LART 211 Fall 2013
Theme: Work Hard, Play Hard
Instructors Amy Leonard Sarah Lisha
Offices F61E F61A
Office Hours Monday MW
E-Mail email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Meetings TTh 9:30-11:30pm in MLC-112 MW 9:30-11:30pm inMLC-112
1. Easy Writer by Andrea A. Lunsford
2. They Say, I Say 2nd editionby Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
3.A dictionary or dictionary.com
4. Course Reader available at the De Anza
College Bookstore (Note: the reader has
LART 211, and our names, A. Leonard and S. Lisha, on the front cover.)
5. Flight by Sherman Alexie
1. A course binder or large folder for keeping papers, assignments, notes, and handouts, as well as outlines and all drafts of essays
2. TWO folders: ONE for turning in Essay Assignments and ONE for turning in your READING HW
3. TWO journals (spiral notebook or any type of journal you like) for putting all HW and in-class writing in. NOTE: You need one journal for Amy’s class and ANOTHER, SECOND journal for Sarah’s class.
4. A Jump Drive for saving your assignments
5. A Stapler to staple all essays
6. An email address and internet access (this is essential!!)
7. TWO Greenbooks for writing In-Class Essays
About the Course:
LART 211 is a 10-unit course, preparatory to English 1A, with an emphasis on expository and analytical writing, reading, and critical thinking. In this course, you will learn how to develop and formulate ideas and then convey them in well-organized essays. You must successfully complete LART 211 by passing the portfolio in order to take English 1A.
- Essay #1: In-Class Essay (50 points)
- Essay #2: Out of Class Essay (50 points)
- Essay #3: In-Class Essay Ping Poing Playa Analysis Essay
- Essay #4: Analysis of Flight (50 Points)
- Essay #5: Reflective Essay (50 Points)
- Portfolio (200 Points)
- Participation: attendance, small-group work, class discussion, debates, and quizzes (200 points)
- Journal: reading responses and grammar group work (200 points)
- Must have 225 out of 300 points on all combined essays
- Must have 300 out of 400 points on participation and journal
- Reading Exam #1 (50 points)
- Groupwork, and other in-class activities (100 points)
- Homework (including journals): (150 points)
- Reading Quizzes: (100 points)
- Midterm Exam (100 points)
- Midterm Project (100 points)
- Final Project (100 points)
- Final Exam (100 points)
- Portfolio (200 points)
- Must have 300 out of 400 points on assignments
- Must have 175 out of 250 points on participation and journal
The above is an approximation of the assigned points.
Grades and Evaluation:
- LART 211 is a pass/no pass class.
- Your essays will be evaluated using a scale of Mastery (P), Capable (P), and Not Passing (NP).
- Any essay that does not receive a passing score must be revised within a week or it will become a zero.
- Write a unified, focused, and analytical essay based on a thesis
- Use specific and concrete details to support your thesis
- Organize details in a pattern logically related to the thesis
- Create introductions, transitions, and conclusions
- Practice writing as a multi-step process with particular attention to planning and revision
- Identify and practice writing for different audiences and purposes
- Compose organized and developed essays that increase in complexity
- Proofread for recurrent usage and sentence-level errors
- Find your writing voice
- Have fun
1. To improve reading efficiency by developing vocabulary, and literal reading comprehension.
2. To encourage logical thinking skills
3. To introduce critical thinking skills including making inferences and recognizing fact and opinion, purpose and tone, and arguments.
4. To encourage a love of reading!
5. To explore a range of sources to help you get ideas for writing.
6. To practice in a learning situation.
7. Have fun
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate a clear ability to respond critically to one’s own and others’ experiences and ideas in writing
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of a clear sequential relationship between supporting ideas and central argument/controlling ideas in their writing and reading
- Students will show evidence of strong synthesis, argumentation, analysis, and/or problem-solving skills in their writing.
1. Students will defend choice of meaning of vocabulary words appropriate to context.
2. Students will critique readings
LART 211 Final Portfolio:
The final for this class will be a portfolio of your writing that will include one in-class essay, one analytical essay, and one essay reflecting on your growth as a writer throughout the quarter. Your portfolio will be evaluated by a committee of English instructors who will determine if your writing demonstrates your readiness for EWRT 1A. If two members of the portfolio evaluation committee determine your writing is ready for EWRT 1A, you will receive a PASS for LART 211. If two members determine your writing is not ready for EWRT 1A, you will receive a NO PASS for EWRT 211.
