Course Requirements for
Language and Composition II:  English 145


Course Goals
Students will
1.  learn to understand the relationship between the context of writing and conventions governing writing in different, broad disciplinary groups
2.  learn that some groups of disciplines have relatively close affinities and are contrastive with others
3.  learn strategies for analyzing discourse conventions and using that knowledge in their own writing
4.  learn to write well according to conventions governing language use within groups of academic disciplines
5.  understand the relationship between writing within academic discourse communities and writing within other social contexts, including public and professional ones
6.  build on their ability, developed in Language and Composition I and elsewhere, to write flexibly for different audiences, forums, and purposes
7.  develop analytic, critical, and writing skills that will facilitate students' continuing mastery of discursive conventions of more specialized fields, such as academic majors or professions.

Approved Text for 2000-2001
Feldman, Ann Merle.  Writing and Learning in the Disciplines.  Harper 1996.

Minimum Writing Requirements
Students will complete a carefully constructed sequence of assignments designed to achieve the course goals.  They will write an average of at least 1000 revised words per week, resulting in several exercises and six finished papers.  Major papers, averaging at least 2000 words, will be written in drafts or stages.  All papers will require the use of reference or source materials and appropriate citation and documentation.  The final paper will be a reflective essay on the work done in the course to include in the portfolio.

Course Policies
Policies in effect for English 101, which are published in the Course Guide for Language and Composition, will be in effect for English 145.

Grading & Computers
Grades will be based on three main components:  Quality of essays, quality of responses and revisions, quality of work with peer papers.  Students will turn in a portfolio at the end of the course.
All your writing for this course must be word processed and available in the hardware and software format used in the course.

Course Outline

Week one    Discover working groups.  Work in groups on ideas for papers within group interest (see 101 Guide for details).  Write a discovery draft on first subject.

Week two    Respond in groups to discovery draft and begin revision on draft.  Groups should suggest probable sources to enhance the draft.  Begin discovery draft of paper two.

Week three    Respond in groups to discovery draft two and do stylistic responses to draft two of paper one.  Write discovery draft three.

Week four    Continue group work on paper one.  By this time, the groups should be at the proof reading stage on paper one, but some may go on doing extensive revisions all semester.  Write reflective response to revision work on paper one (each paper should include a reflective response to composition and revision techniques; see 101 Guide) Groups should be responding to stylistic revisions on paper two and making initial responses for extended research and significant changes in paper three.

Week five   Beginning drafting paper four.  Continue work with earlier texts.

Week six   Begin paper five.  Continue work with earlier texts.

Week seven Continue work with earlier texts.

Week eight   Students should have drafts of five papers in varying stages of completion.  They should continue working in groups on the papers, writing responses to drafts of papers and responses to teacher and student responses.

Week nine   Continue work on papers

Week ten   Begin organizing responses to earlier texts into a reflective essay on the writing activities of all kinds for the semester.  Ask group members to respond to initial draft of this paper (six) and to continue responding to earlier papers in progress.

Week eleven   Continue work on draft of the reflective essay.  Continue revision of earlier papers.

Week twelve   Continued revision.  Note some papers may have by this time transformed themselves into new texts.  Assemble the reflective essay from reflective pieces composed during the semesterís writing.

Week thirteen  Assembling of final portfolios begins with continued revision and polishing.

Week fourteen  Presentations of portfolios and final revisions

Week fifteen  Copyediting, proofing, perfecting of all texts.