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College of the Canyons English 101-24372

Mon/Wed 9:30-10:50am LTLC (The Learning Center) 160 Instructor: Rebecca Chmiel, MSc
Contact Information
: By website: https://coc.instructure.com/courses/3999
. By email: Rebecca.Chmiel@canyons.edu- Please expect a wait time of up to 24 hours on weekdays for response
6 Office Hours: Drop in and out, no appointments necessary
Mon: 11:00-12:00 BONH 312// Tues: 2:00-3:00 pm CCC 205\\ Thurs: 2:00-2:30 pm CCC 205
P 1:1 appointment: By request- Please request at least 48 hours in response and wait for confirmation
Course Materials

They Say I Say with Readings (3rd

Rules for Writers

Printed copies of
E-portfolio at Pathbrite
additional readings

English 101 Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Course Description: Builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-
level, non-fiction readings and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented
By the end of this semester, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, non-fiction texts for argument, structure, and rhetorical strategies.
2. Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct full-length essays, synthesizing properly
documented and relevant research and other evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.
Specific objectives include:
v Analyze and critically evaluate written and other v Write effective introductory and concluding
visual materials; paragraphs;
v Organize expository essays in an effective manner v Use effective transitions within and between
(logically, chronologically, simple to complex, least paragraphs to connect logically ideas;
to most important, linearly); v Observe the conventions of standard written
v Support generalizations by using evidence such as English while using a variety of sentence
relevant detail, anecdotes, and well-integrated structures;
quotations; v Locate and critically evaluate appropriate source
v Explain and develop the link between the specific material;
generalization and its specific supporting evidence; v Use relevant and appropriate citation format;
v Narrow general topics to a scope appropriate to v Use various strategies to generate and develop
the assignment; ideas;
v Create a thesis statement to structure the essay as a v Compose well-organized responses in timed-
whole; writing situations.
Attendance and Lateness Policy
College of the Canyons attendance policy is very clear. It states that Students are expected to attend class on a
regular basis Any student absent for any reason, for more than one time than that class meets in one week, may be
dropped from the class, providing the withdrawal deadline for the semester/ term has not passed. Essentially, that
means that you cannot be absent more than 2 times, as this class meets twice a week. If you do miss more than two
classes, you may be dropped or withdrawn. Attendance will be recorded in the first 5 minutes of class and coming late is
counted as half an absence. Works issues or being sick count as absences. Trust me, I have seen many come before
you. You cannot pass this class without attending class regularly.
English 101 Policies
Prerequisite: You must have received a C or better in English 91, 94, or 96, or been
placed into English 101 through the COC assessment process. If this is not true on the
first day of the semester, you must alert me to this fact. If you do not know if you passed
English 91 (or 94 or 96, if you took it instead), you must check immediately. You cannot
receive credit for English 101 if you have taken but not passed English 91, 94, or 96. Also,
if you have been placed into this course pending a decision on a prerequisite challenge
petition, please be aware that if your petition is denied, the Admissions and Records office
will drop you from the course. Even if you continue to attend the class, you cannot receive
credit for the course if your prerequisite challenge petition has been denied.
Course Philosophy: It basically boils down to two key ideas. The first is that anyone can become a great reader or
writer with enough effort; the second is that people learn in different ways and no one way of learning is better or
more desirable than another. You will see these ideas in the assignments you receive as well as the activities we do in
class. You can all be successful in this class, and in writing, but you must do the work. If you find that youre
struggling with writing assignments, please reach out to me or get help from The Learning Center.
Course Format: This class will not be dominated by lectures because it is a course designed to help you improve
your reading, writing, and thinking skills. Rather than lectures, we will primarily do activities that require your
participation. This implies that a) without having completed the assigned reading ahead of time you may not be able
to adequately contribute, and b) that you need to be prepared and willing to work with your classmates. However, it
also means that you have to be present. Being present can be difficult when texts, Facebook messages, pictures of that
party last night, or other aspects of your life pop up, which is why you are not allowed to have your cell phone out in
class unless explicitly instructed to. If there is an extenuating circumstance where you
absolutely need to be near your phone, please let me know ahead of time.
Technology: Technology will be an integral part of improving the overall class
experience. You will need to navigate the internet, upload work to Canvas, compose
and format documents in a word processing program, save documents as a .docx,
.doc, or .pdf file, check your COC email regularly, stay on top of changes to the
Canvas site, download/print online materials, and submit typed assignments. In class
you may bring a laptop or tablet but you can only use it for class-related things. If you
abuse your laptop/tablet, you will receive 1 warning. After that first warning you will
no longer be allowed to use it at all.
