Shane A. Mccoy
Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
This class is first and foremost a writing intensive class where we focus on writing and the ways in which writing can be employed, deployed, and analyzed. As an offering within the Expository Writing Program (EWP), this class is intended to provide a sound basis for the elements of writing in multiple (and across) disciplines. In the first half of the quarter, we will focus on Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun. We will spend much of our time on learning how to write and how to engage with literature and other texts in order to produce complex claims in written assignments. The second half of the quarter will focus on other representations of Hurricane Katrina in film and critical responses to the disaster and its aftermath. The goal of the class will be to focus on how to write academic arguments and present lines of inquiry into the materials brought to bear, and by the end of the quarter, you will be able to transfer the “good” writing habits developed in this course and effectively demonstrate them in future courses. Finally, this class is specifically a Computer-Integrated Classroom (CIC).
Student learning goals
• To learn how to write and how to engage with complex texts in order to produce complex claims in written assignments.
• To develop an awareness of multiple strategies writers’ use in various contexts
• To understand the writing process, which is the ability to produce, revise, edit, and proofread one’s own writing as well as the rhetorical choices made in one’s own writing.
• To focus on how to write academic arguments and present lines of inquiry into the materials brought to bear
• To understand what consists of “good” writing habits
• To effectively demonstrate course outcomes in critical reflections on writing assignments
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
5 short assignments and 2 major assignments