EWRT211.22: Preparatory Reading and Writing Skills MW 1:30 PM – 3:40 PM DA SEM1A Instructor: Michael Wueste Office Hours: Writing Center Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 Email: email@example.com Website: http://faculty.deanza.edu/wuestemichael/ 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 revision. 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 Grading 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 over. 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. Discussion 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. Presentations 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. Essays 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. Exams 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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