College Writing I: ENG101E1
MWF 9:00-9:50 OM314
Professor Mead Autumn 2015Introduction: “Writing” is a deceptively simple term for the skills and toils involved in college- and professional-level written communication. Just as reading is more than merely decoding the words on the page and registering sentence ideas, writing is a multi-level process of critical thought; audience awareness; style; correctness; tone; and drawing upon a large inventory of vocabulary, grammatical construction, and topical choices. This is hard work, but it will play off grandly in most of your future endeavors, academic and professional.
This class is based on the following assumptions:
Good writing is the product of critical thinking
Grammar actually matters, up to a point
The best learning occurs when a writer reads her own writing, learns what she is thinking, and improves upon it
Style is essential, not an add-on
You can only choose your writerly voice if you can first hear it
Good writing is the product of much re-writing
Intelligent reading precedes good writing (that’s why we’re reading books)
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
RECOMMENDED: How To Read A Book, Mortimer J. Adler
I encourage you to get these books in paperback, so you can mark them up!
Students with special needs must inform the instructor in the first two weeks of classes, and he will make all reasonable accommodations.
SideXSide Paper 10% ~1200 words
5Sense Description 10% ~1200 words
Memoir 20% ~2000 words
Thesis 20% ~2000 words
Grammar Book 20%
You must complete all assignments to pass the class. Late papers are subject to grade deflation!
24 Monday Introduction
26 Wednesday The Boys in the Boat, pp. 1-80.
28 Friday Clauses & Phrases
31 Monday The Boys in the Boat, pp. 81-145.
2 Wednesday The Boys in the Boat, pp. 146-191.
4 Friday 4 Kinds of Sentences. Paper #1 Due.
7 Monday NO CLASSES
9 Wednesday The Boys in the Boat, pp. 192-319.
11 Friday The Comma.
14 Monday The Boys in the Boat, pp. 320-370.
16 Wednesday Wrap-up
18 Friday Semicolon & Colon
21 Monday Wild, pp. 1-44.
23 Wednesday Wild, pp. 45-115
25 Friday Voice: Passive & Active. Paper #2 Due.
28 Monday Wild, pp. 116-174.
30 Wednesday Wild, pp. 175-234
2 Friday Mood: Indicative, Imperative, Subjunctive.
5 Monday Wild, pp. 235-311.
7 Wednesday Wrap-up
9 Friday Verb Tenses (Well, 6 of Them)
12 Monday Fall Break. No Classes.
14 Wednesday Into the Wild, pp. 1-37.
16 Friday Nominalization. Paper #3 Due.
19 Monday Into the Wild, pp. 38-85.
21 Wednesday Into the Wild, pp. 86-126.
23 Friday Dash, Hyphen, Ellipsis, Parenthesis, & Brackets
26 Monday Into the Wild, pp. 127-156.
28 Wednesday Into the Wild, pp. 157-186.
30 Friday Review
2 Monday Into the Wild, pp. 187-203
4 Wednesday Wrap-up.
6 Friday Paper #4 Due.
9 Monday Student Presentations.
11 Wednesday Student Presentations.
13 Friday Student Presentations.
16 Monday Student Presentations.
18 Wednesday Student Presentations.
20 Friday Student Presentations.
23 Monday Conferences.
25 Wednesday Conferences.
27 Friday NO CLASSES.
30 Monday Conferences.
2 Wednesday Evaluations. Thesis Paper #5 Due.
7 Monday Grammar Books Due in my office.