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Summer 2016 Syllabus for EWRT-D001A-65Z
EWRT-D001A-65Z - Mary Schultz
EWRT 1A, Section 65Z: Composition and Reading
Call Number: 00767
Term: Spring 2012
5 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
Intoduction to academic reading and writing. Close examination of a variety of texts (personal, popular, literary, professional, academic) from culturally diverse traditions. Practice in comon rhetorical strategies used in academic writing. Composition of clear, well-organized, and well-developed essays, with varying purposes and differing audiences, from personal to academic.
English Writing 100B and Reading 100; or Language Arts 100; or English as a Second Language 24 and 72 and consent of English Department Chair; or equivalent placement (normally based on results of English Placement Test).
Instructor Information: Mary Schultz
I've been teaching English composition and literature classes since I was...well, for a really, really long time. When I'm not obsessing about teaching my classes, I am obsessing about competing in the sport of dog agility. When I'm driving around in my car, I'm singing along to Eminem.

Office Location: Online chat and video conference
Office Hours: Wednesdays 8-9:30 p.m. and by appointment
  • There is ADULT CONTENT (violence, sexual content, drug use, profanity, gender, racial, ethnic and religious slurs and stereotyping) in some of the required texts. Class discussions will be held under strict rules of civility; anyone violating these rules will be dropped from the course. (You may wish to enroll in a different section of this course if you are very uncomfortable or offended by this subject matter.
  • Effort, though essential for a good grade, does not "count" as part of your grade. Final papers containing more than five major errors (per page) in conventional written English will not receive a passing grade.
  • You must complete all of the activities, graded or not, during each week of the course.
  • If you do not complete on time the equivalent of 1.5 weeks of class for any reason, your grade will automatically drop by 10 points if you do not have a doctor's note.
  • If you are more than two weeks behind, for any reason, I will drop you, even if it is late in the quarter.
  • Late essays. (Not!) I do not comment on, nor do I allow re-writes of papers that are not submitted on time unless you have talked to me about a revised deadline before the due date, so talk to me first!
  • The timed essay and the final exam may not be made up without a written medical
This course is an introduction to university level reading and writing with an
emphasis on analysis. Through the close examination of a variety of personal,
popular, literary, professional and academic texts from culturally diverse
traditions, students will learn to identify, question, analyze, compare, evaluate
and challenge diverse perspectives on many timely and timeless questions.
Through learning and practicing common rhetorical strategies used in
academic writing, students will compose clear, well-organized, and well-
developed essays, with varying purposes and differing audiences, from
personal to academic.
  1. Approximately 30 pages of weekly readings available online (in addition to approximately 30 pages/week in Decoded, below).
  2. Subscription to Netflix (you can get one month free, and the fee is $7.99/month thereafter), or alternatives means of watching movies online. (There will be required viewings of approximately three full movies, and portions of others.)
  3. Carter, Shawn. Decoded. Expanded edition. New York: Random House,
    Inc., 2010.eBook.

    • Please purchase the EXPANDED EDITION ebook (black/gold cover, NOT white/goldcover) so that we will all be on the "same page" when we are discussing this text.
    • You do not need to purchase an ebook reader device. Ebooks can be read on your desktop or laptop computer, and on a variety of devices.
    • Click on this link:
      Random House, Inc., Decoded page
    • On the page, above, find and click on the "ebook" tab. You will see a list of ebook sellers.
    • Purchase the ebook from a seller that sells a version compatible with your preferred computer operating system (PC or Mac), or device (e.g., iPhone,
      Android, Kindle, Nook, etc.).
    • Note: Each seller lists which operating systems and devices its version is compatible with.
      Read the list carefully.)
Written Assignments

Assignment description:Required minimum # of wordspoints
(% of grade)
10 quizzes (timed)100035035
Essay 1 (timed)400505
Essay 260010010
Essay 375012512.5
Essay 4 (timed)50012512.5
Essay 5 100017517.5
Final exam (timed)750 757.5
*Forum/chat writing1000 (Required)*0(+ / -)
Totals6000 1000100%

