ENGLISH 185 10J & 1J SPR 2011

ENGLISH 185 10J & 1J SPR 2011 - ENGLISH 185...

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ENGLISH 185: EXPOSITORY WRITING Spring 2011 Instructor: Stacy Bell Phone: 770/784-8469 (o); E-mail: [email protected] Office: Humanities 105 Office hours: TTh 2:30-4, W 1-4 , and by appointment Required Texts Covington, Salvation on Sand Mountain Davis , Are Prisons Obsolete? Diaz , Drown McMasters, Welcome to Shirley Spiral notebook of any size Course Description An examination of grammar, mechanics and principles of effective written expression, with primary emphasis on the expository essay and research incorporating secondary sources. Writing topics are inter-disciplinary, to emphasize the importance of effective written communication across the curriculum. Objectives You will demonstrate an understanding of the differences in spoken and written English and will apply this understanding in the process of expository writing. You will submit short responses to each text and longer essays on a selected topic; two of the essays will require secondary sources; the essays will be well- organized and will demonstrate mastery of grammar, mechanics and organization appropriate in college-level writing, as well as the ability effectively to utilize a variety of rhetorical forms and to follow MLA guidelines for documentation. What is effective writing and why does it matter? Many students think that all the “good” writers are English majors, and that only English majors can be “good” writers. In fact, many of the people who make a living as writers never write novels or poetry. The first fact of effective writing is that it occurs within a context, but the context varies across a wide range of topics and disciplines. In my course you will read a variety of texts; the authors are journalists or activist or fiction writers, and they have very different styles and approaches to their subjects. Some are literary; others are reporters. What they all have in common is the ability to present a central unifying claim and to support it; all of them, of course, have mastered the rules of standard grammar and mechanics. Coming from varied backgrounds, they present their arguments in different ways, some with greater success than others. We’ll discuss the ways in which argument— which is the core of most writing—varies in its effectiveness, and we’ll talk about why effective arguments are essential to “good” writing.
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The books I have chosen examine issues of inequality. In some we will read about racial and economic inequality, but in others the inequalities will be more subtle. Most of us are aware of differences in race and class, age and gender; we know that discrimination is real and that true equality, an American goal, is often not realized for many people. Our books will help us think about the ways in
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENG 185 taught by Professor Ms.bell during the Fall '10 term at Emory.

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ENGLISH 185 10J & 1J SPR 2011 - ENGLISH 185...

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