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English 001: Written Expression Summer 2014 Prof. Annika Ljung-Baruth May 19-June 13 331 Old Mill, University of Vermont Office hours: by appointment Annika.Ljung-Baruth@uvm.edu Tel: 802-6561256
Contact information:
 
 
Please use UVM email only. On weekdays, I will respond within 24 hrs (usually much sooner).
 
 
Phone: If you’d like to speak
 on the phone with me you should email me so that we can set up a time.
 
 
Postal address: Department of English, Old Mill 331, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 05405.
 
Course Description
:
Written Expression (Eng 001) is an introduction to college composition. Here you will learn to think critically and express your ideas through different modes of writing. The approach to writing is process-oriented, emphasizing the importance of creativity, work-shopping, rethinking, and revision. You are expected to be an attentive listener as well as an engaged writer, and your final grade will be based on your level of participation as well as your ability to produce strong texts. Students will be asked to write a personal essay, an interpretive essay, and a research essay, in addition to completing short writing exercises designed to help them learn about different writing or revision strategies. The majority of the reading assignments can be found in Toby Fulwiler's book
The Working Writer
 but the required readings will also include a few articles and one novel. We will watch two films in conjunction with these assignments, and part of the course will involve analytical discussion about different modes of representation.
Course Objectives
:
 
To learn how to write academic as well as personal essays: to master college composition.
 
To learn how to utilize a collaborative process-oriented writing method based on mutual support, revision, and peer-editing.
 
To gain knowledge about the organizational aspects of writing: sorting and demonstrating facts, and developing critical thinking.
 
To build confidence as a writer and reader.
 
 
Required Texts
:
 Fulwiler, Toby,
The Working Writer
 (5th edition) (available at UVM Bookstore or Amazon.com) Smiley, Jane.
 A Thousand Acres
 (UVM Bookstore or Amazon.com)
Required Film Viewing 
:
“A Thousand Acres” (available at UVM libraries, Waterfront Video, and with Netflix)
"King Lear" (1983, directed by Michael Elliott, available at UVM libraries, Waterfront Video, and Netflix)
Online Resources
:
 
UVM English Department Style Guide 
 
Course Requirements:
 
You will need a computer and a connection to the Internet. If you do not have a cable, DSL, or other high-speed connection, plan to use a computer at a local library (or UVM) so that you can efficiently access the media files (take headphones).
 
You will need access to Microsoft Word, as you will write papers off-line in a word-processing program.
 
You will be expected to check all assignments described in detail in "
Tasks &  Assignments
."
 
You will workshop, peer-edit, and share your drafts with your group members on the wiki.
 
You will be expected to complete all the reading and writing assignments in a timely fashion.
 
You will need to watch the course home page and check your UVM email regularly for announcements.
Grading Criteria
:
The following four aspects are worth 25% of your grade:
 
 
The Personal Essay (Two drafts, no more than 2-3 pages, submitted on time).
 
The Interpretive Essay (Two drafts, no more than 2-3 pages, submitted on time).
 
The Research Essay (Three drafts, no more than 3-4 pages, submitted on time).
 
Participation, Attendance & Timeliness.
 
Essay Submission Guidelines
:
All essays and assignments should be submitted in Word Document format (1.5 spaced, 12-
point font size). Always include your name, the instructor’s name, the course title,
and date (in that order). Make sure to also include information about the draft (1
st
 , 2
nd
 or 3d).
 Academic Integrity
:
All students are required to take the Academic Integrity & Copyright Policy test linked at the bottom of the online syllabus.
Course Overview:
Week 1 (May 19-May 25):
 Module One: The Personal Essay
-
 
Profiling Self and Others
-
 
Reflecting on Experience
-
 
Working Sentences
-
 
Working Paragraphs
-
 
Openings and Closings
Week 2 (May 25-June 1):
 Module 2: The Interpretive Essay
-
 
Interpreting Texts
-
 
Strategies for Revision
-
 
Focused Revision
-
 
Working with Sources
-
 
Documenting Sources
Weeks 3 & 4 (June 1-June 13):
 Module 3: The Research Essay
-
 
Explaining Things

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