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© 1998, 1999 Prince George's Community College. All Rights Reserved
 PGCC, 301 Largo Road, Largo, Maryland, USA.


Welcome to the syllabus page for  
Marcia Dawson's DVE001 course 


 Fall 1999

Ms. Dawson
Phone: (301) 322-0096    Office:  M2131
email: md52@pgstumail.pgcc.edu  Office Hours: MW  10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
         TR    11 a.m. - 12 Noon
         or by appointment

Required Text  

Fawcett, Susan and Sandberg, Alvin.  Evergreen with Readings: A Guide to Writing. (Fifth Edition) 
 Princeton, New Jersey: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.

Recommended Texts  

* a recent edition of a dictionary (paperback is acceptable) such as Webster's Collegiate
   Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary, or The Random House College Dictionary
* a good English handbook such as The Modern Writer’s Handbook, Hodges’ Harbrace College
  Handbook, or The Bedford Handbook for Writers


Your performance in this course will be evaluated as follows:

10 paragraphs @ 15 pts. each    150 pts.
Quizzes and Homework     100 pts.
Lab Hours (approximately 2 per week--see note below)  25 pts.
Attendance        35 pts.
Participation in & completion of 
in-class assignments       10 pts. 
TOTAL possible points     320 pts.

You must accumulate at least 225 points as well as meet all departmental standards to pass this course.

Important notes: (1) All writing assignments and some homework assignments are to be submitted in
   Manuscript Form (see page below).  Written work that is not in Manuscript
   Form at submission may not be accepted for credit and will not be graded.
        (2) Keep all of your work for this class together in one folder, and keep all of it at
   least until the end of the semester.
         (3) You are responsible for your progress in this course and for keeping track of
    your progress.  Ask at any time if you are unsure how you are doing.  You will
    receive written notice of your progress at midterm.

Lab Hours

 There are a number of ways to gain lab credit in addition to the traditional lab setting.  These include:  tutoring (either with a tutor employed by the Department of Educational Development OR in the Tutoring or Writing Centers in Accokeek Hall), workshops, and roundtable discussions.  Other opportunities for lab credit will be provided to you as they arise throughout the semester.  It is your responsibility to keep track of your accumulated lab time and complete any follow up activities.

Attendance and Participation
 Come to class on time!  Lateness is distracting to everyone, and important announcements are normally made within the first five to ten minutes of class.
 You are responsible for completing all assignments (on time!).  If you are unable to be in class, make sure you get the work you missed as soon as possible.  Make a friend (or friends) in the class and ask for phone numbers; it's a good habit to get into for any class.
 Keep up with your work so you are not swamped all at once.  If you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to ask questions.  This is your education; get all you can out of it!


1. Paragraphs should be word processed, if possible.  Use good quality paper that does not smudge easily.

2. If you must write your paragraphs longhand, write in BLACK or DARK BLUE ink on lined tablet or loose-leaf paper.  Paper from a spiral notebook WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

3. If you would like to use a title, center it at the top.  Capitalize the main words of the title.  Do not underline the title.  Paragraphs do not require titles, but you may use one if you want.

4. Write on one side of the paper only.

5. Type (or write) your name, reference number, date, and assignment on the top right corner of the first page.  Your name should also appear on the top right corner of each page.

6. Indent the first line of a paragraph five spaces or about one half inch.

7. Double space your work.  Make any last minute corrections, using a pen, between lines or in the margins.

8. Leave margins of about one inch on the left and right sides of each page.  Use about an inch and a half at the top and an inch at the bottom.

9. If you have more than one page, number each page.  Staple or paper clip the pages.  DO NOT crimp or fold the corners.

   Schedule of Activities     Reading/Assignments
   (Subject to Change)

Week 1  Introduction to Course/Getting Started Evergreen, Chps. 1
   Diagnostic Writing Sample   Writing Assignment # 1
   Team Building for Peer Review   

Week 2  The Process of Writing   Evergreen, Chps. 2 & 3
   What is a good paragraph?

Week 3  Topic v. Topic Sentences   Writing Assignment # 2 Draft
   Paragraph Structure, Support, & Organization
Week 4  Coherence     Evergreen, Chp. 4
   Review the Simple Sentence   Evergreen, Chps. 21, 27, 29, 30
        & Sentence Parts

Week 5  Writing Illustration/Example  Evergreen, Chp. 5 
   Revision v. Editing and/or Proofreading Writing Assignment # 3 Draft       
Week 6  Sentence Combining    Evergreen, Chps. 14 & 22
   Sentence Types and Sentence Variety

Week 7  Writing Process Analysis   Evergreen, Chp. 8
         Writing Assignment # 4 Draft
Week 8  Sentence Errors     Evergreen, Chp. 23
   More Sentence Combining   Writing Assignment # 5 (in class)
Week 9  Language Awareness    Evergreen, Chp. 15 
         Writing Assignment # 6 Draft
Week 10  Comparison and Contrast   Evergreen, Chp. 10 
         Writing Assignment # 7 Draft
Week 11  Classification     Evergreen, Chp. 11
         Writing  Assignment # 8 Draft

Week 12  Consistency, Parallelism, and Pronouns Evergreen, Chps. 13 & 28 


Week 13  Writing for in-class assignments  Evergreen, Chp. 20
         Writing Assignment # 10 Draft
Week 14  Paragraphs to Essays    Evergreen, Chps. 17 & 20
         Writing Assignment # 9 (in class)           
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8  All Outstanding Revisions Due
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11 All Lab Hours Completed

Week 15  Individual Conferences
   Final Draft Writing Assignment # 10 due    



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Marcia Dawson 
Department of Educational Development 
Prince George's Community College 
301 Largo Road 
Largo, MD 20774-2199 
(301) 322-0096 

(301) 808-0418 (FAX) 

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