English 312 (Essay Writing)



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English 312 (Essay Writing)

Spring 2009

Section: 10086

Sun. & Tue. 8:00-8:50 am. Rm. 1A37

Office Hours: Su. & Tu. 9:00-11:00 am

Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Almansour


Textbook

Folse, Keith S. et al. Great Essays: An Introduction to Writing Essays. NY: Houghton

Mifflin Company. 1999.
Course description:

Writing is one of the essential skills that students of English literature need to develop in their studies. The pedagogical method adopted to develop this skill in this course is heuristic. As we do in-class practice, I will help you through questions to discover, on your own, writing fundamental concepts. With this method, I try to place you at the heart of developing writing skills. My role is basically limited to pointing you at the problem that a writer might face.

We will start by exploring the rhetorical side of writing. This allows us to think of the roles of audience and intention in our composition. Next, we review the stages of the writing process. My questions, at this point, are aimed to show you the value of 'brainstorming' to writing. Then I will demonstrate to you how you can put up the scaffold of our writing, from ideas you choose from your 'brainstorm.' What is left now is the 'thesis statement.' This represents the claim that you will make about the topic of your essay.

In the second part we will talk about types of writing. We will start with 'narrative essay', then move to 'descriptive essay', followed with 'comparative essay', next discuss 'cause and effect essay' before we finish our course work with 'argumentative essay'.


Course Requirements:

To get the most of this course, we need to practice writing in and outside class. It is to your advantage that you keep a journal of what we do in class. If you have a journal, try to turn it every Tuesday, and you can collect it form my office on Wednesday, during my office hours. Writing assignments will be given on daily basis. We will use peer-group for checking your homework. This will let you see the common errors of your classmates. In addition, there will be one paper, one mid-term and one final.


Grade break-up:
The numeric grade for this course is 100 and will be divided as follows:

4 participation and attendance

6 paper

30 two midterms



60 final

_________________



100 total


Attendance Policy:
The pace of our course does not allow for frequent absences. I personally can overlook one or two unexcused absences, but for every missed class afterwards I will be forced to deduct from the final grade. My deduction will be in proportion to the failing point of the K.S.U. student’s attendance policy, which is 25%. The more you miss the lower your final grade will be till you get to the failing point. But I don’t like the rhetoric of rules and penalties; instead I encourage every one of you to keep full attendance of this class.
Schedule:


Date Class Activities Assignment & Tests

Su. Mar 8

Introduction

Students will pick the topic of their homework

Tue. Mar 9

Writing and Rhetoric




Su. Mar 15

Audience

Homework

Tue. Mar 17

Audience

Homework

Su. Mar 22

Intention

Homework

Tue. Mar 24

Intention

Homework

Su. Mar 29

Topic sentence and Thesis Statement

Homework

Tue. Mar 30

Topic sentence and Thesis Statement

Homework

Su. Apr. 5

Voice

Homework

Tue. Apr. 7

Personal narrative (purpose)

Homework

Su. Apr. 12

Personal narrative

Homework

Tue. Apr. 14

Personal narrative

Homework

Su. Apr. 19

Personal narrative

Homework

Tue. Apr. 21




First Midterm

Su. May 3

Exposition

Homework

Tue. May 5

Exposition

Homework

Su. May 10

Exposition

Homework

Tue. May 12

Comparison

Homework

Su. May 17

Comparison

Paper

Tue. May 19

Comparison

Homework

Su. May 24




Second Midterm

Tue May 26

Cause and effect

Homework

Su. May 31

Cause and effect

Homework

Tue. June 2

Argumentative

Homework

Su. June 7

Argumentative

Homework

Tue. June 9

Review





I reserve the right to make any changes in this syllabus.


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