English 1A, Reading and Composition, is designed to strengthen students' ability to read and write. This is a transfer-level course, and it entails a required research paper.
Specific policies are listed in the syllabus; however, to be successful, you will want to come to class on time, complete all the work thoughtfully and generally give your best effort to improve your writing.
The syllabus will be passed out on the first day of class. Please e-mail me if you need another copy.
All assignments are listed in the schedule passed out on the first day of class.
Typical Course Materials:
- Maimon, Elaine P., Janice H. Peritz and Kathleen Blake Yancey. A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2010. (3rd edition with 2009 MLA Updates)
- O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. (any edition is fine)
- Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. (any edition is fine)
- Speigelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986.
- A three-ring binder with paper & dividers
- Writing utensils (blue/black-ink pens, highlighter, etc.)
- Two bluebooks (bring for the midterm and final essay exams)
- An actively-checked ECC e-mail account
- A stapler
- A flash drive (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)
- A college-level dictionary
On average, English 1A students who use the Writing Center are 18% more likely to finish the class and 21% more likely to pass. Find out how you can use El Camino's Writing Center here.
Vocab building on Freerice.com
Harvard's Writing Center (excellent writing tips for skills like concluding papers without simply summarizing)
A helpful guide for MLA formatting and citations