Engl 3130 Advanced Composition, Spring 2017
English 3130 Advanced Composition, Monday and Wednesday 3:10-4:30pm, Burleson 201
Instructor: Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, faculty.etsu.edu/odonnell/
Office: Burleson Hall 313
Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:40-3pm; Tuesday, 12-3pm
Course Texts and Materials
- Sid Holt, editor. The Best American Magazine Writing 2016. Columbia University Press, 2016. $18.95. ISBN: 0231181558
- Steven Pinker. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Personís Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Viking, 2014. ISBN: 0670025852 $27.95
- A grammar handbook of your choice.
- Internet and printer access: We will read numerous articles that are posted on the web, and you will print up to a few dozen pages of text.
- Recommended: A 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", 100-sheet, lined, stitch-bound notebook (in other words, a traditional composition notebook)
Essay 1: Narrative/ Personal Experience/ Reportage
Essay 2: Tech Writing ("How-to"-- Expository/ Explanatory)
Essay 3: Review/ Criticism
Essay 4: Academic Writing--Writing from Sources
Essay 5: Writing in the nonfiction genre of your choice
Final Grade Breakdown
Five major essays of 1250-2000 wds each (the lowest grade, excluding Fs, is
2. Best essay, revised for the web: 35%
Reading quizzes, and miscellaneous, ungraded short memos and other writings
(including topic proposals, revision plans, etc): 10%
4. Participation in draft workshops: 10%
5. Final exam (a response to selected classmates' revised work): 5%
We will conduct five draft workshops throughout the semester. Here's how those will work: A week before each major essays is due, you will bring to class a rough draft, along with 2 extra copies. You and two classmates, working as a group of 3, will then read each other's drafts, write comments, and discuss. At the end of the workshop, you will submit a copy of the rough draft to me. I will comment on the draft, but I will not grade it. I must receive a copy of the draft, nevertheless, in order to read and grade the subsequent revision. (In other words, you can't spring an essay on me for a grade, until I've see a rough draft first.)
If you show up for a workshop, on time and prepared, with three legible copies of your work -- and if, during that workshop, you read, write about, and respond to your classmates' work, in an engaged and exuberant fashion -- then you earn two participation points for that session.
Attendance: The official English department attendance policy says that if you have more than 3 absences you fail the course.
Due Dates: In general, I do not accept late work. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, talk to me. I am happy to make reasonable accomodations. If you must miss a class during which a major essay is due, then email me the essay ahead of time; also then bring a hard copy to the following class meeting.