English 1A Fall 2017

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English 1A Mt San Antonio College  Fall 2017
English 1A: Mentors in Literature                                         


Instructor: Marcielle Brandler                               email: marcielleb@hotmail.com

CRN: _____ Bldg __ Room _____                                     Office time English Dept workroom
M/W                                                                                 M/W___________________


Required Texts:

The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra

The Breathing House: Imagist Poems, Marcielle Brandler

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, Dan Millman

Fun with Grammar: A Workbook for All of Us, Marcielle Brandler


Recommended:  Any good grammar book by Holt, Diana Hacker, or other author


English 1A is a foundation course in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills required of those students who intend to transfer to a university and to obtain their degrees. Through their reading of selected prose works and articles, students learn to identify problems, examine possible solutions, recognize unstated assumptions, appraise evidence, evaluate arguments, draw inferences, and test conclusions. Through their writing, students learn to analyze, synthesize, organize information logically, and propose original ideas.

Prerequisite: Students must have passed English 68 or tested into this class in order to take it.
Course Requirements and Expectations:
Students are required to be on time for class, turn in all essays on time, work in groups, and complete all reading assignments. There will be 3 essays of 1,000 words each, and a Final Research Essay of 2,000 words of text, not including Works Cited page with six cited and quoted sources. Homework, in-class work, and quizzes count as one grade. There will be a total of five grades listed in the
grade book. This includes the Homework grade.

Participation: In-class participation is vital to your success; therefore, students should complete all reading and writing assignments for the day that they are due.

Grading Method: I will use the letter grading method wherein grades will reflect the following interpretation:    4=A   3=B   2=C   1=D   0=F.


Grading Process

Each essay gets points:

4 points =A   3 points =B    2 points =C   1 point =D    0 points=F.

  1. Students are marked down for various errors. A few of them are:-1 for not following the assignment (Ex: not analyzing the text);  -1 for normal grammar errors; -2 for very egregious errors; -1 for each required thing missing, such as a quotation that should be in the essay or a missing source for the Bibliography; -1/2 if a student says any form of “you” or “I” that is not in a quotation; -1/4 if a book, film, or other title is not correctly italicized or placed in quotation marks. The EnglishWithMarcielle website “Titles” page shows how to create titles.

Sample entry in grade book:

Student Name            Essays Final Essay    Homework     Average the grades

Essay numbers          1 2 3       4/4                  5
Mary Smith                 2 3 3       4/4                  4  =  20  divided by 6 = 3.3  = B in the class.   The six grades are each 1/6th of the final grade.

Homework Grades are given plusses (+) which add up to a final Homework grade.

The four quizzes are 12 points each which equals a total of 48 points. The four Partner Sheets are four points each: 4×4=16.. This means that the highest homework grade would be 16+48=64. Homework Grades: 64-49 = A         48-33 = B      32-17 = C        16-0 = D.

Makeup work: For each class meeting that a graded essay is late, the grade will be lowered one grade. One day late cannot get higher than a B, and so on. Excused work is the exception.

Conferences: Professor Brandler will be meeting with students confidentially to discuss your work and any other issues you need to see me about.
Students with personal issues: Students in this category should see professor privately and confidentially.

Students with Learning or any other Disabilities: Reasonable alternative assignments will be developed for students with documented learning disabilities based on recommendations in the diagnostic evaluation. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. The instructor and the DSPS office should be advised of the disability as soon as possible.

Plagiarism: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as your own. Students who commit plagiarism will be given an F and referred to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Drops: _____________________ is the last day to drop in order to avoid receiving an F.
Adds: This class must be added on or before the first day of class. Students must attend the first day of class to remain enrolled.

 Disruptive students: Students who interrupt lectures, enter and exit the classroom during class for non-emergencies, talk excessively, text or use cell phones in any way, or otherwise interfere with the harmonious atmosphere of the class will be considered disruptive. These students will be warned once. The next disruption will result in the student’s being asked to leave, not to return until two class meetings later. A letter will be sent to the Student Life Office ((ECS76031), and will be filed in the student’s record. This includes student’s harassment of the professor over a grade. Modest dress is expected as well. Indecent exposure in the classroom is distracting and disturbing.

VisitTitle IX, Sexual Harrassment information: http://www.titleix.info/10-Key-Areas-of-Title-IX/Sexual-Harassment.aspx 
Final Exam: The Final Exam is the final Research Essay which will count as two graded essays. Important Note: Always bring your books to class unless otherwise instructed.
Always take good notes! Severe weather cancels class.

Course Measurable Objectives:
Analyze and evaluate topics for written assignments.

Analyze and evaluate academic models in order to construct logical, correct, and complete outlines.

Write coherent, correct essays.

Write a coherent, correct library research paper.

Develop critical/analytical skills for the evaluating, editing, and rewriting of essays.

