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Montgomery College
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Department of English, Reading, World Languages, and the American English Language Program
Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus

EN 101A—Techniques of Reading and Writing I
Prof. Giron/ Fall 2008
Schedule of Activities

—Arrive on time. Attendance and class participation is required and part of your final grade for the course. If you repeatedly arrive after attendance is taken (10 minutes after class begins), you may be asked to leave the classroom and will have to speak with me before you may attend class.

—Parking: Please note that there is limited parking at TP/SS; the College recommends that you use public transportation but you must be sure to allow enough time to arrive to your class on time. If you park your car and you do not have a current parking sticker, you will be ticketed. There is an MC shuttle that will pick you up at the garage at Bonifant-Dixon Garage 55 on Bonifant Street, but you must allow time to get to the campus from the garage. The Pick-up and Drop-off area is near the Student Services Building (Fenton at New York Ave.). Do not be late for class.

—No Smoking on MC property: Please note that smoking on College property is NOT PERMITTED. Please also do not smoke on our neighbors’ property.

—Quizzes on readings will not be announced and no make ups are allowed.

—Written assignments will be announced. Date all assignments, as revisions must be submitted five (5) days from the due date in order to receive revision credit, which will be given at the end of the semester.

—You are expected to have your own copy of the texts used for this course.

Dates to Keep Track of:
Sept. 9th Last day to drop with a refund.
Sept. 23rd Last day to drop with no grade or to change to audit.
Nov. 18th Deadline to drop in person with a grade of W.


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Individual Grammar Review: Students in EN101A will receive a grammar review during the course.
It is your responsibility to remedy your grammatical problems via class discussions, by participating in the in-class editing sessions, by meeting with me in my office if you have additional questions, by doing lab work in the Writing and Reading Center and the Computer Tutorial Language Center, by asking tutors specific questions about your papers and by revising your papers. However, do not expect tutors to rewrite your papers, or to spend hours with you due to the high demand for their time.

If you are absent, please check with a fellow classmate and refer to The Schedule of Activities or ask me about assignments. You are expected to have read your assignment before you come to class, so be prepared. Quizzes on the readings will not be announced.

Bring proof to class that you belong in EN101A. If you do not have the prerequisites for this course, you might be dropped from the class.
BR (=Bedford Reader—10th ed.)
LBH (=Little Brown Handbook)

The Due Dates for these assignments will be given to you on a weekly basis:

Week One: September 3 / 5:
—Orientation to the Course
—Lesson on Sequential/Chronological Order: Setting Goals
—Extra Credit: Community Service Project—Students are encouraged to participate in the Community Service Project. More information will be provided later. You would need to donate 10 hours of your time & write a short summary of your activities and talk about it in class for an Extra Grade. Due Nov. 25.
—Writing Assignment—to be given in class (to be graded & be revised) to evaluate your writing skills

Book Review: Read the “Water” Common Reading Booklet (it will be given to you for free). I will provide a review guideline handout to help you write a review. I also will provide you with a list of books you might be interested in reading at some point during your college education. Due Nov.19.

NOTE: You are expected to have read the assignments before coming to class.

Week Two: September 8/ 10/ 12:
In-class assignment: Summary of an article read in class.
LBH (=Little Brown Handbook)
pp. 3-78 To include discussion on how to:
Generate ideas and sketch a plan
Rough out an initial plan
Make global revisions; then revise sentences (with student essay)
Build effective paragraphs (with focus on thesis statements, organization, transitions, & coherence)

Week Three: September 15/ 17/ 19:
BR pp. 13-15 “Disability” Nancy Mairs
Journal Entry #1
BR pp. 16-30 “Writing While Reading, Summarizing, Thinking Critically…”

Grammar Review This will be referred to in class; it will be posted online.

Week Four: September 22/ 24/ 26:

Journal based on the reading and videos:
You are expected to keep a summary journal (on separate sheets of paper (typed) and placed in your MC folder) based on the readings for the course found in The Bedford Reader. After you have read the assignment, write a summary of the article by stating what the author is stating; then explain why you agree or disagree with the author. Each summary should be about 200 words or more. I will collect your summaries during the semester to check your progress and will assign a final journal grade at the end of the semester based on the number and quality of your entries. These entries will be marked for content not grammar.

Smithsonian Project:
You must visit a museum of your choice to view an exhibit focused on showing some aspect of the importance of “water” (see the “Water” Common Reading Booklet) based on an exhibit or an object you have seen at one of the Smithsonian museums. You will see a video of the Smithsonian Institution to orientate you to the different museums. You will write a summary and share your thoughts with the class for this graded assignment. Due Nov. 12.

