Suzanne C. Schmidt
Welcome to English 109. This stretch model of the first year composition course is designed to enhance the critical writing, reading and thinking skills needed to write effectively at the college level. Over the next ten (and a half) weeks we will spend a great deal of time reading through and discussing the writing strategies of others. However, your writing will be the primary activity. Throughout the quarter, you will write and revise a number of shorter papers that may range from 1 to 4 pages and one longer essay (4-6 pages) using library research. Expect to be reading and writing daily.
You will also spend progressively more time preparing a writing portfolio of your course work as well as reflections on that writing. I will not give your work a formal letter grade until you have completed your portfolio, although I will make comments on your assignments and meet with you at least twice for one-on-one writing conferences.
Student learning goals
To be able to read and annotate an academic article
To gain familiarity with traditional academic grammar and style conventions
To acquire a vocabulary for discussing writing (topic, argument, organization, introduction, conclusion, transition, rhetorical conventions/situations, etc.)
To be able to write a summary, abstract, extended definitions
To be able to write close readings, analyses and response papers
To learn to begin formulating and developing a claim, subclaim and argument essay that goes through a draft-revision process that incorporates earlier writing assignments.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading