support the point with specific detail
c) Organize ideas clearly. Use transitions to tie one idea to the next.
d) Demonstrate an understanding of what makes a sentence. Simple sentences should be easy to read and understand.
Adapt to a variety of audiences and occasions
Students should be able to identify a specific purpose for writing.
Communicate in ethical ways (documentation, avoid deceptive language, expect this from others)
Students should be able to give credit to sources for quoted or summarized material.
(Work collaboratively by expressing opinions with tact, listening to others, and shouldering an appropriate share of the workload) Students should be able to:
a) Listen and contribute pertinent comments to class discussion without dominating the conversations
b) Prepare for peer response activities
c) In peer response, use the language of academic writing to talk about papers (thesis, organization, transitions, etc.) and articulate strengths and weaknesses in peers’ writing with specific references to peers’ papers.
d) In small groups, stay focused on work at hand, offer input that is helpful and insightful, not distract by socializing, and occasionally record and report. (Important)
(Improve communication by practicing self-assessment, set goals, seek and use feedback, revise and edit for excellence, practice self-discipline and persistence, and apply skills in new contexts) Students should be able to:
a) Consistently work to meet deadlines.
b) Seek out instructor feedback and advice or seek out assistance at the College Writing Center.
c) Come prepared for conferences or tutoring sessions
d) Use instructor and peer feedback to make improvement in writing.
e) Experiment with the different stages of the process.
f) Use revision to strengthen elements such as thesis, organization, and supporting evidence.
g) Use editing to eliminate grammatical errors.
h) Assess own papers for revision and editing.
i) Apply learned skills to each new assignment as the quarter progresses. (Important)
Attendance: Good attendance is essential for progress. Class participation in lectures, discussions, and group projects cannot be completed without good attendance. More than 5 hours of class absence will result in an “F” grade. It is expected that you inform your instructor of impending absences and that you find out about and keep up with assignments completed during your absence.
Class Participation: Speaking, listening, and teamwork are study skill objectives for this course; they are also important for success in other classes and the workplace.
Assignments: All assignments will be due at the beginning of class on the due date. Late assignments will get half credit if they are turned in by the end of the day on the due date; half credit will be given only if the reason for the assignment being late is valid.
Homework Format: Place all pages in consecutive order; write your name, class, due date, page numbers and section numbers for each assignment. All assignments will be due at the beginning of class on the due date. You will not receive full credit for any homework assignments which 1) is not neat, in order, and legible, 2) is late, 3) is not written in ink, 4) has the incorrect format (see below), and 5) is not stapled.
Exercise Number / Page Number
Academic Honesty: Plagiarism means taking the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. No credit will be given for plagiarized work. Your skills and knowledge will improve if you take an honest approach to the learning and assessment activities in this class. Please ask the instructor if you do not understand the purpose for an assignment or if you find an assignment too difficult.
Conduct: The key word is “respect.” Every student has the right to a classroom environment conducive to learning. Students disrupting the educational process or behaving in a disrespectful manner will be asked to leave the classroom.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS, ASSESSMENTS, AND FINAL EVALUATION
30 Paragraph Assignments:
There are four formal paragraph length papers this quarter
10 Computer Lab/ Perfect Copy (Sentence & Spelling Exercises):
You will need to complete 25 stars to receive full credit.
Week 1 In-Class Write: Paragraph on Provided Topic
Week 8 In-Class Write: Paragraph on Provided Topic
30 Homework Assignments:
93 – 100 A
90 - 92 A-
87 - 89 B+
83 - 86 B
80 - 82 B-
77 - 79 C+ 73 - 76 C The prerequisites for ENGL 097 and BTEC 087 are a C or better.
70 – 72 C- 67 – 69 D+
63 – 66 D
60 – 62 D-
Below 60 F
Appeal: Please contact your instructor if you disagree with a grade. If agreement is not reached, the Director of Basic Education will provide or arrange other evaluation.
SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE
DVED Computer Lab: A weekly lab hour (every Thursday) is set aside for this class. In addition, DVED students can check the lab schedule for open lab hours for homework, extra skill practice, or individualized tutorials.
Disability Support Services: Any student with a disability requiring any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations should contact the Disability Support Services office at 992-2580 or 992-2835 (TTY), or stop by Gaiser Hall. Please make arrangements with your instructor for assistance in an emergency.
Student Support Services: Gaiser Hall houses Advising, the Career Center, Counseling (992-2366), Health Services, Security, the Student Employment Center, Student Activities, and Student Support Services, which includes Student Retention and Peer Mentoring programs. See the Schedule of Classes for additional information.