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Tito Aznar

English 1113.5 Syllabus

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English 1113.5: Freshman English I
TR: 1:00 - 2:50 ~ Fall 2008 ~ Hamilton Hall 322

Tito Aznar
Office: Hamilton Hall 312
Phone: 580.349.1418
School Fax: 580.349.2302
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Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday: 9 - 10
Tuesday, Thursday: 11 - 12

If these times conflict with your schedule, you can make an appointment to meet with me.

This course is designed to improve your writing, reading, and thinking skills, which will prepare you for the kinds of writing, reading, thinking required in college courses.

For students to take this course, they need a minimum ACT subscore of 19 or its equivalent or have successfully completed DEVE0123: Basic Writing.


_Reading Critically, Writing Well_

_Practical English Handbook_

Course Objectives
To complete this course successfully, the students will be able to
a) prepare an organized, developed essay in standard American English in response to instructions regarding content, purpose, and audience; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.2.1; 3.2.3; 3.4)
b) read, write, and think critically; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.2.1; 3.2.3)
c) identify, analyze, and write a narrative essay, an observation essay, an evaluation essay, and a problem-solving essay; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.2.1; 3.2.3; 3.4)
d) identify audiences and communicate a specific message to a specific audience; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.1.3; 3.42)
e) compare and contrast writing by professionals and peers; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.2.5; 3.4; 4.6)
f) evaluate writing by professionals and peers; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 3.2.1; 3.2.5; 3.4; 4.6)
g) develop and improve their writing processes; (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 4.6)
h) improve their English usage skills; (NCTE Standards 3.1.6)
i) work independently and collaboratively. (NCTE Standards 3.1.2; 4.5)

I will use the following assignments to evaluate how well students meet the course objectives.

You will write three essays, each at least 500 words in length. In writing these essays, you will develop your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. None of your essays will be researched, but rather they will be the result of your thinking and experience.

The final exam may consist of
a) a section to test critical reading, writing, and thinking skills;
b) sentence-combining exercises; and/or
c) short-answers about your writing process.

Your final will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 on Thursday, December 11, 2008.

Grammar Test
The last week of the semester you will take a standardized grammar test. You will have two opportunities to pass the test--one in class and another by appointment.

Daily Work
Daily work will consist of participation in rough draft analysis sessions, essays workshops, grammar and mechanics exercises, sentence-combining exercises, and exercises designed to improve your critical reading, writing, and thinking.

You will take several quizzes throughout the semester--some announced, some unannounced. All quizzes will be averaged.

You will receive a grade for actively participating in class discussions, essays workshops and peer critiques, and blogs.

Attendance and Participation
I expect all students to be present at all scheduled times. If you are not in class, it is your responsibility to ask a classmate or me what is due the following time we meet. I will accept no excuses if you don't have your work done. Not being in class is your choice and responsibility, not mine. Therefore, I am not responsible for whatever you may miss.

Late Work
* I will not accept any late work. No excuses. No exceptions.
* You cannot take the final early or late.

Point Distribution

Essay 1: Observation 10%
Essay 2: Evaluation 20%
Essay 3: Proposal 30%
Final Exam 10%
Quizzes 5%
Daily Work 10%
Participation 5%
Grammar Test 10%

Grading Scale
A=100-93; B=92-85; C=84-77; D=76-69; F=68-0

Scoring Rubric for English Curriculum
English instructors use the following standardized grading criteria:

A work indicates that students have advanced critical thinking skills, make sophisticated connections between readings, class discussions, and their own ideas, and demonstrate an exceptional knowledge and use of standards of written English;

B work indicates that students have above average critical thinking skills, make above average connections between readings, class discussions, and their own ideas, and demonstrate an above average knowledge and use of standards of written English;

C work indicates that students have average critical thinking skills, make average connections between readings, class discussions, and their own ideas, and demonstrate an average knowledge and use of standards of written English;

D work indicates that students have below average critical thinking skills, make below average connections between readings, class discussions, and their own ideas, and demonstrate below average knowledge and use of standards of written English;

F work indicates that students possess few critical thinking skills, cannot make connections between readings, class discussions, and their own ideas, and demonstrate little knowledge and/or use of standards of written English.

