Improvement of Writing
Instructor: Shusmita Sen
Writing Paragraphs and Essays, Fourth Edition.
By Joy Wingersky, Jan Boerner, and Diana Holguin-Balogh
- 81/2 X 11 legal, loose-leaf papers for all in-class
- 2 Manila Folders for essays/assignments
- College dictionary/thesaurusoptional but suggested
- Disks (3.5 inch high-density floppy disks)
Many students have difficulty with the fundamentals of writing (basic grammar, sentence
structure, punctuation, spelling, and the organization, development and support of an
essay); therefore, English 99 has been designed to review and emphasize these skills which
are necessary for your continued success in future English classes.
By the end of the course, you should be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Develop critical reading and writing skills.
- Practice brain-storming and prewriting activities to generate ideas for writing
- Use a writing process that involves strategies of prewriting, drafting, revising,
editing, and proof-reading.
- Apply various rhetorical elements and strategies to particular writing assignments.
- Write well-developed and clearly organized paragraphs and college-level essays, using
Standard English sentencesfollowing basic grammar and punctuation rules.
- Respond, thoughtfully and critically in writing, to college-level readings.
- Recognize and demonstrate the SCC Student Learning Outcomes Abilities: Responsibility,
Communication, Problem-Solving, Global Awareness.
Student Learning Outcomes:
"The Student Learning Outcomes Initiatives at Spokane
Community College is committed to enriching the educational environment so that the power
and growth of learning are valued by all members of the college. We are dedicated to
seeing our students demonstrate
critical Student Learning Abilities as they relate
to our institution and the larger community." (SCC Outcomes Mission Statement)
The final grade for overall performance in this class will include assessment of the
four SCC Outcomes Abilities:
Responsibility: You will be graded
on your ability to manage your time, keep up with your educational commitments, set
priorities, work individually and in groups, and turn in acceptable, college-level work.
Communication: You will learn to
present/offer your point of view (written and verbal) clearly, freely, and
effectivelywith logical reasoning strategies and adequate evidences to support your
claimso that others in the class can understand the materials being presented.
Problem Solving: You will be
accountable for synthesizing necessary information (facts, evidences, and expert opinions)
in your essays, learning to ask the right questions for clarification, demonstrating your
knowledge of analytical methods and the ability to arrive at reasonable
conclusions/solutions, and recognizing the connections between what you learn, your
learning styles, and real-life skills.
Global Awareness: You will be
expected to demonstrate your awareness of and respect for human diversity and differences
of opinion in class, keeping your mind open to fresh/new perspectives and displaying the
willingness to listen to other view points
Note: Your performance on these learning outcomes will be assessed through regular
self-analysis, group evaluation, and instructor-generated evaluation methods.
The course will be taught through lectures, class discussions, group projects, and a
substantial amount of in-class assignments. Therefore, your participation and preparedness
are absolutely necessary for an effective learning experience. As the course progresses,
- You will review, refine, and use a writing process that is appropriate for college-level
- You will study a variety of rhetorical strategies (e.g. illustration, cause/effect,
persuasion etc.) and rhetorical elements (e.g. audience, tone) and use knowledge of these
strategies and elements to inform and shape your writing
- You will write series of well-developed paragraphs and at least 3 college-level essays,
both in and out of class, in response to specific readings or other assignments. These
writing assignments will help you learn the following:
- clear organization
- effective development
- clear and correct expressions
- These works will be peer-edited frequently and assessed by the instructor regularly.
In-class writing must be done on loose-leaf paper and written double-spaced.
Papers written outside of class should be computer-generated (optional but preferred)
All copies of the prewriting activities, the rough and other drafts of your essays,
along with the feedback sheets need to be turned in with the final draft in a manila
Also, since papers have a bad habit of getting misplaced or lost, you are responsible
for keeping a copy of all final drafts of your essays and all graded assignments.
Attendance and Late-Work Policies:
- Because so much of what you learn and receive credit for must be
completed within the class period, your attendance is important. Daily attendance will be
taken, and you will begin to lose points after the first three absences.
Therefore, use your "day-offs" with caution.
- Being late for class or leaving early is also disruptive, so please
be on time and in class for the scheduled classes. Moreover, you may not be allowed to
sign in after the first five minutes, especially if late arrival becomes a pattern.
- I will encourage you to take responsibility for your attendance,
behavior, and work. If for some reason you are forced to miss a class, please inform me on
time so that we can work on an alternative schedule. Please do not offer me your excuses
or explanations for late or failed work or for your absence. I do not distinguish
between "excused" and "unexcused" absences. Absences, regardless of
the situation, are absences. Learn to accept the consequences of your
choicesespecially those choices that are personally challenging.
