English 1A Winter 2019

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English 1A Mt San Antonio College Winter 2019
English 1A: Mentors in Literature                                         


Instructor: Marcielle Brandler                                     email: marcielleb@hotmail.com

CRN: _____                                                                            Office time English Dept workroom
Bldg     17-11A. 10:30 am – 1:20 pm                                      10 am- 10:15 am Mon-Thur
Mon – Thurs


Required Texts: 


It’s all in Your Dreams, Kelly Sullivan Walden

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, Dan Millman

Fun with Grammar: A Workbook for All of Us, FWG), Marcielle Brandler


Recommended:  Any good grammar book by Holt, Diana Hacker, or other author.


English 1A is a foundation course in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills required of those students who intend to transfer to a university and to obtain their degrees. Through their reading of selected prose works and articles, students learn to identify problems, examine possible solutions, recognize unstated assumptions, appraise evidence, evaluate arguments, draw inferences, and test conclusions. Through their writing, students learn to analyze, synthesize, organize information logically, and propose original ideas.

Prerequisite: Students must have passed English 68 or tested into this class in order to take it.

Course Requirements and Expectations:
Students are required to be on time for class, turn in all essays on time, work in groups, and complete all reading assignments. There will be 3 essays of 1,000 words each, and a Final Research Essay of 2,000 words of text, not including Works Cited page with six cited and quoted sources. Homework, in-class work, and quizzes count as one grade. There will be a total of five grades listed in the
grade book. This includes the Homework grade.

Participation: In-class participation is vital to your success; therefore, students should complete all reading and writing assignments for the day that they are due.

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.


Sample entry in gradebook:

Student Name            Essays Final Essay    Homework     Average the grades

Essay numbers          1 2 3       4/4                  5
Mary Smith                 2 3 3       4/4                  4  =  20  divided by 6 = 3.3  = B in the class.   The six grades are each 1/6th of the final grade.


Homework Grades are given plusses (+) which add up to a final Homework grade.

The four quizzes are 12 points each which equals a total of 48 points. The four Partner Sheets are four points each: 4×4=16.. This means that the highest homework grade would be 16+48=64. Homework Grades: 64-49 = A         48-33 = B      32-17 = C        16-0 = D.

Makeup work: For each class meeting that a graded essay is late, the grade will be lowered one grade. One day late cannot get higher than a B, and so on. Excused work is the exception.


Conferences: Professor Brandler will be meeting with students confidentially to discuss your work and any other issues you need to see me about.
Students with personal issues: Students in this category should see professor privately and confidentially.

Students with Learning or any other 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. The instructor and the DSPS office should be advised of the disability as soon as possible.

Plagiarism: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! 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 and referred to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

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.



Disruptive students: Students who interrupt lectures, enter and exit the classroom during class for non-emergencies, talk excessively, text or use cell phones in any way, 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 in the student’s being asked to leave, not to return until two class meetings later. A letter will be sent to the Student Life Office ((ECS76031), and will be filed in the student’s record. This includes student’s harassment of the professor over a grade. Modest dress is expected as well. Indecent exposure in the classroom is distracting and disturbing.


VisitTitle IX, Sexual Harrassment information: http://www.titleix.info/10-Key-Areas-of-Title-IX/Sexual-Harassment.aspx

Final Exam: The Final Exam is the final Research Essay which will count as two graded essays. Important Note: Always bring your books to class unless otherwise instructed.
Always take good notes! Severe weather cancels class.


Course Measurable Objectives:

Analyze and evaluate topics for written assignments.

Analyze and evaluate academic models in order to construct logical, correct, and complete outlines.

Write coherent, correct essays.

Write a coherent, correct library research paper.

Develop critical/analytical skills for the evaluating, editing, and rewriting of essays.

Use the rhetorical patterns in appropriate, pure, or combined form.

Course Objectives: http://www.mtsac.edu/instruction/business/courses/others/engl1a.html


English 1A Schedule for Prof. Brandler

(23 class meetings including Final Exam day)

See “Prompts.” for all essays. All Quizzes due with essasy.


