Section 2511 of ENGL50
English 1A Support Course -- : Aug 31 - Dec 11 2020
The above section offers students support in college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A. Students who enroll in English 50 are automatically co-enrolled in English 1A (2525) with the same instructor. The section above will include optional online meetings; details will be shared in the course syllabus. Please note the 8/31 start date. After registering for this class, click on the section number to find any available online course material.
Section 2525 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Aug 31 - Dec 11 2020
The above section of English 1A is a co-requisite for English 50. Students are automatically enrolled in both English 1A and English 50 (2511) with the same instructor. English 50 offers students support in college level reading, writing and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A. Please note the 8/31 start date. After registering for this class, click on the section number to find any available online course material.
B.A. Psychology, UCLA, 1995
M.A. English Literature, SFSU, 2001
Certificate to Teach Composition, SFSU, 2001
Certificate to Teach Post-Secondary Reading, SFSU, 2001
FALL 2020: English 1A/50, sections 2525/2511
The purpose of this course, like all English 1As, is to help you grow as a writer, reader, and thinker, providing you with plenty of tools and practice to hone your skills in both the academic world and beyond. With the addition of English 50, we have the gift of time—more time each week to work with our ideas and more opportunities for one-on-one support. We’ll work on developing your individual writing process to find out what works best for you, from generating ideas to planning, drafting, and proofreading.
This student-centered class focuses on building a supportive community of readers and writers; it also involves a lot of input and choice on your part! Our theme will be, loosely, “layers.” We rarely have the time or energy to dig down beneath the surface layer of the information and images that are thrown at us; this is an opportunity to slow down and really question, investigate, and analyze. Generally, our assignments will build our knowledge about a topic from multiple points of view and then each of you will craft your own perspective, but within that framework is plenty of room for you to choose the specific topics that interest and challenge you the most. Maybe you want to investigate the deeper meaning in the lyrics of that one song that everyone thinks is just a dance song. Maybe you want to look at how the media portrays protesters of different races in different ways. You’ll have a lot of opportunities to choose your focus.
Typical assignments include responding to readings, participating in online discussions, and working on various “steps” of an essay (such as an outline or rough draft). Essay assignments will be analytical, persuasive, and/or research-based. Our readings will come from a variety of sources, in a variety of formats, to give you flexibility and skill in understanding and analyzing several kinds of texts, from short stories to nonfiction articles to videos to songs. In addition, we will read one full-length book together as a class (Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates), and then you will each choose a second book to read either in a small group or individually.
This course is entirely asynchronous, meaning our class will NOT have any required synchronous meetings when we all have to be online at the same time. I will, however, offer optional meetings (either video or online chat) for students who find them helpful!