Writing 20 - Cora Agatucci
Basic Writing I

WR 20 Syllabus ~ Fall 2001
for CRN #40561, Tues.-Thurs. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Jefferson 101

How to Contact Cora

Cora's Homepage:  http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/ 
Office Location: Deschutes 14
Office Phone & Voicemail Messages: (541) 383-7522
Office Hours: See my current schedule
I'm also available by appointment
Mailbox: Humanities Dept. Office, Modoc 226
Electronic mail: cagatucci@cocc.edu
. . . OR if you have a COCC FirstClass account, address in-house email to: Cora Agatucci
WR 20 Course Website:
Humanities Dept Websitehttp://www.cocc.edu/humanities/ 

Required Textbook & Materials:

Additional Resources:

Course Grading

20% - Preparation/Participation Credits (abbreviated PC) - evaluated Credit/No Credit & awarded points for completion (e.g. textbook exercises, Writer's Profiles, drafts & Writer's Workshops, etc.)
50% - 4 Paragraphs & 1 Essay (@ 10%) -
letter graded
10%  - 2 Quizzes (@ 5%) -
letter graded
20% - Portfolio ( 2 revised "best" writings & Cover Letter) -
letter graded

See Wr 20Course Plan for a week-by-week schedule of course assignments & activities,
which will be assigned and discussed in more detail in class.

Course Description & Learning Objectives
(Course Competencies)

Writing 20 and Writing 40--Basic Writing I & II--will help students develop the college-preparatory writing skills needed to succeed in Writing 121, as well as in future college and professional writing tasks. Writing 20 will emphasize writing effective paragraphs and developing proficiency in the fundamentals of sentence structure, word choice, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
Course Competencies, or learning objectives, for Writing 20 students have been established by the Humanities Dept. Composition Committee.  This course has been designed to help students meet those course Competencies, which are listed and discussed below.

Paragraph Writing Skills

Competency 1: Be able to produce stand-alone paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details.

Competency 2: Be able to maintain focus and coherence for stand-alone paragraphs of at least 200 words.

Competency 3: Be able to distinguish between general support and specific evidence and to apply the distinction to one’s writing.

Sentence Editing & Correction Skills

Competency 4: Be able to produce paragraphs containing a variety of sentence lengths and structures, including some complex sentences.

Competency 5: Be able to edit one’s own writing to avoid most major sentence errors.

Competency 6: Be able to edit one’s own writing to avoid capitalization, spelling and confused word errors.

Competency 7: Be able to edit one’s own writing for generally accurate use of commas, semi-colons, apostrophes, and pronouns.

The Writing Process

Competency 8: Understand the principles of the writing process in its basic form: generating ideas, organizing ideas, drafting, revising and editing.

Writer's Workshops

Competency 9: Be able to assist other writers with accurate analysis of focus, coherence, and specific development, at the paragraph level.

Attendance, Late Work, & Plagiarism Policies

Attendance Policy: I expect students to come regularly to class prepared for the day's activities, to participate actively in in-class learning experiences, and to complete assignments promptly to that they will receive timely feedback from Cora and other students needed for development and improvement of students' writing skills. College students are responsible for course content and assignments whether or not they are present in class. In case of absence, students should consult the Wr 20 Course Plan, and contact Cora as soon as possible to arrange to make up what they have missed when possible.

Late/Make-Up Preparation/Participation Credit Assignments & Activities:
Most "PC" assignments can be made up or submitted late by arrangement with Cora.  However, some in-class assignments and activities cannot be made up if they depend upon in-class participation, although a limited number of extra credit options will be offered to compensate (in part). Review note on
Wr 20 Course Plan regarding textbook Exercises.

Late Work Policy on Graded Assignments:  

Plagiarism Policy
Normally, you would not be expected to do research or use outside sources in WR 20.  However, if you do decide to draw upon outside sources in your writing this term, please see Cora for advice on citing those sources.  Proper citations and documentation of any sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and/or ideas of others. Note well that even putting others’ ideas into your own words still means you are borrowing, and you need to give credit where credit is due. To avoid plagiarism, source(s) must be cited and documented, both (a) at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (using parenthetical citations for most documentation styles), and (b) in a list of all sources cited given at the end of your papers.

If unforeseen problems
 emerge during the quarter that may seriously hurt
your progress or performance in this course,
please see Cora right away.
- or E-mail me now cagatucci@cocc.edu -
Together we can perhaps reach a solution or compromise
that will enable you to continue the course
and complete requirements successfully.

Any WR 20 student with a documented disability
(physical, learning, psychological, vision, hearing)
who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations
must inform the College and Cora as soon as possible.
If you require any assistance related to a disability,
contact the Disability Services Office located in
Boyle Education Center – call (541) 383-7580,
or send e-mail to

I look forward to working with all of you this term! . . . Cora

Cora's Fall 2001 WR 20 Syllabus | Course Plan  
Assignments are being webposted after they are discussed in class.

You are here ~ WR 20 Syllabus - Fall 2001
URL of this webpage: 
Last Updated: 07 July 2003

This webpage is maintained by Cora Agatucci, Professor of English,
Humanities Department, Central Oregon Community College
I welcome comments: cagatucci@cocc.edu
© Cora Agatucci, 1997-2001
Cora's Home Page | Current ScheduleCora's Classes | CopyrightSite Map

For problems with this web, contact webmaster@cocc.edu