Chabot College English 4 / Fall, „11 ENGLISH 4: CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE Instructor: Stephanie Zappa Office: IOB, Room 452-D Office Phone: 510-723-6826 Email: [email protected] Required Texts and Supplies: 1) Dore, Anita, The Premier Book of Major Poets 2) English 4 Short Stories; (Cengage edtion, only at Chabot bookstore) 3) Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein (ed. Smith, Bedford St. Martin‟s, Second edition required) 4) Morrison, Toni, Sula 5) Lane, Eric, Telling Tales: New One-Act Plays 6) A separate, notebook for use as a reading journal 7) A good, portable college dictionary; see campus bookstore for English handbook ___________________ Welcome to English 4! •Course Description: English 4 will continue to develop the critical reading, thinking, and writing skills that you began in English 1A. English 4 will help you advance and hone your skills in critical thinking through understanding literature; we will be reading works in the four genres of poetry, the short story, the novel and drama, involving themes of human nature and identity. •In Class: The heavy reading load for English 4 means a considerable time commitment on your part. For you to maximize your success in the course, you are expected to complete all readings by the assigned dates (calendar to follow) so that you are adequately prepared to discuss, teach, and/or write about them. You're also expected to take careful notes during class discussions, which will help you to shape your ideas into essays. Reading, and responding to your reading, will comprise your contributions to the class. Therefore, most of the participation component of your grade will be based on your having read and your preparation for class work based on the readings. My classroom policy for discussion is a simple one: I expect you to listen respectfully to your peers as well as to voice your own ideas. Disruption in the classroom, whether in the form of interruption, talking privately while someone else is speaking, or rudeness in any form, will not be tolerated. Your focus at this time is on English, so please do not work on other subjects, assignments, or personal matters during class. Also, once class begins, you may not wander in and out of the classroom (except in emergency). **Note: The use of cell phones, pagers, or any other electronic device has no place in class. Please turn phones OFF when you come to class. My policy is, if it rings you sing; if you text, you’re next. •Academic Standards and Grading: All of your work, including homework, in-class writing, class participation in discussion, essays, quizzes, tests, and journal writing, will contribute to your grade, based on a point system. The total number of points earned will be divided by the total possible. The grading scale follows: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = below 60% Essays: 70% Presentations: 15% Participation/quizzes/journals: 15% **NOTE: If you receive a final grade of “D” or lower on any of your papers, you will not pass the course. Grades will be available on Blackboard as the semester proceeds. •Assignments Details will follow on your assignment sheet. You are responsible for keeping all of your grades and written assignments for future reference. Reading quizzes may not be made up (and are sometimes unannounced). Please note that no extra credit is given. •Attendance/Tardiness/Absence Regular, punctual class attendance is mandatory. Attendance is part of your grade. Total attendance points equal 50; each absence is worth -5. Tardiness is rude, distracting, and disruptive to others, including me; two "tardies" equal one absence. If you leave class early, and you have not communicated with me, you will be marked absent for the day. If you show up, drop your belongings off and leave, you will be marked absent for the day. If you sleep during any part of the class, you will be marked absent for that day. Perfect attendance can raise your grade; several absences will have the opposite effect. Chabot's policy regarding attendance (which I follow) is that after 4 missed classes, overall, OR 3 consecutive classes missed you will be automatically dropped from the course. Please make all of your personal appointments for another time, and plan to communicate with me if you are ill or if extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending class. If you wish to withdraw and receive a “W,” you must drop the course through the admissions office BEFORE Apr. 6, 2012. •Missed or late work You are responsible for the materials we cover in class, so please check with a classmate for notes, announcements, and specific assignments if you miss class. You must complete assigned reading by the next class meeting. You are responsible for make-up assignments. If you are ill when an assignment is due, you must turn the assignment in to me the day you return. If you miss a “draft day” you may only receive half credit for your draft (provided that you get it to me right away, and before the final paper is due). No credit is given for drafts turned in with the final paper if I have not previously marked them for credit. If you return to class after an absence without work which is due (other than drafts), you will receive a zero for that assignment. Late work will not receive full credit; you must contact/ see me about late work. •Honesty Please know in advance that I value honesty and academic integrity and I will impose serious consequences for cheating in any form. Plagiarism is viewed in the academic world as a most serious offense and I fully share that view. By definition, it includes the use of someone else's words and/or ideas presented as your own. Plagiarized work will be given a zero and may not be rewritten or made up; students will be referred to the Dean of Students. •My Help I encourage you to see me whenever you have any questions or concerns about the class or your work. While I plan to have at least one conference with you to discuss both your progress and your concerns, please see me if you have questions at any other time. You are welcome to drop in, but be aware I may have appointments. My office hours follow: Mon. 9:30 – 11:30 Tues. 10:30 – 11:30 Wed. 10:00 – 11:00 Thurs. 10:30 – 11:30 AND by appointment I will do all I can to assist you in the course. My best advice: don't allow yourself to fall behind schedule. A complete schedule of reading and other assignments will follow.