English 021 Syllabus

Instructor Information:

Ann Reading
Office Location: Mellor Building 2nd Floor
Office phone number: 717-299-7703
Instructor email address: Reading@stevenscollege.edu

Course Introduction:

Welcome to Basic Writing II! As you will notice, this class is smaller and you also have the opportunity to take composition at the same time as you complete your last pre-major English course. This is done with intention as you will be participating in an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) that has shown success across the country to really hone in on your needs as a writer. Throughout the class, we will connect with composition through the assignments, and I will allow you to ask any questions you may have from class. You will also have the opportunity to be prepped for the upcoming classes. We will focus on all the same elements of the traditional class, but it will be integrated more with the traditional composition course. You will be completing all the same assignments as the other students, but I will break each essay down more and get a chance to help you on a more individual level to fill in those gaps of skills you may have.

Catalog Description:

This course prepares a student for success in ENG 106 through an intensive review and drill in grammar, usage, sentence/paragraph construction and essay writing. This course is designed for students whose test scores and/or writing performance indicate need for improvement in basic composition skills. The course may not be used to meet certificate or degree requirements. Basic Writing II is the second part of a two-semester developmental writing course.
Students will be assigned to this course based on the results of their placement testing.

Required Textbooks and tools:

College Writing Skills with Readings. 9th Edition. John Langan. McGraw Hill, 2013. ISBN: 9780078036279

You will also need a notebook and an active Stevens email account

Learning Outcomes:

*Understand and use the writing process
*Express ideas in correct, complete sentences
*Express ideas in unified, coherent paragraphs and short essays
*Use clarity and variety in word choice and sentence structure
*Develop skill in recognizing and correcting common errors in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
*Edit, revise, and proofread writing effectively
*Organize writing around a central point, focus, or thesis
*Demonstrate skill in writing summaries and bibliographic references
*Demonstrate skills in information literacy and library research techniques

Grading Scale

A 94 - 100
A- 90 - 93
B+ 87 - 89
B 84 - 86
B- 80 - 83
C+ 77 - 79
C 74 - 76
C- 70 - 73
D+ 67 - 69
D 64 - 66
D- 60 - 63
F 59 - 0

I Incompletes must be approved
W Withdrawal must be before the deadline

Grading and assignments

50% in-class and homework assignments: Quizzes/journals/other assignments

50% paragraphs

In-class and Homework Assignments

The assignments we accomplish in class include but are not limited to quizzes, grammar exercises, additional writing prompts, and reviews of other's work, etc. They will work in conjunction with what we are doing in composition. However, they will also fill in gaps with skills and help each of you work out any issues with the writing process, organization, grammar, or any other writing issue. These exercises should also focus on gaining the confidence and ambition to take on writing assignments with grace.


Paragraphs will be due each week for review. They will directly connect to the papers you will be accomplishing in composition. We will be working with them in class, so you will need to bring them in electronically.
They will be graded on both the quality and the timely manner in which you turn them in. This is to get used to you gaining command over the writing process. The grade will also connect to your participation in peer-review and group work with editing and revising.


You will be docked points every time you are disruptive in class; this includes but is not limited to sleeping in class, arriving late to class, talking when others have the floor, not participating in a group activity, using your cell phone, etc. If your behavior in class affects the learning process, you will be withdrawn from the class. Your prepared daily attendance is critical to your success in this course. You will have some pop quizzes to check your knowledge of the course material; it will be integrated in your participation grade. Two unexcused absences will be reported to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. More than five unexcused absences may be reason for dismissal from the course. Unexcused absences also result to a 10 point deduction after one. Being tardy will result in a 5 point deduction after two free passes. I will update your participation grade during midterms and in the final grade.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will only be accepted if you have an excused absence with proof like a doctor's note. If you miss a deadline, you will not be able to make it up. With that said, communication is key if there is something you cannot help. Also, I try to be reasonable, but I do prefer honesty--if you are having issues with meeting the deadline, I do have alternative plans that include doing more work in learning how to improve your study habits.


It is expected that all students follow the mission statement and philosophical statement of the college. I expect everyone to treat each other with respect and kindness. A professional environment will also be maintained to ensure a positive learning environment.

Makeup Policy

If you have an excused absence, it is still your responsibility to make up the work by the following class. If you have missed consecutive excused absences, you are to visit me during my office hours, call, or email me, so we can work together to come up with a plan of action with new due dates.

Academic Honesty

Recognizing the importance of academic integrity to the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology community, the College Academic Policies & Standards Committee adopted a new Academic Integrity policy, Spring 2007. The shared conviction, represented in the procedures that follow, is that academic integrity is best taught and reinforced by faculty as an element of the teaching and learning process. Only in the limited instances in which faculty believe that disciplinary, as well as academic, sanctions are called for should the process move to the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Definition and expectations: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and all members of the College community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, College's Code of Conduct demands that students conduct themselves in a responsible manner that corresponds to acceptable and mature adult standards of behavior and comply with all College regulations and directives. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other student's dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the College community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of
College academic integrity policies to that course.

Academic Honesty: Section 7324 of the Crimes Code of Pennsylvania makes it a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree to sell or offer for distribution any dissertation, thesis, term paper, essay, report, or other written assignment, or to sell or offer for distribution any assistance in the preparation of such assignments, for submission to an educational institution to meet the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or course of study. (Assignment is defined as a written, recorded, pictorial, artistic, or other academic task. To prepare is defined as to create, write, or in any way produce in whole or substantial part any such assignment.)

The law does not prohibit an educational institution or members of its faculty and staff from offering instruction or instructional services as part of its curricula or programs. Neither does the law apply to the sale of certain copyrighted materials described in Section 7324(f).

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as
Submitting an assignment claiming to be original work but which has been wholly or partially created by someone else.
Allowing your work to be submitted by another student as if it were that student's own original work.
Presenting as one's own the ideas (i.e., paraphrases or summaries of research), organization, or the wording (i.e., direct quotations) of another work without appropriate acknowledgement of the sources within the text of your work and a works cited page per the standards of an accepted academic documentation system (i.e., CBE, Chicago Manual of Style, APA, or MLA).
Inaccurate, sloppy, or faulty documentation of sources.

Disciplinary Sanctions: Penalties that may be imposed include but are not limited to the following:
Faculty may lower the grade or fail that particular assignment, lower the course grade, give a failing course grade and/or dismiss that student from the course. Additionally, Faculty may recommend further involvement from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs may impose harsher measures within the context of the College.

The English Lab

The English Lab is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), second floor. It is open to all students who need or want extra help on their assignments. If you receive a failing grade on an assignment (quiz or paper), you may be required to see the English tutor.

Students with Disabilities

Special Needs Accommodations: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Amendment Act of 2009, students with special needs such as learning, physical, or emotional challenges are entitled to reasonable accommodations provided by the college. Students must provide documentation and meet with the special needs coordinator prior to the accommodations being provided. For further information see, Debra Schuch, Special Needs Coordinator, Hartzel 101 between 8:30 am -4:30 pm weekdays. Phone: 717-299-7408 or e-mail Schuch@stevens college.edu to schedule an appointment.

Students with Disabilities requesting Accommodations: The Americans with Disabilities Act, and Amendment Act of 2009 states students may be eligible for accommodations that do not alter the essential skills required for a course or program of study. Students must meet with the Disabilities Coordinator to discuss their challenges and provide documentation from a qualified professional to be approved. For further information see, Debra Schuch, Counselor/Disabilities Coordinator, Hartzel 101 between 8:30- 4:30 weekdays. Phone 717-299-7408 or email schuch@stevenscollege.edu to schedule an appointment.