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DEV022: Fundamentals of English Writing,
Fundamentals of English is designed as a preparation for English I, the college-level English course. It will serve as a review of the basic skills necessary in composition, usage, spelling, and writing mechanics necessary for entry into English I. (FA, SP, SU)
Aaron, Little Brown Compact Handbook, 5th edition,
Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-321-10495-1
Elizabeth Long, Resources for Writers , Allyn & Bacon,
Other Required Materials: 3.5 IBM disk or storage devices;
Purpose of Course:
Fundamentals of English is designed to teach students the writing process by focusing on the concepts of prewriting, organization, unity, development, introductions, conclusions, and revision, with emphasis on clarity and coherence, which includes review of grammar, usage, sentence structure, word choice & punctuation. It is also the purpose of all developmental classes to help each student become successful through the development of a variety of college study skills.
Course Objectives—Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate the writing, thinking, reading, and communicative skills necessary for success in all college courses;
Demonstrate mastery of the complexity of the full writing process – choosing a topic, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing;
Demonstrate writing fluency through correct usage of standard English, including grammar and punctuation skills;
Demonstrate understanding of the complex relationship between the self and the greater community via personal writings, business writing, and analysis/summary of publications.
Writing Process Journal Writing
Grammar & Standard English Usage
Business Writing Essays
Assessment of Student Learning:
Student outcomes of the above objectives that will constitute 80% of the student’s final grade may be measured through, but not limited to, the following: writing assignments, objective and essay examinations, quizzes, oral presentations, class participation, small group work, journal writings, homework, in-class writings, and computerized grammar exercises.
Class participation 10%
Writing Assignments 80%
---Consists of 4 papers, 2-4 pages typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, Pre-writing must be evident before a paper will be accepted and will be included in this grade.
Homework/In-class assignments/Group Work 10%
100%-90% = A
89%-80% = B
79%-70% = C
69%-60% = D
59% or below = F
Grades will be calculated on total points and 70% mastery will be necessary for satisfactory completion of the course. A grade less than 70% will result in the student being required to repeat the course
Description of Major Assignments:
Journal: A journal of responses, thoughts, reactions, and opinions is an excellent way to improve your writing, thinking, and communicative skills. You may be asked to read journal entries to the class.
In-class Writing: In-class writing will prepare you for future courses containing essay exams & for spontaneous writing.
Paragraphs & Essays: Paragraph & essay writing will include various writing strategies or types, such as narrating, describing, comparing & contrasting, informing, persuading, & arguing, & summarizing. Paragraphs and essays will move through five stages of writing: choosing a topic, prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. For a paper to receive its mark of excellence, all stages of the writing process must be taken seriously. Don't expect an "A" or a "B" for a paper that has not been through the process. Final drafts should be submitted in a two-pocket folder and should include all stages of the writing process.
Quizzes: Quizzes will relate to the assignments, class discussions, & exercises & readings in the textbook, including grammar & punctuation.
In compliance with MACC’s General Education outcomes, the student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
I. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
Attendance: Any student who misses more than six class periods during a regular sixteen (16)-week semester or the equivalent proportion of the class time during a shorter session will be dropped from the class unless acceptable justification is supplied to the instructor and the Dean of Student Services. The student will be notified in writing of the action through the Office of Student Services. Additionally, any student who misses more than one-fourth of the class meetings during any scheduled session may be dropped from that class by that instructor if, in the opinion of the instructor, the student does not have reasonable opportunity to succeed in the class. (Policy Handbook, M.095)
Tardiness: Take a seat and see me after class. More than 15 mins. tardy will be considered an absence.
Make-up and late work: One grade will be docked for every class period late, accepted up to one full week late.
Extra-credit work: If you feel the need for extra credit, see me. There will be some extra credit writing work near the end of the course.
Schedule of Student Assignments/Activities (subject to change):
Class 1 – Pretest I, Introductionto Class and each
Class 2 – Pretest II, Intro. continued, Do: Read Ch. 14, Ex. 2, p.190
Class 3 – Illustrations and Examples, Do: Finish reading Ch. 14, and read Ch. 15, Pract. 1, p.194, 3/5 of them
Class 4 – Do: Read Ch. 16, bring in a full page magazine picture ad, Write a paragraph describing something common as part of a mythological race.
Class 5 – Bring your ads again next time. Class 6 –
Class 7 – ESSAY #1 DUE, Beginning of class, Bring 2 typed copies
Class 8 –
Class 13 – ESSAY #2 DUE, Beginning of class
Class 21 – ESSAY #3 DUE, Beginning of class
Class 26 – ESSAY #4 DUE, Beginning of class
Class 27 – Post-Test 1
Class 28 – Post-Test 2