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English 10 Advanced English Strategies
Term 3 1/7-2/26
7 week course
Meets the university remediation requirement. Introduces strategies that ease transition to college reading and writing. Assists multilingual students with paraphrasing, summarizing, and essay writing; helps them build academic reading strategies. Credit cannot be used toward the linguisitics major or minor.
TEXTBOOK: Great Paragraphs 2
OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED: Journal this should be a collection of pages collected in one file to be turned in at the end of the semester.
GRADING TIERS: It is difficult to estimate a person’s performance based on points and percentages so you will create your own grade by fulfilling the course level requirements below
1. A Level : Attend all classes (or have a valid excuse for not attending). Turn in a complete writing journal. Participate actively in class by completing assignments 2/2 AND 3/3 optional homework assignments (I will check homework at the end of each unit). Turn in an edited, double-spaced, typed final essay with a reference list (to be discussed in class).
2. B Level : Absent no more than two times. Turn in a writing journal. Participate actively in class by completing assignments 2/2 AND 2/3 optional homework assignments. Turn in a double-spaced and edited, hand written final essay.
3. C Level : Absent no more than two times. Turn in a writing journal. Participate actively in class by completing assignments 1/2 AND 1/3 optional homework assignments. Turn in an edited and hand-written final essay.
This is only an estimation and it will probably change as we get further into the class and I get a sense of your abilities and general English level. The most important things in this course are learning how to 1. paraphrase a text or presentation 2. summarize a point of view 3. express an opinion about that point of view.
Attendance is required for all classes and will be taken into consideration when your final grade is determined. Your grade may be lowered for excessive absence and/or you may fail the class if your absence is in excess of 25%, which is official Kanda school policy.
WEEKLY COURSE OUTLINE
1. Introduction: I will use the first week of the course to see how comfortable everyone is with writing and the textbook. Please bring your books and journals to the initial classes
Text Chapter: Process and analysis paragraphs 121-127, homework 132-133
Key Points: Topic Sentences, supporting facts and details, logical order.
2-3 Descriptive Writing: During this section of class we will focus on using descriptive writing to show your impression of a text using sensory words and phrases.
Text Chapter: Descriptive paragraphs135-144, homework 145-153
Key Points: adjectives, prepositions of place, summarizing a text
4-5 Forming Opinions: During these two weeks we will focus on forming opinions regarding topics explored in the class. You are advised to visit websites like ted.com, vice.co.jp, and teded.com in order to find topics your are interested in exploring yourselves.
Text Chapter: Opinion paragraphs 162-173, homework 174-175
Key Points: textual opinion and writer’s opinion, understanding and using facts, presenting multiple sides of an argument
Assignment 1: Summary Paragraph
6-7 We will use the final two weeks of the course to review and to prepare your final assignments.
Text Chapters: Paragraphs in an Essay: Putting it all together and Writer’s Handbook
Key Points: word processing, editing, citations, references
Assignment 2: Opinion paragraph
8 Final Exam Week: The final assignment for this course will illustrate your ability to summarize a point of view and describe your own opinion of it. You will be required to write a two paragraph essay (10-12 sentences) that both describes a text and states your opinion of that text. This will be explained further in class. The final paper is mandatory. The instructor will give details on final exam coverage prior to the last week of class. The time and day scheduled will be posted on the 5 th floor bulletin board before exam week.