Academic Writing and Reading
Instructor: Dr. Jim Schwartz
Office: Dwyer 258
Phone: (419) 586-0356
Office Hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon M-W-F (and by appointment)
Conlin, Mary Lou. Patterns Plus: A Short Prose Reader with Argumentation. 10th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2011. Print.
Be sure to put enough money on your Wright 1 Card to cover printing this course’s numerous writing assignment (estimate $10 for the semester). Also, it would be wise to purchase a USB flash drive on which to store your written efforts.
English 1100, an Element 1 Core Course, introduces you to the fundamentals of college-level expository writing and of critical thinking. In class you will be “exposed to” a variety of topics and to rhetorical approaches to them, including but not limited to classification and division, description, instruction, process analysis, narration, and argumentation. English 1100 stresses inventing, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessing along with effective critiquing and collaborating. By the semester’s conclusion you will have composed your own expository specimens as well as reaffirmed your cherished belief in proper grammar and mechanics as necessary components of intelligent, engaging college-level written communication.
WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES: COMMUNICATION
The foundational skills students need in academic discourse, research, and documentation in an electronic environment.
a. Adapt rhetorical processes and strategies for audience, purpose, and type of task.
b. Organize and produce texts that meet the demands of specific genres, purposes, audiences, and stances.
c. Employ appropriate mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling conventions.
d. Find, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize appropriate source material from both print and electronic environments.
e. Present focused, logical arguments that support a thesis.
f. Use reliable and varied evidence to support claims, incorporate ideas from sources appropriately, and acknowledge and document the work of others appropriately.
g. Use electronic environments to draft, revise, edit, and share or publish texts.
You are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes. Do not show up ill prepared for the day’s assignment, since you may be called on at any time to answer questions about the day’s assigned readings. Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. After the sixth (6th) class missed (for any reason), a one-letter grade deduction will be made to your final grade. All graded work must be submitted by you during class on the day it is due. I maintain sole discretion in determining whether or not late work will be accepted and if so, any percentage deduction to be applied. Because this is a seated class, not an online one, no unsolicited email submissions of your work will be accepted.
GRADING & ASSIGNMENTS
You are expected to complete answers to assigned questions only. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to complete numerous computer-generated writing assignments in class, some of which will require you to have a rudimentary grasp of online search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.). All collected assignments will be weighted equally and will be marked using a traditional A through F grading scale. Refer to the “Grading Standards” menu option on this Website’s Navbar for more details about a specific letter grade’s value. A final examination, if scheduled, will be held in the course’s classroom.
Office of Disabilities Services
If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of service should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs.
Student Success Center / Library & Technology Center
Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.
The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in developmental mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.
The Library & Technology Center provides free access to scholarly resources in all formats to all Wright State students. WSU students can also visit the LTC for assistance with creating or editing multimedia projects i.e. PowerPoint, Voiceovers, Website development, etc., free of charge. The LTC is temporarily located in 182 Andrews Hall. For additional information about the LTC and the services they provide please call (419) 586-0333, or visit the LTC M-Fri from 9am-5pm.
It is the policy of Wright State University to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all students consistent with the goals of a community of scholars and students seeking knowledge and truth. Furthermore, it is the policy of the university to enforce these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged dishonesty, cheating, and other academic misconduct. For more information on the Academic Integrity Policy, please see: http://www.wright.edu/community-standards-and-student-conduct/code-of-student-conduct/academic-integrity.
COURSE CALENDAR (M-W-F)
M 08/27 — FIRST DAY OF CLASS — Course Introduction
W 08/29 — Computer Checkup & Password/Printing Trials
F 08/31 — Diagnostic Writing Sample
M 09/03 — NO CLASS — Labor Day Holiday
W 09/05 — Glossary Definitions (300-307)
F 09/07 — “The Basics of Writing: Processes and Strategies” (1-12)
M 09/10 — “Narration” (13-20)
W 09/12 — “Narration” (21-28)
F 09/14 — “Narration” (29-44)
M 09/17 — “Description” (45-56)
W 09/19 — “Description” (57-64)
F 09/21 — “Description” (65-76)
M 09/24 — “Examples” (77-86)
W 09/26 — “Examples” (87-97)
F 09/28 — “Examples” (98-106)
M 10/01 — “Classification and Division” (107-118)
W 10/03 — “Classification and Division” (119-129)
F 10/05 — “Classification and Division” (130-140)
M 10/08 — “Comparison and Contrast” (141-150)
W 10/10 — “Comparison and Contrast” (151-162)
F 10/12 — “Comparison and Contrast” (163-168)
M 10/15 — “Process” (169-175)
W 10/17 — “Process” (176-181)
F 10/19 — “Process” (182-188)
M 10/22 — “Cause and Effect” (189-196)
W 10/24 — “Cause and Effect” (197-209)
F 10/26 — “Cause and Effect” (210-224)
M 10/29 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
W 10/31 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
F 11/02 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
M 11/05 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
W 11/07 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
F 11/09 — CONFERENCES DWYER 258
M 11/12 — VETERANS DAY; UNIVERSITY CLOSED
W 11/14 — “Definition” (225-248)
F 11/16 — “Definition” (225-248)
M 11/19 — “Definition” (225-248)
W 11/21 & F 11/23 — No Class (Thanksgiving Vacation)
M 11/26 — “Argument and Persuasion” (249-255)
W 11/28 — “Argument and Persuasion” (256-261)
F 11/30 — “Argument and Persuasion” (262-270)
M 12/03 — “Argument and Persuasion” (271-277)
W 12/05 — “Argument and Persuasion” (278-286)
F 12/07 — COURSE SUMMARY