It’s All in Your Dreams Analysis

Day 1 Mon 1/7  Take roll. Introduce syllabus & class. Discuss MLA. Trust process film w/ Sleeping Dreams  (Not Goal Dreams) as your topic. Discuss how to write a literature essay, FWG p. 80-81. P. 65 Paragraphs. See “Assignment Requirements” and  “Prompts”. Everything we discuss can be used for all the essays. How to start the essay. What are your ideas about dreams in general? Write on board. Discuss and expand. See Quizzes on EnglishwithMarcielle site. TOUR. Homework: Write draft #1 due next class.

Day 2 Tue 1/8    10:30 am: Heidi Lockhart of Honors program speaks, 18 min Author’s bio.   Behind the book. Maslow’s Hierarchy , Gold symbol., and love. p. 80 FWG “Critique”. Bad sources. How to use Easybib. I collect draft #1 and notes for credit.. FWG  p. 66 “Writing Essays”. In groups discuss essay ideas. Write them on the board and expand.  I drop No-Show students.



Day 3Wed1/9 “The Senses” Game .  Titles See EngWMarcielle./Bibliography/Errors.

  1. 62 & p. 86 FWG. Visit OWL at Purdue University. MLA Handout


Day 4Thur1/10 Partner Sheets. You should have written at least 3-5 drafts by now to get to a                           decent final draft. FWG  p. 74 “Rhetorical Modes” do exercises.

Vocabulary game in groups for points          



Day 5Mon 1/14 Writing Center.

Day 6Tue 1/15 Essay #1 It’s All in Your Dreams Analysis due       

Begin It’s All in Your Dreams Experiments & Responses for Essay #2

We discuss analysis in more detail. FWG.  We discuss your ideas                               and expand on them. Homework:. Have draft for credit.

                        FWG. p 68-9 Tenses/Punctuation. Difference between “dream” and “desire”.

FWG p.58 Phrases /p. 36-43 more language. How to organize your ideas.

Read to students from book and explain. In groups discuss essay ideas.


Day 7Wed 1/16            . Using campus Resources. Orientation & “Ask a Librarian”.

Homework: Write draft #1 due next class. Expand ideas. How to continue the essay. How to create a “Works Cited” page. (FWG) and remember the OWL site.


Day 8 Thur1/17 Partner Sheets. Plagiarism Exercise. How I grade essays. Discuss symbols. Author’s intention and          background. Born to Be Good. Power of Now. 


Monday Jan 21 MLK Day. Campus closed.


Day 9 Tues 1/22  ____Writing Center or Work Time


Day 10 Wed 1/ 23Essay #2 due It’s All in Your Dreams Experiments & Responses

Begin Book Analysis/Critique of Ideas: Way of the Peaceful Warrior     

                        Introduce  characters & ideas. See “Assignment Requirements” sheet. Homework: Read  book and have comments ready for discussion. Have brainstorm ready to turn in min 2 full pages for 12 plusses (+ 12). Find Peaceful Warrior book and film online for bibliography. FWG  p.16-20 Nouns, Abstract/Concrete p. 90-96 top “Should We Trust Every Source?”


Day 11Thurs1/24  Students work quietly. Do we want a party on ­­­Jan 29? Prof. brings cups and utensils. We need napkins/plates. Read to students from book and explain.



Day 12 Mon 1/28 Surprise now.  Review grades while students work quietly


Day 13Tue1/29 Party___   “Parallel Structure” handout.

                        Info on EnglishwMar site. Maslow DM Ruiz. Homework: Bring your best typed draft. In groups discuss essay ideas.

Break into groups to discuss your writing. Take notes to use in essay. Students  may interview professor as part of essay. Watch films.  Homework: Bring your best typed draft= 10+ for two pages. Prof. looks at drafts, first paragraph. You should have written at least four drafts to get to a decent final draft. Quiz due with essays.



