English 155, Heald College, Roseville

Teri Tosspon, M.A., MA, TESL

Teri Tosspon

Email: ttosspon@gmail.com
Class website:
Personal Phone: (949) 682-8374
Office hours: afternoons and by appointment

Our links:

Sacramento State Library
More research links
http://search.ebscohost.com/ our research website. EBSCO
http://scholar.google.com/ a second research website for academic articles
http://www.easybib.com- to help you with creating a Works Cited.

Course Documents

Week 17/25
In class: Introductions, Syllabus, Diagnostic
Week 2

Jeopardy Quiz
  • Read this article:
    and use this
  • Read “Parts of Speech” & Sentence Components and Classifications - pgs 543-548
  • Read “Errors with Verbs” pp. 549-555 (all) and do all practice sets (“Practicing what You’ve Learned” pgs 551-552 and 554-555).
  • Read “Sentence Fragments” pp. 564-565 and do practice
  • Read “Run-ons” pp. 566-569 and do practice
In Class: Work on Mini Research Papers
Week 3

  • Rough draft of Mini Research Paper (typed)
  • Grammar Log for Diagnostic due
  • Read “Errors with Nouns” pg 555-559, do practice pgs 559-560
In Class: Practice citing sources using MLA format.
Week 4

  • Final Draft of Mini Research Paper
  • Read “Adjectives and Adverbs” pp. 560-561 and do practice.
  • Read “Errors in Modifying Phrases” pg 562, do practice 563
  • Read “Parallelism” pp. 569-570 and do practice pg 570.
In Class:
  • Brief “show and tell” presentations of mini paper subjects.
  • Introduction of oral presentation assignment: “What’s New? What’s True? What’s You?” (Proposals for final research paper.) Deliver oral presentations in Week 6, along with thesis statement, at least 3 sources
Week 5

  • Read “Apostrophes” pp. 584-586 and do practice.
In Class: Midterm Exam
Week 6

  • Grammar log for mini-paper due
  • Read “Commas” pp. 575-580 and do practice
  • Read “Semicolons” pp. 580-582 and do practice.
In Class:
  • Deliver oral presentations, "What's New, What's True, What's YOU" - group assignment.
  • Work on revised thesis statements and formal outlines for final research paper. (Outlines due in week 7)
Week 7

  • Outline of Final Paper due
  • Read “Question Marks” pp. 586-589 and do practice.
  • Read “Parentheses” “Colons” “Brackets” “The Dash”…” etc. pp. -589-592 and do practice.
In Class: Continue oral presentations.
  • Thesis statements and outlines for final paper
Week 8

  • Read “Hyphens” pp. 592-594 and do practice.
In Class: Work on Final Research Papers
Week 9

  • Rough drafts of final paper, with sources properly cited
  • Read “Capitalization” pp. 599-601 and do practice.
  • Read “Abbreviations” and “Numbers” pp. 602-604 and do practice.
In Class: Peer-review and proofread each other’s drafts.
Week 10
  • Final research papers due (8-10 pages)
  • Grammar Review
In Class: Brief show-and-tell presentations of final paper subjects.
Week 11
  • Final exam
  • Resubmissions of Final research paper due
±Instructor reserves the right to adapt schedule to student needs based on needs demonstrated in diagnostic
* See “Instructor policies” – handouts/explanations will be available online and in class.

Basic Writing Tools

1. Decide on a topic and determine your opinion about it. That is your thesis.
2. Answer the question "why do I think that" (use this worksheet)
3. Once you have your 5 reasons that you believe your thesis, complete one of these sheets for each reason:

external image empty.png MLA_template_Word.doc - a Template to use
external image empty.png MLAformat.doc - how to set up your own MLA format.
Sample MLA Paper with notes
MLA format tips
- a Template to use
- how to set up your own MLA format

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

external image x-zip.png [[file/view/Quoting.docx|Quoting.docx]]- what is a quote and how to cite it in the MLA format inside your paper.
what is a quote and how to cite it in the MLA format inside your paper.