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English 1B Spring 2014

Time: MW 9-10:15 (sec 20), 10:30-11:45 (sec 35); TTh 9-10:15 (sec 84), 10:30-11:45 (sec 40)
Location: BBC 221 (sec 20 & 35) Clark 218 (sec 84) Clark 306 (sec 40)


English 1B is the second course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition sequence. It is designed to provide repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and to broaden and deepen 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. The theme of this semester's course is "Change-makers," with a particular focus on how writing can help make the world a better place.

A Case Study in Research

A complex problem like homelessness gets discussed in the public forum by all kinds of people, in all kinds of forums. Below is a sample. Note: Those of you researching this topic, feel free to use these, but don't include them among your 10 sources, OK?

Peer Reviews

Ideally you should come to class to get a peer review--to get advice on your paper from a peer and 15 participation points just for doing what you are supposed to do that day. You must be in class that day to get the points. But if you don't/can't attend, you still need to get a peer review or your paper's final grade will be docked 20%. For the do-it-yourself variety, download the appropriate sheet and get some smart person to fill it out. Then turn in the rough draft, peer review sheet, and a revised final draft the day papers are due.