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English 1B Fall 2011

Time: sec 9, MW 9-10:15, sec 18, MW 10:30-11:45, sec 29, TTh 10:30-11:45
Location: sec 9, BBC 120, sec 18, SH 444, sec 29, DMH 354


English 1B is the second course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition sequence. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and broadening and deepening students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing, English 1B differs from English 1A in its emphasis on persuasive and critical writing (with less attention paid to the personal essay), its requirement for fewer but longer essays, and its introduction to writing informed by research. Students will develop sophistication in writing analytical, argumentative, and critical essays; a mature writing style appropriate to university discourse; reading abilities that will provide an adequate foundation for upper-division work; proficiency in basic library research skills and in writing papers informed by research; and mastery of the mechanics of writing.

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Course Readings

Most of the essays you will read for this class as models of argumentation will be found here. You will be responsible for printing them out, reading them, and bringing them to class on the day we will discuss them. If you plan to bring a laptop every day, you won't have to bring the hard copy. This might seem like a hassle, but it saves you the money you would have spent on another textbook. It was a student who suggested I try this, actually.

Extra Credit Options

These assignments should give you more information and more practice writing and analyzing arguments. They might even be fun. You can do as many as it takes to get you to thirty points maximum. Points per project vary by the kind of project it is and by how well you do it. See the instructions for each option for further details. The ABSOLUTE final deadline for Extra Credit is the day of the final.