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EWRT 211 Syllabus by HC12110623639


									EWRT211.22: Preparatory Reading and Writing Skills
MW 1:30 PM – 3:40 PM
Instructor: Michael Wueste

Office Hours: Writing Center Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30

Course Objectives
The Student will:
   A. Read and analyze a variety of college-level texts, predominantly expository.
   B. Develop topics and ideas for essays.
   C. Write and support thesis statements.
   D. Organize ideas in essays.
   E. Identify and practice writing for different audiences and purposes.
   F. Practice a variety of rhetorical strategies to develop a foundation for handling
       many writing tasks.
   G. Practice writing as a multi-step process with particular attention to planning and
   H. Practice composing organized, developed essays that increase in complexity.
   I. Proofread for recurrent usage and sentence-level errors.

Course Description
This course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary for
writing and critical thinking in academia and beyond. Class work includes readings, peer
editing, discussions, group presentations, and a great deal of writing. Writing and
reading, like anything else, are skills that can be practiced and thereby improved. As
such, the class will examine and analyze personal, argumentative, fictive, and journalistic
writings from a variety of sources. Working through the entire writing process will help
you learn to refine your voice and become a more powerful and self-sufficient writer.

Texts and Readings
Dave Eggers, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
Ira Glass, The New Kings of Non-Fiction
David Sedaris, Naked
A Writer’s Reference
And various other articles and texts assigned in class
Essay 1 (2-3 pages)                   100 points
Essay 2 (2-3 pages)                   100 points
Essay 3 (3-4 pages)                   100 points
Essay 4 (3-4 pages)                   100 points
Final Essay (4-5 pages)               200 points
Midterm Exam                          100 points
Final Exam                            100 points
Participation                         100 points
Presentation                          100 points
Total points                          1000

Points for papers will be assigned as per the usual: 90 for an “A,” 80 for a “B,” and so on.

Class Rules
       1. If you’re late, please enter quietly without disturbing the activity in progress.
       2. Turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering class.
       3. Show respect for others while they are speaking, working, or listening.
       4. You are responsible for your own work. Make sure all assignments are
          complete and handed in on time. Keep all your work until the semester is
       5. It is your responsibility to make up for or acquire any information or
          assignments missed due to any absences or tardiness.
       6. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and will result in a failure of the course.

Since this is a class that uses hands-on activities and class-wide discussion to develop
your writing, reading, and analytic skills, regular attendance and participation are
important. You are responsible for your grade. As such, you are expected to arrive on
time for class sessions, to take your work seriously, and to treat your classmates with
courtesy and respect. More than 3 unexcused absences will affect your grade.

You and a partner will be responsible for a single, short (25 minute) presentation on an
article or essay of your choosing. You are encouraged to pick an article or essay that you
find interesting, and will provide it to the class at least 3 days before the date of your
presentation. Use of visual aids or handouts is not required, but certainly appreciated.

You will be responsible for 5 essays. Rough drafts and/or outlines may be neatly
handwritten, but final drafts must be typed, double-spaced, and submitted as hard copies.
Rough drafts submitted on time are worth 10% of your grade for that assignment. Late
work is not acceptable. Final drafts submitted late will lose a grade, and after one
week will not be accepted at all.
The midterm and final exams will consist of an in-class writing assignment. You will be
able to choose from two essay topics provided by the instructor. Dates for each exam
will be determined during the semester.

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