CRITICAL WRITING SEMINAR, SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS, FALL 2009
(subject to revision)
The Practice of Writing
A Pocket Style Manual
indicates Blackboard reserve readings.
For every class, bring the
books and a laptop computer.
Until Oct. 26, bring the
book. Starting Oct. 12, bring the
Students will also blog regularly in their course journal.
Part I: Two Reasons for Transnational Conflict in Families
Course introduction. Syllabus details. Partner-biography exercise.
, 15-39 (Kenneth Bruffee’s “Remembering, Questioning, Generalizing”).
Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue” (on BB).
Partner-biography exercise. Collaborative/individual exercises on Tan’s essay.
The diagnostic Sample Essay.
, 147-174 (descriptive outlines/peer review).
, 96-110 (reasons).
, 80-96 (introductions and propositions).
, 152-185 (detailed descriptive outlines and peer review).
Cover grammar quiz. Introductory team, pair, and individual writing exercises.
Discussion/exercise on testing propositions (
Workshop a sample Two Reasons Essay
, 41-55 (“Position Papers” and Instructions for the Two Reasons Essay).
Min Zhou’s “Conflict Coping and Reconciliation” (
Grammar quiz results via e-mail to the instructor.
Drafting three possible propositions for the first formal essay using two reasons.
After settling on one, begin drafting Paragraph 2 and Paragraph 3.
David Faris, “Reasons” (on BB). Valerie Ross, “Reasons” (on BB).
First draft of essay 1, Two Reasons Essay, and outline, to BB.
Two copies of your Two Reasons draft and outline.
Begin peer review of partner’s Two Reasons Essay. Students identify no more
than two STYLE errors in partner’s essay
The writer uses the two errors as the
basis for creating his or her “Custom Proofreading Sheet.”