English 90 Course Description

Dr.  Kleinman

Spring 2006

CCSF

CLASSROOM Cyberia (Arts Ext 265)  OFFICE--Batmale 524, Thursdays 6-7 and by appt.

PHONE--452-5082    EMAIL (preferred)—ckleinma@ccsf.edu WEB--http://fog.ccsf.edu/~ckleinma (Use it!)

It is your responsibility to contact me, preferably in person at the office, as soon as you need my help.  Contact, however, cannot make up for an absence. You will need to use my web page's "course" link to English 90; our online 90 syllabus is loaded w/ writing,  reading, and lab resources coordinated w/ your course assignments.  You should also bookmark the lab page.

 

TEXTS

 Susan Anker’s Real Essays, 1st Ed.

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You should also have a college-level dictionary and thesaurus, as well as disks--or email--for saving word processed essays and exercises.   After all, as an English 90 student you are required to use the Learning Assistance Center or Cyberia’s  tutorial/learning resources, or the grammar/composition workshops, an average of one hour per week.  In other words, you should be the beneficiary of a minimum of sixteen hours of English 90 lab work by week 16.

GOALS

  • To become a stronger reader, writer, and thinker . . .
  • To become a more authoritative college student in general . . .
  • To embrace the portfolio method and the creative potential of revision . . .
  • To engage in these acts with colleagues . . .
  • To use reference tools and stop guessing how and where to punctuate . . .
  • To be better prepared for all future courses . . .

ASSESSMENT

 20%--Participation, homework, quizzes, exams

 40%--Pre-Portfolio Essays

 40%--Portfolio

Remember, your course description and calendar are always online by way of my homepage’s course link, so there is no excuse for not knowing your English 90 responsibilities.

LAB AND TEXT PRACTICES

Again, as an English 90 student, you are required by the college to use the Learning Assistance Center’s resources for at least one hour each week, so be sure to sign in as an English 90 student and have your lab time documented.   In other words, you will not pass this course if you do not fulfill the lab requirement.  Lab time may take the form of meeting with an actual Writing Lab or Reading Lab tutor, joining a weekly reading group, attending a grammar or or composition strategy workshop, using a Cyberia or LAC computer to plan or improve an essay, using a composition or Internet grammar or punctuation program in Cyberia, or using the Reading Lab’s electronic resources.  Note--if you are in a Reading course, you may not count your Reading course lab hours as your English 90 lab hours.  Reading course students must also complete their reading lab responsibility for English 9 before devoting reading lab hours to English 90.  In other words, if you’re in 9 and 90, use the other lab resources to earn English 90 lab credit; then, after you’ve completed your English 9 lab hours, you may use the reading lab toward your English 90 lab requirement.

Each exercise in Real Essays is called a “practice.”  The odd-numbered problems are answered in the back of the book, so use the answers to check your progress.  You should always make the written practice activities a part of your reading; otherwise, you may not absorb the material.  In general, you will become a stronger reader, writer, and thinker the more you actively combine those activities.  As can be seen on the calendar, specific practice exercises have already been assigned as homework, but you should experiment with the unassigned practices as well.  Remember, you will rip yourself off if you jump right into the written homework without examining its accompanying reading.     During the semester, though, it is extremely likely that in-class writing, sometimes in the form of a quiz, will take place.  Do not expect to make-up in-class tasks; if you know about an impending absence, make arrangements with me in advance. 

ESSAYS AND PORTFOLIO

During the first three-fourths of the class, you will compose essays in and out of class; some of your writing will be timed in Cyberia, and some will be spread out over weeks All of the essays will relate to what we are reading, and all of the essays must be written and turned in on time in order for you to pass the class.  During the final month of the course our class will take the form of a portfolio workshop, during which you will be working on your final essay and revising some old writing.  A portfolio is simply a representative sampling of your work and will feature a major revision of a graded out-of-class essay, a graded in-class writing (unrevised), and a new, ungraded argumentative essay based on an assignment that other English 90 classes will be using.  Your portfolio will also include a cover letter, as well as any other work that might enhance your portfolio representation of yourself as a college writer, all beautifully typed.  Not submitting a portfolio = not passing the course.  NOTE--The English 90 portfolio is in place of a final, but it will be assessed by other English 90 portfolio professors.  If you earn at least a "C" in the course and your portfolio is strong enough, you will be given the chance to "skip" English 92!