of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working
together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so,
submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one's identity
for the purpose of enhancing one's grade. We will briefly discuss plagiarism and correct citations in class. It is your
responsibility to review notes/resources about citations, visit the TLC, and ask questions before an assignment is due.
Any student who submits work in violation will be reported to the Dean. Be sure to review the colleges official
academic integrity polity, which is located on the last page of the syllabus. Any and all cases of confirmed
plagiarism will receive a 0 for the assignment and may be cause for removal from class.
Useful Information
Management of Stress and Mental Health: Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic
commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the
Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn
more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services
available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from
the bookstore) or by clicking onhttp://www.canyons.edu/offices/Health/Pages/default.aspx . The phone number
is 661-362-3259. At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center is in 1B adjacent to Administration,
Admissions and Records.
Also, the National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-273- 8255(TALK). All students at COC are encouraged to
enter that phone number in their cells. You can it call when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of
suicide or is in severe distress.
Please be aware that office hours do not necessarily have to be used only for course-related purposes. If I am on
campus and you need to talk for any reason, please reach out to me and Ill do what I can to help.
Disabilities and Accommodations: Our college is committed to creating a learning
environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or
experience any barriers to learning, discuss your concerns with me. In addition to
speaking with me, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn
in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect. To learn more about
accommodations, visit DSPS in Seco Hall, 103, use their phone number (661) 362-3341/
TTY: (661) 362-3726 or website: http://www.canyons.edu/offices/dsps/
Email: Please do not email me class work unless you have been explicitly instructed to as I wont consider it
submitted. Email should be used for questions, to arrange appointments, and to communicate information youd
like me to have immediately. The FEDERAL LAW, the STATES EDUCATION CODE, and COCS email
policy ALL require that any email communications take place through the colleges server, which means that you
must use your My Canyons email account. This means that if you email me from another account I CAN NOT
respond to it! If you really struggle to check it, please set up your account to have your emails forwarded to your
usual email address.
Student Responsibilities
As a student, you have a right to be instructed and As a student, you also have certain responsibilities. To
assessed in a competent, dedicated, and fair manner. succeed in this course, you need to commit to:
This means that I will commit to: v being prepared for each day by doing the
being prepared- mentally and practically, for reading and homework;
each class. I will have prepared a lesson that is v arriving on time and staying for the entire class
designed to further your progress towards the period;
learning outcomes and included both direct v focusing on the lesson and activities during
instruction and active learning activities; class;
being on time for the class and fulfilling the v treating other students with respect and
time boundaries; consideration;
being available outside of class to help you v giving every assignment and task your best
through regular office hours and scheduled effort, even if you arent sure you can do it
appointments; well;
providing you with specific guidelines about v believing in your ability to learn and progress;
whats expected as well as clear feedback for v trusting that everything I ask you to do is
how you can improve. designed to help you improve while also
preparing you for your future;
v asking for help when you need it- the end of
the semester is already too late.
Course Requirements and Grading
Assignment Formatting and Submissions: Submit all assignments in MLA format. MLA format guides can be
found online, in Rules for Writers, and in MLA handbooks. Always use 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch
margins, and double-spacing. Include the submission date, your name, my name, the assignment title and a title for
your essay as well as other necessary identifying information. Your work must be submitted on Canvas in electronic
form but may also be requested in hardcopy form. The ASG computer lab (Student Center 124 and CCC 204)
provides 15 pages of free printing every day for students.
Grading Formula:
15 Reading Responses150 pts. Paper #2200 pts.
8 Writing Development Exercises .150 pts. Paper #3250 pts.
Ongoing Classroom Participation...50 pts. Mid-Term Exam150 pts.
Quizzes 100 pts. Final Exam175 pts.
1 Presentation100 pts. E-Portfolio500 pts.
Paper #1175 pts. o Includes revision essay for 150 points
Points Breakdown:
A 1800+ points D1200-1399 pts
B1600-1799 pts F.999-0 pts
C1400-1599 pts
*IMPORTANT: I very, very, very rarely round grades up. Even if you are .001% away from an A, you will not be
rounded up unless you have displayed consistent commitment, effort, and growth throughout the course. Similarly, I
will not round you down unless you really deserve it.
**Extra Credit: Throughout the course there will be a few opportunities to receive extra credit. If you are
concerned about your grade, it is in your best interest to do them. You will not receive extra-extra credit
opportunities if you get to the end of the semester and are in danger of not passing.

