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A Supplementary Guide to Professor Simpson's College English Class (COMM1007)

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EVALUATION SYSTEM:                      

In-class & homework (40%)

  • Grammarwocky- 5% (homework)
  • Tilting at Windchills - 5%
  • Research & summaries- 5%
  • In-class essay to 2nd stage -5%
  • In-class essay finished.” -10%
  • Editing exercise - Word - 5%
  • Editing exercise - Standard & Word - 5%

Assignment One: (10%)

  • Proposal - 10%

Assignment Two: (30%)

  • First draft of essay - 10%
  • Final Draft - 20%

Final Exam: (20%)

  • Comprehensive exam (20%)


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TOPIC OUTLINE:

Week

Topic

In-class work,  Test or Assignment

1

Introduction

 

History of English language

 

2

Grammarwocky comic book

Do assignment at end of Grammarwocky. (5%)

 

Read “The Rhetorical Stance,” pg. 488 in Acting on Words.

3

Paragraph structure in the real world. Andy Rooney videos

Break "Tilting at Windchills" into paragraphs. Hand in for next class. (5%)

 

Read “The Summary,” pg. 190 in Acting on Words. Write mid-term essay to be handed in first class after Intersession.

4

Examining sources of information. Looking at dihydrogen monoxide and VNRs.

 

Talking about subjects for the in-class live essay writing project.

Read “Research Methods,” pg. 281 in Acting on Words.

 

Research information for in-class essay. For each of at least three sources, summarize the important points. (5%).

5

Demonstrate researching techniques.

 

Begin essay. Finish introduction in class.

Take essay to next stage. Probably about 300 words, perhaps more. Bring for next week. (5%)

6

Redundancy lecture. In-class exercise.

 

Introduction to editing.

 

Continue in-class writing

Read “Documentation,” pg. 312 in Acting on Words.

 

7

In-class writing continued.

 

Take in-class essay (posted on the class website), finish it, edit it, and hand in first week after intersession. (10%)

 

Read Chapter 16 - Argumentation

 

Prepare ideas for final essay.

INTERSESSION  WEEK

 

8

Editing lecture.

 

In-class editing exercise

 

Discuss topics for final essay

 

Editing exercise using Word. (5%)

9

Editing continued.

 

Context vs. copy editing.

Editing exercise incorporating standard editing and Word. (5%)

10

In-depth examination of combining research, analysis, and documentation.

Prepare proposal for final research essay to be handed in next class (10%)

11

Short presentations of proposals with class feed-back.

Prepare first draft of final essay. (10%)

12

Class feed-back on final essay presentations

Finish final essay to be handed in on final class. (20%)

13

Mock exam. Or final exam.

Final Exam (20%) (choose week 13 or 14)

14

Final exam, or just a hand-in day for final essay.

 

Final Exam:  (20%)