Course Description: English 101 focuses on writing as a process. You will explore the differences between revising and editing/proofreading. Ultimately, the goal of this class is to help you become competent, confident writers. In order to achieve this end, it is important that you become self-reflective writers. By the end of the course, you will better understand your tendencies and habits as a writer and recognize how, in the future, to continue to develop your skills
Goals and Objectives:
• To understand and practice the steps of the writing process.
• Communicating effectively and clearly
• Evaluating different viewpoints
• Writing and evaluating arguments
• Evaluating and using relevant information
• Understand the aims and methods of intellectual discourse
• To understand elemental aspects of form, style, documentation, and grammar.
• To respond thoughtfully to student and professional essays.
• To explore a variety of structures and voices for writing effective essays.
Three un-excused absences allowed. Each additional miss will have negative consequences on your grade. Six or more absences may result in dismissal from the class. If you miss a scheduled conference, it counts as an absence.
This class will focus around student writing. Because students will write four papers and then revise two papers for a final portfolio, class work will focus on choosing topics, revising papers, and gaining response to writing. We will write a paper approximately every three weeks. A typical paper cycle may look like the following:
• On day one of a paper cycle we will define the assignment and choose topics
• On day two we will focus on getting ideas on paper;
• On day three we will examine rough drafts.
• On subsequent days we may utilize the following: outside sources and get responses from rough drafts from readers. Some days the instructor will lecture. Other days students will work in writing groups. Sometimes students will conference with the instructor. Throughout the course the instructor will intervene with mini-lessons tailored to the needs of the moment.
Nearly every activity in this course will focus on refining the writing process:
Pre-writing-all the things to get started
Drafting-getting words on paper
A sample criteria for evaluation:
Focus – Does your essay have a clear main point? Does the entire essay relate clearly to
Development – Is your essay developed through examples, details, specific information?
Organization – Does your essay follow some clear logic and order?
Clarity – Is your essay written in clear and appropriate language?
Correctness – Is your essay written in Standard Written English?
Voice – Do you develop your own writing voice/style? Is it appropriate to the
Students will write regularly in class. Some writings may be evaluated and will then calculate into the final grade under the class participation section. In-class writing cannot be made up.
(four-five total papers)
1. Paper one: Review
2. Paper two: Ethnography
3. Paper three: Personal research paper
4. Paper four: Persuasive.
Each Paper should be typed and double-spaced.
Missing drafts will factor into the grade for the final paper.
You will be required to keep a Writer’s Notebook throughout the semester. You will write in this notebook on a regular basis.
The portfolio will reflect the writing each student has completed during the semester. Ample time will be built into the curriculum to revise papers. At the end of the semester, the best version of two papers will be due in the final portfolio along with the drafts turned in during the semester. In addition, each paper should have a brief introduction detailing how this paper has evolved through the semester. A portfolio letter will also be required at the beginning of the portfolio. In your portfolio you may also include drafts and free writing to show your hard work. Further information will be provided as the semester progresses. Save all of your writing!
Policy and Grading:
Late papers: Each day a paper is turned in late the grade will be lowered by one letter grade. After a week, papers will not be accepted.
All work must be completed by the student. Any cases of plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Student Integrity Code. http://studentconduct.uncg.edu/policy/academicintegrity/
Calculation of final grades:
Papers (each paper is 10%) 40%
In-class participation 10%
Writer’s Notebook 20%
Help Outside the Classroom:
Your fellow classmates
The writing center 334-3125