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Paper on Toulmin Method

Logical Fallacies

The Panama Papers

Paper on What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel

Paper on Were You Born On the Wrong Continent? by Thomas Geoghegan

Practice for WPJ

Final


Extra Credit


Grades 11:00-11:50 (30192) [Calaveras Hall 135]

Homework Grade 11:00 - 11:50 (30192)

Total Grade 11:00 - 11:50 (30192)


English 20 College Composition II

Tim Kahl (916) 714-5401 (Please no calls after 9:30 PM) alias Victor Schnickelfritz

Office: Solano 5004

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
e-mail: tnklbnny@comcast.net Room: Calaveras Hall [30192]

Required Texts:

Highly Recommended:

Course Objectivus:

Attendance Policy: There are 51 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.

Electronic Submissions: You may choose to submit any and or all of your work via electronic submissions. You may submit:

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Workshop Days: All students must have rough drafts available on the designated due dates or sacrifice 10% of the total grade for that paper.

Revision Policy: One of the four out-of class papers may be turned in for revision. This paper must be below a 90 % to be eligible for revision.

Due Dates: All assignments are due on the dates given (unless otherwise notified).

Late assignments: Late assignments will be assessed a 10% penalty per late class session.

{Electronic submissions will be considered late if they are received after the end of the class period. Some leeway may be given for first-time offenders and for technical problems, but the discretion will be mine. [Note: most students choose to e-mail assignments the night before they are due.]}

New Late assignments policy: You will have one week after the due date to turn in late work. After this point, the late work will not be accepted. Exceptions to this rule will be granted only if your have received prior OK from me due to some extenuating circumstances which would not let you complete the work.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is pretending that someone else's ideas or writing is your own. Intentional failure to cite source material will be dealt with quickly and severely. The usual result for plagiarizing will be a grade of 0 on the assignment with no make up possible. If this should occur on one of the major papers in class, this is virtually equivalent to a failing grade in the class.

Course Objectives:

Attendance Policy: There are 45 days we are scheduled to meet. Please be present for all of them. Any absence will greatly affect your ability to meet the requirements of the course. Absences and/or early departures in excess of 5 class periods may result in my dropping you from the course. Attendance will be noted and taken into consideration concerning borderline grades when the final grade is given. [Remember: You're paying for the time whether you come or not.]

Grading Scale:

  87%-89% B+ 77%-79% C+ 67%-69% D+ Below 60% F
92%-100% A 83%-86% B 74%-76% C 63%-66% D  
90%-91% A- 80%-83% B- 70%-73% C- 60%-62% D-  

 

 

 

Criterion For Grades On Written Assignments:

A work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is clear and balanced. There are no tangled sentences. A varied length of sentences is present and correct sentence structure is used. The pattern of development is clear and apparent and demonstrates forethought regarding the desired effect upon the reader. The styleand tone are appropriate to the topic and audience. There may be an occasional mistake in mechanics. The topic of the paper should aim to be fresh and original and should attempt to stretch the academic horizons of the writer.
B work requires a compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be some instances in which there are some confusing or awkward sentences, though these do not detract from the overall effect of the paper. A somewhat limited variety of sentences may exist, but the sentence structure is generally correct. The pattern of development is apparent, but may deviate at times. The style and tone of the paper are generally appropriate to the topic and audience. There are relatively few mistakes in mechanics. The topic may not demonstrate any original thinking or particularly or novel approach to the assignment.
C work requires a fair amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment, but may miss the stated objectives to some degree. Content is generally clear and balanced, but there may be several points where the sentence structure becomes jumbled and confused and this interferes with the flow of the paper. A limited variety of sentences is readily apparent. The pattern of development may be vague and unclear, but there is more than a semblance of formal constraint apparent. The style and tone may be somewhat varied and inappropriate for both the topic (misnomers) and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are a distracting number of mistakes in mechanics.
D work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Content is unclear and unbalanced and there may be a significant amount of jumbled and confused sentences. The pattern of development is unapparent and it demonstrates a lack of forethought on the part of the writer. The style and tone of the paper are wildly varied and inappropriate for both the topic and the perceived audience. The topic does not demonstrate any novel approach to the given assignment. There are an overwhelming number of mistakes in mechanics. In general, the paper demonstrates a hurried and haphazard approach devoid of any forethought (i.e. the paper that is written the night before).
F work demonstrates a minimal amount of compliance with the guidelines and the stated purpose of the assignment. Any work deemed to be completely unsatisfactory with regard to content, pattern of development, style, tone, topic, or mechanics. A paper in this category demonstrates an absolute minimum of effort.

