Review of English I


  2. A. Course Title: Review of English I
    B. Course Number: TS 113A - 30760
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mitchell, Marlea
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS 193 (Basic English Skills) or a placement score of 11-40 on the Writing Compass test.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: MH130

    This course is designed to assist those students whose ability level in writing requires practice and background development. It provides a review of grammar as well as the teaching of the fundamentals of idea development, support, and organization. This course cannot be substituted for any of the English requirements that lead to an associate degree. The student must attain a grade of C or better to advance. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 103 Basic English Skills or attainment of an appropriate score on a placement exam


    This course is offered to those students who find it desirable and\or necessary to improve their command of the English language-especially writing skills.

    This course is not offered for credit to students who have successfully completed any three-hour course in English; this course cannot be substituted for the English requirement for the associate degree.



    Folse, Keith. Great Writing 2-Great Paragraphs. 4th. ed. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning. 2010. (New, student editions only). ISBN-13:978-1-285194905.
    8½” x 11” college-ruled notebook paper
    #2 pencils; blue or black ink pen(s)
    flash drive



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    The grade for this course is based on coursework completed during the semester including final exams, and recorded on the A-F NMJC grading scale.

    Course Grading Policy:
    Paragraphs (4 Total) 60%
    Assignments, tests, quizzes, journal 20%
    Final Paragraph\Final Grammar Exam 20%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move to TS113C.

    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss unless you make arrangements to make up the missed work.

    Tests\quizzes\exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the
    semester, the successful student should be able to:
    • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Students should be able to:
    • use the steps of the writing process (generating ideas, planning, organizing, drafting, revising, editing) both individually and collaboratively to generate paragraphs and essays.
    • understand and apply standard conventions for clear, effective communication.
    • demonstrate increased self-confidence as a writer through interaction with peers and participation in collaborative groups.
    • read, analyze, and reflect on a wide variety of prose to increase knowledge and understanding.
    • demonstrate increased proficiency in the application of grammar and mechanics in the writing process.
    • write a minimum of four paragraphs that demonstrate knowledge in the effective use of the writing process.
    • read, discuss, and revise selected model paragraphs.
    • write an acceptable final exam.


    Regular and punctual class attendance is important to the attainment of the educational objectives of this course. Attendance is required at all sessions of this course. Please note the Withdrawal Policy for additional information.

    Class begins promptly. If you are tardy, you must notify the instructor immediately after class; otherwise you will be counted absent. If you leave class early, you will receive a tardy. Two tardies equal one absence. Students who have more than four absences (TR) can be dropped from the course. All absences and extenuating circumstances need to be explained during office hours – not during class. If students know they are going to be absent, they should make prior arrangements with the instructor. The instructor’s class roll is the official record of attendance.

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    All graded assignments are to be word processed and submitted in a standard Microsoft Office Word font with one-inch margins on standard 8 ½” x 11” white paper. Handwritten work will not be accepted.


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    Course Schedule – Review of English I - Fall 2017

    The following course outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any necessary schedule changes will be announced in class. Journals will be turned in every other week.

    Week 1
    Intro to Course Syllabus
    Oral presentation about students
    Diagnostic Writing and Journal Assignment
    Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps, pp. 218-224

    Week 2
    Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps, pp. 218-224
    Unit One What is a Paragraph?
    Assignment: Activity: Example Paragraph Comparison

    Week 3
    Unit One, continued
    Grammar: Simple Present Tense, Capitalization and Punctuation
    Common Features of a paragraph
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook

    Week 4
    Unit Two- Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph
    Quiz: Four Features of a Paragraph
    Methods of brainstorming—list, formal outline, cluster, numbering and bullets
    Activity – Brainstorming Practice for paragraph writing

    Week 5
    Unit 3 The Topic Sentence
    Topic + Controlling idea= Topic Sentence
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Grammar: Commas, Sentence Fragments, Run-ons
    Major Paragraph 1

    Week 6
    Unit 4 Supporting and Concluding Sentences
    Discussion of major paragraph one
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Grammar: Pronouns
    Quiz: Replace Nouns with appropriate pronouns (paragraph Poe)

    Week 7
    Unit 5 Paragraph Review
    Sequencing and analyzing paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Major Paragraph 2

    Week 8
    Unit 6 Definition Paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Grammar: Adjective clauses, quotation marks
    Sentence Variety

    Week 9
    Unit 7 Process Paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Transitional words and phrases as a GPS for the writer/reader

    Week 10
    Unit 8 Descriptive Paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Figurative language—five senses, tone words, descriptive adjectives, prepositions of location
    Major Paragraph 3

    Week 11
    Unit 9 Opinion Paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Difference between fact and opinion
    Grammar: Word forms and common suffixes

    Week 12
    Unit 10 Narrative Paragraphs
    Example paragraphs with exercises from textbook
    Focus on maintaining verb tense consistency
    Major Paragraph 4

    Week 13
    Choice of prompt for multi-paragraph writing—Paragraph one

    Week 14
    Multi-paragraph writing assignment—Paragraph two

    Week 15
    Multi-paragraph assignment—Paragraph three Putting paragraphs together in essay form

    Week 16
    In-Class Paragraph and grammar review for final exam

    Week 17 Final Exam Dec 10 8:00-9:45 pm