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Composition and Literature
English 1B – Composition & Literature
CRN: 0278 & 0279
Location & Times
Cell: 831/277-0706 (No calls before 9am or after 9pm)
Email (preferred): email@example.com
If you’re willing to drive, you may also come to CSUMB during my office hours
California State University Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center Drive
Seaside, CA 93955
Building 18 room 180
Th 9-11am & 12-3pm (by appt only)
F 9-10am & 12-3pm (by appt only)
English 1B continues the work begun in 1A, but now the emphasis shifts to writing expository prose in conjunction with reading and analyzing imaginative literature. Students are to write as fledgling critics and use the text as a basis for other forms of reflection. The reading requirement includes short stories, poetry, drama, and at least two novels. Course work will also include fundamentals of research writing.
Required Text & Materials
Students are expected to check into and participate to etudes at least two times a week, ideally four times to keep up with assignments and class lectures.
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.
You will be responsible for three critical responses, two free-writes per week, ten short essays, a research paper, vocabulary packet, and journals. In addition, your midterm and final exam will be in-class and will include short essays.
A = 900-1000
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = 0-599
Your reading journal will be submitted halfway through the semester and at the end of the semester (in its entirety as a part of your portfolio). You will be required to submit 2 pages per week. This journal will be single-spaced. The readings you are responding to must be clearly indicated. A break or line between entries and a title is recommend. This journal will be comprised of your reactions to assigned readings. The purpose of this journal is simply to give you a forum to put down any ideas and reactions you may have to the readings. It is an informal writing exercise – you have creative license. You may love or hate (or somewhere in between) any of the assigned readings, and this is the place to discuss why you feel as you do. You may also want to use this to brainstorm ideas you want to consider for critical response assignments. The only rules for this journal is 1) keep your language choices academic 2) spell check and edit your journal prior to submitting it.
Your portfolio will include the following:
Late work will not be accepted unless prior permission is given. A valid reason for late work may include medical illness or family emergency, but it is expected that I be informed of these situations as soon as possible. Those unable to submit work on due dates for non-critical reasons (vacations, work schedules, etc.) should plan to turn work in early. For those experiencing technical difficulties, I will review each situation individually and determine how much, if any, credit will be given.
Extra Credit for missed assignments will NOT be given.
Critical Response Format
The following guidelines must be adhered to for credit to be received for your work. Do not deviate without approved consent from the instructor (which almost never happens).