many faculty prefer that essays written later in the course move away from the

Many faculty prefer that essays written later in the

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many faculty prefer that essays written later in the course move away from the personal experience that often characterizes early essays and towards essays that provide informed response to assigned readings by professional writers. This shift should help students make the transition to English Composition II. With the emphasis that Composition I places on the writing process, many faculty naturally stress revision. Some faculty require working drafts of essays which they comment upon and return for revision; others require peer evaluation of working drafts with the option of revision; still others require some mix of the two. Revision, however, especially that based on the comments of teachers, can complicate the teacher's evaluation of a student's accomplishments. (Is the student ready for Composition II? What can the student produce on his/her own?) For this reason, many faculty now reduce the degree of their involvement in the revision process as the semester progresses, while continuing to stress the importance of prewriting and revision. The Massasoit Writing Center and provide additional help with revision outside of class. The research and documentation element of English Composition I is interpreted and implemented in a variety of ways. On common approach begins with a class tour of the Massasoit Library and a library assignment, although it may be wise to poll students about whether they have already done something similar in other courses. Such activities should be arranged with the library in advance; the research librarians will be pleased to assist faculty if given proper notice, and they usually acquaint students with both electronic and paper library resources. (Contact Jennifer Rudolph at Ext.1946 for assistance.) An increasingly popular writing assignment, given after the students have become familiar with the library and research techniques, uses the paired essays that now appear in many of the textbooks. The pair of professionally written essays often presents opposing views on a topic. The students use the library to locate additional information on the topic and then integrate the new material with the textbook material in a documented essay of their own. In that word-processing assists many students with revision, and that most courses require wordprocessed papers, the English Department requires students to word-process essays that are not written English Composition I Guidebook – Page 10 in class. Beginning in January of 1996, Massasoit implemented a required keyboarding/computer competency, in which all students are required to demonstrate a minimum competency by the end of their first semester, or they will be required to register for a 1-credit Keyboarding/Computer course during their second semester. (Since this course runs in five-week segments, you might want to remind your students to test to demonstrate their competency, or else to sign up for the one-credit course.) This requirement removes the burden of
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