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Karl J Sherlock
English / Creative Writing
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: 4-5:30PM M thru Th 52-558A (inside, corner office)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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Course Outline Section 6442 M W 7-8:50 PM

THIS COURSE OUTLINE IS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT AND WILL NOT BE OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 29, 2018.
This outline applies only to Section 6442 (MW 7:00 - 8:50 PM) of Spring 2018

  

See "Course Outlines" for a calendar of assignment due dates "at-a-glance." Encrypted PDFs of the Take-Home Quizzes (a.k.a. Skills Exercises) will be made available for download on the same day that hard copies are handed out in class.  Use the course password (provided in your printed syllabus) to open these, and all, encrypted resources on this website.



COURSE OUTLINE

Click "Expand All" below to see an outline of all seventeen weeks in this course (including Finals Week), or click on a specific week to review the agenda for those calendar dates. NOTE: As the course instructor, I reserve the right to modify the course syllabus as needed, which may affect due dates and specific assignments. If changes are deemed necessary, they will be announced ahead of time in class and posted to the on-line syllabus.

 

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HOW TO USE THIS OUTLINE
Each week is arranged as follows:

WEEK #

Calendar Date

 

   

 

Topics / Activities

*Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Weekday #1

A delineation of the day's agenda; may undergo alterations as needed. 

Mind Of a Sentence handbook

Word Up! textbook

Take-Home Quizzes (a.k.a. Skills Exercises) due on that day.

Weekday #2

topics and daily activities

English 098 Instructional Resources

Writing Assignments due on that day.

Weekly Notes

*This indicates that you should attend the indicated class period fully prepared to discuss these reading and/or writing assignments on that day; wherever you see "Bring the text(s) to class," you're expected to come with your textbook, an electronic version of the text, or a print-out/xerox of the text to use during the classroom activities and discussions.  

‡If "Bring the text" does NOT appear next to an assigned reading, you're expected to prepare the reading, but bringing the text to class is optional, since we won't directly be using it in our classroom activities for that day.

WEEK 1 | January 30 - February 01

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Syllabus
Re-thinking your relationship with grammar

Wednesday

What is “thoughtful prescriptivism”?

Overview: Parts of Speech

Word Up!

“Up With (Thoughtful) Prescriptivism”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Introductions > • About This Site • About the Author

Weekly Notes

*Mind of a Sentence is a website devoted to grammar and parts of speech, and is immediately available to use. (You don’t need to acquire this resource from a bookstore.)  Bookmark it for yourself and expect to access it frequently this semester. It’s your primary handbook for this course, and take-home quizzes will draw directly from the assigned readings in it.  If you prefer to use a printed source, an optional PDF version is available to download, but it requires the course password to open it.  

WEEK 2 | February 06 - 08

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Parts of Speech analogies

Sentence Parts: words, phrases, and clauses

Modifiers and common modifier errors

Word Up!

Part I: “A Modern Take (Is Take a Noun?) On Parts of Speech”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Nouns and Pronouns> Nouns: An Introduction • Pronouns: What We Decline to Talk About

Verbs > Verb Types • Cconjunctions (overview page only)

Modifiers > Adjectives (overview) • Adverbs (overview) • Prepositions (overview) • Interjections

Wednesday

Parts of Speech analogies

Sentence Parts: words, phrases, and clauses

Modifiers and common modifier errors

Mind Of a Sentence

Introductions >  “Seeing” Grammar

Weekly Notes

WEEK 3 | February 13 - 15

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Introduce Assignment 1

Discuss Schager

In-Class Exercise: stdq | Schager "Blair Witch" (study questions)

Instructional Resources

rdng | Nick Schager

Wednesday

Correct the take-home quiz in class
Continued discussion of Schager

In-Class Exercise: stdq | Schager "Blair Witch" (study questions)

Instructional Resources

rdng | Nick Schager

Take-Home Quiz: Eight Basic Parts of Speech

Weekly Notes

‡Bring the PDF of this essay to class, either as a print-out or in electronic format.

WEEK 4 | February 22

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Federal holiday (no classes)

Wednesday

Discuss Pronouns and Common Pronoun Errors

Topic development for Assignment 1

 

Word Up!

Part I: “Her and I”; “To Each Their Own”; “Whom You Gonna Call”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Nouns and Pronouns > Pronouns

Common Errors > Pronoun Errors

Assignment 1, Topic Selected for in-class development and discussion

Weekly Notes

WEEK 5 | February 27 - March 01

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due*

Monday

Discuss Pronouns and Common Pronoun Errors

Topic development, Assignment 1

Topic chosen

Assignment 1, working draft

Wednesday

Conferences

Assignment 1, working draft

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of your assignment.  No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you bring a typed and completed draft of your essay to the conference. Working drafts are credited components of the assignment, and not bringing a completed working draft to conference will incur a penalty against the final grade for that assignment.  

