English 90 Course Description and Calendar
Dr.  Kleinman
Spring 2007
CCSF

CLASSROOM--Cyberia (Arts Ext 265)
OFFICE--Batmale 524, Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 and by appt.
 


EMAIL (preferred)—ckleinma@ccsf.edu PHONE --452-5082   
WEB -- http://fog.ccsf.edu/~ckleinma (Click Courses ---> English 90)

Jump to a printable version (pdf).

It is your responsibility to contact me, preferably in person at the office, as soon as you need my help.  Contact, however, cannot make up for an absence.

You will need to use my web page's "course" link to English 90; our online 90 syllabus is loaded w/ writing, reading, and lab resources coordinated w/ your course assignments.  You should also bookmark the lab page .

TEXTS

Susan Anker's Real Essays, 2nd Ed.

You should also have a college-level dictionary and thesaurus , as well as disks--or email--for saving essays and exercises.   As an English 90 student you are required to use the Writing Lab, Reading Lab, or Cyberia's tutorial/learning resources, or the grammar/composition workshops and reading groups, or Reading Plus, one hour per week, minimum.  That is, you should be the beneficiary of a minimum of sixteen hours of English 90 lab work by week 16.

GOALS

ASSESSMENT

20%--Participation, homework, quizzes, exams
40%--Pre-Portfolio Essays
40%--Portfolio

Remember, your course description and calendar are always online by way of my homepage's course link, so there is no excuse for not knowing your English 90 responsibilities.

LAB AND TEXT PRACTICES

Much of what you need to know can be found at the Lab Page. As an English 90 student, you are required by the college to use the Learning Assistance Center 's resources for at least one hour each week, so be sure to sign in as an English 90 student and have your lab time documented. In other words, you will not pass this course if you do not fulfill the lab requirement. Since you will form a special understanding of Cyberia during class time, you should build on that understanding in Cyberia during open lab time, but your lab time may take the form of meeting with an actual Writing Lab or Reading Lab tutor, joining a weekly reading group, attending a grammar or or composition strategy workshop, using a Cyberia or LAC computer to plan or improve an essay, using a composition or Internet grammar or punctuation program in Cyberia, or using the Reading Lab's electronic resources, or using Reading Plus at any campus lab.   Note--if you are in a Reading course, you cannot count your Reading course lab hours as your English 90 lab hours.  If you're in 9 and 90, use the other lab resources to earn English 90 lab credit; then, after you've completed your English 9 lab hours, you may use the reading lab toward your English 90 lab requirement.

Each exercise in Real Essays is called a “practice.”  The odd-numbered problems are answered in the back of the book, so use the answers to check your progress.  You should always make the written practice activities a part of your reading; otherwise, you may not absorb the material.  In general, you will become a stronger reader, writer, and thinker the more you actively combine those activities.  As can be seen on the calendar, specific practice exercises have already been assigned as homework, but you should experiment with the unassigned practice exercises as well.  Remember, you will rip yourself off if you jump right into the written homework without examining its accompanying reading.  During the semester, though, it is extremely likely that in-class writing, sometimes in the form of a quiz, will take place.  Do not expect to make-up in-class tasks; if you know about an impending absence, make arrangements with me in advance. 

ESSAYS AND PORTFOLIO

During the first three-fourths of the class, you will compose essays in and out of class; some of your writing will be timed in Cyberia, and some will be spread out over weeks.  All of the essays will relate to what we are reading, and all of the essays must be written and turned in on time in order for you to pass the class. During the final month of the course our class will take the form of a portfolio workshop, during which you will be working on your final essay and revising some old writing.  A portfolio is simply a representative sampling of your work and will feature major revisions of two graded out-of-class essays and a new, previously ungraded argumentative essay based on an assignment that other English 90 classes will be using.  Your portfolio will also include a cover letter, as well as any other work that might enhance your portfolio representation of yourself as a college writer, all beautifully typed.  Not submitting a portfolio = not passing the course.  NOTE--The English 90 portfolio is in place of a final, but it will be assessed by other English 90 portfolio professors.  If you earn at least a "C" in the course and your portfolio is strong enough, you will be given the chance to "skip" English 92!

OTHER POLICIES

  • Plagiarism , the act of passing off someone else's work as your own, will result in failing the course and/or being removed from the college.  Due to time constraints and Internet accessibility, the temptation to plagiarize is a great one.  If you feel this temptation or are confused about whether you are committing plagiarism, see me before it inhales you into a life of corruption, just as you may see me to talk through any writing and reading issue.
  • An absence is an absence.  It is your responsibility to exchange email addresses with 1 or 2 classmates to stay informed of class happenings and notes, and it is your responsibility to contact me in advance about any impending absences.  You will be allowed two (2) absences; three (3) lates or early exits will equal an absence .  Perfect attendance should help your grade. 
  • Turn off your cell phones and pagers; “vibrate” if you must.  Each time your device makes noise, you will write a 300-word essay explaining why that disruption occurred. 
  • No eating or gum chewing in class, but bottled water might be okay.
ESSAY

FORMAT

USING

MLA

STYLE

MLA format


For more about MLA style, go to The Lab Page's Web Resources for Research or
http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/English/labpage/cyberiapdfs/MLAformat.pdf

COURSE CALENDAR OF DUE DATES

Note that the dates listed are due dates for the tasks listed next to them. 
Have those tasks completed before entering the classroom.

