College Composition Instructor

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College Composition

Instructor: Micah Jendian E-mail:
Class Info: Section 4862  TTh 8 – 915am  Room 325B
Office Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 945-1130pm & by appt, Rm 590-A


A “C” or “CR” grade or higher in English 098 or ESL 106 or equivalent; or completion of the assessment process with appropriate score for entrance to English 110.


English110 is designed to support your success in meeting the writing demands you will encounter in college–across the disciplines–and to prepare you, more specifically, for English 120.
In this course, you will engage in all phases of the writing process and experiment with a variety of academic writing tasks, structures, and methods of development. In pursuit of strengthening your writing skills, we will also emphasize critical reading and thinking, as effective writing begins with examining and understanding the choices other writers make in constructing texts – e.g., how they organize their essays, develop their ideas, and consider their audiences.
As a good portion of the class involves group work (large and small group discussion, peer revising and editing, etc.), you will have the opportunity to engage with other students, both learning from them and assisting them in their learning. This class is centered on a belief in the value of reading and writing not just as skills vital success in college but for our professional, civic, and personal lives as well. I ask that you possess a genuine desire to improve the core skills of the course and that you put forth the necessary time, energy, and patience required to do so.


In English 110, you will:

  • Use the various phases of the writing process (invention, writing, evaluation, revising, and editing).

  • Produce organized, coherent, and well-developed essays with effective introductions, clear thesis statements, sufficient support, smooth transitions, and appropriate endings.

  • Recognize and use in essays various patterns of organization (such as description, narration, process, definition, comparison-contrast, classification and division, cause and effect, and argument) to accomplish specific purposes with given audiences.

  • Practice and refine strategies for producing in-class timed exams.

  • Recognize and avoid cliché, jargon, colloquialisms, and sexist or obscene language; understand and demonstrate appropriate uses of first, second, and third person point of view.

  • Incorporate a variety of sentence patterns into writing and demonstrate appropriate use of coordination, subordination, and parallelism.

TEXTS and MATERIALS (Required)

  • Schwegler, Robert. Patterns of Exposition. Eighteenth Edition. New York: Longman, 2007.

  • Access to a computer with a good word processor and Internet capabilities.


Homework – Each of these homework assignments will respond to an assigned task or question and is due on a specific date. These are designed to prepare for the following class session’s discussion, and, most importantly, to provide a foundation for upcoming paper assignments. Homework will earn +,, or -, depending on your work’s level of thoroughness and engagement.
Essays – Over the course of the semester, you will write a number of formal papers of varying length and worth. Among these papers will include in-class writing exams and a mini-research based paper. Specific details for each essay assignment will be provided. All papers must be double spaced with one-inch margins, typed in Times New Roman, font size 12, and in MLA format. Each essay will go through a substantial process, including a draft, peer review, and revision.
Final Exam – The final exam will take place on Tuesday, May 22, from 7:30 - 9:30 am and consist of an in-class essay exam and a course reflection.

You cannot earn a passing grade if you do not submit all major writing assignments and take the final


Attendance and In-Class ParticipationRegular attendance and your involvement in classroom discussion and activities (including arriving promptly, bringing the appropriate texts and materials to each class, being prepared to work, contributing thoughtfully to class discussion, and engaging responsibly in group work and peer review) are essential to realizing the objectives of this course. To create an atmosphere required for constructive dialogue, we will at all times maintain a high level of respect for the opinions and feelings of others.
IF absent, you are responsible for the missed material and for getting assignments from a classmate, blackboard, or me.
IF you miss more than three class sessions, you may be dropped from the class.
Late Work Your course work is expected to be completed with care and submitted on time. No late work will be accepted for full credit. Extenuating circumstances will be considered only if you have discussed the matter with me before the assignment is due. If you are absent, you may still earn full credit by submitting your homework the day it is due via email or in my mailbox.
Academic Integrity The college is an academic community with high standards, and its teaching, learning, and service purposes are seriously disrupted and subverted by Academic Fraud. All students at Grossmont College are expected to comply with the institution’s high standards of Academic Integrity and avoid instances of dishonesty at all times. Such acts of dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, fraud, false citations or data, and the fraudulent use of Internet resources. Violation of the college’s academic integrity policy will be met with serious consequences. Should you need greater clarification of academic fraud and/or additional instruction to help you avoid it, please meet with me and visit
Accommodations for Students with DisabilitiesStudents with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by phone at 619-644-7112 (voice) or 619-644-7119 (TTY for deaf).


Papers / Formal Writing — 65% Homework — 15% Final — 10% Participation — 10%

Supervised Tutoring Referral

  1. Students requiring reinforcement of concepts, additional help, or supplemental resources to achieve the stated learning objectives of the courses taken in English or ESL are referred to enroll in English 1989W Supervised Tutoring, for assistance in the English Writing Center (70-119). To add this course, students may obtain Add Codes at the Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall or in the English Writing Center.

  2. Students are referred to enroll in the following supervised tutoring courses if the service indicated will assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objective of this course:

  • IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general computer applications in the Tech Mall;

  • IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in academic subjects in the Tutoring Center (70-229).

To add either of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the Information/Registration Desk in the Tech Mall.

3. All Supervised Tutoring courses are non-credit/non-fee. However, when a student registers for a supervised tutoring course and has no other classes, the student will be charged the usual health fee.

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