WR 40 Syllabus
- Winter 2001
Instructor: Dr. Cora Agatucci
Office: Deschutes 14; Office Hours: See Current Schedule; also by appointment
Office Phone & Messages: (541) 383-7522;
Mailbox: Deschutes 12, Humanities Department Office
WR 40 Home Page: http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/wr40/index.htm
Required Textbook & Materials
Kelly, William J., and Deborah L. Lawton.
Odyssey: A Guide to
Good, recently published college dictionary and thesaurus.
One inexpensive folder (for
submitting graded writing assignments, with
One college examination Bluebook (available in COCC Bookstore)
Resources to zerox or otherwise duplicate clear
readable copies of several writing
Revised/final drafts of graded writing assignments
prepared outside of class
|Allyn & Bacon CompSite Web Page: http://www.abacon.com|
|Allyn & Bacon Companion Website for Odyssey: A Guide to Better
Writing, 2nd ed.,|
organized by textbook chapters and topics: http://www.abacon.com/kelly
|COCC Links: Online Resources for
Student Writers & Researchers:|
Students are best prepared to succeed in WR 40 who have:
completed WR 20 (Basic English/Writing I) with a grade of
C" or higher,|
by achieving WR 20 Competencies;
OR . . .
|Acquired equivalent skills in paragraph writing, sentence editing and
correction, an effective|
writing process, and teamwork.
10% - Preparation & Participation - credit/no credit
|10% - Writers Profiles (abbreviated WP) - credit/no credit|
|10% - 2 Paragraphs (@ 5%) - letter graded|
|30% - 3 Essays (@10%) - letter graded|
|10% - 2 Quizzes (@ 5%) - letter graded|
(20%: 2 revised "best" WR 40 writings; &
10%: Cover Letter Essay) - letter graded
and Late Work Policies are described below.
See Wr 40Course Plan for a week-by-week schedule of course assignments & activities,
which will be assigned and discussed in more detail in class.
Course Description & Objectives
Writing 20 and Writing 40--Basic English/Writing
I & II--develop students' college-preparatory writing skills needed to succeed in
Writing 121, as well as in future college and professional
writing tasks. Writing 40 emphasizes
short essay writing, sentence style development, and continued review of
standard written English conventions to aid students in editing and correcting common errors in grammar, usage,
punctuation, and mechanics.
Nine key course Competencies (or learning objectives) for Writing 40 students have been established by the Humanities Dept. Composition Committee. This course has been designed to help students meet these course Competencies, which are listed below.
Paragraph& Essay Writing
Competency 1:Demonstrate control of a variety of organizational strategies at the paragraph level, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, examples, and classification/division.
Competency 2:Demonstrate understanding of the basic structure of an essay, including understanding the difference between introductory/concluding paragraphs and body paragraphs.
Competency 3:Be able to maintain focus and coherence for essays of at least 600 words, including using a thesis statement and transitions.
Competency 4:Be able to distinguish among general ideas, specific evidence and analysis of evidence and to apply the distinctions to one’s own writing.
Sentence Style & Editing
Competency 5:Be able to produce essays containing a variety of sentence lengths and structures, including some complex sentences.
Competency 6:Be able to edit one’s own writing for mechanical and grammatical errors, producing work that is substantially free from both minor surface errors and major sentence errors.
Competency 7:Demonstrate awareness of different audiences and show control of writing strategies to address those audiences.
Competency 8:Demonstrate control of the writing process: generating ideas, organizing ideas, drafting, revising and editing.
Teamwork & Writer's Workshops
Competency 9: Be able to assist other writers with accurate analysis of focus, coherence, and specific development, at the essay level.
Competencies approved by Humanities Dept. Composition Committee, as revised 5-10-99
Attendance & Late Work 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 40Course Plan, and contact Cora as soon as possible to arrange to make up what they have missed when possible by arrangement with the instructor. Note that 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). Also read carefully the Late Policy on Graded Assignments (below).
Late Work Policy on Graded Assignments: One (1) graded writing assignment will be accepted late with no penalty. Thereafter, late graded writing assignments will be penalized 1/2 letter grade.The 2 required QUIZZES cannot be "made up" or taken late. A missed quiz receives an F. However, Optional Quiz #3 may be taken at the Final to improve students' Quiz grades.
The Portfolio will not be accepted late.
40 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 (BEC) call (541) 383-7580,
or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
If unforeseen problems emerge during the quarter that may seriously hurt your progress or performance in this course, please see me right away. Together we can perhaps reach a solution or compromise that will enable you to continue and complete course requirements successfully.
I look forward to working with all of you this term! ~Cora
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