Eng125F10Syllabus - English125:CollegeWriting...

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English 125: College Writing Explore, Examine, Investigate: The Art of Writing Natalie Bakopoulos 3254 Angell Hall [email protected] Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 to 12:15, at Amer’s on State Street “The first thing I want to say to you who are students, is that you cannot afford to think of being here to  receive an education; you will do much better to think of yourselves as being here to  claim  one. One of the  dictionary definitions of the verb “to claim” is:  to take as the rightful owner; to assert in the face of possible   contradiction.  “To receive” is  to come into possession of; to act as a receptacle or container for; to accept   as authoritative or true.  The difference is that between acted and being acted upon, and…it can literally  mean the difference between life and death.” Adrienne Rich, “Claiming an Education” “In many ways writing is the act of saying  I,  of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying  listen to me, see it my way, change your mind.” Joan Didion, “Why I Write” R EQUIRED  T EXTS Coursepack (available at Dollar Bill Copy, 611 Church Street) Sin Boldly: Dr. Dave’s Guide to Writing the College Paper Other supplies Please also figure in the cost of printing essay drafts for workshop, final drafts, and readings posted  on CTools into the costs for the class Always bring a notebook and a pen to class for taking notes and for in-class writing assignments  (no laptops, please). Always bring your books to class. Please also buy a stapler; paper clips may come undone and the folded-over corner is simply  unacceptable. If you don’t have one already, be sure to get a good dictionary (or add  www.merriamwebster.com to your bookmarks). Also, I recommend that you buy yourself a small  notebook to carry with you for taking down writing ideas and observations. Read the paper. Pay  attention to your surroundings. What do you notice on the bus? On MTV? At a party? At the gym?  Your first trip back home during the semester? Become an active observer of the world around you,  and this will automatically make you a better writer. 
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NGLISH  125 O FFICIAL  C OURSE  D ESCRIPTION This writing course focuses on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in  academic contexts. Students work closely with their peers and the instructor to develop their written prose.  Readings cover a variety of different genres and academic disciplines. 2
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Eng125F10Syllabus - English125:CollegeWriting...

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