Making Up Work: You will not be able to make up in-

class activities, quizzes, or oral reports that you are absent
for under any circumstance.
Late Assignments: Due dates for each assignment will
be delivered alongside the assignment. Should you require
an extension you must request one before the deadline.
Work that is not submitted within 5 minutes of
class starting will be counted as late. Two essays can
be submitted 1 class day late, but they will be subjected to
a -10% penalty. Once those two late submissions have
been used, you will no longer be able to submit your
essays late.
Assignment Submissions: You are required to submit
larger assignments both in person and online. This means
that prior to attending class the day it is due, you must upload your essay to Canvas as a .docx, .doc, or .pdf file. It
will then be run through a plagiarism checker automatically. There are more specific instructions on Canvas that you
should look over to be adequately prepared.
Course Schedule
As with all things in life, this syllabus IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE at any time for any reason.

Important Dates
Week 1, 2/6: First day of Spring semester! J
Week 5, 3/6: Paper #1 Due
4/1-4/7 Spring Break
Week 9, 4/10: Paper #2 Due
Week 9, 4/10: Mid Term Exam
Week 14, 5/15: Paper #3 Due
Week 15, 5/24: Final Exam
Week 16, 5/29: Finalized e-Portfolio Due & Memorial Day
Week 16, 5/31: Presentations Day, Last day of course L
Date Schedule
when done
Unit 1: Entering the Conversation on Education
2/6 In this class: Course Introduction, Getting to Know You, Syllabus Review, Course Expectations,
Diagnostic Exam
For the next class:
Take Multiple Intelligence test
Buy course materials
Print and bring The Man Who Couldnt Read
2/8 In this class: Entering the Conversation with MI test results, e-Portfolio, & First Readings
Print and bring The Man Who Couldnt Read
For the next class:
Read Whats Motivating this Writer? and print & read Smart Reading
Finish reading The Man Who Couldnt Read
Open e-Portfolio and complete the bio
2/13 In this class: Reading and Responding: Issues in Educational Settings
Print and bring Brainology: Transforming Students Motivation to Learn
For the next class:
Finish reading Brainology article and read Hidden Intellectualism complete reading
responses (R.R.)
2/15 In this class: Discovering What Theyre Saying: How Does Perception Impact Students?
For the next class:
Read Colleges Prepare People for Life & Are Too Many People Going to College? R.R.
Read I Take Your Point They Say, I Say (TSIS)
2/20 In this class: Who is College For? & Unit 1 Paper: Pre-Writing and Outlining
For the next class:
Print and read When Success Leads to Failure Complete reading response
Read 3-13 Rules for Writers (R4W)
Read They Say TSIS
2/22 In this class: What is the Effect of Failure? What About Success? with Drafting and Paragraph
For the next class:
Write draft paper #1
Read 49-64 R4W
Read Her Point Is TSIS
2/27 In this class: Paragraph Structure Part 2 with Quote Incorporation
Bring 1 copy of typed rough draft for paper #1
For the next class:
Read 441-457 R4W
Read 2 sample paragraphs & comment on them
3/1 In this class: Revision and MLA Formatting
For the next class:
Finalize paper #1 Collect all materials and prepare for submission
Unit 2: Food and You
3/6 Paper #1 Due; Paper #2 Discussion: Issues Surrounding Food
Bring TSIS What Should We Eat
For the next class:
Read Dont Blame the Eater TSIS
Print and read The Average America Ate Literally a Ton This Year
Complete reading response
Print and read Whats Motivating this Writer?
3/8 In this class: What Do We Eat and Why?
Print and bring summary/response form
For the next class:
Read The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Food and What You Eat Is Your Business
TSIS Complete reading response
Read Explore Ideas; Then Sketch a Plan and 2a: Drafting a Thesis R4W
3/13 In this class: Is There A Choice in the Matter?
For the next class:
Read Escape from the Western Diet, Food as Thought, and Yes, No, Okay, But TSIS
Complete reading response
Draft a thesis and outline (WDE) email for approval
3/15 In this class: Why Is America So Weird About Food?
For the next class:
Read What are you Buying When You Buy Organic? TSIS
Print and read The Lovacore Myth
Complete reading response
Read 2b: Drafting the Body R4W Write paper #2 draft Bring to class
3/20 In this class: Is Organic Food Really Good?
For the next class:
Read How Junk Food Can End Obesity and And Yet TSIS
Print and read Bad Food? Tax It and Subsidize Vegetables
Read Build Effective Paragraphs R4W
3/22 In this class: Is Bad Food Really Bad?
For the next class:
Read So What? Who Cares TSIS
Edit paper #2 draft
3/27 In this class: The Art of Being Analytical and Incorporating Sources 1: Quotations, Signal Phrases,
and Parenthetical Citations; Peer Review
For the next class:
Read As He Himself Puts It and As a Result TSIS
Edit paper #2 draft for evidence incorporation
3/29 In this class: Last-Minute Touch Ups and Incorporating Sources 2: Block Quotes, Summary, and
Works Cited page; Peer Review
For the next class:
Finalize paper #2 Compile all parts print and bring to class

4/3-4/9 SPRING BREAK!!!

