English 57 Workload (28474-413E)

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English 57 Workload (28474-413E)

Instructor: Shawn Hamilton

T-Th (4:10-6:00), F (3:10-4:00) Robbins 146

Office Hours: (Wed, 3-4, Th, 1-2, F, 5-6) Main Cafeteria

Email: hamilts@scc.losrios.edu

Mailbox: 1909 Galileo Ct, Davis, Suite B

Course Objectives: This intensive course allows students to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in a demanding yet supportive environment. While the class will help you to pass the UCD AWPE Exam, it ultimately intends to cultivate analytical skills that will help you academically, professionally, and socially throughout your life. Upon completion of this class, you will have significantly improved your ability to read, analyze, and respond to text and to persuasively defend or critique diverse ideas incorporating multiple sources of evidence.

Required Texts and Materials:
Exploring Language 12th ed., Gary Goshgarian

Workload 57Rhetoric and Handbook
You’ll also need a good college dictionary and several highlighters of various colors. You will also need online access, including a school-sanctioned email address.

Course Requirements:

Essay Description Due Date % Weight



Sept. 24



Revised Diagnostic

Oct. 1



Ad Analysis

Oct. 15




Oct. 21




Oct. 28



Media Analysis

Nov. 5




Nov. 18



AWPE Final

Dec. 6-10 (TBA)





= 100

Attendance: Our class requires your regular presence in order to function optimally. Writing well takes a good deal of discipline, so if you are chronically absent, late, without materials, unprepared, or otherwise lacking discipline, you are less likely to improve your writing. The formal policy is you can miss up to four hours of class time without being dropped although it may affect your grade. If you miss six hours, you will be dropped (medical emergencies excluded; please verify) Fridays are important. Don’t miss!
Grading: I will grade all essays according to the standards set forth in a rubric, which we will thoroughly discuss so you understand each of its components.
Homework: I will give you the next week’s homework assignments on Fridays and also post it online here: www.theswillbucket.com On the homepage you will see a link to “UCD.”
Plagiarism: When a student submits someone else’s work as her own, she is committing plagiarism. It commonly involves copying elements of another’s work and claiming them as one’s own, taking another’s ideas, unattributed, and taking credit for them, or falsely presenting oneself as the author or creator of a complete work (such as a poem or essay). Most universities and colleges have strict rules dealing with academic dishonesty. In fact, you can be expelled from the University for the offense. A better reason for avoiding plagiarism than threat of punishment, however, is simply that you can’t improve your writing and thinking if you don’t write and think. Even in the unlikely event that you should get away with plagiarism, you are really undermining your own education. Don’t be lazy. Do your own work!
Classroom Participation and Demeanor: To make the class more interesting for all of us, it is important that you come to class prepared. Being prepared means having carefully read and re-read the text under discussion and being ready to present questions and comments to the class regarding it. It’s unlikely that your reaction to a text will ever be completely neutral, so whether you tend to agree with it or disagree, like it or dislike it, find it boring or fascinating, you should take notes as you read that you can offer in class.

While I prefer to focus on the positive, I think it’s only fair to let you know about my pet peeves. I really take a dim view of cell phones going off in class or checking phones that are on silent mode. I especially harbor a distaste for in-class text messaging. I can easily recognize that a student is texting from body posture; I don’t need to see the phone. Like all electronic devices, phones can be useful in the proper context, but in a classroom they constitute distracting playthings.

On the subject of text messaging, I believe it contributes to the general decline of good writing and thinking, When you write to me, please refrain from using texting jargon. Taking grammatical shortcuts was permissible in the early days when people paid by the minute for online access, but this doesn’t apply anymore. Also, you are likely to use email in the future to communicate with important people, such as prospective employers. If your messages are poorly written and full of errors, they will reflect poorly on you. Therefore, I expect you to observe conventions of grammar and syntax while online. You’re learning to present yourself more professionally to the world.

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