In-class editing of summary.
BR pp. 31-49 “Writing Process
BR pp. 49-78 “Academic Writing”
BR pp. 584-587 “Only Daughter” Sandra Cisneros
Journal Entry #2
Grammar Review

Week Five: Sept. 29-October 1 / 3:
Grammar Review
BR pp. 123-130 “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson
Journal Entry #3
In-class assignment: Critique #1
Grammar Review

Week Six: October 6 / 8 / 10:
BR pp. 198-200 “Homeless” Anna Quindlen
Journal Entry #4
In-class editing of critique #1
BR pp. 567-569 “Safety Through Immigration Control” Mark Krikorian
Journal Entry #5

Week Seven: October 13 / 15 / 17:
Grammar Review
In-class assignment: Critique #2 (Midterm)
Critical thinking exercise/discussion; The African Diaspora
Journal Entry #6
BR pp. 290-292 “How to Poison the Earth” Linnea Saukko
Journal Entry #7

Week Eight: October 20 / 22 / 24:
BR pp. 340-342 “I Want a Wife” Judy Brady
Journal Entry #8
BR pp. 345-347 “Not All Men Are Sly Foxes” Armin A. Brott
Journal Entry #9
BR pp.358-364 “The Capricious Camera” Laila Ayad
Journal Entry #10
Grammar Review

Week Nine: October 27 /29 / 31:
In-class editing of critique #2 and Student conferences
BR pp. 391-397 “But What Do You Mean?” Deborah Tannen
Journal Entry #11
Smithsonian Museum project is due Nov. 12.

Week Ten: November 3 / 5 / 7:
LBH pp. 354-398 “Using and Documenting Sources”
“Writing MLA Papers”
Using the Library Lecture: Nov. 7 (with focus on opposing points of view)

Begin looking for an editorial-type article on:

Should governments protect its citizens’ water supply / quality or should this be left to corporations to manage?

For your written-at-home Critique #3.

[Please note: You will be given points when I review the editorial you chose to write about, your critique plan, your critique draft. Do not destroy these.]

BR pp. 408-415 “The Way We Lie” Stephanie Erricsson
Journal Entry #12

Week Eleven: November 10 / 12 /14:
BR pp. 418-424 “The World of Double Speak” William Lutz
Journal Entry #13
Critique #3: Review of editorial you have chosen.
EN101A Portfolio with 2 clean, revised copies of Critiques 1 & 2 & Cover letter (to be written in class) is due.
Videotape & critical thinking exercise/discussion: Cartoons & Propaganda
Journal Entry #14

Week Twelve: November 17 / 19 / 21:
Review of “Water” Common Reading Booklet is due Nov. 19.
For Critique #3: All steps (review of article, plan for the critique, rough draft, finished typed critique with Work Cited page, including a copy of the article) of your work will be monitored and given credit. If any part of the process is missing, you will receive “Zero” points for that particular part.
Critique #3: Review of editorial you have chosen and your critique Plan

Week Thirteen: November 24—Thanksgiving Holiday on Nov. 26 / 28:
Critique #3: Review of your critique Draft
Critique #3 (written at home) is due Dec. 10.

Week Fourteen: December 1 / 3 / 5:
Critique #3: Review of your critique Draft
BR pp. 505-507 “Pride” Dagoberto Gilb

Week Fifteen: December 8 / 10 /12:
BR pp. 260-264 “The Legacy of Antigay Discrimination” George Chauncey

Critique #3—Due Dec. 8
with: Cover Page, Critique, Work Cited (along with Copy of the Article, Your Plan, Your Draft)

Please note: If you do not turn in all the parts, your critique will be deducted accordingly.

Journals are due Dec. 10. You should have a total of 14 entries.
Review for final exam, to be based on an article from BR which we have not yet read or discussed in class. You will be asked to read the article in class and then write a critique in the same fashion as critiques Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

English Composition Folder Due Dec. 12 / Review for Final
You must turn in a folder of all your work in order to receive a grade in this course.

Week Sixteen -Final Exam:
EN101A-20529 the 8 to 9.25 class —-Exam on Monday, Dec. 15— 8 AM to 10 AM.

EN101A-21757 the 1 to 2.25 class ——Exam on Monday, Dec. 15— 2.45 PM to 4.45 PM.