In-class Paragraph Essay example

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Central College

ESOL 0347– Level II Writing (Intermediate Writing)
CRN: - Fall 2012
Central Campus – Room: BSCC 301| Time:. | TR 12:30-3
3 hour lecture course and 2 Lab hour / 80 hours per semester/ 16 weeks

Instructor: Patrick Cox

Instructor Contact Information: and Phone at HCC 713-718-6681

Office location and hours: FAC 306 MW 8-8:30/11:30-12:30 and TR 11:30-12
You do not need to wait until you have received a poor grade before asking for my assistance. Your performance in my class is very important to me. I am available to hear your concerns and just to discuss course topics. Feel free to come by my office anytime during these hours or email me.

Course Description
"A continuation of ESOL 0343. This course develops vocabulary skills, both written and oral. Students learn to write short, simple paragraphs."

A satisfactory score on the CELSA.

Course Goal
Students in ESOL 0347 will write the following paragraphs in class:

• 5 in-class paragraphs (15-20 sentences, 100-150 words)* • 1 mid-term paragraph (based on in-class paragraphs 1-3) • a final paragraph (based on in-class paragraphs 1-5)

*After deciding to change the number of paragraphs from 6 to 5, it was decided that it would be up to the teacher whether to do chapter 3 or chapter 6. Some prefer to do chapter 3 and not do chapter 6, yet others prefer to skip chapter 3 (yet still cover the grammar/mechanics portion) and do chapter 6.

Students are required to revise and rewrite their in-class paragraphs (excluding the midterm and final paragraphs). It is up to the teacher whether to use the original draft or rewrite as the basis for the grade of each paragraphs, but teachers should offer sufficient incentive to encourage students to take the revision process seriously.

Students should also be required to keep a weekly journal which will be inspected regularly by teachers. How this journal is assessed will be up to the teacher, but teachers are generally not expected to correct and grade each entry. Teachers should, however, give some form of appropriate feedback for each entry.

Student Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
1. Know the basic mechanics of the basic English composition;
2. Produce a variety of sentences in a composition;
3. Carry out a definite writing process to prepare to draft a composition.;
4. Compose and revise a well-organized composition with a minimum of errors

Learning objectives
Students will:
1a. Know rules of capitalization of first words in sentences, proper nouns, including names, cities, countries, etc.
1b. Know the rules of punctuating basic English sentences, especially the end punctuation, comma rules and rules for using quotation marks;
1c. Know basic rules for formatting a handwritten composition, including margins, double-spacing and indentation of paragraphs.

2a. Identify the sentence-types of sentences in a composition;
2b. Apply sentence-combining rules to produce a variety of compound and complex sentences in a composition;

3a. Use brainstorming and invention techniques to develop a topic to write about as well as supporting ideas for that topic;
3b. Develop a limited thesis statement about that topic;
3c. Produce an outline which displays the thesis, main supporting ideas and supporting details for that thesis.

4a. Draft a paragraph of 11-15 sentences, based on an outline developed during pre-writing;
4b. Revise the paragraph after input from the teacher and fellow students;
4c. Carry out proofreading to assure that mechanics of the paper are correct. CALENDER FOR FALL 2012

September 3-Monday-Labor Day Holiday
September 10-Friday-Official Day of Record
November 2-Friday-Last day for Administrative/Student Withdrawals by 4:30 p.m
November 21-Wednesday-No night classes before Thanksgiving