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Eng. 20: syllabus Sections 22, 38, & 40

Instructor: Pamela Wilson Messages: 278-6586 (CSUS English Dept.)
Office: Shasta 260
Office Hours: MW: 2:00-2:45 PM TR: 3:30–4:15 PM & by appt.
E-mail: pwilson@csus.edu

Objectives :: Grading :: Technology :: Text and Materials

Course description for English 20: Expository Writing:

Exploratory, expository, and analytical writing; development of research skills; reading, summarizing, evaluating and integrating texts, including literature by both men and women, and by a number of ethnic groups, focusing on a singe road theme. Prerequisite: English 1A with a grade of "C-" or better, 3 units.

Course Theme: Myths and Archetypes: Understanding the Other Within Ourselves

Course Requirements:

This course requires analytical writing, careful reading and critical thinking with a writing minimum of 5000 words with research and proper documentation. We will read essays, stories and poems, view films, and participate in classroom discussion in large and small group activities. Since this is a composition class, everything we do will relate to your writing assignments. To stay in good class standing, the requirements are:

Three out-of-class essays
Three online exams
A Dream Journal (format TBA)
A presentation (format TBA)
Reading responses and reading quizzes
Informal in-class writing

Classroom Policies:

1.) Attendance is very important to this class. Class discussions prepare you for all writing assignments. Your fellow students and I need your input
in order to make this class more complete and more enjoyable. In order to encourage good attendance, I will deduct 1/3 of a grade from your final grade for every subsequent absence after 3 absences. Please keep track of missed classes so there are no “surprises” at the semester end (I will).

2.) Participation is also very important to learning process. Please be
prepared for class by doing the reading. I hate "pop" quizzes; however, if there is an obvious lack of participation and preparation, I will give them. Be forewarned: If you do not do the reading and actively participate in class discussion, there will be "pop" quizzes which can negatively impact your final grade.

3.) Papers are due at the beginning of class. No late papers will be accepted. You must complete all assignments in order to pass.

4.) All out-of-class papers must be typed using the MLA format for academic papers. Wewill have peer evaluation workshops on your drafts. Essays not submitted for peer evaluation will automatically lose a full letter grade on the final draft.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with the Services to Students With Disabilities. If you qualify for services through SSWD, bring your letter of accommodations to me as soon as possible.

Course Objectives

1. Students will learn and implement more sophisticated rhetorical structures.
2. Students will be able to reflect on the consequences of how they present
themselves in writing.
3. Students will be able to think critically when reading professional essays, articles and fiction.

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Grades and Grading Policy

5.) Grading is based on work completed; however, your final grade may be adjusted to reflect attendance and participation. The point system is as follows:

Essays 250 points
Exams 150 points
Reading Responses 100 points
Dream Journal 50 points
Presentation 50 points
Homework/Quizzes 50 points
Final exam 50 points
Total 700 points


Point equivalencies:


Outstanding achievement; you might want to link to an "A" paper or project

700- 665

A-   664-630
B+   629- 595


Excellent performance; clearly exceeds course requirements

594- 560

B-   479-539
C+   538-525




C-   489-469
D+   468-455


Not at average achievement standards

454 420

D-   419 399


Failure to meet class requirement

F 398 0


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Technology Requirements

Students will need an electronic mail account and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the Web from one of the campus student labs.

Computing Recommendations

You should be comfortable using a computer and willing to browse the Web. This class requires online class participation on the Web assignments and electronic discussions.

You need:

  • Macintosh compatible with System 10 (OS X) or higher or Windows compatible Pentium running Windows 98 or XP.
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 56K modem or faster connection
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 6 (or higher)
  • SacLink or other Internet Account
  • Word processing skills

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Text and Materials

 Required: The texts for the course this semester are:

Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Reader for Writers, 3/e. Ed. Marjorie Ford and Jon Ford. Addison-Westly Longman, 1998.

Frankenstein: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. 2/e Mary Shelly. Bedford, 2000.

Easy Writer, A Pocket Guide. Andrea Lunsford . Bedford, 2002.

The Secret Sharer. Dover Thrift Edition. Joseph Conrad. Dover, 1993.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Robert L. Stevenson, Dover, 1991.

You can purchase books through the Hornet Bookstore. Check their Online Textbook Sales page at http://www.foundation.csus.edu/bookstore/textbooks/ for ordering information.

Other Materials

Labled Floppy Disc

Saclink Account

last updated: 01/21/2003
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