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ENGLISH 1A

Pasadena City College

Spring 2008

Dr. Nika Hogan Prof. Marra Hamma

Email: mihogan@pasadena.edu mahamma@pasadena.edu

Office: C156-D Office: C252-P

Office Phone: (626) 585-3243 Office Phone: (626) 585-3230


Office Hours: 2/19-3/21 Office Hours: After 3/21

T/Th 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. M/W 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

W 10:40-11:40 Tu/Th 10:00a.m -11:30 a.m.

F 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Welcome to English 1A! This semester’s work will be focused on writing for the real world, specifically on writing that can address problems and produce solutions within our home communities. In other words, we will explore how writing (and language more generally) can be used to create social change. Throughout the process of exploring this question, you will simultaneously be developing and strengthening the kind of reading, writing, researching and thinking expected in U.S. colleges and universities and helpful in terms of thinking critically about the culture(s) in which we live. Of course, no one writing class can teach you “how to write” for all of the different kinds of writing tasks you’ll be asked to do in college (or at work, or in your personal, or civic life), but what this course can teach you are the ways of thinking about the contexts, purposes and demands of a given writing (and/or reading) situation so that you can determine for yourself how to respond. Thus the various activities we will do for this class will support the overall goals of this course, which can be thought about in terms of the following student learning outcomes (SLOs):



English 1A Student Learning Outcomes

After having taken this course at Pasadena City College, you should be able to:



  • Write cogent, well-developed arguments that clearly articulate a thesis supported by textual evidence.

  • Read critically by summarizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating college level texts.

  • Select, evaluate, interpret and synthesize sources in the service of an argument.

  • Document sources (print, electronic and other) in MLA style.

  • Use effective strategies for pre-writing, composing, and revising of essays.

  • Every student will compose his or her own personal student learning outcomes (PSLOs)

Required Texts:

  • Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002.

  • Colombo, Gary and Robert Culler and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2007.

  • Aaron, Jane E. The Little Brown Compact Handbook, 2nd PCC Edition. New York: Pearson Longman. 2007.

Recommended Texts:

  • A college-level dictionary

    • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Merriam Webster Publishers. 11th Edition. (approximately $14.00 on Amazon.com)

Required Supplies:

Please bring all handouts, textbooks, supplies and notebooks to class each meeting. You’ll need pens and paper to take notes during lectures. As the exams are all open book/open notes, note taking is strongly recommended.



In Class Expectations:

All students must display the following behavior while in class or office hours. Any student in violation of these behaviors will be asked to leave. This absence will count towards the total for the semester.



  • Leave personal conversations outside the classroom, including those on cell-phones.

  • Refrain from walking out of class during class time. It distracts the instructor as well as other students.

  • Address the instructor as well as other students in the class with respect, even if you disagree with their opinion.

  • Save instructor-student matters for office hours (including grade disputes).

  • Use active listening skills during lecture and discussions.

  • Do not talk while others in the class are talking. This includes whispered personal conversations with neighbors.

In sum, in a class like ours, where each person is asked to constantly share their writing and their ideas, it is essential that we all maintain an atmosphere of tolerance and respect. Everybody should feel able to speak and everybody should be willing to listen. In this classroom, I will not tolerate hateful or malicious commentary.
Attendance:

This is a small, workshop based course which requires full participation from all members: as such, attendance is mandatory! I realize that life is unpredictable, and so everybody is allowed two “free” absences, no questions asked. Save these for the sicknesses, traffic issues, or personal emergencies that tend to come up over the course of a semester. For every absence after 2, however, your grade will be docked by 5 points. NO EXCUSES, medical or otherwise, will be accepted after 2 absences. You must make arrangements to turn in assignments due on the day you are absent. No excuses will be accepted for missed deadlines, even as a result of an absence. **Note: If you miss eight hours of class, or four classes, you can be dropped from the course. Keep in mind, though, if you decide to stop attending class, it is your responsibility to officially drop in order to avoid an “F” on your transcript. This semester, the last day to drop a course with a “W” is May 9.



What constitutes an absence?

