Writing@CSU: Composition Teaching Resources

Week 3: Monday, September 9th - Friday, September 13th

Goals for this Week

  • Help students understand the importance of reasons and evidence (textual, personal experience, analysis) in a response.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to revise their agree/disagree responses to Schrag’s essay.
  • Apply the writing situation model to Steven Hayward’s essay about  urban sprawl, “The Brawl Over Sprawl” (http://www.townhall.com/features/sprawl.html).
  • Introduce the second type of response - interpreting and reflecting on the text. Then ask students to use this type of response for Hayward’s essay.
  • Introduce and discuss the concepts of assumptions and implications. Connect these concepts to the use of reasons and evidence in an interpretive response.

Activities for this Week

Detailed lesson plans are available for the first four weeks of the course. Beginning in the fifth week, you will be expected to choose activities from a set of suggested activities and/or develop your own activities that will help you and your students achieve the course goals for a specific week.