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Dr. Katherine D. Harris
Email:
kharris@email.sjsu.edu
Website
: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/harris/

Office:  FO 115
Phone
: (408) 924-4475
Office Hours
: T/Th 12:30-2:30
Friday 12-1

English 1A -- Composition I (Fall 2005)
SCHEDULE of ASSIGNMENTS & ACTIVITIES

Syllabus subject to change

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Date

Readings & Assignments Due
Thur 8/25
Syllabus, Questionnaire & Introduction
Letter to Self
Tues 8/30
Plagiarism Tutorial: Register as a "first time student" (due 9/8)
Diagnostic Essay (In-Class)
Handouts: "Old Mrs. Grey" & "The Art of Dancing"
Thur 9/1
Workshop Diagnostic Essay
Discuss Summary & Essay

Essay 1: Your Consumer Culture
Reading: "Old Mrs. Grey" & "The Art of Dancing"
Writing Exercise 1 (In-Class)
Student Samples (Handout in-class)

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Tues 9/6
Reading: "Popular Signs" (1)
Writing Exercise 2: Summary 
Thur 9/8
Reading: "Blue Jeans" (93)
Writing Exercise 3: Public Culture
Plagiarism Tutorial Due
Tues 9/13
Reading: "The Addictive Virus" & "Hip Hop Sales Pop" (online)
Writing Exercise 4: Overconsuming Culture?
 
Thurs 9/15 Reading: Hacker, Section C4 (bring text to class)
Writing Exercise 5: Letter to Friend
Tues 9/20
Reading: Hacker, Sections C5-C6 (bring text to class)
First Draft Due (2 copies)
Group Workshop: Peer Review Sheet

Handout Sentence Fragments & Run-On Sentences Exercises

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Thur 9/22
Reading:  Hacker, Section C2 (bring text to class)
Second Draft Due (2 copies)
Group Workshop: Peer Review Sheet
Tues 9/27
Essay 2: Visual Networks
Reading: "Blue Nude" by Matisse (online; print for class)
Writing Exercise 1: Artwork

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Thur 9/29
Reading: "New York's Most Disliked Building" (467) & 9/11 Portfolio (19)
Writing Exercise 2: Images & You
Tues 10/4
FINAL DRAFT -- ESSAY 1 (include Revision Checklist)
JOURNAL DUE FOR REVIEW

Reading: "Creating the Myth" (316)
Writing Exercise 3: Film & Myths
Thur 10/6
Reading: "Class and Virtue" (373)
Writing Exercise 4: Reflections of Self
Tues 10/11
Reading: "Asian Women in Film" (355)
Writing Exercise 5: Letter
 
Thur 10/13
First Draft (2 copies)
Group Workshop (Peer Review Sheet)
 
Tues 10/18
Reading: Hacker Sections S6b, S7, W2 & W4 (bring text to class)
Second Draft (2 copies)
Peer Review/Group Workshop
Essay 2 Final Instructions given

In-Class Exercises
Wordy Sentences, Appropriate Language
 
Thur 10/20
Essay 3: In-Class Essay (Mid-Term)

Grading Rubric: 1-6 (practice for Final Exam)

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Tues 10/25 Group Workshop on Essay 3

Mid-Term Course Evaluation
Thur 10/27
FINAL DRAFT -- ESSAY 2 (include Revision Checklist from Essay 1)
JOURNALS DUE

Essay 4: Editorializing
Writing Exercise 1 (In-Class)

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Tues 11/1
Reading: Several Editorials from previous class
Writing Exercise 2

Handouts: Blogging Article, Editorial Cartoon
Thur 11/3
Reading:  Find a blog (see below)
Writing Exercise 3

Lists of Blogs
http://www.blogwise.com/
http://blogsearch.google.com/

Some Current Issues Blogs
http://www.rnc.org/Blog/Default.aspx  (Republican party)
http://www.dnc.org/blog.html  (Democratic party)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/opinions/columnsandblogs/  (Washington Post)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/about?blogid=14  (San Francisco Gateís 11/8 Election)
 
Tues 11/8 Sign up for Mandatory Student Meeting (Tues 11/15 & Wed 11/6) done in-class

Reading: Find 3 editorials
Writing Exercise 4

Spartan Daily
   http://www.thespartandaily.com/
San Jose Mercury News
   http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/
San Francisco Chronicle
   http://www.sfchron.com/
New York Times
   http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/index.html
Washington Post
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/05/30/LI2005053000331.html

Thur 11/10
Reading: Letter to Editor
Writing Exercise 5

In Class Exercise: Mechanics & Style

Tues 11/15
 

Mandatory Student Meetings (Tues & Wed.) -- In-Class Sign-up
NO CLASS MEETING
 
Thur 11/17
NO CLASS MEETING
Continue working on First Draft
Schedule additional Conferences as Needed
Tues 11/22
First Draft (bring 1 paper copy to class; email copy to KH by 9am)
Group Workshop / Peer Editing (Handout)

Reading:
"Home Alone" (New York Times Op-Ed)
Hacker Sections W3 & W5 (bring text to class)

In Class Exercises:
Active Verbs and Exact Language
Thur 11/24

NO CLASS
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Tues 11/29
Second Draft (Email copy to KH; bring 1 copy to class + Works Cited)
Group Workshop: Peer Editing

In-Class
Dorothy Wright Awards: Influential High School Teachers
Student Evaluation (SOTEs)
 
Thur 12/1
JOURNALS DUE
(in-class review)

Prepare for Final Exam
     Review graded Essay 3 (returned today)
     Bring pen(s), dictionary & Written Communication Final Exam Booklet (yellow)

Review Progress
     Letter to Self

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FINAL EXAM: 
Saturday, Dec 3, 8-10am
(SH 413)
 

Bring Pen, Dictionary &
Written Communication Final Examination Booklet (not a bluebook!)



FINAL DRAFT -- ESSAY 4
     Paper copy due in class (+Works Cited)
     Attach 1st draft peer edits, 2nd draft peer edits & Revising Checklist
     Submit to Turnitin.com

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