English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Bruce Stone

English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

English Composition department

Bruce Stone

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Textbooks

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose
Constance Hale
ISBN: 9780385346894
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A Writer's Reference
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057442
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The Norton Reader with 2016 MLA Update (Fourteenth Edition)
ISBN: 9780393617405
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The Classic Fairy Tales (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
ISBN: 9780393602975
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Writing Analytically
David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen
ISBN: 9781337559461
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A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319011130
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A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319083533
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Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America)
ISBN: 9781931082273
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Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing
Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle
ISBN: 9781457699214
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Selected Essays
John Berger
ISBN: 9780375713187
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To the Wedding
John Berger
ISBN: 9780679767770
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Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
John Berger
ISBN: 9780140135152
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A Pocket Style Manual
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057404
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Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers
Sonia Maasik, Jack Solomon
ISBN: 9781319056636
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The Everyday Writer with 2016 MLA Update
Andrea A. Lunsford
ISBN: 9781319083434
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"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with 2016 MLA Update (Third Edition)
Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 9780393617436
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Grades

Fall 2018
28.8%
24.0%
19.2%
14.4%
9.6%
4.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
23.4%
19.5%
15.6%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
26.0%
21.7%
17.3%
13.0%
8.7%
4.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
30.6%
25.5%
20.4%
15.3%
10.2%
5.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
22.7%
18.9%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
38.5%
32.1%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
27.0%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
28.6%
23.8%
19.0%
14.3%
9.5%
4.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
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4.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
21.9%
18.2%
14.6%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
18.2%
15.2%
12.1%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
24.3%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
21.5%
17.9%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 19, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Bruce did help me to improve my analytical writing skills, but he is a pretty tough grader and it is very, very, very difficult to receive an A on any of the papers unless you are willing to put in some grueling hours. Participation is also very important to Bruce, so I suggest that you sit at the front if possible, keep up with readings, and try to speak at least twice per class meeting because it will affect your grade if you do not participate. Overall, I really enjoyed Bruce but this class was definitely not an easy A.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 18, 2019 Grade Received: A

Professor Stone is overall a reasonable and chill professor and what he mainly wants is to see the effort that you put into writing. I liked how passionate and dedicated to writing he is but it is fair to say that he doesn't give the clearest formula for writing a paper (since he's against the idea of a formula anyway) so it might be a little difficult for beginning writers. The workload for this class is quite manageable and I'm pretty sure Stone is one of the best Engcomp 3 teachers out there, who don't grade harshly or too subjectively.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 20, 2019 Grade Received: A

Take this class! I loved it so much. The work load is reasonable (three essays over the course of the quarter) and the material taught is so important and applicable, regardless of your major. Professor Stone is knowledgable, helpful, witty, and just a cool dude overall. He really wants to help you improve your writing skills. If you have specific questions about your own writing, he'll talk to you one-on-one in class or in his office hours - he really takes the time to help you understand where you can improve.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 12, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Genuinely he is the best professor / teacher I have ever had. He makes you very critically think about your own writing. He grades very fairly, and writes a LOT of helpful commentary for each assignment. There were times in class when I had to stop and appreciate the eloquence of his speech and the profound things he was telling the class. I think this guy is a genius. If you are actually trying to improve as a writer, I strongly encourage you to take this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted April 19, 2018 Grade Received: A

Professor Stone is one of my favorite professors at UCLA--and I'm a STEM major. I do enjoy writing, but Professor Stone's class was still one of my favorite English classes that I have ever taken. The theme of the class is fairy tales, which was really interesting to me. You get to ready different fairy tales from different time periods and places.
He's a very fair grader and the conferences he has before each essay is due are extremely helpful and he really tries to guide you in the right direction. Even if you already write well, he will still try to push you and make sure that you are still learning and growing as a writer. The reading for the class is interesting and not too intense. There are no midterms or finals. I definitely recommend taking this class with Professor Stone!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted April 1, 2018 Grade Received: B-

This professor was a cool guy, he had a lot of jokes but overall he was extremely boring. I found it hard to stay awake in class. You have 3 essays but these essays are challenging. He is a really tough grader as well. I went into this class thinking I was a decent writer but apparently not. Unless you are going to be an English major I recommend to pick a different EC3 teacher. Do not make the mistake I did and put yourself through unnecessary stress.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 31, 2017 Grade Received: A-

If you want to improve your writing immensely, take Professor Stone. I'm not going to lie, the theme at first was not exciting to me at all and I was dreading it but he makes the lectures and stories you have to read extremely interesting, it became one of my favorite classes towards the middle of the quarter.
Make sure to keep up with all the readings to participate during the lectures, participation is your best friend in this class. The conferences are extremely helpful as well, he will answer your questions clearly and guide you to write amazing papers.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 21, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Let me just start off by saying this: if you have the opportunity to take ANY class from Bruce Stone, do it. He is just incredible, and it will surely become one of your favorite classes. He is epic.

