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
March 8 Chapter 6, Analyzing, pp. 135-158
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
April 10 Chapter 8: Explaining Cause and Effect, pp. 183-201
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