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English 1B Advanced Composition

Time: Mon/Wed 7:30, 9, 10:30, 1:30
Location: BBC 123

Course Documents


---- Word Passion II from me

---- The Glass Castle by Jeanete Walls

--- The Everyday Writer by Andrea Lunsford

---- This course will require that you visit the SJSU Museum of Art twice which will cost $10.00


COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 1B is the second course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition sequence. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, broadening and deepening your understanding and purposes of different types of college writing, English 1B focuses more on persuasive and critical writing than 1A. You will develop sophistication in writing analytical, argumentative and critical essays that will provide a strong foundation for your college career. You will learn the art of citation and MLA format and practice your research skills through your research a paper. OUR CLASSROOM COMMUNITY: Our classroom should be viewed as a microcosmic community that we enter for each class period. In order for us to become better writers, we need a comfortable atmosphere in which all members of the class feel welcome to contribute. We will be engaging in peer workshop activities, promoting useful responses and constructive criticism to move our writing, and our thinking, forward. We must learn to appreciate each other’s efforts to be active readers and writers. We need to be conscious of holding and voicing our opinions responsibly, knowing how we might effect others. In short, please be respectful.

Essay # 1. The Glass Castle

This is Essay #1. It should be 3-4 pages, or 1000 words, and should have a thesis, topic sentences, transitions, quotes, and thoughtful commentary. Remember: SPECIFICITY ADDS AUTHENTICITY, so point to specific textual references in this essay to prove your point.

Annotated Bibliography PPT

Final Exam Stratagies Slideshow

Extra Credit Possibility

1) If you are interested in improving your quiz/class participation grade, you may earn up to 10 points per assignment by going to a Center for Literary Arts Event (Khalid Houssini: Sept 10, 2014 @ 7:30) Sonya Sotomayor, Oct 20, 2014 @ 4pm) and writing about it. This assignment should prove to me that you were there and tell me something insightful you gained from the reading. It should be no more than 2 pages long. It can a) describe b) evaluate c) analyze d) reflect upon the speaker and the content. Please be sure to put your name on it, the time in which your class meets, the date of the event, and the speakers of the event in the heading of the paper. 2) Pick a prompt from this website below and respond to it.