Mt. San Antonio College
Class Times: Mondays- 7:00-10:00
Instructor: R. Scott Okamoto
Phone: 626-862-5614-cell/voice mail
Office Hours: I’m available after each class and can be available to meet during the week.
(Taken from catalog)
Using an integrated approach, develops effective writing based on reading; emphasizing the sentence, the outline, the summary, the paragraph and an introduction to the essay. Gives attention to grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Develops critical thinking through reading comprehension in conjunction with related writing. Students who repeat this course will improve skills by further instruction and practice.
Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs with readings, Kirszner, Mandell.
Because each class is equivalent to one week in a regular semester, if you miss a class, you miss an entire week. Consequently, you may only miss one class session before your grade suffers. Three tardies or early departures from class will count as one absence. Bottom line: Come to class and come on time.
You are responsible for all material covered in class, as well as any announcements made in class.
If you have an excused absence, please try to let me know ahead of time so make-up work can be arranged.
I DO NOT ALLOW INCOMPLETES. Do not expect to miss more than three classes and make up the work. You will be dropped if you miss more than three classes.
Take-home essays will be worth 440 points total. (100 for each final draft and 10 for each 1st draft)
Exams (Midterm and Final) will be worth 100 points each.
*ALL PAPERS MUST CONFORM TO THE GUIDELINES DISCUSSED IN CLASS, OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED UNGRADED TO BE RE-WRITTEN
*You must turn in all assignments, and you must pass the final exam to pass this class.
Writing will be graded on the following point scale: A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=0-59
Late papers will be marked down a grade for each week they are late. You will have a maximum of one week after the due date to complete a late assignment. ALL WORK MUST BE TURNED IN TO PASS THE CLASS. FAILURE TO TURN IN ANY ASSIGNMENT WILL RESULT IN A COURSE GRADE OF “F.”
I will follow school policy on plagiarism and cheating. Anyone caught will be dropped from the class. Just don’t do it. If in doubt, ask me.
Schedule (subject to change at instructor’s discretion):
Expect at least one quiz each week. No make-ups on quizzes.
We will write 6 paragraphs, both in class and out, based on readings and class discussion. The final will be an essay which we will prepare during the last week of class.
January 13- Course overview
Writing and Grammar diagnostics
Introduce nouns- worksheets
Chapter 1 in Foundations First
20- NO CLASS- MLK
January 27- Collaborative Noun activity; Subjects and Verbs
Chapter 2- Writing the Paragraph
Draft a paragraph; topic sentences
Chapter 27- Becoming an active reader; Chapter 6- Writing Simple Sentences
February 3- Introduction to “Peer Review”
Structuring an “Exemplification” paragraph
Exercises on basis sentence patterns
Chapter 3- Fine-tuning your paragraph; Chapter 4- section A (Exemplification); Chapter 12- Sentence fragments
Writing due next week- Exemplification paragraph, draft 1
February 10- Peer review: exemplification paragraph
Exercises on identifying and correcting sentence fragments
In-class writing practice
Chapter 7- Writing compound sentences
Writing due Feb. 24: revised Exemplification paragraph
February 17- NO CLASS- President’s Day Holiday
February 24- Structuring a descriptive paragraph
Outlining; Exercises on combining sentences
Chapter 4- section C (Narration); Chapter 8- Writing Complex sentences
March 3- Recognizing and creating complex sentences
Chapter 11- Run-ons and Comma Splices
Chapter 16- Verbs: Past Tense
Writing due next week: Descriptive paragraph, draft 1
March 10- Peer review: descriptive paragraph
Identifying and eliminating comma splices and run-ons
Chapter 17- Verbs: Past Participles
Chapter 1- Section F; Chapter 9- Fine-tuning your sentences
Writing due next week: Descriptive paragraph, revised
March 17- Midterm
March 24- Chapter 4- Section D (Comparison and Contrast)
Midterm assessment and goal setting
Exercises on Sentence Combining
March 31- Sentence combining continued
Exercises on verb tense and verb formation
Chapter 13-cont.; Chapter 22- Using commas
Writing due next week: Comparison and Contrast, draft 1
April 7- Peer review- Comparison and Contrast paragraphs
Structuring comparison and contrast paragraphs
Exercises on pronoun use
Writing due April 21: Comparison and Contrast paragraphs, revised
14- NO CLASS- Spring Break
April 21- Argument paragraph
Exercises on comma use and misuse
Writing to different audiences
Writing due next week: Argument paragraphs, draft 1
April 28- Peer review- Argument paragraphs
Structuring effective arguments
Proofreading exercises; In-class writing practice
Writing due next week: Argument paragraphs, revised
May 5- Chapter 24- Understanding Mechanics
Chapter 15- Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers;
May 12- Chapter 10- Using Parallelism
Review for Final
Exemplification Draft (10) _____
Exemplification Final (100) _____
Descriptive Draft (10) _____
Descriptive Final (100) _____
Midterm (100) _____
Comparison/Contrast Draft (10) _____
Comparison/Contrast Final (100) _____
Argument Draft (10) _____
Argument Final (100) _____
Final (100) _____
(640 points total for the course)