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English 101

Written Expression
Summer Quarter 2009

Catalog Description: English 101

Instructor: Suzy Lepeintre
Class Times: Online
Phone: 425.564-2406 (In emergency only please)
Email: slepeint@bcc.ctc.edu
Course Site: http://mybcc.net

help you keep track of the course and allow you to continue to progress even if you
experience problems accessing our course site.

Required Texts:



PERSEPOLIS I will have these films on reserve in the Bellevue

SATRAPI College Library for you. You may come in during
037571457X the open hours of the library, check out the film,
and watch it in one of our viewing rooms in the
PERSEPOLIS II: STORY OF A library. Feel free to use the King County Library
RETURN or a video rental store to view these films at
home if you prefer.

LOLITA Lolita (1997) andThe Handmaid’s Tale

NABOKOV (1990)

These films are not available to rent from

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN Netflix. You might need to buy them online or
NAFISI rent them from Scarecrow Video in Seattle. You
081297106X might also try the King County Library.

HANDMAID'S TALE Persepolis (2007) and Jesus Camp

ATWOOD (2006)

These films are available to rent from Netflix and

other video rental stores. You can also try
finding them at.

All students are welcome and respected here. No discrimination or harassment based on
race, sexual orientation, religious persuasion, gender or disability will be tolerated. I welcome
your feedback.

Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the
Disability Support Services (DSS) office, room B233-G (telephone 425.564.2498 or TTY
425.564.4110), to establish their eligibility for accommodation. The DSS office will provide
each eligible student with an accommodation letter. Students who require accommodation in
class must review the DSS accommodation letter with each instructor during the first week of
the quarter.

ASSIGNMENTS: Your assignments for this class follow the writing process. For each paper
you will:

Pre-writing/Idea Generation

1. Read the texts assigned in our class deeply and thoroughly. If you do not come away
from these texts with a new awareness or insight of some sort, you have not engaged with

2. Use seminar discussion as a pre-writing, idea generation activity. Your purpose is to

engage with me and your peers in a conversation about our texts that helps further
everyone's understanding in some fundamental way.

Seminar discussion is required and ongoing throughout the seven weeks of the
quarter. You will be graded three times. Each grade will be for 25 points. I will not
announce when I will grade, because I want you participating consistently
throughout the quarter and not ‘just in time for the grade’. However, I will not start
posting grades before day 10 of the quarter. That will give us all some time to get
the hang of things. Seminar discussions must show evidence of intense engagement
with the texts assigned and an ability to use discussion of these texts to further everyone's
understanding. You need to use appropriate MLA or APA style to cite your sources. Most
discussion posts should include a reference to some sort of source.

Draft an Argument/Essay

3. Develop your own insight, message or understanding and teach us that new
insight, message or understanding in a formal academic essay.

Drafts are graded as follows: 25 points for a committed, engaged, developed piece of
work (paper explores the topic thoughtfully and struggles to communicate something
interesting and worthwhile). 15 points for something that looks like it was scrawled out
hours before the deadline (sloppy formatting, obvious or ineffective thesis, incomplete
rambling). That said, it's better to submit something than nothing. Not submitting a draft
essentially sets you up to fail the class. You cannot participate in peer review or get a
grade on a final paper if you do not submit a draft.

Solicit Feedback/Provide Feedback

4. Share your essay and provide feedback to your peers on their essays in a peer
review exercise. Write a critical summary of the feedback you provided to your peers.
You learn as much or more by giving feedback than by receiving it.

For each of your major papers, you will participate in an online peer review. You will post
your essay draft and receive comments from at least two other students. You will
comment on two other student’s papers. Then you will write a critical summary of the two
papers you’ve commented on. The critical summary will summarize the argument of the
essay you critiqued and point out the strengths and weaknesses you saw. Three critical
summaries are required, each worth 50 points. .

