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Instructor Information

Course Description

Class Schedule

 Essay Assignments

Grading Policy

 Class Schedule

Course Schedule


Every Wednesday class will meet in the Computer Lab, Room 743.

Jan. 24        Introduction to the Course 

                   Computer Lab Introduction

                   The Bedford Guide for College Writers: The Writing Process, pp. 3-10.

Jan. 31        Part I: A Writer's Resource—Chapter 1, Writing from Recall,  

                   pp.14-32; Chapter 15, Strategies for Generating Ideas, pp. 360-72.

                   Essay 1: Select one of the topics from p. 23 and write an essay of


Feb. 7         Part II: Thinking Critically—Critical Strategies for Reading and

                   Writing, pp. 91-108;  read "Why We Crave Horror Movies," pp. 

                    593-595 and "Abducted! Encounters with Aliens," pp. 596-601 and

                    list the evidence cited for each author's thesis.

      Homework:  Select a news article from a current newspaper and 

       identify the evidence cited and label it by type.

       Essay 2: Select a piece of persuasive writing from a newspaper and

       analyze its logical and emotional appeals.

Feb. 23        Chapter 5, Reading Critically, pp. 109-133; Chapter 16

                    Strategies for Planning:  Stating and Using a Thesis, pp. 375-91;

                    necessary elements of summary writing.

                    Homework:  Write a summary of an assigned essay.

                     Essay 3: Write a summary of and a critical response to an assigned

                     essay, using the questions on pp. 121 and 122 as a guide.

Feb. 28         Troyka  Handbook: Chapters 13, 14, and 17: Sentence structure

                     (fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences and subordination

       and coordination of ideas).

       Homework:  Assigned exercises

March 8        Chapter 6, Analyzing, pp. 135-158

       Essay 4: Analysis of two magazine ads, citing evidence to support the


March 15       Research: A Writer's Research Manual, chapters 27 (pp. 665-716), 28

                      (pp. 717-731, and 30 (pp. 795-810): How to research, where to

                      research, and how to document research.

March 31       Chapter 7: Comparing and Contrasting, pp. 159-182

        Essay 4: Comparison and contrast essay: The US family, 1960-2000 

April 10          Chapter 8: Explaining Cause and Effect, pp. 183-201     

       Essay 5: Research major causes of homelessness, supporting your

       claims with researched evidence

April 24        Chapter 9: Taking a Stand, pp. 202-223

      Essay 6: Research an area of censorship controversy and take a stand

      on it,emphasizing specific examples and evidence.

May 1           Chapter 11, Evaluating, pp. 245-265

May 10         Film: All My Sons by Arthur Miller

                   Essay 7, the Final Exam: Evaluating the conflicting points of view in

                    this play.