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. They are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Monday conference means that you don't have to attend class on Wednesday, and vice versa. However, because of the number of people in the class, conferences cannot be rescheduled. A missed conference will be recorded as an absence and a missed working draft.  PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference. For those who cannot make conferences during office hours, the class time, itself, will still be available to schedule conferences. If you have forgotten your conference appointment day and time, please consult the Conference Sign-Up roster for this assignment under "Assignments."

WEEK 6 | March 06 – 08

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Conferences

Working Draft, Assignment 1 (typed, double-spaced, printed)

Wednesday

Verbs, Verbals, and Common Errors

Discuss assigned readings

Introduce Assignment 2

Word Up!

Part I: “To Be Or Not To Be”; “You Don’t Know From Prepositions”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Verbs > Types • Tense • Mood • Verbals • Common Errors • Verb Errors

 

Instructional Resources

 

rdng | Brooks and King

Assignment 1, Final Draft* 

Weekly Notes

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment  (in proper MLA document style) in a plain paper folder. If you have visited the Writing Center for assistance with this assignment, include the yellow tutoring slip, or you won’t receive extra credit. ‡ Bring the PDF of this article to class

WEEK 7 | March 13 - 15

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Continued discussion of verbs and verbals

How to write introductions and thesis statements 

Topic development for Assignment 2

Continued discussion of Brooks and King.

Instructional Resources

 

rdng | Brooks and King

Assignment 2, Topic Selected for in-class development and discussion

Wednesday

Correct the take-home quiz in class

Peer Workshops (in-class)

Take-Home Quiz: Pronouns

Assignment 2, working draft

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of your assignment.  No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you bring a typed and completed draft of your essay to the conference. Working drafts are credited components of the assignment, and not bringing a completed working draft to conference will incur a penalty against the final grade for that assignment.  

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. They are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Monday conference means that you don't have to attend class on Wednesday, and vice versa. However, because of the number of people in the class, conferences cannot be rescheduled. A missed conference will be recorded as an absence and a missed working draft.  PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference. For those who cannot make conferences during office hours, the class time, itself, will still be available to schedule conferences. If you have forgotten your conference appointment day and time, please consult the Conference Sign-Up roster for this assignment under "Assignments."

WEEK 8 | March 20 - 22

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Sentence Types and Problem Clauses

Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments

Introduce Assignment 3

Word Up!

Part II: “Running On About Run-Ons”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Conjunctions > Coordinators • Subordinators • Correlatives

Common Errors > Conjunction Errors • Sentence Mechanics • Sentence Types • Run-On Sentences • Sentence Fragments

Assignment 2, Final Draft*

Wednesday

Discuss the assigned reading

Further discuss Assignment 3

Instructional Resources

rdng | LAF Author Luis Alberto Urrea‡

Weekly Notes

Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment  (in proper MLA document style) in a plain paper folder. If you have visited the Writing Center for assistance with this assignment, include the yellow tutoring slip, or you won’t receive extra credit.

WEEK 9 | April 03 – 05

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Further discuss LAF author

Assignment 3 Topic development

Word Up!

Part II: “How To Do How-To: Watch Your Steps”

 

Instructional Resources

rdng | LAF Author Luis Alberto Urrea (selected passages) ‡

Assignment 3, Topic Selected for in-class development and discussion

Wednesday

Correct the take-home quiz in class

Continued development of Assignment 3

Word Up!

Part III: “The Importance Of Re-Vising”

Take-Home Quiz: Verbs and Verbals

Weekly Notes

‡Bring the PDF of this essay to class, either as a print-out or in electronic format.

WEEK 10 | April 10 - 12

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Conferences

Assignment 3, Working Draft*

Wednesday

Conferences

Assignment 3, Working Draft*

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of your assignment.  No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you bring a typed and completed draft of your essay to the conference. Working drafts are credited components of the assignment, and not bringing a completed working draft to conference will incur a penalty against the final grade for that assignment.  

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. They are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Monday conference means that you don't have to attend class on Wednesday, and vice versa. However, because of the number of people in the class, conferences cannot be rescheduled. A missed conference will be recorded as an absence and a missed working draft.  PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference. For those who cannot make conferences during office hours, the class time, itself, will still be available to schedule conferences. If you have forgotten your conference appointment day and time, please consult the Conference Sign-Up roster for this assignment under "Assignments."

WEEK 11 | April 17 - 19

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Correct the take-home quiz in class

Internal Sentence Punctuation; 
Using Quotation Marks and Other Markers

Word Up!

