Instructor: Arna Elezovic
Office: Padelford B-10
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1130 a.m. - 1230 p.m.
Meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 930 – 1020 a.m. in the Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB), Room 251
Course Overview: Welcome to ENGL 198. This writing course is for 5-credits. ENGL 198 is linked to a history lecture course, Dr. Joel Walker’s HSTAM 111: Ancient World. You must be enrolled in HSTAM 111 to take ENGL 198. Although we will analyze the readings and materials from the Ancient World class, our focus in ENGL 198 will be on the mechanics and practice of writing. Writing can be hard (but fun!) work, whether you are writing a story or an academic history essay. I think of writing as a life-long learning process; at its root, writing requires you to think. This course is all about learning how to write and think.
ENGL 198 will be an interactive class with a variety of writing assignments and exercises, including learning different ways to read, to take notes, and how to edit. Our class may feel like a workshop where you are learning practical skills all related to writing. Major writing assignments will be scaffolded, meaning that we will work through how to write a college history essay in systematic chunks by practicing with specific exercises each week. Before major assignments, some classes will be replaced by individual or group conferences with me. This is a great opportunity to get extensive feedback on your ideas and essay drafts.
Peer Review: Another essential part of this class will be learning how to edit your own work and how to provide feedback to your classmates on their own written work. When giving and receiving feedback, remember that writing is hard (but fun!) work. Everyone works on improving their writing, including your instructor. I will provide examples of a peer review from students who have taken this class before. And I will also verbally model for you how to give feedback to your peers in the form of a “compliment sandwich.” So you will receive explicit instructions and examples on how to review each other's work.
Academic Learning Skills: We will also practice some skills from what I call “Arna’s Academic Toolbox.” For example, one skill is strategic reading, which is a way to get at the gist of a book in 20 minutes without really reading it. Another vital skill is learning how to take notes so you can later turn those notes in a rough draft of a paper. And then there is learning how to present in front of other people unexpectedly. These skills will serve you well in any UW class!
Course Learning Objectives:
- Help you in developing critical and analytical thinking skills that you can then express on “paper” in a coherent and logical way.
- Learn how to craft an argument in an historical essay and support that argument with evidence and analysis.
- Participate in being a thoughtful member of a writing group or community.
- Demystify the writing process and practice turning your rough draft ideas into polished written work.
Required Work and Grade Breakdown:
- 3 major writing assignments - 60%
- Academic Toolbox - 10%
- Peer Review - 10%
- Writing Exercises - 20%
- All required books and the course pack (PDFs of readings or texts) for HSTAM 111
- Turabian, Kate L. Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, 4th Edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
- About $20 on your Husky card for printing up drafts and peer reviews. I have, however, tried to make most of the weekly assignments online where you will submit your work through Canvas (or writing exercises in class). This deference to online submission is not my preference but I would like to save some trees and also not have you spend too much money on printing.
Syllabus as a Word doc with calendar through Week 4: Syllabus for ENGL 198 - 10-7-18.docx
The syllabus is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. In other words, the course schedule may be changed.