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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.
- Type your paper using the sample paper in your text book as a reference.
- TYPE FIRST, edit and format SECOND
- Aim for 5-8 paragraphs. More does not equal better. Say what you want to as clearly and concisely as possible.
- After you finish writing, edit your paper to APA format and create your reference page. ONLY references that you actually used in your paper should be on this page.
- Class time will be dedicated to finishing the paper and personal consultations
Overview of themes in Brave new world
We have a lot to cover this week. Bring your texts to class.
Final exam essay questions. CHOOSE ONE. Note books, outlines, dictionaries, and textbooks are ok!
5 paragraph essay using sources from class
1. How can philosophy save Brave new world? use specific examples of philosophy you learned in this course to combat the problems in Huxley’s future. What philosophical approach is best o overcoming BNW? Which could possibly be used to make the world worse?
2. What are Mustapha Mond’s arguments against freedom? Is there any validity to them? Do you think there is a “winner” of his debate with John?
3. It seems undeniable that most World State members are happy, though people like John, Bernard, and Helmholtz might criticize the quality of their lives. What, then, is wrong with World State society? Discuss the relationship between truth and happiness, and the use of soma?
4. Is John really more free than the World State members? How is he conditioned in his own way?
We will use these last two weeks to complete our research papers.
We will discuss chapters 15-17 of BNW PLEASE READ THEM and continue our discussion of morals and ethics
Kant on The Age of Enlightenment
“For enlightenment of this kind, all that is needed is freedom. And the freedom in question is the most innocuous form of all—freedom to make public use of one’s reason in all matters. But I hear on all sides the cry: Don’t argue!The officer says: Don’t argue, get on parade! The tax official: Don’t’ argue, pay! The clergyman: Don’t argue, believe!. . .All this means restrictions on freedom everywhere. But which sort of restriction prevents enlightenment, and which, instead of hindering it, can actually promote it? I reply: The public use of man’s reason must always be free, and it alone can bring about enlightenment among men; the private use of reason may quite often be very narrowly restricted, however, without undue hindrance to the progress of enlightenment. But by the public use of one’s own reason I mean that use which anyone may make of it as a man of learning addressing the entire reading public. What I term the private use of reason is that which a person may make of it in a particular civil post or office with which he is entrusted.”
The Principle of Utility vs Categorical Imperative.
Kantian Ethics https://prezi.com/ytlkpnm5sld0/copy-of-kantian-ethics/
Happiness and Virtue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6UQLiHB0k0
Overview of Utilitarianism
Trolley Problems and Moral Calculus
Guys I am always willing to share books but I thought these ones may be a bit difficult to grapple with in such a short period before the end of the term, but after Shota brought in a research book by one of my old professors, Marion Woodman, yesterday, I was inspired to at least give you guys an idea of what you might like to research. So, as I said I would do in class, I have photographed a few books related to my own field of study and uploaded them here should anyone like to borrow a text let me know. My head is spinning with overwork, so this is all I’ll upload now, perhaps I’ll put up more in the evening. I need to know topics of inquiry in order to give you all a better selection.
I wish we had the time to sit in small groups and do mini research seminars…is there anyway we can make that happen???
Courtesy of Ricky Okawa