Professor: Rachel Bell
Course Number 91639 and 92599, 3.0 units
Office Location: 7306 and Office Phone: 738-4349
Online Classroom: smccd.instructure.com
Web Address: http://accounts.smccd.edu/bellr/
hours: Tues/Thurs 2:30-5pm
Course dates: 8/17/16 to 12/8/16
advantage of campus support services:
Online is not easier than the traditional educational process. In fact, many learners say it requires much more time and commitment, so be prepared for this as you take an online English course. You need to be a strongly self-motivated learner and be willing to commit 5 to 10 hours per week per online course. Also, you will need a "Plan B" in case your home computer experiences any difficulties. The Skyline campus has computers for student use in the Library (bldg. 5), in the Learning Center (bldg. 5), and in the Business Lab (rooms 8119-8121, bldg. 8). Missing deadlines for any online quizzes, exams, postings, papers or assignments due to technical difficulties will not be a valid excuse. Due dates are given well in advance so don't wait until the last minute and risk a blackout or computer crash that occurs right on a deadline. With that said, taking an online course can open up new ways of learning for you and often increases student participation with the pressures of public speaking in the traditional classroom removed.
the end of the semester, you will have developed a strong understanding of
what it means to think, read, and write critically as these skills apply to
the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and literary criticism. Through the writing and reading you do in
this course, you will be able to understand the relationship between meaning
in literature and language; to evaluate and analyze the relationship between
meaning and the use of sophisticated literary forms and strategies; to
identify unstated premises and hidden assumptions in writing; to recognize
the similarities and differences between arguments of an author and his/her
character(s); and to properly integrate source material into essay writing.
EMAIL ACCOUNT: All
the course emails (about 2 to 5 per week) will be sent to your smccd.edu
email account so you must set it up (activate your account by logging in
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.”
(1) Poetry: African American Poetry: an Anthology 1773-1927 ed. Joan R. Sherman
(2) Plays: Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora eds. Wallace & Khalidi
(3) Short stories: Great Short Stories by American Women edited by Candace Ward
(4) Novel: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rhetoric--Optional: Unless you prefer a print version (which you can purchase
in Skyline’s Bookstore).
(1) Participation—Remember that participation counts both for your grade and in your life. Active participation means regularly logging in, posting discussions and assignments on time, and providing thoughtful written feedback for workshop peer review. It also means emailing your instructor when you have questions or want quick feedback, or when you want more detailed feedback, making an office or phone appointment.
Assignments—No late work will be
accepted. All due dates are given well
in advance so it’s 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 48 hours after the due date.
Late assignments beyond this will not be accepted. You cannot
use late tickets on timed exams.
(3) Saving and Submitting Work—You must create a backup file of every piece of work you submit for grading. All files should be in DOC, RTF or PDF file formats (note: Do not post .docx files as not all students can open this type of file). When sending any email, identify yourself fully by name. I will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
(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
(1) Due Dates-- Paper #1 (2-4 pages, 500-1000 words) Draft due 9/13, Revised 9/20
Research Paper #2 (3-5 pages, 750-1250 words) Draft due 10/11, Revised 10/18
Midterm 75-minute essay exam on Tuesday, November 1st
Final essay exam—2 ½ hours on Thursday, December 8th
(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 use a late ticket on a draft because: (1) you
cannot participate in the workshop without a draft; (2) you won’t get any
peer feedback on your draft; (3) 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; (4) 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 dates:
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 %) ________