English 51

Woodland Community College

4-5:50 PM Colusa County Outreach Facility

English 51 – Preparatory Composition and Reading


Instructor: Melissa Gunby
Phone: 530-508-6501 Mon/Weds: 4-5:50 PM
e-mail: msgunby@gmail.com Office Hours: MW 8-8:30 PM
website: mgunby.wikispaces.com



Course Description:
English 51 is a class that focuses on improving reading skills and writing pre-college level essays; includes basic writing elements, rhetorical modes, and a review of sentence structure and mechanics. Concurrent enrollment in Reading 70 is recommended.

Course Goals:
Over the course of this class you will
v Develop and apply critical reading and critical thinking skills to writing
v Demonstrate understanding that writing is a process
v Write essays with a clear and supported thesis
v Develop and apply self- and peer-editing skills, and revising methods
v Demonstrate knowledge of MLA style and documentation
v Participate in critical discussion
v Pass a holistically scored department final exam

Course Overview:
This is a skills building course, and reading and writing will be at the center of the course. We will write several large assignments for this class, and do frequent in-class writing, along with homework and other small assignments.

There will be assigned homework on an almost nightly basis. Homework will be a combination of assignments from the reader and handouts.


Required Texts and Materials:
Please note: You are required to bring all materials to class on the appropriate day.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.
ISBN: 978-0-439-02352-8

Robinson, William S. and Stephanie Tucker. Text and Contexts: A Contemporary Approach to College Writing. 7th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2009. Print.
ISBN: 978-1-4130-3345-8


Notebook or loose-leaf binder paper for in class writing and note taking
Pens, pencils, highlighters

Internet access is required for this class. All essays and drafts will be submitted online.