Professor Rodgers Introduction to College Writing Fall 2017

Week Topic Reading Assignment Writing AssignmentHandouts

Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Tuesday, Sept. 5
What Is Writing?: An Introduction to the Course and the Question   []   

Keywords: Rhetoric, Rhetorical Situation/Context, Writing, Reading, Modern Language Association (M.L.A.)
Course Syllabus

Introduction to What Is Writing?

Sullivan: Active Reading

Bazerman: What Is Rhetoric?

LJ1: Yourself

Group Assignment: GA1

Reading and Writing Assignment:
RWA1: What Is This Class About?
What Is Rhetoric?

What Is the MLA?

Taking Notes

Some Elements of Writing: Overview


Wednesday, Sept. 6 - 
Tuesday Sept. 12
Reading Is (a) Conversation(s): Reading as a Writer       

Week 1 Assignments Due: LJ1, GA1, RWA1

Gorrell: The Writer/Reader

Bazerman: Responding to Reading: Annotation (pp. 15-18)

Three Personal Narrative Essays About Reading and Writing
LJ2: Yourself and Reading

Group Assignment: GA2

RWA2: Responding to Reading
Bazerman: The Reader's Active Role


Wednesday, Sept. 13 - 
Tuesday Sept. 19
Writing Is a Process:  Brainstorming

Week 2 Assignments Due: LJ2, GA2, RWA2
Three Personal Narrative Essays About Reading and Writing

Bunn: "How To Read Like a Writer" 
LJ3: How Do You Write?

Group Assignment:
GA3: Brainstorming

RWA3: Brainstorming a Personal Literacies Narrative Essay

Brainstorming (UNC
Writing Center)

Brainstorming (KU Writing Center)

How Do I Start Writing? (Rodgers)

College Writing: Why Writing Is a Process (Rodgers)

Norton Guide to Writing Literacy Narrative Essays

Wednesday, Sept. 20 - 
Tuesday Sept. 26
Writing Is a Process:  Drafting, or Writing for Yourself and for Readers: NO IN-PERSON CLASS MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Week 3 Assignments Due: LJ3, GA3, RWA3
Personal "Literacies" Narrative Essay Assignment

Three Personal Narrative Essays About Reading and Writing

Elements of Writing: Some Steps in Drafting: An Interactive Guide
LJ4: Envisioning a Personal Essay

GA4: Drafting: What Worked, What Didn't Work, What Questions Do You Have?

RWA4: Drafting a Personal Literacies Narrative Essay
Norton Guide to Writing Literacy Narrative Essays

College Writing: Some Steps in the Process (Rodgers)

Drafting: Some Steps (CUNY WriteSite)


Wednesday, Sept. 27 - 
Tuesday Oct. 3
Writing Is a Process:  The Stages of Revision

Week 4 Assignments Due: LJ4, GA4, RWA4
What Is Revision?
1. Structural Revision
2. Line Editing (see WiW 42)
3. Proofreading (see WiW 43)

Revision: Higher Order and Lower Order Concerns (Purdue OWL)

How To Write an Introduction

How To Write a Compelling Conclusion (UNC)

LJ5: Reflecting on the Essay Writing Process

GA5: Questions and Observations About the Revision Process: Structural Revision, Line Editing, Proofreading

RWA5: Preparing a Finished Draft
UNC Writing Center: Revision

Norton Field Guide: Revision

Guidelines for Peer Editing

Some Elements of Writing: Paragraphs

Wednesday, Oct. 4 - 
Tuesday Oct. 10
Writing Is (a) Conversation(s): Introduction to Argumentation

Week 5 Assignments Due: LJ5, GA5, RWA5

"Reading: Making a Mark" by David Bartholomae and Andrew Petrovsky

Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" (2008)

Ursula LeGuin, "The Death of the Book" (2012)

Deborah Brandt, "The Rise of Writing" (2014) [read pp. 1-5]
LJ6: Reading Online and in Print

GA6: Questions and thoughts about summary writing, writing about texts, and what we are reading

RWA6: Actively Read and Respond to an Essay

Some Elements of Writing: Writing About Texts

Introduction to Summary Writing

Using Textual Evidence Effectively in Your Writing: Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing

Norton: Reading Strategies


Wednesday, Oct. 11 - 
Tuesday Oct. 17
Writing Is (a) Conversation(s):  Writing With and About TextsA Brief Introduction to Argumentative Writing

Norton: Thesis Statements

Norton: Arguing a Position
LJ7: If you were to tell a story...

GA7.1: Post Your One Paragraph Summary on the OpenLab :: DUE OCT.12

GA7.2: Post Your Draft Thesis Statement on the OpenLab :: DUE OCT. 15

RWA7: Write a five paragraph letter explaining why you agree or disagree with Carr's, LeGuin's, or Silverman's essay.

What Is a Thesis Statement?

Some Thesis Statement Tips

What Is a Paragraph?

What Is a Topic Sentence?

Structural Overview of a Five Paragraph Argumentative Response Essay


Wednesday, Oct. 18 - 
Tuesday Oct. 24
Midterm Exam
Distinguishing Between Claims and Evidence

Using Textual Evidence Effectively (Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing)
 LJ8: If I were to tell ____ what I really think...

GA8: Questions About Writing Argumentative Response Essays

RWA8: Revise Your One Paragraph Summary and Draft/Revise Your Argumentative Response Essay
 Overview and Chapter Summaries of They Say/I Say

They Say / I Say eBook


Wednesday, Oct. 25 - 
Tuesday Oct. 31
Writing Is (a) Conversation(s):  Writing With and About TextsThe Phenomenon of Error in Writing

Understanding Complete Sentences in SWE

Professor Rodgers' Introduction to Understanding and Repairing Errors in SWE

LJ9: Writing, Dialects, and Choosing a Short Story

GA9: Questions and Answers About SWE

RWA9: Creating a Writing Inventory
Peer Review: Argumentative Response Essay

Wednesday, Nov. 1 - 
Tuesday Nov. 7
Writing Is (a) Conversation(s):  Writing With and About Texts

Library Visit: 11/2, 4pm-4:50pm
A Brief Introduction to College Research

ENG1101 Research Assignment

ENG1101 Library Research Worksheet
 LJ10: What Issue Are You Passionate About?

GA10.1: Questions About Developing Research Questions and College Research Projects  

GA10.2: Which Story Are You Reading, Why?

RWA10: Introduction to College Research and Developing a Research Question

Wednesday, Nov. 8 - 
Tuesday Nov. 14
Research ProjectsResearch Source Cover SheetLJ11: Read the short story you selected and, after reading it, spend five minutes writing about it.

GA11: Understanding Bibliographic Citations

RWA11: Collecting Sources

Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 
Tuesday Nov. 21
Research ProjectsWhat Is a Bibliography?

Sample Annotated Bibliography
LJ12: Reflect on what it has been like to keep a weekly learning journal.

GA12: One Paragraph Blog Post Comparing and Contrasting Your Three Sources

RWA12: Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - 
Tuesday Nov. 28
Research Projects

MLA In-Text Citation Style GuidelinesLJ13: Optional: Design Your Own Writing Prompt 

GA13: Questions About the Overview of Sources Essay

RWA13: Draft Overview of Sources Essay

Sample Overview of Sources Essay

Wednesday, Nov. 29 - 
Tuesday Dec. 5
Research Projects

Revise Overview of Sources Essay and Prepare Final Course Portfolio 

Wednesday, Dec. 6 - 
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Final Exam Prep


Course Review 
Wednesday, Dec. 13 Final Exam