ENGLISH 310 –
Fridays 2:00-5:00 or by appointment
C O U R S E D E S C R I P T I O N
English 310 is a composition course, focusing on academic writing. You will learn to critically evaluate and
interact with readings in order to generate ideas for your own essays. You will learn to develop your
ideas/arguments through clear reasoning, personal insight and appropriate references to the readings. This will
include instruction in the use of academic citation and documentation. During the semester, you will keep a
reading/writing journal in which you will respond to the readings. For each essay, you will write multiple drafts,
discuss your writing with classmates in small groups and with me in conference. While the primary classroom
focus will be on how to develop and organize an academic essay, you will be expected to write effectively at the
sentence level. That is, you must employ a variety of grammatical structures to express your ideas clearly and you
must proofread so that your final essays are free of serious and distracting grammar errors. Throughout the
semester, you will work towards meeting the learning objectives for Written Communication (General Education
Segment I Policy), outlined at the end of this course description (p. 4).
R E Q U I R E D T E X T S ( a v a i l a b l e i n t h e b o o k s t o r e )
Reading Our Histories, Understanding Our Cultures: A Sequenced Approach to Thinking, Reading, and
. Second Edition, Kathleen McCormick, Longman, 2003.
Keys for Writers, Fifth Edition,
Ann Raimes, Houghton-Mifflin, 2008.
English 310 Course Reader
M A T E R I A L S
• A 10 x 8 spiral bound subject notebook in which you will keep your reading/writing notebook entries, class
discussion notes, fast writes and regularly assigned journal entries.
• Two small blue books for in-class writing
• A folder (labeled with course number, instructor name, your name – for submitting papers)
A T T E N D A N C E P O L I C Y
Developing a successful writing style takes time and practice; therefore, regular attendance is mandatory in order
to pass the course and be successful. I take attendance at every class meeting; if you are absent the equivalent of
ENG. 310 Course Syllabus