110: Effective Writing
Office: Hafey Marian 406
Phone: ext. 5240
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-10:50,
TH 8:30-9:20, and by appointment
The liberally educated person must be able to discover ideas and express them clearly and effectively. A creative art, writing allows us to shape our experience into knowledge, and is therefore essential to our development as mature and socially responsible people. As a facet of effective communication, writing is also a practical art, one that society respects and regards as necessary for success in all careers and professions. In this course you will learn to consider writing as a process through which you explore and refine ideas. Through the process of drafting and revising, you will learn to present a strong thesis which is organized and developed in a clear, coherent essay.
In this course, you will
use creative strategies to discover
ideas for writing,
narrow a general subject to a specific
translate a topic into a thesis statement.
develop and support that thesis
statement using specific evidence and concrete details,
use techniques of drafting and editing
in the writing process,
or plan a logically clear and rhetorically effective development of the
recognize and use methods of
development such as illustration, comparison/contrast, cause effect, process analysis, classification, definition,
narration, and description
You will need two texts for this
Kirszner, Laurie G and Stephen R.
Brief Holt Handbook. 3rd ed.
Fort Worth: Harcourt, 2001.
Warner, J. Sterling, et al. Visions Across the
Americas. Fort Worth:
In addition, you will need two
folders, one that you use as a portfolio
and the other that you use for final draft submissions.
All work done throughout the semester must be saved in a portfolio.
The portfolio will consist of assigned papers, journal entries, and in
and out of class writing assignments. Please
keep all of your work; you will need it for your final paper!
Class sessions will consist of
lectures, discussions, teacher-student conferences, peer review and editing
workshops, in-class writing, quizzes,
and critical reading. You will be
expected to share your work with your peers, either in a large or small group.
Diagnostic writing: These are in-class writing exercises in which you experiment with development, audience, voice, and structure.
Your final grade for this course will
be based on the following
10% Essay One
60 % Essays
Two through Five (15% for each essay)
10% Final In-class Essay
Participation (based on participation in class discussions, peer editing
workshops, preparation, quiz grades, and overall effort)
Individual Papers will be graded
numerically with the following equivalents:
3.75 to 4.00 = A
3.50 to 3.74 = B+
3.00 to 3.49 = B
2.75 to 2.99 = C+
2.00 to 2.74 = C
1.00 to 1.99 = D
Students in first-year courses are
required to attend all classes. If
you are absent from class more than three times during the semester, I will
reduce your final grade by one-third letter for each absence: a student
finishing the course with an A and four absences, for example, will earn a B+.
Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time.
If you arrive after the beginning of class, you will be considered late.
Three lates during the term will count as one absence.
Please note that I am here to help
you. You may communicate with me
through e-mail, office phone, college mail, or just by dropping by during office
hours. If the office hours do not
fit into your schedule, we will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.
Schedule for Comparison/Contrast Assignment
Planning Sheet for Comparison/Contrast Assignment
Evaluation Sheet for Comparison/Contrast Assignment