ENGL 109 (19): Introduction To Academic Writing Winter .

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ENGL 109 (19): Introduction to Academic WritingWinter 2018Instructor: Dr. Lamees Al EthariClass Times: Tues & Thurs 1:00-2:20Location: PAS 2086Email: [email protected] Phone#: 519-888-4567 x 33209Office: HH 142Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:30-12:30 (By Appointment)Course DescriptionENGL 109 Introduction to Academic Writing: The course will explore a variety of issues inacademic writing such as style, argument, and the presentation of information. Frequent writtenexercises will be required.Welcome! The course is designed to get you comfortable writing in an academic context. You willlearn about differences between forms of academic writing as well as more widely shared ideas aboutwhat makes writing good across disciplines. Together, we will study the choices great writers make asthey write and the processes they engage in order to create their best work.We believe that learning to write and read rhetorically takes place over time with meaningful support.In this course, you will receive feedback at multiple stages of the writing process and will have manyopportunities to revise your work. You will collect all of your work from the earliest drafts to the mostpolished texts in a portfolio for the purposes of final evaluation.Each of you will begin this course with different areas of strength and challenge as writers. Therefore,each of you will each proceed through the course with different areas of focus for the purposes oflearning, growth, and development as writers. There is no exact formula for producing good academicwriting, no recipe for success that will work every time for every writer. Similarly, there is no exactformula for grading student writing where the work you produce is original (as, indeed, it must be).Course Objectives To help you to think and read critically and communicate effectivelyTo learn and practice a variety of strategies for inventing, drafting, and editing textsTo learn and practice writing in a variety of academic genresTo learn to write persuasively by effectively employing elements of formal argumentationTo help you give and receive useful feedback on writing for the purposes of revisionTo learn and practice communicating to a variety of academic audiences.Required Texts: All course materials will be provided through Learn.1

Schedule* Please keep in mind that certain topics and discussions may be changed in the schedule due tounseen circumstances or cancellations. Students will be informed ahead of time when such changestake place.DateJan. 4Jan. 9Jan. 11Jan. 16Jan. 18Jan. 23Jan. 25Jan. 30Feb. 1Feb. 6Feb. 8Feb. 13Feb. 15Feb. 20Feb. 22Feb. 27Mar. 1TopicsIntroduction to theCourseThe PersuasiveEssayResearch ToolsIntroductions,Theses & OutlinesRhetoric &Academic WritingAnnotatedBibliographies&SummariesPeer Review &EditingUnderstanding YourAudiencePeer Review &EditingThe Research EssayDeveloping YourResearch Question3 Minute ThesisPresentations (1)3 Minute ThesisPresentations (2)No ClassNo ClassPeer Review &EditingDeveloping yourAnalytical &Persuasive SkillsReadingsSyllabus & Assignment Overview-Ruszkiewics and Dolmage Chapters 19, 20, 21(pp. 334-349)-Lifland “Cyberwar: The Future of Conflict”Library Visit: Meet with Rebecca Hutchinson inDC 1568Swales’ “Three-Move Model for Introductions”-Ruszkiewics and Dolmage Chapters 30&31(pp. 391-397)-UNC “Thesis Statement”-“What is Rhetoric?”-Ramage, Bean & Johnson “Informal Fallacies”(pp. 271-275)-Knott “Writing an Annotated Bibliography”-Ramage, Bean & Johnson “Using Summary”-King “How Twitter is Reshaping the Future ofStorytelling”Bring Your Drafts (Annotated Bibliographies)“Determining Audience”“Responding to Objectives and Alternative Views”Bring your Drafts (Introductions)-“How to Write a Research Paper”-Choosing a Research Topic-Bring your Drafts (Essay 1)Graff, Birkenstein and Durst “Entering theConversation”/ “Planting a Naysayer in your Text”Bring Your Drafts (Introductions and AnnotatedBibliographies)In-Class Group Activity2AssignmentsIn-Class WritingAssignmentGroupDiscussionsIn-Class Activity WorkshopGroupDiscussions Inclass AssignmentGroup Discussions In-classAssignmentWorkshopDue: AnnotatedBibliography 1Workshop Group DiscussionsDue: Essay 1Group DiscussionsWorkshopDue:Introduction AnnotatedBibliography

Mar. 6Mar. 8Mar. 13Mar. 15Mar. 20Mar. 22Mar. 29Apr. 3Prof/ StudentConferencesProf/ StudentConferencesProf/ StudentConferencesResumes & PersonalStatementsResumes & PersonalStatementsApplying What YouHave LearnedApplying What YouHave LearnedOverview &ConclusionsGroup 1Bring Your DraftsGroup 3Bing Your DraftsGroup 2Bring Your DraftsResearching Job PostingsWriting Your Cover LettersBring an Article from Your own FieldReviewing Samples and Analyzing ArgumentsDue: Essay 2In- Class WritingIn- Class WritingGroup DiscussionsDue: PortfolioUseful Sources: Harris, Muriel and Judi, Jewinski. Prentice Hall reference Guide for Canadian Writers.Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.Hayward, Sally. Writing for the Academic Disciplines: A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook. DonMills: Oxford UP, 2015.Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in AcademicWriting. London: Norton and Company, 2015.Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.7th ed. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009.Ramage, John D., John C. Bean and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric withReadings. Boston: Person, 2016.Ruszkiewics, John J. and Jay T. Dolmage. How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference withReadings. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2015.You can also find other online sources on academic writing on the UW Library website.[For Annotated Bibliographies] ommons.org/https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/3