OTHER POLICIES

  • Plagiarism, the act of passing off someone else’s work as your own, will result in failing the course and/or being removed from the college.  Due to time constraints and Internet accessibility, the temptation to plagiarize is a great one.  If you feel this temptation or are confused about whether you are committing plagiarism, see me before it inhales you into a life of corruption, just as you may see me to talk through any writing and reading issue.
  • An absence is an absence.  It is your responsibility to exchange email addresses with 1 or 2 classmates to stay informed of class happenings and notes, and it is your responsibility to contact me in advance about any impending absences.  You will be allowed two (2) absences; three (3) lates or early exits will equal an absence.  Perfect attendance should help your grade. 
  • Turn off your cell phones and pagers; “vibrate” if you must.  Each time your device makes noise, you will write a 300-word essay explaining why that disruption occurred. 
  • No eating or gum chewing in class, but bottled water might be okay.

 

Course Calendar (scroll down)

·      Note that the dates listed are due dates for the tasks listed next to them.  Have those tasks completed before entering the classroom.

  • Required written work is made clear in the DUE column.
  • Please bring Anker’s Real Essays (RE), a notebook, and a dictionary to every class. 
  • In-class writing will not always be announced; do not expect a make-up if you are absent. 
  • When we need to adjust the calendar or add homework, we shall do so.
  • Ask questions if you’re confused about the expectations.
ESSAY

 FORMAT

USING

MLA

STYLE

1” text margin all around                   Page one doubles as your title page.                             ½” header margin

                                                                                                    Costanza 1

Frank Costanza

Dr. Kleinman

English 1B

21 September 2005

Be-Bop Kasha: Coltrane in My Gut

This paragraph contains your MLA format directions.  Tap the tab key to begin a ¶; do not use the space bar.  Use File--Page Setup to set 1” margins all around your essay.  Center your title; do not underline it.  Align your entire essay to the left.  Double-space the entire essay via Format--¶ to adjust the line space; never single-space.  Use View--Header/Footer to “run” a header with your last name and the page number.   Hit the space one time after typing your last name and then click the # sign button to make Word count the page #s for you; do not type in a number.  Let Word count for you. Set the margins for 1” and the header for .5”.  Your last page will state Works Cited 1’’ from the top-center.  (If there is enough room after your closing paragraph, you may use that page’s remaining space to alphabetically list your works cited.)  Please use a plain font such as 12-point Times; don't be fancy shmancy, or even just fancy.  For another view, go to The Lab Page or http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/English/labpage/cyberiapdfs/MLAformat.pdf 


COURSE CALENDAR OF DUE DATES

Due Dates

Real Essays

Reading Due

 

Real Essays Practice to Submit  

[exercise  # (pages)]

Suggested Lab Activities

Cyberia, Writing Lab, Writing Success Project, Academic Computer Lab, Library's Media Room,

Reading Lab, Writing Workshops

Writing Due

[outlines, drafts, in-class writing, revisions]

1/19

  • Hello
  • Syllabus
  • Cyberia, the labs, and The Lab Page
  • words 529-64 (in class)
  • RE xv-xxxv & A1-index (in class)
  • Anker’s Diagnostic Test

 

BUY

REAL

ESSAYS.

 

DO

YOU

HAVE

A

GOOD

DICTIONARY?

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Ask a tutor for a workshop schedule and to tell you three skills you could learning by going to the Writing Lab.

Skills

1

2

3

The Lab Page --go to "grammar and mechanics" and register yourself into Exercise Central; try a multiple choice fragment exercise.

Cyberia--go to the Writing Guides folder and explore the Real Essays Writing Guide software, especially for sentence-level help

 

The start of Anker’s Diagnostic

1/26

 

practice 1 (550-51)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Ask a tutor for a handout about essay planning, organization, and/or outlining.  If the tutor has time, ask for the handout to be explained.

Simply locate the Reading Lab, Media Room, ACL, and the grammar workshop location.

