|Semester||Spring Semester, 2020|
|Course Name||English Elective:Essay_Writing（ETP）|
|Instructor||DAVID ARNOLD GERICH|
All materials, including the written text, handouts, and any information spoken in class or written on the board, are expected to be reflected in your work. Take notes, and study the textbook and handouts. Keep all of the work you do during the course until after the final grades have been announced. Your final grades will be determined by the following course components:
ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & ASSIGNMENT POLICIES
LEARNING TASKS & ASSIGNMENTS
In-class writing exercises and activities
Students will take notes on speaking activities in class as part of prewriting exercises for essays. In class, students must expect to speak English in order to learn and prepare for writing tasks. They may be asked to write a variety of sentences, paragraphs, or brainstorming exercises as part of individual, pair, or group work. These notes will be collected at the end of class for participation credit and count toward the participation grade. Speaking cooperation and a positive learning attitude are vital to receiving a passing score in participation.
In addition to in-class writing activities, students will complete four different essays in the course of the semester. Progression in learning academic composition structure in this course begins with paragraph structure and the foundational expository/classification essay. Once a foundation of academic writing has been formed, we progress to the Process Essay, and increase to more advanced modes of academic structure with the Cause-Effect Essay, the Compare-Contrast Essay, and finally the Argumentative Essay. The first two essays will be completed for homework using the process method of composition, including prewriting, outlining, and writing the final draft. Students may be asked to review each other’s compositions as part of the peer-editing and revision process. The Cause-Effect Essay and the Final Exam Essay will be written in class as exams.
Students will be given one opportunity to rewrite an entire essay (the Process Essay) that has been returned to them with detailed teacher feedback. All corrections must be written in a different colored pen (not red) directly on the composition that was returned. Then students must rewrite the entire essay by hand, including the detailed outline. Students should follow the comments, suggestions, and corrections of the teacher’s feedback. This assignment will be graded on effort (including corrections on the original essay and handwritten work) as well as the changes made to the essay.
For the final exam, students will be tested on their overall improvement of writing throughout the semester as well as their ability to complete an academic essay from blank page to finished product. The exam topic will be either the Compare-Contrast Essay or the Argumentative Essay. Students will write their composition simulating a standardized test, completing a prewriting brainstorm, detailed outline, and essay composition within a time limit.
|Textbook & Reference|
Published by: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning
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