Course Syllabus





COURSE NUMBER & NAME:                          EH 0302 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing I           I

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:                               A continuation of EH 0301 with emphasis on writing short essays. Required of entering students who score below the established norm on the English Placement test.  Institutional credit.  The purpose is to prepare students to succeed in EH 1301 (English Composition I).  Does not substitute for EH 1301 or EH 1302 requirements.  A grade of C or higher is required to pass this course.

PREREQUIISITES:                                               EH 0301 or Placement score

NUMBER HOURS CREDIT:                               Three (Institutional credit only)



Course Faculty



Department Chair, English/Fine Arts



Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


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EH 0302 Fundamentals of Reading and Writing II

 Department of English and Fine Arts

Jennifer Jacobs, Adjunct Professor



EH 0302 is designed to prepare students who are deficient in writing skills above the grammatical level with the working knowledge necessary for success in Freshman Composition. It is designed in such a manner as to develop a student's ability to write essays with few grammatical mistakes, as well as increase a student's comprehension and critical analysis of a variety of readings.


II.                 COURSE OBJECTIVES:

           The student will demonstrate the ability to:


      A. Write an essay with some development of ideas.

      B. Read a passage or essay and determines main and supporting ideas.

      C. Write an essay with fewer than 15 grammatical mistakes.

      D. Successfully write an essay in a timed-writing situation.




This course is viewed as a didactive and cooperative learning partnership between the faculty member and the student. The success of this partnership depends on everyone involved being fully prepared for each class experience, keeping up with readings and other assignments, and conducting themselves in a professional and virtuous manner. The faculty member’s role is to provide guidance, resources, and information as needed, modeling feedback, instructional activities, and assistance in integrating information. The course is designed as a learner-centered experience with the students being intimately involved in the course materials and activities.


VI.             CONTENT OUTLINE:

  1. Reading and Responding to essays
  2. Writing extended personal essays
  3. Locating main ideas
  4. Locating supporting ideas
  5. Locating and correcting grammatical mistakes
  6. Writing essays for tests
  7. Writing under timed situations



A.     Moseley, Ann & Jeannette Harris.  Interactions.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.

      B.  Lecture notes

      C.  Computers and software in the instructional support lab






1.                     Students will write a minimum of six out of class assignments.

2.         All assignments (and revisions as required) must be completed and turned in to the instructor.

3.         Lab work may be prescribed by the instructor on an individual basis.

4.         Fundamentals classes require strict attendance in order to get the most from the course. There are no skip days. You may miss 4class periods for any reason (excused or unexcused). Whether excused or not, an absence is an absence. Any absence after the fourth will result in a grade of FA. Any assignments due on a day you are absent or any activities completed in class (including paragraphs) will count as a ZERO unless you have a statement from a doctor signed on the date of you absence verifying that you were too sick to attend class. Work missed because of unexcused absences cannot be made up. If you miss class, it is up to you to get assignments from classmates or the instructor. After excused absence, assignments that were due must be turned in the very next class period. Make-up tests must be taken on the date the instructor tells you.

5.         To pass this course you must make at least a "C". An "NC" grade will be given for anything below a "C" and you must retake the course.

6.         Tardies: If you come to class late, it is your responsibility at the end of class to make sure you have been counted present. Three tardies will count as an absence. Leaving class early three times counts as an absence.

7.         Students must come to class prepared. Failure to bring text or other needed items will result in a zero for the assignment of the day. Students who do not bring materials will not be allowed to "look on" with another student.

8.         You must take the final exam; you must PASS the writing exercise of the final exam to pass the course. Failure to meet any of the above requirements is grounds for failure of the course.  Students passing the final, but still obtaining a failing average will fail the class.

9.         Students may have a conference with the instructor at least once (perhaps twice) per semester to discuss their progress. You will be informed of your conference time a week in advance.



                                Essays                                                      70%

                                In-Class Writing                                        10%

                                Peer Review                                             10%

                                Final                                                         10%






Introduction to class. Diagnostic essay.

Writing Process and basic structure.  Central Idea.  Brainstorming.




Description Exercises.  Figurative language.  Showing vs. telling. Assign Paper 1.  Brainstorming.

