Syllabus for ENG 011 YO

Fall 2003

 

Instructor:

Peter C. Scheponik

E-mail: pschepon@mc3.edu

Phone: (215) 619-7439

 

Credentials:

B.S. Secondary Education, Villanova, 1975

Masters in the Teaching of English, Villanova, 1985

Twenty-eight years teaching experience

 

Office/Hours: online

 

Text:

Evergreen: A Guide to Writing 7h ed. (with CD) by Fawcett and Sandberg

 

Course Description:

ENG 011 Basic Writing II is a course in developmental writing emphasizing sentence structure, paragraph development, fundamental English usage, and basic mechanics.  The course will include intensive paragraph writing.  The course is required of all students whose scores on the Skills Test indicate a need for an intensive review of basic writing skills.

 

Statements on Distance Learning ENG 011 YO:

 

Please realize that an online course requires a high degree of personal motivation and accountability on the part of the student.

 

Keeping up with weekly assignments is crucial to passing this course.

 

Most students who fail this course do so through neglect, caused by personal time constraints and/or procrastination.

 

On a more positive note, as soon as a student passes three exit paragraphs, s/he is finished the course.

 

Classroom Demeanor:

 

Course Progression:

 

Students are expected to do all assignments in Evergreen text and Sage CD as directed in the syllabus.

 

The text and CD assignments are for review of basic grammar skills, development of focus, the refinement of style, and the understanding of the mechanics of writing.  These will not be collected or graded.

 

Students are encouraged to help one another with exercises and assignments from the text and CD by posting their questions to the appropriate online “Discussion Forums.”

 

I will check the forums regularly and respond to student questions as well.

 

Responding to the “Discussion Forums” is part of the participation grade, along with submitting paragraphs and revisions on due dates.

 

Students who complete the text and CD assignments tend to pass the course.

 

Students who do not complete the text and CD assignments tend to fail the course.

 

Students must pass three exit paragraphs (approved by two professors) before the end of the course.

 

Every paragraph initially submitted is a potential exit paragraph—provided that it meets the exit paragraph standards. (See standards for exit paragraphs.)

 

If I deem that the paragraph meets the exit standards, I pass it on to another professor for the second read.

 

If the second professor agrees that the paragraph meets the exit standards, that paragraph passes.

 

If the second professor disagrees with my evaluation, the paragraph is passed to a third professor.

 

If the third professor asserts that the paragraph meets the standards, that paragraph passes.

 

If the third professor decides that the paragraph does not meet the exit standards, that paragraph becomes a

 

practice paragraph and will be returned to the student for revision. Once revised, it cannot be submitted as an exit paragraph.

 

If I read a paragraph and conclude that it needs revision, that paragraph will be returned to the student for revision and cannot be submitted as an exit paragraph.

 

Students must make the revisions within one week after receiving my suggestions.

 

 A revised paragraph cannot be submitted as an exit.

 

Weekly paragraphs and revisions must be submitted on due dates.

 

Late paragraphs will be given a grade of “0”—unless I have given the student permission to submit the paragraph later than the due date.

 

Several e-mail conferences will update students on their progress.

 

 

Standards for Exit Paragraphs:

 

The 250 word paragraph must do the following:

 

Eliminate the following errors:

 

 

 

 

Grade Breakdown:

Practice paragraphs: 15%

Three exit paragraphs: 70%

Class participation: 15%

 

Grading Scale:

A=4.0     Plagiarism/

B=3.0     cheating= 0

C=2.0

D=1.0

F=. 5

 

Assignments and lessons will be posted on Monday of each week.

 

All practice paragraphs, exit paragraphs, and comments to Discussion Board must be posted by Friday of each week.

 

Allow a two-day period for responses to questions. Allow a week for grades on practice paragraphs, and exit paragraphs, and comments to “Discussion Forums.”

 

If you have any questions on any of the assignments from the text, please post them to the “Discussion Forums” for those assignments.  These questions can be directed to me or to any other class member.  Anyone can feel free to offer collaborative assistance in the form of an explanation to any grammar question, or to offer a sympathetic agreement, such as “I don’t understand number 4 in exercise 6 either.” I will keep a close eye on these questions and supply direction when it is needed or if requested.

 

I want you to feel free to get to know each other online as members of the class and to help each other with text assignments.

 

For a private message to me, use the following e-mail address at anytime: Pschepon@mc3.edu

 

In an urgent situation, call anytime: (215) 619-7439, or e-mail: Pschepon@mc3.edu

 

 

Course requirements:

readings

assignments

paragraphs

 

Participation in all of the following:

weekly discussion forum postings

paragraph postings

 

Paragraph Requirements:

 

Policy on plagiarism/ cheating:

Plagiarism/cheating will result in an automatic “F” for that particular paragraph and, quite possibly, an “F” for the course.

 

Students with Disabilities Policy:

 

“Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodation in this course. Contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Counseling Center, College Hall, at (215) 641-6575/6577 for more information.  At West Campus, contact the Director of Student Affairs, (610) 718-1839.”

