Professor: Rachel Bell
Class Meetings: Tues/Thurs 12:45-2:00pm, room 8118
Office Location: 7306 and Office Phone: 738-4349
Course Number 95192, 3.0 units
Web Address: http://accounts.smccd.edu/bellr/
hours: Tues/Thurs 2:30-5pm
Course dates: 8/18/16 to 12/15/16
advantage of campus support services:
The purpose of this
course is to help students develop their ability to write thoughtfully and
effectively. The premise of this
course is that writing is an integral part of the thinking process and that
successful essay writing depends on a mixture of creative thinking and an
awareness of writing styles and forms.
The objective of this course is to guide students toward becoming
critical readers, writers, and thinkers through recognizing the effective
writing strategies of other writers, through becoming aware of their own
processes of writing, and through learning to discern logical relationships
between words, ideas, and arguments.
SMCCD EMAIL ACCOUNT: I will occasionally be sending important updates and assignment reminders through email, so be sure to activate your smccd.edu email account by logging in at http://my.smccd.edu/. Check it regularly throughout the semester. If you would rather use your own email, you will need to forward your my.smccd.edu email to your regular email account:
1. Go to Websmart at https://websmart.smccd.edu/
2. In your student account area, click on the link that says "New! Student Email"
3. Here, you may view your email address and password, and you may reset your password.
4. IMPORTANT: Open your my.smccd.edu email.
5. Click “Settings” at the top of the page.
6. Click the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab.
7. Under Forwarding, click the “Forward a copy of incoming mail” button.
8. Enter the email address you want to forward your email to
9. Click “Save Changes.”
(2) The Art of Protest by T.V. Reed
(3) The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs
(4) I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
(5) Department Rhetoric (at
Skyline's Bookstore). You can use the electronic version in
(1) Attendance—Your active participation is necessary for you and your classmates to realize the objectives of this course. Therefore your attendance is crucial. A maximum of 4 (four) absences is permitted over the course of the semester. Exceeding these absences will adversely affect your participation grade.
(2) Late Assignments—No late work will be accepted. All due dates are given well in advance; therefore I feel that it is unfair to the students who complete their work on time to accept the work from those who do not. However, because “life happens,” each student will be allowed two “late tickets” during the semester; twice students may choose to turn an assignment in the following class period after the due date. Late assignments beyond this will not be accepted. You cannot use late tickets on in-class exams.
(3) Class participation—Remember that participation counts--both for your grade and in your life. It is essential that you become consciously involved in class by participating in discussions and contributing thoughtful comments, questions, and answers.
(4) Disabled Students— In coordination with the Disability Resource Center office, reasonable accommodation will be provided for eligible students with disabilities. For more assistance, please contact the DRC Bldg 5, Room 5132, phone 650-738-4280, email email@example.com.
(5) Plagiarism-- Paraphrasing or directly copying any text and using it as your own without proper attribution, whether you’ve done it intentionally or not, is plagiarism and is unacceptable and will result in failure. We will carefully look at how to integrate and properly document outside sources. Students will also submit an “Honesty Pledge” at the beginning of the semester, stating that all work submitted will be their own: http://www.skylinecollege.edu/skyenglish/10Plagiarism.htm
Policy—These policies are made with
this idea in mind…
Dates-- Paper #1 (2-4 pages, 500-1000 words) Draft due 9/20, Revised 9/27
Midterm 75-minute essay exam on Tuesday, November 8th
Paper #5 Final
essay exam—2 ½ hours on Thurs, December 15th 11:10am-1:40pm
(2) Revision-- E.B. White said, “The best writing is rewriting.” Because revising or “re-seeing” a piece of
writing is such an important aspect of the writing process, each of the
papers has two due dates. The first
draft is not graded and is used for class workshopping, so students can give
and receive advice to apply to the graded revision due a week later. If you would like instructor feedback on
your draft, make an office or phone appointment. On papers, you must meet the page
minimums. 5% deducted for half a page under and minus 10% for each full page
under the minimum.
(3) Workshopping—Each draft will be read and commented upon by student workshop
groups. You do not want to come
unprepared to or miss a workshop day because: (1) students without a
completed paper on the day of the workshop will not be allowed to participate
and will be asked to leave; (2) workshop days count as double-absences; (3)
you won’t get any peer feedback on your draft; (4) you won’t be able to give
written feedback on your peers’ drafts so will receive zero scores and peer
review counts as 5% of your overall course grade; (5) if you do not submit a
draft, you cannot turn in a revision a week later for a grade and you cannot
pass this class if you fail to turn in one of the major papers. Below are the important workshop
Paper 1 10% Score for Paper 1 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 2 10% Score for Paper 2 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 3—Midterm 10% Score for Paper 3 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 4 20% Score for Paper 4 ______ x .20 = _____
Paper 5—Final 20% Score for Paper 5 ______ x .20 = _____
Paper Review 5% Average
Peer Review ______ x .05 =
TOTAL: (convert total to %) ________