Brief Assignment Descriptions and Grade Distribution:Please Note: All assignments MUST be submitted on the due date. Please contact theinstructor before the due date, if you are unable to submit your work on time. Keep in mindthat late assignments will have a late penalty of %5 per day.AssignmentParticipation quizzesAttendanceAnnotated Bibliography 1Essay 13 Minute Thesis PresentationIntroduction Essay 2Annotated Bibliography 2Essay 2PortfolioPoints10101015105102010Due DateJanuary 30February 8February 13 15March 1March 1March 15April 3Participation and Attendance:For a full participation mark, students are required to actively participate in group discussions andworkshops. In-Class Assignments: You will be required to write a paragraph length assignment inalmost every class. The assignment may be a response to an article we read, a summary ofan article excerpt, or a short critical analysis of your colleague’s work. Please have apen/pencil and paper with for all our classes.Group Discussions: The class will be divided into small groups responsible for answeringand discussing a certain topic assigned to them. The group is required to present feedbackto each other and to the instructor on the main points discussed in written form.Participation and attendance in this course are required and non-negotiable. To receive full marksfor participation, you will need to participate fully in both large and small group discussions and inworkshops. If you feel anxiety about formal or informal public speaking, please meet with yourinstructor in the first week of class to discuss accommodations. Generally speaking, suchaccommodations may include weekly goals for increasing participation over the course of the termand alternative forms of participation. Failure to participate without having arranged foraccommodations or without meeting the requirements of your arranged accommodation will result indeductions to your grade. Students MUST attend a total of 20 classes for a full attendance mark.Annotated Bibliography: This assignment will help you prepare the research you need to supportyour essays. Each student will be required to choose 4 references for research and summarize eachreference in 150-200 words. We will work together on choosing the sources and reviewing drafts. Asample annotated bibliography and sources to help with formatting will be provided on Learn.4

Introduction Paragraph: Introductory paragraphs present the background information of youressay topic and identify your research/thesis statement to your readers. You will be divided intopairs and/ or groups and you will have the chance to discuss your ideas with other students inorder to get constructive feedback before handing in a final draft. Your introduction should also beaccompanied by an Outline: the outline will enable you to organize the structure of the essay andpresent your main points clearly and effectively. Sample outlines and sources to help withformatting will be provided on Learn.Essay 1- Persuasive Essay: The idea of this essay is to convince your readers of your point of viewby using logical and supported arguments. Topics should be discussed with me before hand.Further information will be provided during the course and on LEARN. We will work together ingroups and one-on-one throughout the course to ensure that you successfully develop your writingskills. The length of the essay should be no more than 4 pages, double-spaced, and the font sizeand style are 12 / Times New Roman.Essay 2- Research Essay: This essay will help you expand and develop your research skills. Wewill discuss the steps for writing a successful research essay and you will learn to organize yourideas and critically approach different topics through analyzing, writing, and proofreading yourwork repeatedly. Topics for this essay will be provided on LEARN later in the course. If you wouldlike to write about a particular topic, please discuss it with me first. The second essay should be nomore than 7 pages in length, double-spaced, and the font size and style are 12 / Times NewRoman.3 Minute Thesis Presentations: Students will present a summary of their thesis statements andarguments to the class within 3 minutes. They will also provide one slide that reflects the topic oftheir argument.The Final Portfolio: Your portfolio should include all the writing assignments and drafts that youhave produced over the course, even those with feedback from your peers. In addition, you will berequired to revise one of your marked essays.The Author’s Note (400-500 words): Students are required to include an Author’s Note thatconcisely describes their personal writing process throughout this course. More information will beprovided throughout the course.Resources for StudentsThe following sources will be provided through links on the LEARN course website for your section: Student Success Office https://uwaterloo.ca/student-success/ , providing workshops,study sessions, and online resources in the areas of academic performance, study skills, andstress managementThe Writing and Communication Centre, re/ provides one-on-one consultations, tutorials, and drop-in sessionsto support student writing and related assignments.The Centre works across all faculties to help students clarify their ideas, develop theirvoices, and write in the style appropriate to their disciplines. Writing Centre staff offer one-5

on-one support in planning assignments and presentations, using and documentingresearch, organizing and structuring papers, and revising for clarity and coherence.You can make multiple appointments throughout the term, or drop in at the Library forquick questions or feedback. To book a 50-minute appointment and to see drop-in hours,visit https://uwaterloo.mywconline.com . Group appointments for team-based projects,presentations, and papers are also available.Please note that writing specialists guide you to see your work as readers would. They canteach you revising skills and strategies, but will not proof-read or edit for you. Please bringhard copies of your assignment instructions and any notes or drafts to your appointment.University PoliciesAcademic Integrity: In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of theUniversity of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect andresponsibility. For more information please seehttp://uwaterloo.ca/academicintegrity/Academic Integrity/index.htmlPlease read this very clear and helpful document: “Avoiding Academic mic responsibility.htmlDiscipline: A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committingacademic offenses, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whetheran action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g.,plagiarism, cheating) or about “rules” for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from thecourse professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. When misconduct hasbeen found to have occurred, disciplinary penalties will be imposed under Policy 71 – StudentDiscipline. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer toPolicy 71 – Student Discipline, y71.htmGrievance: A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university lifehas been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70 Student Petitions and Grievances, Section4, y70.htmAppeals: A student may appeal the finding and/or penalty in a decision made under Policy 70 Student Petitions and Grievances (other than regarding a petition) or Policy 71 - Student Disciplineif a ground for an appeal can be established. Read Policy 72 - StudentAppeals, y72.htmNote for students with disabilitiesThe Office for Persons with