Fall 2012

 

v  ENGLT 334 – Asian American Literature

Online

 

Required Texts: Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing ed. by Srikanth and Iwanaga

            Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki

            The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

            American Son: A Novel by Brian Ascalon Roley

 

            Plus one long work to be selected by students from an approved list

 

This course offers a survey of the diverse literatures and authors of Asian America.  We will read a novel, short stories, a memoir, poems, and plays by Americans of Asian descent.  We will consider the various contexts—cultural, historical, political—as we study the literature and learn about its creators.  Major assignments: one book report, midterm exam, and final exam.

 

This is an online course, which means that most of the class is conducted online; we will meet on campus only three times during the semester: for orientation, for the midterm, and for the final.  The three on-campus meetings are MANDATORY.  All work will be submitted electronically to me.

 

Orientation: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4:00-5:50 p.m. in RHS 326.  Bring your photo ID and student ID number.  I will check for prerequisites, adjust the roster as necessary, introduce the course, and lead you through D2L (our online home for the course).

 

Additional on-campus meetings:

·         Midterm: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:00-4:50 p.m. in RHS 326

·         Final: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:00-4:50 p.m. in RHS 326

 

v  ENGWR 302 – Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

Online

 

Required Text: Writing Logically, Thinking Critically, 7th (or earlier) ed., by Sheila Cooper and Rosemary Patton

                    

 

  Plus one of these non-fiction books (available from local and online sources):

            Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer OR Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

            Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

 

This course helps students to develop high-level critical thinking and sophisticated writing skills.  Students will write a total of 6,500 words, study formal logic and classical rhetoric, and read and analyze non-fiction prose.  Students will choose one of three non-fiction books to use as the basis for two papers. 

 

This is an online course, which means that most of the class is conducted online; we will meet on campus only three times during the semester: for orientation and a writing sample, for the midterm, and for the final.  The three on-campus meetings are MANDATORY.  All work will be submitted electronically to me via Turnitin.com. 

 

Orientation: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6:00-7:50 p.m. in RHS 326.  Anyone who is not present at orientation will be dropped from the class.  Be sure to bring the following to orientation:

·         Proof of prerequisite—a transcript/grade report showing that you passed ENGWR 300 with a “C” or better; if you took the equivalent of ENGWR 300 outside of the Los Rios district, you must meet with an SCC counselor prior to orientation and obtain a “Counselor Verification Form” showing that the counselor has verified your prerequisite.  Bring the verification form to our first meeting.

·         Your student ID number and a valid email address

·         Your photo ID

 

I will introduce you to the course, lead you through D2L (our online home for the course), collect proofs of prerequisite, establish the class roster by dropping no-shows and those without appropriate prerequisite proof and by adding those who qualify as course requirements permit.  I will also have you do a writing sample.

 

Two additional face-to-face meetings

     We’ll meet again for the midterm and the final.  These exams are required and must be completed in person, on campus. 

·        Midterm: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:00-6:50 p.m. in RHS 326

·         Final: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:00-6:50 p.m. in RHS 326

 

 

v  ENGWR 51: Developmental Writing

MW 7:30 – 9:35 a.m., RHS 222

TTh 7:30 – 9:35 a.m., RHS 222

 

Required Texts: Fusions: Integrated Reading and Writing, book 2 by Kemper

            A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah


This course focuses on basic writing skills, emphasizing the connection between writing and reading. It offers individualized and group instruction for students who need to improve their ability to write increasingly complex and varied short essays. Each student writes a minimum of 4,000 words divided into at least five essays (at least three of which will be written entirely in class and some of which may be in response to readings). The course includes principles of basic grammar, effective sentence structure, paragraph development, and analysis of and response to reading. Students will read at least one book-length work.

 

 

v  ENGWR 52: Developmental Writing

M 12:00 – 12:50 p.m., RHS 222

 

Required Text: none

 

This basic writing course is required for students who are repeating ENGWR 50/51; students should be concurrently enrolled in ENGWR 51. Students will write, revise, and edit drafts (three of which will be from their concurrent ENGWR 51 class) for a minimum total of 1,500 words divided among at least six assignments. The course includes principles of basic grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure. This course is graded Pass/No Pass.