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Associate Professor, English
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: 558A (inside Bldg. 52)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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Course Outline Section 1040 [MW]

outline sphere mondays-wednesdays

THIS COURSE OUTLINE IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT AND WILL BECOME AVAILABLE BY JANUARY 29, 2018.

Section 1040
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Room 51-584

Click "Expand All" 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 Dates
   

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed*

Writing Due

Weekday #1

a delineation of the day's agenda (which may undergo alterations as needed)

Textbooks: 

PatternsPatterns For College Writing, by Kirszner and Mandell.  

Writer's Reference: Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers' A Writer's Reference.

Weekday #2

Electronic Sources: 

Handbook of Usage & Tone > English 120 Course Website > Resources

Assignment 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 ONE | Jan. 30 - Feb. 01

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Introduction to the class

Syllabus review

Expanding vocabulary: using a dictionary

Wednesday

Subject, topic, idea

How we intuitively read into texts

xrcs | Things You Know

Intro to academic tone

Electronic Sources*

Handbook of Usage and Tone

Home> About This Resource

Usage> A Foreword About Words

Tone> About Academic Tone (Quick Reference)

Weekly Notes

*Some of the resources for this class are available electronically, as websites or as password-protected PDFs. Use the password included in your printed syllabus to open any encrypted documents or pages on the course website:

www.grossmont.edu/people/karl-sherlock/english-120.

WEEK TWO | Feb. 08-10

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

cont. xrcs | Things You Know

Adam Ruins Everything: "Hydration"

Textbooks:

Patterns [bring these texts to class]

Jessica Mitford, "The Embalming of Mr. Jones"

Electronic Sources*

English 120 Website> Resources>

rdng | Mitford (PDF download)

English 120 Website> Assignments>

Assignment 1 > Adam Ruins Everything: "Hydration"

Wednesday

Discuss Mitford: stdq | Jessica Mitford

Essay Assignment 1

MLA document design

Creating a scholarly persona in college writing

Textbooks:

Writer's Reference

[MLA] "MLA Document Sample";

[C] Revising;

[C] Working on a word processor;

[W ] "Word Choice: Wordy Sentences" (W2);

[W ] "Appropriate Language" (W4);

[W ] "Exact Language" (W5);

[S ] "Sentence Style: Sentence Variety" (S7)

Weekly Notes

*If you don't have the Patterns For College Writing textbook by this week, a password-protected PDF containing these three readings is available on the course website until you obtain the book.  Please obtain the required textbooks no later than the first class meeting of Week 3.

WEEK THREE | Feb. 15-17

 

Topics / Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Film screening: Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals

Textbooks:

Patterns [bring the text to class]

Chapter 6, Narration

Chapter 7, Description

Sherman Alexie, "Indian Education"

Wednesday

conclude/discuss Alexie

Electronic Sources

English 120 Website> Resources>

info | Smoke Signals (PDF download)

Weekly Notes

WEEK FOUR | Feb. 22-24

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Federal Holiday (no class)

Wednesday

Introducing quotations; placing contextual citations

Textbooks:

Patterns

Chapter 3, Arrangement

Chapter 4, Drafting and Revising

Weekly Notes

*Your topic is tentative only. If you like, you can refine or change it altogether before the first working draft is due.

WEEK FIVE | Feb. 27 - Mar. 01

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Topic workshop

Topic Precis: bring a single paragraph of five or more sentences summarizing your intended topic for Assignment 1; include a thesis.*

Wednesday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  1

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of Essay Assignment 1.  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 SIX | Mar. 06-08

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  1

Wednesday

Phenomena and cause

Discuss Brooks, del Toro and Hogan

Essay Assignment 2

Electronic Sources:

Patterns [bring the texts to class!]

Chapter 10, Cause and Effect

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “Why Vampires Never Die”

Max Brooks, "The Movies That Rose From the Grave"

*Final draft of Unit Essay 1

Weekly Notes

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 1 (in proper MLA document style) in a 2-pocket folder with all previous working drafts, notes, outlines, etc. (NOTE: Please obtain a plain paper two-pocket folder to submit all components of this assignment; do not submit your final draft only, nor merely present it stapled.)

WEEK SEVEN | Mar. 13-15

  

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Continued discussion of Brooks, del Toro and Hogan

Essay Assignment 2 topic development: Q & A

Textbooks:

Handbook of Usage and Tone

Usage: Common Mix-Ups (7-11)

Usage: Say, Feel, and Show (33-36)

Wednesday

Special topics about tone: The B.S. Factor: Usage and Wordiness

Assignment 2 topic workshop

Electronic Sources:

Handbook of Usage and Tone

Usage> Odds and Ends

Tone> Shortcuts and Diction

Tone> Audience Diversity

Topic Precis: bring a single paragraph of five or more sentences summarizing your intended topic for Assignment 2; include a thesis.*

Weekly Notes

*Your topic is tentative only. If you like, you can refine or change it altogether before the first working draft is due.

