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english 28 pierce college spring 2019 syllabus


English 28 Pierce College

                                        Syllabus and Schedule for Spring 2019              (page 1 of 11)



Instructor: Professor Marcielle Brandler                    email: marcielleb@hotmail.com

Class Meetings: Fridays                                              Section 19414
9:00 am – 12:10 pm                                                     Office location: Juniper Faculty Office
Location: Juniper room 818                                         Office time: Fridays 12:15 pm – 1:45pm

Website:   https://englishwithmarcielle.wordpress.com/


Required texts:  The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho

                            Final Essay articles available at English with Marcielle site


Grammar taken from: Fun with Grammar: A Workbook for All of Us, Marcielle Brandler

Recommended:  Rules for Writers, Diana Hacker/ A dictionary


Course Description: English 28 will focus primarily on longer essay development and organization and on a review of grammar specifically designed to enhance sentence construction. This course prepares students for English 101 level.


Course Requirements and Expectations: Students are required to be on time for class, turn in all essays on time, complete the grammar exercises, participate in class discussions, work in groups, and to complete all reading assignments and subsequent exercises. Receiving help at the Learning Center at least once for each essay is strongly suggested. There will be three essays of 800 words each, and a Final Essay. Students must take the Final Exam in order to pass the course. We will have a library orientation and visit the library to do minimal research for at least one of the essays. Homework and in-class work will count as one grade. If a student does all the work the grade will = 4 = A. Three fourths = 3 = B. One half = 2 = C. One fourth = 1 = D. Less than one fourth = 0 = F. The current work must be turned in with the current essay. No late homework, unless excused.


Participation: In-class participation is vital to student success; therefore, they should complete all reading and writing assignments in advance of the day that we discuss them.


Grading Method: I will use the letter grading method wherein grades will reflect the following interpretation:    4=A   3=B   2=C   1=D   0=F.


Grading Process

Each essay gets points:

4 points =A   3 points =B    2 points =C   1 point =D    0 points=F.  Students are marked down for various errors. A few of them are:-1 for not following the assignment (Ex: not analyzing the text);  -1 for normal grammar errors; -2 for very egregious errors; -1 for each required thing missing, such as a quotation that should be in the essay or a missing source for the Bibliography; -1/2 if a student says any form of “you” or “I” that is not in a quotation; -1/4 if a book, film, or other title is not correctly italicized or placed in quotation marks. The EnglishWithMarcielle website “Titles” page shows how to create titles.

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Sample entry in grade book:

Student Name            Essays Final Essay    Homework     Average the grades

Essay numbers          1 2 3       4                     5
Mary Smith                 2 3 3       4                     4  =  16  divided by 5 = 3.2  = B in the class.
The five grades are each 1/5th of the final grade.




Makeup work: For each class meeting that a graded essay is late, the grade will be lowered one grade. An essay that is one day late cannot get higher than a B, and so on. Excused work is the exception. Borderline final grades of .8 are automatically raised to the next grade level. Example: 2.8 is a C, but the .8 rounded up to a B.

Conferences: Professor will be meeting with students confidentially to discuss their work and any other issues concerning the class.


Students with Learning Disabilities: Reasonable alternative assignments will be developed for students with documented learning disabilities based on recommendations in the diagnostic evaluation.  Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.  Students are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the proper department.


Proper behavior and honesty: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE or CHEAT!  Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as your own. Students who commit plagiarism will be given an F on the offending essay. Cheating of any kind is a violation of academic integrity and (Education Code Sections 66017, 66300, 76030 and 76031).  Penalties for cheating may include suspension from the College. For more information, check the below site: https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/plagiarism-what-is-it-exactly


Students who interrupt lectures, enter and exit the classroom during class for non-emergencies, talk excessively, text or use cell phones, argue with the professor, or otherwise interfere with the harmonious atmosphere of the class, will be considered disruptive. These students will be warned once. The next disruption will result being asked to leave.


For any of the above offenses, a Misconduct Report will be sent to the Student Services and Academic Affairs, concerning the incident and will be filed in the student’s record. Penalties for cheating and disruption may include suspension from the College. Always dress modestly. Immodest dress is distracting and disturbing. See the Pierce Catalogue


While we appreciate gifts, in the spirit of fairness, the professor shall not accept any gifts that may appear to create a conflict of interest.




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Drops: ____ is the last day to drop in order to avoid receiving an F.

Adds:  This class must be added on or before the first day of class. Students must attend the first day of class to remain enrolled.


Students with personal issues: Students in this category should see me privately and confidentially.


Grade changes: When students disagree with a grade on an essay, they may write “Reconsider” on their graded essay, and hand it to the professor for reconsideration.


