Effective Writing ¾ Syllabus
Fall Semester, 2001
Aug. 27 (M): Hellos; introduction to class
Homework: Read Syllabus
Write three questions about the syllabus. (Note: these questions should be typed. They can be as silly or trivial as you like, but I want them to reflect that you’ve read the syllabus carefully.)
Aug. 29 (W): Discuss syllabus questions; sign up for draft discussion days; write journal entry #1 in class
Homework: Write diagnostic essay: In 2-3 pp. (typed, double-spaced) describe an experience when you were looking forward to something and wound up disappointed.
Aug. 31 (F): Discuss disappointment sketches; begin discussing writing strategies
Homework: Write journal #2
Sept. 3 (M): Labor Day -- No Class
Homework: Write two paragraphs. (The first paragraph should be a description of your room. The second should describe a light in your room.)
Sept. 5 (W): Continue discussing writing strategies; begin discussing idea of coherent paragraphs
Homework: Write journal #3
Sept. 7 (F): Journal exchange
Homework: Read “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell
Sept. 10 (M): Discuss “Shooting an Elephant”; discuss narrative essay assignment
Homework: Read essays by Hardwick, Merchant, Harper, and Ahasic
Write topic idea for narrative essay
Sept. 12 (W): Discuss narrative essay topics and strategies; discuss sample narrative essays from coursepack
Homework: Begin writing narrative draft
Sept. 14 (F): Draft discussion day #1 ¾ we will discuss 2-3 drafts of essays at length
Homework: Finish narrative draft; Bring two or three copies of your essay to class.
Sept. 17 (M): Exchange copies of narrative drafts; sniggerworts and patter-pawing
Homework: Write a response to each of the two drafts you received during class. (I would expect each response to run about 1.5 pages, typed and single-spaced.) Bring two copies of each response.
Sept. 19 (W): Workshop discussion on your responses to essay drafts; write journal #4 in class
Homework: Revise narrative essay to turn in by 9/24
Write journal #5
Sept. 21 (F): Journal exchange
Homework: Read remembering a person essay assignment
Read essays by Arens, Megleo, and Breeden
Sept. 24 (M): Discuss remembering a person essay assignment
Homework: Begin writing remembering a person essay
Sept. 26 (W): Draft discussion day #2 ¾ remembering a person essay
Homework: Finish remembering a person essay draft; bring two or three copies of your draft to class.
Sept. 28 (F): Swap essay drafts; word sketch exercise (in this in-class writing, I will assign each of you another person in the class. Without letting that person see what you are up to, I want you to describe him or her as completely as possible.)
Homework: Write response to each of the essays you have received; arrange to return and discuss your responses with the essays’ authors during the week. (I recommend that you use part of the regular class hour either in our classroom or wherever you are most comfortable.) Be sure to have a copy of the response for each author as well as copies that you can turn in.
Read profile assignment
Read essays by Canabou, Nawosel, Rotramel, Nowak, and Rosenzweig
Write journals #6 & #7
Write list of five potential subjects for your profile
Oct. 1 (M): Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Oct. 3 (W): Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Oct. 5 (F): Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Homework: Re-read your word sketch from 9/28; select the parts of it that you think are most effective (and that do not immediately identify the subject of your sketch), and prepare to read them in class.
Oct. 8 (M): Exchange word sketches; discuss profile assignment topics and strategies; begin discussing evaluative essay assignment
Homework: Write journal #8
Oct. 10 (W): Journal exchange
Homework: Think about what you would write if you had writing homework
Oct. 12 (F): Fall Recess -- No Class
Oct. 15 (M): Watch film, to be determined, in class. (I am open to suggestions for a film, but I do have several possibilities in mind.)
Homework: Schedule and conduct profile observation by Oct. 29. (Start on this immediately; it may be much more difficult than you expect to find a time that will work for you and your subject.)
Oct. 17 (W): Continue watching film
Homework: Write journal #9
Oct. 19 (F): Watch end of film; share reactions
Homework: Write draft of evaluative essay
Oct. 22 (M): In-class writing: write a new evaluative essay
Homework: Using the internet and the library, find at least two published reviews of the movie. (Please try not to read any reviews before this point in the semester. I think you will find your other writing easier if you enter into it with just your own impressions.)
Oct. 24 (W): Discuss evaluative essay drafts and revision strategies
Homework: Begin revising evaluative essay of your choice
Oct. 26 (F): Draft discussion day #3 ¾ Evaluative essay
Homework: Finish evaluative essay revision; bring two or three copies of your essay to class.
Write journal #10
Oct. 29 (M): Swap evaluative essay drafts; journal exchange
Homework: Write response to each of the essays you have received; bring two copies of each response to class.
Oct. 31 (W): Workshop on responses to evaluative essays; discuss status of profile essays
Homework: Begin writing profile draft
Nov. 2 (F): Draft discussion day #4 ¾ profiles
Homework: Finish profile drafts; bring two or three copies of your draft to class.
Nov. 5 (M): Swap profile drafts; begin discussing idea of Rogerian argumentation; describe in-class writing assignment of __________
Homework: Write responses to the essays you have received during class; bring two copies of each response to class.
Nov. 7 (W): Workshop on profile responses; write journal #11 in class
Homework: Read from “The ‘Uncanny’” by Sigmund Freud
Read essay by Anderson
Nov. 9 (F): Discuss the uncanny as Freud defines it and as you have experienced it.
Homework: Begin writing uncanny essay
Nov. 12 (M): Draft discussion day #5 ¾ Uncanny essay
Homework: Write uncanny essay draft; bring two or three copies to class with you.
Nov. 14 (W): Swap essay drafts; journal exchange
Homework: Write responses to the uncanny essay drafts you have received in class. Arrange to return your responses to the authors ¾ and to turn them in to me ¾ some time during the next three classes.
Write journal #12
Nov. 16 (F): Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Nov. 19 (M): Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Nov. 20 (T): Special Tuesday class time; Conferences ¾ No regular class; come only if you have scheduled a meeting
Nov. 22 & 24 (M-F): Thanksgiving Break -- No Class
Homework: Eat wisely; save room for dessert
Glance at essays by Kim, Docken, and Neider
Nov. 26 (M): Continue discussing idea of Rogerian argument; brainstorm topics for in-class Rogerian essay during the rest of the week.
Homework: Write journal #13
Nov. 28 (W): Write Rogerian essay in-class; (Note: if you have a notebook or laptop computer, feel free to bring it with you.)
Homework: Write journal #14
Nov. 30 (F): Finish writing Rogerian essay in-class
Homework: Write journal #15
Dec. 3 (M): Discuss status of narrative, remembering a person, evaluative, profile, and uncanny essays; discuss revision strategies; review final portfolio procedures
Homework: Begin preparing final portfolio
Dec. 5 (W): Workshop in class on revisions
Homework: Continue with final revisions
Dec. 7 (F): Journal exchange
Homework: Prepare final portfolios to turn in during exam week
Dec. 10-14 (M): Final Classes subject to rescheduling