English Syllabus

English Syllabus - English 1302 Thinking and Writing Fall...

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English 1302 Thinking and Writing Fall 2007 Instructor:  Geoffrey Reiter (sounds like  “writer”) Office Hours:  MW 12:30-2:00, 3:30- 5:00 E-mail:  [email protected] Office:  Carroll Science, Room #406 Phone:  Extension 6893 Required Textbooks: The Prentice-Hall Guide for College Writers , 7 th  edition Patterns: A Prentice Hall Pocket Reader The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook , 3 rd  edition What are we trying to accomplish? Perhaps you are excited about taking this class, or perhaps you are thinking, “What a  colossal waste of my time!”  Whatever the case, whatever your major or your interests,  let me assure you that Thinking and Writing is a tremendously important class!  Our goal  for this semester is for you to make progress in developing the skills in the course’s title.  No matter what profession you choose, thinking critically is both helpful and  empowering; and writing—being able to communicate your thoughts effectively—is  equally important.  I ask you not to go through this course just trying to write better  essays; instead, try to become better  thinkers  and better  writers .  Since both thinking  and writing are processes, we will spend the entire semester developing these skills.  And  in fact, I hope that you will never stop cultivating the habits of good thinking and good  writing.  Further information may be found in the “Course Objectives” portion of your  Guide for Freshman Composition .
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What am I looking for? The course consists of six units.  With each unit of the course, I will pass out individual  assignment sheets or post assignments on Blackboard.  You are responsible for  completing on time all the work on those sheets and any other work I might assign to you  during the course of the semester,  including any work assigned on Blackboard .  Such  work will include (but is not limited to): reading assignments, class discussion, group  work, quizzes, in-class writing exercises, out-of-class writing exercises (including  blackboard discussions), a final examination, and (of course) your wonderful essays.  I do  not believe in pure busy work and as much as possible will assign you work only insofar  as it is helpful for you to meet the course objectives—but this does not alter your  responsibility to do  all the work I assign.   The schedule in the syllabus is flexible, and  you are responsible for keeping up with any changes I may make to the assignments. Readings: 
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