English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
Winter 2022 - Wow did I love Prof De! I never thought that I would ever be given the opportunity to write an analytical essay about Harry Styles and K-Pop but here I am. Lets start with all the positives: Prof De brilliantly crafts homework that slowly writes your papers for you. She has you do small analytical assignments that end up serving as a "pre-write" to your papers (there are only three papers over the quarter 1st= 2-3 pages, 2nd= 4-5 pages, 3rd= 2-3 pages). The other plus is she chooses SUCH amazing content to analyze. Here are just a few examples: Beyonce music videos, Avengers, Encanto, K-Pop, Aladdin, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Modern Family, and more. This vibrant and entertaining content made writing papers so much more enjoyable than classes I've taken in the past. She is also soooo sweet! She actually offers her personal phone number to communicate with students and I remember that when, as a musical theater major, I had play performances coming up that were very overwhelming, she graciously granted an extension on my paper and expressed how proud and excited she was for me. SHE'S THE SWEETEST! Now I'll talk about some cons that don't really bug me cause they were mostly just zoom issues that won't last but I know other people were slightly frustrated. Prof De wasn't the best with technology and sometimes it was hard to hear her because of poor connection coupled with her having an accent and videos were sometimes hard to hear. BUT she posted them on canvas and you got the gist so it was really whatevaaa. She also uses class time to discuss and really encourages everyone to participate. I love this personally and it helped me engage and connect with the material but if you don't like discussing then you might see this as a con. AND AGAIN... she's coming back in person so none of this really even matters which leaves you with a lovely woman invested in your learning. Lastly, I did get an A in her class which did slightly shock me because she prefaced at the beginning of the year that class members have to fight for an A and that she only awards one or two per quarter... now I'm very proud of my papers BUT whether that comment is really true I don't know... it feels like it might have just been an empty promise to motivate students to work hard. If your a stem major I know that might seem scary but she still says that most students get either B+'s, A-'s, or an A. i love Prof De! She's my fave! Take this class if you need your Writing 1!
Winter 2020 - Professor Dickey truly cares about her students. From the engaging projects, papers, and informative group discussions, Professor Dickey has truly made me a confident and better writer. The class is discussion based which helped me develop a sense of critically analyzing a film’s underlying message in regard to race and racial identity. She strives to inspire and develop powerful writers. Like any other class at UCLA, there is a good amount of work but at the end of the day it is worth it, what you put in is the grade you will receive so make sure to participate, do the readings and watch the movies. I highly recommend this class for anyone trying to fulfill their diversity requirement or writing 2!
Winter 2019 - The essays that you are assigned in this class might be boring, which is about family love stories( I've heard that she has stuck with this topic since she started to teach.) However, this class is definitely an easy A cause I believe most of the work is graded by completion not accuracy and as long as you follow her suggestions when revising.
Winter 2021 - Okay, I like Prof Johnson's humor, but this class IS JUST SO HARD FOR NO REASON. The theme of the class is the American Dream, which is pretty funny as I am not an American. We have to do journals before classes, and these journals can take HOURS because we have to watch television shows and write three pages about them. The journals are graded upon completion tho. WE HAVE TO PAY FOR HBO AND NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTIONS. The textbook was trash, except the AXES structure that you must use in your essay unless you want to get a B. If you finish everything on time, you will get a B. The final portfolio involves a cover letter and two essays, each of them are six pages long. We have to write three-page drafts for three essays, and you can choose two of them as part of your final portfolio. Only the portfolio will actually be graded. BUT! In the syllabus, he said if you get EXEMPLARY on both essays, you WILL GET AN A. if you get one EXEMPLARY and one SATISFACTORY, you will get an A- or B+ depending on which essay you got exemplary for. if you get two SATISFACTORY grades, you will get a B. HE MENTIONED NOTHING ABOUT LOW OR HIGH EXEMPLARY I got TWO LOW EXEMPLARY on both of my essays, and MY GRADE WS 92/100, which WAS AN A-, NOT AN A!!!!!!!
Fall 2018 - The professor is not easy on you, but for good reason. After taking this course, I feel as though my writing and understanding of how to write has greatly improved. It feels discouraging in the beginning, as the rough draft is graded (though not inputted into the grade book) to show if you are on track with the first essay assignment. Most everyone would do poorly. Just make sure you do the (usually) bi-weekly reading logs to the best of your ability (hopefully scoring extra credit points as you do so), engage in class, and be willing to accept and ask for criticism. It was rough, no doubt. At the same time, I could not have asked for a better professor.
Winter 2019 - I enrolled in this class because it was one of the only ones left but BEST BEST class and professor you could possibly take for EngComp 3D!! He is so charismatic!! You will want to actually go to class and it is never boring. The readings he assigns are actually interesting too ! I was so scared to take a writing class because i suck at it but this class was actually ENJOYABLE.
Fall 2021 - I don't know if I'm the odd one out here, but I genuinely did not like Lauri or this class. Yes, she is a good professor who is passionate about the topics, but she so obviously chooses favorites in the class and grades unfairly based on that. Essay prompts were UNCLEAR as she does not provide rubrics or any kind of prompt. She was extremely unhelpful during office hours and is harsh (not in a helpful way) with criticism. She acts like she wants to be super cool and down to earth but she clearly is not. Overall: enjoyed the class setting and the material covered; strongly disliked Lauri.
Winter 2019 - I found Dr. McIver to be really engaging and caring about her students. The reading workload was very minimal: we didn't need to buy any books as our readings were all from pdfs she posted, and all she expected was that we printed, read, and annotated the assigned readings (though she only checked annotations once early on) so we could discuss them in class. For my quarter we had 9 total readings (most of which were short), usually one for every class. The other classes were either writing conferences during a time slot that we signed up for (30 minutes, 2 students at once) in place of class, writing workshops on days we submitted working drafts, or a library workshop to help us for our research paper. The grading scheme is 80% portfolio and 20% participation. The participation should be easy as long as you skim the readings, and the portfolio consisted of three major essay assignments plus a learning letter. She assigns due dates throughout the quarter for a working draft and revised draft of each essay (usually about one week apart), and though the final drafts aren't due until the end of Week 10, it's best that you try to put your best effort in so you don't end up with three complete essays to write during Week 10. The essays were an explication (750 words; kind of rhetorical analysis), a research paper (1800 words), and a personal manifesto (no word limit; this will probably vary later since the topic of our class was manifestos, but probably won't be in future quarters). I found writing pretty time consuming since I'm a math major who hates English, but I feel that with a reasonable amount of effort anyone can get an A. For the learning letter, she expected us to explain how our writing progressed between each draft of each essay (e.g. quoting specific passages that improved) which would be how she approached grading our final portfolio. She encourages students to come to office hours, which were pretty helpful; she helps students one-on-one and tries to guide you towards the ideas she wants you to express in your final draft. Also, since she's a teacher union leader, she sometimes has us read and discuss articles on learning and college education in general.