Requirements for Submitting a Portfolio:
In order to submit your portfolio for evaluation, you must first satisfactorily complete the other work in this class. That means you must turn in all your essays and earn at least 75 out of 100 points on the essays. In addition, you must earn 75 out of a possible 100 points for all other work in class (attendance, group work, discussion, journal, reading, grammar exercises, and quizzes).
- All final drafts must be typed, size 12 font, double-spaced, stapled, and have an interesting title.
- Hand in all drafts and related materials stapled or clipped behind the final draft.
- Late assignments will lose 1 full grade for each class it is late.
- Missing in-class peer editing/workshop will drop your final grade on that essay by 1 full score e.g. an essay that would have been deemed Mastery will become Capable.
- You cannot make up quizzes or in-class essays.
- Take-home and in-class essays must be at least 3 pages.
You will be asked to keep TWO journals throughout this quarter for reflecting on readings, films, class discussions, and your individual creative and critical process. This journal will be a place for you to express your ideas in a more casual way than in your papers. Additionally, remember to bring your journals to class every day because we will often start class by sharing journal entries. Also, in-class free writes and grammar exercises will be done in the journal.
Attendance is required every day because all class time counts. Writing, reading, and critical thinking are skills that are improved through constant practice. Students who attend class regularly are more likely to succeed, so come on time, stay for the whole class, and be active in class.
- If you are absent, you are responsible finding out any announcements or assignment changes made in class (Contact one of your lifelines for the info—not me).
- Late essays will be penalized one full letter grade for each day it is late, and quizzes may not be made up.
- If you miss the midterm exam, you must email us within a day of the exam to set up a make-up time, otherwise you will not be allowed to make it up. The final exam cannot be made up.
- No late homework will be accepted
- Essays, homework, or journal entries will NOT be accepted via e-mail.
- If you exceed more than one week’s worth of absences, I will talk with you about dropping the course.
- If something tragic occurs, please let me know how I can help you make it through the course. I am willing to work with you if you are dedicated.
- If you claim death or illness prevents you from turning in an essay, you will have to present a death certificate or doctors note.
- If you stop coming to class, you are responsible for dropping yourself or you will receive a NP.
- You must turn in the portfolio to have the opportunity to pass the class.
Don’t even think about it! All work you turn in must be the product of your own brain! I want to hear your ideas and your voice because the only way to become a better writer is to write. Plagiarism prevents you from becoming a great writer and ruins your reputation as a student. If you intentionally plagiarize any assignment, you will receive a failing grade on the assignment and may receive a failing grade in the class, as well as face possible expulsion from this college. If you are uncertain about the rules for using a source, come see me before you turn in the assignment.
- Attached to this syllabus is a coupon that entitles you to an extension on one paper.
- Please present this coupon on the day the assignment is due.
- You must be present on the day the paper is due to use the coupon.
- Attached to the syllabus is a coupon that entitles you to revise one out-of-class paper.
- If you choose to revise a paper, you must present the revision coupon within one week of receiving the final grade on the paper.
- You may only revise one paper.
- You must complete the revision within two weeks of requesting the revision.
- All your revision changes must be highlighted.
- Your revision score will be averaged with your original score to equal your final grade on the assignment.
One of the things we love most about teaching is that it gives us the opportunity to talk about issues of the human condition. We look different from one another, come from different cultural and personal experiences, and have different talents, goals, and opinions. Boldly sharing these differences will make discussions and our class great fun, so we look forward to hearing all of your voices whenever you are comfortable.
We are not the only teachers in the classroom; we are also learning from you. Our goal for you is to actively engage in the texts we read and the subjects we write about, rather than asking you to passively regurgitate our ideas. When you do your homework, try to generate questions and ideas before class meets because if your participation is active and constant throughout the quarter, we will increase your journal and participation grade by 10 points.
Politeness is more than a request -- it is requirement for this class. If you plan to succeed in this class, you must:
- Out of courtesy for your classmates, please mute the sound on your cell phone.
- Please do not take calls in class or text message in-class! Anyone caught doing this
will be asked to leave the class for the day and receive an unexcused absence.
- Your cell phone must be in your bag during all of class
- Remember to be courteous to everyone in the class, even when you disagree.
- Please do not carry on conversations while I am talking, during a presentation, or when a classmate is talking. This is rude and I will ask you to leave if the behavior continues.
Disruptive students will be asked to leave the class and will lose their participation points for that day! If you have your cell phone out, we will deduct 5 points.
Handouts for the LART 211: (Click on Blue LInk and Download)
Available on course Catalyst site
Handouts for Amy's Class: (Click on Blue LInk and Download)
Available on the course catalyst site.
Handouts for Sarah's Class: (Click on Blue LInk and Download)
Available on the course catalyst site.