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Fall 2016 schedule


 (Subject to change)

M   8.22    Course Introduction

W   8.24    Prewriting and Brainstorming

                  Writing Basics/Active Reading

M   8.29    Reading "Life's Stories" The Atlantic

W   8.31    Writing your Narrative

                  Draft due at the end of class

M   9.5      LABOR DAY—no class

W   9.7         Class cancelled

M    9.12       Discuss "Why Should Married Women Change Their Names?..." The Guardian          

W   9.14      Descriptive writing 

M  9.19       Narrative Essay due

                  Writing About Art

W  9.21      Discuss "The Coddling of the American Mind"

M  9.26      Research & Bibliography

W 9.28      In-class work day--art critique

M 10.3      Art Critique due


W  10.5     Discuss "The Church of Please & Thank You" & 

                  "Why Americans Hate This 'Immigration' Debate"

M 10.10    Persuasive Writing

W  10.12   Journal due

                  Research Day

M   10.17   FALL BREAK—no class

W  10.19   MLA style--citations

M   10.24   Discuss "The Science of Sarcasm.." Quiz

W  10.26   Persuasive Essay Outline due

M 10.31     Discuss "Finding the 'Liar' in All of Us"

W  11.2     In class work day

M  11.7    Persuasive Essay due

                 Writing Compare & Contrast Essay

W   11.9    Discuss "Learning to Read" & "Intelligent Reading" Quiz

M  11.14   Round Robin Short Story

W 11.16   Outline due: Compare/Contrast essay

                  Discuss "What It Means Today To Be 'Connected'"

                  & "Social Connection Makes a Better Brain"

M 11.21   Read articles on gratitude

W  11.23     THANKSGVING BREAK—no class

M  11.28      Compare/Contrast overview

W  11.30   Journal due

                  "Why I Write" essays

M  12.5     Compare/Contrast Essay due 

                   EVALUATION WEEK--NO CLASS






Grade distribution

Attendance & Participation                50 points (2 per class)

Quizzes                                                  500 points (50 points each)

Essays                                                     400 points (100 points each)

Journal                                                    50 points


                                                                  1000 total possible points


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COURSE DESCRIPTION An overview of the conventions of grammar and an emphasis on effective expository and persuasive writing, with attention given to the principles of research techniques and expressing thoughts and ideas clearly.


1.     Analyze, synthesize and draw conclusions from a variety of resources through narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays.

2.      Accurately use standards of citation guidelines.

3.      Demonstrate a introductory understanding of academic writing.

4.      Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills through writing and class discussion.


All readings and assignments will be provided by the instructor. Copies will be handed out during class; if a student is not in class, it is their responsibility to obtain a copy. All readings will also be on the LibGuide (

A folder or three-ring binder will be helpful to keep assignments and readings organized.


System for Determining Final Course Grade

Over the course of the semester, students will take ten quizzes based on assigned readings. The dates of the quizzes will be announced in class.

Students will also write a variety of essays throughout the semester: narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive. Students will also keep a brainstorming journal; a composition book or notebook is needed.

Each writing assignment must be written in MLA format.

Late work will not be accepted.

Attendance Policy: Students are required to attend all meetings of each class, to be in class on time, and to remain for the entire class period. Due to the importance of class attendance, all absences are recorded by the instructor; no distinction is made between “excused” and “unexcused absences.”  Students should consult the Student Handbook for more information on the attendance policy.

 Attendance and participation are crucial elements to be successful in this course. If a student misses more than six classes, they will fail. If an issue arises where you will miss class or several classes, please contact the instructor so we can work together to keep from falling behind.

Participation is encouraged and all viewpoints are welcome.



1.  Writing Center: Watkins Library offers trained tutors to assist students in grammar, research techniques, and all aspects of writing assignments. Please visit for more information or schedule an appointment at

2.  Watkins Student Email: Upon enrollment at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, students are assigned an email address powered by Google. This email address replaces any personal email address used through the admission process and becomes the conduit for official College communication. Watkins will send all official correspondence to the email address. Students are responsible for activating and maintaining that electronic presence.  I will only communicate with you through your address.

3.  Plagiarism and Cheating:  Plagiarism, defined as “to appropriate passages or ideas from another and use them as one’s own” is a serious transgression against the academic honor system. Plagiarism need not be a verbatim quote; it can be a paraphrasing that still leaves no doubt as to the source of the material. Plagiarism also includes hiring another person to do one’s work, such as a design project or term paper. Cheating during an examination is another form of plagiarism, since it involves taking the answers of another and treating them as one’s own. All are dealt with severely. Academic misconduct will be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students found guilty of any form of cheating or plagiarism will receive an F as a letter grade for the course and are placed on disciplinary probation. Students found guilty of a second offense are immediately expelled from the college.

4. Students with Disabilities: Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities upon request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the Director of Student Life as early as possible. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate and may include but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively and may not fundamentally alter the nature or academic standards of a course or program. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses. To begin the request for accommodation process, or for more information, contact the Director of Student Life.

5.  Academic and Classroom Misconduct: Academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism, is considered a serious offence and will incur consequences including disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion. Plagiarism is defined as someone copying what someone else has written, reproducing and taking credit another’s visual work or taking someone else’s idea and trying to pass it off as original. For more specific information about academic and classroom misconduct, students should read the Student Handbook.

6.  Personal Counseling: Students experiencing academic problems should meet with the instructor, their academic advisor, and/or the director of student life to work out solutions that will help them successfully complete their coursework. When a student feels or believes that a problem exists and wants the assistance of a professional counselor, she or he is encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life. Watkins has a partnership with the Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE), for counseling services designed to help students identify problems and seek solutions. The program is a service to students at no cost. The program provides assistance with many personal problems such as drug or alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, problems caused by legal or financial worries, interpersonal abuse, and many others. To make an appointment, or for more information, contact the Office of Student Life. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and privacy is absolutely respected.

7. Copyright Policy: Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors or “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. –U.S. Copyright Office

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its community of creators and educators–students, faculty and staff–to be aware of laws and policies concerning the proper use of copyrighted materials. The use of copyrighted materials must be compliant with U.S. Copyright Law and Watkins’ Copyright Policy located on the Watkins website.  Students, Faculty and Staff will agree to follow Watkins’ policies and procedures with regards to copyright, intellectual property, and technology resources when they enroll at Watkins, and while they are employed by the college. Watkins does not assume legal responsibility for violations of copyright law by Students, Faculty, and Staff. These policies are available on the Watkins website or by contacting your Department Chair.


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