Fall 2014 - Section 4602

Instructor: Prof. Joyce Schenk

“Through the entry of my username and password I affirm that I am the student who enrolled in this course. Furthermore, I affirm that I understand and agree to follow the regulations regarding academic integrity and the use of student data as described in the ECC Board Policy 5500 Academic Honesty and Standards of Conduct that governs student rights and responsibilities. Failure to abide by the regulations may result in disciplinary action up to expulsion from the college.”


As you pass through the pictorial door of the imagination, you will enter the 1A world where you will explore the correlation between DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES through essays, novels, films, and discussion.

During this journey you will be strengthening your ability to write clearly and to read with understanding. Through participation on the Discussion board, you will meet your “virtual” classmates with whom you can exchange ideas about assigned readings, The Hunger Games, and literary analysis.  In addition, you will become familiar with the techniques of scholarly research.




Credit in English A or English AX with a minimum grade of C and credit in English 84 or English 7 or English as a Second Language 52B with a minimum grade of C or qualification by testing (English or ESL Placement Test) and Assessment .


Student Learning
Outcome (SLO)

Upon Completion of this course, students will

  1. Complete a research-based essay that has been written out of class and undergone revision. It should demonstrate the student's ability to thoughtfully support a single thesis using analysis and synthesis.
  2. Integrate multiple sources, including a book length work and a variety of academic databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scholarly websites. Citations must be in MLA format and include a Works Cited page.
  3. demonstrate logical paragraph composition and sentence structure. The essay should have correct grammar, spelling, and word use.





  1. Recognize and revise sentence-level grammar and usage errors.
  2. Apply basic research techniques using both print and electronic sources
  3. Apply skills of incorporating other published views and quoted materials
  4. Review strategies for identifying themes in literature.
  5. Create and identify symbols
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of interpersonal relationships by responding to students’ written ideas and collaborating with them.
  7. Apply critical-thinking skills to numerous published articles and to college-level book-length works and film scripts for the purpose of writing and discussion.
  8. Apply appropriate strategies in the writing process including composing, revising, and editing techniques.
  9. Compose multi-paragraph, thesis-driven essays with logical and appropriate supporting ideas, and with unity and coherence.
  10. Utilize MLA guidelines to format essays, cite sources in the texts of essays and compile Works Cited lists.



·                 Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic Inc., 2008. ISBN 13: 978-0-439-02352-8.

·                 Research paper novel or film script chosen by student

·                 Additional reading available online.

·                 A second film script chosen by students




Phone and Voice Mail: (310) 660-3670

Online Accessibility: Instructor is online seven days a week to respond to emails or posted questions on Discussion Board Inquiry.

Email: joyceschenk@gmail.com

Faculty Website: http://www.elcamino.edu/faculty/jschenk/index.html




And Grading



  1. Students will be expected to log into the Discussion Board and engage in discussions and activities on a regular weekly basis. Interaction with each other is an important part of this course.
  2. Students will lose Discussion Board points by not posting an assigned exercise, not answering instructor questions to a post or not responding to the minimum number of postings.
  3. The quality of postings will be rewarded, so please avoid responses as “great” or “I agree.”  What I look for is why you agree with another student’s post which will reflect that you have thought about the subject under discussion.
  4. Students will complete and submit three essays and a research paper which will count for two essays.
  5. Students will complete ten quizzes on the assigned readings and grammar.
  6. Quizzes may be taken multiple times before the deadline of each module.
  7. 10% will be deducted from the grade of a late essay (submitted up to one week after the due date) excluding the research paper and final essay.
  8. Be sure to keep all of your graded work until you receive your final grade report in case any discrepancies arise.
  9. Plagiarized work will automatically receive a grade of zero.


Grades are based on points:

Assignment #1 Film analysis


Assignment #2 The Hunger Games


Assignments #3-4 Research Paper


Assignment #5 Final Essay


Discussion Board including written posted and emailed drafts


10 Quizzes









Grades are assigned based on total points earned as follows:

 900 - 1,000 = A

800 -    899 = B

700 -    799 = C

600 -    699 = D

    0 -   599 = F





“Plagiarism” is the passing off of someone else’s work as your own. Plagiarized work in this course will automatically receive a grade of zero; evidence of cheating or misrepresentation will be reported to the college as provided for in the El Camino Standards of Student Conduct (Section I.B. of ECC Board Policy 5500).


Special Needs

If you feel you may need an accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, contact the instructor to discuss your specific needs. You may also need to contact the Special Resource Center (SRC) on campus at 310-660-3296 to coordinate reasonable accommodations.





Drop Policy

  1. In compliance with new state accountability requirements, if you fail to post to the discussion board by, Wednesday August 27, you must be reported as a “No Show” and the registrar will drop you from the course.
  2. If you miss two weeks of posting, you may be dropped from the course for “non attendance.”
  3. Check the Class Schedule for official college withdrawal dates.  According to college policy, any student still enrolled in a class after Friday, November 14, must receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F).
  4. If you wish to withdraw from any course at El Camino, it’s your responsibility to take the proper steps.  This is especially important in a distance education class. Do not assume that an instructor will drop you if you simply stop participating in the class. If you  need to withdraw from any course at El Camino, you can drop classes online through MyECC.



·                 Find links to student Etudes support services

·                 http://www.elcamino.edu/library/distance-ed/etudes.asp