- Your contribution to the class will enhance the learning environment
for you and your classmates. If your behavior disrupts others or the learning environment,
you will be asked to leave, and you will not receive credit for that days work or
attendance. This is a college classroom and adult level of behavior is expected at all
times. Should you have occasion to arrive late or leave early, please do so quietly.
Violations of decorum or repeated/disruptive late arrivals or early departures may result
in a student being administratively dropped from the course.
- Unless otherwise directed, papers and assignments are due at the
beginning of the class period, unless otherwise directed. Please make sure to give them to
a friend or to me on or before the due date if you will be absent. Late papers are not
"excused" due to absences. Also, you are responsible for all information covered
during class in your absence. Choose a classmate from whom you can get the
missed notes, assignments and hando
- All written and other assignments should be handed in at the due
- Your assignments will lose 5% of the grade for everyday they are late.
- Assignments may not be accepted after three days.
- As a rule, you should expect to spend two hours of additional time on studying and skill
development per hour in class, per night. This is a standard college course expectation.
Your grade will be based on the total points achieved on the activities you
choose to complete. As indicated above, it can also be affected by your attendance.
Keep these guidelines in mind:
- Homework and in-class activities can be made up, at the instructors discretion.
- No time extensions will be given for in-class work done for credit or for certain
assignments specified by the instructor during the quarter.
- As a rule, extra-credit work is not assigned. If an exception is made, it will be an
opportunity allowed the entire class, not for individual cases.
- An approximate idea of the possible assignments and points is as follows:
|Three Essays of 400-450
|Short Paragraphs (5
|Grammar Tests (as many as
|Other miscellaneous assignments
|Total Possible Points
Spokane Community College Grading Scale:
Note: the grade scale for this course will be slightly different
||A (Superior achievement)
||B (Above average achievement)
||C (Average achievement)
||D (Minimum achievement)
||56 and below
Please save all your assignments till the end of the quarter (in case there is any
conflict or error in the final grade calculation).
Withdrawals and "Z" Grades:
It is recommended that you see your instructor and /or advisor if you consider
withdrawing from this class. In the event you stop attending, have not formally withdrawn,
and do not complete the course, you will receive a grade of 0.0 (F).
A grade of "Z" or "I" (Incomplete) may be given, when requested
by the student, under justifiable circumstances and solely at the instructors
An "I" will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- Passing work must have been achieved prior to the student not being able to complete
the course and
- The student is not able to complete the course due to circumstances beyond his/her
||The American with Disabilities Act is designed to
ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access academic
programs and successfully complete their educational goals. Spokane Community College is
committed to providing accessibility to all students. Any students with disabilities who
have accommodation needs must contact Disability Support Services located in the Learning
Resources Center (Library) or call Laura at 533-8872 to make an appointment to complete
the intake process. This information will remain strictly confidential.|
||Classroom Visitors: Washington Administration Code 131,
12.010 Section 3 specifies that children are not allowed in classes with a
parent. Because of this regulation, please make other arrangements if school schedules or
illnesses are a problem. |
||Cheating: WAC 132Q-04-060|
- Any student who, for the purpose of fulfilling an assignment or task
required by the faculty as part of the students program of instruction, shall
knowingly tender any work product that the student fraudulently represents to the faculty
as the students work product, shall be deemed to have cheated. Cheating shall be
cause for disciplinary action.
- Any student who aids or abets the accomplishment of cheating as defined
in subsection (1) of this section shall also be subject to disciplinary action.
||Plagiarism Policy: WAC 132Q-04-061 |
Please review this SCC English Department Plagiarism Policy:
"Plagiarism (from the Latin word for "kidnapper") is the presentation of
someone elses ideas or words as your own. You plagiarize deliberately if you copy a
sentence from a book and pass if off as your writing, if you summarize or paraphrase
someone elses ideas without acknowledging your debt, or if you buy a term paper to
hand in as your own. You plagiarize accidentally if you carelessly forget quotation marks
around anothers idea because you are unaware of the need to acknowledge the idea.
Whether deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is a serious and often punishable offense.*
*Fowler, H. Ramsey. Little, Brown Handbook, 3rd Ed.
Boston: Little, 1986: 570.
To encourage academic excellence and honesty, we have established the
Penalties for Deliberate Plagiarism or Cheating:
First Offense: Automatic failure of the paper or test and possible failure
of the course.
Second Offense: Automatic failure of the course.