Sample Course Outline
What follows are some suggestions about how you might organize your course.
Unit 1. Close reading and summary
Course introduction, diagnostic summary/essay, initial grammar review.
Close reading and summary techniques, accompanied by short written assignments.
- Theme A 1-3 readings.
Unit 2 Integrating source material; introduction to Library/Internet resources
Integrating source material: Use of quotation and citation, with short written assignments. Avoiding plagiarism. Introduction to Library/Internet resources, with short written assignments.
- Theme A continued or Theme B: 2-3 readings.
- Paper #2 (written under revision conditions): A short report on a topic related to the theme being investigated, based on research in the Library and on the Internet. Continuing emphasis on format, an establishing sentence, Works Cited list.
- Written language focus: conventions of quotation, pronoun reference (drawing on the handbook), introduction of MLA style.
Unit 3 Integrating multiple sources
Integrating multiple sources, with short written assignments. Avoiding plagiarism, continued. Continued exploration of Library/Internet resources.
- Theme B continued or Theme C: 2-3 readings.
- Paper #3 (written under revision conditions): Comparison and contrast of two readings or the two or three-source essay. In-text citation, continuing emphasis on format, establishing sentence(s), Works Cited list.
- Written language focus: accurate citation and documentation, the Works Cited listing.
Unit 4 Informed argument
Integrating multiple sources. Taking a position in writing; using source material fairly and effectively.
- Theme C continued or Theme D: 2-3 readings on a current topic, selected according to class interest, to be augmented by additional readings that students discover by use of Library and Internet resources
- Paper #4 (written under revision conditions): The writing of an informed argument on the topic explored by the class.
Wrap-up, reading of final essays, preparation of reflective letter for the portfolio, etc