English 1050: Thought and Writing

Spring 2015

Course Description

ENGL 1050 is a 4-credit freshman level course in which students develop their understanding of the ways that writing is situated in both local situations and the mediation of historically-provided tools and practices. Students produce a range of academic and non-academic texts, applying knowledge of composing processes, rhetorical strategies, genre requirements, and textual conventions such as grammatical structure, style, and visual/structural design. Students also learn to analyze and map the different components of literate activity (production, representation, distribution, reception, and socialization) and to produce texts that take into account the complex interactions of these components in specific writing/composing tasks.

Course Summary

In this class, students completed four major projects while learning from various required readings, in-class activities, and additional regular assignments. Students began by focusing on basic writing technique while practicing using the elements characteristic of the autobiographical essay genre. Next, students improved their skill in persuasive writing by drafting a letter to the editor of their local college newspaper. Then, students learned to write a research essay presenting an original thesis using a persuasive integration of research and their own analysis. Finally, students reproduced their argument from the letter to the editor, but they were required to transpose their argument to a different genre. By the end of the semester, students developed a multitude of writing skills that they will be able to use in any future writing context.

Instructor: Mr. Luke McCarthy
Email: lucas.j.mccarthy@wmich.edu
Office: Sprau Tower, Room 714


Syllabus ENGL 1050

English 1050 Project 1 Assignment Sheet

project 1 reflection essay

English 1050 Project 2 Assignment

Project 2 Reflection Essay

English 1050 Project 3 Assignment

English 1050 Project 4 Assignment


Writing Research Papers

Basic Sentences Assignment

Participle Phrases Assignment

Writing Issues–top ten list

dialogue tips

MLA In-Text Citations Worksheet


library exercise

western herald submission requirements