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Prof. Jim Garrett
Office: E & T A608
Office Hours: Mon 4:30-6pm, Tue 10-11am, Noon-1pm, Thu 10-11am and by appt
Phone: (323) 343-4163
Course web site: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jgarret/101h/
Catalog Description: Prerequisite: English Placement Test or completion of ENGL 096. Reading and writing to develop and communicate ideas. Instruction in basic strategies for planning, composing, and revising college writing. Use of authorities, examples, arguments and facts. Graded A,B,C/NC. GE A1
Description:We search the past for origins and justifications, and use the past to invent stories that culminate in us. We preserve these stories not only in our literature, but virtually everywhere, from the museums we build to the boxes we check on college applications. These stories of our shared past and its power to define and explain us will provide the basis of our investigations. Through classical and contemporary texts, we will study the complex dynamics that determine what is remembered, who gets to remember and who is destined to be forgotten. We will conclude with an examination of the modern museum and the story it tells about our history, our desires, and our fears.
Overall Objective: The purpose of this course is relatively straight-forward: To work on improving your ability to think critically about texts (in whatever form you encounter them) and communicate clearly your ideas. No magic solutions will be offered nor will you be taught a one-size-fits-all college essay format. We will build on ideas of audience, purpose, and the use of rhetorical strategies and organizations which you will have studied in English 101, and extend these ideas to larger projects requiring research and dealing with specialized audiences. Furthermore, because the broad theme of this course is technology, ethics and the human body, my goal is that you will become more aware, not only of your own writing, but also about how we might imagine our future and how we live in the present.
Learn fundamental rhetorical strategies used to produce
university-level expository prose, especially
modify content and form according to purpose and audience
appropriately use authorities, examples, facts, etc. to
support an argument or position
vary stylistic options to achieve different effects
Develop effective reading and writing skills
Use reading and writing critically as a means of generating
and exploring ideas
Articulate an individual perspective through organizing and
developing their ideas into a coherent essay
Practice strategies for meaningful revision
Develop an effective individual writing process
Incorporate textual evidence through quotation and paraphrase
into their essays and appropriately cite their sources
Critique their own work and that of peers using the conceptual
and stylistic conventions of academic discourse
Edit final drafts to minimize mechanical/grammatical errors
and to improve clarity of style
There is much reading and writing in this class.
You will need to be diligent about planning ahead and completing
your tasks on time. Please
note that all assignments are required.
Listed below are the required assignments for this course:
Points Per Assignment
essays (3+ pages) and two longer essays (5+ pages) (first draft 5
points each; revised draft up to 25 points each—up to 120 points
(revised versions of two longer essays plus a short reflective
essay on writing)
presentations on assigned topics.
journals (five summaries and responses)
order to pass this class all assignments (papers and exams) must be
Plagiarism (see description below) does not
constitute a legitimate attempt of the assignment.
Reasonable accommodation will be provided to any student who is
registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities and requests
distribution of points for the individual assignments in this course is
listed in “Requirements” above. For the quarter, 250 points are
possible. Plus and minus grades are used in the class.
that in order to receive credit for this course, you must earn a grade
of C or better (73% or higher). A
grade of C- or below (72% and below) is a No Credit grade.
If you receive a NC grade, you will have to take English 102
Phones and Pagers: Please
turn off all cell phones, pagers, portable radios, iPods, televisions,
computers, MP3/CD/DVD players, and any other electronic communication
and/or entertainment devices before coming to class.
the Instructor: Email
is the most effective way of communicating with me outside of class and
my office hours. However, be reasonable. If you email me at 2:00 AM the
morning before a paper is due, don’t expect a response.
At least, not a civil one.
Regular and prompt attendance is essential. Arriving late to class is
rude and disruptive and will not be tolerated. If you cannot arrive to
class on time you should consider taking classes at times more suited to
your schedule. Regardless of the
reason, failure to attend class
or arriving to class late will affect your final quarter grade.
Per English Department policy, students who are absent more than
20% of the time (more than three class meetings) will not be allowed to
take the final exam. I also
expect you to come awake, prepared and ready to engage in whatever work
lies before you.
Note: English Department policy states that composition students must
attend the first two class meetings of the quarter to retain their place
in the class. Any student who is absent either the first or second class
meeting will be dropped and the space given to another student who is
trying to add.
Please note the following carefully when preparing your written
assignments for this class:
assignments must be typed following standard formatting practices
for college writing—use a readable type style (12 point type),
indent paragraphs, double space between lines, and use one inch
margins. Any style guide will contain information on formatting your
written assignments for submission.
handing in written assignments, edit and proofread your work
not use plastic covers or report folders or title pages on your
first two written assignments. Each assignment, though, should have
your name, the course number, the date, and my name on separate
lines (double-spaced) in the upper left corner of the first page. If
the paper has a title, center it on the first page, after the above
research paper does require a title page (but no folders).
page numbers and place them in the upper right corner of the page.
If you are uncertain how to have word processing software generate
the correct page number in the header of your document, ask someone
in one of the labs.
consistent in your use of a citation format. You can use either MLA
or APA. For a guide to these two citation systems, see the campus
library’s APA or MLA style guides (available in the library or
online). I prefer MLA.
papers are not accepted. The assignment due dates are distributed on
the first day of class, and the assignments are made available often
weeks before they are due.
Collaborating with others is encouraged when you are planning your
papers, reviewing each other’s work, preparing for presentations or
for exams. Study or reading groups can be effective ways to study and
learn. However, when you write your papers, the text needs to be your
carefully observe the standard rules for acknowledging the sources of
words and ideas. If you make use of a phrase or a quote or if you
paraphrase another writer’s words or ideas, you must acknowledge the
source of these words or ideas telling us the source of these materials.
APA and MLA style differ on the exact format of this attribution, but
the simple version is the name of the author and the page number (if
appropriate) in parentheses at the end of the sentence containing the
use of the source material. If you fail to acknowledge properly the
source of your text, you will receive a zero on the assignment and be
reported to the Student Disciplinary Officer.
plagiarize or otherwise misrepresent the source of your work, you will
receive a zero on the assignment and be reported to the Student
panic and are tempted to plagiarize or cheat, DO NOT.
Contact me and we can negotiate a solution.
Once you cheat, it is too late for you to negotiate anything.
I have ordered the following texts for this class:
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
required readings will be distributed in class or made available online.
Andrea Lunsford, The Everyday Writer (Fourth Edition with APA and MLA Updates)