Day 1 Spring 2014

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DAY ONE Janet Phillips English 93

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You have to KNOW what you don’t KNOW !

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You may download and print a copy of the syllabus from BLACKBOARD in the library or on your printer. If you cannot do that and want a copy, please ask me. It will be here available for you to consult when you need to. Required Text:  Along These Lines: Writing Paragraphs and Essays   Biays   and Wershoven 6 th  edition   The textbook is required for this course. Any student who does not obtain this textbook by the beginning of February will be counted absent since that student will not be able to participate fully during class. If you have concerns about acquiring a textbook, please discuss this with the instructor immediately. You must also have the code for Pearson’s My Writing Lab that accompanies the text. 


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT You must have computer access and Internet access to succeed in this course. If you do not have that access where you live, decide right now when you are going to spend time in the library, a computer lab here on campus, the writing center, the ARC, or the success center. THIS MUST BE PART OF YOUR SCHEDULE.

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Folders will be a way to encourage you to be on time. The first five minutes of class, you will write on paper in your folder. Your entry may be a sentence or two, or it may be a paragraph. Entries must be dated. At the end of the five minutes, the topics will no longer be on the screen, so if you are late, you must access Blackboard to get the topic and bring a notebook page with you the next class to put it into your folder. Folders will be worth 100 points (50 points at mid-term and 50 more at the end of the semester). Students who do not complete this part of the class will receive a 0/50.

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Writing Time Did you come to class with an idea to write about? :

Writing Time Did you come to class with an idea to write about? It’s January 16th. What do you expect from English this semester? Trivial Fact of the Day : Women blink twice as much as men. Why do you suppose that is? Interesting Quote of the Day : “ Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” --Confucius (Chinese philosopher)

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Time to write Overhead to see results


Attendance B. In-class Attendance Being in class requires more than just your physical presence. Sleeping in class will cause you to be marked absent for the day. ACM policy prohibits texting in class unless it is class related. Once class begins, your cell phone should be turned off and should be out of sight unless you are using it for class purposes. Do not leave the class repeatedly. Emergencies do occur. A normal phone call does not constitute a reason to leave class. Do not leave class to get food or drinks. Signs in each classroom convey the ACM rule of no food in classrooms. Obey this within reason.


Important! NOTE: A final grade of "C" or higher is required in order to complete the course and to enroll in the next course, English 101. My A and B students do well in 101. My C students struggle. Only about 50% of C students pass 101 after the first try.


Blackboard Access Blackboard

Assignment for next Tuesday:

Assignment for next Tuesday Discussion Board #1 Write an "I Am" Poem   You earn 20 points for completing this and commenting on at least one other person's poem.  Tell that person something you both share or something you like about the way he or she worded a line. Directions for Discussion Board are on the Class Information Page, but if you have trouble, bring your questions to class on Tuesday or e-mail me at

I AM Poem:

I AM Poem MODEL FIRST STANZA I am (2 special characteristics you have ) I wonder (something of curiosity ) I hear (an imaginary sound) I see (an imaginary sight ) I want (an actual desire ) I am (the first line of the poem repeated) SECOND STANZA I pretend (something you actually pretend to do) I feel (a feeling about something imaginary) I touch (an imaginary touch) I worry (something that bothers you ) I cry (something that makes you sad ) I am (the first line of the poem repeated) THIRD STANZA I understand (something that is true ) I say (something you believe in ) I dream (something you dream about ) I try (something you really make an effort about ) I hope (something you actually hope for ) I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

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Discussion Board directions

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. Extra Help/Tutoring Students are encouraged to seek help in the following ways: 1. Ask the instructor for help by making an appointment with her. 2. Work with a professional tutor in the Writing Center (H-1). See the paragraph from the tutors at the Writing Center at the bottom of this syllabus. 3. Apply for a tutor through the Student Success Center (H-58). 4. Utilize computer-aided instruction available in the Computer Lab and SSC.  

Raven Write:

Raven Write WRITING CENTER   Location:  H1 of the Humanities Building Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 9 AM– 4 PM and Friday  9 AM. – 2 PM   The Writing Center is also available via Facebook .  Raven Write, our virtual writing tutor, is available for fast feedback when you cannot make it to the center.  Let’s ask Raven how much time per week you should spend on class work!

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ACADEMIC READING CENTER (ARC)   Location:   Room L115 of the Library Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday  10 AM – 3 PM and Friday 10 AM – 1 PM       The ARC can also be contacted by Skype using “ARCALLEGANY” any time the main campus  ARC is open. 

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Tuesday We will be in the computer lab Tuesday: H37. Be sure you have your code from your text. Be on time and ready to go, please.

Exit Writing:

Exit Writing Write a paragraph telling me your three main reasons for being here today. You may concentrate on why you are in college or why you are in Developmental English or why you chose ACM. Completing this before you leave today earns you 10 points!

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