Read “A Simple Gift” and “Vinnie’s Jacket” (Handouts).  In-class essay.




Workshop Paper 1.  Introductions and Conclusions.

Narration.  Read  “Keepsakes” and “Brothers” (Handouts).  Drafting and Revising.  Assign Paper 2.



Workshop Paper 2.  Comparison/Contrast.  Two Methods.

Compare/Contrast.  Assign Paper 3.




 Workshop Paper 3.  In-class essay: comparison/contrast.

Close analysis. Point of View exercises.  Read “The Jacket” (Handout).  Assign Paper 4.




Workshop Paper 4.  Structure of an argument.  Read “Anonymous Victims of Dreams and a River” (Handout).  Assign Paper 5.

Writing Persuasively.  Flaws in arguments.  Using SIEL in arguments.


Week 7:


Workshop Paper 5 (and all previous papers).

Practice Final. 


Week 8:


Last day of class instruction.  Review. 

Final examination.  8:00pm.   Portfolios are due.


Final Exam is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2006 at 8:00 pm.


Portfolios are due no later than the beginning of class on April 26, 2006.



Since I do not have an office on campus, the best way to contact me is through email.  I routinely check all my emails, but if you need me to see it early in the day, use my Marbury email.  You may also call me on my cell and leave a message with a return phone number.


Office: N/A                        Phone:  (334) 303-4152              E-mail:

Hours: by appointment                                                                                                                                  


Paragraph writing is the main thrust of this course. You will write many paragraphs this semester, some in class and some out of class. Toward the end of the semester, you will write a full length essay (five paragraphs or more). All out of class papers must be typed (typewriter or computer) and double spaced. If your paper is excessively sloppy, it may be returned to you to be retyped and will be subject to late paper penalties. Out of class paragraphs are due on the date announced at the beginning of class, despite your absence from the classroom that day. Any paper turned in after the class is well under way or later that day after the class period, is considered late and will be penalized 10 points. Any make-up paragraphs (only if absence is excused) must be done under comparable exam conditions (writing the paper in the instructor’s presence).  Late out of class papers are subject to a penalty of one letter grade per day (Friday is a day; the weekend is a day). You will be required to revise all paragraphs and return them to the instructor at a designated time.  All papers will be kept in your folder in the instructor’s possession for reference and conference use. You should retain a photocopy of any paragraph you may want to keep for future reference.

The Instructional Support Lab (located in Montgomery) has extensive resources to help you improve your writing. Computer programs in the lab tailor learning exercises to your individual strengths and weaknesses. If you are a traditional Montgomery student you will be spending some in class time in the computer lab.


NOTICE: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the deliberate submission of someone else's work as your own. It and other forms of academic dishonesty (such as cheating on exams) will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure given in the university catalog and student handbook.




There will be a total of six major papers assigned over the course of the semester varying in length and topic. All papers should be written according to this format: typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, one-inch margins on all sides. A completed rough draft is due on all workshop days for peer review, and all final drafts are due at the beginning of the class. All assignments are due on the assigned dates. You are allowed one late assignment. After that, each late assignment will result in your final grade being lowered by one letter grade for each late paper. For example, if you have 3 late papers and receive a "B" for the course, your final grade will be a "D." (Remember, “D” grades are not awarded in EH 0302, so this “D” becomes an “F.”)


Because this is a portfolio class, there will not be grades put on these six papers written during the semester. I will write my comments on the papers, and they will be given back to you for revision. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR GRADE WILL COME FROM THE PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER. You will pick four of the six papers to revise for the portfolio. (HINT: The more work you do during the semester the less work you will have to do at the end and the better your grade will be. You NEED my comments and your revisions to pass this class.)



Peer review is essential to the success of a college writer. Writers do not create in a box but are part of a community. How much you learn will be based on how much effort you give your fellow classmates. In addition, the workshops count as a large part of your daily grade.


Final Grade

The majority of your final grade will come from the portfolio, which is a collection of your best work. It is worth 50% of your grade and is due at the end of the semester. It will be comprised of four of the six papers written over the course of the semester.







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FACULTY: Jennifer Jacobs

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