English 110English Composition

English 110English Composition - Millersville University...

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Millersville University English 110:  English Composition  Tentative Syllabus for Fall, 2007 Professor: Dr. Farkas Office: 207 Chryst Hall Phone: 717-871-2361 E-Mail: Kerrie.Farkas@Millersville.Edu Office Hours: T 12-2:30, Th 12:30-2:30, and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION Welcome to English Composition! English Composition is designed to develop students’ writing across different writing contexts, particularly in the academic, work, and public discourse communities. Over the course of the semester, students will write four major papers where they will learn to critically analyze and interpret writing situations and to develop the skills to make effective writing choices for these particular contexts. Specifically, students will (1) read selections about these three communities to learn about their values, assumptions, and concerns, (2) read and find examples that illustrate how these values, assumptions, and concerns take shape in writing, and (3) write their own texts to enter into the conversations of these communities. COURSE GOALS The goals of the course are for students to develop the following: rhetorical competence: the skills to understand, interpret, and define writing situations and to make effective choices of content, form, focus, organization, audience, conventions, and language use in such situations the skills to read, write, and think critically the skills to apply theoretical writing concepts to practical writing situations the skills to identify and apply writing conventions specific to certain communities and to identify and apply those conventions that transfer across communities the skills to frame and pursue questions for investigation and to research topics systematically and comprehensively the skills to evaluate writing and to identify and apply necessary revisions for effective discourse the understanding that writing is a process, that writing is necessarily part of a larger context or practice, and that writing can be used to effect change REQUIRED TEXTBOOK Lauer, J., et al. (1991). Four Worlds of Writing: Inquiry and Action in Context . 4 th edition. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing. GRADES Grades will be determined primarily from the following two areas: Major Papers Writer’s Notebook Grades will also be affected by the following two areas: Attendance Participation
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MAJOR PAPERS (75%) Over the course of the semester, students will write four major papers in three different communities of writing: the academic community, the work community, and the public community. For each paper, students will write to real audiences where they will write to request or inspire action from their readers, and for each paper, students will do the following: (1) interpret the writing situation, (2) frame and pursue questions for investigation, (3) conduct appropriate research, (4) make choices of content, form, focus, organization, writer and reader positions, genre, and language use, and (5) write a paper. In addition to these four papers, students
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