ENC 0021

Policies and Procedures

 

 

Professor:  Mrs. Ward         

Office:  3604-44                                                                                          

Office Phone: (305) 237-7557                                                              

E-mail: wward@mdc.edu

 

 

Text:  Langan, John.  College Writing Skills With Readings, 5th ed.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2001.

Also buy: a folder and a dictionary

 

Course Identification: ENC 0021, 4 credits

This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

 

Prerequisites:  Students must have scored between 71 and 82 on the CPT or have passed ENC0020.

 

Course Description: This course provides students with a foundation in grammar, usage, and mechanics with an emphasis on applying those skills to their essays.  Students will learn about such subject areas as fragments, run-ons, verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, punctuation, pronouns, conjunctions, topic sentences, introductory paragraphs, supporting details, unity, coherence, and concluding paragraphs.  See the departmental handout for more information.

 

Rationale:  This course is a developmental class for students who need a review of grammar skills and/or essay structure based on entrance exam scores or completion of ENC 0020.  

 

Course Goals and Objectives: See departmental handouts.

 

Course Content: See syllabus.

 

Teaching Strategies: I will use many approaches to meet the needs of the various learning styles of my students.  We may use lectures, group activities, writing assignments, objective pop and scheduled quizzes and tests, handouts, discussions, and conferences.  Because I am greatly interested in meeting the needs of all of my students, I will adapt my teaching styles to meet the needs and/or recommendations of individual students.  If you have a request or suggestion concerning the format of the class, please see me before or after class or during my office hours.

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

            Class Notebook/Portfolio: You must save all of your work and divide your             folder into two sections, one for your writing and one for your grammar work and             quizzes.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your notebook is complete.  To             pass the class, you folder must be complete, organized, and turned in at the end of   the semester.

 

Homework:  All the homework will be written on the agenda in class with sufficient time given to complete it.  It is your responsibility to remember to do it.  Place the work on my desk in the front of the class on the day it is due as soon as you walk in the door.  After I take roll, I will put the homework papers away and will not accept any more -- even if you come late to class.  You will get a zero for the missing assignment.   Please read the section in the policies and procedures on late assignments.

 

In-Class Papers: You will have frequent in-class writing assignments on unannounced topics to prepare you for the writing midterm and final.  The assignments will be graded holistically.  Information on holistic scoring and the scoring criteria will be given out in class.  All writing assignments MUST be turned in, whether they are original drafts or rewrites, at the end of the class period.  If you are absent, you will have one week to come to my office to make up an original draft of an in-class writing assignment or one week to rewrite a graded paper at home.  If you do not write a paper, you will receive a zero for that paper, and if you do not do a rewrite, you will also receive a zero.

 

            At-Home Papers: You will have several papers to write at home.  These papers are crucial because they help you practice and develop your writing skills.  The      number of papers and the length of the papers will be decided after reviewing the             strengths and weaknesses of the essays written in class. 

 

Late Assignments: If you are absent and homework is due, the work may be turned in the next class, and you will not be penalized.  However, I will not accept any other late work.  You will receive a zero for the missing assignment. 

 

            Labeling Work: All work must include your name and the date in the upper right             hand corner.  Also indicate there the page number(s) of the work from the book             and whether a writing assignment is a rewrite.  Finally, please write the topic as a      title centered on the first line.  NOTE:  All work will be on white, 8 1/2' x 11"       lined paper.

 

Distractions:  Distractions disrupt the class.  For that reason, no beepers or phones are allowed in class.  Also, there will be no bathroom breaks except in extreme emergencies.  Obviously, I do not expect people to have extreme emergencies once a week!

 

Grading Policy:

 

A.        You will attend class regularly, participate in the various classroom activities,      

                  complete all assignments, and make progress in your writing.  Your grammar

            grades will average out to no less than 70%.  I will drop your lowest grade.  You     

            may not have more than five zeroes for missing assignments.

 

B.         You will have at least three passing grades on essays written in class before the final exam.

 

C.        You will attend the Academic Resource Center for thirty hours of additional and beneficial instruction.

 

D.        You will attend the midterm conference.

 

E.         You will pass the final writing exit exam with a minimum score of “6”.

 

F.         You will take and pass a statewide grammar test.

 

G.        You will turn in your folder/portfolio at the end of the semester.

 

Grading Scale for Grammar Assignments:

 

            80% - 100%  =  S

            70% - 79%    =  P

            69%-20%      =  P-

            19% - 0         = U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation/Grades: 

 

P - "Progress" - You have probably participated in class activities, completed your work, and made progress in your writing yet have not received a holistic score of at least a "6" on the final departmental writing exit exam or have not passed the statewide grammar exam. You should recognize your achievements and effort.  However, you must repeat the course.

 

S - "Satisfactory" - This is the grade you will receive if you participate fully, complete your work, make progress, and achieve a holistic score of at least a "6" on the final exit departmental writing exit exam.  You must also pass the statewide grammar exam. You are eligible to enroll in ENC 1101.

 

U – “Unsatisfactory” -  You have problems in many areas.  Perhaps you have stopped coming to class.  Or you may have more than five zeros on class work.  Based on your lack of effort, you were probably ineligible to take the final writing and grammar tests and need to take the class over.

 

NOTES:  The grading scale/procedure for essays will be handed out in class.

Although you will be responsible for keeping track of you grades, I will be available during my office hours to review grades and progress and to give tutoring sessions.

 

You will have midterm and final departmental writing exams.  These exams are holistically scored by two instructors who will not know the identities of the writers of the papers that they grade according to departmental scoring criteria.  In order to pass the class and move on to ENC 1101, you must attain a minimum score of "6" on the final.  Moreover, if you pass the exam but do not perform satisfactorily on your classwork or do not participate in class, you will not be able to move to ENC 1101.

