PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

         SPRING 2004         COURSE  #3261  SYLLABUS                      

           ENGLISH  100  :  INTRODUCTION  TO  COMPOSITION

      Location :  M 3100         Days : TTh 08.00a.m. - 09.50 a.m.

     

      Instructor :  OLU. A. OGUNSANWO, Ph.D.

      Office : M3115            Office Hours : TTh (09.50-10.20am)

      Voice-mail : (301) 322-0431   E-mail : ogunsaoa@pgcc.edu

 

COURSE  OBJECTIVES

In the Course, you will

(1) improve on your ability to write paragraphs and essays that are

    clear, focused and well developed; and                             

(2) eliminate problems of sentence structure and grammar from

      your writing.

 

PRESCRIBED  TEXTS  

Brannan, Bob. A Writer’s Workshop, New York : McGraw Hill, Inc. 2003

Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers, New York : Bedford/St Martins, 2004

         Any Good Dictionary

 

COURSE  REQUIREMENTS

-         two paragraphs

-         four essays

-         volunteer service reports (for at least 20 hours over 10 days)

In addition, you will be tested on, at least, the following areas :

-         sentence fragments

-         run-on sentences (comma splices and fused sentences)

-         errors in verb forms

-         problem with subject-verb agreement.

 

 

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COURSE  POLICIES

1. Grading System

Your final grade depends on the following criteria : 

2 Paragraphs                  20%

4 Essays                         40%                         OVER-ALL GRADE

10 Volunteer Reports     10%                         A    :   89.5 –100%

Tests on Grammar          15%                        B    :    79.5 – 89%

Quizzes/Homework        10%                        C   :     69.5 – 79%

Participation/Attendance  5%                        D   -    59.5 – 69%

                   TOTAL         100%                       F    -    0    - 59%

 

2. ABSENCE

If you must miss Class, it must be for a cogent reason and you should let me know in advance on (301) 322-0431 or ogunsaoa@pgcc.edu  so that

I can excuse the absence. Clearly state your name, class, days of class meeting and hours of lecture. Otherwise you will need to present evidence e.g. doctor’s note, coach’s note, etc. Any student who misses 25% of class sessions must withdraw or automatically receive an F.

 

3.LATENESS

Entering the class late will be frowned at and any lateness of more than 15 minutes will be counted as an absence unless valid proof of reason is presented and is convincing.

 

4. ASSIGNMENTS

All paragraphs, essays and other homework (unless otherwise specified)

must be typed double-spaced and must be submitted in person and in class on the day each assignment is due. Ability to meet deadlines is one of the traits of a good student

 

 

 

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5. VOLUNTEER SERVICE REPORTS

You are expected to carry out a 20-hour volunteer service in your

Locality within an area of your competence. You should register your

Location not later than Tuesday,  February 3,2004. You will be expected to submit, from the third week, a 2-hour weekly report as outlined in the Syllabus. Your Reports  must be on time and cumulative.

Extra hours covered beyond 20 hours will earn extra credit.

 

6. CLASS BEHAVIOR

Behavior that prevents other students from learning and/or threatens anyone in class will not be tolerated. You may be barred from attending class and even suspended from the College. If your behavior causes you to be barred from attending class, all work missed will be recorded as zeroes. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, loud talking

and socializing during class. Please do not bring your cell phones to

class because no beep will be tolerated as it is distracting.

 

7. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

This includes preparedness, participation in class discussions, answering questions in class and constructive peer editing. These are extremely important and have been factored into your grading.

 

8. ITEMS IN CLASS

The use of tape recorders is not allowed in class without permission. Also, do not bring into class any food item, drink(s), gums, etc. No smoking is allowed in any building on the campus.

 

9. MISSED CLASSES

Make-up work and missed assignments may only be allowed on grounds of critical evidence being produced e.g. medical report, by the student concerned.

 

 

 

 

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10. WHERE TO TURN FOR HELP

 

Your Instructor : Stop by during my office hours or leave a message on    the voice mail  - (301) 322-0431 -  or in my mail box at M3072  Department of English  (Secretary’s Office). You may also leave your

assignment there only in advance  of the date it is due. The Office is open  on Monday through Friday (8.00am – 8.00pm) and also on Saturday.

 

The Writing Center : Call  (301) 322 – 0748 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    ENGLISH 100 : INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION

                                 COURSE  SYLLABUS

Your Instructor may change or amend the Syllabus based on the needs and /or progress of the Class.

 

FIRST WEEK

 

Thursday      Introduction to the Course ,Syllabus and  prescribed texts.

Jan. 22       A Writer’s Workshop : Activity 1.1

                                          Focused Free-write, p 6

                   Paragraph #1.“ Why I have Come to PGCC”

 

 

SECOND WEEK

 

Tuesday    A Writer’s Workshop : Appendix I

Jan. 27                         Working with your Computer (A1 – A19)         

                     The Sentence in English

                     What constitutes a sentence in English ?

                     Sentences, Clauses and Phrases             

 

 

Thursday         A Writer’s Workshop : The Improvement Chart, Appendix 2

Jan. 29                                           : Practicing the Writing Process, 2 - 19

                     Assignment : Paragraph #2 – The Impact of Computers on a

                                                                chosen aspect of life.

                    Paragraph  #1 Final due.

