Reading and Writing Your World
English 101, Section 12 MWF 11
Instructor: Kari Warren Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreams and Inward Journeys, Ford and Ford
Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett
Writing Matters: 2000-2001Edition, Jones, Grutsch-McKinney, & Tower
The Little Brown Handbook
What This Class Is About:
This class is about observing the world around us and then writing about that world in order to begin thinking about it in new and productive ways. It is also about discovering your connection to the world through reflection and self-discovery. In the end, you should be able to see other perspectives on issues and themes as well as your own perspective. In order to achieve these ends, this course will focus on developing a writing process that allows you to become a more confident writer in many disciplines. We will accomplish this goal through extensive reading and writing, reflection on our writing process, and most importantly through revision. Using group work, peer review, and class discussion, I hope we will be able to take some of the mystery out of writing and create an environment where we can discuss our writing with each other, In the end, you should feel more comfortable with yourself as a writer and feel more prepared to meet the challenges of writing at the college level.
My Philosophy on Writing:
This is the way I feel about writing. EVERYONE IN THIS CLASS HAS SOMETHING IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE TO SAY. Forget it if someone has ever told you that you don
Because this class is based on discussion and papers rather than lectures and multiple-choice tests, it is important for you to attend class regularly. We will rely on peer review, group work, and in-class writing exercises to meet our goals, so you need to be here. If you miss a class, you MUST contact a fellow student or your instructor (me) in order to determine what you missed and what you need to accomplish before the next class. The official policy of this course is that after three absences (that
This is something that is one of the most important things about this course. As I said earlier, this class is not based on lectures or multiple-choice tests; this class is a discussion class. And not just a discussion with me, the teacher; you will have to discuss stuff with your classmates as well. So collaborationworking togetheris necessary for the whole class to come off successfully. This part of the grade is fairly all encompassing and very subjective. It includes participating in class discussion and participating in peer reviews and peer group work (participating does not mean showing upit means actually contributing something valuable to the discussion and work at hand). In addition to collaborating with your peers, it also means working with me in everything that you do for this classshowing up, talking in class (about the subject at hand), conferencing, etc. Failure to do these things will result in a bad collaboration grade at the end of the semester. Below I
Respect for others in this class is expected. Any behavior that distracts (eating, talking while others are talking, etc.) or is disrespectful (personal attacks, offensive remarks, etc.) is unacceptable. I will ask you to leave the classroom if you choose to act in such a way. Cell phones and beepers should be turned off during class time. If your phone rings, I
Your work will be evaluated in this course in a portfolio system. As a result, you will not be graded on individual papers. You will turn in a midterm and a final portfolio that provide examples of your best revised work. You will have multiple opportunities to revise your work throughout the semester, so the portfolio will show not only your efforts to revise but also your progress during the semester. Each portfolio should be typed and placed in your 3 ring binder. We
Students with Disabilities:
If you have a disability that could affect your performance in this course or for which you need accommodation, please contact me and/or the Office of Disability Services at 334-5440.
The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver. It is open M
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The grading in this course may be different from what you
50% Collaboration (includes but is not limited to journals, attendance, class/group discussion, writings, midterm portfolio, presentations)
50% Final Portfolio (includes but is not limited to 3 essays, self-evaluation letters, and other polished writings) We will discuss midterm and final portfolios throughout the semester.