    1. Missing class.

    2. Not having a draft on the day that it is due.

    3. Not showing up for a scheduled conference.

    4. Not having your own copy of the reading assignments

Lateness:

Everybody is late sometimes, which should not constitute a problem unless you are chronically or extremely late. I will dock you 1 point for every five minutes that you come in late. So, if you are fifteen minutes late, you will lose 3 points. On the bright side, if I am ever late, I will award everybody who is present points using the same scale.



Requirements: Please note that you must complete all of the requirements in order to pass the course! For example, if you never turn in Essay 1 but have straight A’s on everything else, you still cannot receive a passing final grade until you finish Essay 1. This is what we mean when we call them “requirements.”

Grading

Grading is on a point scale. Students may earn 0-250 pts. over the course of the semester.

Essay #1 10%

Essay #2 10%

Essay #3 10%

Essay #4 10%

Midterm Exam 10%

Debate Write-ups 10%

Group Project Presentation 10%

Participation 10%

Essay #5 (8-10 pages) 10%

Final Exam 10%



Reading Assignments

It is imperative that you complete each reading assignment before the class begins. Your participation grade depends on your contribution to class discussions about the reading assignment. Exams will test you on the completion of reading.



Assignments and Tests

Please save all graded assignments in case of a grade dispute. If I make a mistake in your grade, it is your responsibility to provide proof of my error.



Essays

You will write five essays in this class. Each will ask you to make critical academic arguments and deliberate rhetorical choices about the ideas presented in the reading we will be doing. You must complete all required drafts and parts of the writing processes we engage in as a class in order to receive full credit for these essays. I will not give you any credit at all if you turn in only your final draft.

Each essay in this class has a minimum page length. Be sure your essay meets page length requirements.

Essays must be submitted at the beginning of the class period on which they are due. Late papers will lose ONE FULL GRADE for each class period they are late.

Each paper must follow MLA guidelines for citation of sources and use STANDARD FONT and MARGINS.

Essay numbers 3 and 4 will be combined and rewritten to form your final paper. The final paper is worth 10% of your grade.



Debate Write Ups:

Each debate write up is due on the day of the debate. You will lose one full grade for each class period it is late.



Group Project Presentation:

Working with a small group of your peers, you will plan and execute a presentation to “teach” one chapter of Fast Food Nation to the rest if the class.



Exams

Exams are designed to ensure that you are keeping up with outside reading, class discussions, and assignments. The final exam is designed to test your mastery of the course material. NO make-ups on missed exams will be allowed. You will need a blue book for exams.

The midterm exam will be on the first half of course material. The final exam will be on the last half.

Participation

Daily participation in CLASS DISCUSSIONS is critical to your success in the course. Participation includes: reading and fully digesting any reading assignment BEFORE the class day for which it is assigned; active effort to join in the discussions and workshops (at least one comment per class); good faith effort in peer response and other group work. Note: “Negative” participation, such as sleeping or disrupting other people’s work in class, will have a correspondingly negative impact on your participation grade.


Plagiarism and Cheating

Please familiarize yourself with the college’s policy on cheating and plagiarism. Neither will be tolerated. Both will result on an “F” on the assignment and you will be referred to the academic dean for counseling. Any further instances of cheating will result in an “F” in the class.

Plagiarism is stealing, whether intentional or not. Plagiarism means using someone else’s WORDS, IDEAS, or RESEARCH without giving proper credit with parenthetical citation. You must give a parenthetical citation even if you PARAPHRASE. Plagiarism is also using YOUR essays or assignments from another class for this one. You may not use assignments from another class to earn a grade.

Writing Center

In order to pass this class, you must be concurrently enrolled in English 900, Writing Center Lab, which requires you to spend one hour each week in the English Department’s Writing Center (located in C341 and 345). The lab is designed to both supplement and complement the work we are doing in the course. Faculty and peer tutors will offer one-on-one and group teaching activities, and the lab also offers computer-assisted tutorial software that will address grammar, mechanics, and general reading and writing skills. You are only allowed two absences from the Writing Center during the course of the term. Note: You must bring your Lancer card, registration slip, and 900 Assignment sheet every time you attend the lab.

