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Berkeley City College English 5 Critical Thinking Online

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Perspectives on Argument cover of the textbookRequired Course Text: Perspectives on Argument

9th ed. By James Miller & Nancy Wood with  Revel (referred to as PA on the course schedule). ISBN 13: 9780134430041

Students can purchase access from the university bookstore or directly at www.pearsonhighered.com/revel 

You can also download the mobile app to make access even easier!


Revel Print Upgrade Option: With Revel, students also have the option to order a print upgrade once they've registered. Note: There is a 14-day temporary access for Revel available.  After that, you will need to purchase Revel from Pearson Higher Education (highly recommended) or from the bookstore. 

Revel is an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience — for less than the cost of a traditional textbook. Instructors do not have administrative access to Revel, but I have heard that Chrome works better than Safari when working with Revel, by the way, so if you're using a Mac, you might need to download Chrome as a browser. Any difficulty registering or accessing the website needs to be directed to Pearson Support (Links to an external site.) people.  Your other writing assignments and discussion boards  will be in the Canvas course, not Revel; you'll only be doing the readings and quizzes in Revel.


Hands on a keyboardOnline Learning Orientation  

Click on the Online Learning page to learn strategies for online student success. You will respond in the first Discussion Board referencing these materials.


Instructor Contact Information: my direct email is: gziff@peralta.edu  

Please include in the subject line: BCC Eng 5 & Your Name & reason for email. Emails received between 9-5 Mon-Fri. will receive a response within 24 hours. Emails received after 5pm, or after 5 on Friday, will be responded to the next business day. 


English 5 is comprised of four parts:


Glasses on an open book1. Perspectives on Argument - weekly Revel reading assignments:  

  Your task is first register with the Pearson Revel website. Click this Student Revel Information page to locate the instruction and find answers to questions you may have.  You will be logging into Revel to read the e-text and participate in quiz responses to the readings. You will notice sections in Revel for writing and discussion; you are NOT assigned those - only the readings and quizzes. Writing and discussions will take place in Canvas. 

  • Assignments are due by 11:59 Sundays. Late work is not accepted. The Revel assignments are available for three weeks before the due dates.


2. Discussion Board: 

Consistent participation in the Discussion Board is crucial to your success in the class. Forums are in response to a number of different topics, including assigned Revel readings.

To receive full credit, you must submit an initial post of at least 250 words (worth 6 points) and reply to two other students posts with a response of at least 100 words (each worth 2 points). Discussion Board posts and responses to two classmates’ posts for each forum are due Sundays 11:59, after which the Discussion Board closes. 


3. Essay Writing: Jigsaw puzzle piecesYou will write two essays:

  • Compare Contrast Rhetorical Analysis Essay: (1,500-1,700 words or 5 - 6 double-spaced pages for the final draft). The essay is due on Friday of the last week of class. There are eleven components for the essay writing project. All essay components must have been submitted to submit the Final Rhetorical Analysis Essay. For details, read the More Info section at the end of the syllabus.  NO late assignments accepted - they must be submitted by the deadline in Canvas.

  • Final Reflective Essay: (minimum 500 words). After you have finished your Compare Contrast Rhetorical Analysis Essay, you will write a reflective essay that describes and reflects on your process of writing the paper from the initial thinking stage through the final draft.

  • NOTE: The Turnitin Similarity Reports generated by the essays must indicate 10% or less similarity according to MLA standards.


4. Other assignments/grammar quizzes:

There are essay writing assignments and grammar quizzes to help you polish your writing on the sentence-level and assignments geared towards essay writing skills.


Net Tutor - Free Online Tutoring - available 24 hours a day every day: Click on "Online Tutoring" in the Course Menu, and you can download and read this Student Guide.pdf to Net Tutor. Preview the document  download       


Proofreading help: Recognizing your own writing patterns and challenges are the only way to improve and polish your writing. To do this, you will learn how to proofread effectively and practice those writing challenges. Click on this link to access these proofreading pages 


To complete the course, you will need to be able to:

  • access and participate in this course through Canvas; emailed work is not accepted.
  • access Pearson publishing website's e-book and Revel assignments
  • participate in the Discussion Boards
  • submit assignments and quizzes
  • upload essay draft Word documents to peer review groups and to Canvas.
  • retrieve documents from the comments area in assignments.


In order to complete these tasks, you will need:

  • strong time management skills - deadlines are firm.
  • Word software (Do not use Pages files; convert them first).
  • a reliable computer
  • consistent and reliable Internet access





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