Riki Ellen Thompson
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified humanities lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required.
In English 197 specifically, students will learn to write within these disciplinary contexts through a process that involves analyzing texts, developing formal written arguments, receiving peer feedback in workshop sessions, and revising work in response to this feedback.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Our seminar uses a workshop model that emphasizes student participation and close collaboration at each stage of the processes of reading and writing, from the critical reading of texts through the planning, drafting, and revising of essays.
Class assignments and grading
As a writing link, our writing and discussion topics will be closely related to the material covered in English 202; however, English 197 is a separate, full-credit course focused on writing about specific texts that have been selected from the reading list for English 202. In English 197, students are asked to use writing as a tool to draw them closer the reading material, to investigate a text as subject of inquiry, to develop and deepen their understanding of the critical questions and issues that a text may raise, and to present their critical ideas in the form of argument-based, academic essays.
Essays=75%(drafts and revisions) Participation= 25% (Class Discussion, Reading Responses, E-Postings, In-Class Writings,Conference Preparation, Peer Critiques, & Class Participation)