The English Division policy states that any student who is not already enrolled in one section of English 900, The Writing Center, by Monday of the fourth week of the semester, will be dropped from English 1A. There will be no exceptions. This means you might need to enroll in a section of the Writing Center that is not convenient for your schedule. At some point you may be able to switch sections.

If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of English, please do not hesitate to seek assistance from me or the many resources available on campus. It is an excellent idea to take advantage of the tutors in the writing center during your hour in English 900 every week!


Disabled Students


If you have a disability and need special accommodations, please let me know within the first week of class. To receive accommodations, all disabled students must first visit Disabled Students Programs and Services for proper documentation. Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S) is designed to enable eligible students with a verified disability(s) to participate fully in all of Pasadena City College's academic and vocational programs. Those with learning, physical, developmental, visual, hearing, speech/language, other health impairments, and /or psychological disabilities may inquire about services by contacting DSP&S.
Room: D209
Telephone: 626-585-7127
Fax: 626-585-7566

Class Schedule


This schedule is flexible and subject to change at any time!

Week One: February 17-23

Tuesday, 2/19:

In Class: Introductions

Homework: Read: Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, “Introduction”

Write: Start your “Journalistic Inquiry”



Thursday, 2/21:

In Class: “Culture Box” exercise; Begin Fast Food Nation Group Project Presentations

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation Chapters 1 and 2

Write: Rough Draft of Essay #1



Week Two: February 24-March 1

Tuesday, 2/26:

In Class: Rough Draft of Essay #1 is DUE; Peer Response; Discuss Fast Food Nation

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation Chapters 3 and 4

Write: revise Rough Draft



Thursday, 2/28:

In Class: Mid Process Draft of Essay #1 is DUE; Self Assessment; Work on group project presentations

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation Chapters 5 and 6

Write: Work on Group Project Presentations; continue to revise Essay #1



Saturday, 3/1: Last Day to Add or to Drop a course without a “W”

Week Three: March 2-8

Tuesday, 3/4:

In Class: Individual conferences with me to develop personal student learning outcomes (PSLOs)

Homework: Read ahead and Work on Group Project Presentations; continue to revise Essay #1

Thursday, 3/6:

In Class: Individual conferences with me to develop personal student learning outcomes (PSLOs)

Homework: Read ahead and Work on Group Project Presentations; continue to revise Essay #1

Week Four: March 9-15

Tuesday, 3/11:

In Class: Final Draft of Essay #1 is DUE; Fast Food Nation Presentations, Groups 1 and 2

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation Chapters 7 and 8

Thursday, 3/13:

In Class: Fast Food Nation Presentations, Groups 3 and 4

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation Chapters 9 and 10

Week Five: March 16-22

Tuesday, 3/18:

In Class: Fast Food Nation Presentations, Groups 5 and 6

Homework: Read: Fast Food Nation, Epilogue and Afterword

Thursday, 3/20:

In Class: Write Essay #2 in class



Week Six: March 23-29

Tuesday, 3/25:

In Class: Intro to Debate; About Reading; Library Tour

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Introduction, “Money and Success,” 259-264

Read: Rereading America, Horatio Alger, “From Ragged Dick,” 264-269

Research: Debate Topic

Thursday, 3/27:

In Class: Seminar; Debate Prep; Intro to Essay #3

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Harlon L. Dalton, “Horatio Alger,” 278-283

Write: Debate Write-UP



Week Seven: March 30-April 5

Tuesday, 4/1:

In Class: Debate Write-Up is DUE; In-Class Debate

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Toni Cade Bambara, “The Lesson,” 270-277

Read: Rereading America, Ken Hamblin, “The Black Avenger,” 285-292

Research: Debate Topic



Thursday, 4/3:

In Class: Seminar; Midterm Review

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Barbara Ehrenreich, “Serving in Florida,” 294-306

Read: Rereading America, Gregory Mantsios, “Class in America-2003,” 307-323

Review: For Midterm



Week Eight: April 6-12

Tuesday, 4/8:

In Class: Midterm Exam (bring a Bluebook!)

