CO130: Sample Syllabus

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Week 1: Writing processes and writing rituals

Assignments: Diagnostic writing; students write about preferred writing processes and rituals

Week 2: Reading strategies; prewriting strategies

Assignments: Writing in response to readings in the text

Week 3: Audience awareness; summarizing

Assignments: Writing in response to readings--summaries and reactions

Week 4: More practice with summary; focusing and developing ideas

Assignments: Writing in response to readings--summaries and reactions

Week 5: Organizational strategies; workshopping

Assignments: Drafting essays for portfolio 1 (Portfolio 1 will include at least 6 pages of revised prose and all informal writing done to date)

Week 6: Revising to meet audience needs; preparing portfolio 1

Assignments: Revising essays for portfolio 1

Week 7: Revising strategies; portfolio 1 due

Assignments: Revising and proofreading essays for portfolio 1

Week 8: Linking personal experience with academic context

Assignments: Writing in response to readings--synthesizing readings

Week 9: Prewriting, audience revisited

Assignments: Synthesizing readings

Week 10: Introducing library and Internet research

Assignments: Library and Internet work on thematic topics, research process, synthesizing personal knowledge and source-based information

Week 11: Organizational strategies revisited

Assignments: Begin drafting for portfolio 2 (Portfolio 2 will include at least 8 pages of revised prose and all informal writing done since portfolio 1.)

Week 12: Drafting a paper that uses sources

Assignments: Continue drafting for portfolio 2

Week 13: Documenting source material

Assignments: Continue drafting and revising for portfolio 2

Week 14: Revising strategies revisited; workshopping

Assignments: Revising portfolio 2

Week 15: Preparing portfolio 2; portfolio 2 due

Assignments: Revising portfolio 2

Final exam week: Holistically scored final summary-and-response essay