Introduction to course; introduction to each other. Background information.
Language skills pre-test.
Read MME: Annie Dillard, "An American Childhood," pp. 353-359
Journal assignment: Think about how Dillard shapes her essay about her
mother and write a journal entry about a character familiar to you.
Discussion of language skills tests; strategies for improving language skills.
Discussion of Dillard essay.
Paper no. 1: Write 2 or 3 pages (typed) on a childhood memory or do a character
sketch on a family member or another significant figure. Paper no. 1 due on
Sept. 22; rough draft due next class.
Impromptu essay (writing sample, will not be graded).
Read MME: Doris Lessing, "Father," pp. 417-424.
Discussion on quotes from Thursdays impromptu essays.
Read Ken Macrories, "The Poison Fish" (in-class handout).
Discussion of "Engfish"
Writing groups assigned.
Work in groups on rough drafts.
Journal assign: Describe your writing group dynamics (what you did, how it
worked, what could be improved, etc.)
Read: George Orwell, "A Hanging," pp. 57-61.
Discuss techniques of narrative event and Orwell essay.
Pre-writing handout and "Kippi" cluster.
Writing groups on organizing narrative structure (e.g., spatial, climactic,
Journal assign.: Explain the narrative method you considered and how you believe
the new organization improved/did not improve your paper.
Read: Cynthia Ozick, "The Seam of a Snail," pp. 163-167.
Discuss use of description in Dillards essay.
Groupwork on writing with all five senses (writing exercises and class discussion).
Read: Annie Dillard, "Living Like Weasels," pp. 360-363.
Journal assign.: Entry discussing Dillards use of description
Paper no. 2 - Objective Report ; due Sept. __. Handout on features of an
"Lifeboat" class exercise (basis for Objective Report).
Journal assign.: Entry on lifeboat exercise
Read: Stephen Jay Gould, "Womens Brains," pp. 277-282.
Collect Paper no. 1
Discussion of fact vs. opinion in Goulds essay.
In-class writing on objective report paper.
Read: Lewis Thomas, "Notes on Punctuation," pp. 108-110.
Journal assign.: Entry in response to any questions on pp. 110 - 111.
Paper no. 2 collected; revised Objective reports due Oct. 1.
Paper no. 3 - Synthesis Shaped by Thesis - due Oct. __. Handout and discussion.
Read: Womens Issues
- Virginia Woolf, "Professions for Women," pp. 4-8
- Maxine Hong Kingston, "No-Name Woman," pp. 255-265.
- Margaret Atwood, "Great Unexpectations," pp. 242-246.
Journal assign,: Free-writing on any/all assigned essays; consider working on
possible idea for synthesis/thesis paper.
Report papers returned.
Stylistics workshop - handout on sentence combining and varying sentence lengths.
Journal assign.: Entry using stylistic revision on ten sentences from rough drafts.
Read: Issues in Multiculturalism:
- George Orwell, "Antisemitism in Britain," pp. 81-89
- Richard Rodriguez, "Complexion," pp. 301-305
- Alice Walker, "Am I Blue?" pp. 338-343
Revised paper no. 2 (Objective report) collected
Discussion of Sept. 16 & 21 assigned essays.
Work on Paper no. 3
Paper no. 3 collected; revised paper due Oct __.
Impromptu essays samples. Writing groups evaluate and grade essay samples.
Journal assign.: Entry on essay evaluations (what did you learn?)
Paper no. 4 (Interview on the writing process). Due Oct. __. Handout on writing
Writing groups on Paper no. 3 revision.
Language Skills Workshop
Language Skills MIDTERM.
Paper no. 5 assigned (Research Paper); due Oct. __.
In-class review of Chapter 5 in EW.
Groupwork on writing effective in-class essays.
Paper no. 4 collected (Interview).
MIDTERM Impromptu Essay.
Journal assign.: Entry on theses being considered for Paper no. 5.
Read: EW, Chapter 2 & 3. Study MLA documentation and write down any
questions you have.
Individual Conferences. Times will be scheduled.
Work in library on research paper.
Read: George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," pp. 69-80.
Individual Conferences. Work in library. Times will be scheduled.
Oct 21 - Paper no. 5 (Research) collected.
Stylistics workshop - Diction
Read: Annie Dillard, "Push It," pp. 375-380. What kind of diction does Dillard
use in her essay; is it effective?
Meet in Computer Lab.
Writing Groups on Paper no. 5 (Research) revision.
Paper no. 6 (Writing About Literature) assigned; papers due on Nov __.
Short story and/or poetry packets distributed.
Free-writing on reading from packets.
In-class writing and/or writing groups on Paper no. 6.
Revised Paper no. 5 collected.
Analyzing literature: In-class reading of Andrew Marvells, "To His Coy
Mistress," and brief discussion. Break into writing groups to formulate thesis
and write brief essay analyzing Marvells poem. Each group presents thesis and
writings in class. Discussion of each groups thesis and writing effectiveness.
Samples of student themes (literary evaluation). Groups evaluate and grade
student themes. Group presentations on results.
Workshop on Eliminating the Passive Voice.
Writing Groups on Paper no. 6
Read: Stephen Jay Gould, "Counters and Cable Cars," pp. 283-290.
Journal assign.: Consider Goulds use of active verbs; list at least 10 active
verbs Gould uses.
Presentation of results.
Handout on PORTFOLIO.
Journal assign.: Entry on results of Auction exercise. How do you feel our
culture/media influenced your decisions?
Bring in editorials and/or opinion papers from magazines and/or newspapers for
Paper no. 6 (Literary Analysis) collected; revision due Dec __.
Paper no. 7 (Cultural Critique) assigned; due Dec __.
Topic building on cultural critique theses.
Topic building and discussion of ads for short paper no. 7.
Writing on Paper no. 6 (revision) and Paper no. 7
Paper no. 6 (Revision) collected.
Writing groups on Paper no. 7 Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Short paper no. 7 collected.
Portfolio workshop; FINAL PORTFOLIOS DUE DEC. 9.
In-class work on impromptu
Final essay exam.
Week of Dec. 13
Language Skills Post-test.