English Composition: Literature Emphasis
Instructor: Margaret Juncker Schedule #71501: MW, 12:40-2:05p, MT-09
Office and Phone: MT-18; 855-5229 Prerequisite: English 1A
Mailbox: S2-402 3 Units of transferable credit to UC or CSU
Class Website: http://mjuncker.tripod.com/
Transfer Info: http://www.assist.org/web-assist/MISSION.html
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday: 2:15-3:15p, MT-18; Thursday: 2:30-3:30, S2-201
*Thursday office hours will be held in the Writing Center, S2-305 (entry, S2-201): You are NOT required to sign up for English 900 in order to make use of my office hours. I am simply there to help out when I do not have students, but my first priority is YOU. If you arrive and I am helping a student, give me a wave. I will be with you the moment I finish that session.
*Please feel free to request another time if you have a scheduling conflict.
English 1B will involve emphasis on composition and critical thinking with an introduction to reading and writing about literature and acquiring skills in interpretation and analysis. The literature that we study will fall into three genres: short stories, poetry, and drama.
Charters, Ann and Samuel, Eds. Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to
Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2007.
Please bring your textbook to each class meeting unless directed otherwise.
· A small, personal stapler will come in handy.
Attendance and Tardies:
Cell Phone Policy:
It is Mission College English Department policy that an English 1B paper having more than 4 major errors per page will not receive a passing grade. Please begin working on any weaknesses as soon as you get your diagnostic back.
You are encouraged, with all assignments, to be creative, stretch your writing, and try new things. These things will be carefully considered when determining your grade on any particular assignment.
Holding time for a formal paper or essay exam is approximately 3 class meetings.
All out-of-class assignments, some in-class activities, and all formal out-of-class essays and essay exams are worth possible points; you will be awarded points based on the quality of your work:
Extra Credit: There will be a few opportunities for extra credit during the course of the semester.
**Please note that extra credit cannot be used to move a non-passing student into passing status. It can only be used to enhance the grades of passing students.
Extra Credit Opportunity #1: If you receive CR in English 900, you will receive 50 extra homework points (worth five homework assignments).
English 900: This course is worth a ½ unit and requires that you spend 24 hours in the Writing Center over the course of the semester. You will determine the times/days that you come. There is no homework. You will work on your writing skills. The Writing Center is located in S2-305, which you will enter through S2-201.
Grades will be calculated using the following weighted grading system:
· Homework, quizzes, and in-class activities: 20% of your grade
· Formal out-of-class essays: 30%
· Story essay examination: 15%
· Poetry essay examination: 15%
· Final examination: 20%
You must receive a passing grade on one of the exams in order to pass English 1B.
All work must be original work. All formal out-of-class essays (three total), in addition to being submitted in class, must be also be submitted electronically to Turnitin. If you plagiarize, you will receive an F on the assignment and will not be allowed to redo it. You will also lose any extra credit points you have accumulated as well as any opportunity to earn extra credit points. If you plagiarize again, you will automatically fail the class. If you have any questions about Mission College's plagiarism policy, please consult the Mission College Catalog.
· If you feel that your grade is in jeopardy or that you would prefer to take this class another semester, please drop yourself.
· Please make sure that you are getting any help you need. Work on problems as you become aware of them so that your writing steadily improves. If you don’t work on your writing, it will be of the same quality it is now.
· If you would like me to figure out your current percentage for you, let me know and I will have it for you the following class period.
· Please keep all of your assignments so you and I can discuss any assignment at any time and so that there is never any misunderstanding regarding whether or not you have completed an assignment.
· Please refer to this syllabus and the schedule often so that you are always up-to-date.