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
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
FIRST WEEKEND continued
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.
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
THIRD WEEKEND 3
February 26 Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Essay Two due, with all notes and drafts
Introduce research paper
February 27 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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
Conferences with instructor
March 13 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.