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Intro to Composition

Writing begins with thinking. Words organize and shape the world around all of us. Without some sort of language we would be lost. Writing allows us to harness the power of words and use them to our advantage. For this reason, it is amazing how many people do not feel comfortable with writing in any setting. If you are one of these people this class will help you to feel more at ease with the entire writing process by introducing you to new and different ways of thinking about language and how writing is constructed!

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Prerequisites

A functional knowledge of English is necessary as I am not proficient enough in any other languages to be able to convey my ideas in another language. (Sorry!)

Syllabus

Overview

Welcome to Intro to Comp's University of Reddit Summer 2014 course. This is both our first time teaching this course and teaching online. As such, we will all be learning something as we go. Our plan for the course is pretty flexible, although we already have some ideas for activities and readings that will help you become a better writer.

We envision uploading 2-3 videos per a week outlining and discussing some central ideas related to the weekly topics. We will upload or or link to any readings that I think will be helpful for you to read. Eventually, we would like to practice some peer reviewing.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch; we are only an email away.

About This Course

It is our belief at Intro to Comp that writing and thinking are inherently related. As such, we want to focus on building upon that relationship. Over the course of these five weeks we will not be able to make you an amazing writer. (Unless you are inherently talented!) Nevertheless, we believe we can help you to improve just by opening up how you think about writing in general and the writing process in particular. It is our goal to teach a method, rather than a series of facts. We feel that in practicing how to apply a methodology that can be bent to fit multiple situations, you will leave this course better able to communicate your ideas in writing.

We will be beginning on June 1!

Questions or Concerns?

Go to our Contact page and fill out the form there with your question or concern and we will get back to you ASAP!

Schedule

Week 1: The Beginning

Introductions What is your current relationship with writing? What are your goals for your writing? Some introductory reading of good writing A practice piece just to see where you are starting Week 2: Thinking About Writing

What makes good writing good? Are some styles or techniques better than others? Can anyone be a good writer? The reading will be both some more good examples, as well as some excerpts from my favorite writing guide, They Say, I Say by Graff and Birkenstein A practice piece using some of the tips from They Say, I Say and our example readings Week 3: How to Argue

Why argue? What is an argument? How do you win an argument (using your words)? The reading will include some famous written arguments that many will be familiar with The practice piece will be to write an original argument Week 4: Revision, Revision, Revision

If I felt my essay was good enough the first time, why do I have to go back to it? Why can't I just fix the grammar? Will this really make it better? The reading for this week will hopefully be replaced by online peer editing The practice piece will be a revision of your essay from the week before Week 5: The Finish Line

What have we learned? Are we better for it? I will return your essays with my own comments and suggestions We will discuss where you can go from here If there is enough interest and desire, I will keep expanding the course and adding to it through the summer

Additional information

I started a webpage to house all the videos and readings. I will probably refer to myself in writing as Intro to Comp just so that you know where to look for materials! The course will also make good use of dynamic emails to update students and spread course materials!

Teacher qualifications

I am a rising senior majoring in both English Literature and Mathematics. For the past two years I have worked as a writing tutor in my school's Writing Learning Center, where I have had the opportunity to develop my own beliefs and philosophies about how writing should be taught. This summer I am beginning a long term study of how writing is taught in a college setting.

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