EN 102-H01 Fall 2007
Honors Writing II
Derek T. Leuenberger
Class times and location:
9:05-9:55 MWF Hunt 213
9:30-11:00 TR and by appointment.
A Writer’s Reference
. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006.
Things Fall Apart
. New York: Anchor, 1994.
. New York: Vintage, 1991.
. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
A three-ring binder with loose-leaf paper or a folder and spiral notebook to
collect and retain research material.
Laptop (on announced days)
Recommended: USB flash drive
Course Description and Objectives:
As college students (and, later, as
college-educated professionals), you will be expected to be capable of effectively
communicating your thoughts, ideas, responses, and opinions through writing.
This course will help you to develop skills – as effective writers and readers –
essential to your success in your college coursework and in your future careers.
We will be focusing on research skills and argumentation this semester, with a
specific emphasis on the writing process ranging from topic generation to initial
research to drafting to submission.
Further, as a participant in an Honors course, you will engage more challenging
reading and writing assignments. We will be focusing on both literary and critical
texts in the course to help you develop higher-level critical skills and research
techniques. The major literary texts for the course are centered around a broad
theme of societal disruption and disintegration. It is my hope that these texts will
raise questions about our own local and national experience and about the
nature and responsibilities of societal membership. Of course, this is primarily a
writing course, and our assignments and discussion will be ultimately focused on
your development as writers and thinkers.
Major outcomes of this course include (but are not limited to):
Developing good reading and writing habits, including idea generation,
note-taking, revision, and editing
Learning to support your ideas and opinions with evidence and proper