ENGL 102 J: Critical Reading & Writing

Meeting Time: 
MW 4:30pm - 6:50pm
DEN 110
Alexandra Jones

Syllabus Description:

Academic English Program

Critical Reading & Writing ~ ENG 102 J


Instructor: Alex Jones                                                Class Time: MW 4:30 - 6:50

Email: lexjones@uw.edu                                            Classroom: Denny 110

Office Phone:  (206) 683-8482                                 Canvas Site:

Office: University Tower, floor 21                             Office Hours: by appointment





English 102 Critical Reading & Writing “Principles of Democracy”, McGraw-Hill Education. Available at the University Bookstore.



Welcome to English 102! The purpose of this course is to help L2 students improve their academic reading and writing skills, as well as their ability to think critically.  This section of English 102, “Principles of Democracy,” will focus on the American law and the legal system.


Class activities will include:

  • Instruction in and discussion of the principles and institutions of American democracy
  • Practice in developing, supporting, and defending argument/position
  • Participation in mock trials
  • Acquiring an active understanding of legal terms/vocabulary
  • Practice with grammatical structures, vocabulary, and rhetorical phrases which are common in legal and academic writing
  • Instruction and practice in paraphrasing with an emphasis on avoiding plagiarism



Writing is a collective process that needs practice; therefore, this course will allow you to spend time reviewing and revising your work while engaging in discussion with your peers.

In this course, you will complete a number of short assignments that are about 1 page in length. I will be giving you short writing assignments each week related to the readings, AND each Monday, you will turn in a Reflection Paper. In the Reflection Paper, you are asked to reflect on something that has come up in the previous week’s readings or class discussions. Any topic is acceptable, as long as it comes directly out of this class.

Guidelines: All of your work must be typed, double spaced, 12pt font, and formatted with one-inch margins. I recommend using Times New Roman. At the top right of the page, make sure to put your name, date, and the class on your assignments. If you are asked to rewrite an assignment, include the word ‘rewrite’ under your name.  Always align your text left!  Also, you will be using MLA style citation. You can find information in the MLA handbook, or on the MLA website. If you use Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can utilize the References tab to manage your Citations & Bibliography.


Passing is based on completion of 70% of the assigned course work at an acceptable level.  Passing students received course grades 2.0-4.0.  Failing students receive course grades between 0.0 - 1.9.  Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory is not a grade option. 


During the quarter, I will be evaluating your work using this rubric.

Outstanding: (3.7 – 4.0) - Offers a very highly proficient, even memorable demonstration of the trait(s) and course outcome(s), including some appropriate risk-taking and/or creativity.

Strong: (3.1 – 3.6) - Offers a proficient demonstration of the trait(s) associated with the course outcome(s), which could be further enhanced with revision.

Good: (2.5 – 3.0) - Effectively demonstrates the trait(s) associate with the course outcome(s), but less proficiently; could use revision to demonstrate more skillful command of trait(s).

Acceptable: (2.0 – 2.4) - Minimally meets the basic outcome(s) requirement, but the demonstrated trait(s) are not fully realized or well-controlled and would benefit from revision.

Inadequate: (1.0-1.9) - Does not meet the outcome(s) requirement; the trait(s) are not adequately demonstrated and requires substantial revision on multiple levels.


Participation is key in this class. You will discover that participating actively will help you learn the material and generate ideas in a more productive fashion. Participation includes attending class, being fully prepared for class, turning assignments in on time, contributing ideas to the class, and constructively commenting on the work of your peers.

Attendance: Although I will not grade you only on attendance, I will be taking “roll” every day. Since we tend to cover a lot of material in this course, you should plan to attend every time the class meets. If you plan on being absent, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance. In the unlikely chance you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what we covered and get any handouts for that day.

Preparation and Late Work: I expect that you will come prepared for class every day. I will not accept any late work and you will lose participation points if your work is incomplete. All assignments are due at the beginning of class.

Discussion: While in class, please contribute to the conversation, discussion and peer review because it will help you to master the ideas we talk about. It is important that you provide your peers with constructive feedback during peer review for their and your own benefit. I understand that some of you might be shy, and while I will not be counting how many times each student talks during discussion, I do expect you to try your best and work to overcome your fears about public speaking if you have them. In the same way, if you tend to be talkative, remember that a key part of a class discussion is what you hear, not merely what you say.


The best way to reach me outside of class is by email. I encourage you to contact me by email whenever you have a question or concern.


Unless you have worked out a prior arrangement with me, all assignments are due in class on the date specified.  I will not give feedback on any assignments that are turned in late/incomplete, Turning in late work will very heavily affect your participation grade.  In the case of extreme emergency, you may talk to me in person and we can work out a policy appropriate to your situation. 


Plagiarism is representing someone else’s ideas or work as your own.

Examples of plagiarism:


Ø Turning in a paper written by someone else as your own;

Ø Turning in a paper from a previous class without telling your instructor;

Ø Asking someone to correct all the errors in your paper and then turning it in as your own work;

Ø Copying phrases, sentences, or sections from a piece of writing and not giving credit to the original author by using quotation marks and citing the source.


Examples that are NOT plagiarism:

Ø Asking someone to read your draft and to suggest possible improvements which you then make in your own words;

Ø Asking a tutor in a writing center to help you find mistakes which you then correct;

Ø Asking your instructor for help with your paper;

Ø Paraphrasing what someone else has written and citing the source.


All suspected cases of plagiarism will be investigated, and serious cases may result in a student’s dismissal, according to the policy on Academic Honesty at the University of Washington. http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm



 Monday, October 23rd, Instructor In-Service No Class

Wednesday, December 6th, Last Day of Class


Emergency and school closures information:  Check www.outreach.washington.edu or 547-INFO


I look forward to working with you.  Please feel free to email me or set up an appointment any time if you have questions or would like to talk about the class.



Catalog Description: 
Developmental and practice of reading, writing and critical thinking strategies needed for analyzing and responding to academic texts. Strengthens grammar, organization and vocabulary to improve accuracy and fluency in writing. Prerequisite: either ENGL 101 or placement by test score.
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:40pm