J.Y. HO, , B.A., M.A.

English, Language Arts


Phone: 619-818-3841

Office Hours : TBD

Location : TBD


ENG 100

 Course Description: English 100 C is a college level course in written communication. It is

designed to develop reading, critical thinking, and writing strategies necessary for academic success. The emphasis is on writing expository essays. The course requires the use of research and documentation skills. Duplicate credit not granted for ENGL 100HC.

SLO – Student Learning

Textbooks & Materials:

No Required Textbook: All the sources will be handouts/printouts, outside material, and your own research

Recommended Materials: A Collegiate dictionary & thesaurus (can be online)

Any textbook for Eng 115 (Everything’s an argument, etc…)

OWL by Purdue University – website

Notebook/Binder with dividers


Pens/highlighters of different colors

Flashdrive / Email

Folder to keep all your work (portfolio)

MS WORD 2007 or higher


1) On any given essay, students will be able to formulate a thesis that clearly expresses the central idea of the essay, construct paragraphs that develop and support a main idea, and organize paragraphs into a logical sequence so that the central idea is developed to a logical conclusion.

2) In a research paper, students will be able to present ideas clearly distinguished from the ideas of others, demonstrating the ability to use research techniques and MLA documentation.

3) In a given writing task, students will be able to vary sentence structure and types, construct sentences with precise and appropriate words, and vary word choice and sentences for different purposes.

CAT – Classroom Assessment Techniques

1) Students must demonstrate in a Research Paper, a requirement of English 100, the ability to formulate a thesis that clearly expresses the central idea of the essay, to construct paragraphs that develop and support a main idea, and to organize paragraphs into a logical sequence so that the central idea is developed to a logical conclusion with 70% accuracy.

2) In a Research Paper, students should demonstrate the ability to present ides clearly distinguished from the ideas of others, demonstrating the ability to use research techniques and MLA documentation with 70% accuracy.

In a Research Paper, students should demonstrate the ability to vary sentence structure and types, construct sentences with precise and appropriate words, and vary word choice and sentences for different



Course Goals:

Upon completion of Eng 100:

  1. Student will write a minimum of 6,000 words for this course, including at least three formal essays, two in-class essays, and a research essay.

  2. Student will write at least three formal essays of 750 words or more, synthesizing principles of effective writing.

  3. Student will write no fewer than two in-class essays of 500 words each to demonstrate writing proficiency.

  4. Student will write a 5-10 page research paper, using library and Internet sources, documented according to the MLA style.

  5. Student will identify the steps of the writing process and apply them to formal writing assignments.

  6. Student will identify and engage in a variety of informal writing tasks, such as reading responses, journal writing, and reflections on the writing process.

  7. Student will apply a variety of reading strategies to interpret and critically analyze both professional and student texts.

  8. Student will assess the reasoning in written arguments and identify rhetorical appeals and logical fallacies.

  9. Student will identify and apply the elements of essay structure and various organizational methods.

  10. Student will apply effective search strategies to locate and evaluate source material.

  11. Student will correctly summarize, paraphrase, quote, integrate, and cite source material to support arguments and avoid plagiarism.

  12. Student will describe and apply editing and proofreading techniques

to ensure a level of grammar consistent with the minimum college-level writing standards set forth by the department

My Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in collaborative learning and not lecture based learning. This class will put an emphasis on developing camaraderie in the classroom. This means that the relationships you develop in class will serve as an invaluable asset to your experience and your success in class. This means that you will be actively engaging in group work and/or discussion. You will be responsible and accountable for each other’s success. I rely on you to come to class well-prepared and ready to contribute to a discussion during each class period. By taking this class, you agree to do the work I assign with the intention of becoming a better and more confident writer. I do not assign busy work; Everything that is assigned has a purpose. Again, simply showing up to class does not mean you are learning, and does not mean you will pass. It is your responsibility to do the work, ask questions, and be prepared to be a changed writer, and a changed person.

Class Policies:

Attendance: The most important aspect of the class will be attendance. You are expected to attend class and be on time. You have 3 "free" absences, meaning that I don’t need to know why you were absent or where you were. There is no such thing as an excused absence. You WILL be dropped from the class if your total number of absences exceeds 6 or if you miss 4 consecutive class periods. If you have a situation that produces poor attendance, it is your responsibility to discuss it with me before it becomes an issue. Poor attendance may also affect your participation grade. Similarly, tardiness can be annoying and disruptive; 3 tardies=1 absence. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to let me know you came and to mark you here instead of absent. If you miss a class session, it is your responsibility to get filled in by a classmate. I will not respond to emails that ask "I was absent, what did I miss?" If, after talking with a classmate, you still have specific questions, I will be happy to talk with you. In-class work, quizzes, homework, and journals you miss due to an absence cannot be made up.

Homework: All homework must be typed and in MLA format. NO handwritten work will be accepted. If you are going to be absent you must email me the assignment before it’s due or have a classmate turn it in for you.

Essays/revisions: You must turn in ALL essays to pass the class.

