SUMMER COURSE OUTLINE
EGL 101 : COMPOSITION 1- EXPOSITORY WRITING
Location : M 3084 Time : MTWTh ()
Instructor : OLU. A. OGUNSANWO, Ph.D.
Office : M 3115 Office Hours : TW ()
Voice Mail: (301) 322-0431 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy, Dorothy M. and
Research Manual, Bedford/St Martins, 2003
Any good Dictionary.
By reading, discussing and writing about current events and essays, our
goal is to sharpen your writing skills and to help you see how to be your
own best editor. We shall make the most of your writing strengths and
explore your thoughts on paper. We shall be examining and learning
when and how to use particular grammatical elements, how to find and
document research source material and how to use particular rhetorical
strategies to advantage in getting your ideas across to others on paper.
At the end of the Course, you should be able to write orderly and well
focused essays in Standard Written English with complex theses
supported by appropriate reasoning and citations. By mastering the principles we explore in this Class, you will be ready to confidently handle whatever kind of writing College throws at you !
I can guide you to become a more successful College writer, but you
must commit yourself to this Class in the following ways :-
Timeliness : Come to class regularly and on time, turn in all assignments
when they are due and keep up with the readings (which is quite a lot).
I will count you absent if you are more than 15 minutes late for class.
(Latecomers miss handouts and quizzes and they disrupt the class.)
Attendance : This is vital to your success. In-class exercises (which cannot be made up) will help you practice your writing and give you valuable feedback. If you miss 25% of our classes, you will fail the Course.
You may have excused absence (with documentation – doctor’s note, etc.)
You are responsible for all homework, whether you are in class the day it is assigned or not. It is wise, therefore, to get the phone number of a class member to find out what is due, if you must be absent.
Comportment : Learning is enhanced by mutual respect and cooperation. Behavior that prevents other students from learning and/or threatens
anyone in class will not be tolerated. You may be barred from attending class and even suspended from the College. If your behavior causes you to be barred from attending class, all work missed will be recorded as zeroes. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, loud talking and socializing during class. Please keep away your cell phones from class because no beep will be tolerated as it is distracting.
Items in Class : The use of tape recorders is not allowed in class without
permission. Also, do not bring into class and food item, drink(s), gums, etc. No smoking is allowed in any building on the campus.
Research Paper 25% Overall Grade
Exercises/Tests 30% B : 79.5 – 89%
Attendance/Participation 5% C : 69.5 - 79%
TOTAL 100% D : 59.5 - 69%
F - 0 - 59%
You will be doing five major papers, viz. (1)an Observation paper,
(2) a Compare and Contrast paper, (3) a Cause and Effect paper, (4) an Argument paper and (5) the Research Paper. I have to approve your research topic and you must follow the guideline given separately to you.
I accept no late papers and I accept no final papers without reviewed drafts attached. All papers must be typed double-spaced and turned in as directed. Because the Research Paper is a Course requirement, you will
fail the Course if you do not turn this Paper in or if you do not consult
as directed. I have the right to require you to do alternative writing
assignment if I believe that you have plagiarized a paper.
EGL 101 - COMPOSITION I : EXPOSITORY WRITING
Assignments for a given day are to be done before coming to Class. Your
Instructor may supplement the assignments below with quizzes, additional readings or grammar and punctuation exercises. Your Instructor may also change or amend the Syllabus based on the needs of the Class.
Monday Introduction to the Course and Writing Process.
June 2 Diagnostic Writing in Class.
Tuesday Sources of Information : The Spoken Word
June 3 Guide, pp 385-391: Tan, Mother Tongue
Class Discussion : Questions to Start You Thinking # 1,3;
Journal Prompts # 1,2 (Guide, pp 389-390)
Where does Tan use direct and indirect discourse ?
Wednesday ESSAY # 1 ASSIGNED – Interview with primary sources. Choose
June 4 from Other Assignments #1, 2 or 3 (Guide, p.79) .
Correct attribution of sources and punctuation of direct and
Indirect discourse is essential. Minimum length is 500 words.
Class activity : brainstorming interview sources and
Guide, pp.260-270 : Chapter 16 – Strategies for Generating
Thursday Class Activity : Brainstorming on Exercise – Guide, p.268.
June 5 Students present their drafts.
Grammar refresher on Sentence Fragments.
June 9 Organization. (Guide, pp.271-284) Chapter 17 :
Strategies for Planning.
Introduction to the Research Paper
Guide, pp. 601-614 : A Sample Research Paper.
Tuesday Guide, pp. 300-318 : Chapter 19 – Strategies for Developing
June 10 Grammar Test : Subject/Verb Agreement.
Wednesday Guide, pp. 173-189 , Chapter 12 : Reading Critically.
June 11 Have answers for Questions to Start You Thinking, p. 176,
Class activity : practice identifying types of evidence and
Thursday Using materials from your reading.
June 12 Guide, pp. 437-441 : Wade – How Men and Women Think.
Have answers ready for Wade : Questions to Start You
Class Activity : Practice quoting, summarizing and
Monday Guide, pp. 312-314, : Chapter 19 – Analyzing
June 16 Class Activity : Analyze an advertisement brought to Class by
your Instructor, dividing it into its basic parts or elements to
explain the purpose or function. Also analyze the types of
appeals, fallacies and language being used.
ESSAY #2 ASSIGNED. Analyze and compare two ads for the
same category of products (for example, cars, personal
grooming products, cereal, vitamins/supplements/medicines,
beverages, fast food restaurants, etc.) aimed at two different
groups (for example, men and women, children and adults,
young adults and older adults) or analyze and compare two
ads for the same type of product that are aimed at the same
Tuesday Writing from Multiple Sources
June 17 Library Instruction : Finding print and electronic sources in
Wednesday Guide, pp. 100-116 : Chapter 8 – Explaining Causes and
June 18 Effects. Questions to Start You Thinking, 1-7.
ESSAY # 3 ASSIGNED – Other Assignments #1 or #3 (p.115).
For this Paper use two sources in addition to yourself.
At least one of them must be a print source. This essay must
be at least 600 words long and include in-text citations in
MLA format for all information from sources.
Thursday Library research day for cause/effect information. Roll will
June 19 taken. Practice with in-text citations.
Guide, pp. 404-410 : Coontz - Remarriage and Stepfamilies.
Monday Researching Problems and Solutions.
June 23 Guide, pp. 138-157 : Chapter 10 – Proposing a Solution;
: Planning, Drafting and Developing.
You will extend and build on the research and writing you
have already done. If you wrote about a change in your cause/
effect essay, identify an important problem that has arisen
from that change, research it and propose a feasible solution.
If you wrote about a contemporary problem in your cause/
effect essay, research that problem further and propose a
ESSAY #4 ASSIGNED – Argumentation Paper. Essay should be
Tuesday Introduction to Argumentation : Audience Analysis.
June 24 Guide, pp.117-130 : Chapter 9 – Taking a Stand.
Class Activity : identifying and analyzing the opposition.
Wednesday Answering Research Questions.
June 25 Library research for print information on problem/solution
Guide, pp.546-569 : Chapter 29 – Finding Sources.
Thursday MLA Documentation Form
June 26 Guide, pp.616-630 : Documenting Sources, MLA Style.
Bring to Class a preliminary bibliography (list of sources) in
Correct MLA format for discussion.
Monday Individual Conferences. Bring your working draft and
June 30 Bibliography and photocopies or printouts of research
materials to Class.
Tuesday Guide, pp.134-137 : Recognizing Logical Fallacies.
July 1 Writing Research abstract.
Wednesday Grammar Test.
July 2 Research Paper due.
Thursday Last Class meeting.