EH 0301 SYLLABUS
EH 0301 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing
Department of English and Fine Arts
Andrew R. Jacobs
- COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The student will demonstrate proficiency in the following tasks:
- Comprehend English grammar, syntax and conventional usage.
- Comprehend the composition processes, particularly effective organization.
- Determine meaning of words from context and word structure.
- Learn to use the dictionary effectively for correct pronunciation, spelling, and definition of words.
- Find the main idea and the supporting details in selected passages.
- Make logical inferences from statements and passages.
- Use relationship between sentences in a paragraph to aid in comprehension.
- Demonstrate, through peer group activities, revisions, and conferences, the ability to read and respond critically to written texts.
- COURSE PREMISE, PHILOSOPHY, and METHODOLOGY:
This course is viewed as a didactive and cooperative learning partnership between the faculty member and the student. The success of this partnership depends on everyone involved being fully prepared for each class experience, keeping up with readings and other assignments, and conducting themselves in a professional and virtuous manner. The faculty member's role is to provide guidance, resources, and information as needed, modeling feedback, instructional activities, and assistance in integrating information. The course is designed as a learner-centered experience with the students being intimately involved in the course materials and activities.
- CONTENT OUTLINE:
The course begins with pretests which are given the first day of class to determine at what level the students are reading and writing. From there the course content is as follows:
- Review parts of speech/sentence structure within student's own writing.
- Correct major grammatical errors within student's own writing.
- Review punctuation /mechanics within student's own writing.
- Define words using context clues and word analysis.
- Recognize author's purpose in assigned readings.
- Identify main idea and supporting details in assigned readings.
- Make inferences from assigned readings.
- Identify bias/fact or opinion in assigned readings.
- Learn and practice the writing process.
- Introduce the essay to prepare for Composition
- REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
- A Reader for College Writers, 7th Ed, Santi V. Buscemi
- SUPPLEMENTARY/SUGGESTED TEXTS/RESOURCES
- Dictionary, thesaurus, and basic grammar book. All three are helpful.
- 3 1/2 floppy disk, USB stick, etc.
- Tutoring and software are available in the Instructional Support Lab.
M/T/TH 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Phone: 386-7294
W 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
- All assignments (and revisions as required) must be completed and turned in to the instructor.
- A sequence of development exercises must be completed in the Support Lab. Additional lab work will be prescribed by the instructor on an individual basis. Each student is required to spend one hour a week in the Academic Support lab with a tutor. These times will be assigned the 2nd week of class.
- Fundamentals classes require strict attendance in order to get the most from the course. There are no skip days. You may miss 2 class periods and 2 lab periods for any reason (excused or unexcused) before hurting your final grade. Whether excused or not, an absence is an absence. Any absence after the fourth will count 5 points off the final course grade. Any assignments due on a day you are absent or any activities completed in class (including paragraphs) will count as a ZERO unless you have a signed statement from a dorm parent or doctor or school nurse signed on the date of you absence verifying that you were too sick to attend class. Work missed because of unexcused absences cannot be made up. If you miss class, it is up to you to get assignments from classmates or the instructor. After excused absence, assignments that were due must be turned in the very next class period. Make-up tests must be taken at 9 a.m. on the Friday of the week the class was missed.
- To pass this course you must make at least a "C". An "NC" grade will be given for anything below a "C" and you must retake the course.
- Tardies: If you come to class late, it is your responsibility at the end of class to make sure you have been counted present. Three tardies will count as an absence. Leaving class early three times counts as an absence.
- Students must come to class prepared. Failure to bring text or other needed items will result in a zero for the assignment of the day. Students who do not bring materials will not be allowed to "look on" with another student.
- You must take the final exam; you must PASS the writing exercise of the final exam to pass the course. Failure to meet any of the above requirements is grounds for failure of the course. Students passing the final, but still obtaining a failing average will fail the class.
- Students may have a conference with the instructor at least once (perhaps twice) per semester to discuss their progress. You will be informed of your conference time a week in advance.
- COURSE GRADING
- Paragraphs, essay, and any writing assignments- 60%
- Tests, daily exercises, class participation & homework - 20%
- Academic Support Lab work - 10%
- Final Exam - 10%.
- ACADEMIC POLICIES
Paragraph writing is the main thrust of this course. You will write many paragraphs this semester, some in class and some out of class. Toward the end of the semester, you will write a full length essay (five paragraphs or more). All out of class papers must be typed (typewriter or computer) and double spaced. If your paper is excessively sloppy, it may be returned to you to be retyped and will be subject to late paper penalties. Out of class paragraphs are due on the date announced at the beginning of class, despite your absence from the classroom that day. Any paper turned in after the class is well under way or later that day after the class period, is considered late and will be penalized 10 points. Any make-up paragraphs (only if absence is excused) must be done under comparable exam conditions (writing the paper in the instructor's presence). Late out of class papers are subject to a penalty of one letter grade per day (Friday is a day; the weekend is a day). You will be required to revise all paragraphs and return them to the instructor at a designated time. All papers will be kept in your folder in the instructor's possession for reference and conference use. You should retain a photocopy of any paragraph you may want to keep for future reference. The final exam will be given only at the time and place determined by the University; thus, travel arrangements for the end of the semester should be made well in advance to avoid a conflict. The instructor reserves the right to base the semester grade on in class work if there is a marked difference between a student's in and out of class work.
The Instructional Support Lab (located in Montgomery) has extensive resources to help you improve your writing. Computer programs in the lab tailor learning exercises to your individual strengths and weaknesses. If you are a traditional Montgomery student you will be spending some in class time in the computer lab.
NOTICE: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the deliberate submission of someone else's work as your own. It and other forms of academic dishonesty (such as cheating on exams) will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure given in the university catalog and student handbook.