English 1A                    Deborah Pollack                                    Fall 2008

                                                                                                                 M-F 9:30-10:20

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

LRC 309 Office Hours:  M 8:30-9:20, TuTh 11:30-1:30


Required:                             Hacker, Diana, Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition

                                                                Pollack, Deborah, ed., Chicken Soup for the VC                                                                           Student’s Soul

                                                Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation            

Two-pocket folder to collect and turn in your work for

            each essay


Recommended:                  Recent college-level dictionary

                                                Copy card to use in the LRC

                                                Flash drive to save your LRC work


Course Description:          This course is designed to develop and expand your college level writing skills.  It is intended to improve your ability to read critically, think analytically and respond effectively.


Prerequisite:                        English 2 or placement by assessment test.  IF YOU DID NOT PASS ENGLISH 2 WITH AT LEAST A GRADE OF C, YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THIS CLASS BY THE SECOND WEEK OF THE SEMESTER.



--Three revisable essays (15 pts. per draft, 10 pts.

   per peer review, 100 pts. for final revision)              375 points

--One non-revisable in-class writing portfolio              100

--Reading quizzes                                                                75

                        --Timed writings (midterm, final exam)                            200

            You must earn a C or better on timed writings to pass the class.

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

                        --Reading responses to Fast Food Nation                      100

                        --Attendance and participation                                        100                                                                     TOTAL                                1200 points       


Essays:                                 You will be writing three formal essays of three to four  pages, a portfolio of in-class writings, and a researched essay.  When you turn in your final drafts, they will include all of the stages of their development and a cover letter to me reflecting on your writing process. 


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



English 1A—Syllabus pg. 2


Due Dates:                            All assignments are due at the beginning of class.  If you must miss class the day a paper is due, 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 sent 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:                        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.  I will accept final revisions up to one week past their due date; they will, of course, have points deducted.  YOU MUST TURN IN ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO PASS THE CLASS.


Reading Responses:        You will also be writing responses to reading for both the class reader and Fast Food Nation for my review.   


Student Learning Outcomes:  Students will learn to 1)  Write passable essays which contain a thesis, supporting body paragraphs, and a conclusion amounting to a total of 8,000 words, using a variety of rhetorical modes and culminating in a researched paper with a prescribed documentation style.  2)  Process fifty-minute in-class writings of at least two pages in response to assigned readings.  These should include a focusing thesis statement, coherent supporting body paragraphs, and an acceptable conclusion in addition to showing evidence of careful proofreading.  3) Recognize and avoid logical fallacies in writing.


Attendance:                         Much of our work takes place in class and cannot be made up outside of class.  Attendance, including being ON TIME, is crucial.  Excessive absences (more than 10 will result in a failing grade despite academic performance; two tardies or early departures equal one absence. 

                                                You are responsible (i.e. YOU MUST CONTACT A PEER) for the material you may have missed in your absence.  Write down the name and phone number 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.




English 1A—Syllabus, pg. 3


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.

                                                            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.-3 p.m.


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































Week 1                                   Introduction to course

                                Writing assessment

                                                Rules for Writers, “The Writing Process”

                                                Meet the Beach


Week 2                                   Rules for Writers, “The Writing Process”

Wed. on the Beach                        Introduction to Inspiration


Week 3                                   Rules for Writers

9/1 No school                        Grammar presentation assignment & demonstration

                                                Drafting of Essay #1 (addiction)


Week 4                                   Peer review of Essay #1

Wed. on the Beach                        Read & discuss Chicken Soup essays “How We See                                                    Ourselves”

                                                In-class writing on body image

                                                Revision & expansion of Essay #1


Week 5                                  Essay #1 revision due

                                                Grammar presentations begin Wednesday

                                                Continue with essays on body image

                                                                Drafting of Essay #2 (body image)


Week 6                                   Peer review of Essay #2              

Wed. on the Beach                        Read & discuss Chicken Soup essays “The Price of


                                                In-class writing on fertility

                                                Revision & expansion of Essay #2


Week 7                                   Essay #2 revision due

9/30 No class                        Read & discuss Chicken Soup essays “Deathly Decisions”    

                        In-class writing on end of life issues


Week 8                                   Read & discuss Chicken Soup essays “What is                                                  Normal?”

Wed. on the Beach                        In-class writing on mental health

10/9 No class                        Timed writing mid-term exam         

                                                Introduction to the Researched Position essay


Week 9                                   Continue with essays on mental health

                                                Library orientation/Research                                                                                               Position questions due

English 1A Schedule-Page 2


Week 10                                Read & discuss Chicken Soup essays “Becoming a Doctor”

Wed. on the Beach            In-class writing on preparation for your career

                                                In-class writing on your research progress            

                                                Tentative thesis + working bibliography due


Week 11                                Prepare Fast Food Nation reading responses,                                                                ch. 1 & 2                                            


Week 12                                Researched Position peer review

Wed. on the Beach                        Fast Food Nation ch. 3 & 4 reading responses

                                                In-class research & writing on presidential candidates


Week 13                                Fast Food Nation ch. 5 & 6 reading responses

11/10 No school                    Researched position drafts returned


Week 14                                Researched position revision due

Wed. on the Beach                        Fast Food Nation ch. 7 & 8 reading responses   

                                                In-class writing on fast food                                                                                     Drafting of Essay #3 (extended definition)


Week 15                                Essay #3 peer review

11/27-28 No school              Grammar presentations conclude

                                                Fast Food Nation ch. 9 & 10 reading responses

                                                Screening of Supersize Me


Week 16                                Essay #3 revision due

Wed. on the Beach                        Writing about literature                                

                                                In-class writing about literature

                                                Revision & expansion of in-class writing portfolio

                                                In-class writing portfolio due


Week 17                                Writing about Literature


Final exam in the computer lab Wednesday 12/17, 9-11

                        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 1A class.


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