3 A Writing and Grammar
# 3139 SYLLABUS Fall 2013
and Wednesday 6:50 – 10:00 pm Start
Date: August 26, 2013
Kristin Jackson email:
put “Mission College student” in the subject
Hours: 35 minutes before each class, 6:15 – 6:50 in our classroom
if it is available, or right outside.
Description: This course introduces students to lengthy
paragraphs and the short essay format. Students will also review and
learn intermediate grammar. This class requires college-level reading
and critical thinking. Reading, writing, and good note taking are
part of every class meeting.
Required: This course has one required book:
Writing Matters! Student Book: Introduction to Writing
and Grammar by Lorraine McClelland and Patricia Marcotte,
McGraw-Hill ELT publisher, 2002, ISBN-13: 9780072552799;
ISBN: 0072552794. (Do
not confuse this book with "Writing Matters" by Rebecca
Moore Howard. That is NOT our book. Ours has a green, blue, and
A bilingual or English-only dictionary is also
recommended. Bring plenty of 8 ½ x 11” notebook paper to
every class. Do all of your homework on this standard size as well.
Please always skip lines so that I have a place to write
corrections and comments.
Either successfully complete ESL 2A or be put into this level based
on the placement test for new students entering Mission College.
Policy: This class is a credit / no credit course.
No letter grade is given.
However, passing requires the equivalent of “C” or better
work. A “C” is 70%. In order to pass this class, you must
reach a score of 140 points out of 200 (actually 210, so that
everyone has an extra 10 as "insurance"). During the
semester, we will write ten (10) high quality, in-class short essays,
eight (8) smaller writing exercises, and a final exam short essay to
demonstrate understanding and use of the information from class. You
must show your ability to write a well-organized, college-level,
three-paragraph short essay on a given topic, using correct English
and appropriate vocabulary. In addition, you must do reading and
writing at home. We will check these together in class. Of course,
you must be in class. See the attendance section for more
information. I will not accept essays brought from home as a
substitute for in-class writings, nor may you do one at a later date.
If you miss the in-class work, you receive a zero (0) on it. Please
be good about your attendance.
Eight (8) in-class writings to show understanding of grammatical
points at 5 points each (total 40 points), ten (10) in-class short
essays at 10 points each (total 100 points), and the final short
essay exam at 70 points. This totals 210. You need 70% of 200 (not
210) to pass the class, so you need 140 or more points to pass. The
extra 10 points is "insurance" for students in case you are
absent for a test or have a bad night.
Responsibility: If you are absent, it is your responsibility to
get the class notes from a classmate. Also, you must do the
homework even if you missed class. Do not fall behind. Poor
attendance will hurt you. If you must miss class, arrive late,
or leave early, you will miss information and opportunities. It is
your responsibility to get all of the information you missed.
Exchange contact information with several classmates just in case you
miss any information. Remember, you may not do in-class essays
outside of class or on a later date.
Honesty: All work must be your own. Do not copy your
homework or test answers from any outside source. Do not copy from
our book, the Internet, any magazine, book, newspaper, dictionary, or
another student. Plagiarism, claiming someone else's work as
your own, is a serious offense in all schools. If you submit any work
that is not your own, you will automatically receive a zero on
that assignment. Plagiarism on the final essay will result in an
of the course.
Rules: Please do not bring food into the class. Water or coffee
is acceptable, but you must clean up when you leave. Do not leave
any containers, gum wrappers, etc. behind. Please put your phone on
silent during class. Remember, we have a large class, so a
little noise from everyone makes a big noise in the class. Everyone
needs to hear the instruction, and the instructor needs to hear you.
Please be courteous to your classmates and instructor, and of course,
pay attention. Please do not talk when the instructor is talking.
Phone calls, text messages, web surfing, etc. can be done before and
after class or during the break.
Needs: If you have any special needs, such as difficulty seeing
or hearing so that you need to sit near the front, or have any
learning disabilities so that you need extra time for a test, feel
free to let me know. Special seating arrangements are no problem.
Also, if you wish to contact the Disabled Students Programs and
Services on campus, they can be very helpful, especially if you
require extra time for a test. Refer to the schedule of classes for
Exam: Our final exam will be on Monday, December 9th, from 8
to 10 pm. If you cannot attend, you must inform me before that
time.If you do not take the final, you cannot pass the class. Your
final must be written in a large size bluebook, available in the
Reminder: Attendance is critical. If you are not here, you will
miss the instruction that you need to pass the class. If you are
often late, leave early, or miss class altogether, do not expect to
pass the course. Important: If you miss three days of class, I
will drop you from the course on the night of your third absence.
School policy allows you to miss only (six) 6 hours of this class.
I will generously not drop you after a second absence, but the third.
On your third absence, I will drop you. Arriving late or
leaving early will also count as hours missed. If you miss more than
six (6) hours, you will be excluded from the class. Refunds,
financial aid, drop dates, etc. are your responsibility. I believe
that the last day to drop with a refund is September 8, and the last
day for you to drop the class with a “W” is November 17. Please
see the Schedule of Classes for full details.
You may attempt a class only three (3) times. A "W" is
an attempt. Again, please see the Schedule of Classes for full
Class: Mission College is closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor
Day and Monday, November 11 for Veteran's Day. Our class will not
meet on those days. Please see the Schedule of Classes for a full
list of school holidays.
Schedule. I will distribute a
full class schedule by the end of the second week of class. This will
have more details about dates for book work and in-class writing.
LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)
need to demonstrate competency with all four objectives to pass this
completion of this course the student will analyze a writing prompt
and organize thoughts in a simple outline.
completion of this course the student will produce a cohesive
paragraph which has a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a
completion of this course the student will utilize a variety of
sentences which effectively communicate ideas.
completion of this course the student will evaluate and edit writing
for logic, cohesion, and grammar.
you need help or feedback while
you are working on your assignments, visit The Learning Center,
located on the 1st floor of the Library building. Tutors
there will assist you in many areas: writing, reading, research, and
homework assignments. The Learning Center is free for all
will refer the entire class to the Learning Center. You will receive
an email about this. You do not have to go. It is optional.
appreciate your dedication and hard work.