Final Exam: There will be an in-class Final Exam as scheduled on the following pages. It will count for one letter grade and will be a response to an article. Students may use a dictionary and notes.


Assignments Grade: Each section has a grammar requirement. All grammar exercises from Fun with Grammar (FWG) must be done in class and cannot be made up; however, students can do 8 points’-worth of extra credit. This will prevent cheating. Students must be present for grammar discussion and practice.

1.Verb Tenses  p. 3-9                                                  4. Subject/Object Gerunds p. 10-14

  1. Singular/Plural, Possessives, Gerunds p.20 5. Punctuation p. 69
  2. Lie/Lay (Spell/Vocab p. 46- 47 extra) 6. Parallel Structure p. 32 & handout

Partner sheet on each section for 4 points each          Clauses p.60 extra. Titles p 61

This adds up to: 4 drafts per essay (x 4 essays =12 = 12 points)

6 Grammar assignments, 4 Partner sheets = 10 assignments for 4 points (plusses) each =   52 points (plusses)  total. These plusses add up to one homework grade as below:

49- 52   = A            40- 48   = B         26- 39   =C      13-25  10   = D           0-  12     = F


Important Note:  Students should always bring their textbooks to class unless otherwise instructed. Reminder: “Partner Sheet” is on page 91 of Fun with Grammar and, along with student sample reviews and other information at:

Prof. looks at drafts and advises students, but does not edit (correct) errors. Once an essay has been turned in, students cannot rewrite that essay. Essays should have been rewritten BEFORE submitting the final work. That is the whole point of being a writer. Have a polished piece.

Always take good notes!!! Severe weather cancels class.





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Schedule of Assignments

(14 class meetings + 1 Final Exam day. Feb. 4- June 3 Computer room in Business 3216)

Analysis of a character in The Alchemist

Day 1  2/8   Introduce class & syllabus. Sign up for alerts. How to begin an essay. Brainstorm,

“Trusting the process”  FWG. See also Trust the Process by Prof. Brandler on You                          Tube. FWG p.66 p. 65 Brainstorm ideas on topic given. Paragraphs. Discuss story.                                Discuss MLA for all essays. FWG p. 85 bottom FWG “Without a ‘Works Cited                        Page’”  Homework: Read The Alchemist. Choose a character. Write your first                                   two pages, due next class. Drop no-shows.


Day 2 2/15  Give credit for draft #1, two pages. Plagiarism exercise. What is “Analysis”? Summarize story and give an opinion on your character. Give bib for the book.


Day 3  2/22  “The Senses”kit. FWG p. 67. Get help in the Writing Center.Extra credit for written proof that you worked with a tutor for all essays. Homework Complete the essay. Trust the process. 10:15-12:10 Library Orientation and work.  


   Day 4  3/1    Expand your first sentences. How do we do that? Use a quotation from the piece. Discuss p. 1-9, Author, etc. Topics to enhance essay.  Grammar 1 FWG Verb Tenses  p. 3-9 Partner Sheets. Second Break. Computer room 11:15-12:10 Business 3216. Professor  helps individuals. Get help in Writing Center, if possible for extra credit. Homework: Improve the final draft of your essay, due next class. Focus and work hard!


Day 5  3/8 #1 due Essay Analysis of a character w/ 3rd & 4th drafts.

Begin Lessons in the novel, The Alchemist.

FWG Singular/Plural, Possessives, Gerunds p.20. Discuss. You may                                                quote the film, but identify the source. The long quotation. Citing sources review.                                 Discuss next essay. “Maslow’s Hierarchy” and “Gold symbol.”.
Homework: Write thoughts, 2 pages min. for credit.


Day 6 3/15   Give credit for draft #1. Grammar 4 FWG Subject/Object Gerunds p. 10-14                                    Homework: Essay & draft. Do we want a party on Day 11? Professor brings                       cups & napkins. How to quote and cite.


Day 7 3/22      Partner Sheets. FWG Spelling Game. Why you cannot use Wikipedia or any                                  quotation sites. Computer room 11:15-12:10.


Spring Break March 28 to April 5 Campus closed. Homework Complete the essay.

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Day 8 4/12  Essay #2 due Lessons from The Alchemist w/ 4th draft 

Begin discussion of article, “What is Ethics?”

Discuss ethics and issues with article. Show trailers for Pursuit of Happyness, Note: The word “happiness” is intentionally spelled incorrectly. Why? Pay it Forward. About ethics


Day 9 4/19      Discuss ethics and issues.FWG Punctuation p. 69. Logical Fallacies handout. Homework: Write Draft #1 on the article. Remind party.