 

 

 

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THIRD WEEK

              

Tuesday     A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 2  

Feb. 3          Making the most of Reading, pp 20 – 31

                    Volunteer Service location registered

                    Paragraph  #2 draft due       

                                 

                 

Thursday    Sentence  Skills

Feb. 5       A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 3

                 Introducing the Paragraph, pp 34 – 59

                 Rules :  Ch. 61 – Parts of Speech, pp 496 – 508

 

 

FOURTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday   Sentence Skills

Feb. 10      A Writer’s Workshop :  Chapter 4

                  Revising Paragraphs,  Pp 60 – 75

                 Rules : Chapters 62 – 64 

                 Sentence Patterns and Sentence Types, pp 508 – 530

                 Volunteer Service Report  #1 due

                 Paragraph #3  -  Crime Wave in the DC/Metro Area

 

Thursday    A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 5

Feb. 12           Picturing a place, pp 76-105

                       Group Exercise in Class – p 81

                       Paragraph #2 Final due

 

 

 

 

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FIFTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday    A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 23 

Feb. 17         Verbs : Form and Agreement , pp 530 –544

                A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 6  

                      Telling your own story, Pp 106 – 133

                Paragraph #4 – Choose one of Assignments on pp 132-133

                Volunteer Service Report  #2 due

 

Thursday  A writer’s Workshop  :  Chapter 7

 Feb 19     Illustrating through Examples, pp134 – 161

                   Assignment   #3, p 159

 

SIXTH  WEEK

               

Tuesday     A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 9

Feb. 24              Recognizing Causes, Explaining Effects, pp 182 - 207

                  Volunteer Service Report #3 due

                  Due :   Verbs – Principal Parts

 

Thursday      A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 11

Feb. 26                Explaining Similarities and Differences, pp 232 – 254

                    Due  :  Wealth of the English Language

 

SEVENTH  WEEK

 

 Tuesday    Sentence Skills Improvement

Mar. 2          Practice Exercises

                  Volunteer Service Report  #4 due

 

 Thursday    A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 12

Mar. 4          Introducing the Essay, pp 260 – 293

 

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EIGHTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday   A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 14

 Mar. 9     Expanding Paragraphs into Essays, pp 306 – 333

                First Essay : Assignment #3, p 207 ( 500 words)   

                Volunteer Service Report #5 due

 

Thursday     A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 15

Mar. 11                 Defining Terms, Clarifying Ideas, pp 334 – 359

                             Working on Student Model essay  pp 352 – 357

 

NINTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday    Rules  : Chapter 19

Mar. 16     Repair Sentence Fragments, pp 156 – 163

                 Volunteer Service Report  # 6 due

                 Mastery Exercise  - Pronouns

                                                                                                                                                           Thursday    A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 16  Writing Persuasively –        Mar. 18      Combining Patterns of Development, pp 360-393

                  Essay # 2 : My Kind of Music/Film/Video ( 500 words)

                  More Wealth of Language  #2  due

 

TENTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday    Sentence Skills Improvement Skills

Mar. 23                 Revision Exercises – Fragments

                 Volunteer Service Report # 7 due

 

Thursday      A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 18

Mar. 25         Creating Sentence Variety, pp 422 – 449

                    Essay #3 – A Day to Remember ( 500 words)  

                    Essay #2 Draft due

 

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 ELEVENTH  WEEK

    

Tuesday   A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 27  Oct. 30

Mar. 30      Building Correct Spelling, pp 581 - 592  

 

 

Thursday  SPRING  BREAK  -  College  closed

 

 

TWELFTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday   

Apr. 6              S P R I N G      B R E A K

Thursday                                                      C O L L E G E     C L O  S E  D

Apr. 8

 

 

 

THIRTEENTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday     Essay #2  : Peer Review /Conference

 Apr. 13      PARTICIPATION IS MANDATORY.

 

Thursday  A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 17

Apr. 15                Building Essay Answers, pp 394 – 41           

                Volunteer  Service Report # 8 due.

                Essay #3 Draft due.

 

 

 

 

 

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FOURTEENTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday   A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 21

Apr. 20            Coordination, Subordination and Parallelism, pp507 – 529

                        English Class/Fish Story   Exercises

 

Thursday  Rules : Chapters 8 – 18 

Apr 22                  Clarity, pp 83 – 154

                      Volunteer Service Report #9  due.

 

FIFTEENTH  WEEK

 

Tuesday    A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 24

Apr. 27    Pronouns : Reference, Agreement and Form, pp 545 – 555

                Essay #4 – A Re-visit to a place/city/country I had known or                                    

                                 lived in. ( 600 words)

                This essay will be written in Class .

 

Thursday  A Writer’s Workshop :  Chapter 26

Apr. 29                 Punctuation and Mechanics, pp 563 – 580                

                   Volunteer Service Report  #10  due.

 

 

SIXTEENTH  WEEK

Tuesday   A Writer’s Workshop : Chapter 25

 May. 04                 Words That Describe, pp 556 – 562                      

                Volunteer Service Report

 

Thursday   Creative Writing in Class

May 06       Choice of a poem, a song or a short story.

                  Sentence Error  Review  e-mailed  to (ogunsaoa@pgcc.edu)

                  Make-up day

 

 

 

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SEVENTEENTH WEEK

 

Tuesday   Final Test – Grammar

May. 11     Last day of Classes

                Hand in printed copy of ‘Sentence Skills Workshop’.