nglish 370
Thursdays 6-8:50 pm
Solano Community College


English 370: English Fundamentals




Instructor: Melissa Gunby Class: English 370 CRN
Phone: 530-508-6501 Thursday: 6:05-8:50e-mail: msgunby@gmail.com Room: 710
Website: mgunby.wikispaces.com

Office Hours: Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm
Room: 746

Course Description: English 370 is a “skills” course which will focus on the development of various analytical, critical, mechanical and grammatical skills and techniques. Throughout this course you will read and write a variety of paragraphs and essays and other materials to develop these skills in preparation for English 1. By the end of the semester you should be able to read critically and synthesize information from a text, as well as write to expose your ideas and information. This class will heavily focus on the writing process, including drafting and revision and we will have mandatory in class workshops.This is a Pass/No Pass course.
There are three requirements to pass this course:
  1. Completion of the 370 Lab (see below)
  2. A passing score on the CME (see below)
  3. Completion of a minimum of 70% of the course work:
    1. In-class activities (participation): 35%
    2. Homework: 10%
    3. Weekly vocabulary journals: 10%
    4. Tests and quizzes: 15%
    5. Essays and writing assignments: 30%
Required Texts and Materials:
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-0-439-02352-8

Goshgarian, Gary. What Matters in America: Reading and Writing about Contemporary Culture. 3rd ed. New Jersey: Pearson, 2012. Print.
ISBN: 978-0-205-23074

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)

You will also need to purchase a green lab folder.
Other materials will be provided or made available at my website.

Internet access is required for this class. If this is a problem, please see me at the end of the first class.loose-leaf binder paperpens, pencils, highlighters

Please note: coming to class without materials will result in reduced points for that class session.Recommended texts/materials: Collegiate dictionary and thesaurus (Longman, Oxford, Merriam Webster, etc)Floppy disk, flash drive, or some other external source to save your documents

Course Requirements

Composition Mastery Exam (CME)
In order to enroll in English 1 (transferable English credit), you must get a minimum score of an 8 on the CME at the end of the term. The CME is given campus wide at the end of each semester and is graded by the English faculty. A student who does not achieve a combined score of 8 or better will not pass English 370 and will have to repeat the course.

English 370 (English Fundamentals) Lab:
All students enrolled in English 370 must also enroll in the ½ unit Engl. 370 Lab. That one-half unit will obligate ach student to complete a three-part lab component, purchase a 370 lab folder (approx. $2 in the bookstore) and make significant progress each and every week.
Students must be enrolled in ½ unit of 370L. If a student has already completed a 370L with a P in a previous semester, that student may be eligible to only take the class. If this applies to you, please see Diane in the lab.

Please see the attached policy statement and lab requirements for more details.

This class is assigned to group 2 of the lab. You must complete the three components of the lab by the time group 2 ends. Failure to complete the lab component of this class will prevent you from passing English 370.
Please note! If the lab staff indicates that you are not making sufficient progress in the lab, you may be dropped from the class.

You are responsible for scheduling your own lab hours. Each student will sign up for four hours of lab time per week. It is each student’s responsibility to attend lab regularly and complete the three-part lab component.


Completion of a minimum of 70% of course work
We will be writing an average of an essay every other week, along with reading and other homework. In order to pass this class, you need to do the work equivalent to a “C” in a graded course. If you do not, you will not pass, even if you complete the lab and pass the CME with an 8 or better.
Course Goals: Over the course of this class you will
  • Develop and apply critical reading and critical thinking skills to writing
  • Demonstrate understanding that writing is a process
  • Show mastery of writing paragraphs with controlling ideas
  • Write essays with clear and supported theses
  • Use critical reading skills to synthesize ideas using personal experience
  • Develop and apply self- and peer-editing skills, revising, and evaluation methods
  • Demonstrate knowledge of MLA style and documentation, and, have resources to find other modes of documentation (APA and Chicago)
  • Use a variety of sentence structures and patterns and show an understanding of the conventions of standard academic English
  • Write short essays as specified above in a 2-hour timed exam setting, to a level consistent with a minimum score of 8 on the CME rubric (midterms).
Course Overview:This is a course in English Fundamentals, and as such, reading and writing will be at the center of the course. We will write a number of paragraphs and essays, some in response to readings, some on different topics. There will be in class writing assignments, as well as regular homework which will include both a reading journal and a vocabulary journal.

You will be required to write an original paper for each assignment. Recycling essays from other classes is considered plagiarism and will not be tolerated.

Grading:This is a Pass/No Pass class, however, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to work to pass. Grades will be calculated as detailed below. Students who do not earn a minimum of a 70% will not receive a passing grade, even if the lab and CME were successfully completed.
    1. In-class activities (participation): 35%
    2. Homework: 10%
    3. Weekly vocabulary journals: 10%
    4. Tests and quizzes: 15%
    5. Essays and writing assignments: 30%


Please note: I will not accept homework via email. Technology failures are not an excuse for a late or missing paper. Back up your files to a floppy or flash drive, or keep alternate copies on your hard drive.