An Introduction to College Writing
LA 200 (inside the Writing Center)
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M W F 9:40-10:30; LA 103
Welcome to English 90!
This course is designed to prepare you for English 101 and beyond,
with emphases on developing confidence in your reading and writing abilities, learning the
conventions and expectations of university classrooms, and developing an awareness of the
activities in writing classrooms and the terms used to talk about writing; additionally, I hope you
will recognize the intricate connection between reading, writing, thinking, and learning.
Learning to write requires writing—a lot of writing, to be more exact, so that is what we’ll be
doing in this class.
We’ll investigate not only how writing may be used to communicate ideas,
but how it may be used to discover and create them as well.
We’ll write to think through, into,
and around ideas—abilities valuable for work in the academy and beyond.
The Ins and Outs of ENGL 90
English 90 is set up as a “Stretch Sequence.”
The Stretch Sequence is designed to allow students
the opportunity to create and participate in an academic community of peers over the course of
two semesters: ENGL 90 in the fall and ENGL 101 in the spring.
This means that the same
group of students will work with the same instructor for both courses, which offers many
advantages to the students.
However, by staying in this course you are in no way obligated to
participate in my course next semester.
If you are unable (due to scheduling or other reasons) to
take my course in the spring, you may enroll in other sections of 101
While English 90 is designed and implemented in many of the same ways as English 101, it
does differ in the fact that it is a pass/fail class which does not bear any credit.
may initially believe that taking 90 places you at a disadvantage, the opposite is in fact true.
Students who participate in 90 tend to excel in 101 and 102 at a higher rate than students who did
not take 90.
Axelrod, Rise B., Charles R. Cooper, and Alison M. Warriner.
Reading Critically, Writing Well
Boston, MA: Bedford, 2011. Print.
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