 

If there is a conflict in your schedule and are unable to take the final exam(s) on the regularly scheduled date and time, you need to see me at least a week BEFORE the exam(s) so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you to take the exam.  There is no retake for the final exam.

 

The statewide final grammar test was designed for all 0021 classes throughout Florida and is just as important as the final writing test.  Details about passing score for the test will be given out in class.

 

Attendance Policy Clarified:

 

Attendance is mandatory.  Statistics show that those who do not come to class regularly are not as successful as those students who do come regularly.  For that reason, I will take roll each class.  In order to be eligible to pass the class, you may not have more than four absences in a day class or two in an evening class.  Also, three tardies will be equal to one absence.  After four absences (two in an evening class), you may receive a drop card from me as a warning.   Then I may drop you if you miss any more classes.

Important:  Please be aware of new state regulations limiting the number of times you are allowed to take a class.  Seek advisement.

 

I hope you have a pleasant experience in the class.  I will strictly follow the guidelines set in this handout because I want to make sure you pass this class and move forward with your education at Miami-Dade Community College, and studying grammar usage rules and learning to apply them to your writing take dedication and practice.  I want to help you succeed.  Come to my office and ask me for as much assistance as you need.  I am here to help you.  Good luck in the class.  I hope you do well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENC 0021 SYLLABUS

 

 

PROFESSOR:  MRS. WARD

OFFICE:  3604-44

PHONE NUMBER:  (305) 237-7557

E-MAIL:  WWARD@MDC.EDU

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A TENTATIVE OUTLINE OF THE SKILLS WE WILL COVER IN THE CLASS AND THE DATES WE WILL DISCUSS THEM.  WE WILL WRITE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK IN CLASS AND MAY HAVE UNANNOUNCED QUIZZES.  HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE GIVEN BASED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE CLASS.

 

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS

 

WEEK                                     ASSIGNMENT

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WEEK 1:                                 COURSE INTRODUCTION; DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

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WEEK 2:                                 COMPLETE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS;

                        "SUBJECTS AND VERBS," PGS.413-417

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WEEK 3:                                 "SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT," PGS.454-459;

                                                "REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS,"

                                                PGS.445-453; "INTRODUCTION TO THE ESSAY

                                                FORM," PGS. 3-13

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WEEK  4:                                "INTRODUCTIONS, CONCLUSIONS, AND TITLES,"

                                                PGS. 87-92

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WEEK 5:                                 "SENTENCE FRAGMENTS," PGS. 418-431

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WEEK 6:                                 "RUN-ONS," PGS. 432-444

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WEEK 7:                                 "SENTENCE VARIETY," PGS. 115-121; REVIEW

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WEEK 8:                                 REVIEW; MIDTERM

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WEEK 9:                                 "PRONOUNS," PGS. 464-475 

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WEEK 10:                               "FOUR BASES FOR REVISING ESSAYS," PGS.139-                                                        164

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WEEK 11:                               REVIEW GRAMMAR SKILLS; READ "THANK YOU," PGS. 588-594

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WEEK 12:                               "COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS,"  PGS.  536-546,

“REVISING SENTENCES” (PARALLELISM/CONSISTENCY), PGS.103-108           

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WEEK 13:                               MISPLACED AND DANGLING MODIFIERS, PGS. 481-

488 AND WRITING

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WEEK 14:                               PRACTICE FOR FINAL GRAMMAR AND WRITING

            EXAMS  

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WEEK 15:                               PRACTICE GRADING AND REVIEW

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WEEK 16:                               FINAL WRITING EXAM

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WEEK 17:                               FINAL GRAMMAR EXAM; DISCUSS FINALS AND ADVISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENC 0021 SYLLABUS

 

PROFESSOR: MRS. WARD

OFFICE: 3604-44

PHONE NUMBER: (305) 237-7557

E-MAIL: WWARD@MDC.EDU

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A TENTATIVE OUTLINE OF THE SKILLS WE WILL COVER IN CLASS AND THE DATES WE WILL DISCUSS THEM.  WE WILL WRITE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK IN CLASS AND MAY HAVE UNANNOUNCED QUIZZES.  HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE GIVEN BASED ON THE PROGRESS OF THE CLASS.

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

 

WEEK                                     ASSIGNMENT

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WEEK 1:                                 COURSE INTRODUCTION; DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

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WEEK 2:                                 “SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT,” PGS. 413-417

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WEEK 3:                                 “REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS,” PGS. 445-453;

                                                “INTRODUCTION TO THE ESSAY FORM,” PGS. 3-13

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WEEK 4:                                 “INTRODUCTIONS, CONCLUSIONS, AND TITLES,”

                                                PGS. 87-92

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WEEK 5:                                 “SENTENCE FRAGMENTS,” PGS. 418-431;

                                                “RUN-ONS,” PGS. 432-444

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WEEK 6:                                 “SENTENCE VARIETY,” PGS. 115-121; MIDTERM

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WEEK 7:                                 “PRONOUNS,” PGS. 464-475

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WEEK 8:                                 “FOUR BASES FOR REVISING ESSAYS,”

                                                PGS. 139-164; “COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS,”

                                                PGS. 536-546

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WEEK 9:                                 “REVISING SENTENCES” (PARALLELISM/

                                                CONSISTENCY) PGS. 103-108; MISPLACED AND

                                                DANGLING MODIFIERS,” PGS. 481-488;

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WEEK 10:                               PRACTICE FINAL GRAMMAR EXAM

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WEEK 11:                               FINAL WRITING EXAM

 

WEEK 12:                               FINAL GRAMMAR EXAM; DISCUSS FINALS AND

                                                ADVISE