Online English 101: College Composition Fall 2014

Bradley Bleck
Office: 5-157
Phone: 533-3572
email: bradleyDOTbleckATspokanefallsDOTedu
Class Time: Whenever, but best to try me between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. if you have questions.
Drop-in Hours: 1:00-3:00 p.m. MT&Th afternoons and by appointment; check my office door schedule for available times. You are encouraged to
email me with questions. Seriously. I mean it.

Required Text: We don't have one, thank you very much. All readings will be provided online as needed

  • To ease the portfolio process, review the Online Portfolio Preview Handbook. It has examples that show the departmental and my expectations for your writing (which are basically the same!).
  • Optional: The English handbook of your choosing, whether digital or print.
  • All necessary course materials will be found online in this class blog.

Portfolio Dates: Midterm: May 13; Final: June 10 or 11

Official Course Description: This course develops and sharpens the basic principles of writing college-level essays. Students work on a series of essays to improve their ability to write clear, detailed prose and to use texts to support their claims. Competence in mechanics and standard English usage is assumed of all students taking ENG 101. A grade at or above a 2.0 requires successful completion of the portfolio process and qualification for English 102.

Unofficial Course Description: This is a hybrid class. If you are unable or unwilling to meet the online obligations for this course, you should find a new section. Otherwise, this course has been designed with a focus on international awareness funded in part by a grant from the Pacific Northwest International Education Association. As part of the course design, I spent a month over two summers in China teaching English at the Harbin Institute of Technology.  We are going to read and respond to materials that provide some insight on China while reading, thinking, talking and writing about how writing and thinking are used to inform and persuade. We'll include the analysis of texts and how they make meeting using words, images, sounds and more. We are going to approach the reading and writing in this class to see how reading, thinking and writing can help us as we search out understanding and/or awareness in our own lives while also gaining some insight on China.

On Being Successful: One of the most important behaviors promoting learning and success, aside from doing what directed when directed to do so, is making the time to sit down and visit with your instructor, professor or teacher, call them (and me) what you will. Along with actually visiting me in my office, this means emailing or blogging questions when you are unsure of things, even if you think you are being a "pest." Doing this means you will do better than you would otherwise. How much better cannot be predicted, but it will depend on how willing and able you are to take and follow advice and to revise accordingly. Don't come in (or email) the day before or after something is due hoping we can turn the inadequate into the excellent; come by the moment you find yourself in need of help. Be willing to avail yourself of other help as well, such as the peer tutoring services provided by the college. Both online and in-person are available. Doing so is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Workload: This is a hybrid class, so we will do a good bit of our work online, so you will need an open mind (but not so open everything might fall out), the ability to make the time to get work done, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. In a typical quarter, it's expected you'll allot 15 hours a week to a five credit class. Because this is a hybrid, that means about 2.5 hours a week in class and 12.5 doing homework. The class workload is predicated on this expectation though workload will vary from week to week. All work is directly related to the essays you must complete to succeed and to future academic success.

Course Learning Outcomes

as determined by department faculty

  • Brainstorm varied ideas to support a claim of manageable scope for a given assignment.
  • Annotate a text in order to effectively analyze and evaluate the ideas in that text.
  • Research, analyze, use, and document information and ideas to develop a position.
  • Analyze, select, and record relevant, valid details in light of particular rhetorical purposes to support claims
  • Respond thoughtfully, precisely, and ethically to texts
  • Communicate with an academic audience to illustrate, analyze, or persuade
  • Organize ideas in a purposeful and coherent manner
  • Demonstrate writing that is a systematic process requiring thoughtful reconsideration and revision.
  • Improve prose through instructor, self, and peer feedback
  • Generate clear, grammatically correct prose
  • Apply conventions of a particular documentation style
  • Independently create original work meeting assignment requirements

How to Pass the Class

  • Understand that "pass" means earn at least a 1.0
  • Each essay is graded equally. Once you pass the portfolio process, your lowest grade is dropped and your highest grade will be matched as your portfolio grade.
  • Attend class each day, pay attention, engage in the in-class activities and take notes.
  • Submit all work—annotations, summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading and revised drafts—when due, no excuses.
  • If you don't understand or are confused, ask questions! That’s your job as a student.
  • Visit me in my office to go over your drafts; visit the peer tutors or use the online tutors
  • Understand that this is a difficult class and be willing to do what it takes to get it done.

How to Fail the Class

  • Understand that "fail" means a 0.0.
  • Don't attend, don't take notes, don't pay attention, don't engage in the in-class activities. More than two weeks worth of absences will result in an automatic F/0.0, regardless of the reasons.
  • Don't submit annotations, summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading or revised drafts when due.
  • Don't ask questions, don't ask for help from me or peer tutors, no matter how necessary.
  • Plagiarize (submitting work that is not yours with the intent that I consider it your work)
  • Give up because it's hard (it is!).

Jesica's Essay # 3 Draft

Jessica Rosa Illi
English 101
Bradly Beck
Anything to Succeed

Dakota's 3rd essay draft

Dakota Goodwin
English 101
Bradly Bleck

Is education really worth everything

Jaisa essay #3 draft

Jaisa Holland
English 101
Bradley Bleck
24 May 2014
Chinese dream
In Hua Yu’s novel China in Ten Words, one reads about Hua’s experiences growing up in China. The website Chinese Dream shows how the Chinese looks up to America. Like the American Dream, the Chinese dream is pointed toward the more fortunate and rich people that always dream about the perfect life.

Kelli's essay three draft

The “American Dream” of China

Devin's Website Draft

Devin Perala
B. Bleck
English: 101
Due Date: 5/24/2014

Megan's Website Draft

Trust is essential for relationships, and without it the relationship cannot progress. In China in Ten Words Yu Hua experiences his first interaction with false relationships. In his second grade class all the teachers would stand together and gossip during recess, appearing to best friends. But one-day Hua’s teacher gleefully informs him that one of her “friends” has been put in custody for being relatives with a landlord.

Cassidy's Website draft

Revolution! Yu Hua writes about revolution in his book China in Ten Words. He in his “Revolution” chapter writes about how a classmate got blacklisted the one thing that come to mind is the red scare. And how people here in the USA got blacklisted as well.

Jerry's Website Analysis Draft

Jerry Mecum
English 101
Bradley Bleck
The Chinese Dream
On this website, (Chinese dream), China portrays to the English speaking world how its citizens are not that different from the rest of the world. They have the same type of desires of a comfortable living standard, wealth, owning a home, and a good retirement. This information is laid out in a manner that seeks to convince the English speaking population that, while China is striving to provide a higher standard of living, it is doing so in a non-threating manner.

Miranda's Essay #3 Draft

Belden 1
Word Cited
Ministry of Education of the People's republic of China, nd
Web May, 22, 2014
Hua, Yu China in Ten Words
New York, Printed, Anchor 2012

Belden 2
Miranda Belden
English 101
Bradley Bleck
May, 24, 2014
Education in China

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