Use the rhetorical patterns in appropriate, pure, or combined form.

Course Objectives: http://www.mtsac.edu/instruction/business/courses/others/engl1a.html


English 1A Schedule for Prof. Brandler

(23 class meetings including Final Exam day)

Note: “Partner Sheets” available on EnglishWithMarcielle.and page 91 of Fun with

Grammar. Prof. looks at drafts and advises students, but does not edit (correct) errors. Once an essay has been turned in, students cannot rewrite that essay. Essays should have been rewritten BEFORE submitting the final work. That is the whole point of being a writer. Have a polished piece.

Week 1   Path To Love Analysis

8/28M              Take roll. Introduce syllabus & class. Discuss MLA. Discuss poems.                                               Discuss how to write a literature essay. Students will read a book of                                               poems and analyze one or more of  them (students’ choice), while                                                         expanding their arguments by bringing social and historical issues into the                                              discussion. See “Assignment Requirements” and  “Prompts”  sheet.                                           Everything we discuss can be used for almost all the essays. How to                                                start the essay. What are your ideas? Let’s discuss them as a class and                                              expand on them. Path to love Quiz  on EnglishwithMarcielle site. 

                        Fun with Grammar p. 66 “Writing Essays”, “The Senses”.p.62-64

Titles/Bibliography/Errors. Examine the entire book w/ back matter.


8/30 W            Author’s bio. Behind the book. Maslow’s Hierarchy , Gold symbol., and                                       self love. Write in class more ideas on topic. Bad sources. How to use                                                 Easybib. Fun with Grammar. p.80 “Critique” / p. 74 “Rhetorical”/ p. 82

Week 2

Mon. Sept 4 Labor Day Campus closed

9/6 W              Writing Center


Week 3

9/11 M Honors Speaker. Behind the story. Fun with Grammar. p 68-9 Tenses/Punctuation.

Expand ideas. How to continue the essay. How to create a “Works                                            Cited” page. See Fun with Grammar (FWG)and handout.        

9/13 W            Google Images. “Symbols”. Author’s bio. Behind the story.                                                            Songs.” Fun with Grammar p. 107-109 “Critical Thinking”/Logical                                               Fallacies”. Discuss ideas in groups. Quiz due next class.


Week 4 

 9/18  M           Partner Sheets. Collect Quiz. Using campus Resources. Orientation. . How I                               grade essays. Discuss symbols. Author’s intention. Born to Be Good.                                              Power of Now Fun with Grammar p.58 Phrases /p. 36-43 more                                                           language.  p. 32 “Parallel Structure”. Author’s background.

9/20 W Essay #1 Path To Love Analysis due                                     

Poetry Analysis. The Breathing House: Imagist Poems

                        We discuss poetry analysis in more detail: rhyme, no rhyme, meter, etc.                                           Think of music. See Fun with Grammar. Prof. shares the poems. We                                               discuss your ideas and expand on them. Marcielle on You Tube and                                              Google for more info. Homework: Choose your poems. Have 1 page                                           of ideas typed for credit.


Week 5

9/25 M            How to continue the essay. See Documents” in email: “Ethics in                                               government and society” to tie in w/ poems. For Your Own Good.                                              Responsibility of mentors and a culture= Viet Nam, FAIR,                                                             Values.com: Civility. Pass it on. Fun with Grammar p. 83 “Essay on a

                        Poem”. p. 90-96 top “Should We Trust Every Source?”

9/27 W           Discussion of poems. Take notes to use in essay. Students  may interview                                       professor. “Documents”: Info on EnglishwMar site. Maslow DM Ruiz.                                       How to write about poetry.    Homework: Bring your best typed draft.                                       Prof. looks at drafts, first paragraph. You should have written at least                                 3 drafts by now to get to a decent final draft.


Week 6

10/2 M             Break into groups to discuss your writing. Take notes to use in essay. Students  may interview professor as part of essay. Watch films.  Homework: Bring your best typed        draft. Prof. looks at drafts, first paragraph. You should have written at least four drafts to get to a decent final draft. Quiz due next class.


10/4 W            Writing Center. Have students go to Martin Luther King Jr. – A True Historical Examination site and decide for selves what is going on with it and write comments due now. Collect with quiz.



10/9 M              Partner Sheets. Prof. looks at drafts.            Do we want a party on Day15, 7/19 Wed? Prof. brings cups and plates. We need napkins/utensils.                                                                                                                        

10/11 W          “Parallel Structure” handout.


Week 8

10/16 M           #2 due  Poetry Analysis Due The Breathing House

Book Analysis/Critique of Ideas: Way of the Peaceful Warrior                 

                                    Introduce  characters & ideas. See “Assignment Requirements” sheet.                 Homework: Read  book and have comments ready for discussion.                     Have brainstorm ready to turn in. Find Peaceful Warrior online for                   bibliography. Social implications. Students work quietly. Discuss more    about   Warrior. FWG  p.16-20 Nouns, esp Abstract/Concrete. Do Plurals                        and Possessives, if you need practice for extra credit.
10/18  W         _____Party for first hour. Fun with Grammar, p.80, “Critique”/ p.40-44 Racist Language, etc.. Review grades while students work quietly. Quiz due next class.