Part II: “Lend Your Commas a Hand—Or Two”

 

Mind Of a Sentence

Sentence Mechanics > Internal Punctuation • Sentence Types • Quotations 

Nouns and Pronouns > Nouns > Showcased Nouns

Take-Home Quiz: Run-Ons and Fragments

Assignment 3, Final Draft*

Wednesday

Continued discussion of markers

Discuss assigned articles

Introduce Writing Assignment 4

Instructional Resources

rdng | Richard Marcus

rdng | Stephen Lloyd Wilson

Weekly Notes

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment  (in proper MLA document style) in a plain paper folder. If you have visited the Writing Center for assistance with this assignment, include the yellow tutoring slip, or you won’t receive extra credit.  Also include the completed entry form for the Basic Skills Writing Project contest to be eligible for a chance to receive a prize and read your essay at the 20th Anniversary Literary Arts Festival on Thursday, April 28th, 7 PM. (You must be able to attend this event in order to participate.)

‡Bring the PDFs of these articles to class, either as print-outs or in electronic format.

WEEK 12 | Apr. 24-26

Apr. 24-27

21STANNUAL LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL

In lieu of classes this week, attend the events of the Literary Arts Festival.  Complete details and resources available on the official LAF website.

Afternoon

Evening

Mon., Apr. 24

 

Tues, Apr. 25

 

 

Wed., Apr. 26

 

 

Thurs., Apr. 27

 

Weekly Notes 

Take note that some of the events of the Literary Arts Festival are directly relevant to your Essay Assignment 3, while others are not but still rewarding events worth attending.  You have a unique opportunity to use these events as part of your research and development for your Assignment 3 topic.  Bring your questions and insights and consider querying the authors in person.

WEEK 13 | May 01 - 03

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Correct the quiz in class

Discuss Assignment 4

 

Developing essays and thesis statements; Conclusions

Take-Home Quiz: Internal Punctuation and Commas

Wednesday

Continued discussion of readings

Topic development exercises

Instructional Resources

rdng | Richard Marcus

rdng | Stephen Lloyd Wilson

 

Assignment 4, Topic Selected for in-class development and discussion

Weekly Notes

‡ Bring the PDFs of these articles to class as print-outs or in electronic format. (Mandatory!)

WEEK 14 | May 08 - 10

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

C.A.T. Prep

Word Up!

Part III: “Mastering the Art Of Knowing Your Audience”

C.A.T. Article/Essay [to be handed out in class]

Wednesday

C.A.T. Prep

C.A.T. Article

Weekly Notes

WEEK 15 | May 15 - 17

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

C.A.T. Prep

Wednesday

C.A.T. Exam

Weekly Notes

WEEK 16 | May 22 - 24

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Assignments Due

Monday

Conferences

Assignment 4, working draft

Wednesday

Final Exam Prep and Review

 

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of your assignment.  No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you bring a typed and completed draft of your essay to the conference. Working drafts are credited components of the assignment, and not bringing a completed working draft to conference will incur a penalty against the final grade for that assignment.  

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. They are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Monday conference means that you don't have to attend class on Wednesday, and vice versa. However, because of the number of people in the class, conferences cannot be rescheduled. A missed conference will be recorded as an absence and a missed working draft.  PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference. For those who cannot make conferences during office hours, the class time, itself, will still be available to schedule conferences. If you have forgotten your conference appointment day and time, please consult the Conference Sign-Up roster for this assignment under "Assignments."

FINALS WEEK | June 05, 8:15 – 10:15 PM‡

Final Exam*

Date

Time‡

Writing Due

Section 6442

Mon., June 5

8:15 – 10:15 PM

*Final dft of Assignment 4

Weekly Notes 

THESE ARE THE OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED EXAMINATION TIMES AND DAYS FOR YOUR SECTION. Note the irregular start and finish times. Unless you’re absolutely sure you’re not interrupting another class’s examination, please don’t enter the classroom earlier than the examination time.  (Look for familiar faces from outside the door, first.)  With the exception of examinations officially arranged through DSPS in the Testing Center, the days and times of examinations cannot be altered. Please be forewarned that no accommodations will be made for students with other arrangements or obligations during this official exam day and time.  Clear your schedule for it now to avoid heartbreak later on. NO SCHEDULING CONFLICT SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED WITH ANOTHER GROSSMONT COLLEGE EXAMINATION.  If you are encountering one, please consult your other instructor, as he or she may have made an error. Consult this semester's Official Final Examination Schedule.

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment  (in proper MLA document style) in a plain paper folder. If you have visited the Writing Center for assistance with this assignment, include the yellow tutoring slip, or you won’t receive extra credit.

 


Thanks for all your hard work this semester, and good luck in all your future course work. 

Have a great summer!

Contact

Karl J Sherlock
English / Creative Writing
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: 4-5:30PM M thru Th 52-558A (inside, corner office)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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