English E110: Critical Reading and Writing

Dr. Jeffery. Vail
Section 123
Fall, Tuesday-Thursday 7:00-8:15

Texts: Current Issues and Enduring Questions, 4th edition
          The Everyday Writer

Course Schedule: (all readings are from Current Issues)

Tues     9/1: Distribution of syllabus, getting to know each other

Thurs    9/3: Introduction to course

Tues     9/8: Read CI pp. 15-33. Critical Reading: Getting Started
    * Write response to Jacoby, Lawrence, or Bok
    Assignment sheet for Essay 1 handed out

Thurs    9/10: COMPUTER LAB (162 Graham Hall): bring a 3 ½ inch high-density disk

Tues     9/15: Read CI pp. 34-59, 63-69. Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments
    *Write response to Stoddard, Greenfield, or Wilson
    Discussion of Summary

Thurs    9/17: COMPUTER LAB (162 Graham Hall): bring a 3 ½ inch high-density disk
    Discussion of Finding Sources (VERY IMPORTANT--DON'T MISS IT)

Tues     9/22: Read CI pp. 73-90, 98-101. Critical Writing: Writing an Analysis of an Argument
    *Write responses to both Wallace and Cole
    Discussion of Analysis

Thurs    9/24: Read CI pp. 102-109.
    *Turn in a complete 1-paragraph summary of Richards's article
    Assignment sheet for Essay 2 handed out

Tues     9/29: Read CI pp. 365-384.
    *Write response to Wilson or Schmoke
    *ESSAY 1 (ANALYSIS) DUE*

Thurs   10/1: Read CI pp. 126-147. Critical Writing: Developing an Argument of One's Own
    Discussion of Argument-Writing--Assignment of Dates for Oral Presentations

Tues     10/6: Read CI pp. 282-287, 528-532.
    *Write responses to two of the following essays: Connor, Alperovitz, Hollings, Abrams
    10-minute Oral Presentations of Arguments

Thurs    10/8: Read CI pp. 292-297
    *Write responses to both Limbaugh and Quindlen
    10-minute Oral Presentations of Arguments

Tues     10/13: Read CI pp. 643-660, 223-231, 490-500
    *Write response to two of the following: Harlan, Kristol, Chavez, Glazer, Van Den Haag, Nagel.
    10-minute Oral Presentations of Arguments
    Assignment sheet for Essay 3 handed out

Thurs    10/15 :Read CI pp. 233-255, 275-281
    *Write response to Cassidy, Singer, Desuka, or Cohen
    *ESSAY 2 (ARGUMENT) DUE*
    Assignment sheet for Research Paper handed out
    Discussion of Good and Bad Sources

Tues     10/20: *ESSAY 3 IN-CLASS*
    *Hand in a photocopy of the first page of your best source

Thurs    10/22: Discussion of your sources

Tues     10/27: First Research Paper Conference at Brew Ha-Ha (on Main Street)
    *You must bring: 5 photocopied sources, your thesis statement, your plan.
    You will get NO credit for the conference unless you have all of this with you!

Thurs    10/29: Read CI pp. 390-405.
    *Write response to one of the following: Kysar, Meadows, Christensen, Tisdale, Mills

Tues     11/3: ELECTION DAY--NO CLASS
    *Vote for somebody sane

Thurs    11/5: Lecture on common mistakes (no reading assignment)

Tues     11/10: Read CI pp. 509-524.
    *Write response to Goodman, MacKinnon, Leo, or McCarthy

Thurs    11/12: Works Cited pages and other things
     Assignment sheet for Essay 4 handed out

Tues     11/17: Second Research Paper Conference at Brew Ha-Ha (on Main Street)
    *YOU MUST BRING A COMPLETE ROUGH DRAFT OF YOUR PAPER*

Thurs    11/19: *Peer Editing of Research Paper*

Tues     11/24: (to be announced)

*THANKSGIVING BREAK, WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER--SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER, NO CLASSES*

Tues     12/1: *ESSAY 4 IN-CLASS*

Thurs    12/3: *RESEARCH PAPER DUE*

Tues     12/8: Course evaluations, tearful goodbyes