> Required written work is made clear in the DUE column.
> Please bring Anker's Real Essays ( RE ), a notebook, and a dictionary to every class. 
> In-class writing will not always be announced; do not expect a make-up if you are absent. 
> When we need to adjust the calendar or add homework, we shall do so.
> Ask questions if you're confused about the expectations.
>The online calendar contains links to essay assignments and relevant websites.

Due Dates

Real Essays

Reading Due

Real Essays "Practice" to Turn in  

[exercise  # (pages)]

Suggested Lab Activities

Cyberia, Writing Lab, Reading Lab, Reading Tutor, Reading Group, Grammar and Composition Strategy Workshops, Approved Online Activities

Writing Due

[outlines, drafts, in-class writing, revisions]

1/17

BUY

REAL

ESSAYS .

Do you

have a

good

dictionary?

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Ask a tutor for a workshop schedule and to tell you three skills you could learn by going to the Writing Lab .

Skills

1

2

3

The Lab Page --go to "grammar and mechanics" and register yourself into Exercise Central; try a multiple choice fragment exercise.

Cyberia--go to the Writing folder and explore the Real Essays Writing Guide software, especially for sentence-level help

The start of Anker's Diagnostic

Write your log-in and password. Don't forget it!

1/24

Practice 1 (541-42)

Print and fill out this temp copy of Practice 1 on 541 and 542.

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Ask a tutor for a handout about essay planning, organization, and/or outlining.  If the tutor has time, ask for the handout to be explained.

Simply locate the Reading Lab and the Writing Lab's grammar and composition strategy workshop location.

Cyberia--Log back into Anker's Diagnostic ; ask the faculty “coach” for help w/ your test report. Remember your login and password.

The Lab Page – Go to the Grammar and Mechanics link and find the Guide to Grammar's PowerPoint show on fragments and sentence basics.

Save and fill-in this Greene summary and response form

(Email yourself an attachment of the filled out version and/or save it to a disk for class.)

1/31

practice 2 (48)

practice 4
(84-85)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Review summary rules and strategies with a tutor.

Writing Lab—Does the Writing Lab have any thesis statement or essay organization handouts? Grab some!

Web/Cyberia--Use the Cyberia Activity Form to explore thesis statements.

Try this topic sentence link too!

Cyberia-- Try Townsend Press online exercises “building” program in Cyberia's Reading folder. Create a free account!

Save and fill in this Schor summary and response form

(Email yourself an attachment of the filled out version and/or save it to a disk for class.)

2/7

In-Class Writing Greene/Schor

practice 4 (73-75)

practice 4 (345-46)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Try Reading Plus on a Reading Lab computer and/or meet with a reading tutor to improve your Real Essays reading.

SIGN UP FOR A READING GROUP!

Workshop I should attend (see the schedule of grammar and composition strategy workshops) =

Cyberia-- explore the Real Essays Writing Guide 's illustration read/write activities and explore The Electronic Bedford Handbook' s section on the writing process.

The Lab Page—Find two helpful “fragment” links on the Cyberia Activity Form.

What about Grammar Bytes ?

In-Class Essay on Greene or Schor

If you're using a computer with Inspiration, try this Inspiration version.

(no make-ups)

2/14

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

practice 2 (358-60)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab —Ask a tutor for an introduction to MLA quote integration, signal phrases, parenthetical page references, and Works Cited.  Imagine that you have to quote lines—w/o plagiarizing--from this week's assigned essays.

Reading Lab —Continue with Main Idea, Vocabulary, and/or Organization.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page —Compare the run-on tasks in Grammar Bytes, Sentence Sense, and Hacker's Grammar Exercises.

Cyberia —Ask the faculty coach for help starting with WriteOutLoud.  In that program, type in an argumentatively strong passage of 3-5 sentences and weak passage of 3-5 sentences from this week's two assigned essays.  Use WriteOutLoud to hear the strengths and weaknesses.

 

Draft Debate summary and response form (Broyles section due)

2/21

practice 5 (565)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab —Ask for an activity that might enhance the way you read arguments or identify significant details.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page —Go to the “grammar” link and strengthen your comma control at Sentence Sense and Exercise Central

Cyberia —Use the Writing Guide to review verb tense and forms.

 

Draft Debate summary and response form (Fick section due)

2/28

HERE IS YOUR DRAFT DEBATE ASSIGNMENT

Here is an alternative Inspiration map that you may find more effective than the one you've already seen.  Here's a Word version of the alternative map.

 

practice 4
(375-76)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab —Meet with a tutor to strengthen your outlining strategies.  Is your thesis strong enough to give direction to your outline?  Can you visualize meaningfully organized thesis-support paragraphs?  Where are you referencing the readings?

Reading Lab —Ask for an activity that might enhance the way you read arguments or identify significant details.

