English 1050: Thought and Writing
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.
In this class, students completed four major projects while learning from various required readings, in-class activities, and additional regular assignments. Students began by learning how to perform research and how to integrate research ethically with their own writing. Next, students focused on basic writing technique while practicing using the elements characteristic of the autobiographical essay genre. Throughout the semester, students improved their skill in persuasive writing by engaging in a semester long game of Diplomacy. Finally, students used everything they learned over the semester to write a research essay presenting an original thesis on their assigned genre using a persuasive integration of research and their own analysis. 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
Office: Sprau Tower, Room 714