SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameWriting and Reading (II)
InstructorHSU LI-HSIN
Course TypeRequired
PrerequisiteAcademic Writing、American Language and Culture、English Reading & Discussion、Writing and Reading、Writing and Reading (I)
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1 Introduction & Close reading

Housekeeping & Assignment

Week2 Chapter 1 “Good Writers are Good Readers”

Moodle Writing Assignment 1: Cristina Beretta’s book tip


Week 3 Typhoon Holiday


Week 4 Chapter 2 “The Writing Process” & "Ten Tips on Making Writing Work for You" (BTTL 261-66)

Moodle Writing Assignment 2


Week 5 Paraphrasing & Plagiarism

“Using Sources in Your Writing”

“Generation Plagiarism”

MLA Chapter 2 Plagiarism

In-Class Writing 2


Week 6 Chapter 10: “Definition” -- "The Extraordinary Characteristics of Dyslexia"

"The War of Words: 'Terror' and "Terrorism""

Moodle Writing Assignment 3


Week 7 Chapter 10: “Definition” –"The Celebrity Chef" and “How to Know If you’re Dead”

MLA Chapter 6: In-text Documentation

In-Class Writing 3


Week 8 Chapter 10: “Definition” -- “Being Country” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Essay I due (700-1000 Words/ Definition)


Week 9 Library Talk on resource searching


Week 10 Mid-term Review/Individual Conference

Essay I Revision Due


Week 11 Chapter 8: “Comparison and Contrast” -- "The Danish Way of Life" and "Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa"

MLA Chapter 5: Works Cited


Week 12 Chapter 8: “Comparison and Contrast” -- "I'm Happy with an Arranged Marriage"

“Food for the Soul”

Essay I Peer Review

Moodle Writing Assignment 4


Week 13 Chapter 8: “Comparison and Contrast” – “The Meaning of Life”

“Grant and Lee”

Essay II Due (700-100 Words/ Comparison and Contrast)


Week 14 Chapter 11: “Cause and Effect” -- “Behind the Curtain”

In-Class Writing 4


Week 15 Chapter 11: “Cause and Effect” – “Cancer’s Oddest Effect” and “Analyzing the Marriage Gap”

Essay II Revision


Week 16 Chapter 11: “Cause and Effect” -- “The Way to Reduce Black Poverty in America” and “The Lottery”

Essay II Peer Review


Week 17 MLA Chapter 1: Research and Writing

Summarizing and Outlining for Essay III

Creating a Working Bibliography

Term Review/Individual Conference II


Week 18 Essay IIl Due (700-1000 Words/Cause and Effect)


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



1. Class Attendance and Participation: 25% 

2. Online and in-class Writing Exercises: 25% 

3. Two Mid-term papers & revisions (700-1000 words each): 30% 

4. Final term paper (1500 words): 20%

Textbook & Reference

Cooley, Thomas. Back to the Lake: A Reader for Writers. New Rhetoric Reader. Second Edition. New York: Norton, 2011. 

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Seventh Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. 

Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English. Oxford: Oxford University 

Press 2002. 

William Struck Jr. and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Penguin 

Books 2000.

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