W233 - Intermediate Expository
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- Bishop, Wendy, and Pavel Zemliansky, eds.
The Subject is Research: Processes and Practices.
Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 2001.
- Hult, Christine A., and Thomas N. Huckin. The
Brief New Century Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: Longman,
How things will work in the online
- This is a class in which you are required to
take an active part in your own learning.
- As the course will meet online, you will be
required to take responsibility for your own education; this means that you
will need to complete the readings, postings, journals, and writing
assignments whenever they are due.
- I also expect you to contribute to the online
class discussions, including your ideas and writings in various rhetorical
contexts, and to participate in writing groups; this includes meeting
deadlines for all assignments. The frequency of your contribution and
the merit of that which you contribute will be considered during
evaluation. Please note that participation in online groups will
count towards 15% of your final grade.
- Plagiarism (using someone else’s words,
thoughts, or ideas without proper attribution) is not tolerated at
IPFW—whether intentional or not. Deliberately plagiarized writing will
automatically receive a zero and may result in your failing the course.
- You will complete a variety of
assignments designed to develop writing skills, including readings and journal
response from the text, research activities, and editing tasks.
- You must ask permission to change
topics and show all required prewriting and drafting work for the new paper.
- Drafts and final copies of papers must
be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, with 1” margins all
- You must go through the writing
process for each paper in order to pass this course. This means that for
each of the major essays, you will write a first, rough draft, a second
polished draft that will be peer-edited in small online groups, and a
third, revised draft that I will grade. You should submit all
prewriting exercises and materials used to write an individual paper
- We will be doing a fair amount of
reading in this class. So that you read actively and alertly, thereby
learning from the readings, you will be expected to write a reading response
journal for all assigned readings. It’s automatic—if I assign a reading,
you have a journal to do. In the journal, avoid summarizing the
readings—I’ve already read them. Make the journal useful to you by
responding to the reading.
- For many of the readings, there are
specific questions on the course page that I want you to make sure you answer
in your journal, but do not just briefly answer the question for that
reading. Use your response to the questions as a starting point for
response. For those readings without questions on the course page, and
for when you can’t think of what to write, do one or more of the following:
- Compare and contrast the information
in the readings to your experiences.
- Discuss the three most important
- Discuss the specific connection of
one reading to other readings.
- Discuss key words and terms.
- Explore the metaphors in the
- Respond to one or more of the
questions at the end of the chapter.
- Whatever you do, THINK, through writing,
about the reading.
- Journals should be approximately one typed
page in length and will be due the week the reading is assigned.
- Your final grade will be based on the
All work will be graded on the following
F 59 and
Upon completion of W233, you should:
- Demonstrate critical thinking in the humanities,
social sciences, and sciences through the interrelated activities of reading
and writing in those disciplines.
- For example, you will annotate, respond to,
and analyze primary sources and scholarly secondary sources for the purpose
of evaluating, synthesizing, and interpreting your own writings and those of
peers and professionals.
- Read critically and write clearly and
persuasively in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
- For example, you will summarize, paraphrase,
abstract, reference, and document the writings of others for the purpose of
writing original thesis-driven papers.
- Apply methods of inquiry appropriate to the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences so that you move beyond mere
reporting of information to make original contributions to knowledge.
- For example, you will identify and formulate
significant research, and write with authority your own thesis-driven papers
using the conventions of those disciplines to make contributions to
knowledge in those disciplines.