EN 222.001: English Grammar
MWF
9:00-9:50, CAS 107

 


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Instructor: Dr. Amie A. Doughty
Office: 301 KJS Library
Office Hours: M-F 10:00-10:50 and by appointment
Phone: 635-2378
E-mail: adoughty@lssu.edu
Web Address: http://www.lssu.edu/faculty/adoughty

Required Text and Materials:

Kolln, Martha, and Robert Funk. Understanding English Grammar. 6th ed. Toronto: Longman, 2002.
Lined paper and pens of two different colors (one neither black nor blue).

Recommended Texts:

Kiester, Jane Bell. Caught'ya: Grammar with a Giggle. Gainsville, FL: Maupin House, 2001. [particularly recommended for future elementary teachers]
Noguchi, Rei R. Grammar and the Teaching of Writing: Limits and Possibilities. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1991. [particularly recommended for future high school and college teachers]

Course Description:
Catalog Description: Introduction to the basic Standard English grammar, its vocabulary and its principles as these rules apply to the structure of the sentence and the production of the meaning.

Translation: We're going to examine the grammar of English from a sentence structure perspective. Beginning with types of sentences, we will progress to parts of sentences and how the sentences are constructed to make meaning. We will also examine how to integrate grammar (and mechanics) into the elementary and high school classroom by modeling a specific technique.

Course Requirements:
Attendance:
You are expected to attend class and to be prepared to discuss the assigned reading. Because the content of this course is cumulative, chronic absences will be difficult to overcome. If you are unable to come to class, it is your responsibility to make up the work you missed and to get notes from a classmate.

Class Discussions: I like to make my courses student-centered, so I try to limit lectures. There will be times that I need to present materials in lecture format, but you are always welcome to ask questions as they occur to you. I will also try to spend a significant amount of time on classroom activities and exercises to help you better understand the grammatical terms and concepts that you are reading about. I expect everyone's full participation in each activity, including board work, though I do not expect perfection in class. Do not be afraid to make mistakes (or to answer if you think you might be wrong) because you cannot learn without making mistakes.

Assignments: Each assignment is worth 20% of your final grade:

·         Weekly Caught'ya Assignments and Miscellany: I will be modeling a method for teaching grammar and mechanics in the classroom called Caught'ya (see recommended text). Starting on Friday, 3 September, you will come to class and copy the sentence(s) on the board onto a sheet of paper, correcting the grammatical and mechanical errors you see in them as you do so. I will come around the room and try to "catch" you missing these errors. After a couple minutes, as a class we will go over the sentence and you will make any corrections you missed in a different color pen (only one pen used may be black or blue) and mark the number of errors in the left margin. Each Friday, I will collect the Caught'ya paper (you will do all of a week's sentences on the same page) and grade it based on whether you have marked your sentences correctly (and followed the assigned formatting for the paper). In addition to the Caught'ya assignment, I may choose to assign homework, in-class work, and/or quizzes in class as I deem necessary.

·         4 Exams: You will have 4 exams throughout the course of the semester, and you can expect each exam to be comprehensive.

Late Work: I will accept work no more than one week late. All late work will lose 10%. If you know that you won’t be able to get work in on time, see me before the due date, and we may be able to make arrangements for an extension.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the passing off of another's work (whether quoted, paraphrased or summarized) as your own without proper documentation and can result in serious repercussions, including expulsion from the university. Do your own work.

Student Accommodations and Support Services: In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of classes, to discuss their disability-related needs. Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is located in the Library 101. The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.