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Karl J Sherlock
English / Creative Writing
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: M/W 6-7pm T/Th 3:30-5pm 52-558A (inside, corner office)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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

This outline applies only to Section 6442 (MW 7:00 - 8:50 PM) of Spring 2018


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 29 - 31

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Syllabus


Re-thinking your relationship with grammar

Readings to complete

English 098 Course Syllabus

Reread and study the following sections of your syllabus for the next class period:

  • Absence and Tardiness (during the first two weeks)
  • Writing Standards
  • Behavior in the Classroom
  • Tutoring
  • A Word of Encouragement




Day 2
Topics / Activities
What is “thoughtful prescriptivism”?
Overview: Parts of Speech
Sentence Parts: words, phrases, and clauses

Readings to complete
Mind of a Sentence*
Introductions
About This Site
About the Author

Note
*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 Parts of Speech Handbook for this course, and take-home quizzes will draw directly from the assigned readings in it.

WEEK 2 | February 05 - 07

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Parts of Speech analogies
Sentence Parts: words, phrases, and clauses
Modifiers and common modifier errors

Readings to complete

Writer’s Reference

B1    Parts of Speech

 

Mind of a Sentence

Nouns and Pronouns
Nouns: An Introduction
Pronouns: What We Decline to Talk About
Verbs
Verb Types
Conjunctions (overview page only)
Modifiers
Adjectives (overview)
Adverbs (overview)
Prepositions (overview)
Interjections


Day 2
Topics / Activities

Parts of Speech analogies
Sentence Parts: words, phrases, and clauses
Modifiers and common errors

  
Readings to complete
Mind of a Sentence

Introductions: “Seeing” Grammar

Touchstones

Ch. 15: The Building Blocks of Language

WEEK 3 | February 12 - 14

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Introduce Assignment 1

Readings to complete

Touchstones

Ch. 1: Writing for College
Ch. 2: Getting Your Ideas Down
Edwidge Danticat, “Uncle Moïse”

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities

Correct the take-home quiz in class


Continued discussion of assigned reading


Assignments Due

Take-Home Quiz: Eight Basic Parts of Speech

WEEK 4 | February 19-21

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Topic development for Assignment 1

Assignment due

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

Readings to complete

Touchstones

Ch. 3: Develop a Topic
Ch. 4: Organizing Your Ideas
Ch. 5: Outlining Your Paragraph 

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities

Discuss Pronouns and Common Pronoun Errors


Readings to complete

Touchstones

Ch. 6: Composing Your Paragraph
Ch. 7: Revising

Writer’s Reference

C5    Writing paragraphs
C6    Document design
G3    Pronouns
M2    Articles

Mind of a Sentence

Nouns and Pronouns
Pronouns
Common Errors
Pronoun Errors

WEEK 5 | February 26 - 28

Day 1/2
Conferences

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. DON'T BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference.

Conferences are held in lieu of class time, so no classes will be held this week in the classroom. Also, attending a Day 1 conference means that you don't have to attend class on Day 2, and vice versa. Failure to attend a conference will be recorded as a week's worth of absence and missing course work. 

Visit "Conferences" on Cascade to schedule and conference appointment (on a "first come, first served" basis), or to check, cancel, or reschedule an appointment if other spots are open. A limited number of conference times will be made available during office hours instead of class time. If you can, please choose one of these first. Thank you.

WEEK 6 | March 05 – 07

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Verbs, Verbals, and Common Errors
Discuss assigned readings
Introduce Assignment 2

Readings to complete
Touchstones

Ch. 10: Using Language Effectively
Ch. 11: Basic Writing Patterns
Ch. 23: Using Verbs Correctly

Writer’s Reference

G1    Subject-verb agreement
G2    Verb forms, tenses, and moods
M1    Verbs


Mind of a Sentence

Verbs
Types
Tense
Mood
Verbals
Common Errors
Verb Errors 


Other Readings to complete
Handouts/PDFs
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “Why Vampires Never Die”
Stephen King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”

Assignments Due
Assignment 1, Final Draft*
Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment (in proper MLA document style). If you have visited the Writing Center for assistance with this assignment, include the yellow tutoring slip, or you won’t receive extra credit.

