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UCWR 110 Syllabus - Spring 2011 Loyola University Chicago...

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Spring 2011 Loyola University Chicago UCWR 110: College Writing Seminar Writing Responsibly: Communities in Conversation Section 16: MWF 10:25AM - 11:15AM IC 111 Section 25: MWF 11:30AM - 12:20 Dumbach 5 Section 36: MWF 2:45 PM - 3:35 PM IC 111 Instructor: Heather Cramond Office Location: Crown Center 471 Office Phone: 773-508-2798 Office Hours: Mondays 3:35-4:45, Tuesdays 9-11 and 2-3 E-mail: [email protected] Please allow 24 hours for response. TEXTS & MATERIALS: Texts are available for purchase or rental at the University Bookstore or Becks. Anderson, Victoria, ed. Writing Responsibly: Communities in Conversation. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2010. This is listed at the bookstore as “Mercury Reader” Moore, Rebecca Howard. Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research. New York: McGraw Hill, 2010. Access Code for online version of Writing Matters (may be listed as “Writing Matters Connect Comp”) A laptop with internet access for use in some class activities (see syllabus). You do not need to purchase this. Classes in the IC can check one out at the second floor desk. Please see me if you have trouble with this. Printers and staplers are both available in the IC. However, most assignments will be turned in online. Reliable internet access. COURSE OVERVIEW: In the Writing Seminar, we teach writing as a tool for discovery and communication. We want you to use writing to learn while you are learning to write more effectively. We teach writing as a recursive process and believe that good writers are constantly engaged in rethinking and rewriting. We also believe you will benefit from reader feedback; therefore, the writing seminar stresses peer-editing and review during the writing process. We want this class to introduce you to the conventions of academic writing and to prepare you to write effectively in your university courses as well as in your professional lives. Towards those goals, this semester’s focus will be on learning the building blocks of academic argument. Those include summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing multiple points of view, and creating and supporting statements of position. LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the Writing Seminar, students should Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources to clearly formulate and support a claim Respond to the needs of different audiences and respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations Develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading Understand writing as an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-thinking to revise their work Use standard written English clearly and effectively
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GRADING STANDARDS (taken from the Writing Program Loyola web page) The following criteria reflect standards of good writing shared by teachers at all levels in universities across the country, and, in fact, define good writing both in and out of the academy. We also have plus and minus grades,
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