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-WRT 101.02 INTRODUCTORY WRITING WORKSHOP - SPRING 2008 (1084-WRT-101-SEC02-40013) > ASSIGNMENTS Assignments For Wednesday Type a letter of introduction focusing on yourself as a reader and a writer: consider your past, present and future in each area. Do not type more than one, double-spaced page nor less than two paragraphs (one paragraph for reading and one for writing). Let me know any writing courses, whether at school or on your own, that you've taken. If you had "AP Comp" or an ESL class, put it down (but not your grade!). If you write for the school newspaper, put it down. If you write letters to your grandmother, put it down. If your second grade teacher made you hate writing by marking in red all over your work, let me know. Do the same for reading. If you want, you can add any additional information, in a separate paragraph, that will help to introduce yourself. This is an informal assignment, so have fun writing it, but keep in mind your purpose, which is to give the instructor a sense of you as a student in a writing class and of the level of the class as a whole. Please do not embellish your accomplishments nor overstate your love affair with writing in an attempt to please the instructor. Be honest. Read the Handout given out in class which is from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric Handbook. Note that the pages might be out of order so check at the bottom. On Wednesday in class, when the word "octopus" is mentioned, applaud. I'll know that you read this. For Friday, 2/1 Email instructor. This can be done through "Communication" or use any email address that you regularly check. If you don't send the email through Blackboard, put your last name and section number on the "subject line": e.g., "Smith 04." In the body ask any questions you have about the syllabus or course. They will be addressed in class on Friday. If you do not have any questions, simply write "No Questions." Read pp. 3 to 14 in the The Curious Writer (to be referred to as CW). Do Exercise 1.1 in your notebook (or journal, pp.5--6). It's not a great prompt but it'll start us off on the using the writing prompts found throughout the book. For Monday Read the rest of Chapter 1. Do Exercise 1.2 in your journal. This will form the basis of classwork so you'll need it. You do not have to do the other exercises. If you cannot generate at least a page of journal writing from Ex 1.2 then do some of the others or just add personal freewriting to your journal. As an alternative to writing Exercise 1.2, students can, for Monday, write one page of description in their writing notebook. Go to a place and describe what you see. The library, SAC or fountain on campus all might be interesting spots. Possibly some aspect of your commute to or from SBU might give you time to watch and describe a scene (but don't draw too much attention to yourself!). Maybe someplace that you visit over the week-end. Try to engage the senses, use "precise, vivid verbs," add adjectives and modifiers, employ analogies. Keep in mind that this is journal writing, more like freewriting or fastwriting than an essay draft .
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