Reasoning And Writing From Critical Thinking To Composition Roof

ENGLISH (ENG)

Course descriptions from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

ENG 22 Introduction to Composition (3)

Provides practice in writing clear, effective, well-developed compositions using various modes of development. Students follow a recursive writing process and consider topic, purpose, and audience as they write. They read from a variety of texts to generate ideas for essays and to learn effective methods of drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and publishing their compositions. Students write essays that have clear ideas, adequate support, logical organization, and correct sentence structure. They learn the principles of expository writing and refine their language skills. Students become efficient readers, effective writers, and critical thinkers.


Prerequisite: Appropriate writing placement test score or ENG 19 with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Concurrent enrollment in ENG 22 or ENG 24 and experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 24 Reading, Reasoning and Writing (6)

An introduction to the reading, reasoning, and writing skills essential to succeed in ENG 100. This six-credit course, through practice in analytical reading, extended discussion, summarizing of concepts, and incorporating ideas into writing, will familiarize new and returning students with the components of college-level critical thinking and composition. (ENG 24 is an accelerated course that can be taken in place of these four courses: ENG 18, 19, 21, and 22. Students cannot take ENG 24 concurrently with any of these courses: ENG 18, 19, 21, and 22.)


Prerequisite: ENG 18/19 COMPASS placement or completion of ENG 8 with a C or better.

ENG 24C Reading, Reasoning, and Writing (6)

For Career and Technical Education (CTE) students only. An introduction to the reading, reasoning, and writing skills essential to succeed in ENG 100. This six-credit course, through practice in analytical reading, extended discussion, summarizing of concepts, and incorporating ideas into writing, will familiarize new and returning students with the components of college-level critical thinking and composition. (ENG 24C is an accelerated course that replaces these four courses: ENG 18, 19, 21, and 22. Students cannot take ENG 24C concurrently with any of these courses: ENG 18, 19, 21, and 22.)


Prerequisite: ENG 18 and 19 COMPASS placement or completion of ENG 8 with a C or better.

ENG 100 Composition I (3)

Provides practice in producing substantial compositions at the college transfer level for courses across the curriculum. Engaging in research activities, students evaluate and integrate sources into their compositions. Following a recursive writing process, they analyze the rhetorical, conceptual, and stylistic demands of writing for various purposes and audiences. Students apply the principles of expository writing and produce compositions that have clear ideas, adequate support, logical organization, and correct sentence structure. Students become proficient language users, independent learners, and thoughtful members of an academic community. (FW)


Prerequisite: Appropriate writing test score or ENG 22 or 
ENG 24 with a grade of C or higher or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 100E Composition I (3)

For non-native speakers of English only. Practice in writing clear, effective university-level prose. Attention to all stages of the writing process—generating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. (FW)


Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100E; or a grade of C or better in ESL 21 and 22, or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Typing or computer experience.

ENG 102 College Reading (3)

Provides practice in advancing critical thinking skills. Students apply techniques that promote active reading, clear thinking, and careful reasoning. For example, students analyze main points, evaluate support, and make appropriate inferences. In addition, students distinguish between fact and opinion, determine a writer's purpose and tone, and follow extended analogies. Students become proficient language users, independent learners, and thoughtful members of an academic community.


Prerequisite: Appropriate reading placement test score, or 
ENG 22 or ENG 24 with a grade of C or better, or approval from Language Arts Division.

ENG 200 Composition II (3)

Students learn how to plan, develop, organize, and edit various writing projects with clarity and precision. Students write various kinds of papers, including a research project, using general practices within specific areas of concentration. 


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 204 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)

Students will practice writing poems, scenes, and short stories. The course includes creative writing assignments, discussion of professional works, and discussion of each student's writing. May be repeated for additional credit. 


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 207 Fiction Workshop (3)

ENG 207 is a writing workshop designed for students with some knowledge of fiction writing. Through the creation of original short stories and the analysis of published work and student drafts, students will gain knowledge and experience as well as develop creativity within the fiction genre. 


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division. This course may be repeated once for credit.

Rec Prep: ENG 204; experience using computers for writing.

ENG 208 Poetry Workshop (3)

English 208 is a poetry writing course designed for students with knowledge of the writing process and some experience in the writing of poetry. Through the creation of original poems and the analysis of published work and student drafts, students will gain knowledge and experience as well as develop creativity within the genre. 


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division. This course may be repeated once for credit.

Rec Prep: ENG 204; experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 209 Business Writing (3)

This course is designed for students interested in a career in business. It will teach how to organize and evaluate effective communication in writing—how to compose the various forms of letters and reports found in the business field; how to evaluate job resumes. Most course work must be typed.


Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a C grade or higher, or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 211 Autobiographical Writing (3)

Writing clear, effective prose based on the writer's own experience and ideas.


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a C grade or higher, or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Ability to use computer for word processing and research.

ENG 212 Screenwriting Workshop (3)

ENG 212 introduces students to the narrative and technical aspects of screenwriting. Through the creation of adapted and original screenplays as well as the analysis of screenplays, films, student drafts and other supporting material, students will gain knowledge and experience as well as develop creativity within the screenwriting genre. (This course may be repeated once for credit.)


Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher; or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: ENG 204 with a C or higher; experience using computers for writing.

ENG 225 Technical Writing (3)

Provides practice in creating, designing, and transmitting technical information so that specialists and laypersons can understand it easily. 


Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a C grade or higher, or approval from the Language Arts Division.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 270 Introduction to Literature: Literary History (3)

Study of significant works of selected historical periods (DL).


Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 271 Introduction to Literature: Genre (3)

Study of significant works of selected genres. (DL)


Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 272 Introduction to Literature: Culture and Literature

Study of significant works of selected cultures and cultural formations. (DL)


Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing.

ENG 272H Introduction to Literature: Culture and Literature (3)

Study of significant works of selected cultures and cultural formations. (DL)


Prerequisites: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: Experience in using computers for writing. Acceptance into the Leeward CC Honors Program.

1.  Course (Catalog) Description:

This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills.Students will apply these skills to the analysis of written arguments in various forms and genres, both classic and contemporary, and to the writing of effective persuasive essays.Students will learn to evaluate and interpret data, to recognize assumptions, to distinguish facts from opinions, to identify and avoid logical fallacies, to employ deductive and inductive reasoning, and to effectively assert and support argumentative claims.

2.  Course Objectives:

1.Evaluate arguments in terms of bias, credibility, and relevance.

2.Assess an argument's claims by examining assumptions, by differentiating between facts and inferences, by recognizing errors in logic, by analyzing support, and by identifying both explicit and implied conclusions.

3.Recognize and assess argumentative claims embedded in literary works, advertisements, political tracts, and presentations in other media.

4.Express critical viewpoints and develop original arguments in response to social, political, and philosophical issues and/or to works of literature and literary theory.

5.Demonstrate the ability to evaluate electronic sources and databases, to incorporate research from on-line and print media, and to compose unified, coherent, fully supported argumentative essays that advance their claims by integrating primary and secondary sources, and by employing the tools of critical interpretation, evaluation, and analysis.

3.  Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

1.Compose an argumentative essay that shows an ability to support a claim using analysis, elements of argumentation, and integration of primary and secondary sources.

2.Identify and assess bias, credibility, and relevance in their own arguments and in the arguments of others, including primary and secondary outside sources.

3.Organize an essay in proper MLA format and will also be technically correct in paragraph composition, sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and usage.

 4.  Students with Disabilities:

It is the policy of the El Camino Community College District to encourage full inclusion of people with disabilities in all programs and services.Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class should contact the campus Special Resource Center (310) 660-3295, as soon as possible.This will ensure that students are able to fully participate.

5.  Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:

El Camino College places a high value on the integrity of its student scholars.When an instructor determines that there is evidence of dishonesty in any academic work (including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or theft of exam materials), disciplinary action appropriate to the misconduct as defined in BP 5500 may be taken.A failing grade on an assignment in which academic dishonesty has occurred and suspension from class are among the disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty (AP 5520).Students with any questions about the Academic Honesty or discipline policies are encouraged to speak with their instructor in advance.

6.  Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend their classes regularly. Students who miss the first class meeting or who are not in regular attendance during the add period for the class may be dropped by the instructor. Students whose absences from a class exceed 10% of the scheduled class meeting times may be dropped by the instructor. However, students are responsible for dropping a class within the deadlines published in the class schedule. Students who stop attending but do not drop may receive a failing grade.

More specific helpful info can be found at El Camino College website: www.elcamino.edu

 

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Note: The following info may apply to both on-line and on-campus English 1C classes taught by Dr Zhao.

Class Information:

English 1C aims to develop and strengthen your ability to think critically and to write persuasively.

In this class, you will understand the requirements and benefits of critical thinking, define values, examine assumptions, explore imagination, scrutinize logical fallacies, and explore inductive and deductive reasoning techniques.

Moreover, you will apply critical thinking skills to analyze and research a major controversial social issue, offer solutions, and argue for your well-informed opinion on the issue.

The course focuses on evaluation, definition, analysis, imagination, research, and persuasion.


Course Objectives:

  • To understand how to become a critical thinker and why
  • To understand basic concepts in logic and their relevance to writing (and life)
  • To know how to analyze problems and create solutions, through independent thinking, teamwork, and research
  • To know how to verbalize and organize logical and convincing arguments


 

Course Policies:

Participation

1.  Regular attendance and active participation are essential. Absences, which can affect your learning and grades, are recorded. Students with three or more consecutive absences without any written explanation may be dropped from the class. For an unavoidable absence, please notify me beforehand or afterwards. When absent, please contact your group members for missed information ASAP. Absences are no excuses for late or make-up works. Tardiness and early retreat, being disruptive to class activities, are also recorded—three such instances are counted as one absence.

2.  On the other hand, perfect attendance will earn you 10 bonus points. You will earn another 10 bonus points if your group has not lost any member in the semester.

3.  You are expected to be courteous and respectful to one another in order to ensure a learning-conducive atmosphere in the classroom. Your friendly presence and positive contribution are vital to your own success and the success of your group and the class.

4.  Please be aware that it is your responsibility to drop yourself when absolutely necessary; however, you are advised to talk with a counselor or me first.

Expectations and Late Penalty

1.  You should turn in your assignments on time. Essays (60% of the course grade) that are late by one class meeting will be accepted yet with a 10-point late penalty. Essays late by more than one class meeting will be accepted at any time before the finals week but graded only at the end with a 20-point late penalty.

2.  Exercises or quizzes (10 points each--15% of the course grade) are done in class and need be submitted on time. No late or make-up works will be accepted, unless permitted by your instructor.

3.   All the works that bear your name must be written by you. Works guilty of plagiarism—using others' words and ideas as if one's own—will not be accepted or graded.

Grading

 A

90%--100%

 B80%--89%
 C70%--79%
 D60%--69%
 F0%--59%

(Note: No 'Pass/No Pass' option for this course.)


 

Schedule (Subject to Change):

Abbreviations for textbooks used below:

·H&S:Humorous & Serious: A Guide and Reader for Critical Thinking

·HYG: Humor Your Grammar: A Trouble-Shooting Guide and Workbook

·SSE: Star Student Essay: A Motivating Reader

W1: Introduction; Diagnostics; H&S 1; SSE: 1; HYG: 1&2

W2: Paper #1 planning; H&S:15—writing process; SSE 2, Appendix A

W3: H&S: 15—writing standards; Peer critiquing & revising; HYG: 11-22

W4: Paper #1 due/evaluation; Paper#2—H&S:2; Island Case

W5: H&S: 2—Aristotle's Essential Definition; Planning & drafting

W6: Planning & drafting; Peer critiquing & revising; HYG: 23-28

W7:  Paper #2 due/evaluation; SSE: 9; H&S: 5—Paper #3: Imagination

W8: In-class imagining exercise; Planning; Peer critiquing; HYG: 29-34

W9: Paper #3 due/evaluation; SSE: 8; H&S: 3—Logical fallacies

W10:Paper #4 (group)—Analyzing issues; SSE: Appendix B; Group work

W11:Group work; Paper #4 due/presentation & evaluation; reflection

W12:H&S: 12—Paper #5 (group), research; Internet research

W13:HYG: 40/42—MLA; HYG: 35-40

W14: Paper #5 due/presentation & evaluation;

W15:  H&S: 11—arguing, 263-266; Review: H&S 1, 11, 12; SSE: 10

W16: Final Essay Exam

 


 

Assignments:

Papers/Projects and Process Writing (50%+10%):

  • Nobody can write well without practicing! There will be six writing projects (1000+ words each): three papers and two group presentation projects (plus a final essay that must be passed for a passing grade in the course).

  • All the papers, except the final one, must be typed using the MLA format.

  • You should turn in each paper on time; papers late by one class meeting will be accepted yet with a 10-point late penalty. Papers late by more than one class meeting will be accepted at any time but graded only at the end with a 20-point late penalty.

  • All the papers bearing your name must be written by you. No works guilty of plagiarism—using others' ideas and words as if one's own—will be graded!

  • The papers and projects are graded on a 100-point scale. The process works are graded on a 20-point scale.

Exercises (15%):

  • To eliminate errors and strengthen your thinking and writing, you will do quick thinking/writing and grammar exercises—mostly during the first 10-15 minutes of the class.

  • You will also participate in mini-grammar workshops.

  • The exercises need be done and submitted on time; no late or make-up exercises will be accepted.

  • Exercises are graded on a 10-point scale. 

Examination (20%):

The final exam, which includes an essay, will help you find out how much you have learned in the semester—your knowledge of and skills on reading, essay writing, and research. You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Course Total:          100%

  • Participation:5%
  • Projects and Process:60%
  • Exercises:15%
  • Final Exam:20%


 

Course Material:

Textbooks:

1. Humorous & Serious: A Guide and Reader for Critical Thinking, by Zhao

2. Humor Your English Grammar: A Trouble-Shooting Guide and Workbook, by Zhao

3. Star Student Essays: A Motivating Reader, by Zhao

Notes:

1.The books are available only at El Camino College Bookstoreon campus and online.

              16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90506 
        (310) 660-3384

2. To search for them, use this: English 1C --> Zhao

 


 

Online Resources:

  1. http://www.macromedia.com/resources/elearning/whitepapers.html (resources)
  2. http://www.tofp.org/ (open fiction project free)
  3. http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/cfapps/free/displaydate.cfm (free photos, images)
  4. http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/results.php?cat=1&mode=a (resources for education)
  5. http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/results.php?set=41&cat=5&mode=z (literary speech videos)
  6. http://www.loc.gov/ (Library of Congress)

  7. http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objID=CAS3706 (US budget—CT)
  8. http://tappedin.org/tappedin/joyz (for 'Discussion'; instant messaging; download files...)

  9. http://www.joy88edu.net/blog/wp-admin/post.php (Write with Humor)

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