Revise and Edit

5. Revise and edit your essay. Use the writing lab. Find additional readers who can
give you feedback.

Remember that revise comes from the word revision (re-vision). If you are to become a
good academic writing, you cannot be afraid to completely re-veiw (re-see) your whole
argument and write the paper over basically from scratch. If you simply move a few
paragraphs or ideas around and change a few words here and there, you are editing, not

6. Submit a final essay for a grade.

Final essays will only be accepted for a grade if drafts of those essays are provided for the
Peer Review. There are three final essays each worth 100 points. In addition, you will
submit a final portfolio with the very best version you can create of each of your three
essays. The portfolio is worth 100 points.

In addition to practicing the writing process outlined above, you will use a writing textbook to
help you improve your writing skills. Five assignments linked to our textbook A Writer's
Companion by Richard Marius are to be completed. Each assignment is worth 50

GRADING Points per Number of Total Points

Assignment Assignments
Seminar Discussion 25 3 75
Critical Summaries 50 3 150
Marius Assignments 25 5 125
Final Papers 100 3 300
Drafts 25 3 75
Final Portfolio 400 1 400

Total 1125

Basically, if you engage authentically with the Scoring Guide:

content and activities of this course and you
approach the work in this class with discipline and 1000-1125 pts = A- or A
good organization, there is no reason why you 900-1000 pts = B-, B or B+
should not be able to earn an 'A'. My genuine desire 800-900 pts = C-, C, or C+
is to see each person succeed in this course and in 700-800 pts = D, D+
their academic career. I can be a good ally and
coach. Contact me as soon as possible if you are
nervous or unsure about how to proceed in this
course or if you have questions about how well you
are approaching the course.
LATE PAPERS AND ASSIGNMENTS: No late papers or assignments will be accepted.
Should you not be able turn in an assignment for any reason, you will be allowed to submit a
letter describing the circumstances preventing you from successfully handing in the
assignment. I will not read these letters until the end of the quarter. At which point I will review
your letter in light of your overall performance in the course and adjust your grade as I see fit.

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: Academic writing is about the disciplined search for truth. Your
writing should reflect your own struggle with arriving at a new 'truth' and authentically strive to
contribute to the spirit of academic inquiry. We will spend a lot of class time exploring
definitions of plagiarism and learning to participate in an academic community responsibly.
Some mistakes are to be expected. However if I even remotely suspect that any part of the
writing you submit is not your own I will submit it to the college�s online service, which can
identify plagiarized text down to the sentence level. If you plagiarize or cheat, two things will

 You will receive a 0 on that paper.

 The Dean of Student Services will be notified and disciplinary action may be taken.

You have the right to contest any accusation of cheating made against you through the Dean
of Student Services' office.


Notice that each module or unit goes the the same activities in the same order:

1. Read

2. Discuss Reading
3. Post Draft

4. Peer Review Draft

5. Write Critical Summary of the papers you reviewed

6. Revise draft/submit final revision of essay

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

June 29 June 30 July 1 July 2 July 3 July 4

Lolita Lolita Lolita

Chapters 1- Chapters 7- Chapters
6 13 14-21

Marius 1 Due
July 5 July 6 July 7 July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11

Lolita Lolita
Chapters Chapters 28-
22-27 33

Marius 2 Due
July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18

Essay 1 Persepolis I
Draft Due
Peer Review Peer Peer Review Peer
Essay 1 Review Essay 1 Review
Essay 1 Marius 3 Due Essay 1
July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25

Essay 1 Persepolis II
Final Due

Summary Marius 4 Due
1 Due

July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 August 1

Essay 2 Peer Review Peer Peer Review Peer

Draft Due Essay 2 Review Essay 2 Review
pages 1-74 Essay 2 Essay 2
in Reading
Lolita from
August 2 August 3 August 4 August 5 August 6 August 7 August 8

Critical The
Summary Handmaid's
2 Due Tale Marius 5 Due
Final chapters 1-
Essay 2 27
August 9 August 10 August 11August 12 August 13

Essay 3 Peer Review Peer Peer Review Final

Draft Essay 3 Review Essay 3 Portfolio
The Essay 3 Due
Handmaid's Critical
Tale Summary
chapters 28- 3 Due
46 Final
Paper 3