Words to the Wise
* This course will require you to do extensive reading and writing. If you are not prepared for this, you should probably not take this course.
* You need to follow directions at all times--no excuses, no exceptions.
* Attendance is important. Come to class. Your failing to attend might cause you to fall behind considerably and be unable to catch up. Your being in class every day, however, does not guarantee a good grade if your work does not reach a passing-grade level.
* This is a college class. I expect you to be mature, hardworking, and responsible. You are to meet this course's standards, not the course meet yours.
* Make sure you have my office phone number and email address handy. Contact me whenever you have a question. Don't wait until it's too late--you are not my only student! If you wait too long, you might not be able to contact me or I might take longer than expected to reply. Be wise, ask questions in class and/or contact me via phone or email the moment a concern arises.
* Make sure you know how to use your OPSU student email account. Occasionally, I will send an email to the entire class with due dates, assignments, etc. Please, check your email.
* When sending emails, please use standard email etiquette: sign your emails with your name and the course number and section which you attend. ALWAYS include a subject.
* All assignments (unless otherwise requested) will be submitted typed and double spaced and will bear the following information on the top left margin:

John Doe (Your Name)
Tito Aznar
English 1113.5
15 August 2008 (Date in this format)
Name of Assignment and Page Number

* I will not accept handwritten work unless it is done in class.
* All essays will be submitted via email. If you don't own a computer or don't have access to the Internet, make sure you know where computer labs are on campus and their operation hours or visit your local public library. It is your responsibility to check with me and make sure I get your essay on time. If I don't get your email with your essay attached, you will not receive a grade.
* No cell phones, mp3 players, CD players, etc. are allowed in class. If you use one in class, you will be asked to leave--this includes sending or receiving text messages. If you bring a cell phone to class, keep it in your pocket or away and off--unless your job requires you to keep it on at all times or you're expecting an important call, in which cases you will have to let me know in advance.
* I expect everyone to be on time for class. If you are late repeatedly, I will not allow you to come in. On occasion, I might lock the door once class begins.
* All work you submit in this class will be original to this class. You may not use essays or projects you've written for other classes.
* Tobacco use is not allowed during class.
* You may bring limited food/drink items to class, just make sure you dispose of trash in the appropriate receptacles and that you clean up if you happen to make a mess/have an accident.

Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism is defined as "Verbatim copying of an entire paper or other assigned work, not writing or composing your own work, submitting anyone else's (student, friend, professional, web) work, structure, or ideas, in whole or in part, without adequate acknowledgment of the sources used to construct a paper or other assigned work, giving or obtaining answers on a test."
Please refer to the OPSU Student Handbook to find a list of specific items that constitute plagiarism.
I will not tolerate plagiarism/cheating. If I find out you cheated, you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.

Requests for accommodation for disabilities should have been made prior to the start of the semester through the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office (academic, i.e. learning disabilities) or the Vice President for Student Affairs Office (physical, i.e. mobility, vision, hearing). However, if you think you have a disability and are in need of special accommodations, I will work with you to provide a reasonable accommodation to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform well in this class. Please advise me and the appropriate VP of such disability and the desired accommodation at some point before, during, or immediately after the first scheduled class period.

Important Dates:
August 15: Overload Hours Request Due
August 20: Final Day to Change Sections, Enroll or Add a Class, and/or Change from Audit to Credit
August 26: No Refunds on Dropped Courses after This Date; Final Day to Pay Graduation Fee and File Graduation Application
August 27: Beginning Day for Automatic Grade of "W" on Dropped Courses
October 25: Homecoming; Centennial Celebration Kick-off
October 31: Final Day to Change Credit to Audit
November 3: Beginning Day of Grade "W" or "F" for Dropped Courses
November 14: Final Day to Drop a Class