Crystal VanKooten, Instructor
WR 121, Spring 2004
Office: Moreland 202
Office hours: Mon/Wed 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Lisa Ede, Work in Progress, 5th ed.
Andrea Lunsford and John Ruszkiewicz, The Presence of Others, 3rd ed.
Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers, 5th ed.
Purpose of Writing 121:
In today’s world, and especially at the university level, writing is a powerful tool. It is a
way to communicate with others, to develop ideas, and report research. Writing keeps
you in touch with the world through technologies like email and the Web. It offers you
ways to explore academic interests and to share those interests with others. Because of
these reasons, to be able to write well is an invaluable skill in any department or
profession. This course will help you to develop and strengthen your academic writing
skills and to prepare for the other writing you will be doing in the university.
Style of the Course:
In this course, we will view writing as a process, as work that is always in progress. This
process will include prewriting, drafting, revision, and group work. Many of these steps
in the process of writing will be completed IN CLASS. Therefore, attendance is very
important. If you miss class, you will miss an opportunity to work on and improve your
own writing, as well as miss the chance to help your fellow students with their work.
If you miss more than three classes, you will receive one grade lower for the term. For
each additional three classes missed, you will receive one additional grade lower for the
term. If you miss a conference, writing group, or library session, you will receive one
grade lower on your portfolio.
You must hand in reading journal entries, conference drafts, writing group drafts, and
portfolios on they day that they are due, IN CLASS. I will not accept papers via email.
LATE PAPERS OR LATE PORTFOLIOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The Writing Center:
The Writing Center is located in the basement of Waldo Hall, Room 123. They are open
Monday-Friday 9-4. It is a great resource if you need help with any step in the writing
process. The tutors at the Writing Center are not editors, but they will help you with the
content of your paper, the development of ideas, organization, citing sources, ideas for
revision, and much more. You will be required to visit the writing center once during the
term. To make an appointment, you can stop by Waldo 123 or call 737-5640.
Honesty and Civility:
A plagiarized paper will receive an F, and a report will be filed with the Student Conduct
and Mediation Program. Two reports at OSU can lead to suspension or expulsion.
Behaviors that are disruptive to learning will not be tolerated and will be referred to the
Student Conduct and Mediation Program for disciplinary action. These behaviors
include, for example, talking in class. Behaviors that create a hostile, offensive, or
intimidating environment based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability,
marital status, or sexual orientation will be referred to the Affirmative Action Office.
The course consists of three main papers: Analyzing an Event (3-4 pages), Arguing a
Position (5-6 pages), and Explaining an Image (4-5 pages). The papers will be graded in
a portfolio format along with the Reading Journal and other work/writing:
Portfolio 1 20% of final grade
Portfolio 2 40% of final grade
Portfolio 3 40% of final grade
For each assigned reading (or group of readings) on the syllabus, you will write an entry
in a Reading Journal. Entries should be 1-2 pages, single-spaced if hand written, double-
spaced if typed. Please hand in your entries at the beginning of class and specify which
type of journal entry it is. Journal entries will be handed in again with the portfolio.
Options for journal entries:
1. Believer: take the stance of agreement with everything the reading(s) states.
Argue for the truth of the reading(s).
2. Doubter: take the stance of disagreement with everything the reading(s)
states. Argue for the falsehood of the reading(s).
3. Responder: link the reading(s) to your personal experience. Respond and
react to the reading(s).
4. Questioner: Point to places you did not understand or fully comprehend.
Ask questions and speculate about answers to your questions.
5. Any of the “For Exploration” writing assignments in Work in Progress.
6. Any of the “For Thought, Discussion, and Writing” questions in WIP.
7. Any of the “Questioning the Text,” “Making Connections,” or “Joining the
Conversation” questions in Presence that can be done individually.
8. Your own option.
Professor Chris Anderson Patrick Peters
Composition Coordinator Assistant Coordinator
Moreland 324, 737-1653 Moreland 360, 737-1666
This schedule is tentative and subject to change at any point.
UNIT ONE—ANALYZING AN EVENT
Mon March 29 Introductions, Syllabus
Wed March 31 WIP Chap. 1, “On Writing” 3-15; Presence Chapter 1, “On
Reading and Thinking Critically” 1-11 (Journal #1)
Fri April 2 NO CLASS
Mon April 5 Paper One Assigned; Presence Walker, “The Place Where I Was
Born; Presence Smith, “Home” 601-605 (Journal #2)
Wed April 7 WIP Chap. 8, “Strategies for Invention” 223-239 (Journal #3)
Fri April 9 WIP Chap. 5, “Analyzing Rhetorical Situations” 145-157 (Journal
Mon April 12 Presence hooks, “Keeping Close to Home” 93-104 (Journal #5)
Wed April 14 Writing Group Draft of Paper One due in class
Fri April 16 Portfolio One due, Library Assignment 1 due;
WIP Chapter 14, “Understanding Academic Analysis and
Argument” 355-376 (Journal #6); Paper Two Assigned
UNIT TWO—ARGUING A POSITION
Mon April 19 WIP Chapter 4, “Understanding the Research Process 95-125,
look over 125-142 (Journal #7)
Wed April 21 Presence Rose, “Lives on the Boundary” 105-119 (Journal #8)
Fri April 23 Presence King, “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 142-156 (Journal
Mon April 26 MEET IN LIBRARY—Library Assignment 2 due
Wed April 28 Conference Draft of Paper Two due in class
Fri April 30 NO CLASS—CONFERENCES
Mon May 3 MEET IN LIBRARY—Library Assignment 3 due
Wed May 5 Conference Report due; WIP Chapter 11, “Strategies for
Revising Structure and Style” 294-313 (Journal #10)
Fri May 7 Writing Group Draft of Paper Two due in class
UNIT THREE—EXPLAINING AN IMAGE
Mon May 10 Portfolio Two Due; Paper Three Assigned
Wed May 12 Presence Stephens “‘By Means of the Visible’: A Picture’s Worth”
473-486 (Journal #11)
Fri May 14 Presence Postman “The Great Symbol Drain” 513-530 (Journal
Mon May 17 Conference Draft of Paper Three due in class
Wed May 19 NO CLASS—CONFERENCES
Fri May 21 NO CLASS—CONFERENCES
Mon May 24 Conference Report due; Presence, Plato, “Allegory of the Cave”
467-472 (Journal #13)
Wed May 26 Presence Truth “Ain’t I a Woman?” 348-349;
Presence Barry, “Guys vs. Men” 372-383 (Journal #14)
Fri May 28 Grammar and Punctuation Review; Catch-up
Mon May 31 Grammar and Punctuation Quiz in class
Wed June 2 Writing Group Draft of Paper Three due in class
Fri June 4 Portfolio Three due in class; final in-class writing activity
PORTFOLIO 3 DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 4 IN CLASS.