"Advancing the transformation of learning and the media"
Dept: Languages and Literature
Course Title: College Writing II
Course Number: GLL 122
Credit Hours: 4
Class Meets: W 6-9:20pm, Stillwell Campus
Instructor: Mr. O’Reilly
Writing and rewriting critical and expository essays enables students to increase their ability to analyze texts and to convey the results of their analysis in speech and writing.
To empower students to plan, write, rewrite and edit essays of five or more paragraphs and communicate ideas with precision, clarity and coherence. Students should be prepared to analyze text in detail and to write well-researched discursive essays.
Purpose Introduction to plagiarism
Voice Standard Written English
Drafting Topic Selection
Strategies for paragraph development
Course Content (Suggested Modules):
Language, Metaphor and Symbol
Class Schedule—Class Focus
1 First Meeting: introductions and expectations; assessment essays
2 Content: Media Stories: oral presentations, work in pairs; main idea, supportive details. Literary Discussion: symbolism
3 Journaling on weekly goals/outcomes; first literary discussion “A Conversation with My Father” by Grace Paley content, form, expression: what is the author saying and how is she saying it? Assign persuasive essay on controversial topic.
4 Writing Workshop on assigned essay: peer editing; writer’s chair.
5 Journaling;Discussions of Media stories—New York Times, Newsday or USA Today; assign sociological essay on “A Time of Great Change” based on journalistic coverage and personal observation
6 Literary Discussion and Characterization Analysis: “Sonny’s Blues”; assign Mid Term Topic
7 Midterm Essay: 5-Paragraph Essay on assigned topic
8 Read/analyze “Araby”: the power of “I” in narrative; assign a short story written in first person.
9 Writer’s Chair, writing workshop based on assigned original short stories
10 Journaling; discussion of media stories for content and cultural commentary
11 “The Lesson” analysis, focus: transformation; assigned essay; students select their own essay and prepare for next class
12 Journaling; students present their selected stories in small groups; assign oral presentations for next two sessions
13 Student oral presentations-controversial topics
14 Student oral presentations
15 Review of Sample Essays Modeled on Final Exam; peer edit portfolios.
16 Final Exam---4 Essay Portfolio Due
Attendance: Students are expected to attend class regularly and communicate responsibly about any anticipated absences. Being late three times is the equivalent of being absent once.
Essay Writing: Students will complete a minimum of ten written assignments; five will be three-paragraph essays; and five essays will be five paragraphs long. Students will rewrite and submit work as well. Final portfolios will contain at least four essays.
Participation: Students are expected to demonstrate learning in class by offering their verbal responses to questions posed, as well as working collaboratively with their fellow students.
A Conversation with My Father Paley
Sonny’s Blues Baldwin
The Lesson Bambara
Other class tests and quizzes-20%
Writing: A College Handbook—(5th Edition)
J. Heffernan and J. Lincoln
W.W. Norton & Company
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology
Bedford/St. Martin’s Press
Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary