Write anything, anywhere for anyone! Focusing on the writing process, this course prepares students for the different kinds of writing they will encounter in and beyond college. Using readings as well as “texts” from multiple disciplines, students will learn skills and abilities that can be used in a variety of academic and real-world writing situations. This course incorporates a variety of classroom activities, including group work, peer review, pre-writing, invention and reflection on experiences and preferences as writers. Students will spend significant time on discussion of readings, the development of ideas, revision and research, in both print and computer-based contexts.
Jacobus, Lee A. A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers.
Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.
Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Compact Writing Handbook
Curations: Students will curate a primary source (such as a video clip, visual image, speech, etc.) related to their topic and comment on the curations of their classmates. Students will post curations and comments on polygrafi, the class WordPress blog. This assignment allows students to develop invention and peer responding skills.
Commentary: Each student will provide reports and comment on post/stories from one web source chosen by the student. Students should incorporate the course reading into their reports. Students will post their reports to the Moodle site. This assignment will be graded credit/no credit. This assignment provides an opportunity to understand purpose, audience and voice as part of engaging conventions of public discourse. It also allows students to develop an appreciation for the capacity of writing to change the world.
Proposal (Abstract+Annotated Bibliography): Students will construct an abstract that contains an arguable thesis, supporting points and an explanation of the significance of the paper. The abstract allows students to develop invention skills and create writing that uses well-constructed arguments. Students will also create an annotated bibliography that evaluates and organizes primary and secondary sources as well as determines the best sources for their projects. The bibliography provides an opportunity for students to evaluate and cite primary and secondary sources.
Academic paper: Students will write a standard academic paper based on their chosen topic. This assignment provides an opportunity to understand purpose, audience and voice as part of engaging conventions of the academy. It also provides an opportunity for students to evaluate, cite and use primary and secondary sources and create well-constructed and well-supported arguments.
Digital essay: Students will revise their academic into a digital essay and post it to polygrafi, the class WordPress blog. This assignment provides the opportunity for students to revise and edit their work in a way that results in an effective public piece.