Workshop I should attend =

Lab Page —Review the sample MLA arguments about cellphones and driving in Bedford's Model Documents.

Lab Page —Learn from the Guide Grammar's PowerPoint show on “agreement.”

Cyberia —Use the Writing Guide's sentence-level help to review fragment and run-on avoidance.  Try Inspiration to outline your argument!

Draft Debate Outline Due for Workshop; your outline should be typed as an Inspiration or Microsoft Word document and saved on a disk. Here's the Inspiration template, and here's an alternative map that might be better for you.  Here's a Word version of the alternative map.

(Note—Just the outline is due; the more you invest in your working thesis and outline, the stronger your essay should be.)

3/7

practice 2

(474-75)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab —Meet with a tutor to transform your outline into a strong essay draft for this week's workshop

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia —Use Inspiration to better visualize your outline.

Cyberia —Use WriteOutLoud to hear your essay draft.

The Lab Page —At the “Planning and Writing” link try Hacker's Writing Exercises.

Essay Draft Due for Workshop; your essay should be typed as a Microsoft Word document and saved on a disk (and/or emailed as an attachment).

Here's a workshop guide.

3/14

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

practice 1   (452-53)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab —Meet with a tutor to transform your essay draft into a carefully revised, MLA-formatted essay .

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia —Use WriteOutLoud to hear the changes you're making during revision.

The Lab Page —Use the “vocabulary” links to online dictionaries and thesauruses.

Run your draft through the CUNY WriteSite .

Stronger, MLA-Enhanced Revision Draft Debate Argument DUE

Barry Summary and Response Sheet

3/21

practice 4 (464-65)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab —Try Inferences in the Jamestown Comprehension Skills; try something new in the lab

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page —try modifier exercises in the Guide to Grammar and Writing and in Exercise Central

Cyberia --Explore modifiers and cause-and-effect in the Writing Guide software

Beck Summary and Response Sheet

3/28

 

 

(No class on 4/4 due to spring break. Enjoy.)

practice 6 (467-68)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Reading Lab—Have you tried a Critical Reading Activity?

Writing Lab—Review your graded writing w/ a tutor.

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to create a diagram or map of Barry or Beck's argument.

The Lab Page—Earn lab credit doing the Townsend Press online reading tasks ; set up an account and check your scores.

OUTLINE of Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and Farrah

Here's your Inspiration map/outline to work through your ideas. And here's a Word version of that Inspiration document.

These materials are also in the Cyberia Assignment Folder: Kleinman > English 90> Larry and Farrah.

4/11

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with grammar tutor to clarify a grammar or punctuation are of confusion.

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia-- Review the four most common sentence structure errors, as listed in the Writing Guide

The Lab Page —Use Cyberia Activity Form to practice subordination!  Check out the new Cyberia home page !

 

DRAFT OF Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and Farrah .  Decide whether or not you and your co-author will revise together or separately.

4/18

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss cover letter and portfolio revision possibilities w/ a tutor

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia— Use Inspiration to map your argument for “The Athlete's Club” project. First save these on your computer or disk; do not just open them.
Inspiration Map 1 or
Inspiration Map 2

Map 1 Word version
Map 2 Word version

TURN IN Co-authored writing using Barry and Beck and profiles of Larry and Farrah

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“The Athletes Club” Summary and Response Sheets

4/25

 

practice 4 (484)

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet w/ a tutor to improve your “Athlete's Club” outline.

Workshop I should attend =

Cyberia—Use Inspiration to map and outline your eventual essay draft about  “The Athletes Club”

“The Athletes Club” outline of your eventual argument.  Remember to first save on your computer and then open:

Inspiration Map 1  or
Inspiration Map 2

Map 1 Word version
Map 2 Word version

5/2

Choose what you need to practice in Real Essays .

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss your “Athlete's Club” argument's organization and support with a tutor.  Review your use of MLA style as well.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page--Explore sentence variety at Exercise Central.

Cyberia—Use The Electronic Bedford Handbook to improve sentence clarity and MLA quotation and citation.

“The Athletes Club” essay draft for workshopping.

Your other two portfolio essays and cover letter in progress should also be workshopped in class.

5/9

 

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Discuss your “Athlete's Club” argument and other portfolio works with a tutor.  Review your use of MLA style as well.

Workshop I should attend =

The Lab Page--Review Hacker's Guide to Research and Documentation.

Which resources will best enhance your portfolio revisions and cover letter?

WORKSHOP ALL PORTFOLIO MATERIALS: ESSAYS AND COVER LETTER

Try this Inspiration cover letter map--or the Word version of the map

5/16

Stamped lab sheet(s) due

  • Final portfolio editing
  • Portfolio w/ drafts and previously graded essays due by end of class

The LAC (R207)

Cyberia/Web

Writing Lab—Meet with a tutor to refine your portfolio.

Which resources will best enhance your portfolio revisions and cover letter?

Revised Portfolio at end of class (drafts and graded versions included)

5/23

Final Exam Period = retrieve portfolio at Batmale 524

Portfolio returned