English 1A is a college composition class.
Students entering English 1A have either passed English
100 or assessed into English 1A via Cabrillo College
Assessment. The class presents strategies for analytical
essay writing, research, and critical analysis of
non-fiction. Students are expected to be familiar with
basic essay structure and grammatical conventions prior to
entering English 1A. Using expository writing strategies
taught in the class, English 1A students write 6000-8000
words, roughly 25-30 pages--during the semester. Writing
assignments include quizzes, essays, discussions, and a
research report using MLA citations. Reading is assigned
weekly according the class schedule. In addition, students
will watch and respond to videos related to course
content. Writing assignments will be based on course
This class uses
the Canvas course management system. Please get familiar
with Canvas and be prepared to submit assignments through
Library 10 is a
co-requisite for English 1A. This means that students must
register in LIBR 10 Section 91955, which is an ONLINE
Library 10 will help students with research techniques used for
the English 1A research report.
English 1A Course
Objectives and Student Learner Outcomes
By the end of this course, students
should be able to:
multi-paragraph, multi-page essay using a variety of
Analyze works of
non-fiction by examining and critiquing author argument.
Analyze and cite
research sources correctly in MLA format.
research sources in an analytical essay using MLA style
Employ editing and
apply revision strategies for clear writing style.
Essays (1000-1200 words, roughly four double-spaced
pages each, 150 points each, 600 points total, 60%
Report (2000-2500 words, eight to ten double-spaced
pages, 250 points, 25% of grade)
Communicate regularly with the
times during the semester) through e-mail by asking
questions and submitting work, i.e. rough drafts,
outlines, and questions regarding research or course
Sending 5 e-mails for contact points
at once is not acceptable. Regular contact means that
e-mails are sent throughout the semester, not all at one
1 to 10 points for each meaningful contact,
depending on the nature of the contact and the length of
the contact, with a maximum of 50 points (see above).
Meaningful contact refers to advice about class
Friday, May 13 is the last day to
receive contact points.
Class Time, Logging
in, and Homework
Log in to class at least three
times a week. Students who do not log-in or complete
assignments may be dropped or will receive failing grades
Read all weekly e-mails, notes, and
Ask questions frequently if you do
Spend about 3 hours per week
participating in class: reviewing lectures, posting
assignments, participating in discussion.
Expect to spend 6 hours outside of
class: reading articles, writing essays, and studying.
manuscript guidelines. These can be found in Pocket Style Manual.
Essays should be
typed and double spaced in conventional 12 point font
(Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica), with a title
centered atop the first line of text.
Essays will be
submitted through Canvas as MS Word Attachments.
instructor's computer will not read .pages files. Please
submit essays as MS Word or RTF documents. Please also
submit essays through Canvas.
Hancock wants the word count to appear in the upper left
hand area the first page.
Late essays are
accepted only by arrangement with the instructor and
receive point deduction commensurate with the value of the
Failing to submit an essay assignment or research
report guarantees a final grade of D or F.
Students may receive 1-10 points of credit. To
receive full credit the student must demonstrate knowledge
of course concepts and readings and must communicate with
classmates, adhering to standard conventions of spelling and
grammar in the process. Late posts are not counted.
9-10 points = thorough and thoughtful posts
demonstrate knowledge of text and concept, responding to
more than one classmate
8 points = thorough and thoughtful posts demonstrate
knowledge of text and concept, responding to one classmate
7 points = post consisting largely of summary
demonstrates knowledge of text and concept. Minor grammar
and legibility problems
6 points = incomplete post, serious grammar and
legibility problems, may not address assignment
0-5 points = incomplete post, assignment submitted,
serious grammar and legibility problems
By the end of the semester, 1000 points are
900-1000 points = A
800-899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
000-599 points = F
To determine your grade at any point during the semester add
your total points and divide by the points possible.
Discussions are not accepted late.
The assignments receive 0 credit if submitted after
Late essays are accepted only by
arrangement with the instructor and receive point
deduction commensurate with the value of the assignment.
Work more than one week late is not
Adhere to rules of public discourse.
Discussion comments should relate to course content. No
insults or rude remarks. No sexual harassment. No snide
comments. No advertising.
Disruptive students will be politely
warned once, and then dropped.
The following information comes from the Cabrillo
Plagiarism is the
conscious or inadvertent failure to identify the
contributions of others. It occurs when someone borrows any
part of another's work and submits it, uncredited, as his or
her own work. A failure to credit others may result in one
or more of the following: a student receiving a failing
grade on the assignment, a failing grade for the course, or
suspension from college enrollment. Students are expected to
know how to credit sources, how to quote and paraphrase, and
how to avoid plagiarizing the work of others. If you are
unsure, ask your instructor for assistance before you submit
your work for credit.
In Mr. Hancock's class, the penalties for plagiarism
and cheating are:
First offense = Grade of F (0
points) on assignment
Second offense = Grade of F in the
accommodations should politely and
privately inform the instructor. He's
happy to accommodate. As required by
the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), accommodations are provided to
insure equal access for students with
disabilities, including hidden
disabilities. To determine if you
qualify or need assistance with an
accommodation, please contact
Accessibility Support Center (Formerly
DSPS), Room 1073, (831)