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Intensive English Language Institute

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Utah State University
Spring Semester, 2007
IELI 2320: Writing from Authentic Texts
Instructor: Ricardo Ribeiro
Office: Main 204
Phone: 797Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday 2:30 to 4 p.m., or by appointment
Class Times: Monday: 12:30p.m. to 1:20p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30a.m. to 11:45a.m.
Textbook: Blueprints 2: Composition Skills for Academic Writing
by Folse, Mahnke, Solomon and Willians
Required Materials: Small notebook to serve as daily journal
A three-ring notebook binder
Semester Calendar:
January 7: Placement test and Orientation
January 21: No classes. Martin Luther King Day
February 18: No classes. Presidents Day
February 19: Attend Monday Schedule
March 10-14: Spring Break
April 25: Last day of classes
Course Purpose: Writing 3 helps students develop their writing skills from paragraph to
several essay types (description, classification, process, comparison/contrast). The course
emphasizes writing from sources other than individual personal experience. Students will
also learn rhetorical organization of the academic essay and learn to write as a process.
Course Objectives:
1. Identify conventions in academic writing.
2. Write several types of academic essays.
3. Practice rhetorical organization of the paragraph and academic essay.
4. Write essays, summarize information, and paraphrase correctly.
5. Practice writing as a process.
6. Writing from sources (textbook, news, popular genres, discussions, internet)
7. Learn forms and functions of grammatical features appropriate to writing tasks.
8. Use technology relevant to course goals.

Writing Journal: 15%
Homework, participation and attendance: 10%
Final drafts of essays: 75% (15% per essay)
Grading Scale used for final grade:


72%-70%=CAnything below C- is not passing

Weeks 1-3 Chapter 1: The paragraph and Classification Essay

a. Brainstorm, outline, draft
b. Paragraphs to essay
1. Transition expressions
2. Thesis statements, Tree Diagrams
c. Journal: Free writing for 10 minutes daily.
d. Grammar: Passive Voice and Adjective Clauses
e. Final essay: Classification Essay: Introduction, Body and Comclusion.
Weeks 4-6 Chapter 3: The Process Essay
a. Brainstorm, outline, draft
b. Introductions and Conclusions, Chronological order
c. Transitional expressions
d. Flow chart, Funnel Method
e. Grammar: Article and Adverb Clauses
f. Journal: Free writing for 5 minutes daily.
g. Final essay: Number of paragraphs to be determined.
Weeks 7-9 Chapter 4: Comparison and Contrast Essay
a. Three organizational methods
1. Comparison
2. Contrast
3. Comparison / Contrast
b. Transitions Expressions
c. Grammar: Terms for comparisons and Parallelism
d. T Diagram
e. Journal: Free writing for 5 minutes daily.
f. Final essay: Minimum of four paragraphs.

Weeks 10-12 Chapter 6: Reaction Essay

a. Coherence, Synonyms, Pronouns
b. Descriptions
c. Grammar: Word Forms
d. Final essay: Reaction paper
Weeks 13-15 Chapter 7: Argumentative Essay
a. Reason / Detail Chart Graphic Organizer
b. Grammar: Prepositional and Noun phrases
c. Final essay: Argumentative essay