1B-66Z and 68Z
January 18 Last day to drop for a full refund
January 20 Last day to drop with no record of grade
February 28 Last day to drop with a "W"
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Online
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail is checked daily)
You must have completed EWRT 1A or ESL 5 with a grade of "C" or better. If you have taken and successfully passed EWRT 2 before, you may not need to take this course, depending on your transfer destination. Consult your academic adviser before you take this course.
Required Texts and Course Materials
War Dances by Sherman Alexie
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Research Writing Simplified, 7th Edition
All other reading material are found on catalyst.
A writing handbook--whatever you may own from EWRT 1A-- is highly recommended. If you do not have one, a copy will be at the reserve desk under EWRT 1B-9Y Modirzadeh for short-term use.
An English-English Dictionary (hard copy or online)
All other material are available on the course's website.
EWRT 1B is a five-unit course that applies reading and research to writing. This on-line course requires you to spend at least 5 hours a week completing online assignments and participating in forum discussions in addition to the time that you will spend on reading and writing your essays.
This course is designed to develop a wide range of academic skills from critical thinking, research, text analysis and interpretations to reading and writing complex essays.
By the completion of this course you will:
read more actively (read and think)
think more critically (think and question)
generate solid ideas and opinions about the topics we read and discuss in class
write grammatically correct and syntactically clear essays (write essays with absolutely no such errors)
write with more conviction, more passion, more depth
develop a solid writing style of your own
produce a well-supported research paper by the end of the course that covers all the above
proofread and edit your work before you submit
Course SLOs (Student Learning Outcome)
Demonstrate analytical skills in the reading of literary (and non-literary) texts linked by common theme or issue.
Demonstrate analytical, organizational, verbal, and research skills in writing focused on common theme or issue.
Comparatively evaluate multiple points of view and integrate them in analytical research paper.
2 Essays (200 points total)
Research Paper Process(150 points)
Timed, Online Final Exam (100 points)
Journal, Quizzes (100 points)
Participation (50 points)
Total: 600 points
Forum Participation: Forum participation is a weekly requirement. For each forum discussion topic, you need to post once (your own argument) and reply to at least two other posts. Therefore, each week, you will have a total of 3 posts, if not more. Please be thorough, articulate, and courteous in your posts. Your participation points reflect your forum involvement and the depth of your discussion posts. Replies like, "I agree with you" that do not offer any new perspective do not count. Your posts are due by Sunday night, 11:55 p.m. of each week.
Journal: Each journal entry must be between 300-500 words in response to a journal topic.
Reading Quizzes: These quizzes are based on your assigned readings.
Timed Final Exam: A two-hour exam you will take online duirng a designated time period during the last week of classes.
Research Paper Process: The research paper is produced during a process which starts early on in the quarter. Each step of the process is to be submitted on-time to receive credit. The final Research Paper is submitted at the end of the quarter.
Attendance: An absence for this class means being invisible on Catalyst (no assignment submission and/or no forum participation) for an entire week. Please attend all classes unless there is an absolute emergency. If you have had more than one absence, which means not participating in Forum discussions and not submitting online assignments for that week, you will not be able to submit any late assignment for this course. If you are invisible for more than 2 weeks, you may be automatically dropped.
Late Homework: Please turn in all assignments on time. The following policy is strictly applied:
You are allowed ONE late assignment (journal, essay, or other assignments) if it is submitted no later than one week after its due date. After one week late, the assignment will not be graded.
Quizzes may not be submitted after their due date. Always take quizzes early to avoid last- minute rush.
Research Paper Rough Draft and the Final Research Paper will not be graded if submitted late.
Due Dates: Different assignments have different due dates. Please be vigilant.
Revision: You may revise one of your passing essays for a chance of improving your grade. However, this right is reserved for those students who have not had more than one absence. If any of your essays received 74 or lower, you must revise each one. You may not pass this course if you have essays with scores of 74 or lower. you have one week after I submit your grade to revise that essay. If you received a passing score on Essay 1, you can wait after you receive Essay 2 score to decide which essay you want to revise. So here is the revision policy in summary:
All essays 74 and lower must be revised. This revision is due one week after you receive your essay grade.
Only one essay 75 and higher may be revised. This revision is due by the end of the quarter.
Participation: Your participation in Forum as well as other online discussions are required in order to receive the 50 participation points for this class. For each Forum topic you must post your original discussion in at least 100 words and reply to two other posts in at least 100 words in each post. Late Forum participation is accepted up to one week, but it will receive 50% of the possible points.
MLA: MLA stands for Modern Language Association and is a set of documentation rules that is widely used in academic writing. These rules are explained in Week One's Resources. All essays must be formatted and properly cited based on MLA.
Plagiarism: Any form and any amount of plagiarized material in your submitted work will not be tolerated. Do not do it! I rather read your OWN IDEAS and WORDS than a perfectly composed paragraph that is stolen. We will discuss paraphrasing and quoting in week 3. Quote only if the original wording has a significance; otherwise, paraphrase, and when you paraphrase, site your source in-text and on the works cited page.
Important: Last minute system failures, Internet disconnection, lack of access to the Internet, or Catalyst malfunction will not be accepted as legitimate excuses for submitting an assignment late. Plan on submitting early to avoid stress and penalty.
Grading Criteria: A score of 75 on your essay counts as passing, but anything less does not. All essays must state a clear thesis followed by several well-composed body paragraphs supporting the thesis with sufficient evidence and examples from the readings and from outside the readings. Essays must be edited and proofread before they are submitted.
Your Essay score Letter Grade
59 and below F
No C- is given at De Anza College
No unearned points will be given to bump you to the next letter grade or to a higher letter sign. For example, a 79.99% will not be rounded to an 80%. Please do not ask at the end of the quarter. You will have several chances to revise an essay or turn in extra-credit work.
Incomplete grades are reserved for end of the quarter emergencies. In order to receive an "I", you must have completed at least 75 percent of the course assignments and provide proof of your emergency.
"W" grades are only awarded if you withdraw from the course before or on February 28. This due date is strictly enforced.