WR 121 Summer 2011 Brown

WR 121
English Composition
Dr. Brown

Class Meets: M  W  10:30-12:20 in T306
Instructor's Office: T305B
Phone: (503) 338-2471
Office Hours: M  W  10:00-10:30, after class, and by appointment

Description:  This course is designed to improve your essay writing skills.  This summer we will discuss the writing process, and will work on all the steps that lead to a good essay: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.  Part of this process will involve workshopping your papers.  This means you will be sharing works-in-progress with other people—a great way for you to get feedback from other people and also to practice your reading and editing skills.  During the course of discussing proofreading, we will review basic fundamentals of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 

Texts and Supplies:
Diana Hacker.  A Writer’s Reference
A dictionary
White out
Stapler—I will not accept your papers unless they are stapled.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to write an essay that
1) has a clear main idea,
2) has good supporting details,
3) has a lively, interesting opening paragraph,
4) has a meaningful conclusion,
5) is written in your own voice,
6) shows your own style with figurative language, and
7) shows evidence of revising, editing, and proofreading.

Assignments and Grading;
80 points essays (4 essays, 20 points each)
20 points grammar and punctuation homework

90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, 0-59 F

Late Paper Policy: It is your responsibility to get your completed work handed in on time.  On time means you have your homework ready to hand in at the exact time class starts.  Any homework that comes in after that will not be read but will receive 60% of points only.  Should a SERIOUS emergency come up (you are in hospital, death in immediate family) please discuss it with me BEFORE the deadline to possibly make other arrangements.

Attendance Policy: Because this class emphasizes the process of writing as well as the finished product, I am asking you to come to class every day.  If you miss an in-class activity because of an absence, you may not make it up unless you made arrangements with me BEFORE that day.

Plagiarism:  If you hand in a paper written by another person, you will fail the course.  If you “lift” ideas or language from another source, including the internet, without correct documentation, you will fail the assignment and maybe the course.  In case I have any questions about the authenticity of your work, please save all drafts and notes, as well as graded essays, until you receive your report card.

• Please be polite and remember to turn your cell phones off.  Thank you!  It is rude to text in class.  It is rude to get up and walk out in the middle of class.
• You are welcome to bring food and drink to class: please leave your table neat and clean.
• Please don’t talk while I am talking or while someone else in class is talking.




June      20 M intro, syllabus, parts of speech, interviews

             22 W introductions, discuss process/criteria
                      assign Essay #1 "Home," brainstorm
                      discuss essay structure, thesis, supporting details


              27 M workshop “Home” _____, _____, _____

              29 W workshop “Home” _____, _____, _____
                       Assign Essay #2 “Work”


July         4 M Holiday—CCC Closed

               6 W essay #1 due, bring proofreading equipment
                      run on sentences
                      discuss introduction, voice
                11 M workshop “Work” ______, ______, ______
                         G61-G63 due (p215)

                13 W workshop “Work” ______, ______, ______
                          discuss organization, conclusions
                          assign Essay #3 "Education"

                18 M essay #2 due, bring proofreading equipment
                          discuss fragments

                20 W workshop “Education” _____, _____, _____
                           G51-G53 due (p209)


                 25 M workshop “Education” ______, ______, ______

                 27 W discuss simile, metaphor, analogy
                             assign Essay #4 "Death"
                              discuss commas


Aug.           1 M essay #3 due, bring proofreading equipment
                          discuss revising, editing, proofreading
                          P1-1 through P1-3 due (p269)

                   3 W workshop “Death” ______, ______, ______
                          discuss apostrophes


                   8 M workshop “Death” ______, ______, ______

                   10 W essay #4 due, bring proofreading equipment
                             discuss other punctuation marks
                              P5-1 due (p282)

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June 10, 2011, 12:34 pm
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