Week 9

10/23 M           Screen Peaceful Warrior. How book and film are different. Discuss.

10/25 W          Partner Sheets. Quiz due. Review grades

Week 10

10/30 M       Writing Center
Tuesday Halloween

11/1 W            Review Topics. More info. Long quotations.  Social implications for the                                          book. “Subject/Object and Lie/Lay” handout.

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Week 11

11/6 M            #3 due Book Critique: Way of the Peaceful Warrior  

Research (for 2 grades).  See “Prompt” sheet.

                         Research on the books. You may include history, current events, comedy, social               commentary, etc., having to do with a topic in the book. You may include poems   from The Breathing House, to add to your thoughts. Discuss Process Analysis.          See “Assignment             Requirements” sheet. Symbols in at least two of these three books that tie         together. Compare the books.

11/8 W                        Writing Center

Week 12

11/13 M           Review Topics. More info. Long quotations.  Social implications for the                               three books. Authors’ backgrounds. How to tie them to one                      another. Use all your old notes, quizzes, and previous essays for ideas.

11/15 W          Rhetorical Modes in Fun with Grammar. p. 47 Vocab.

Week 13

11/20 M      Work in groups

11/22 W      Fun with Grammar  p.8-13 Contrary to Fact, Subject/Object,  etc.

Thursday Nov. 23 Thanksgiving, Campus closed for the rest of the week


Week 14

11/27 M           Writing Center


11/20 W          Partner Sheet.  Review Essay requirements.

Week 15 Last week!      

12/4 M             Finish Fun with Grammar.

12/6 W                        Last class. Partner Sheets. Evaluation and Contacts. Psyc  game.                                      Discuss. How I grade the essay. Remember that this  essay is for two (2) grades.

Week 16 Dec 11 – 17 Finals week

Dec 11 Mon Final Exam  Time:_______Essay #4 due.                 

Analyze Peaceful Warrior , Breathing House, or Path to Love.

Students can leave their finals with the professor in the classroom. Prof. will be gone at the end of the scheduled time. 

You can average your grades to see what you are getting so far. The grade you earned is what you created. Blaming the professor because YOU did not do A work, is NOT the professor’s fault. If you got an A, you created that too. Thanking the professor is also a moot point. Students who harass the professor (who try to negotiate their grades and repeatedly ask to have it change or redo work after the deadline, about a grade change, will be docked one grade point. If there is a technical error, the professor will be happy to fix it. The quiz grades will be added up and included as one grade.


Notes:                                                                                                                                         8.

English 1A Assignment Requirements

For all essays, the format guidelines are listed below:

  1. 1,000-word essay, except for Final Essay, which is 2,000 words.
  2. MLA format.
  3. Works Cited page.
  4. Quotations cited properly. 1 quotation from the piece we are reading for Essays #1-3.

You may not say “you” or “I” in any essay. Stay OBJECTIVE and FORMAL.

No slang or curse words unless you are quoting. Get help in the Writing Center and have your tutor initial your draft for credit which may help a borderline final grade.

You will write essays critiquing authors we have read in class from this section.

Take good notes in lectures.

Look for symbols, repeated themes, plot, setting, character, meaning or moral, author’s intention, social, biographical, and historical background.

What do reviewers, family members, critics, and historians say?

Begin writing immediately, so you have a good chance to do well.

  1. Read each piece BEFORE the day we discuss it. Write your comments and questions. As you read, identify any symbols, foreshadowing in the story, the author’s purpose, audience, effectiveness, and style.
  2. Look up info on the author and the story, why s/he wrote the story and the social context in which it was written, etc.
  3. Take good notes in class. Ask questions and share your thoughts.

Ask yourself how you feel about the characters and their actions or about
the piece and its meanings. How are the characters similar to the author and                                   his family, etc.?

  1. Do your own research on symbols. Google is helpful in this. Think about how WORDS are symbols in themselves, and do some research on the meanings of symbols. Wikipedia, YouTube, QuoteGarden, BrainyQuote are not considered primary sources, but can be your extra sources.

Note: In all the essays, when you quote, mention the source and page number, so the professor can easily find it. To quote=verb. A quotation = noun.

Reminder: Partner Sheets available on the EnglishWithMarcielle site and in Fun with Grammar, by Brandler. It can help make up for ½ grade point, if you do all four Partner Sheets.

For more info on this and other classes by Prof. Brandler, visit:  EnglishWithMarcielle. Also the campus site,  and OWL at Purdue University.


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