ENG101 College Composition I: Week One

Introduction:
Welcome to English 101, week one. This week, we are studying the academic writing process. If you want to return to the general Assignments page, click on the word Assignments in this sentence.

Objective:
You will be expected to learn the definition of academic writing and the basics of how to respond to other people’s writing.

Comments/Discussions Note: Keep comments and responses brief but cover the important ideas. Try to keep each post to four or fewer sentences. Post one comment and one response to someone else’s comment per topic.

Reading, Video, and Discussion Assignments:
The Writing Process
To start our course, we will examine your own writing process and what it means to respond to the writing of others. We will also think about what academic writing means.
4 videos, 2 readings:
Video: I am a Writer
https://www.coursera.org/learn/english-composition/lecture/IDtk2/i-am-a-writer

Video: Responding to Others’ Writing
https://www.coursera.org/learn/english-composition/lecture/unR7W/responding-to-others-writing

Reading: I am a Writer Sample Feedback
(to be provided by the professor either on this page or as an attached pdf file)

Discussion Prompt: I am a Writer (Tell Your Story) — The discussion is started in the comments section below. Please, keep discussion comments and replies to classmates brief — four sentences or fewer if possible.  One direct reply to the discussion starter and one reply to a classmate are required. Put that student’s name in your response to him or her to make sure that everyone knows to whom you are responding (i.e.: “Mary, I like that you enjoy writing poetry. I hope that we all will learn to enjoy more formal writing in this class.”).

Video: What is Academic Writing?
https://www.coursera.org/learn/writing-english-university/lecture/VvOn3/what-is-academic-writing

Video: Understanding Your Writing Process
https://www.coursera.org/learn/english-composition/lecture/hlRQq/understanding-your-writing-process

Discussion Prompt: Share Your Quirks and Rituals — The discussion is started in the comments section below. Please, keep discussion comments and replies to classmates brief — four sentences or fewer if possible.  One direct reply to the discussion starter and one reply to a classmate are required. Put that student’s name in your response to him or her to make sure that everyone knows to whom you are responding.

Reading: A Note About Deadlines
(to be provided by the professor either on this page or as an attached pdf file)

(Most of the above material was copied directly from https://www.coursera.org/learn/english-composition.)

Writing Assignment:
Write a three to five-page essay explaining what academic writing means and why it is important for college students to learn advanced writing skills. Use 1-inch margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman, and 12 point font. If you are not sure how to make these adjustments in your word processing application, a good place to start searching for directions is the “Help” function.  Share the document’s link with me using the contact form at the bottom of this page. The paper should be submitted by 11:59, September 8th, 2018.

Self Assessment:
Take this quiz to check your understanding of this week’s material. (details to be filled in by the professor or other English department personnel)

Which of the following is NOT an example of academic writing?
paper written for a professional journal
Formal papers for publication are included in the academic writing category.
paper written for a university course
University papers are included in the academic writing category.
poetry written for your own enjoyment
Poetry is usually not included in formal academic papers, and poems that you write for your own enjoyment are never considered academic.

This is just a one-question sample. I envision that five to ten questions would be helpful to allow students to review the presented material.

Quiz:
There will not be a quiz or exam this week.

The contact form can also be used to submit questions to the professor. This page will be updated if the same question is asked by multiple people.

This is a demonstration page only; the professor and/or other department personnel will fill in the details appropriate to each specific course. Readings can be inserted into this page, linked to pdf files, Scribd inserts, or links to the readings on the internet.

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