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Fall 2012
English 90 [1257]- Basic English Skills
Mondays 9:30AM-11:20 in B-171 
Wednesdays 9:30AM-10:20 in B-171 / 10:30AM-11:20 in B-270
Student must be concurrently enrolled in ENGL 090R #5637

Langan, John. Sentence Skills a Workbook for Writers. 9th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2009

Erwin, Paul. Winston Grammar Basic Level Student’s Workbook. Precious Memories Educational Resources, 1992

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Instructor:  Dr. Lyn Neylon
Office / Contact:  B-355       619-660-4241
Office Hours: Posted on Office Door

Catalog Description
This course is designed to teach basic English skills through lecture, small group and individualized instruction, while promoting knowledge of spelling, vocabulary and grammar. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by writing sentences and short paragraphs. Pass/No Pass only.  Non-degree applicable.

Course Content
Students will take diagnostic tests in spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary; results will serve as the basis for the instructor to develop lecture, small group activities and individualized instruction.  We will study and complete the following:

  • The forms and functions of the parts of speech and how to use them in sentences;
  • The forms and functions of the sentence, including the writing of simple, compound, complex and compound-complex sentences;
  • Basic errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and usage, as well as how to correct them;
  • Examples of expository prose to understand the importance of vocabulary in writing and to see sentences combined to form paragraphs; and
  • At least one multi-sentence paragraph.

Course Objectives (Expected Student Learning Outcomes)
Students will be able to:

  • Recognize and use the parts of speech (articles, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions) in their own writing and the writing of others;
  • Articulate an understanding of what the parts of speech are used for and why each is critical to clear writing;
  • Compose effective simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences;
  • Recognize and correct commonly misspelled words;
  • Recognize and correct sentences containing basic errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and usage (e.g., plurals, possessives, agreement, and capitalization problems);
  • Select vocabulary words that expand their written language skills;
  • Follow a highly structured paragraph outline provided in class to produce a coherent paragraph on a single topic;
  • Compose at least one short paragraph with a less structured outline which is substantially free of major spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage errors;
  • Utilize the writing process (prewriting, writing, revision, and proofreading) to improve quality of written product; and
  • Demonstrate writing for multiple purposes including, but not limited to, expressing their feelings, expanding their understanding of a topic, responding to a reading, and demonstrating their knowledge of a topic to others.

Writing Center (B-167, 660-4463) 
To help you succeed in this class, sign up for Supervised Writing tutoring at the Writing Center.  All tutoring sections are FREE.  Tutors can assist you in analyzing sentence and paragraph structure to improve your overall writing skills, and your grade!

Class Policies

Attendance / Tardiness

Being in class is very important as most writing is done in class. Not all assignments will come from your book. Students who attend class regularly, answer questions, work in groups, and come prepared (always bring your book, paper, and pen or pencil) may receive bonus points towards their grade. If you are absent for more than 4 days you will be dropped!!! Students who arrive late / leave early cause class disruption and will be marked tardy. 3 tardies equals one absence, and the above drop rule applies.


Your respectful participation in this class is essential for your learning and the learning of your classmates. Students who commit disrespectful or distracting/ non-participatory behaviors will be asked to leave class, and will be marked absent. The above attendance policy applies.


The Communication Arts Department has a zero tolerance policy for cheating or plagiarism.  
According to the Cuyamaca College Catalog, Student Code of Conduct, Academic Dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarizing, is grounds for instructional and administrative sanctions. That means that if you present the words (even three or more in a row), ideas, or work of someone else as your own, or if you have your work heavily rewritten by someone else and turn it in as your own, your instructor has the right to fail the assignment. The same is true if you are seen or otherwise caught cheating on a quiz, exam or other non-collaborative assignment.   In addition to whatever penalty the instructor applies to your graded work, he/she will report your misconduct to the Department Chair, the Instructional Dean and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The Associated Dean of Student Affairs will keep a master list of cases of student misconduct. Any student who is reported to have cheated or plagiarized twice will be called in for a meeting with that dean. It will be up to the dean's discretion to determine what action to take, but students may be SUSPENDED FROM THE COLLEGE OR PERMANENTLY EXPELLED for repeated acts of cheating or plagiarism. Please feel free to consult the college catalog for further information or visit



Journals / Homework              50 points                                 50 pts  
2 paragraphs                          25 points each                         50 pts
2 quizzes                               25 points each                         50 pts
Midterm / Final                       50 points each                         100pts
                                                                        TOTAL           250 pts

PASS = 175-250 points   NO-PASS = 0-174 points

Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations should discuss options with their instructors during the first two weeks of class.  It is also recommended that you contact Disabled Students’ Programs & Services (DSP&S) in A-114.  You may also call DSP&S at 660-4576 to schedule an appointment.


