English 101 (3164): College Reading and Composition I, Spring 2017. Humanities 102. Wed. 6: 50 – 10: 00 p m

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ENGLISH 101 (3164): College Reading and Composition I, Spring 2017. Humanities 102.

Wed. 6:50 – 10:00 p.m. William Wallis, Ph.D. Office H121E, Telephone (818) 947-2343,

Cell (323) 573-1946, walliswg@lavc.edu. Office Hours: MTW 1-3 p.m. and by appointment.

Course Description: English 101 is designed to help the student develop a sound writing process appropriate to the argumentative and analytical nature of academic writing. With the ultimate goal of the Research Paper in mind, English 101 focuses on the careful development of expository and analytic essay and includes instruction in college-level writing and reading. In addition, students must successfully complete the writing process for several essays, complete reading and other writing assignments, participate in class discussions, and collaborate with classmates in small groups.
Course Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

1. Analyze college-level texts, including comparing, contrasting, and evaluating a variety of opinions of the same issue or topic;

2. Compose college-level essays in response to college-level tests;

3. Demonstrate logical thinking and reasoning;

4. Locate and evaluate information in the library and on the internet to support a research topic;

5. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas into a substantial research paper;

6. Demonstrate the ability to avoid plagiarism by citing sources re MLA style documentation;

7. Assess early drafts & revise them to improve organization, coherence, support, and word choice;

8. Proofread to improve sentence structure, punctuation, grammar; capitalization, spelling, and usage;

9. Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural values through reading culturally diverse texts.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write focused, coherently organized, well-developed texts, appropriate to the transfer level, that effectively integrate, synthesize, and document sources.

  2. Demonstrate critical reading, thinking, and research skills through analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of important ideas encompassing multiple points of view.

Texts: L.A., My Love (LAML), Selected Essays (SE) (Wallis), Payback (Sorto/Wallis); The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax (HELA) (Skloot); How to Write Anything (HTWA). Copies of each book are available in the LAVC Bookstore and are on reserve in the library. If you do not have access to texts, see me.

Requirements: Students will read and/or write all assignments, attend class regularly and punctually, and observe classroom etiquette when class is in session. The product of the course is the student’s Portfolio, which includes all written or visual work produced for the course. The portfolio will consist of all essays (including any pre-writing, drafting, or revision work) and a journal with two components: (1) class notes, and (2) an essay response to or critical summary of each assigned essay from Selected Essays. The student will turn in his/her Portfolio on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Portfolios will be returned when the final exam is given on Wednesday, May 31, 7-9pm. (Honors Students are to read an additional work—choice should be cleared with instructor—and write a critical essay on it.)

Grades: Grades will be determined by both form and content of the writing assignments, evidence in the portfolio of cognitive participation and reading comprehension, and by class participation. Grades of essays are averaged with quality of class notes and essay responses to determine the individual student’s final grade. Plagiarism—the use of others’ words or ideas in your work without acknowledgment—will not be tolerated and will affect the student’s grade negatively.
Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available. Call (818) 947-2412. Go to Financial Aid in the new Student Services Center, first floor. For more info: http://www.lavc.edu/financialaid/index.htmlindex.html.
Statement of Access: If you are a student with a disability requiring classroom accommodations, contact SSD in the Student Services Annex, Room 175, or call (818) 947-2681 or (818) 947-2680 to meet with a counselor. If SSD has notified the instructor, please meet with the instructor to confirm arrangements. Email: ssd@lavc.edu. If SSD has already sent the memo to instructor confirming accommodations required by the student for this class, please meet with him to discuss arrangements. This syllabus can be made available in alternate format upon request.
Investigate Student Health Services, either physical or psychological. The Student Health Center is located in the Student Union Building adjacent to the cafeteria. The office is open M-TH 8am-6pm. Call (818)778-5708. There are walk-in appointments. See also Student Psychological Services at http://www.lavc.edu/studenthealth/psychological-services.aspx. Each student is eligible for up to 12 visits per semester at no cost. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties or stress and Psychological Services is not available, contact the Mental Health Information Line, a 240hour hotline and crisis intervention service at (800) 854-7771.
Support for AB540 Students: To determine if you meet the AB540 requirements and are eligible for financial aid, visit http://www.lavc.edu/financialaid/dream-act.aspx and contact the LAVC Admissions and Records Office at (818) 947-2412 or email the office at financialaid@lavc.edu. (Provide your student ID# with your email message.) Single parents receiving cash aid may qualify for CARE. Please Visit the EOPS Office in the Student Services Center or contact Barbara Schneider at (818) 947-2483 or schneib@lavc.edu. First generation college students may be eligible for TRiO SSS. Visit the EOPS Office in the Student Services Center or call (818) 947-2432. Students receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) should contact the CalWORKS Program in Bungalow 14 or call (818) 947-2976. This program assists students in successfully transitioning to academic life by providing assistance with career counseling, childcare, tutoring, work-study internships, job placement workshops, mentoring, and other resources.
This is an open-mindset class and a LGTBQ-friendly class. The teacher of this class is CORA-educated. Students should at all times adapt a tone that is respectful of others’ racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds; religious and political beliefs; sexual orientation; and gender. LAVC will not tolerate verbal or written abuse.

