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English 1A: Composition  

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Erin Crook

Gavilan College English Department

Voice Mail: 408-846-4913

Office:  Library 202

Office Hours: 
Spring 2011

M - 11:05-11:20 am in HU103
12:45-2:15 pm in Li202
T - 11:05-11:20 am in HU103
1:45-2:15 in Li120
W - 12:45 - 1:15 in Li202
Th - 11:05 - 11:20 am in Hu103
1:45 - 2:15 pm in Li120
F 12-1 pm online

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This is a writing course which emphasizes expository writing, argumentative writing, and critical reading skills. It is meant to train students in clear thinking and reasoned support of ideas. Students will be given the opportunity to read models of good expository, literary and argumentative prose and to learn the techniques of good writing. These include choosing appropriate subjects, developing restricted, unified and precise theses and presenting supporting evidence in a logical, lucid and effective manner. Students can expect to complete about 40 pages worth of polished written work during the semester, in addition to various other writing and research activities.  Students must also participate regularly in the moderated online and/or in-person discussions.

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The Gavilan Library will offer several orientations to online courses during the first two weeks of the semester. If you have never taken an online course, this orientation will provide critical information to help you be successful in this class. If you are unable to attend an orientation on campus, an online tutorial page will be available. Visit the library distance ed orientation page for more details and a schedule of orientations. 

Library 732

Library 732 is a class in which all online students are automatically enrolled. It is free, non-graded (which means it doesn't impact your GPA) and is designed to help novice online students navigate through the basics of online education at Gavilan. Topics covered in this class include: how to log into online courses, find lectures, assignments and exams, take part in online class discussions, submit attachments, and view grades. The course will also cover all the online student services available to the distant student, including counseling, library resources, records and grades, financial aid, tutoring and technical support.

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Hacker, A Writer's Reference
two book length works (to be determined)

Additional online readings