WEEK EIGHT | Mar. 20-22

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  2

Wednesday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  2

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of Essay Assignment 2.  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 NINE | Apr. 03-05

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Introduce assigned readings by LAF writer Luis Alberto Urrea

Essay Assignment 3

Electronic Sources:

English 120 Website> Resources>

rdng | Luis Urrea (PDF download)

Wednesday

Continued discussion Luis Alberto Urrea

Assignment 3 topic development: Q & A

Electronic Sources:

English 120 Website> Resources>

rdng | Luis Urrea (PDF download)

*Final draft of Unit Essay 2

Weekly Notes

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 2 (in proper MLA document style) in a 2-pocket folder with all previous working drafts, notes, outlines, etc. (NOTE: Please obtain a plain paper two-pocket folder to submit all components of this assignment; do not submit your final draft only, nor merely present it stapled.)

WEEK TEN | Apr. 10-12

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

patterns of process analysis

sequencing: time, space, and idea

Textbooks:

Patterns

Chapter 9, Process

Wednesday

Special topics in tone: hackneyed language, idioms, and pronouns; verb tenses: literary present tense v. historical past tense

Electronic Sources:

Handbook of Usage and Tone

Usage> Cliches (List of cliches is primarily for reference use only).

Tone> Pronouns

Weekly Notes

WEEK ELEVEN | Apr. 17-19

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Quoting and citing literature

The MLA "Works Cited": bibliographic citation style and arrangement

Textbooks:

Patterns [bring the text to class!]

Chapter 9, Process

Wednesday

Assignment 3 topic workshop

Electronic Sources:

Handbook of Usage and Tone

Usage> Cliches (List of cliches is primarily for reference use only).

Tone> Pronouns

Topic Precis: bring a single paragraph of five or more sentences summarizing your intended topic for Assignment 3; include a tentative thesis.*

Weekly Notes

*Your topic is tentative only. If you like, you can refine or change it altogether before the first working draft is due.

WEEK TWELVE | Apr. 24-26
 

  21ST ANNUAL 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

2-3:15 VIVA LITERATURA! student panel
7-8:30PM DENISE BENAVIDES poet & performance artist

Tues, Apr. 25

11AM-12:15PM BUILDING BRIDGES: THE WORK OF LUIS ALBERTO URREA. Presented in collaboration with Latino Alliance.  
7-8:15PM NEW VOICES student reading

Wed., Apr. 26

11AM-1PM ...AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL poetry slam competition 
7-8:15PM GILL SOTU performance poet & musician

Thur., Apr. 27

7-9 PM author LUIS ALBERTO URREAWRITING PROJECT winners
WACC logoThis event is made possible in part by a generous grant from WACC, the World Arts & Cultures Committee of Grossmont College.

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 THIRTEEN | May 01-03

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  3

Wednesday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  3

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of Essay Assignment 3.  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 FOURTEEN | May 08-10

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Introduce Essay Assignment 4

Begin film screening, V For Vendetta ‡

Electronic Sources:*

English 120 Website> Resources>


On-line: 
Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta (the complete serialized graphic novel): readcomiconline.to/Comic/V-for-Vendetta

Wednesday

continue film screening, V For Vendetta ‡

Textbooks:

Patterns

Chapter 12, Classification and Division

*Final draft of Unit Essay 3

Weekly Notes

‡Note: This film contains graphic depictions of violence, some adult language and minor sexual situations. 

*Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 3 (in proper MLA document style) in a 2-pocket folder with all previous working drafts, notes, outlines, etc. (NOTE: Please obtain a plain paper two-pocket folder to submit all components of this assignment; do not submit your final draft only, nor merely present it stapled.)

WEEK FIFTEEN | May 15-17

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

continued discussion / exploration of V for Vendetta

What is "conspiratorial thinking"?

basic rhetorical appeals and persuasive techniques

Discuss Koerth-Baker

Textbooks:

Patterns

Chapter 14: Argumentation

Maggie Koerth-Baker, "Why Rational People Buy into Conspiracy Theories"

Wednesday

Assignment 4 Topic Workshop

Topic Selection: a typed precis (a prose summary of your intended topic) is required for the topic classroom workshop.

Weekly Notes

Changes have been made to this week's schedule. Bibliographic instruction originally scheduled for this week has been canceled.  A topic precis is now required; note the due date above.

WEEK SIXTEEN | May 22-24

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  4, w/Works Cited

Wednesday

Conferences

*Working Draft, Essay Assignment  4, w/Works Cited

Weekly Notes

*Bring a working draft—typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA document style—of Essay Assignment 4.  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, 6:05 – 8:05 PM‡

 

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Writing Due

Monday

*Final Examination

*Final draft of Unit Essay 4

Weekly Notes

‡ THIS IS THE OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED EXAMINATION TIME AND DAY FOR THIS SECTION. Note the irregular start and finish time. 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.

*The Final Examination will be an in-class essay composed in response to an exam prompt that is related to your Essay Assignment 4.  You must come with your final assignment in order to answer the exam prompt.  Bring loose-leaf paper.  (A "blue book" is not needed.)  When finished, staple your exam with the prompt, and submit it with your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 4 (in proper MLA document style) in a 2-pocket folder with all previous working drafts, notes, outlines, etc.

Contact

Karl J. Sherlock
Associate Professor, English
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: 558A (inside Bldg. 52)
Phone: 619-644-7871

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