Day 14 Wed 1/30. Have students go to Martin Luther King Jr. – A True Historical Examination site, decide for themselves what is going on with it, and write comments, due now. Collect. Prof. looks at draft for no credit. They were due last class. Plurals and Possessives. Do more if you need extra credit.


Day 15 Thur 1/31 Partner Sheets. Symbols v. Words p. 82 FWG and online. Brainstorm symbols    and write on board.



Day 16 Mon 2/4 ________ Writing Center or work time


Day 17 Tue 2/5 #3 due Book Critique: Way of the Peaceful Warrior  

Begin Research on how the Hero’s/Heroine’s journey applies to both of the books we read (for 2 grades). 

Review Topics. Research on the book. You may include history, current events, comedy, social commentary, symbols etc., having to do with a topic in the book. add to your thoughts. Discuss Process Analysis. What are scholarly journals?



Day 18 Wed 2/6   Screen Peaceful Warrior Read to students from book and explain.




Day 19 Thur 2/7 Read to students from book and explain. FWG p.40-44 Racist Language, etc..  Review Topics. More info. Long quotations.  Social implications for the book. “Subject/Object” w/ Who/Whom. Homework: Write draft #1 due next class.. Collecct draft #1 Quiz due with essay.



Day  20Mon 2/11 How book and film are different. More info. Long quotations. Social

implications of the book. Lie/Lay” handout.  In groups discuss essay ideas.                          

Write on board. Logical Fallacies discussion and FWG p38, p 43, p.101.



Day  21Tue 2/12Partner Sheets. “Subject/Object” . Groups 1 & 2, do The Demand Letter.

Groups 3 & 4, do Letter of Application in groups. Homework: Bring FWG to last class.



Day  22 Wed 2/13 Writing Center or work time.Last class! Finish Fun with Grammar. Evaluation and                             

                          Contacts. Finish FWG. How I grade the essay. Remember that this essay is for

two (2) grades.



Final Exam Date and time: Thursday, Feb. 14 10:30 am to 1:20 pm
Loving ourselves and others is all we need. We don’t have to have a date.


Essay #4 Final Essay due Research.  Combine the two books we read and discuss them. How can we change using these ideas?                                                                                                                    You are a winner! You made it this far.


Students can leave their finals with the professor in the classroom. Prof. will be gone at the end of the scheduled time. 

You can average your grades to see what you are getting so far. The grade you earned 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 (who try to negotiate their grades and repeatedly ask to have it change or redo work after the deadline, about a grade change, will be docked one grade point. If there is a technical error, the professor will be happy to fix it. The quiz grades will be added up and included as one grade.



English 1A Assignment Requirements

For all essays, the format guidelines are listed below:

  1. 1,000-word essay, except for Final Essay, which is 2,000 words.
  2. MLA format.
  3. Works Cited page.
  4. Quotations cited properly. 1 quotation from the piece we are reading for Essays #1-3.

If you say “you” or “I” in any form not quoted in any essay you will get ¼

point off for the first time you do each. Stay OBJECTIVE and FORMAL.

No slang or curse words unless you are quoting. Get help in the Writing Center and have your tutor initial your draft for credit which may help a borderline final grade.

You will write essays critiquing authors we have read in class from this section.

Take good notes in lectures.

Look for symbols, repeated themes, plot, setting, character, meaning or   moral, author’s intention, social, biographical, and historical background.

What do reviewers, family members, critics, and historians say?

Begin writing immediately, so you have a good chance to do well.

  1. Read each piece BEFORE the day we discuss it. Write your comments and questions. As you read, identify any symbols, foreshadowing in the story, the author’s purpose, audience, effectiveness, and style.
  2. Look up info on the author and the story, why s/he wrote the story and the social context in which it was written, etc.
  3. Take good notes in class. Ask questions and share your thoughts.

Ask yourself how you feel about the characters and their actions or about
the piece and its meanings. How are the characters similar to the author and                                   his family, etc.?

  1. Do your own research on symbols. Google is helpful in this. Think about how WORDS are symbols in themselves, and do some research on the meanings of symbols. Wikipedia, YouTube, QuoteGarden, BrainyQuote are not considered primary sources, but can be your extra sources.



