ENGLISH 1B-READING AND
DE ANZA COLLEGE-SPRING QUARTER 2013
OFFICE: F11-f PHONE: 864-8540
FACULTY WEBSITE: http://faculty.deanza.fhda.edu/dickersonbob/
Office Hours: Mon.—Thurs. 11:30-12:20 and by appointment.
Eligibility is established through successful completion of ENGLISH 1A.
Through reading, discussion of, and writing about literature, you should
develop a greater ability to understand what you read and to convey that
understanding in a variety of clear, unified, coherent, well-developed and
Ciuraru (ed.), Beat Poets (Everyman’s
Library Pocket Poets)
Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Wolff, ed., The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
(Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go—not
certain if we will have time for it; will let you know)
North by Northwest: An EWRT 1B Reader (purchased at the Bookstore and
picked up at De Anza Printing Services)
A dictionary and thesaurus
We meet two times a week. You are allowed three absences. If you miss more than
three classes, I will drop you. Whether your absences are excused or unexcused
makes no difference, since you will miss important class time. If you arrive
late or leave early, you will be assessed either a full or half absence for the
day, depending upon the amount of class time you miss. People who leave during
break will receive a full absence for the day.
If you miss a class or an assignment, please contact another classmate for
the information you missed. Do not call or email me for missed assignments.
After I determine the pace of the class, I will give you a tentative reading
schedule that will help you keep up with assignments. Usually, I determine an
appropriate reading schedule by the fourth or fifth week of the quarter.
4/20 is the last day to drop for a refund (4/13 for out-of-state or
international students). 4/21 is the last day to drop with nothing showing on
your record. 5/31 is the last day to drop with a "W." I will not drop
you from the class. You must withdraw yourself or receive the appropriate
A) Completion of all assignments on time: You
will come to class having read the assignment and prepared to discuss.
B) Participation in class and group discussions.
C) Writing of approximately 6,000 words: one or
two in-class essays, three or four out-of-class essays, several short in-class
and/or out-of-class essays, and a research paper. You will complete all the
written assignments or you will not pass the class.
D) Free-writing exercises, oral reports, and
study question responses.
E) Unannounced reading quizzes.
F) A final exam.
Your final grade will be primarily determined by the quality of your written
work, but it will also be affected by your class attendance, class
participation, performance on reading quizzes, and your ability to submit your
completed assignments on time.
Probable percentages for evaluation: Essays 40-50%, Research Paper-15-20%,
Final Exam-15-20%, Reading Quiz/Study Question Average, Attendance and
You may rewrite papers for higher grades only if I recommend that you do so.
However, if you wish to rewrite a paper for the sheer pleasure of improving
your writing skills, I will be glad to read and comment on such an essay.
You may not rewrite late papers for a higher grade. Late papers will be marked
down a letter grade for each class they are late. No late papers will be
accepted more than one week after the due date. A paper that is not accepted
will receive a 0 for a grade. I will not write comments on late papers.
A late paper is any paper that is not turned into me at or prior to the
beginning of the class on the day the paper is due. Thus, it seems advisable to
submit all papers on time.
PLAGIARISM—Don't do it!!!
FLAKE FACTOR—Excessive tardiness, absences, protracted break-taking, late
papers, unread assignments, etc. are considered annoying, deleterious, and bad
form; consequently, they may affect your final grade (and your future income
and investment portfolio, as well).
CELL PHONE RULE—You may not use cell phones in class for any reason. If you
need to use one, please go outside the classroom and talk or text or whatever
you need to do.
The final exam for Section 17 (TTh 1:30) will be in L-42 from 1:45 P.M. until 3:45
P.M. on Tuesday, June 25.