Introduction to College Writing



 Week Topic Reading
 1What Is Writing?     
 Bazerman/Rodgers
 2What Is Writing?  Exploring Relationships Between Speaking and Writing     
 
 3What Is Writing?  Reading and Writing Processes
 Personal Essays
 4What Is Writing?  Revision Processes and Peer Editing
 
 5What Is Writing?  Writing In Response
  Tan
 6Introduction to Argumentation
 
 7Midterm Exam
 
 8Writing About Texts
 
 9Writing About Texts
 
 10Writing About Texts
 
 11Research for Advocacy
 
 12Research Projects
 
 13Research Projects
 
 14Research Projects
 
 15Final Exam
 



Unit 1:  Introduction to Rhetoric and College Writing  
27-Aug   What Is This Class About? Syllabus RWA1: What Is This Class About?/What Is Grammar?
  Review Texts for Class
1 OpenLab to introduce class
29-Aug   What Is Writing?   RWA2: Autobiography and RWA3: What Is Rhetoric?
2 Bazerman, Ch. 1 to introduce definitions of rhetoric and writing/group work on descriptive and prescriptive definitions of grammar
5-Sep   What Is the Relationship Between Writing and Speaking? What is Writing? (Choose essay) RWA3: Strengths as Communicator/Exploring Similarities and Differences Between Speaking and Writing to explore similarities and differences between speaking and writing
3 Look over What Is Writing?
10-Sep    RWA3 and What Is Writing? Alexie Reading Journal
  Bunn
4 Bazerman, Ch. 2 to discuss the characteristics of effective communication
12-Sep 5 Discuss Alexie and Bunn   RWA4: Your Writing Process/Rereading Autobiography   to discuss reading like a writer; the shape of essays; and different genres of essays
19-Sep 6  Discuss RWA4     RWA5: Revision and Your Writing Process to discuss writing as a process and individual writing processes
24-Sep 7 Revision/Peer Review    RWA6: Preparing a Finished Piece of Writing    to discuss revision and revising a personal essay
1-Oct   Final Draft Essay 1 Due Tan Reading Journal: Tan  
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Unit 2: Argumentation and Writing About Texts  
3-Oct 9 Discuss Tan/Introduction to Writing About Texts   Haussamen RWA 7:Read and Respond to Haussamen/Writing About Texts Exercise   to discuss Tan and Haussamen/to introduce summary writing and writing about texts
10-Oct 10 Discuss Tan and Public/Private Grammar; Intro to Argumentation   RWA8: Brainstorming and RWA9: Intro to Argumentation to discuss essay 2
15-Oct 11 What Are Thesis Statements?/ Return and Discuss Personal Essays  What Is Writing? RWA10: Questions About Thesis Statements and Thesis Driven Essays  RWA11: Writing Inventory to discuss elements of college writing
17-Oct 12 Midterm Prep What Is Writing?  RWA12: Exploratory Draft Argument Essay to prepare for midterm
22-Oct 13 MIDTERM     in-class argument essay
24-Oct 14 In-Class Writing  What Is Writing?  RWA13: Prepare Draft 1 Argument Essay to learn about peer editing
29-Oct 15 Structural Revision What Is Writing?  RWA14: Structural Revision Exercise to practice structural revision
31-Oct 16 Peer Review/Line Editing What Is Writing?  RWA15: Line Editing/Proofreading Exercise to practice line editing and proofreading
5-Nov 17  Final Draft Essay 2 Due Pollan Reading Journal: Pollan
Unit 3: Intro to College Research    
7-Nov 18 Intro to College Research Pollan  RWA16: Intro to College Research and Summary Writing to introduce the college research project and to understand how it differs from high school research projects
12-Nov   Discuss Research Projects Pollan RWA17: Choosing a Topic and Developing a Research Question to introduce and discuss research projects
19 NOV 12: LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE with W
14-Nov 20 Discuss Research Projects   RWA18: Thinking and Writing About Sources to discuss research projects
19-Nov   Discuss Research Projects/Return and Discuss Argument Essay and Midterm    RWA19: Drafting a Research Proposal                                             RWA11: Writing Inventory Update to discuss research proposals
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21-Nov 22 Writing Workshop    RWA20: Overview of Sources to revise and edit draft research proposals
26-Nov 23 Writing Workshop (Overview of Sources)     to revise and edit overview of sources
28-Nov 24 Writing Workshop (Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography)   RWA21: Draft Researched Response Essay to revise and edit research proposals
3-Dec 25 Peer Review     to revise researched response essay
5-Dec 26 Peer Review     to edit researched response essay
10-Dec 27 Final Exam Prep   RESEARCHED RESPONSE ESSAY DUE to prepare for the final exam
12-Dec 28 FINAL EXAM PART I   READING AND WRITING JOURNALS DUE
17-Dec 29 FINAL EXAM PART II   PORTFOLIOS DUE
19-Dec 30 Make-up Exam