Day 10 4/26    Draft #1 due. Clauses FWG p.60 .

Titles p 61.  Surprise! Remind party Magazine exercise.


Day11 5/3       Party___ You can incorporate everything we have discussed, read, and seen.                                Discuss research. See FWG Homework: Write your ideas on what                                                Wizard of Oz means to you. p 91 FWG and on EnglishwithMarcielle site

Vocabulary game in groups for points         


Day 12 5/10    Partner Sheets  Computer room 10:15-12:10 REVIEW GRADES

Day 13 5/17  # 3 Essay due discussion of article, “What is Ethics?”.                     

Persuasion on article, “Against School.” See “Articles to Critique”.

                        Write what you think about school. See prompt. Discuss. Pass out article.

                        Discuss the topic and article. Grammar Adjectives/Adverbs p. 50                         

Computer room 11:15-12:10 I cannot advise on grammar or language.

Read article and write your comments. Discuss. Homework: See “Prompts” handout. Professor cannot advise on grammar or language.

Day 14 5/24  Last class. Draft #1. Evaluation, Contacts, Review of Essay requirements. FWG finish. Computer room 11:15-12:10
Professor cannot advise on grammar or language.




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Day 15  May 31  #4 Article Analysis of an article  

Persuasive essay due on “Against School”.  9 am to 11 am. Turn in the essay. 


After semester,
I do SLO’s.


Professor will collect all homework for a grade= Homework Grade #5.

Good luck! 

You can average your grades to see what you are getting so far. The grade you got is what you created. Blaming the professor because YOU did not do A work, is NOT the professor’s fault. If you got an A, you created that too. Thanking the professor is also a moot point. Students who harass the professor about a grade change, will be docked one grade point and reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs.


The Final Exam is not returned to students.
I know you will do your best.



Good luck, and keep in touch.






















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Guidelines for Improved English Skills

  1. Students must always be on time for class, making sure to have pen,

paper, textbook, homework, and assignment schedule ready at all times.

  1. Take good notes. We cannot always remember what was said in class. Professors give us a great deal of information that they often will not want to repeat.
  2. It is a good idea to have a pal in the class who will share his notes with you on days when you are absent, and who can inform you of any changes in assignments or the schedule. You can do the same for that person.
  3. Find a quiet place to study. It is very important that you have a regular place where you can study and be left alone. The other people in our lives need to understand that much of college life is quiet study time.
  4. Organize your work, so that it is easy to find all handouts and notes for all of your classes.
  5. Do all assigned homework on time. Waiting until the last minute, or writing down the answers to grammar homework while the professor is giving the answers, or doing the same with essay answers merely stunts your progress. It is important to make your mistakes on your own, and then correct them,          so that you (and the professor) will be able to discover trouble spots you      might have in your abilities, and help you to correct them. That is the entire           point of practice.
  6. When you are given a writing assignment, begin writing as soon as possible. After you have written at least a paragraph, type it up, do a spell check, and take a break from your work. It is important to let      some time go by, before           reworking your essay. Read your essay aloud to yourself. Are there any        errors that you can spot? Have you left something out? If so, fix those        problems. Rewrite the paragraph to make it better. Now add some more information. If you do this process of rewriting and taking breaks at least         five times, you will have a much more polished essay, and you have a much   better chance of writing an excellent piece. Practice! In order to be good          writers, we must write and rewrite.
  7. Get help in the Writing Center. Be sure that the person who helped you,

initials your draft, so that you can get credit for it.

  1. Get enough rest. and come to class well fed. Proper nutrition helps us to

concentrate, stay alert, and retain information.

  1. Think of college as boot camp.




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Paragraph Guidelines for Essays

All essays will be graded for grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity of meaning, following a logical sequence of thought, fulfilling the promise that the topic sentence makes, and following all instructions. Please turn in all brainstorms, outlines, Partner Sheets, and other homework with the essay.

On all essays, students must be a minimum of 800 words and must:

Discuss the essay.


Highlight your TOPIC SENTENCE.

The BODY of the essay will prove your points.

Analyze the writer’s ideas and/or writing style.

Tie up final thoughts in an interesting manner

Students will be graded on:

Individuality of thought

Grammar and mechanics

Logical thought progression

Following the assignment

Complete understanding of what they read

Identifying correct source material

One quotation, minimum. Highlight it, and give the source.

Analysis of writer’s thoughts

Requirements for All Essays

800 words minimum. Articles found on EnglishwithMarcielle site.

Respond to the essay:

For Essays 1-3: 1 quotation minimum and cited. Integrate the quotation into the essay. Bibliography.