Bruce Stone is extremely intelligent and understanding, and I am very thankful to have had such an incredible professor for my first quarter. His grading is fair, and he very much pushed me to improve my writing skills. He does an incredible job preparing students for all three essays, and his conferences offer a perfect time to get one-on-one help with specific assignments. His lectures are fun and interesting, and you should try to participate as much as possible- trust me, it's worth it! In high school, it may have been easy for everyone to pull off an essay by turning in mediocre work to get a good grade, but you will have to work harder in this class, and I promise that it will only benefit you in the end. In the 10 weeks I had this class, my writing skills drastically improved; his goal is to help undergrads become the best writers possible, and I can tell he is very successful at that. Many of my friends that haven't taken Eng Comp 3 have already heard about Stone from me and his other students, his classes are going to start filling up! Do yourself a favor and take his class, you will truly enjoy Stone, as a professor AND person, and benefit from his teaching style.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Nov. 3, 2017 Grade Received: A

When I was enrolling in English Composition 3, I did not know that each lecture had a different topic associated with it. I wish I had known that prior to enrollment, as it turned out the one I had enrolled in was on fairy tales. While Professor Stone did make the topic a bit more interesting, it still would not have been my first choice. My advice is to try and find out the topic of your lecture prior to enrolling...

Aside from that, though, I felt this class was fair. It wasn't necessarily easy, especially if you're not used to closely analyzing fiction. However, if you are already a decent writer, the essays will not be very difficult. There were two shorter essays and one longer final essay. He reviews your rough draft and is very clear about what should be changed and what he is looking for.

The class itself definitely drags on, but Professor Stone does his best to make it engaging, so I give him credit. He is very knowledgable and has great tips that will improve your writing.

The course itself is fairly easy with a manageable workload (the 3 essays and short readings/responses due at the start of each lecture). I would certainly recommend Professor Stone if you genuinely want to improve your writing. However, if you feel that you are a strong writer already, I would advise you to choose a lecture with a topic that interests you.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 31, 2017 Grade Received: A

Take the class!!! I'm not so hot on English (I never have been), but I would take this class again in a heartbeat. Professor Stone is the best professor I've ever had. That man is seriously talented. His classes were amazing. I always looked forward to them and I hoped they would never end. He's super approachable and made it easy for us to talk to him, and even talk in class. I'm really shy, but I always found myself participating because of him. He's so helpful; his conferences really do A LOT for your paper. I'm even considering contacting the English Department to see if he can get an award because he's just that good!. The readings are doable and there are three papers that take time and energy, but are really fun to write, especially if you pay attention in class.

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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again

Textbooks

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose
Constance Hale
ISBN: 9780385346894
View on Amazon

A Writer's Reference
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057442
View on Amazon

The Norton Reader with 2016 MLA Update (Fourteenth Edition)
ISBN: 9780393617405
View on Amazon

The Classic Fairy Tales (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
ISBN: 9780393602975
View on Amazon

Writing Analytically
David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen
ISBN: 9781337559461
View on Amazon

A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319011130
View on Amazon

A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319083533
View on Amazon

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America)
ISBN: 9781931082273
View on Amazon

Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing
Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle
ISBN: 9781457699214
View on Amazon

Selected Essays
John Berger
ISBN: 9780375713187
View on Amazon

To the Wedding
John Berger
ISBN: 9780679767770
View on Amazon

Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
John Berger
ISBN: 9780140135152
View on Amazon

A Pocket Style Manual
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057404
View on Amazon

Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers
Sonia Maasik, Jack Solomon
ISBN: 9781319056636
View on Amazon

The Everyday Writer with 2016 MLA Update
Andrea A. Lunsford
ISBN: 9781319083434
View on Amazon

"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with 2016 MLA Update (Third Edition)
Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 9780393617436
View on Amazon
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