Veterans: Thank you for your service. See me if you need help with anything. There is an active Veteran’s Program at LAVC, which I co-sponsor. Visit the Veteran’s Resource Center on the first floor of the Student Services Center or call (818) 778-5627.

1. Feb. 8: Introduction English 101: Elements of Composition, Vocabulary, Definitions; Elements of Works Cited / MLA Format. Read “Late Visit” in class. In-class writing: “A Problem in my Life.”

2. Feb. 15: Selected Essays (SE): “Annie” (pp. 1-9). How To Write Anything (HTWA): Pages 4-35 “Genre: Narratives;” and 128-160 “Causal Analysis;” and 334-40 “Brainstorming;” 566-98 “Common Errors.” Practicing the “Essay Response.” Please bring all your textbooks to class.

3. Feb. 22: LAML: Stories. SE: “Love and the Flower…” (101-05). Typed Essay #1 due: “A Problem and its Solution” (Using Self-description/Narrative, Description, Cause and Effect, and Induction/Analysis). HTWA: pp. 36-65 “Reports;” and 343-50 “Critical Thinking.”

4. Mar. 1: SE: “The Process” (106-08). HTWA: 185-204 “Literary Analysis;” and 420-27 “Revision.”

5. Mar. 8: Essay #1 returned. HTWA: 340-43 “Smart Reading;” and 66-100 “Arguments.”

6. Mar. 15: Handout: Essay #2. SE: “Gardens of the Mind” (72-78). HTWA: 160-83 “Proposals.”

7. Mar. 22: Essay #2 Due: Short Story Analysis (Research, Narrative Structure, Imagery, Analysis/Response, and Deduction. HTWA: 334-356 ”Ideas;” and 362-395 “Shaping & Drafting.”

8. Mar. 29: SE: Falling off the Earth” (10-16). HTWA: 435-470 “Research and Sources.”

9. Apr. 5: Spring Vacation. Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax.

10. Apr. 12: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax, pp. 1-104. HTWA: review 435-470.

11. Apr. 19: Hela, pp. 104- 198. HTWA: 470-512 “MLA Documentation”

12. Apr. 26: Hela – finish it! Critical essay (#3) is due: Values. HTWA: review 184-217.

13. May 3: Bring L.A., my Love to class. SE: An Introduction to Lyric Poetry,” (129-37) and “Writing an Interpretive Essay” (136-48). HTWA: 540-65 “Media and Design.”

14. May 10: Poetry and the poetry of Music: “Songs of Fatherhood” (Montoya). Essay#4 Due: “Hela.” (Research/Analysis, Synthesis, Comparison and Contrast, Encompassing Multiple POV’s).

15. May 17: Return and revise Hela essays. SE: “The Dark Speed of Love” (120-21). HTWA:

16. May 24: Portfolios due with Revision of Essay (#4); Introduction to Payback. Bring Payback to class.
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 31, 7-9pm. Portfolios returned; Erik Sorto’s visit to discuss Payback.

1. Talk to people about academic writing, literature and critical thinking; apply what you learn to everyday matters in your life.

2. Be on time to class; don’t leave early. Stay the course. See me about difficulties with work and family. Be discreet, but share when it gets to be too much.

3. Look for recurring themes—in literature and in life. They form patterns and paradigms. Consider adapting each of our readings to cinematic or television form.

4. Bring all your textbooks to class every day. Ask questions. Kick ass with your intelligence.

5. For information on Plagiarism, go to www.lavc.edu/WCweb/Plagiarism.html. Just don’t cheat.

6. If you have to drop the class, be sure to drop the class in Academic Affairs. The last date to drop with a refund is February 20; the last day do drop with a W is May 7. Do the necessary paper work and please inform the teacher of your intent. But stay the course if you can. Talk to me.

7. Homework: Read the assigned readings before coming to class. If there are passages or ideas of especial interest to you, bring them up for discussion in class. You may lead the discussion.

8. Methodology: This course stresses the writing process: drafting, writing, and rewriting/revision. You may revise each essay until the portfolio is due.

9. Revise as often as you can. Good essays are not written; they are rewritten.
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