FALL 2010


Dr. Bridget Brennan

Office: Marlboro 3068

Office Phone: (301) 583-5209

Mailbox: Marlboro 3072

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays—11:00 to 12:00 and by appointment

Email: brennabh@pgcc.edu (Please note that there are not three Ns in my email address as there are in my name). Because of privacy laws, I can only respond to emails that are sent through the Owl Mail system. If you don’t have an Owl Mail account set up, please see the attached directions on page 17 of your syllabus.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Welcome to English 1000. This course is designed to help prepare you for English 1010. In this class, we will work on grammar, vocabulary skills, and writing sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. Additionally, you will develop analytic and critical thinking skills that will be useful across many disciplines.




Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:


(1.) Write, using Standard English, well-developed paragraphs of at least 150 words and essays of at least 500 words that have unified, restricted, and precise thesis statements; clear topic sentences that support the thesis; adequate development of the topic sentences in paragraphs; and a variety of sentence patterns or lengths.


(2.) Write prose with essential meaning unimpaired by grammatical errors, including fragments, run-ons (comma splices and fused sentences), faulty subject-verb agreement, and incorrect verb forms.


(3.) Use a handbook/dictionary to correct marked errors of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage, and spelling.


(4.) Write a summary or analysis of an assigned text.


Students who need extra help with any aspect of the writing process (grammar, invention, drafting, etc) are encouraged to visit the Writing Center, which is located on the ground floor of Bladen Hall. Please call (301) 322-0748 for a half-hour, one-on-one tutoring session with an English faculty tutor. When you go to your appointment, please be on time, have all needed materials (assignment sheets, outlines, etc.), be able to identify exactly what it is you would like to work on, and have a good attitude.





Sentence Skills (Ninth Edition) by John Langan. ISBN: 0073371696


Three-ring binder

Ruled paper for in-class assignment

A folder to use for submitting papers

A quality dictionary

Flash drive on which you will save your papers. You should bring this to every class.





Daily attendance and participation in class activities is required. To receive full participation points you must be alert, involved in class discussions, and make meaningful contributions to writing workshops and group activities.


Students must come to class prepared--being prepared for class means completing all assigned reading for each day, coming to class with all needed materials (textbooks, paper, assignments, pen, etc.) and coming to class with something to say about the topic at hand!


If you come to class unprepared and/or do not participate in class activities, you will be marked absent.



I encourage you to see me during office hours for extra assistance. I will not review papers emailed to me.



A paper will be considered late if you do not turn it in at the start of class on the day it is due. For every day (not class) that the paper is late, one letter grade will be deducted. For example, if a paper is due on Monday and you turn it in on Tuesday, ten points will be deducted from your grade. If you are going to be absent for some reason on the day a paper is due, you must arrange to have someone else drop the paper in my mailbox.



All drafts of papers must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font, with one-inch margins. All final drafts must be submitted in a folder with the following items: your first draft, prewriting materials, and any peer review or self-review completed in conjunction with the paper. I will not accept any paper that is not in a folder and accompanied by the appropriate work.



Students are required to attend one-on-one conferences with me. Class is cancelled the week of the conferences to insure that students will be able to find a meeting time that works with their schedules. If you need to reschedule a conference, you must contact me BEFORE your scheduled conference time. If you do not contact me and do not attend your conference, I will be unable to meet with you to discuss your paper. Conferences will be held in my office, Marlboro 3068. Please bring your rough draft to your conference and make sure you fill out the conference worksheet before you come.



The success of this class is largely determined by student preparedness and participation.

v  You may miss two class, “excused” or “unexcused,” without your participation grade suffering. You will want to “save” these cuts in case of illness or an emergency. For each absence after two, points will be deducted from your participation grade. However, if you wish to make up work you have missed, you must provide me with verifiable documentation of a legitimate absense.

v  If you miss seven classes, you will fail the course even if you complete all of the coursework. It does not matter if the absences are “excused” or “unexcused.”

v  The course syllabus is subject to change—it is your responsibility to keep track of all changes. You need to get the phone number or email address of a classmate who you can contact if you are absent.


What to do if you miss class:


You should check your syllabus and contact a fellow classmate using the email tree to find out what you missed. Please do not email or call me to ask me what you missed. However, if you know in advance that you will be absent on a particular day, please see me before or after class to discuss the absence.


I will post any handouts I give out in class on the bulletin board outside of my office after class—if you miss class, be sure to pick up the handouts as soon as possible.


Test and Homework Makeup Policy:

In order to make up a test or homework, you must have documentation that shows that the absence was legitimate (doctor’s note, court papers, etc) AND you must contact me by email or phone before the end of the class you missed. If you do not do so, you will not be able to make up work.



Chronic tardiness will not be tolerated. The door to the classroom will be closed promptly at the beginning of class; you must wait until the break to enter class if you arrive after class has begun. Please do not knock on the door, as it is disruptive to your fellow students.



Formal Writing Assignments (two paragraphs and three essays): 50%

Grammar Tests: 30%

Participation: homework, in-class assignments, discussion participation: 10%

Final Exam: 10%

Individual papers will be evaluated using the criteria outlined in the “C” Standard sheet and the criteria specific to that assignment



Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty can seriously affect your academic and professional careers.  Don’t risk it! Any student who violates the academic integrity code in this class will receive a zero for the assignment in question. No exceptions will be made.


Code of Academic Integrity

“The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process." - from the Code of Conduct, Title 6, 2, C - Academic Integrity


(i) Plagiarism

Awareness of the Code of Academic Integrity:

Faculty members are responsible for making students aware of the Code of Academic Integrity at the beginning of every semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to know, understand, and be conversant with the tenets and sanctions associated with the violation of the Code.  Lack of awareness of the policy shall not be considered a defense against the allegation of plagiarism or cheating.  Faculty members are in no way precluded from issuing supplemental guidelines on academic dishonesty.

The college shall maintain responsibility for providing information about the Code of Academic Integrity through its student admissions, enrollment and advising processes as well as through faculty orientation/professional development programs. 

For more information about the Code of Academic Integrity, please see your Student Handbook page 41.



v  Readings are due on the day they are listed.

v  You may not submit papers electronically.

v  You must keep a hardcopy or disk copy of all work submitted for a grade.

v  If you have a diagnosed physical or learning disability that requires special accommodations, you must contact me by the end of the second week of the semester so we can make appropriate arrangements. If you need help with documentation, please contact the Disability Support Services Office at (301) 322-0838.

v  You may rewrite your first paragraph assignment if you receive a grade of “C” or less. Rewrites are due no later than two weeks from the date you receive your graded paper. 



I look forward to working with you this semester. Please feel free to drop by my office (Marlboro 3068) during office hours if you need assistance of any kind. If you are unable to come to my office during those times, please call or email me, and we will find a convenient time to meet.