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 Class Schedule English 1
Rodin's Thinker

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                Jan. 16             Introduction to the Course 

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

      Jan. 21       Part I: A Writer's Resource—Chapter 1, Writing from Recall, pp. 14-32; Chapter 15, Strategies for Generating Ideas, pp. 360-72.

      Homework 1:  Read "What is a Hunter?" on p. 17 and answer the Reporter's Questions on p. 24, regarding this essay.

      Writing from Recall exercise; Read Chapter 16, Strategies for Planning:  "Stating and Using a Thesis," pp. 375-91

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

       (Note:  for each essay there will be a detailed handout.)

      Jan. 28     Part II: Thinking Critically—Critical Strategies for Reading and Writing, pp. 91-108

      Read "Why We Crave Horror Movies," pp. 593-595,  and list and describe the types of evidence used in this essay.

      Homework 2:  Read "Abducted! Encounters with Aliens," pp. 596-601, state the author's thesis, and list the evidence cited to support the author's thesis.

      Essay 2: Select a piece of persuasive writing from a newspaper and analyze its logical, ethical,  and emotional appeals.

      Feb. 6          Chapter 5, Reading Critically, pp. 109-133; necessary elements of summary writing.

      Summary writing handout and exercise.

      Homework 3:  Write a summary of "Playing Games with Women's Sports," p. 113.

      Essay 3: Write a summary and analysis of either ""Evan's Two Moms" by Anna Quindlen OR "Remarriage and Stepfamilies" by Stephanie Coontz.  Answer the following questions:

      • What is the author's purpose?
      • Is the author credible?  Why or why not.
      • What are the key ideas of the essay?  What problems/issues does the author raise?
      • What evidence, information, and date are presented?  Is the evidence accurate, relevant, and sufficient?
      • Which statements are fact?  Which are opinions?  Does one or the other dominate the piece?
      • Does the author make logical fallacies or misuse language?
      • What is the author's tone?  How does the author present herself?

      Feb. 11    Troyka  Handbook: Chapters 13 and 14: Sentence structure(fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences)

               Homework 4:  Ch. 13, ex. 2, 4, and 5; Ch. 14, ex. 

               2, 3, and 4        

          Chapter 17:  Subordination and coordination of ideas

           Homework 5:  Chapter 17:  ex. 2, 6, and 8

               Feb, 25  Chapter 6,  Analyzing, pp. 135-158

              Read and summarize "Men and Women Talking on

              the Job" by  Deborah Tannen, p. 550.  Answer the

              following questions:

      • What idea does the author analyze?  For what purpose? 
      • What devices, such as comparisons, examples, and references to persons, events or places, does the author use to make the analysis clear?

      Essay 4: Analysis of a magazine ad, citing evidence to support the analysis

      March 4  RESEARCH UNIT

      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.

      The Library:  Internet resources and research; online research tools

      Computer Lab:  Internet research exercises; documentation forms and exercises

      Homework 6:  Documentation exercises

       March 18      Chapter 7: Comparing and Contrasting, pp. 159-182

      Read "Grant and Less:  A Study in Contrasts," p. 160 and identify the points on which they are compared and contrasted.

      Homework 7:  Read "Take Me Out to the Ball Game but Which One?" on p. 163, state the author's thesis and the types of comparison-contrast organization used, and then summarize the points of similarity and differences noted.

      Essay 5: Comparison and contrast essay: The US family, 1960-2000

      Computer Lab:  Research on the US family

      March 27  Chapter 8: Explaining Cause and Effect, pp. 183-201

      Homework 8:  Read "How to Zap Violence on TV" by Ellen Goodman, p. 613, state the thesis, and summarize the cause/effect situation described.

      Essay 6: Research major causes of homelessness, supporting your claims with researched evidence.

       April 1-5 Spring Break

      April 15     Chapter 9: Taking a Stand, pp. 202-223

      Read "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and answer the questions on the handout.

      Essay 7: Research an area of censorship controversy and take a stand on it,  emphasizing specific examples and evidence.

               April 29    Chapter 11, Evaluating, pp. 245-265

               May 6    Film: All My Sons by Arthur Miller


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