English 348E


Instructor: Melissa Gunby Class: English 348E CRN: 80332
Phone: 530-508-6510 Tues/Thurs: 8:00-9:15am
e-mail: msgunby@gmail.com Room: 714
Website: mgunby.wikispaces.com

Office Hours: Monday 5-6 pm room 718, Thursday 5-6 pm room 718, Tues/Thurs 7:30-8am room 717

Homework for Thursday Sept. 1: Read pages 19-26 in Reading Critically and respond to the "Reading to Comprehend" on pages 25-26.


HOmework for Tuesday Sept. 6: Read pages 26-32 in Reading Cricially, respond to the questions that follow, and write a free-write or paragraph in response to the prompt on page 20.


Solano Community College: English 348E: English Fundamentals
Fall Semester 2011
8/17/11-12/20/11



This is a Pass/No Pass course.


There are two requirements to pass this course:


  1. A passing score on the CME (see below)
  2. Completion of a minimum of 70% of the course workRequired Texts and Materials:


Axelrod, Rise, B., Charles R. Cooper, and Alison M. Warriner. Reading Critically Writing Well. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.


ISBN: 978-0-312-67685-8




Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference: with exercises. 6th ed. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print


ISBN: 978-0-312-66477-0 (you may use any edition)


Course at a GlanceWhat follows is a preliminary schedule of the semester, including holidays and midterm dates.



We will be writing approximately 5 essays through this course, not including midterms and other in–class assignments.



Autobiography: weeks 2-4

Personal writing: we will use this chapter and examples from the textbook to connect with a topic on a personal level, using previous experience to support points and arguments through providing a narrative example.



Observation: weeks 5-7

Explanatory writing: this chapter will look at how we can explain what we see to others through using explicit details while still maintaining an essay form and supporting a thesis statement.



Reflection: weeks 8-10

Personal writing: again, this chapter will focus more on supporting a thesis from using personal experience and detail.



Explanation: weeks 11-13

Explanatory writing: This chapter will focus on giving clear explanation to support details and thesis statements.



Evaluation: weeks 14-17

Argument: This chapter will be used to develop skills to evaluate arguments made by others to help us see how to put together arguments of our own.



Important Dates:



Sept 20 and 22: Midterm 1

Nov. 1 and 3: Midterm 2

Nov. 22 and 24: Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classes

December 2: CME 2:30-4:30 pm Please make arrangements now with work, childcare, etc. so that you will be available to sit for this exam.






: powerpoint from Thursday Sept. 1 lecture