English 2                       Deborah Pollack                         M-Fri 10:30-11:20

Fall 2008                                                        


Voice Mail:     654-6400, ext.  3272                                    E-mail:  Dpollack@vcccd.edu

LRC 309 Office Hours:  Mon 8:30-9:20 a.m.  Tu/Th11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Required Text &                 Mangelsdorf and Posey, Choices, 4th edition                 

Materials:                              2 pocket folder for turning in work

                                                Copy card to use in the LRC

                                                Flash drive to save your LRC work


Recommended:                  Recent college-level dictionary


Course Description:          This course is designed to teach you to write                                                                    coherent, well-developed essays and to summarize

                                                and analyze essays as models for writing.

                                                This class will be conducted as a workshop—not a                                                         lecture—with class time spent working in small                                                                groups, writing, and discussing.


Student Learning Outcomes:

n      Structure 3-5 page essays around a thesis, maintaining unity and    coherence

n      Conduct research, including evaluating and gathering information from print and electronic sources; summarize, paraphrase, and quote research material accurately, and document sources according to MLA style.

n      Twice during the semester, compose a 300 word essay within 45 minutes.


Prerequisite:                        Completion of English 3 with a grade of C or placement by assessment test. 



--Essay #1 (15 pts. draft, 10 pts. peer review)              125

--Essay #2 (15 pts. draft, 10 pts. peer review)              150

--Essay #3 (15 pts. draft, 10 pts. peer review)            175

--Essay #4 (non-revisable)                                                180       

--Research essay (30, 20, 200)                                       250       

--4 Reading quizzes (15 pts. each)                        60

                        --4 Vocabulary quizzes (15 pts. each)                                60

                        --Midterm                                                                            100

                        --Final                                                                                  100

       You must average a C or better on the in-class essays to pass the class

--Attendance and participation                                       100

                                    TOTAL                                1300 points       


English 2 Syllabus—pg. 2




Essays:                                 You will be writing four formal essays of two to four  pages and a researched essay of five to seven pages.  When you turn in your final drafts, they will include all of the stages of their development.


Format:                                   All papers are to be typed in standard manuscript form:  double spaced with 1” margins and a 12 point font.  Only prewriting may be handwritten.


Due Dates:                            All assignments are due at the beginning of class.  If you must miss class the day a paper is due, email it to me or put it in my box in the Administration Building or on the third floor of the LRC before class. 

                                                I will only accept a paper sent by email if you are unable to attend class the day it is due.  Even then, you must send it before class begins to receive full credit. 

                                                If you send me an email and/or a paper via the internet, I will respond to you.  If you don’t receive a response from me, you haven’t reached my email address; check my address and resend.


Late Papers:              I will accept final revisions up to one week late, but late papers will have points deducted.  YOU MUST TURN IN ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO PASS THE CLASS.  You will have the opportunity to write drafts of each essay and they will be worth points.  I will not accept late drafts at all.


Student Behavior:             Students engaging in repeated private conversations when the instructor or any member of the class is speaking will be dismissed from class for the day and will incur half an absence.

                                                Students interacting with their personal electronic devices (I-Pods, cell phones, etc.) during the time that class is in session, either in the classroom or in the computer lab, will be dismissed from class for the day and will incur half an absence.  The only exception to this is that students may listen to music while working on their computers in the lab.


Attendance:                         Much of our work takes place in class and cannot be made up outside of class.  Attendance, including being ON TIME, is crucial.  Two tardies or early departures equal one absence.  Very important note:  If you are absent more than 10 times, you will fail the class regardless of your academic standing.    




English 2 Syllabus, pg. 3


                                                You are responsible (i.e. YOU MUST CONTACT A PEER) for the material you may have missed in your absence.  Write down the name, phone number, and email address of several “contact peers” in this space:




Plagiarism:                           Plagiarism is the act of knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own.  Students who commit plagiarism

will receive an F on the plagiarized work and may be dropped from the class.


Dropping the Class:          September 12 is the last day to drop this class with no entry (no “W”) on your transcript.   November 21 is the last day to drop this class with a “W” on your transcript. 


Campus Support Services:         The Ventura College Library’s hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Students may access the library’s catalog & databases online.

                                                            The Beach is full of computers for use on a drop-in basis.  Its hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. & Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & Saturday, 9 a.m-3 p.m.

                                                            The Tutoring Center offers free tutoring with instructor’s referral for VC students in the LRC building Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. & Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please speak to me as soon as possible.


















English 2—Fall ’08                                                                         Deborah Pollack

Tentative Schedule


Week of August 18               Introduction to course

                                                                Ch. 1 “The Writing Process”

                                                                Meet the Beach/Diagnostic essay


Week of August 25               Ch. 2 “Crafting Paragraphs”

Wed. on Beach                     Mechanics:  8 little words

                                                Workshop:  Write around

                                                Introduction to “Inspiration”


Week of September 1          Ch. 3 “The Patterns of Development”

No class 9/1                           Ch. 4 “Explaining a Personal Change”

                                                Punctuation:  commas                                                                                                             

Week of September 8          Reading quiz #1:  “Prison Studies”

Wed. on Beach                     Ch. 4 continued

                                                Drafting essay #1 (Ch. 4)


Week of September 15       Peer review essay #1

                                                Vocabulary quiz #1 (Ch. 4)

                                                Ch. 5 “Examining a Culture”

                                                Revising & expanding essay #1


Week of September 22      Essay #1 revision due

Wed. on Beach                    Reading quiz #2:  “Oprah Winfrey”

                                                Ch. 5 continued

                                                Transition workshop

                                                Drafting essay #2 (Ch. 5)


Week of September 29        Peer review essay #2

No class 9/30                                Vocabulary quiz #2 (Ch. 5)

                                                Ch. 12, “Conducting . . . Research”

                                                Revising & expanding essay #2


Week of October 6               Essay #2 revision due

Wed. on Beach                     Preparation for & practice midterm (Ch. 13)

No class 10/9                        Note-taking workshop

                                                 Library tour & research


Week of October 13             Midterm

                                                Library research          

                                                I-Search topic & research questions due



Week of October 20             I-Search introduction due

Wed. on Beach                     Ch. 11, “Writing Summaries”

                                                Library research


Week of October 27             Citation workshop

                                                I-Search outline & sources due


Week of November 3           I-Search peer review

Wed. on Beach                     Ch. 8, “Considering the Media”


Week of November 10        Reading quiz #3:  “Let’s Shut Them Down”

No class 11/10                      Ch. 8 continued

                                                I-Search returned

                                                Revising & expanding I-Search


Week of November 17        I-Search revision due

Wed. on Beach                     Vocabulary quiz #3 (Ch. 8)

                                                Ch. 9, “Making a Difference”

                                                Drafting essay #3 (Ch. 8)    


Week of November 24        Peer review essay #3

No class 11/27 & 28             Reading quiz #4:  “Perils of Prohibition”

                                                Ch. 9 continued

                                                Revising & expanding essay #3 on your own


Week of December 1           Essay #3 revision due

Wed. on Beach                     Vocabulary quiz #4 (Ch. 9)

                                                Drafting & self-revision of essay #4                                                                                   

Week of December 8           Essay #4 due

                                                Prepare for final exam


Final exam in the computer lab Monday 12/15, 10-12

This is a tentative schedule and will be modified as necessary.






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I have read, understood, and accepted the terms of the syllabus for Deborah Pollack’s English 2 class.


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