Review of English II


  2. A. Course Title: Review of English II
    B. Course Number: TS 113C - 30643
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litwicki, Shelby
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 110
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2836
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 1:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Review of English I or a score between 41 and 69 on the COMPASS test.
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH128

    This course is a continuation of TS 113A Review of English I and builds upon the foundations of usage and of sentence skills. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their writing ability with the development, support, and organization of ideas using the five paragraph essay. 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 113A Review of English I or attainment of an appropriate score on a placement test



    This course uses online readings from Pannell Library. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget of approximately $15 for printing. Here is a tutorial on accessing readings:


    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

    Grading Breakdown

    Participation: 50%
    Assignments: 30%
    Presentation: 20%

    Points in the participation section will be given from attendance, in-class activities, etc.

    Points in the assignment section will be given for any homework assignments, reading assignments, etc.

    You will give one presentation at the end of the semester. The presentation will be over a major concept that you learned in the semester, such as grammar or basic essay mechanics.

    Passing the Class

    Enrolled students in both courses must pass these courses with a C or better to receive simultaneous credit for TS113C (Accelerated Review of English II) and EN113. By taking this course and EN113 simultaneously, the student must realize that should he/she receive a failing grade in either TS113C or EN113, they will NOT receive credit for EITHER course.

    Contacting Me

    You can email me through the Canvas Inbox or you can email me at my NMJC email:

    On the weekdays, I respond to emails within 24 hours. On the weekends, I respond to emails within 48 hours. If you send me an email and do not receive a response in that time frame, please re-send the email.

    PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Please use appropriate, professional language, grammar and structure in your emails. I will do the same. Do not send an email that looks and reads as though it were composed as a text message.

    NMJC Communication Standard:
    - No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK)
    - Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    - Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    -Logical organization


    Your attendance will have a direct positive or negative impact on your participation. If you miss up to two weeks' worth of class, you may be dropped or asked to withdraw from the course.

    If you get behind in the coursework due to absence, it is your responsibility to be in touch with me about missed assignments.

    You can miss 3 classes (the equivalent of one week of class) before being counted absent.

    HOWEVER: repeated cell phone use, after receiving a warning, will result in you being marked as tardy. After another warning, you will be counted as absent (and those 3 "free" absences will not apply in this situation).

    You will also be marked as "tardy" in this class if you are more than 5 minutes late.

    Consequences: Being marked absent or tardy, which will impact your Participation grade.
    Class Conduct

    I fully expect that every student will be courteous, studious, and attentive during class time. However, keep in mind that there are consequences for those who are disruptive or disrespectful towards myself or other students. Failure to follow appropriate classroom behavior will eventually impact your attendance; if you are not using class time appropriately, you are essentially absent anyway.

    Appropriate behavior includes:
    1. Listening to others when they are speaking
    2. Asking questions that are relevant and appropriate to the current discussion
    3. Removing all electronics (cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-Readers, etc.) unless otherwise approved by the instructor
    4. Active participation

    Consequences: Receiving a verbal/written warning and/or being marked as tardy (see attendance policies)

    Late Work

    Late work for assignments worth 25 points or less will not be accepted. I expect you to turn assignments in on time. Any exceptions beyond this rule due to emergencies will be up to my own discretion.

    However, for assignments worth 100 points or more (essay assignments), I may accept them (at my own discretion) up to one week late with an automatic 10 point (one letter grade) deduction.

    Consequences: Failing an assignment

    Academic Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

    Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations.

    Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.


    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:


    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will 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.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will 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 readings to increase knowledge and understanding.
    • demonstrate increased proficiency in the application of grammar and mechanics in the writing process.
    •demonstrate the use of a paragraph in the context of an essay
    • write well-developed essays with attention to voice, audience, and purpose.
    • write a minimum of four five-paragraph essays that demonstrate increased control of the writing process evidenced by five-paragraph essays that are focused, organized, and well-developed.
    • write an acceptable final exam essay

  10. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Electronics Policy
    All electronics, including cell phone, tablets, laptops, smartwatches and other wearables, must be silent and out of sight when the student is participating in any class, lecture, laboratory, or other structured learning activity unless otherwise directed by the professor. Earbuds and headphones should not be worn or visible. Unauthorized use of electronics during class or lab time may result in being marked absent or a grade deduction as determined by the professor.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    NMJC is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building, facility or college-owned vehicle. This also pertains to e-cigarettes, vapor pens, or any similar device not mentioned in this section.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.




    Week One:
    Course Introduction

    Week Two:
    Writing Process

    Week Three:
    Descriptive Writing

    Week Four:
    Five-Paragraph Format
    Essay One (Narrative) is Due

    Week Five:
    MLA Intro

    Week Six:
    Ethos, Logos, Pathos

    Week Seven:
    Analytical Writing
    Using Quotes

    Week Eight:
    Pre-writing and Revision
    Essay Two (Analysis) Due

    Week Nine:
    Intro to Research Skills

    Week Ten:
    Research Skills

    Week Eleven:
    Synthesizing Information
    Essay Three (Intellectual Property) Due

    Week Twelve:

    Week Thirteen:
    Persuading an audience

    Week Fourteen:
    Persuading an audience
    Essay Four (Research) is Due

    Week Fifteen:

    Week Sixteen:

    Week Seventeen: