English 1: Reading and Composition
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English 1
Spring 2000
Dr. Carole Stahlkopf

Course Schedule

Note: Every Wednesday class will meet in the Computer Lab, Room 745.

Jan. 24 Introduction to the Course
Computer Lab Introduction
The Bedford Guide for College Writers: A 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 recall.

Feb. 7-16 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, state its main point and analyze its logical and emotional appeals.

Feb. 23- Chapter 5, Reading Critically, pp. 109-133; March 1 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.

Sept. 29- Troyka Handbook: Chapters 13, 14, and 17: Sentence structure
Oct. 6 (fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences and subordination
and coordination of ideas).

Homework: Assigned exercises




Oct. 8-15 Chapter 6, Analyzing, pp. 135-158

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

Oct. 18-25 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.

Oct. 27-Nov 1 Chapter 7: Comparing and Contrasting, pp. 159-182

Essay 4: Comparison and contrast essay: The US family, 1960, 1980, and 1999


Nov. 3-10 Chapter 8: Explaining Cause and Effect, pp. 183-201

Essay 5: Research major causes of homelessness, supporting your claims with researched evidence.

Nov. 12-19 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.

Nov. 22- Chapter 11, Evaluating, pp. 245-265
Dec. 1

Dec. 3-10 Film: All My Sons by Arthur Miller

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


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