ENGLISH 101: College Reading and Composition I


Professor Karin Garlepp Burns                                                Faculty Office 2503                          

E-mail: burnskg@piercecollege.edu                                         Phone/Voicemail: 818/710-4325

Mailbox #20: College Services Bldg.                                       Office Hours: M-Th 9-9:30; F 9-12


Course Description

English 101 is designed to sharpen your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  It will empower you with the tools for writing college-level expository essays.  The unifying theme of this course will be dreams, explored from various perspectives.  We cover writings from diverse fields and points of view. You will essays of increasing length based on these themes.  Grammar is not covered in this class, but it does affect your grade.  See me in office hours and seek tutoring at the Center for Academic Success (see below) for additional help.


Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 28 or its equivalent, or satisfactory score on the English placement test.  Prerequisites must be verified before being added to this class. Attendance is mandatory and participation is essential.  You will write four essays of increasing length and difficulty, one research essay, and one final in-class essay. Homework is required: reading responses will be assigned and collected weekly.  All homework must be in greenbooks OR printed and stapled—no exceptions.  Read policies below, as they affect your grade.  See my online syllabus on the Pierce faculty webpage under the English Department directory.


Grade Breakdown

Analysis essay (3-4 pages) 10%; comparison/contrast essay (4-5 pages); causal essay (5 pages) 10%; argument essay (5-6 pages) 10%; research essay (8 pages) 30%; final exam (5 pages) 20%; misc. (attendance, homework, tests, exercises) 10%. Pluses and minuses count in final grade calculation, based on the 4.0 scale.


Required books & Materials

Ford, Marjorie & Jon. Dreams & Inward Journeys.  No e-books allowed!

Hacker, Diana.  Pocket Style Manual  6th edition or current MLA handbook

A print college dictionary + several 8 ˝ by 11 inch greenbooks for homework and final exam


Center for academic success peer tutoring: Village 8401, call 818/710-2394 for appointment


Course Policies

1. Courtesy is expected at all times: electronic devices must be off and put away in class. No texting!

2. Plagiarism is using someone else's words, ideas, or work as your own without accurate quotations and proper citations. It results in failure of the paper and a permanent academic fraud report to the Dean of Students.

3. Tardies and absences affect class performance and course status.  More than 2 absences by the census in week 2 results in exclusion.  It is a student’s responsibility to drop after the census.

4. Late essays are accepted one class after the deadline and penalized one grade. Thereafter, they lapse to an "F."

5. The MLA style must be followed or essays will not be accepted.  Follow the MLA handbook and lecture.