Unit 3: Whats Up With Gender/ the American Dream?
4/10 In this class: Paper #2 Due; Mid-Term Exam
For the next class:
Look over Paper #3 Prompt Find 1 news story related to your topic
Read 2 of the articles on the prompt Complete reading response
4/12 In this class: Paper #3 Discussion: Generating Ideas and Prospectus Writing (With Outlines)
For the next class:
Read 2 of the articles on the prompt Complete reading response
Complete prospectus submit online by Saturday 5 pm
4/17 In this class: Tracking Research: Finding (and Citing) Valid Sources
For the next class:
Read articles Complete reading response
Print and read Thesis and Critical Thinking
4/19 In this class: Grouping Ideas and Logical Order
For the next class:
Draft a thesis and outline email for approval
Print and read Organization and Outlines
Draft first 2 body paragraphs (no need for thesis approval to start)
4/24 In this class: The Core Content of Your Paper
For the next class:
Read Skeptics May Object TSIS, Print and read Paragraphs
Read 2 articles Complete reading response
Draft another 2 body paragraphs
4/26 In this class: Revisions: Order and Analysis
For the next class:
Read But Dont Get Me Wrong TSIS
Revise current body paragraphs and add more
5/1 In this class: Revisions: Paragraph Focus and Coherence
For the next class:
Edit and add to body paragraphs
Read Evaluating Arguments R4W and Aint So/ Is Not TSIS
5/3 In this class: Revisions: Sentence Strength and Structure
For the next class:
Edit body paragraphs
Complete Is It Analysis? checklist (WDE)
Read He Says Contends TSIS
5/8 In this class: Introductions and Conclusions
For the next class:
Print and read The Opening Paragraphs and The Ending
Finish editing body paragraphs and draft introduction/ conclusion
5/10 In this class: MLA Formatting and Last-Minute Changes
For the next class:
Finalize paper 3 submission
5/15 In this class: Paper #3 Due; Presentation Skill: Preparing your Research for Presentation
For the next class:
Work on presentation
5/17 In this class: Presentation Skill: Preparing your Research for the Report
For the next class:
Work on presentation
5/22 In this class: Presentation Skill: Successful Presenting and Final Touches
For the next class:
Work on presentation
5/24 In this class: Final Exam
For the next class:
Prepare for the presentation
MEMORIAL DAY!!!!!!!!!! NO CLASS!!!!!!!
12/8 In this class: Presentations
COC Statement and Policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Approved by Academic Senate in May, 2010
Students are expected to do their own work as assigned. At College of the Canyons, we believe that academic
integrity and honesty are some of the most important qualities college students need to develop and maintain. To
facilitate a culture of academic integrity, College of the Canyons has defined plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
Due process procedures have been established when plagiarism or academic dishonesty is suspected. At COC, we
define plagiarism as follows: Plagiarism is the submission of someone elses work or ideas as ones own, without
adequate attribution. When a student submits work for a class assignment that includes the words, ideas or data of
others, without acknowledging the source of the information through complete, accurate, and specific references,
plagiarism is involved. This may include dual submissions of a similar work for credit for more than one class,
without the current instructors knowledge and approval. To be specific, below are some of the situations that will be
considered plagiarism at COC:
v Use information from any source, online or in print, in ones own writing without acknowledging the source
in the content and in the reference page of the assignment;
v Simply list the sources in the reference page, without parenthetical citations in the body of the essay;
v Take more than one printed line of words consecutively from the source without putting quotation marks
around them, even though the student has put the authors name in the parentheses or in the reference page;
v Turn in work done for other classes, regardless how big or small the assignment may be, without the current
instructors approvalthis is considered self-plagiarism, which is a form of academic dishonesty; or,
v Turn in work by another student, even by accident.
In addition, COC has strict rules against using electronic devices during exams without the instructors approval. To
be specific, absolutely no cell phones or any electronic devices can be on the desk or in sight during test or exam
without the instructors approval. The presence of electronic devices in sight during exams may be considered as
intention to cheat and will be processed as a form of academic dishonesty. Cases of alleged academic dishonesty,
such as plagiarism or cheating, will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for investigation.