Cyberia--Log back into Anker’s Diagnostic; ask the faculty “coach” for help w/ your test report. Remember your login and password.

The Lab Page – Go to the Grammar and Mechanics link and find the Guide to Grammar’s PowerPoint show on fragments and sentence basics.

 

Greene summary and response form

2/2

 

 

practice 1 (35-36)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Review summary rules and strategies with a tutor.

Writing Lab—Does the Writing Lab have any thesis statement handouts?

 

Web/Cyberia--Use the Cyberia Activity Form to explore thesis statements.

Try this topic sentence link too!

Cyberia-- Try the “building” program in Cyberia's Reading Skills folder

 

Winn summary and response form

2/9

 

IC Writing Greene/Winn

practice 3 (362-63)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Bring your green sheet and student ID & try the Jamestown Comp. Skills Main Idea, Vocab, or Org.

SIGN UP FOR A READING GROUP!

Workshop I should attend (see the schedule of grammar and composition strategy workshops) =

Cyberia-- explore the Real Essays Writing Guide’s illustration read/write activities and explore The Electronic Bedford Handbook's section on the writing process.

The Lab Page—Find two helpful “fragment” links on the Cyberia Activity Form.

What about Grammar Bytes?

 

In-Class Essay on Greene and Winn

(no make-ups)

2/16

 

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

practice 1 (377-78)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Ask a tutor for an introduction to MLA quote integration, signal phrases, parenthetical page references, and Works Cited.  Imagine that you have to quote lines—w/o plagiarizing--from this week’s assigned essays.

Reading Lab—Continue with Main Idea, Vocabulary, and/or Organization.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page—Compare the run-on tasks in Grammar Bytes, Sentence Sense, and Hacker’s Grammar Exer’s.

Cyberia—Ask the faculty coach for help starting with WriteOutLoud.  In that program, type in an argumentatively strong passage of 3-5 sentences and weak passage of 3-5 sentences from this week’s two assigned essays.  Use WriteOutLoud to hear the strengths and weaknesses.

 

Response to the car-phone debate

(Fill this out!)

2/23

 

 

 

practice 2 (570-71)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Ask for an activity that might enhance the way you read arguments or identify significant details.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page—Go to the “grammar” link and strengthen your comma control at Sentence Sense and Exercise Central

Cyberia—Use the Writing Guide to review verb tense and forms.

 

Response to the childhood competition debate

(Fill this out!)

3/2

 

practice 2

(391-92)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with a tutor to strengthen your outlining strategies.  Is your thesis strong enough to give direction to your outline?  Can you visualize meaningfully organized thesis-support paragraphs?  Where are you referencing the readings?

 

Reading Lab—Ask for an activity that might enhance the way you read arguments or identify significant details.

 

Workshop I should attend =

 

Lab Page—Review the sample MLA research paper at the “research” link; it’s at dianahacker.com and is about cellphones and driving.

Lab Page—Learn from the Guide Grammar’s PowerPoint show on “agreement.”

Cyberia—Use the Writing Guide’s sentence-level help to review fragment and run-on avoidance.  Try Inspiration to outline your argument!

 

Cellphone or Competition Argument Outline Due for Workshop; your outline should be typed as a Microsoft Word document and saved on a disk.

 

(Note—Just the outline is due; the more you invest in your working thesis and outline, the stronger your essay should be.)

3/9

  • parallelism 485-94
  • Review either the cellphone or competition essays, depending on YOUR argument’s topic and thesis
  • causation 224-41
  • review intro/conclusion/draft 71-84
  • MLA quotation and documentation 300-42, especially 315-17

practice 2

(488-89)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with a tutor to transform your outline into a strong essay draft for this week’s workshop

 

 

Workshop I should attend =

 

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to better visualize your outline.

 

Cyberia—Use WriteOutLoud to hear your essay draft.

 

The Lab Page—At the “Planning and Composing” link try Hacker's Writing Exercises.

 

Cellphone or Competition Argument Essay Draft Due for Workshop; your essay should be typed as a Microsoft Word document and saved on a disk (and/or emailed as an attachment).

 

Here's a workshop guide.

