Meeting time, location, my office, office hours, etc.
Class meetings: Tues. & Thurs. 1:15 Embury 205.
English 2 is designed as a writing workshop where you will learn strategies for writing academic papers, conducting and writing up research, and improving your overall writing skills. The course will focus on academic writing, beginning with what academic writers must do before they write a research paper: you will learn how to use the Internet to build a base of background knowledge on a new subject; how to develop in-depth research questions based on a general knowledge of a subject; how to read and annotate discipline-specific texts; how to evaluate, summarize, synthesize, and analyze a range of different print and electronic texts; how to analyze a topic/assignment and use all that you know to respond to it; how to focus your knowledge and organize your ideas; and how to focus a topic for research. You will select a research topic, find sources, and practice the skills you learn in the course by compiling an annotated bibliography and a background synthesis. Next you will learn how to refine your relationship with your audience and structure a piece of writing accordingly. As you read the texts you have selected for your research, you will practice summary, analysis, classification, synthesis, and comparison by writing about that material. This will lead you to the major component of the course: a 10-page thesis-driven research paper or a well developed hypertext document or web site on the subject of your research.
At each stage of the process you will learn
how to evaluate your own writing and that of others, making you a more
effective editor and writer. As you become more of an expert writer, you
will learn how to understand the writings of others more fully: how to
perceive their thesis, analyze the assumptions they make about their audience,
and follow their overall patterns of organization. This, in turn, will
make you more able to understand what you read and read more quickly. I
hope it will also make you a more confident and enthusiastic writer.
Computers and the LAN:
Computers and the Internet play a crucial role in the life of a modern academic. All of your college papers will be written on the Drew computer, and many of your classes will include web sites, on-line syllabi, and use of the K: drive. If these things are not familiar to you now, they will be by the end of this course! As an advanced writing and research course, English 2 is designed to teach you how to effectively use the latest technology. In order for you to do this, of course, your computer technology must work! You must have a working Drew computer, a network card and cables, and a network account. PLEASE TALK TO ME AT THE END OF CLASS IF YOU DON'T HAVE THESE THINGS.
This class meets in a seminar room with
LAN connections for good reason. Classes will be spent writing, workshopping
or discussing writing, writing assignments and examples of writing produced
by writers from a variety of discourse situations, including this class.
Individual Writer's conferences:
Every writer works at a different pace
and has different concerns, strengths, and weaknesses. Because of
this fact, you will have four writer's conferences with me over the course
of the semester. In these meetings you will meet with me in my office
to discuss various aspects of your writing. In the first class you
will identify specific aspects of your writing that you'd like to work
on, and in our meetings we will focus on them and on your research in general.
Each meeting time is marked on the syllabus and takes the place of one
class (you'll get to sign up for a time that is convenient for you). It
is essential to the success of the class that you show up ON TIME to your
meeting and reschedule if you have a conflict. Missing a meeting
is even more serious than missing a class because in addition to your not
learning anything, my time is wasted.
A seminar is only as strong as its laziest member, so it is essential that each member of the seminar accepts her or his responsibility to the other members. Thus:
The due dates are marked on the syllabus, but please note them in your daily planner too so you don't forget!
Tues. Feb. 1--midnight in the K:
drive. "Research ideas."
The grades for this course are assigned on the basis of the distance each writer travels during the semester in addition to the place each person has reached by the end of the course. Specifically, grades will be based on the following:
Please buy the following if you don't already own them:
& Schwegler. The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers.
Our main text will be your writing, so you must bring all of the handouts and homework assignments for Engl. 2 and all of the work you have done on them to every class and conference. You must also save all of your computer work on the LAN, on your hard drive, and on a separate disk (computer failure is not an acceptable excuse for lost or incomplete work in this class. Don't take any risks).
Students get exactly
the same amount of learning out of a writing class