Scoring

Panama Papers [1000 words] 100 Points
What Money Can't Buy Paper [1000 words] 100 Points
Wrong Continent Paper [1000 words] 100 points
WPJ Practice Test #1 100 Points
WPJ Practice Test #2 100 Points
Homework Assignments/quizzes 180 points
Final 50 Points

 

Total 730 points

Schedule of Events

Note: This schedule reflects work that will be discussed in class on the date given. Students should be prepared to discuss the items listed for that day.

Week 1

Mon. January 22 Introductions and Syllabus
Wed. January 24 Discussion of paper on the Toulmin Method; Discussion of logical fallacies
Fri. January 26 Introduction to the Socratic Method

Week 2

Mon. January 29 Read Panama Papers (pg. 1-87) Study questions #1 due
Wed. January 31 Read Panama Papers (pg. 1-87) Study questions #1 continued
Fri. February 2 Read Panama Papers (pg. 87-175) Study questions #2

Week 3

Mon. February 5 Read Panama Papers (pg. 87-175) Study questions #2 due
Wed. February 7

Read Panama Papers (pg. 176-243) Study questions #3

Fri. February 9

Grammar Day

Week 4

Mon. February 12

Read Panama Papers (pg. 176-243) Study questions #3 due

Wed. February 14

Read Panama Papers (pg. 244-326) Study questions #4 due

Fri. February 16

MLA Parenthetical Citation Day

Week 5

Mon. February 19

Rough Drafts for Panama Papers paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Whole Class critique of Panama Papers paper. Continued discussion of student papers.

Wed. February 21

Rough Drafts for Panama Papers paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Whole Class critique of Panama Papers paper. Continued discussion of student papers.

Fri. February 23

Grammar Day

Week 6

Mon. February 26

Final Draft of Panama Papers due

Read What Money Can't Buy part 1 (pg. 3-41)

Questions #1.

Wed. February 28

Read What Money Can't Buy part 1 (pg. 3-41) continued

Questions #1due.

Fri. March 2

Grammar Day

Week 7

Mon. March 5

Read What Money Can't Buy part 2 (pg. 43-91) continued

Questions #2 due.

Wed. March 7

Read What Money Can't Buy part 3 (pg. 93-162) continued

Questions #3 due.

Fri. March 9 Grammar Day

Week 8

Mon. March 12

Read What Money Can't Buy part 4 (pg. 163-203)

Summary/Questions #4 due.

Wed. March 14

Read What Money Can't Buy part 4 (pg. 163-203) continued

Summary/Questions #4 due.

Fri. March 16

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Week 9

Mon. March 19

Spring Break

Wed. March 21

Spring Break

Fri. March 23

Spring Break

Week 10

Mon. March 26

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Wed. March 28

Rough draft for What Money Can't Buy Paper due. Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Fri. March 30

No Class — Cesar Chavez Holiday

Week 11

Mon. April 2

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part I Which Side of Paradise (pg. 3-153)

Wed. April 4

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part I Which Side of Paradise (pg. 3-153)

Study Questions #1 due

Final Draft of What Money Can't Buy Paper due

Fri. April 6

Grammar Day

Week 12

Mon. April 9

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?

Part II Berlin Diary (pg. 153-269)

Wed. April 11

Read Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?Part II Berlin Diary (pg. 153-269)

Study Questions #2 due

Fri. April 13

Grammar Day

Week 13

Mon. April 16

Rough draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due.

Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Wed. April 18

Rough draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due.

Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Fri. April 20

Rough draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? Paper due.

Discussion of posted student papers.

Whole Class Critique (Peer Review and Discussion)

Week 14

Mon. April 23

The Rough Guide on how to take the WPJ

Wed. April 25

WPJ Sample tests

Final Draft for Were You Born on the Wrong Continent Paper due

Fri. April 27

Grammar Day

Week 15

Mon. April 30

WPJ # 1 Practice Test

Wed. May 2

WPJ #1 Practice Test Continued

Fri. May 4

WPJ #1 Practice Test [Debriefing]

Week 16

Mon. May 7

WPJ # 2 Practice Test Continued

Wed. May 9

WPJ # 2 Practice Test Continued

Fri. May 11

WPJ #2 Practice Test [Debriefing]

Discussion and preparation for Final

Week 17

Final Week May 14 - May 18