English Composition I

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  • The Writing Process
    • To start our course, we will examine your own writing process and what it means to respond to the writing of others. We will also think about what academic writing means.
  • Critical Reading
    • This week will concentrate on the skill of reading critically. Additionally, we will learn about the conventions of academic writing, including integrating evidence and schools of citation. Finally, you are encouraged to write your own critical review of "The Sweet Spot." This is an optional writing assignment, but it is a requirement to receive a honor's certificate.
  • Project 1: Visual Analysis
    • This week, the central topic is visual images in academic writing. The goal is to practice interpreting and writing about images convincingly. Plus, Dr. Comer will help you think about what area of inquiry you would like to focus on in this course and what it means to write a draft. Finally, you will write your visual analysis and learn how to give meaningful feedback.
  • Revision Strategies and Visual Analysis Revision
    • Based on the feedback of your colleagues improve your visual analysis. After you receive feedback on your final submission, submit a self-reflection quiz about your experience writing this project.
  • Project 2: Case Study
    • This week, various aspects of effective research will be discussed, such as creating an annotated bibliography, research strategies, and avoiding plagiarism. You will conduct research for your next project, a case study, contribute to an annotated bibliography, and submit your case study draft.
  • Writing Cohesively and Case Study Revision
    • In preparation for improving your case study, Professor Comer will present strategies of writing more cohesively. After receiving your final feedback, please submit a self-reflection about this project.
  • Project 3: Op-Ed
    • This week, Professor Comer introduces the idea of public scholarship, how academic writing can be transformed for a broader public. Her guest, David Jarmul, will give an overview of how to write an op-ed. You will then have the opportunity to write your own.
  • Crafting Powerful Prose and Op-Ed Revision
    • This week Professor Comer will address the topic of concise writing; how to convey meaning with fewer words. Your task is to rewrite your op-ed.
  • Transferring Writing Practices, Skills, and Knowledge to New Contexts
    • This final week is dedicated to how to move forward with your writing and apply the skills learned in this course to new contexts. Your final assignment is a self-reflection about your development as a writer over the last several weeks.
  • Writing in the Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences
    • Additional videos that highlight differences in academic writing across disciplines.

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