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Social Security Privatization

Comparison/Contrast Paper for Interpreter of Maladies

Research Paper Associated With The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Paper for Identity

Final For English 1A


Grades

Homework (13144) [2:00-3:20]

Total Grade (13144) [2:00-3:20]


English Composition 1A

Tim Kahl (916) 714-5401 (Please no calls after 9:30 PM) alias Victor Schnickelfritz and also Victor Schnickelfritz at The Great American Pinup

e-mail: tnklbnny@frontiernet.net or tnklbnny@mongryl.com

MW 200:30-3:20 (55849) MT 10

Required Texts:

Highly Recommended: Internet Access.

Because being successful in today's job market requires men and women to have at least some working knowledge of computers, if at all possible, papers should be done using a word processor. Familiarizing yourself early with the word processor will save you much grief later on in your college career.

Course Objectives:

Attendance Policy: There are 32 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 3 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:

grading color code

Electronic submissions of papers and study questions are allowed (and actually encouraged). Submissions may be sent as Microsoft Word attachments or may be cut-and-pasted into the field of your e-mail application. My comments will come back with colored text on them, so you will need to have an e-mail program that will support colored text, such as Outlook, Outlook Express or Entourage (for Mac) and that is either rtf-based or html-based (preferable). If you are sending your e-mail from a website, such as hotmail, etc., then you will be able to receive colored text at that site.

All submissions should include your real name (along with your online handle if you like), the name of the class you are in [English 1A] and the type of assignment in the "To" or "Subject" box.

It is highly advisable to make a test e-mail for an important document if you are using electronic submissions for the first time and you are unsure of your ability to send the document.

Due Dates For Electronic Submissions: Must be dated and timed before class period in order to be exempt from the aforementioned 10% late penalty. [Some extensions may be given due to extenuating technical circumstances].

Revision Policy: One of the three 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 will be assessed a 10% penalty per late class session.

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. Unless Special Circumstances pertain, the assignment will receive a zero with no chance of make-up.

Behavior Expected In Class:

Grading Scale:

  87%Ð89% B+ 77%Ð79% C+ 67%Ð69% D+ Below 60% F
92%Ð100% A 83%Ð86% B 74%Ð76% C 63%Ð66% D  
90%Ð91% A- 80%Ð83% B- 70%Ð73% C- 60%Ð62% 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

Persuasive/Argumentative Paper [Soc. Security] 100
Comparison/Contrast Paper [Interpreter of Maladies] 100
Characterization Paper [Identity] 100
Thesis/Outline [Research Paper] 20
Subject A-like "in-class" Essay #1 50
Homework assignments/Quizzes 155
Web Archaeology and Interviews 50
Research paper 200
Contingencies +/-

 

Total 775

Schedule Of Events

MT 10 MW 2:00-3:20

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

Monday Aug. 27 Introductions and Syllabus
Wednesday Aug. 29 Social Security Privatization questions #1 due; discussion of guidelines for Social Security Privatization paper.

 

Week 2

Mon. Sept. 3 Labor Day—No Class
Wed. Sept. 5 Social Security Privatization questions #2 due; discussion of guidelines for Social Security Privatization paper.

Week 3

Mon. Sept. 10 Social Security Privatization questions #2; continued discussion of guidelines for Social Security Privatization paper.
Wed. Sept. 12 Social Security Privatization questions #3 due; discussion of guidelines for Social Security Privatization paper.

 

Week 4

Mon. Sept.. 17 Continued discussion of guidelines for Social Security Privatization paper.
Wed. Sept. 19 Rough drafts of Social Security Privatization paper due. Discussion of student papers.

 

Week 5

Mon. Sept. 24

Peer Review and discussion of rough drafts. Discussion of student papers on web site (continued).

Wed. Sept. 26

Final Drafts for Social Security Privatization due;

Study Questions for Interpreter of Maladies #1 due

 

Week 6

Mon. Oct. 1

Study Questions for Interpreter of Maladies #2 due

Wed. Oct. 3 Study Questions for Interpreter of Maladies #3 due

 

Week 7

Mon. Oct. 8

Rough Drafts for Interpreter of Maladies paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Wed. Oct. 10

Rough Drafts for Interpreter of Maladies paper due. Discussion of student papers on web site.

Whole Class critique of Interpreter of Maladies paper. Continued discussion of student papers.

 

Week 8

Mon. Oct. 15

Final Draft of Interpreter of Maladies paper due.

Discussion of guidelines for Research Paper: The Tipping Point. Begin reading pg. 3-89 study questions #1 due (pg. 3-89)

Wed. Oct. 17

Continued discussion of guidelines for Research Paper; The Tipping Point study questions #2 due (pg. 89-133); discussion of topics for research paper;

 

Week 9

Mon. Oct. 22

Continued discussion of guidelines for Research Paper; The Tipping Point study questions #2 due (pg. 133-216); discussion of topics for research paper;

researching techniques: thesis and outline due

Wed. Oct. 24

Tipping Point Web Archaeology and Tipping Point Interviews due

 

Week 10

Mon. Oct. 29

discussion of MLA parenthetical citation. Continued discussion of thesis and outline and the guidelines for Research Paper:The Tipping Point

Wed. Oct.. 31

rough drafts of research paper due; Peer revision and discussion of rough drafts for research paper

 

Week 11

Mon. Nov. 5 Peer revision and discussion of rough drafts for research paper
Wed. Nov. 7 Troubleshooting day for research papers.

 

Week 12

Mon. Nov. 12

Identity study questions #1 due

Wed. Nov. 14 Identity study questions #2 due

 

Week 13

Mon. Nov. 19 Identity study questions #3 due
Wed. Nov. 21 Identity study questions #4 due

 

Week 14

Mon. Nov. 26

Discussion of Guidelines for Identity paper

Wed. Nov. 28 Final draft of the research paper due

 

Week 15

Mon. Dec. 3

Rough drafts of Identity paper due; Peer review and discussion of rough drafts for Identity paper

Wed. Dec. 5 Peer review and discussion of rough drafts for Identity paper

 

Week 16

Mon. Dec. 10

Comments and Observations on in-class essays

Wed. Dec. 12

Final draft of Identity paper due; In-class essay handed out/posted.