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A foundational composition course featuring sequenced writing assignments. Students learn to write and revise for different rhetorical situations while increasing their mastery of academic conventions.
Jenny Grosvenor ()
Dates: May 19 - June 27, 2014
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Yes, you already know how to write. Or, no, you believe you can't write and never will. Either way, this is not why you're here, engaging with this text, about to enter the landscape of Written Expression. Yes, this college composition course will teach to how to become a better writer?and editor of your own work; but, more than that, the projects, assignments, and explorations on which you're about to embark will give you new eyes as a reader and writer. You will see the written word?others' and your own?in a discerning light. And you will take this newfound knowledge?critical ways of thinking, close reading, writing, and revising?with you on your future academic voyage and beyond. Know that how you feel and think about writing will never be the same at the end of this voyage of discovery. For now, trust the process.
FOUNDATIONAL WRITING AND INFORMATION LITERACY GOALS: ? Rhetorical discernment: To write for varying purposes and audiences, develop texts with sufficient detail, astute organization, and appropriate documentation, diction, and style. ? Critical reading: To read critically by engaging with ideas and texts, properly summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting others? ideas while effectively integrating them with and developing one?s own ideas. ? Substantive revision: Through persistent inquiry and informed by feedback from peers and/or the instructor, to compose and revise so that texts and ideas grow in effectiveness and complexity. ? Information literacy: To access and work effectively and ethically with print and digital sources, including: learning to discern searchable key words within a complex research question; distinguishing between primary and secondary and scholarly and popular resources; critically evaluating sources for relevance, currency, authority, and bias; and managing and appropriately documenting information sources.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Four formal essays ? Reflective, Reportorial, Explanatory and Argumentative ? each to include with submission a thinking page and mid-process draft Weekly freewriting and double-entry responses in your online Writer?s Notebook Responses to readings and active participation in Discussion Board Dynamic involvement in online group peer-response workshops GRADING CRITERIA: Formal Essays (including thinking pages and drafts) 40% Final Reflection (and quote-response cover sheet) 10% Writer?s Notebook entries, three/week online* 20% Peer editing workshop involvement 10% Responses to reading assignments on Discussion Board * 20% *These represent your class presence and participation.
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