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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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Sections 7212 and 4812

Tuesdays and Thursdays

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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WEEK ONE | Jan. 30 -Feb. 01

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • Introduction to the class
  • Syllabus review                                              

 

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Writing Samples
  • How we intuitively read into texts
  • xrcs | It’s a Privilege to Know Me
  • Intro to academic tone   

Readings Discussed

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 PDFs.

In-Class Resources

 

WEEK TWO | Feb. 06 -08

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Patterns [bring these texts to class]

 

Thursday

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

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)
WEEK THREE | Feb. 13-15

Tuesday 

Topics/Activities

  • Film screening: Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals

Readings Discussed

Patterns [bring the text to class]

  • Chapter 6, Narration
  • Chapter 7, Description

 Handouts/Electronic Sources

 

Thursday 

Topics/Activities

  • conclude/discuss Alexie
WEEK FOUR | Feb. 20-22

Tuesday

Topics/Activities


  • Introducing quotations


Thursdays


Topics/Activities

  • placing contextual citations
  • Topic workshop

Readings

Patterns

  • Chapter 3, Arrangement
  • Chapter 4, Drafting and Revising

Due

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

WEEK FIVE | Feb. 27 - Mar. 01

Topics/Activities

  • Conferences

For the conference, bring and be ready to submit a completed working draft in proper MLA document style. No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you submit completed draft of your essay for 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.

While some of the conferences scheduled outside of class time will be conducted in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), most conferences will be held during the class hour.  Conferences are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Tues. conference means that you don't have to attend class on Thurs., 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 Conferences tab on Canvas.

WEEK SIX | Mar. 06-08

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

Readings Discussed

Patterns [bring the texts to class!]

  • Chapter 10, Cause and Effect
  • Max Brooks, "The Movies That Rose From the Grave”

On-Line/Handouts:

 

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Continued discussion of Brooks, Kelly, and del Toro and Hogan
  • Assignment 2 topic development: Q & A
  • The B.S. Factor: Usage and Wordiness

Readings Discussed

Handbook of Usage and Tone

  • Usage: Common Mix-Ups
  • Usage: Say, Feel, and Show

Due

Final draft of Unit Essay 1 (Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 1 in proper MLA document.)

WEEK SEVEN | Mar. 13-15

Tuesday
Topics/Activities


  • Thesis statements and their arguable assertions
  • intro. paragraphs
  • Q-PICs: quotations, punctuation, integration, and citation


Readings

Writer's Reference

[R] Integrating quotations

Thursday


Topics/Activities


  • Special topics about tone
  • Assignment 2 topic workshop
Readings


Handbook of Usage and Tone

  • Usage> Odds and Ends
  • Tone> Shortcuts and Diction
  • Tone> Audience Diversity
Due

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

  • Conferences

For the conference, bring and be ready to submit a completed working draft in proper MLA document style. No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you submit completed draft of your essay for 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.

While some of the conferences scheduled outside of class time will be conducted in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), most conferences will be held during the class hour.  Conferences are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Tues. conference means that you don't have to attend class on Thurs., 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 Conferences tab on Canvas.

WEEK NINE | Apr. 03-05

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • Discuss assigned readings by Kazim Ali and Emma Smith-Stevens
  • Introduce Assignment 3

Readings

Handouts/Electronic Sources:

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Continued discussion of LAF writers
  • Assignment 3 topic development: Q & A

Due

  • *Final draft of Unit Essay 2

Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 2 in proper MLA document style.
 

WEEK TEN | Apr. 10-12

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • patterns of process analysis
  • sequencing: time, space, and idea

Readings:

Patterns

  • Chapter 9, Process
     

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Introduce Assignment 3
  • Special topics in tone:
    • hackneyed language, idioms, and pronouns;
    • verb tenses: literary present tense v. historical past tense

Readings

Handbook of Usage and Tone

  • Usage> Cliches (List of cliches is primarily for reference use only)
  • Tone> Pronouns

     
WEEK ELEVEN | Apr. 17-19

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • Quoting and citing literature
  • The MLA "Works Cited": bibliographic citation style and arrangement

Readings

Patterns [bring the text to class!]

  • Chapter 9, Process  

 


Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Assignment 3 topic workshop

Readings

Handbook of Usage and Tone

  • Usage> Cliches (List of cliches is primarily for reference use only)
  • Tone> Pronouns

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

WEEK TWELVE

Apr. 23-26

22nd ANNUAL LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL

 

In lieu of classes this week, please attend as many of the events of the Literary Arts Festival as you can. Complete details and resources available on the official LAF website: http://www.creativewriting-gc.org/laf

 

Afternoon

Evening

Mon., Apr. 23

11-12:15 fiction writer Emma Smith-Stevens

7 PM poet New Voices student reading

Tues, Apr. 24

11-12:15 Zine Fest w/Margarat Nee

7 PM poet Ada Limón reading/book signing

Wed., Apr. 25

2-3:15 SLAM competition, hosted  by Gill Sotu

7 PM panel We Need Diverse Books w/ YA novelist Cindy Pon and poet Janine Joseph of Undocupoets

Thurs., Apr. 26

11-12:15 Why Lit Matters student panel

7 PM author Kazim Ali, plus Writing Contest awards

Weekly Notes

Some of the events of the 22nd Annual Literary Arts Festival may be directly relevant to one or more of your assignments, while others will not but will still be worth attending.

WEEK THIRTEEN | May 01-03

Topics/Activities

  • Conferences

For the conference, bring and be ready to submit a completed working draft in proper MLA document style. No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you submit completed draft of your essay for 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.

While some of the conferences scheduled outside of class time will be conducted in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), most conferences will be held during the class hour.  Conferences are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Tues. conference means that you don't have to attend class on Thurs., 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 Conferences tab on Canvas.

WEEK FOURTEEN | May 08-10

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • Introduce Essay Assignment 4
  • Film screening, Serenity [CC] Note: This film contains graphic depictions of violence, some adult language and minor sexual situations.


Readings

Handouts/Electronic Sources:*

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Continue film screening
  • Begin study activities and discussions of the film, Serenity

Readings

Patterns

  • Chapter 12, Classification and Division

Due

  • Final draft of Unit Essay 3

Submit your edited, expanded, revised final draft of Essay Assignment 3 (in proper MLA document style).

WEEK FIFTEEN | May 15-17

Tuesday

Topics/Activities

  • continued discussion / exploration of Serenity
  • What is "conspiratorial thinking"?
  • basic rhetorical appeals and persuasive techniques
  • Discuss Koerth-Baker

Readings:

Patterns

Thursday

Topics/Activities

  • Bibliographic Instruction (attendance required)

meets in the LRC Classroom, 2nd Floor, instead of in our usual classroom

Due

  • Topic Selection

a topic précis is not required for the library workshop, but please come with a topic already selected. You'll be permitted to begin research of it as part of the bibliographic instruction.
 

WEEK SIXTEEN | May 22-24

Topics/Activities

  • Conferences

For the conference, bring and be ready to submit a completed working draft in proper MLA document style. No matter how poorly developed you think it is, it is IMPERATIVE you submit completed draft of your essay for 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.

While some of the conferences scheduled outside of class time will be conducted in the instructor's office, 558A (Building 52), most conferences will be held during the class hour.  Conferences are held in lieu of class time: no classes will be held this week in the classroom; attending a Tues. conference means that you don't have to attend class on Thurs., 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 Conferences tab on Canvas.

FINALS WEEK | May 29-31

Topics/Activities

    • Section 4812
    • Thursday, May 29, 6:05 – 8:05 PM

Due

  • Final draft of Unit Essay 4

*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. ("Blue books" are not preferred.) 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.

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. To avoid conflict with any other scheduled examination at Grossmont College, the official day and time of an examination cannot be altered. Be sure to take note that your English 120 examination does not begin and end at the same time the class usually does. Please plan for this in advance and do not commit vacations or other activities that will make it impossible for you to be present for exam on the date assigned for your course section.
 

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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