3/16

 

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

practice 2  (466-67)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with a tutor to transform your essay draft into a carefully revised, MLA-formatted essay.

 

Workshop I should attend =

 

Cyberia—Use WriteOutLoud to hear the changes you’re making during revision.

The Lab Page—Use the “vocabulary” links to online dictionaries and thesauruses.

Run your draft through the CUNY WriteSite.

 

Stronger, MLA-Enhanced Cellphone or Competition Argument Essay Revision Due for Another Workshop

 

 

 

Barry Summary and Response Sheet

3/23

 

 

practice 4 (477-78)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Try Inferences in the Jamestown Comprehension Skills; try something new in the lab

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page—try modifier exercises in the Guide to Grammar and Writing and in Exercise Central

Cyberia--Explore modifiers and cause-and-effect in the Writing Guide software

 

 

TURN IN REVISED Cellphone or Competition Argument Essay for a grade--with your drafts and outlines. 

Beck Summary and Response Sheet

3/30

 

practice 6 (481-82)

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Have you tried a Critical Reading Activity?

Writing Lab—Review your graded writing w/ a tutor.

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to create a diagram or map of Barry or Beck’s argument.

The Lab Page—Earn lab credit doing the Townsend Press online reading tasks; set up an account and check your scores.

 

OUTLINE of Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and Farrah

Here's your Inspiration map/outline to work through your ideas. And here's a Word version of that Inspiration document.

These materials are also in the Cyberia Assignment Folder: Kleinman > English 90> Larry and Farrah.

4/6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break

4/13

Townsend Press online reading tasks ?

 

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with grammar tutor or visit the Grammar Room to clarify a grammar or punctuation are of confusion.

 

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia-- Review the four most common sentence structure errors, as listed in the Writing Guide

The Lab Page—Use Cyberia Activity Form to practice subordination!  Check out the new Cyberia home page!

Please jump to tonight's lesson.

DRAFT OF Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and FarrahThe revision will be submitted after spring break.  Decide whether or not you and your co-author will revise together or separately.

4/20

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss cover letter and portfolio revision possibilities w/ a tutor

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to map your argument for “The Athlete’s Club” project. First save these on your computer or disk; do not just open them.
Inspiration Map 1 or
Inspiration Map 2

Map 1 Word version
Map 2 Word version

 

TURN IN Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and Farrah

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“The Athlete’s Club” Summary and Response Sheets

4/27

 

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

practice 4 (499-500)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet w/ a tutor to improve your “Athlete’s Club” outline.

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to map and outline your eventual essay draft about “The Athlete’s Club”

 

“The Athlete’s Club” outline of your eventual argument. Remember to first save on your computer and then open:

Inspiration Map 1 or
Inspiration Map 2

Map 1 Word version
Map 2 Word version

5/4

 

Choose what you need to practice in Real Essays.

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss your “Athlete’s Club” argument’s organization and support with a tutor.  Review your use of MLA style as well.

Workshop I should attend =

 

The Lab Page--Explore sentence variety at Exercise Central.

 

Cyberia—Use The Electronic Bedford Handbook to improve sentence clarity and MLA quotation and citation.

 

 

“The Athlete’s Club” essay draft for workshopping.

 

Your other two portfolio essays and cover letter in progress should also be workshopped in class.

5/11

 

  • Final workshop  for cover letter and portfolio essays, including  “The Athlete’s Club”

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss your “Athlete’s Club” argument and other portfolio works with a tutor.  Review your use of MLA style as well.

 

Workshop I should attend =

 

The Lab Page--Review Hacker's Guide to Research and Documentation.

Which resources will best enhance your portfolio revisions and cover letter?

 

 

WORKSHOP ALL PORTFOLIO MATERIALS: ESSAYS AND COVER LETTER

5/18

 

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

 

  • Final portfolio editing
  • Portfolio w/ drafts and previously graded essays due by end of class

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with a tutor to refine your portfolio.

Which resources will best enhance your portfolio revisions and cover letter?

 

 

Revised Portfolio at end of class (drafts and graded versions included)

5/25

Final Exam Period = retrieve portfolio at Batmale 524

 

Portfolio returned