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ENGL 1010: English Composition: Faculty Version: Course Schedule Guide

Bulletin Description: Workshop in expository writing: strategies of, and practice in, analytical reading and writing about texts.

About Course Schedule Guide

This is a guide to creating a course schedule, not an actual schedule

Week 1

Intro & Diagnostic Essay & Freshman Common Reading

Week 2

Freshman Common Reading: Focus on close reading, annotating, summary

Class topics:

  1. Intro & Diagnostic Essay
  2. Close reading & Annotation
  3. Crafting a literacy narrative essay
  4. Stages of Writing: What does revision mean?
  5. Plagiarism

Assignment: Literacy 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.

Week 3-4

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. 

Class topics:

  1. Close reading and Annotation
  2. Summary vs Paraphrase
  3. Summary vs Analysis
  4. Reverse outlining (argument, sub argument, counter argument, 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.

Weeks 5-8

Argument & Analysis: Focus on argument, thesis statements, evidence, structure

Class topics:

  1. Peer review
  2. Structure (process analysis)
  3. Revision
  4. Argument
  5. Thesis Statements
  6. Selecting Evidence
  7. Citation
  8. Effective quotation

Assignments: Analytical Essay (2 drafts)

Weeks 9-12

Compare and Contrast: Focus on argument, evidence, structure

Class topics:

  1. Texts in Conversation
  2. Argument
  3. Comparative thesis statements
  4. Structure
  5. Peer Review
  6. In class writing strategies
  7. In class essay
  8. Effective use of quotations
  9. Signal phrases & other templates

Assignments: 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.

Weeks 13-14

Week 13: Catch-up

Week 14: Final portfolio prep

Class topics:

  1. Rubrics
  2. Sample portfolios
  3. Strategies to prepare final portfolio.