English 250

Spring 2004

MWF 11:10-12:00


Instructor:         Christina Salvin

Phone:              848-4830

Office:              Library 119 in the Literacy Lounge

Hours:              MWF 9, Daily 10 (or drop by the lab any time)

E-mail:              csalvin@sbcglobal.net


Required Readings:

            Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

            Affluenza by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor

            Class handouts


Recommended Texts:

            A college-level dictionary

            A writer’s manual


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to successfully prepare students for English 1A, transfer-level English, through intensive writing, reading, and speaking. For those students who do not plan to transfer to a university, English 250 will fulfill the Gavilan College English requirement and increase success in general education courses that require writing. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to write full-length, college-level essays that communicate clearly and effectively with a minimum of errors.


Course Description:

This course will investigate American consumerism, exploring how it has impacted education, families, culture, and the environment. Students will be challenged to develop and express strong opinions about social problems and explore alternatives to mainstream lifestyles. Students will actively engage in essay and journal writing, class discussion, reading quizzes, and a final research project/oral presentation. All students in this course must also enroll in 250L, a mandatory weekly writing lab in the Literacy Lounge.


Course Grading:

            6 Essays                                   300 pts (50 each)                                  A 900-1000 pts

            11 Journals                               100 pts (10 each, lowest dropped)       B 800-899 pts 

            12 Quizzes                               100 pts (10 each, lowest 2 dropped)    C 700-799 pts

            Research Project/Paper            100 pts                                                 D 600-699 pts

Literacy Lounge Lab                 150 pts                                                 F 0-599 pts

Department Final                      250 pts


Course Attendance

Attendance is crucial as in-class activities and quizzes cannot be made up. Essays must be turned in at the beginning of class to be considered on time. Journals must be submitted in class and will not be accepted after 11:10. Class handouts will only be distributed once. If you miss more than three days, you may be dropped from the class without notice; however, it is your responsibility to withdraw from the course through Admissions. Failure to do so can result in an ‘F’ grade on your transcript.

Course Requirements:


Essays are the biggest portion of your grade. You will write a total of six three-page essays (not including your research paper). If an essay does not meet the full length requirement, it will receive no higher than a C grade. All essays must be submitted typed and double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. Essays formatted differently will be returned to you and considered late. A cover page is not necessary—just put your name, the assignment title and the date in the top right corner. IMPORTANT: An essay will be considered late if it is not turned in by the beginning of class on the day it is due. Essays will only be accepted up to one week late and marked down 5 points per class session. Rewrites for a higher grade may be submitted up to one week after the graded essay is returned to you.



You will write a total of 11 journals, due Mondays at the beginning of class, based on the book Into the Wild. These journals will greatly assist you in understanding the reading and grasping concepts for essay assignments. Journals can be hand-written or typed and must be at least one page long. These journals will be graded from 1-10 based upon honesty, depth of response, and length. Late journals will not be accepted.



You will take a total of 12 quizzes on chapters from Affluenza and supplemental reading passed out in class. Quizzes will take place during the last part of class most Fridays and cannot be made up. Your lowest two quiz grades will be dropped.


Research Project

In March, you will begin a research project which will involve interviews, research, a 5-7 page essay in MLA format, and an oral presentation. Your project grade will also include a topic proposal, an annotated works cited list, and a ‘Research Paper without the Research.’ Your topic will be an American/global corporation; details and suggestions will be included in a future handout.



You will be dropped from the course if you do not enroll in English 250L. In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work with peers, tutors and other instructors to improve your writing skills in a more personalized setting. See me ASAP if you need to add a lab.


Department Final

SATURDAY May 8th, all English 250 students will be required to take a timed, in-class essay which will determine 25% of your grade. You will have the opportunity to prepare for this exam, which will measure your ability to move onto the next level of English, with practice tests throughout the semester both in class and in lab.


Student Honesty Policy Reference Statement:

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


**Occupational/vocational students—Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Education Programs.


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