Welcome to English 102, taught by Davis Oldham. This page contains links to all the documents I will be passing out in class this quarter.
Documents are organized according to the assignments with which they are associated. Right up front are course policies and links for help with writing.
Please let me know if you find any problems with this site.
- Course Policies and Information
- Help with Writing
- Course Theme
- Preliminary Research Report
- 10 Sources
- Literature Review
- Sentence Outline
- Research Paper
- Extra Credit Assignment
- Syllabus (PDF)
- Grade Guideline, showing what grades mean to me.
- Expectations of students and professor
- Tutorial on deciphering your assignment, a good introduction to reading and understanding instructions, which is vital for success in college.
- Paper Format for all essays
- Sex/Gender Discrimination Shoreline Community College is committed to providing all students with a learning environment that is safe, supportive, and free from discrimination. Any form of sexual discrimination—sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, or gender-based stalking—is a violation of Title IX (part of federal education law), and it must be reported. Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender is a Civil Rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. As your instructor, I have a mandatory reporting responsibility, and I am required by law to share with the College any information regarding sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX, you can go to the SCC Title IX website. You can also contact Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Title IX Deputy Coordinator, at (206) 546-4559, or the Dean of Students, Kim Thompson, at (206) 546-4641. If you would like to talk with someone in a confidential setting, please contact Counseling Services (206-546-4559).
- Inclement Weather Policy
- Quotation Mechanics Describes some of the basic rules for including a quotation in a sentence.
- Why Peer Review
Every paper you write will be reviewed by at least one of your classmates. My reasons for doing this are explained in this document.
- Avoiding Plagiarism One simple rule to avoid worlds of pain.
- Western Oregon University's template on "voice markers," a PDF file that lists many common signal phrases for introducing or identifying another author's words or ideas included in your own writing.
- Academic Phrase Bank at Manchester (UK) University. A comprehensive guide to the “nuts and bolts” of academic phraseology, covering such areas as how to introduce someone else’s work, referring to sources, describing methods, reporting results, and discussing findings; also general functions such as being critical, being cautious (i.e. how to introduce a source you have doubts about), comparing and contrasting, and many more.
- These Writing Links comprise an entire page of links to helpful advice on key writing issues. Specifically, you can jump to any of these topics:
- Sentence Boundaries
- Paragraph Structure
- Thesis Statements
- Transitions, including Introductions and Conclusions
- Sentence Variety
- The Writing and Learning Studio (TWLS)
TWLS provides instructional handouts and texts, a comfortable study environment, and dropin tutoring for students in any discipline who want to work on college reading strategies, study skills, research papers, essays, or other kinds of writing assignments. Additionally, TWLS offers variable credit courses and workshops on topics such as notetaking, memory improvement, research writing, testtaking, and grammar.
Currently the theme for the class is Social Movements. You can read more about the theme here.
This is the first formal bibliography, or works cited list, you will submit. It can still change, but you must submit a list of at least 10 sources relevant to your topic at this time. See below for detailed instructions.
- 10 Sources These are the official instructions for the assignment. Your grade will be based on how well your work follows these instructions.
- Preparing to Search
- Sources and Databases Class notes from January 28, 2013, listing types of sources and common databases used in searching (PDF).
- Search Strategy Worksheet (PDF file)
- UW's Research 101 Tutorial on searching (PDF)
- Search Techniques
- Types of Sources (PDF file)
- The IRIS tutorials at Clark College are an excellent introduction to research process and resources. These two are especially relevant here:
- Scholarly Source checklist (PDF file)
- Searching WITH Sources
- Refining Your Search
- Skimming Sources
- Content Notes
- Research Guidelines: Notetaking, from Hunter College Reading and Writing Center, City University of New York
- Taking Notes from Research Reading, from University of Toronto Writing web pages
- Taking Purposeful Research Notes from the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts (PDF). A good system for keeping your notes organized. I think they make some unsupportable claims for their method, when they say that they've eliminated the problem of having to (re-)organize after taking notes. You often don't know what the subtopics are until you've taken your notes and played around with various possible ways of organizing information and ideas. Also, this seems geared toward a shorter and simpler sort of paper than students write in 102--more a report than a persuasive argument based on research. That said, however, I think the method is a good one.
You have the option of earning extra credit worth up to 5% of the final grade by writing an extra credit assignment. You can also earn a little extra credit, worth the equivalent of two homework assignments (approximately 1%), by doing some work to prepare for this assignment.
Here are detailed instructions for each assignment: