This is a guide to creating a course schedule, not an actual schedule
Intro & Diagnostic Essay & Freshman Common Reading
Freshman Common Reading: Focus on close reading, annotating, summary
Assignment: Personal Narrative (2 drafts)
Reading’s suggestion: Freshman common reading. In addition, pick two short essays or one long essay. If you pick two short essays, you can have discussions that revolve around texts in relation to each other.
Summary: Focus on close reading, annotation, short summary
Summary is a very important skill. Students have a difficult time distinguishing between summary and paraphrase and summary and analysis. This unit will allow you to help students gain skills in closely reading texts, annotating, and identifying arguments, sub-arguments, counter arguments, and evidence. In addition, in writing summary, students will gain writing concisely texts, and identifying arguments, sub-arguments, counter arguments, and evidence.
Assignments: 2-3 short summaries (take home and in class)
Reading: Pick a number of shorter essays from “Analysis, Short.” For these readings, consider picking essays that are more accessible. You should pick essays that will allow students to develop their stamina as readers early on in the semester.
Argument & Analysis: Focus on argument, thesis statements, evidence, structure
Assignments: Analytical Essay (2 drafts)
Compare and Contrast: Focus on argument, evidence, structure
Assignments: In-Class Compare and Contrast & Take-home Compare and Contrast (2 drafts)
Readings: Pick a number of essays from the “Analysis, Long.” Scaffold these essays. Begin with essays that are not as difficult as those you will do later in this section. You may be able to teach one less complex per day. You may wish to spend two class periods on more complex essays. Pick shorter pieces from “Analysis, Short” to compare to the longer essays by Week 10.
Week 13: Catch-up
Week 14: Exam prep
Class time: Student discussion of long essay for final exam(last day)-