Final Essay #4 needs three (3) sources, one (1) quotation from each source, and a Bibliography.

Students are required to analyze the novel or article. You may discuss any of the following:

-The focus of the author’s topic and what can be added to it. Analysis of writer’s thoughts. Use your own examples.

-The writer’s style and strategies for making his argument.

-Information about the author, either from the book or an outside source.

-Do not say “I” or “you,” unless it is in a quotation.  Give us your opinion without using , “In my opinion,” or “I think….” or any other “me” or “my” words. Do not say “you” or “your”.

-Do not use contractions.

-Cite all sources.

-More quotations are encouraged.

-Before or after each quotation and idea, students must discuss its importance, or    inappropriateness, unless the quotation is self explanatory.

-If there are ideas that are lacking, incorrect, or incomplete, what are they, and how can they be made complete? Are there ideas that are untrue? Explain. If they are true, explain.

-What are the author’s possible prejudices or biases?


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If you wish to bring in another source, discuss how it is similar or different from the ideas in your essay or the essay you are analyzing.

-How do the articles differ, or how are they similar?

-How are their examples similar or different?

-Does one writer use more personal anecdotes while the other employs more research?

-Does one author make use of more quotations, statistics, examples, experts than the other?

-How do their ideas differ? -Does one offer solutions?

-Do you agree with the solution, or do you propose another solution?

Students will be graded on:

-Individuality of thought.

-Grammar and mechanics.

-Logical thought progression.

-Following the assignment.

-Complete understanding of what they read.

-Identifying correct source material.

-One quotation, minimum.

Instead of saying “I think the protagonist is …” Just say, “The protagonist is …”


Cheating is a violation of academic integrity and Board Rule 9803.12. Penalties for cheating may include a grade of zero or “F” on an exam or paper, or even suspension from the College.

For more information, check the below site:



English 28

Student Learning Outcomes for English 28

Revised: November 24, 2008

By the end of the term, English 28 students will be able to do the following:

  1. Write unified, coherent essays with a clear thesis statement and supporting paragraphs. Typed essays will be approximately 500-1000 words each and in MLA format. Bluebook essays (in-class) will be 500-750 words each


  1. Write essays demonstrating sustained clarity of intention, awareness of audience, and various writing techniques.


  1. Understand the audience’s stylistic needs by using sentence variety, parallelism, appropriate diction, and active voice.


  1. Eliminate grammatical, mechanical, and syntactical errors (i.e., fragments, run-ons, comma splices, subject-verb agreement errors, pronoun agreement errors, and pronoun shifts).


  1. Analyze written texts, such as essays (non-fiction) or short stories and novels (fiction) for main point or theme, content, mode, style, vocabulary, logic, and figurative language.

The general link is: From this page you can click on specific courses.

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English 28 Prompts

You cannot use Wikipedia, study sites, or any quotation sites.

Articles are on EnglishwithMarcielle! site


Essay #1   Analysis of a character in The Alchemist.
Discuss what you want to say about one character from the book.
What is s/he like? What does s/he do and why?

You must have a Bibliography or Works Cited.


Essay #2   Lessons in the novel, The Alchemist.
Discuss at least one lesson from the novel. What can we learn from it?
Quote once from the novel at least once and cite the quotation
You must have a Bibliography or Works Cited.

Essay #3   “What is Ethics?”
Discuss the article’s main points.
Quote once from the article at least once and cite the quotation
You must have a Bibliography or Works Cited.

Essay #4 Final Essay   Persuasion Essay responding to article,
“Against School”.
You must take a side

What is the article about and why you agree or disagree. Your sources back you up.

Final essay needs three (3) OUTSIDE sources and the original source.


  1. The article which you are discussing on Bibliography. Quote it.
    2. An outside source on Bibliography. Quote it.
    3. An outside source on Bibliography. Quote it.
    4. An outside source on Bibliography. Quote it.

You must have a Bibliography or Works Cited.

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Reminder: “Partner Sheets”, quizzes, and sample essays available on English with Marcielle site. For more info, visit:  https://englishwithmarcielle.wordpress.com/



When divided by 5, the below are the final grades. We add up the 5 remaining grades, then average them out. See chart below:



13= 2.6  C
12= 2.4  C

11= 2.2  C
10= 2     C
9= 1.8  C




8= 1.6    D
7= 1.4    D
6= 1.2    D
5= 1.0    D
4= 0.8    D
3= 0.6    F


If you divide by 4, you get a different number but the final points are the same. A 3.6 is still a B.


19- 3.8   A

18= 3.6  B
17= 3.4  B
16= 3.2  B
15= 3     B
14=2.8   B