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Dana Gioia, “Money,” 330-331

Read: Rereading America, Sharon Olds, “From Seven Floors Up,” 332-333

Thursday, 4/10:

In Class: Seminar; The Structure of Argument

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Diana Kendall, “Framing Class, Vicarious Living…” 334-351

Read: Rereading America, Studs Terkel, “Steven Cruz,” 353-357



Write: Rough Draft of Essay #3

Spring Break: April 14-19

Week Nine: April 20-26

Tuesday, 4/22:

In Class: Rough Draft of Essay #3 is Due; Peer Response

Homework: Read: Rereading America, A.W. Garland, “Good Noise, Cora Tucker,” 358-368

Read: Rereading America, Introduction, “Learning Power…,” 113-119

Write: Revise Draft of Essay #3

Thursday, 4/24:

In Class: Mid Process Draft of Essay #3 is Due; Self-Assessment

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Horace Mann, “From Report of the Massachusetts…,” 121-130

Read: Rereading America, Jonathan Kozol, “Still Separate, Still Unequal,” 239-255

Write: Continue to Revise Draft of Essay #3

Week Ten: April 27-May 3

Tuesday, 4/29:

In Class: Seminar

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Michael Moore, “Idiot Nation,” 132-149

Read: Rereading America, Matt Groening, “School is Hell,” 151

Read: Rereading America, Matt Groening, “Life in School,” 160

Read: Rereading America, John Taylor Gatto, “Against School,” 152-159

Write: Continue to Revise Draft of Essay #3

Thursday, 5/1:

In Class: Debate Prep; Seminar

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Mike Rose, “I Just Wanna Be Average,” 161-172

Read: Rereading America, Jean Anyon, “From Social Class…,” 173-188

Write: Continue to Revise Draft of Essay #3

Research: Debate Topic

Week Eleven: May 4-10

Tuesday, 5/6:

In Class: Final Draft of Essay #3 is Due; Debate Prep

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Richard Rodriguez, “The Achievement of Desire,” 193-205

Read: Rereading America, Inés Hernández-ávila, “Para Tereas,” 206-209

Research: Debate Topic

Thursday, 5/8:

In Class: Debate Write-Up is DUE; In-Class Debate

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Deborah Tannen, “The Roots of Debate...,” 219-237

Write: Rough Draft of Essay #4

Saturday, 5/9: Last Day to Drop a course with a “W”

Week Twelve: May 11-17

Tuesday, 5/13:

In Class: Rough Draft of Essay #4 is Due; Peer Response; Debate Prep

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Malcolm X, “Learning To Read,” 210-218

Write: Revise Rough Draft of Essay #4

Research: Debate Topic

Thursday, 5/15:

In Class: Mid Process Draft of Essay #4 is Due; Self Assessment; Debate Prep

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Introduction, “Land of Liberty,” 755-761

Read: Rereading America, Albert J. Beveridge, “The March of the Flag,” 762-767

Read: Rereading America, Dinesh D’Souza, “America the Beautiful…” 768-781

Write: Continue to Revise Draft of Essay #4

Research: Debate Topic

Week Thirteen: May 18-24

Tuesday, 5/20:

In Class: Debate Write-Up is DUE; In-Class Debate

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Henry David Thoreau, “Resistance to Civil Government,” 836-848

Write: Continue to Revise Draft of Essay #4

Thursday, 5/22:

In Class: Final Draft of Essay #4 is Due

Homework: Write: Create/Revise Draft of Essay #5

Research: Debate Topic

Week Fourteen: March 25-31

Tuesday, 5/27:

In Class: Individual conferences with me to review personal student learning outcomes (PSLOs)

Homework: Continue to revise Essay #5

Thursday, 5/29:

In Class: Individual conferences with me to review personal student learning outcomes (PSLOs)

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Joel Andreas, “The War on Terrorism,” 794-805

Continue to revise Essay #5



Week Fifteen: June 1-7

Tuesday, 6/3:

In Class: Final Draft of Essay #5 is Due; Seminar

Homework: Read: Rereading America, Eyal Press, “In Torture We Trust?” 814-823

Read: Rereading America, Todd Gitlin, “Under the Sign…,” 824-835

Thursday, 6/5:

In Class: Review



Homework: Review: Review for final exam

Final Exam Week: June 8-14

Tuesday, 6/10: 8:00a.m.-10:00 a.m.

  • Final Exam (Bring a Bluebook!)


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