Syllabus

English 321:
Advanced Composition

Section 11
Spring 1999
The University of Mississippi
Department of English

All reading and writing assignments listed are to be done before the respective class meeting time. Additional and/or other reading or writing assignments may be announced in class. You should be prepared to turn in any writing assignments upon request. Note: This syllabus is subject to frequent and abrupt changes. Proceed with caution.

Week - Tuesday
Thursday
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Jan. 12  
Good Writing/The Writing Process
Read Successful Writing, pp. 1-38 
Write Exercises 2, 3, and 4 on pp. 36-37
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Principles of Good Writing 1
Read On Writing Well, pp. 1-24 
Read The Writer's Presence, pp. 16-22 
Write journal response to Baker's essay
3 19  
Principles of Good Writing 2
Read On Writing Well, pp. 25-48 
Read The Writer's Presence, 222-27, 256-69 
Write a 500-word narrative essay about something that happened to you.
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Personal Writing: The Memoir
Read On Writing Well, pp. 95-99, 133-47 
Read The Writer's Presence, 54-60, 99-103 
Write a journal response reflecting upon something important in your life.
4 26  
Audience and Drafting
Read Successful Writing, pp. 39-69 
Read The Writer's Presence, 68-83 
Write a 500-word reflective essay about some past event that has greatly affected you.
28  
Revision
Read Successful Writing, pp. 70-87 

ESSAY 1 DRAFT DUE IN CLASS  

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Feb. 2  
Methods
Read On Writing Well, pp. 49-92
 
Expository Writing
Read On Writing Well, pp. 148-65 
Read The Writer's Presence, 231-37 
TURN IN ESSAY 1 Revision
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Processes 
Read On Writing Well, pp. 179-93 
Read The Writer's Presence, 237-43, 270-80 
Respond to these essays, and write a brief analysis of some process you are familiar with.
11  
Cause and Effect/Analogy
Read The Writer's Presence, 288-301 
Write a 500-word essay analyzing an issue you are familiar with.
7 16  
Improving Style 1
Read Successful Writing, pp. 88-125
18  
Improving Style 2
Read Successful Writing, pp. 126-43 

ESSAY 2 DRAFT DUE IN CLASS   

8 23  
Improving Style 3
Read Successful Writing, pp. 144-62
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Research
Read Successful Writing, pp. 163-90 
TURN IN ESSAY 2 Revision
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March 2  
Writing about Books and Literature
Read On Writing Well, pp. 194-229 
Begin thinking about a Mississippi writer to read and profile (in-class)
 
Humanities Research
Readings TBA 
Meeting place TBA
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SPRING BREAK 
10 16  
Book Reviewing 
Readings TBA 
Write a 500-word review of a book by your Mississippi author
18  


ESSAY 3 DRAFT DUE IN CLASS  

11 23 

Readings TBA 

TURN IN ESSAY 3 Revision
25  
Attitudes 
Read On Writing Well, pp. 233-94
12 30 

Readings TBA

April 1  
 

ESSAY 4 DRAFT DUE IN CLASS  

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Readings TBA  

TURN IN ESSAY 4 Revision
  

Readings TBA

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 ESSAY 5 DRAFT DUE IN CLASS   

15  

Readings TBA  

TURN IN ESSAY 5 Revision
16 20    
Document Design 
Read Successful Writing, pp. 191-237   
Bring essay drafts to class for collaborative revision.
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Revision Workshop 
Bring essay drafts to class for collaborative revision.
17 27  
Reflective Writing 
Write a 1000- to 2000-word introduction to your portfolio, reflecting upon its contents and what it means to you. Bring it to class for peer critique.
29  

Turn in Final Portfolio  

 


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