You will take two sentence skills quizzes/tests this semester.  These will cover the grammar sections of the course.


These exams include sentence skills, sentence writing, and paragraph writing.


Journals are one page, double spaced; grammar and spelling are not important. What is important is that you write without stopping to train yourself to write more easily. If you can't think of something to write - write, "I can't think of anything." Keep repeating that until you can think of something.

Like soccer practice or piano practice, journaling is a time to train yourself to do better. You are training yourself to translate your thoughts from your head to your hands and onto paper. In soccer practice, you kick the balls hundreds of times before you can easily make goals. In piano practice you play scales hundreds of times before your fingers know where to go. Writing is just the same. You have to write a lot before writing becomes easy and more fluid. It is only through practice that you'll be ready for the big game, the music recital, or the college term paper.

Paragraphs:  You will write two paragraphs this semester for submission plus a guided paragraph for the midterm and a draft paragraph for the final.  All paragraphs must be typed before they are handed in. 

Homework:  This usually consists of grammar and sentence skills exercises and will be assigned daily.

Fall 2012 Calendar

Day     Date                Class Focus
M        8/20                 Introduction to class, why journal, Langan pgs 4-9
W        8/22                Articles, Nouns, pronouns [WG]
                                    Introduction to the lab

M        8/27                 Verbs [WG]
W        8/29                 Subjects and Verbs [L]

M        9/3                  HOLIDAY! No class J
W        9/5                   Adjectives & Adverbs [WG]

M        9/10                 Writing a complete Sentence, avoiding fragments [L]
W        9/12                 Prepositions and prepositional phrases [WG]

M        9/17                 Grammar and writing Review [L & WG]
W        9/19                 Quiz #1

M        9/24                 Review quiz, Avoiding Run-ons [L]
W        9/26                 The Writing process [L]

M        10/1                 Paragraph structure [L]
W        10/3                 Peer Review – Paragraph #1 due end of lab period

M        10/8                 Direct objects and Indirect objects [WG]
W        10/10               Agreement – subject/verb & pronoun reference [L]

M        10/15               Review 
W        10/17               MIDTERM EXAM

M        10/22               Exam review
W        10/24               The comma [L]

M        10/29               Other punctuation marks [L]
W        10/31               Coordinating Conjunctions [WG[

M        11/5                 Consistent verb tense [L]
W        11/7                 The Writing Process

M        11/12               HOLIDAY! No class J
W        11/14               Peer Review – Paragraph #2 due at end of lab

M        11/19               Grammar & Writing Review
W        11/21               Quiz #2

M        11/26               Misplaced Modifiers [L]
W        11/28               Dangling Modifiers [L]

M        12/3                 Quotation Marks [L]
W        12/5                 Writing from Readings

M        12/10               Review for Final

FINAL EXAM – Wed, Dec 12th  – 10:00am Lab

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Plagiarism Quiz Cuyamaca College English Department

Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional presentation of the words, data, or ideas of another person as your own.

Please write a “T” for True or an “F” for False for each of the following statements.


___ We cite sources strictly as an academic formality, not for any practical purpose.

___ We cite sources so readers can use the parenthetical (in-line) citation to find a source in the works-cited page and ultimately find the information online or in an article or book to explore that information for herself or himself.

___ We cite sources to give due credit to original authors for work they have done. Falsely claiming this credit for ourselves constitutes


___ In order to avoid plagiarizing, I must put quotation marks around (or use block format for) any and all material - three or more words - from a source that I include in my writing.

___ I must include a parenthetical citation immediately after all quoted, paraphrased, or summarized material—including data—
that I use from any source.

___ A single paragraph—even a single sentence—may include several parenthetical citations.

___ When in doubt whether or not to cite, I should cite.


___ All sources used (quoted, paraphrased, or summarized) must be included both in parenthetical citations and in a works-cited page or pages. (Every parenthetical citation should correspond to a works-cited entry, and every works-cited entry should correspond to a parenthetical citation.)


___ It is plagiarism when anyone, including acquaintances, friends, family members, or tutors, writesor rewrites—all or part of my assignment for me, and I submit it as my own.


___ My teacher has the right and responsibility to fail any assignment, part or all of which is plagiarized,intentionally or not.

___ My teacher will report all plagiarism to the Dean of Students, who will keep a permanent record of all such incidents.

___ Further reports of plagiarism or cheating may lead to suspension from the college.


My signature below indicates that the correct answers to the above quiz have been reviewed with me and I have had an opportunity to ask any questions I might have about plagiarism,
its consequences, and how to avoid it. I will consult my teacher if I am unclear about the use of sources.

Last Updated: 06/10/2015

Dr. Lyn Neylon-Craft

Office: B-355
Hours: Posted on door
Phone: 619-660-4241
Fax: 619-660-4399

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Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:20am

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