I expect all essays to be typed, double spaced, with 1 inch margins, in MLA format with proper headings, spell checked, and submitted to SafeAssign or Turnitin.com to check for plagerism. To receive full credit, essays must be turned by the beginning of class on the due date listed on the class schedule. Late essays will be penalized by one letter grade for every day it is late. Essays more than 3 class sessions late will not be accepted.

**** If you know you are going to be absent the day an essay is due, make arrangements with me BEFORE to turn in essays or homework. If a personal disaster happens (car accident, alien abduction, etc) you may email me the essay or homework on 2 conditions: 1: The email is sent no later than the start of the class period. 2: A hard copy is turned into me the next time you see me. If I don’t have a hard copy in my hand by the next class period or the email is sent after the due date, the essay or homework is late and will be penalized. You can also give it to a classmate to turn it in for you

*** Every assignment you turn in that is more than a page must be stapled; I will not accept loose papers. However, if multiple assignments are due at the same time, do not staple every assignment together, keep the assignments separate.

Revisions: Revision is not simply a correction of grammar and mechanical errors. It is a serious, in depth expansion of the essay, in both scope and ideas. Every paper is kind of a process of revision; from brainstorming, to outlining, to writing, to editing, to revising, every paper is a work in progress. Please note that a revision that is not significantly different from the original will not receive a grade. All revisions must follow this procedure:

  • revisions are due one week after you receive your paper back

  • the revision must be significantly improved from the original both in content and mechanics

  • You must see a tutor at the writing center or me

  • you must write a separate paper, typed and in MLA format, addressing your errors by showing me that you understand what you did wrong and what you did to fix it.

  • Order: revision, error correction paper, original final draft, subsequent drafts and prewriting

  • Your original grade cannot be lowered by your revision

Presentations: There will be 1 or 2 presentations throughout the semester. Each presentation must have a visual component (ie. Powerpoint, skit, hand outs, etc…) and a hard copy paper with a full explanation/analysis of the contents of your presentation. You must turn in everything to me, whether it be a digital copy or hard copy or both. After each student presentation, the group will provide valuable comments, which can aid in revision and overall improvement as a writer. Presentations cannot be made up. It is up to your group on how to divide the tasks evenly. After each presentation you will fill out a group evaluation where you will be able to grade each other’s work and effort. This is to hold each individual group member accountable to pull his/her weight.

Workshops: Writing workshops are part of the revision/editing process. Your work will be read by your classmates and they will make suggestions, edit, and discuss your essay with your group. One learning objective is to learn to consider and comment on your own and your classmates’ work. For this to be effective, you must have a significant portion of your essay completed to bring to the workshop; ideally, a complete draft. Anything less than 75% complete (2 ½ pages) will not be eligible for peer editing, you will be asked to leave and marked absent, and your final grade for that essay will be penalized one letter grade.

Vocabulary: Vocabulary words will be chosen from the readings. These words will be defined and supplemented with two synonyms and an original sentence. The vocab log will be collected periodically or at the end of the semester. Quizzes may be given to test you on these words.

Participation and Behavior: You must be willing to participate in class discussions and maintain an open mind and respect for your classmates and myself. The more you contribute your opinions and voice to the class, the better participation grade you will receive. However, you must be considerate of others’ viewpoints. Pay close attention to what others have to say. I reserve the right to ask you to leave if your behavior is either disruptive or offensive. I reserve the right to ask you to leave if you aren’t adequately prepared for the day’s activities or if it is clear that you are not willing to participate. Please turn off and put away all cell phones, ipods, and laptops unless you have my permission to use them during class. No children, guests, pets, or sleeping are allowed during class.

Research: I am not requiring a new textbook; a significant portion of your learning will come from doing online and/or library research.

WEB-ENHANCED FEATURES: The syllabus, assignments and grades will be available to you online. If you are absent or lose the syllabus or assignments, you will need to go online to get another copy. You are also responsible for checking to see how your grade is in class at regular intervals—I would recommend checking it at least after each paper is returned to you with a grade.

If you have never used Blackboard (The SWC online course system) before, please see me for more information on how to access it.

Course Content

Some of the material that we will be reading may contain mature content or present viewpoints with which you do not agree. If you object to reading about, writing about, and discussing a wide range of perspectives on topics such as race, politics, sexuality, "drugs" and religion, it is suggested that you enroll in a different section of English 114. I may also at times use adult language. I apologize in advance if some of my language use might offend you. I assure you that any words that come out of my mouth will not be used in an offensive manner, but rather to emphasize a point.

Grade Distribution:

A: 900-1000

B: 800-899

C: 700-799

D: 600-699

F: 0-599




Grade in points

Research paper/presentation 250

Prospectus/Annotated Bibliography 50

Group Presentation (2) 50 ea = 100

Participation TBD

Final Portfolio /reflection 100

3 Essays 100 ea = 300

Vocab/In class assignments/

HW/Quizzes/ 300

Total = 1000 points

**** Extra Credit ***

I understand that there are a lot of assignments for this class and thus a lot of points. Throughout the semester you may have your ups and downs and points come and go rather arbitrarily. To make up for those down times or blunders I am providing extra credit opportunities. You have an option to attend either a spoken word/slam event, or a play, and write a one page review about the experience. You must provide evidence that you attended; a ticket stub will do. Up to 15 points each event, up to three max.