English 1050: Thought and Writing

Spring 2016

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 will complete four major projects while learning from various required readings, in-class activities, and additional regular assignments. Students will begin by focusing on basic writing technique while practicing using the elements characteristic of a particular genre to support a thesis. Students will then focus on improving their skill in persuasive writing. Students will next learn how to perform research and how to integrate research ethically with their own writing. Finally, students will use everything they have learned over the semester to write a research essay presenting an original thesis using a persuasive integration of research and their own analysis. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a multitude of writing skills that they will be able to use in any future writing context.

Course Objectives

  • To learn how to synthesize research and analysis into support for a strong thesis while considering and responding to opposing views.
  • To learn how to find quality sources of information through research, both online and in the library, and how to cite and integrate the work and ideas of others ethically.
  • To learn how to identify and then use the elements of a genre in order to become a more successful writer.
  • To learn how to avoid cliché phrases and mechanical errors while crafting organized yet dynamic sentences and paragraphs appropriate for your genre, audience, and voice.

Section 220

Time/Day: 2:00 pm-3:40 pm. MW

Room: Dunbar Hall, Room 4207

Final Exam: April 28th. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm


Instructor: Mr. Luke McCarthy

Email: lucas.j.mccarthy@wmich.edu
Office: Sprau Tower, Room 714
Office Hours: Mondays from 4:00-5:00

More office hours are available upon request.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you want to arrange a time to meet!


Syllabus ENGL 1050 2pm

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