Spring 1999

Dear Student:

Welcome to the English 101 weekender at Andrews Air Force Base.

We will meet four weekends: January 29-30, February 12-13, 26-27, and March 12-13. Friday night class is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.; Saturday we meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please be on time.

The weekend class actually begins before the first class sessions with your doing several writing assignments which should be completed before the first weekend. Read the textbook chapters carefully because the writing assignments ask you to apply the advice in the chapters to the assigned tasks.

The weekend English 101 is an ideal way to get three college credits fast and improve your writing. But it is not for everyone. Some students find this concentrated format frustrating and a waste of their money. If you have weak grammar and punctuation skills, have trouble meeting deadlines, are too busy to do all the homework assignments, or will miss a class, then this course is not for you. You will attend classes Friday and Saturday for four weekends, do assignments during the week between classes, then finish your last paper and mail it to me two weeks after the last class. But for other students the concentration on writing for eight weeks is very helpful. In class we will use a workshop format to get started on papers, discuss writing assignments, critique classmates' writing, and have one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Outside class you rewrite and polish your papers and read and apply the advice in the textbook chapters. You will need to review grammar and punctuation on your own outside class (although several hours will be spent on this in class also).

Other papers in this packet tell you the assignment schedule--including the assignments you should complete before the first class--and provide information on the course requirements. Weekend courses keep you busy. All assignments must be done on time, and you can't miss a class or part of a class. You'll notice on the assignment schedule that writing assignments have two deadlines: a rough draft deadline and a final deadline the following class session.

I look forward to meeting you on the first night. Call me if you have any questions at work (202-874-5359), or e-mail me Gwyn.Robson@occ.treas.gov


Gwyn Robson, Ph.D.

English 101 Weekender, Fall 1998, Assignment Schedule 1

Before first class:

Buy textbooks: Strategies for Successful Writing, 4th Edition by James Reinking,

Andrew Hart and Robert Von Der Osten

Rules for Writers, by Diana Hacker.

Read: Strategies: pp. 3-11, Do Exercise, p. 9.

pp. 12-32, Do Exercise, pp. 28-29.

pp. 33-42, Do Exercise, pp. 42-43.

pp. 43-52, Do Peer Response of Captive

Breeding in 2002, p.52

Rules: Read Rules 9-13 and 19-27.

Do Punctuation Sheet (1-30)

Write an introduction of yourself to me; instructions are in this packet.

Read all the material in this packet and jot down some questions to ask at the first class.


January 29 Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Introduction to the course

Assign Essay One

Review completed homework assignments

January 30 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Start Essay One


Grammar work

Critique drafts of Essay One

Start Essay Two

Before second weekend (due February 12)

Finish: Essay One; turn in all notes and drafts.

Read: Strategies: pp. 60-71, Do Discussion Questions 1-4, p. 71.

pp. 74-85, Do Exercise (1-10), pp. 76-77;

Exercise (1-10), pp. 77-78; Discussion

Questions 1-4, p. 84-85.

pp. 99-105, Do Discussion Questions 1-6, p. 105.

pp. 107-115, Do Discussion Questions 1-4, p. 115.

pp. 118-127, Do Discussion Questions 1-4, p. 127.

Rules: Sections 14-16, Section 8, Section 9,

Section 5, Sections 6 and 7


Assignment Schedule continued 2


Prepare: for midterm test

Write: a plan and complete the draft of Essay Two.


February 12 Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Sentence work

Sample midterm on handbook

Conference with instructor on Essay One

February 13 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Midterm test (no makeup)

Conference with instructor on Essay One and Two

Critiques of Essay Two by classmates

Start Essay Three, Comparison/Contrast

Before third weekend (due February 26)

Finish: Essay Two

Read: Strategies: pp. 130-141, Do Exercises 1-2, p. 132-133;

Exercises 1-2, p. 134; Discussion Questions,

1-4, p. 140.

pp. 143-153, Do Discussion Questions 1-2, p. 147;

Discussion Questions 1-5, p. 153.

pp. 156-164, Do Exercise (1-4), p. 164.

pp. 165-171, Do Exercise (1-11), p. 171.

pp. 172-179, Do Discussion Questions 1-4, p. 179.


Rules: Sections 48, 49, 50, 51

Do comma exercise (handout).

Get my approval (by telephone 301-794-8771) of your purpose, thesis, and audience for

the Comparison/Contrast paper (Essay Three).

Do prewriting and detailed planning for Essay Three before class. Try to finish

rough draft.



February 26 Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Essay Two due, with all notes and drafts

Punctuation review

Introduce research paper

February 27 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Punctuation review

Organizing the research paper

Conferences and critiques of past, present, and future essays

Select research topic

Work on Essay Three

Before fourth weekend (due March 12)

Finish: Essay Three: Comparison/Contrast.

Read: research material from Congressional Digest.

Plan: research paper.

Write: rough draft of research paper.

Read: Strategies: pp. 182-187, Do Exercise (1-4). p. 184.

pp. 190-195, Do Exercise (1-4), pp. 195-196.

pp. 197-204, Do Discussion Questions 1-2, p. 204;

Exercise (1-7), p. 204.

pp. 205-212, Do Exercise (#1), p. 212.

pp. 230-241, Do Exercise (1-3), pp. 240-241.


Rules: Sections 52, 53, 54, and 55.


March 12 Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Essay Three due

Sample final exam on punctuation

Persuasion techniques

Conferences with instructor

March 13 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Persuasion techniques

Go over documentation and plagiarism

Final exam and final in-class essay in afternoon.

Accepted after fourth weekend (must be postmarked __________, 1999 [instructor will advise].

Research paper with xeroxes, notes, and drafts.