Additional Information

Plagiarism is a problem when students seek only to pass a course, rather than achieve the goals of the course. It is a vexing problem for the instructor since s/he is required to detect it, report it, and penalize the student for it, all of which is a great waste of time, and not fun for anyone. It is actually easier to "borrow nobly," than to cheat:
[Then] there are great ways of borrowing. Genius borrows nobly. When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies "Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life." (Emerson)
My goal in teaching is to help students gain the skills they need to be listened to and respected because I believe their voices are most likely to breathe new life into the knowledge we need to survive and thrive as human beings
(Landor qtd. in Emerson).

NOTE: There are many wonderful online tools to help you with your thinking, reading and writing. But...there is one resource that will not be of much use to you if you depend too much on any of the tools listed below --ME.

I can best help you by analyzing your thinking, reading and writing strengths and weaknesses. To do so, I need to understand WHY you make thinking,reading and writing choices. Only when I understand the logic of the
choices you make, am I able to applaud your brilliant choices - or help you make better choices.
  • Google Translate
  • spell-checkers and grammar-checkers
  • thesauruses
  • Native Language-English dictionaries
  • your paid tutors (De Anza tutors are great!)

Works Cited

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Quotation and Originality." - Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Letters and Social Aims (1903-04) n.pag. Web. 6 Jan 2012. .

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Challenging Perspectives: Reading Critically About Ethics and Values. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 310-327.

Pedagogical Approach and Conventional Expectations:

This course is structured to help students develop the ability to have
something to say about a subject by employing a variety of heuristic devices
(aids to invention and questions for finding ideas, e.g., "Who, What, When
Where and Why"); to formulate and articulate what they have to say by using
analysis and reasoning; and to shape what they have to say using rhetorical
and formal conventions appropriate to their intended audiences.

A "process-oriented" pedagogy is based on the assumption that an effective
writing process leads to effective writing products.

Students will develop a consistently effective university-level writing style,
primarily by developing their unique "voice" -- and learning to modulate it
appropriately for an academic audience.

Because effective writers know that clear communication requires knowledge
of the conventions under which their intended audiences operate, students
will focus on understanding grammar and usage as tools for effective
communication within a particular community, diagnosing their own and
others' errors in standard written academic English as symptoms of weak
communication within an American academic community rather than
transgressions against transcendent grammatical "rules."

Effective writing makes things happen. Effective writers write with a purpose
in mind, and evaluate the effectiveness of their writing by whether or not it
achieves that purpose. Students will learn to recognize the components of
effective writing by reading pieces of writing that have been demonstrably
effective (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail") and
analyzing how these pieces of writing achieved their intended purposes.

Students will learn to give and receive specific feedback on the effectiveness
of their writing throughout the drafting, revising and finalizing phases of the
writing process.
900-1000 points = A
800-899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
Below 600 points = F

*The quality of forum and chat participation may result in a plus or minus (+ / -) to the final computed grade.

Grading Policies:
  • Students must complete all assignments, whether graded or not, to pass the course.
  • Grades are not negotiable: I will not respond to requests for a better grade for individual essays or for the course as a whole.
  • I will evaluate your writing based on criteria that I will give you for each essay.
  • It is your responsibility to ask about any requirements you don't understand in the
    General Forum or Weekly Office Hours Chat.
Library West Computer Lab(LWCL)

The Library West Computer Lab offers support services for Online Education students including: open computer lab with Internet access, stations for viewing videotapes and videotape checkout.

A photo I.D. card is required to check out materials or use computers in the Library West Computer Lab, use computers in other campus computer labs.

To check out videotapes from the OML a Online Education Center I.D. Card is also required

The Online Education I.D. cards are available from the Online Education Center.

LWCL Location
Basement floor of the Learning Center West building, Room 1, on the De Anza College campus.
(408) 864-8850

Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus. Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:

De Anza College Library:

Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
  • Access to the Library Catalog which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
    Library Catalog:
  • Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16