Office location: Sullivan 207B
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. and by appointment. I usually arrive at Salem State around 8:30 a.m. and am often in my office at times other than my posted office hours.
Office phone: (978) 542-6252. You can leave voice mail messages for me at this number if I am not in my office.
This is a course for students whose native language is not Engish. The course focuses on English language skills necessary for success at the college level, with extensive reading and extensive writing of various kinds (see "Course Requirements," below).
Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. New York: Ballantine, 1990.
King, Stephen. Different Seasons. New York: Signet, 1982. (We will read the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" in this book.)
King, Stephen. The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel. New York: Pocket Books.
Peterson, Jan, & Hagen, Stacy A. Better Writing Through Editing. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.
A good monolingual dictionary,
such as the Longman Dictionary of American English.
Two 8 1/2 x 11 inch spiral notebooks, one for daily freewriting and one for response journals (see Course Requirements, below)
2. Reading: approximately 10 pages a day of popular fiction, seven days a week. During the semester, we will read the novels Jurassic Park and The Green Mile and the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." Daily reading assignments will be distributed separately from this syllabus.
• daily freewriting (10 minutes a day at the beginning of class). You will receive credit for freewriting based on the number and length of dated entries in your freewriting notebook. If you are tardy or absent, you should do freewriting for that day as homework.
• double entry response journal (at least a page and a half long) due every class day that there has been a reading assignment in one of the assigned texts for the course.
• semester project: a "book" made up of the essays you will write in this course. Detailed guidelines and suggested topics for writing will be distributed separately from this syllabus, and will also be available on my web page. You will write three drafts of each of the chapters or sections for your final project. Drafts will be due on the first class day of each week during the semester, as follows:
|DUE DATES||Rough drafts||Revised drafts||Edited drafts|
|Mon. Sept. 11||Rough draft 1|
|Mon. Sept. 18||Rough draft 2|
|Mon. Sept. 25||Rough draft 3|
|Mon. Oct. 2||Revised draft 1|
|Tue. Oct. 10||Rough draft 4|
|Mon. Oct. 16||Revised draft 2|
|Mon. Oct. 23||Revised draft 3|
|Mon. Oct. 30||Edited draft 1|
|Mon. Nov. 6||Rough draft 5|
|Mon. Nov. 13||Revised draft 4|
|Mon. Nov. 20||Edited draft 2|
|Mon. Nov. 27||Revised draft 5|
|Mon. Dec. 4||Edited draft 3|
|Mon. Dec. 11||"Book" due with all five edited drafts|
2. Revised drafts. The second stage will be to revise your rough draft material for organization and overall clarity. Revision is not about finding mistakes and correcting them (that comes in stage three). It is about making sure that you have organized your ideas as effectively as possible. For each revised draft assignment, you will revise one of the rough draft assignments you handed in earlier. For each chapter of your project, you must complete and hand in a revised draft before you write an edited draft.
3. Final (edited) drafts.
In the final stage, you will edit your revised drafts for correctness
-- grammar, punctuation, spelling, and so forth.
Grades will be based on completion of the course requirements described above:
• attendance and class participation, including group work in class. See "Attendance policies," below.To get a good grade in the course, it is important to hand in work on time. Late work will usually be accepted (with some exceptions), but it will receive a lower grade than work handed in on time.
• the daily reading assignments from the assigned texts.
• the various writing assignments described above: daily freewriting in class, double entry response journals on the daily reading assignments, and all three stages of each chapter in your "book."
There will be no final exam in the
• Attendance is required, and excessive absenses and/or tardies can result in a low grade or even a failing grade in the course.Plagiarism: Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else and submitting them as if you had written them yourself. It is both dishonest and against the law. Penalties for plagiarism can include an automatic grade of F for the course, as well as being reported to the Vice President, Academic Affairs, which can lead to suspension or expulsion from the college. You can find the full description of the college policy on academic dishonesty in the college catalog.
• Each student is responsible for completing all course requirements and for keeping up with everything that goes on in the course (whether or not the student is present).
• If you are absent, you should:• contact another student or the teacher to find out what you have missed. (You can contact me by voice mail or by e-mail.)
• give the teacher a legitimate excuse, if possible.
Equal access policy (students
with disabilities): "Salem State College is committed to providing
equal access to the educational experience for all students in compliance
with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities
Act and to providing all reasonable academic accommodations aids and adjustments.
Any student who has a documented disability requiring an accommodation,
aid or adjustment should speak with the instructor immediately. Students
with Disabilities who have not previously done so should provide documentation
to and schedule an appointment with the Office for Students with Disabilities
and obtain appropriate services."
(Salem State College catalog)