A foundational composition course featuring a sequence of writing, reading, and information literacy assignments. Students learn to write and revise for different rhetorical situations while increasing their mastery of academic conventions. Some sections designed for specific student audiences.
Dates: July 8 - August 2, 2019; Note: This course will be fully enrolled with 20 students. for SESP and Summer Athletes only; Instructor permission required
Course Description: ENGS 001 Written Expression The aim of this course is to prepare students for college level writing and to help all students improve their writing for various purposes. To fulfill the First Year Writing requirement for the university, in this course we will work to achieve these goals: Foundational Writing and Information Literacy Goals Rhetorical discernment: To write for varying purposes and audiences, develop texts with sufficient detail, astute organization, and appropriate documentation, diction, and style. Critical reading: To read critically by engaging with ideas and texts, properly summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting others’ ideas while effectively integrating them with and developing one’s own ideas. Substantive revision: Through persistent inquiry and informed by feedback from peers and/or the instructor, to compose and revise so that texts and ideas grow in effectiveness and complexity. Information literacy: To access and work effectively and ethically with print and digital sources, including: learning to discern searchable key words within a complex research question; distinguishing between primary and secondary and scholarly and popular resources; critically evaluating sources for relevance, currency, authority, and bias; and managing and appropriately documenting information sources.
The course goals will be promoted through four units (each worth 22.5 percent of the final grade) and a final polished revision (worth 10 percent of the final grade): • Unit 1: Workshops, exercises and drafts toward a social narrative to bring readers inside a place, event, or problem. • Unit 2: Proposal, research logs, storyboard and annotated bibliography documenting research into specialist discussions about a community question or problem. • Unit 3: Workshops, exercises and drafts toward a literature review representing the research investigated for Portfolio 2. • Unit 4: Workshops, exercises and drafts toward a genre transformation of either the social narrative or the literature review Final Polished Revision of Chosen Draft. Required Texts and Materials: Book: The Norton Mix (2017) includes essays by UVM students as well as professional authors; the essays were selected by previous ENGS 1 instructors and GTAs as illustrations of the writing genres, goals, and choices across the four units. Laptop computers are needed for class. If you don’t have a device for composing in the classroom, paper and pen are acceptable. (You won’t be allowed to compose on devices smaller than a tablet or laptop since it may be difficult for peers to read on such devices.) Regular access to the Blackboard space Attendance and Participation: You are allowed 1 unexcused absence over the course of this short semester. Subsequent unexcused absences will lower your final grade. Absences will only be excused with official documentation or other proof of need. Participation in this class requires active reading, listening, responding and drafting. There will be lots of discussion as well as in-class writing. You should come prepared to every class (having completed the reading and writing projects assigned for that day) in order to fully participate. Writing: Over the course of the semester, you will complete four major research/writing projects. We will be using ELI review for submission of assignments and peer review/revision. All of your assignments should be uploaded to that site as they are due until you prepare your final draft for each unit. Final Drafts will be printed and submitted as hard copies. You should expect to write frequently in class. Staying focused on your in-class writing is part of your overall participation.
Grading Each unit is worth 22.5% of the course grade. Unit grades will be based on: Completion of all assignments on the due dates. (Make sure that all assignments are uploaded to Blackboard on the due date/time. Remember to bring hard copies of Final Drafts when they are due.) Class presence and participation (demonstrating that you’ve done the reading and work) Active involvement in classroom writing and peer reviewing A final polished revision to be completed during the last week of the course is worth 10% of the course grade
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