ENGLISH 1B                                                                                                                         OFFICE: SS106
COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE                                                                                  MWF 11; TUTH 10:00
LOZANO                                                                                                                               PHONE: 848-4843

                            Required Texts: Meyer, THE BEDFORD INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (5th)
                                                     Kracauer, INTO THIN AIR
                                                     Islas, THE RAIN GOD
                                                     Kingston, THE WOMAN WARRIOR

English 1B is an introduction to the four basic forms of imaginative writing: short fiction, the novel, poetry, and drama. In the course students can expect to read widely and to discuss, analyze, and write about the literature they read. Individual reading, class discussion and personal writing will provide the foundation for the focused thought that will become formal papers. In the process of writing about literature, students will learn to refine their ideas, to separate central and peripheral issues, to think critically about the written word, and to find tools to clearly express their developed thoughts.

Students may enroll in English 1B after successfully completing English 1A. 1B transfers to a four-year institution if students earn a grade of C or better. In this course students will be responsible for five components: formal papers, a literary project, course participation, a midterm, and a final. Formal papers are 4-6 page essays on topics relevant to the literature. The papers are assessed for content as well as effectiveness of expression. The papers are letter graded, and the grades are averaged for a composite score. The literary project is a researched response to a work of literature designed help elucidate meaning and includes papers, documentaries of living authors, and multimedia presentations. Course participation includes class discussion, group work, and informal presentations. The midterm is a test on the material from the first half of the course, and the final is a comprehensive test at the end of the semester with an emphasis on the second half of the course. Both are evaluated for content and written expression. All five components must be completed for a student to pass the course, and each will comprise approximately 20% of the final grade.

Papers must be typewritten and turned in at the beginning of the class on the day assigned. All work should be identified by name, date, and assignment. In-class assignments must be completed in ink. Paper revisions may be assigned; when not assigned, they may be completed at the discretion of the student for an improved grade within one week after a paper has been returned. Students are responsible for the work covered in class whether they are present or not, so enrollees may wish to team up with another student in case they need to get missed notes or assignments. Although students are allowed five absences, such a number of absences would seriously impede a student's ability to perform successfully in the class.


Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.

Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.