Note: In all the essays, when you quote, mention the source and page number, so the professor can easily find it. To quote=verb. A quotation = noun.


Reminder: Partner Sheets available on the EnglishWithMarcielle site and in Fun with Grammar, by Brandler. It can help make up for ½ grade point, if you do all four Partner Sheets.  Also use the campus site, and OWL at Purdue University.


Essay Prompts

You can never use sources like Wikipedia or BrainyQuote as sources which the professor can count. They can be your extra sources. All sources must be researchable.

Always introduce the books and your topic. See EnglishwithMarcielle for ideas.


Essay #1 Review of It’s All in Your Dreams. 
1000 words, MLA Write an essay discussing the ideas in the book and your response to them.

You must quote from the book at least once and cite your source. Create a “Works Cited” page.

It is required that you explain what Sullivan says about how we can use dreams to improve our lives. What is that process?

Introduce the author and the book in the first paragraph. The book you are discussing                      must be on the “Works Cited” page. Please number your quotation in pen or pencil in the                          margin, so professor can easily find it.


Essay #2. It’s All in Your Dreams Experiments & Responses
1000 words, MLA. You must try one of the suggestions in the book them respond to it. You must quote from the book at least once and cite your source. Make a “Works Cited” page.

Any sources that you quote or paraphrase should be listed on your ”Works Cited” page     and cited in the text. The book you are discussing must be on the “Works Cited” page.        Please number your quotation in pen or pencil in the margin, so professor can easily find       it.


Essay #3 Book Analysis/Critique of Ideas: Way of the Peaceful Warrior

1000 words, MLA What kind of person is Dan in the beginning? Show exactly how a mentor changes him. Be specific. If you like, you can find information on how mentors/coaches/leaders change people, and show how those mentors and initiation into true manhood compare to Dan’s mentor and initiation.

            You must quote three (3) outside sources (meaning- not Warrior or the other books we     read). Quote once per source. Cite them correctly. Create a “Works Cited” page, and include Warrior. Please number your quotations in pen or pencil in the right-hand        margin, so professor can easily find them. The book you are discussing must be on the”            Works Cited” page.


Essay #4 Research.  Combine the two books we read and discuss them. How can we change using these ideas?  (for 2 grades)

Find information on the topic, and draft your thoughts accordingly.



2,000 words

Four  (4) sources cited properly. Two must be from scholarly journals.

    Two must be from books we have not read. “Works Cited” page. Include the books you are discussing. Quote once from each outside source. Please number your quotations in right margin with a pen or pencil.


Professor will share information about authors, etc. You should begin your research right away, and read the book BEFORE we begin this section, so you will understand the lectures. You can use your notes in your essay, but it is better to find your own information. You can discuss author’s biography, his/her stories, current events and attitudes of his/her times, historical perspectives, position in society, and anything else that shed light on his writing. You may quote from his movies, tv shows, and comments you find, and from what others have said of these authors and their ideas. All sources must be researchable.


On Bibliography                                                                                 To cite, note quote

  1. Book you are comparing It’s all in Your Dreams   Original Source
  2. Book you are comparing Way of the Peaceful Warrior   Original Source

————————————–Outside Sources which you must quote——————————–

On Bibliography                                                                                  To cite and quote

  1. Book                                                                                             Book
  2. Any             Any
  3. Scholarly Journal                                          Scholarly Journal
  4. Scholarly Journal                                               Scholarly Journal


You will have a total of 6 sources on your “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” page. Professor subtracts at least one point for every source not quoted and for every source not cited inside the essay and on the “Works Cited” page.


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:

Total  = Final grade




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





13= 2.6  C
12= 2.4  C

11= 2.2  C
10= 2     C
9= 1.8  C



19- 3.8   A__________
18= 3.6  B
17= 3.4  B
16= 3.2  B
15= 3     B
14=2.8   B


This syllabus is subject to change for correction of errors and other issues.