LART 100: Integrated
Reading and Writing-Spring 2008
Communication and Diversity
LART 100, 1:30-3:40, M-TH,
10 units, Room S71
Instructors: Nita Martin (Reading)
Andy Varbel (Writing)
Office Hours: W 12:30-1:30
Phone: 864-8999 Ext. 3796 864-8999 Ext. 3509
Websites: 1) http://varbelenglish.tripod.com/
About the Course:
LART 100 integrates reading
and writing skills necessary for success in college level courses. Concurrent enrollment in LART 170 (1 unit lab, Learning Center 3C) is required. The theme of this learning community is Communication
and Diversity. We will explore this theme in a number of different contexts: negotiating identity, the family, multiracialism, and advertising.
Required Texts and Materials:
The Kite Runner (Hosseini). ISBN: 1-59448-000-1
A reader for Professor Martin’s Reading section of the
A reader for Professor Varbel’s Writing section of the
College dictionary (available at bookstore or one of your choice)
ring binder with folders for specific assignments
Objectives for the Reading Section:
For the Reading Section of
the course, you will have the opportunity throughout the quarter to read a variety of different texts and to respond critically
to authors by stating your own opinions, supported by the text. The reading of fiction and nonfiction texts will be grounded
in your own background knowledge with the goal of expanding your knowledge and interest in various topics.
On a skill-based level, you
will learn and practice various techniques to make the process of reading more fluent. You will find that several reading
and study strategies (including a note-taking system if needed) will help you handle academic material more effectively. The understanding of vocabulary in the context of each reading is a central feature
of the course. Computer-based assignments will be connected to learning about topics of interest, and Internet search techniques
will be helpful to you in your content-area courses.
Grading for the Reading Section:
In order to pass the reading section of this course, you must successfully obtain 70%
of the total points awarded based upon the breakdown below:
50 (5 @ 10 points each)
Runner Reader Response Journals 50 (5 @ 10 points each)
(5 @ 10 points each)
Research Project: 50
Essay Exam on The Kite Runner 25
To pass the reading section, you must also be present for and participate in the debate, the group project and the final exam.
Overview of Course Assignments for Reading:
1. Readings along with:
critical thinking activities;
and small group and whole-class discussion.
2. Reading & study strategies
3. Reading rate building
4. Internet topic searches
5. Individualized vocabulary program
Conferences for the Reading Section:
If necessary, you must sign
up for a mandatory 10-minute conference that will take place outside of the classroom during Ms. Martin’s office hours
or by appointment.
Make-Up Work Policy for the Reading Section:
No make-up work will be allowed
without the express consent of the instructor.
You will be allowed one make-up
assignment utilizing the coupon below.
Please attach this coupon to your assignment:
This coupon is good for one MAKE-UP assignment in LART
100.03D (Spring, 2008) (Martin)
Description of Assignment:____________________________________________________
Objectives for the Writing Section:
For the Writing Section of
the course, you will:
- learn a variety of composing strategies
- develop topics and ideas for essays
- practice writing as a multi-step process with particular attention to planning and revision
- compose organized, developed essays that increase in complexity
- proofread for recurrent usage and sentence-level errors
Grading for the Writing Section:
In order to pass the writing
section of this course, you must achieve the following:
Pass the writing final for the class, which is a portfolio of your
Satisfactorily complete the other work for the writing part of the
The portfolio will include
· One in-class essay
· One essay written
out of class
· A third essay
reflecting on your growth as a writer this quarter
Your portfolio will
be evaluated by a team of English Department readers who will determine if the writing demonstrates that you are ready for
EWRT 1A. If two members of the portfolio evaluation team determine you are ready
for EWRT 1A, you will receive the grade of PASS for your Writing grade. If two
evaluators determine your writing does not yet indicate readiness for EWRT 1A, you will receive a NO PASS grade for the Writing.
In order to submit a portfolio for evaluation, you must first satisfactorily complete the other work
for the class.
That will require
· Turning in all the essays
· Passing at least 3 out of the 4 essays with a grade of 75% or higher prior to writing the Reflective
Essay for the portfolio.
· Passing at least 1 in-class essay (either Essay 1 or Essay 4) with a grade of 75% or higher
· Achieve a grade of 75% or higher on each of the following:
quizzes, homework, class participation, peer response, collaborative presentation
to the portfolio, you may rewrite Essay 2 and 3 ONCE to achieve a higher grade and improve your writing skills. The only rewrites that will be accepted are those that are accompanied by the original with instructor’s
comments and suggestions.
All quizzes are surprise
quizzes based on readings or concepts key to the class. Late essays may be turned
in or made up one class late. The Portfolio cannot be turned in late.
Attendance & Participation:
Students enrolled in LART
100 are expected to attend all classes. No more than 4 absences are permitted. Additional
absences may result in your termination from the class. If you will be absent,
please call and leave a message on the voicemail listed above. Also, it is important that you come to class on time. Two tardy
arrivals will equal one absence. Always
come to class prepared with your materials and ready to discuss the assigned material.
It is not advised to come to class without having read the assigned material.
Code of Conduct:
Students are expected to
conform to the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Board policies. (If
you want to read the document, you may find it at http://fhdafiles.fhda.edu/downloads/aboutfhda/5510ap.pdf.)
Plagiarism is hereby defined as handing
in any work as your own when in fact, you did not create it yourself. If you
plagiarize once, you will receive no credit for the assignment and it may result
in your failing the class as well as possible administrative follow-up. If we
determine you may stay in the class and you plagiarize again, you will fail the course.
Important Note: Each student must pass a final test in LART 170 (the co-requisite course) and must pass LART 100.03D
in order to complete the reading and writing requirements for English 1A. LART 170, an important co-requisite lab course,
will help you develop necessary reading comprehension and writing skills. Please make every effort to attend all sessions
and to complete the assignments for this course.
Important Resource: The Writing and Reading Center is a valuable place to get one-on-one drop-in tutoring to help
you with assignments, attend workshops on grammar and other topics, and see great events. The Writing and Reading Center is
located in ATC 309. Telephone: 408 864-5840. Website: http://www.deanza.edu/studentsuccess/writing-reading-center/
Counselor: Vicky Moreno
You must sign, date, and submit the policy contract below, acknowledging your responsibilities in this
LART 100 (Martin & Varbel) Spring, 2008
I have read and understand the course requirements and policies
for LART 100 and I accept my responsibilities for the course. Ms. Martin and Mr. Varbel also reserve the right to make adjustments
to course assignments as need arises. I also understand that the LART 100
classroom is a safe place for discussion and learning. I will work as a responsible
team member, respect all members of the classroom and honor the rules of engagement developed and agreed upon by the class.
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