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Citrus College | Fall 2016

English 101 (22474): Reading and Composition


Instructor: Juliet Myrtetus
Class Meeting Times: MW
11:30-12:55 ED 102
E-mail: jmyrtetus@citruscollege.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:003:30 CI 236
Phone (TEXT ONLY): 626-241-6210
Required Texts and Materials:
The Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter 11 th Edition by Kelly J. Mays
A notebook for taking notes in class, pens and pencils, and a highlighter
Internet access including speakers or headphones
Electronic and physical storage devices to save all work until final grades have been
issued
English 101 Course Description: This is a college-level composition course that
emphasizes exposition, analysis, argument, and research techniques. The course includes
extensive writing practice based upon reading culturally diverse short stories and related
materials. Prerequisite: Strongly recommend ENGL 099 if required by reading placement
exam or if required by reading level.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Critically analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources for both text and subtext
Write a thesis statement that makes an objective and analytical assertion which
organizes their essay
Demonstrate analysis of primary and secondary sources by applying relevant textual
support throughout an essay
Display college-level academic writing skills, including the proper use of MLA
documentation
Demonstrate basic word processing and computing skills, as well as online research
techniques
Student Responsibilities: This is your class and your education. You are responsible for all
the information on this syllabus. This is what you need to do to be successful in this class:
Come to class prepared to contribute to discussions and activities.
Turn off all electronic devices before class and leave them off during class.
Treat me and your fellow students with respect.
Hand in all work on time. Late homework will not be accepted. There are no makeups on
quizzes. Essays and exams will only be accepted late if arrangements have been made in
advance or with documentation of extenuating circumstances.
Stay in touch with your classmates. If you have a question that only I can answer, you can
and should get in touch with me. If, however, you have a question that you should already
know the answer to (Whats the homework? When is the paper due? etc.), ask a
classmate.
Check your campus email every day. I will be sending updates and information via email.
You are responsible for all that information; I didnt check my email is not an excuse.
Understand that it is my responsibility to certify that you have learned what you need to
learn from this class, and I take that responsibility seriously. I know that life sometimes
throws obstacles in our paths that prevent us from achieving our goals. If you have an
obstacle thrown in your path during this class, and you TALK TO ME about it, I will do my best
to help. Understand, however, that you will not pass this course on good intentions.
Ask for help when you need it. Recognizing when you need help and then asking for help
from appropriate sources is a mark of wisdom and maturity. If you need help, help is
available, but help will not knock on your door.
Attendance and Punctuality: Students are expected to attend every class. In this class there
is no such thing as an excused absence. You may be absent from class three times for any

This syllabus is subject to change with fair notice.

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English 101 (22474): Reading and Composition
reason. Any absences beyond three will severely affect your grade. Missing four or more class
sessions, for any reason, may result in automatic failure of the course.
Punctuality: You are required to arrive punctually for every class. Standards for attendance:
Present: in class at 11:30
Tardy: enter class between 11:31 and 11:45 or leave between 12:40 and 12:55
Absent: enter class at or after 11:45 or leave before 12:40
Students who are absent from the first day of the class may be dropped. It is your responsibility
to make up missed assignments and to withdraw officially from the class, if necessary, by the
deadline stated in the schedule of classes. In addition, a student will receive one absence for
every three tardies received. IMPORTANT: If you wish to withdraw from this course and do not do
so by the date listed in the schedule of classes, you will receive a regular letter grade in this
course (an F if your work is incomplete or you stop attending).
Course Components:
Course Components:
Attendance (50 points): You are required to attend every
Attendance:
50
class. Attendance will be taken every day.
points
Participation (50 points): You are required to participate
Participation:
50
in this class. Participation includes bringing your
points
materials to class, working with your classmates in small
Homework:
200
groups, and contributing to class discussions. You are
points
required to have all textbooks by the second week of
Essay One:
100
class and any printouts on the days they are assigned.
points
Homework (200 points): Homework will be assigned
Essay Two:
150
throughout the term and will be graded on the check
points
system.
Essay Three:
200
Essays (450 points total): There will be three major
points
essay assignments during this term. Note: Essay Three
Presentation:
50
is the culminating paper of the class in which you will
points
demonstrate that you have met the Student Learning
Midterm:
100
Outcomes outlined above. If you do not earn at least
points
70% on Essay Three, you will not pass the class.
Final:
100
Presentation (50 points): You will give a presentation at
points__
the end of the term. This presentation will include a
Total:
five-minute speech and visual aids. Your grade will be
based on the quality and clarity of your information and visuals.
Midterm and Final Exams (200 points total): We will be writing two in-class essays:
one at midterm and one at the end of the term. Specific instructions for each
assignment will be provided.
Academic Integrity: Citrus College holds its students to the highest standards of academic
integrity. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and includes collusion, or lending work to
another to submit as his or her own, and plagiarism, or the presentation of another persons
words or ideas as your own, whether intentional or not. This does not mean that you cannot use
other peoples words; rather, it means that you must give them credit for their work. If you
commit collusion, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty, you will be subject to
disciplinary sanctions, ranging from a lowered grade to failure in the course, and you will be
reported to the Office of Student Affairs.
Repeating the Course: It is important that you succeed in this course. If you get a D, F, NC or
W grade in this course, you may repeat it only once. If you receive a D, F, NC or W in this course
twice, you will need to take this course at another college or file a petition (Request for
Exceptional Course Repeat) with the Counseling Office. The few successful petitions each year
are granted because of extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student (see
Catalog, page 31, section: Repeated Courses for more details). If your petition is granted, there is
no guarantee you will be able to add the course. You will be added at the discretion of the
instructor and only if the class has an available space.

This syllabus is subject to change with fair notice.

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Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability documented by a physician or other
appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the
Disabled Students Programs and Services office. Please discuss your accommodations with me
before or after class and be sure to allow at least one week to arrange appropriate
accommodations. With the appropriate documentation all class material can be provided in
alternate formats, such as large print, audiotape, Braille, or a computer file. Requests can be
made by calling DSP&S at 626-914-8675.
Mandated Reporter: Federal and state law contains an exception for disclosure of
education/student record for the health or safety of a student or other persons; therefore, neither
FERPA nor California Education Code prevent community college instructors from disclosing
information as mandated by law, or as reasonably deemed necessary to protect the health and
safety of students or others. Instructors are mandated reporters, required to report reasonable
suspicion of child abuse or neglect, suicide ideation, or threats of violence.
Content Note: At times this term we might discuss texts that may be disturbing to some
students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a
short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty.
(You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a
significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student.) If you ever wish
to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards,
such discussions are welcomed as an appropriate part of our coursework.

This syllabus is subject to change with fair notice.