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities
Correct the take-home quiz in class
Continued discussion of verbs and verbals
Topic development for Assignment 2
Continued discussion of assigned readings

Readings to complete  
Writer’s Reference

A1    Reading and writing critically
A2    Reading and writing about images and multimodal texts
A3    Reading arguments

Assignments Due

Assignment 2, Topic Selected for in-class development and discussion
Take-Home Quiz: Pronouns

WEEK 7 | March 12 - 14

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Continued discussion of assigned reading
Topic development for Assignment 2

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities

Sentence Moods and End-Punctuation

Mixed Moods and Contextual Quotations

Sentence Types and Sentence-Level Errors

  • Run-on Sentences
  • Sentence Fragments

 

Readings to complete

Touchstones

Ch. 16: The Simple Sentence
Ch. 17: The Compound Sentence

Mind of a Sentence

Sentence Mechanics

Sentence Moods
Sentence Types

Assignments Due

Take-Home Quiz: Verbs and Verbals

WEEK 8 | March 19 - 21

Day 1/2

Conferences

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. DON'T BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference.

Conferences are held in lieu of class time, so no classes will be held this week in the classroom. Also, attending a Day 1 conference means that you don't have to attend class on Day 2, and vice versa. Failure to attend a conference will be recorded as a week's worth of absence and missing course work. 

Visit "Conferences" on Canvas to schedule and conference appointment (on a "first come, first served" basis), or to check, cancel, or reschedule an appointment if other spots are open. A limited number of conference times will be made available during office hours instead of class time. If you can, please choose one of these first. Thank you.

WEEK 9 | April 02 – 04

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Continued discussion of Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments
Introduce Assignment 3

Readings to complete
Touchstones

Ch. 18: The Complex Sentences
Ch. 21: The Complex-Compound Sentences…

Writer’s Reference

S1    Parallelism
S5    Mixed constructions
G5    Sentence fragments
G6    Run-on sentences
W2    Wordy sentences


Mind of a Sentence

Conjunctions

Coordinators
Subordinators
Correlatives

Common Errors

Conjunction Errors

Sentence Mechanics

Sentence Types
Run-On Sentences
Sentence Fragments

 
Day 2
Topics / Activities
Discussion of Kazim Ali
Further discuss Assignment 3

Readings to complete
Handouts/PDFs:

Kazim Ali (Literary Arts Fest featured author)

Assignments Due
Assignment 2, Final Draft
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 10 | April 09 - 11

Day 1

Topics / Activities
Correct the take-home quiz in class
Continued discussion of Kazim Ali
Topic development of Assignment 3

Readings to complete

Writer’s Reference

C3    Reviewing, revising, and editing

Assignments Due

Take-Home Quiz: Run-Ons and Fragments

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities
Internal Sentence Punctuation: commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes, ellipsis.
Using Quotation Marks and Other Markers

Readings to complete

Writer’s Reference

B2    Sentence patterns
B3    Subordinate word groups
B4    Sentence types
P    Punctuation and Mechanics (chapter)

Mind of a Sentence

Sentence Mechanics

Internal Punctuation
Sentence Types
Quotations

Nouns and Pronouns

Nouns > Showcased Nouns

WEEK 11 | April 16 - 18

Day 1/2

Conferences

Conferences will be conducted one-on-one in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), at the time you signed up for. DON'T BE LATE! Come a couple of minutes early to make sure you get the maximum attention out of your scheduled conference.

Conferences are held in lieu of class time, so no classes will be held this week in the classroom. Also, attending a Day 1 conference means that you don't have to attend class on Day 2, and vice versa. Failure to attend a conference will be recorded as a week's worth of absence and missing course work. 

Visit "Conferences" on Canvas to schedule and conference appointment (on a "first come, first served" basis), or to check, cancel, or reschedule an appointment if other spots are open. A limited number of conference times will be made available during office hours instead of class time. If you can, please choose one of these first. Thank you.