 

Collaboration:

Collaboration is encouraged in this class in the following ways:

Unacceptable collaboration is as follows:

having someone write or edit your paragraphs for you

 

Policy on late work:

I only accept late work from students who have come to me in advance. Even then, I determine whether or not I will allow the late submission. Work handed in late—without my permission—receives an automatic “F.”

 

Policy on attendance:

Students are expected to logon each week.  I reserve the right to excuse or not to excuse absences, based on the circumstances at hand.

 

Students who—without my permission—fail to logon for two weeks will receive a “W” or an “F” for the course.

 

Schedule of Classes:

Week One: 9/3—9/6

 

Becoming familiar with button functions

Review of syllabus

Self-installation of SAGE CD on personal P.C.

Evergreen text assignments:

Prewriting pp. 3-17

Writing paragraphs pp. 21-42

Achieving coherence pp. 44-63

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on prewriting, writing paragraphs, and achieving coherence.

 

Week Two: 9/7—9/13

Illustration pp. 67-75

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

Working on first paragraph

Becoming familiar with functions/ tabs on Gear and MicroLab on SAGE CD

Write and e-mail a 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three ways terrorism has affected American lives

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish assignment on illustration paragraph.  Finish and e-mail first paragraph on due date.

Week Three: 9/14—9/20

Evergreen text assignments:

Verbs pp.374-406

Nouns/Pronouns pp.407-426

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

SAGE CD assignments (both review and exercises):

Gear: Under #2 verbs (do 6, 7, 8, 9, 10); under #4 nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions

(do 18, 19).

MicroLab: do #4 Subject/verb agreement, #5 pronoun choice

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three challenges for college students

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on verbs and nouns.

Finish and e-mail second paragraph.

 

Week Four: 9/21-9/27

 

Evergreen text assignments:

Prepositions pp.427-428  Ignore pp. 429-434.

Adjectives and adverbs pp. 435-442

Simple sentence pp. 337-342

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

SAGE CD assignments (both review and exercises):

Gear: Under #1 the complete sentence (do #4) under #3 joining ideas together (do 17), under #4 Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions (do 20, 21).

MicroLab: Do #1 complete sentences.

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three disadvantages of credit cards

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, and simple sentences.

Finish and post third paragraph.

 

Week Five: 9/28-10/4

Evergreen text assignments:

Coordination and subordination pp.343-357

Sentence errors pp.358-373

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

SAGE CD assignments (both review and exercises):

Gear: Under joining ideas together (do 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16).

MicroLab: Do #2 distinct sentences.

Write a 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three reasons people should not smoke

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on coordination, subordination, and sentence errors.

Finish and e-mail fourth paragraph.

 

Week Six: 10/5—10/11

Evergreen text assignments:

Apostrophe pp.443-449

Comma pp. 450-459

Mechanics: capitalization and minor points of punctuation pp. 460-477

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

SAGE CD assignments (both review and exercises):

Gear: Under #6 mechanics (do 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29).

MicroLab: Do #6 commas, #7 apostrophes, #8 semicolons and colons, #9 parentheses and dashes, #10 quotation marks and italics, and #11 capitalization.

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three advantages of online courses

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on apostrophes, commas, capitalization, and minor points of punctuation.

Finish and e-mail fifth paragraph.

 

Week Seven:  10/12-10/18

Evergreen text assignments:

Parallelism pp. 267-282

Sentence variety pp. 283-308

Language awareness pp. 312-325

Do only the fill-in, check-off, underline, or circle- the- correct- answer exercises.

SAGE CD assignments (both review and exercises):

Gear: Under #5 consistency and parallelism (do 22, 23, and 24).

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three challenges of being a single parent

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and review assignments on parallelism, sentence variety, and language awareness.

Finish and e-mail sixth paragraph.

 

Week Eight: 10/19—10/25

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three reasons America is perceived as a land of luxury

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish ande-mail seventh paragraph.

 

 

Week Nine: 10/26—11/1

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three reasons people fear death

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish ande-mail eighth paragraph.

 

Week Ten: 11/2—11/8

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three disadvantages of too much T.V. for children

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail ninth paragraph.

 

Week Eleven: 11/9—11/15

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three advantages of the Internet

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail tenth paragraph.

 

Week Twelve: 11/16—11/22

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three reasons why America should have computers in every classroom

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail eleventh paragraph.

 

Week Thirteen: 11/23—11/25   Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three factors every couple should consider before getting married

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail twelfth paragraph.

 

11/26—11/30 Thanksgiving Holiday—No Assignments Due

 

Week Fourteen: 12/1—12/6

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three reasons a college education is important

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail thirteenth paragraph.

 

Week Fifteen: 12/7—12/12

Write and e-mail 250 word paragraph on the following:

Three challenges in the dating world of today

E-mail paragraph to pschepon@mc3.edu

 

Homework:

Finish and e-mail fourteenth paragraph.