ENGLISH 125 - College Writing
Section: 209
Term: SU 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Notes:
Submit waitlist request for this section to: fsyscomp@umich.edu
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Purpose of the Course: The main purpose of this course is to help you learn to write clear, interesting, and “experienced” prose. Our time will be spent working on these skills using a diverse range of processes: readings, discussions, writing essays, peer reviews (workshops), and analyses of all kinds of expressions in a variety of genres.

The only way to develop writing skills is by writing and getting comfortable producing all kinds of writing as if it’s a natural act and not something done in isolation, late at night, at the last minute. Our expectations are that we will complete as much written work as is possible over the course of the term using many different modes of discourse: narrative, comparison–contrast, process, definition, descriptive and argumentative.

In the past, literature was used almost exclusively as model and inspirational catalyst for analyses and essays on topics in written form. In this course, professional non-fiction, student writing, popular culture and, occasionally, literature will be employed as subject matter for discussions as well as in-class and out of class essays.

Policies & Procedural Requirements:

  • Attendance is required. Three or more absences will adversely affect the final grade you receive, e.g., from a B+ to a B, a C+ to a C, etc. Late Attendance: If you’re late 3 times this will count as an absence. Late papers are unacceptable. Period. (If, however, there are legitimate and reasonable circumstances that necessitate you asking for an extension, you must ask for more time well in advance of the paper's due date.)
  • Revised Papers are due no later than seven days from the day the papers are returned to you.
  • Class Participation is very important and will be considered when computing your final grade.
  • Story - 2
  • Visual Stimuli. Throughout the course of the semester, I will show quite a few videotapes—documentaries, news segments, etc., — which are provided to supplement your knowledge on the topics, enhance your classroom experience and function as additional (and perhaps more recent) support for your arguments. These visual stimuli constitute “visual evidence. “ You are expected to watch these quietly, take notes and analytically consider the connections between these materials and the writing contained in the course-packs on the topics.
  • From the English Writing Program, University of Michigan, (Required)
    “Ask each student to attend at least one individual conference to discuss his/her writing [15 minutes]. Meeting with students while they are in the process of writing their papers can be especially productive.”
  • Conferences: We need to meet at least 2-3 times over the course of the term to discuss your essays, revisions, outlines and plans for future papers. It’s important that you sign up for an appointment and keep the appointment. If you fail to show up for your appointment this will be considered when computing your final grade.
  • Written Assignments: Two (2) 4 - 6 page out of class (oc) essays, typed, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins at the top and bottom with left and right margins 1.25 inches. And substantiated by outside sources. Your essays should be written using a 12 font (no larger or smaller and not Courier. ( In other words, you'll be writing research papers which include quotes from authorities on the subject. Only 2 of these sources can be internet sources. )
  • Two (3) in class essays, 2 - 3 pages (not skipping a line) on readings from the course-pack or issues discussed in class related to the readings. This includes the diagnostic essay you will write on the 2nd day of class.
  • A Student Presentation: Two-Three person team assignment (graded)
  • Pop Quizzes [if necessary; 1-3 over the course of the term to make sure you’re reading]
  • One (1)Mid-Term Hourly [ 50 multiple-choice items]
  • One (1) End of the Term Research Argumentative Essay

Student Presentations

Each student will choose one, or two, of her/his classmates to make a presentation to the entire class. This presentation should be very informative, entertaining and keep the audience’s attention. It will count the same as one (1) essay and each member of the team will receive the grade the presentation receives.

Select a book, film, CD or new technology which you consider to be essential for the enrichment of someone’s life. Teach us. Be prepared to tell us about this work of art, or product, for 5-7 minutes. We should leave the day’s class session excited about what we’ve just learned. Tell us what makes this book, film, CD or new technology unique, fascinating, wonderful, etc.

ENGLISH 125 - College Writing
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