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Fall 2006


This Project Success class combination is an instructional program that constitutes a learning community; that is, the same students are enrolled in both classes. The instructors work together as a team so that they can help students become better readers and writers. Research has revealed that students enrolled in these learning communities achieve higher grades, greater retention rates, and greater satisfaction with their college experience.

English 98R English 98

Gary Phillips Tony Ding

TTH 8:00 - 9:45 Room 547 TTH 10:00-1150: Room 570

Office: 558A - TTH: Office: 559A: 12:00-1:45

Messages: 644-7526 Messages: 644-7492.

98R Required Texts: 98 Required Text:

Grossmont College Reading Manual Anker, Susan. Real Writing with Readings.

Nist, Sherrie. Improving Vocabulary

McBride, James. The Color of Water

Reveles, Daniel Tequila, Lemon, and Salt

Weisel, Elie Night

Recommended Texts

A Hardback College Dictionary


Taken concurrently with Professor Phillips’s English 98R class, English 98 is a basic writing course for students who need practice in writing paragraphs and short essays that use correct grammar and a variety of different sentence structures. Students will learn the writing process in which they plan and develop several different types of papers including at least one short essay. Sentence skills and grammar skills will also be reviewed with practice exercises, sentence combining, proofreading, and quizzes. The overall objective is to provide a solid foundation in writing skills to prepare students for English 110 and other higher level English courses.

Students 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).

There will be reading and writing assignments every day, either for homework or in-class activities, or both. If you are absent, be sure to get the assignments from someone else since you are expected to be fully prepared for each class session.

* Formal writing assignments which includes

first drafts that are on time and peer edited. 200 points.

* Homework and In-class assignments 50 points.

* Holistic graded essay 50 points.

* Sentence structure and grammar quizzes 250 points.

* Final quiz 50 points.

* Mid-term & Final essay 50 points.

* Total 650 points.

A = 580 to 650, B = 520-579, C = 450-519, D = 390-449, and F = 389 and under.
College Etiquette

Bring the appropriate materials to each class (paper, pen, and text book). Regular attendance is expected; you may be dropped for excessive absence ( five absences). Finally, as punctuality is a matter of courtesy, I expect you to arrive for class promptly and not to leave early. Three tardies will be counted as one absence.

Procrastination is a serious impediment to success, so late assignments will receive either no credit or, after consultation and self-abasement, not more than a “C.” First drafts will only get credit if they are on time and peer reviewed. Class work is only counted if the work is handed in on demand.
To be successful you must actively engage in the subject matter and take responsibility for your own actions. This can be achieved by focusing on academic excellence rather than mediocrity. Get help by consulting your instructor, the writing center, and the counseling center. Students should budget their time effectively by not taking on too much schoolwork so that it conflicts with their work. Invariably, school work suffers since you will be expected to spend three hours studying out of class for every hour spent in class. Furthermore, do not emphasize social life at the expense of academic concerns.
Finally, as a college fosters civility, decency, maturity, and intellectual development, I expect students to treat each other with respect and adhere to civil, ethical, and tolerant standards. Therefore, I urge you to avoid racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, homophobia, and general classroom misbehavior which could inhibit the free exchange of ideas and impinge on others’ rights to an education.

*** Submitting someone else's writing as your own, whether it is the work of a friend or a professional writer, constitutes plagiarism, which will result in an "F" for the course. A student may even be suspended or expelled from the college for plagiarism.

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