Instructor: Dr. Roger George
Phone: (425) 564 2021
Office location: R 230 D
Office Hours: Daily, 11:30-12:20
At the end of this courses, you will be able to write essays which demonstrate the ability to:
The goal of this course is to boost your skills—mainly your writing skills, but also your reading and critical analysis skills. College classes demand a kind of disciplined communication and a special set of skills that you might not have developed fully; by the end of this course, you should be better prepared to succeed in all of your college classes.
The “core” of the course will be four polished, revised essays of different types, calling upon you to analyze and comment upon ideas, issues, and events. These will be similar to papers you might write for other classes, and you’ll be given the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned throughout the quarter to their revision. You may also have the chance to write shorter papers in response to your reading and to improve your grade through a variety of activities.
All good writing comes from observation. You have to see for yourself, to observe an event or object, or even consider an idea, as it appears to you -- not as you think somebody else wants you to see it. This means learning to observe details, and then finding connections between them. It means finding the words to describe what you've seen to someone else. It means paying attention not just to what something is (nouns), but also to what it does (verbs). It means that you have to learn to start with the basic unit of writing, a concrete noun and an action verb (a simple declarative sentence), and build upon it, adding more and more detail, focusing your perceptions, and zeroing in on the point of it all until you produce a vivid, interesting, and coherent essay.
So we'll start with the basics: simple sentences. We'll make those sentences more complex, and build them into paragraphs. Then we'll build paragraphs. And, finally, we'll link paragraphs into complete essays.
I use a points system. Every aspect of the class, including attendance, is worth a certain number of points. The more you do, the more you'll earn. The points will be based, of course, on quality as well as quantity—and revised work will potentially earn many more points than preliminary drafts.
Among the things you will earn points for are:
1) Essays. You will produce four finished, revised essays, which are to be considered samples of the best work of which you are capable. All final drafts must be revised from at least one earlier draft; if you do not submit a rough draft on an assigned topic you will not be allowed to submit that paper for one of your final revisions, and you cannot substitute another additional paper for one of the assigned ones. The draft will be worth a small number of points (usually 100); the revision will be worth much more (up to 1000).
All essays, rough drafts and revisions, shall be submitted electronically (email or a USB drive), in either Word or Works (for PC) format. If they are not electronically submitted, they will not be accepted. I prefer that you email your papers to me, but be sure to get confirmation that I received them. If I don’t confirm receipt, the paper may not be graded.
Papers are due on the date assigned. If you miss the deadline, they become worthless, as they would in the real world. I may award a fraction of the available points, but only if you discuss with me the reason the assignment was late.
2) Writing Lab. On your own, you may go to the Writing Lab. The lab offers tutoring, and help (both personal and computerized) on grammar and basic skills.
3) Reading Responses. In class, we’ll be reading essays from Writing In Context.. Class time will be devoted to discussing the ideas within these essays. Many of these essays also included suggested writing assignments, and I may assign one of them for a “response paper.” These response papers are not reports; you are not writing to summarize the essay or prove that you've read it. And they are not a judgment; you are not writing to inform us whether you liked the essay or not. They must contain ideas and questions worth discussing; they are a supplement to and a continuation of the essay you've read. Later in the quarter, response papers may be an opportunity for extra credit.
4) Class participation. You will receive points for your contributions to class discussions. You will also earn points for participating in writing groups.
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE A PARTICIPANT AND NOT A SPECTATOR IN ALL OUR VENTURES.
One last note. Earn as many points as you can. In order to go on to English 101, you must earn at least a “C-“ in English 092.
NOTE: ALL ESSAYS PRODUCED FOR THIS CLASS WILL BE CONSIDERED TO BE PUBLIC WRITING, AND THEY MAY BE USED (ANONYMOUSLY, OF COURSE) AS DEMONSTRATION PAPERS FOR FUTURE CLASSES, UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY REQUEST OTHERWISE IN WRITING. ESSAYS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED TO TURNITIN.COM FOR AN ANALYSIS OF THEIR ORIGINALITY.
Writing in Context, by Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell
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