EI202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II

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EI 202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II


FA 2012 HOA


Van Tress, Heather




BA Classics-University of Missouri, Columbia; MA Classics - Washington University, St. Louis
Ph.D. Classics - Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Office Hours

Before or after class, or by appointment



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


English, A.K. and Laura Monahon English (2009). NorthStar 4 Reading and Writing (3rd ed.) New York: Pearson Longman ISBN: 0136133681

Additional Resources:
Additional reading material provided by instructor.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills and expand their vocabulary in preparation for advanced level classes. Students will read longer and more challenging texts of varying types; writing assignments will be based mainly, but not exclusively, on these readings. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

Learning is a social activity accomplished best through open and spontaneous interaction. Every voice should be heard and valued as a part of the whole learning process. Conscientious listening, critical contemplation, and candid responses will provoke deeper understanding of issues, ideas, and challenges.

Class Assessment:

Preparation and Participation - 25%
         Study assigned material
         Complete homework and/or turn-in assignments
         Listen and actively participate in class
Writing Portfolio - 25%
         Accumulation of 3 paragraphs and 5 essays that show evidence of improvement  in planning, writing, editing, and revising skills
Reading Folder- 25%
         Accumulation of explanations and examples that demonstrate an understanding of reading and vocabulary-building skills 
Quizzes, Tests, Exams - 25%
        Weekly Quizzes
         3 Cumulative Tests
         Final Exam


90 - 100%       A
80 - 89%         B
65 - 79%         C
55 - 64%         D
Below 55%      F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due and must be turned in at the beginning of class on the specified date. Missed quizzes or in-class work cannot be made up.

               (NOTE: The only exceptions to this are valid medical reasons and pre-scheduled games (athletes)
                             or performances (musicians). In these
cases the instructor must be informed well in advance
                             in order to schedule
early submission of assignments. Missed quizzes can be made up after
                             the Final Exam is turned in.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Arrive and leave on time. (Lose 1 pt for each minute late...and, gain 1 pt. for each minute overtime)
Be polite to everyone...listen to them, speak to them, smile at them, laugh with them, encourage them, empathize with them
No unauthorized use of electronics. (In fact, turn them off and put them away...out of sight, out of mind!)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Dates and Assignments       
*Please note that these dates are subject to change*         

8/20                  Intro to class

8/22-31              Unit 5:   Reading: Text and “A Special Place” by Jason Holland/Writing: Descriptive Essay

9/3                     Monday, No Classes (Labor Day)

9/5-12                 Unit 2:   Reading: main idea vs. details/Writing: Summary¶        

9/14-21               Unit 3: Reading: Text /Writing Opinion ¶

9/24                    Test 1

9/26-10/5            Unit 6: Reading: Text/Writing: Persuasive ¶ (T-chart, pre-writing)

10/8-12               Unit 10: Reading: inferences/Writing: Cause Effect Essay (signal words, flow chart)

10/14-21              No Classes (Fall Break)

10/22-24              Unit 10 (Finish)

10/26                   No Class – Instructor at KSDE

10/29                   Test 2

10/31-11/9            Unit 9: Reading: Text and “Two Ways to See a River” by Mark Twain/Writing: Compare Contrast Essay            

11/12                    No Classes (Veterans’ Day)

11/14-21               Unit 8: Reading: Text and “What’s In a Name?” By Henry Louis Gates Jr./Writing: Narrative Essay

11/23                     No Classes (Thanksgiving Holiday)

11/26-12/3             Unit 7: Reading: Text and “The Plot against People” by Russell Baker/Writing: Classification Essay

12/5                       Test 3

12/7                       Review for Final Exam   

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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