Instructor: Rachel Bell
Web page: http://www.skylinecollege.edu/bellr
Office Hours: 2:30-5:00pm, Room 7306
"A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places.
One must go without
familiars in order to be open to influences, to change" --Katharine Butler
"As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep,
so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily,
to appreciate more lovingly, our own. --Margaret Mead
Completion of English 100 or 105 with a letter grade of “C” or better. Transfer: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).
The Online Environment: Online is not easier than the traditional educational process. In fact, many learners say it requires much more time and commitment, so be prepared for this as you take an online English course. Be willing to commit 5 to 10 hours per week per online course. Also, you will need a "Plan B" in case your home computer experiences any difficulties. Skyline has two computer labs in the TLC (bldg 5) and the CALT (bldg 2) that students have access to with Internet connected PC and Mac computers. Missing any online quizzes, exams, or postings due to technical difficulties will not be a valid excuse. With that said, taking an online course can open up new ways of learning for you and often increases student participation with the pressures of public speaking in the traditional classroom removed.
Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, you will have developed
a strong understanding of what it means to think, read, and write critically as
these skills apply to the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and literary
criticism. Through the writing and
reading you do in this course, you will be able to understand the relationship
between meaning in literature and language; to evaluate and analyze the
relationship between meaning and the use of sophisticated literary forms and
strategies; to identify unstated premises and hidden assumptions in writing; to
recognize the similarities and differences between arguments of an author and
his/her character(s); to evaluate arguments in literary criticism; and to
properly integrate source material into essay writing.
"We read to know we're not alone" -- C.S. Lewis
(1) SMCCD EMAIL ACCOUNT: All the course emails will be sent to your smccd.edu email account so you must set it up and then check it daily throughout the semester. Let me know asap if you want to receive course emails at a different email address.
(2) Dominican Republic – The Other Side: El Otro Lado by Julia Alvarez
(3) India – The White Tiger: A Novel by Aravind Adiga
(4) Russia – Chekhov: The Essential Plays by Anton Chekhov, trans. Michael Henry Heim
(5) Middle East – Arab Women Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories by Dalya Cohen-Mor
you prefer a print version, you are not required to purchase the course reader
as it will be
provided for you electronically at: http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/bellr/Reader.htm
(1) Plagiarism—Paraphrasing or directly copying any text and using it as your own without proper attribution, done intentionally or not, is plagiarism and will result in failure. In an online environment with its anonymity, it might be tempting to pull material from online sources without acknowledging their source. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and will result in full prosecution according to school policy.
Assignments—No late work
will be accepted. All due dates are
given well in advance; therefore I feel that it is unfair to the students who complete their work on time to accept the work
from those who do not. However, because
“life happens,” each student will be allowed two “late tickets” during the
semester; twice students may choose to turn an assignment in 48
hours after the initial due date.
Late assignments beyond this will not be accepted. Late tickets cannot be used for timed online
Please note: technical difficulties will not be accepted as an excuse for late work. Due dates are given well in advance so don't wait until the last minute and risk a blackout or computer crash that occurs right on a deadline.
(3) Class participation—In an online classroom, it is essential that you become consciously involved by participating in forum and chat discussions and contributing thoughtful comments, questions, and answers.
(4) Saving and Submitting Work—You must create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. All files should be in DOC or RTF file formats (note: Do not post .docx files as not all students can open this type of file). When sending any email, identify yourself fully by name. I will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
(5) Disabled Students—Reasonable accommodation will be provided for eligible
students with disabilities. Contact the DSPS office for an accommodation letter
more you have thought and written on a given theme, the more you can still
Thought breeds thought. It grows under your hands” -- Henry David Thoreau
Papers: Five major papers will be written for this class. The requirements are as follows (all due by 12am on due date):
(1) Due Dates-- Paper #1 (2-4 pages, 500-1000 words) Draft due 2/9, Revised 2/16
Research Paper #2 (3-5 pages, 750-1250 words) Draft due 3/16, Revised 3/23
Midterm essay exam on Tuesday, April 20th
Collaborative Research Paper #4 (4-6 pages, 1000-1500 words) Draft 5/18, Revised 5/25
Paper #5 Final essay exam—2 ½ hours on Weds, May 26th
(2) Revision-- E.B. White said, “The best writing is rewriting.” Because revising or “re-seeing” a piece of writing is such an important aspect of the writing process, each of the papers has two due dates. Each student will receive feedback and suggestions on each of his/her papers through online class workshop/discussion groups; then each student will be asked to revise each paper based on peer feedback. Please note: if the first due date for a paper is missed, the paper cannot be turned in at all and will not receive a grade.
(3) Workshopping-- Each paper will be read, discussed, and commented upon by student workshop groups. Students without a completed paper on the day of the workshop will not be allowed to participate in the workshop. Students not participating in workshops will lose their peer participation points for that activity, they will not receive the benefit of commentary on their writing, and if they do not turn a paper in on the workshop date, they cannot turn in a revised paper a week later for a grade. You cannot pass the course if you fail to turn in one of the 5 major papers for the course. Below are the workshop dates--students must upload a copy of their paper for their group members and comment on the writing of their group members on the day specified:
Paper #1 Workshop: Tues, 2/9 Paper #2 Workshop: Tues, 3/16 Paper #4 Workshop: Tues, 5/18
(4) Format—Papers must meet the required minimum length or run
the risk of not being accepted. All
papers must be typed, double-spaced, have 1” margins, and have a font of
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat
worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other,
we may even become friends.” --Maya Angelou
Course Grade: Record
Your Own Grades:
Paper 1 10% Score for Paper 1 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 2 10% Score for Paper 2 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 3—Midterm 10% Score for Paper 3 ______ x .10 = _____
Paper 4 20% Score for Paper 4 ______ x .20 = _____
Paper 5—Final on 5/26 20% Score for Paper 5 ______ x .20 = _____
Presentation 10% Presentation score ______ x .10 = _____
* Participation 10% Participation ______ x .10 = _____
TOTAL: (convert total to %) ________
Participation includes contributing timely and well
constructed postings, chat discussions, providing Scoring as follows: 100-90=A, 89-80=B
thoughtful peer feedback on papers and postings, and 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F
with me during online/phone office hours.
For an online grade calculator, go to: http://www.smccd.edu/accounts/bellr/ReaderGradingMenu.htm