Foundations for English Composition 


Spring 2017

Dr. Rhonda L. Kelley
Assoc. Professor of English


Office: 130 Collins Hall

912-260-4303 (office phone)

912-592-1513 (cell phone; texts only, please)


Office Hours:

Mondays 7:30-10:45, 12:15-1:00

Tuesdays 7:30-8:00, 12:15-1:00

Wednesdays 7:30-1:00

Thursdays 7:30-8:00, 11:00-1:00

Course Description

Required Texts

Course Overview and Objectives

English 0989 is meant to prepare the student for college-level courses which have a writing or reading components. It will also serve as a foundation for your professional life beyond college. "College-level reading and writing" and "academic grammar usage" and "basic composition" are all skills that can be learned. It is my goal this semester to help you learn those skills and get you out of learning support as quickly as possible.

To successfully complete English 0989, you must fulfill all of the class requirements, and then take the Compass Test at the end of the semester.

Learning Outcomes


Workbook Chapters 60%
Chapter 36 "Thinking about Reading" questions 40%

Participation and Attendance


Email and The Web


Academic Dishonesty


“Academic dishonesty … is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. It can include:


Special Needs

If you have a disability and require reasonable classroom accommodations, please see me after class or make an appointment during office hours. If you plan to request accommodations for a disability, please register with the Office of Disability Services in Room 118, Powell Hall, phone number 912-260-4435. Also, if you find that any content in this course is inaccessible because of your disability, please contact me as soon as possible.

Mental Health Counseling Services

Counseling services are confidential and available upon request. If you would like to schedule a session, referral forms are located online or outside the counselor’s office. Please complete and submit the referral form to the counselor. Do not submit by email. Once you have submitted your form you will be contacted by phone to set up an appointment. The Counselor’s Office is located in Powell Hall, Room 119, phone number 912.260.4438.

Academic Support

Academic Support offers various resources to assist SGSC students with their academic success. These resources are available to SGSC students at no charge and are found at several ASC locations: the Academic Support Center in room 148A of the Dye Building on the Waycross campus, the Academic Support Center in room 216 of Powell Hall on the Douglas campus, and the STEM Center in room 125 of Stubbs Hall on the Douglas campus. All locations offer course-specific peer tutoring, academic skills workshops, and resources on study skills, time management, note-taking, and learning strategies. Live, online tutoring is also available 24/7 in GeorgiaVIEW through For more information about any of the resources available, contact Amber Wheeler, Academic Support Director, at or visit our webpage at


Remember: Download and Print the "Homework Assignments" document; bring to class everyday.

Title Chapter # Week # Due Date
First day of class – Homework – bring printed H.A. to class on Thursday Jan. 12 None 1 Jan. 10
Rebeckah Bell, It’s Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here’s How. Readings 1 Jan. 12
Run-Ons 19 2 Jan. 17
Fragments 20 2 Jan. 19
Bobbi Buchanan, Don’t Hang Up, That’s My Mom Calling  Readings 3 Jan. 24
Writing Simple Sentences 14 3 Jan. 26
José Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas Readings 4 Jan. 31
Subject-Verb Agreement 21 4 Feb. 2
Writing Compound Sentences 15 5 Feb. 7
Illogical Shifts 22 5 Feb. 9
Ruel Espejo (student), Learning Tagalog Readings 6 Feb. 14
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 23 6 Feb. 16
Writing Complex Sentences 16 7 Feb. 21
Verbs: Past Tense 24 7 Feb. 23
Roxane Gay, The Importance of Feeling Seen: Why Interracial Families on Commercials Matter Readings 8 Feb. 28
Verbs: Past Participles 25 8 Mar. 2
Fine-Tuning Your Sentences 17 9 Mar. 7
Nouns 26 9 Mar. 9
SPRING BREAK – no Homework due none 10 Mar. 13-17
Henry Louis Gates Jr., A Giant Step Readings 11 Mar. 21
Pronouns 27 11 Mar. 23
Using Parallelism 18 12 Mar. 28
Adjectives and Adverbs 28 12 Mar. 30
John Hartmire, At the Heart of a Historic Moment Readings 13 Apr. 4
Using Commas 30 13 Apr. 6
Writing a Paragraph 2 14 Apr. 11
Using Apostrophes 31 14 Apr. 13
Karen L Hudson, Getting a Tattoo Readings 15 Apr. 18
Testing your Paragraph 3 15 Apr. 20
Tony Hawk, Do What You Love Readings 16 Apr. 25
Description Essay 6 16 Apr. 27
Final Exam -- No Final Exam for ENGL 09089 none 17 Apr. 28- May 4


Last updated: 01/04/2017