WEEK 12 | Apr. 23-25
Day 1/2
In lieu of classroom activities this week, you will attend the events of the Literary Arts Festival scheduled during Monday and Wednesday night.  With prior permission and proof of attendance, you may opt to attend instead one or both of the other evening events on Tuesday and Thursday. Obviously, you're encouraged to attend all or as many of the events as you can. Thursday night's event also includes the awards for the Student Writing Contest, for which you are eligible and encouraged to participate. Details about the contest will be provided to you in advance.
 

22nd Annual Literary Arts Festival

All events, in Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60, Student Center, across from the bookstore)
Monday

APR 23

Tuesday

APR 24

Wednesday

APR 25

Thursday

APR 26

11-12:15pm

fiction writer EMMA SMITH-STEVENS

11-12:15pm

MARGARAT NEE and Grrrl Zines-a-Go-Go

2-3:15pm

STUDENT SLAM Competition w/Gill Sotu

11-12:15pm

WHY LITERATURE MATTERS student panel

7-8:15pm

NEW VOICES student reading

7-9pm

 poet ADA LIMÓN reading and book signing 

7-8:15pm

panel WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS w/ YA novelist Cindy Pon and poet Janine Joseph.

7-9pm

author KAZIM ALI reading and book signing, plus Student Writing Contest awards

 
WEEK 13 | April 30 - May 02

Day 1

Topics / Activities
Continued discussion of internal punctuation and markers
Discuss assigned articles
Introduce Writing Assignment 4

Readings to complete
Touchstones

Ch. 8: Moving from Paragraphs to Essays
Ch. 9: Composing and Revising Your Essay

Handouts/PDFs

Richard Marcus, (“Critic and Reviewer: A Difference in Intent”)
Stephen Lloyd Wilson (“The Walking Dead: Anti-libertarian Critique”)

 
Day 2
Topics / Activities
Correct the quiz in class
Discuss Assignment 4
Developing essays and thesis statements; Conclusions

Readings to complete

Touchstones

Ch. 14: Using Research in Your Writing

Assignments due
Take-Home Quiz: Internal Punctuation and Commas
Assignment 3, Final Draft

WEEK 14 | May 08 - 10

Day 1
Topics / Activities

Assignment 4 Topic Development Exercises
Continued discussion of readings

Readings to complete

Writer’s Reference

MLA1    Supporting a thesis

Handouts/PDFs

Richard Marcus
Stephen Lloyd Wilson

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

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities
introduce C.A.T. Article/Essay [to be handed out in class]

Readings to complete
Touchstones

Ch. 13: Paraphrase and Summary

WEEK 15 | May 15 - 17

Day 1
Topics / Activities

C.A.T. Preparation Exercises and Discussion

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities

C.A.T. Examination (In-Class)

Bring loose-leaf paper, a pen, a dictionary (optional), and the C.A.T. article. No other materials are permitted for use during the exam unless authorized in advance by A.R.C. (Accessibility Resource Center).

WEEK 16 | May 22 - 24

Day 1
Topics / Activities
Final Exam Prep and Review

 

Day 2
Topics / Activities

Voluntary Conferences (to discuss Assignment 4)

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

Monday, June 4
8:15 - 10:15 PM, Room 570
Final Examination

Writing due
Final draft of Assignment 4, due at the start of your examination. Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of the assignment (in proper MLA document style) with proof of Writing Center assistance to receive extra credit. 

Note
With the exception of examinations officially arranged with the Accessibility Resource Center to be held in their Testing Center, the day, times, and location indicated here are OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED for this section of the course and cannot be altered. Take note that they aren't during the usual class time. Also, because Finals Weeks officially begins on Tuesday, May 29, our examination is scheduled the following week on Monday, June 4—not Wednesday, May 31. Please plan for this in advance and do not commit to vacations or other activities that will make it impossible for you to be present for exam on this date.

Have a great summer!  Thanks for all your hard work this semester, and good luck in all your future course work.

Contact

Karl J Sherlock
English / Creative Writing
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: M/W 6-7pm T/Th 3:30-5pm 52-558A (inside, corner office)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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