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1 Welcome to GE 117- Composition I Mr. OLeary

2 Todays Objectives Review Course Syllabus Review Class Rules/Expectations Introduce the Writing Process Introduce Prewriting Complete a Diagnostic Assignment to determine baseline writing level

3 Course Syllabus Major Instructional Areas: The Writing Process Illustration and Descriptive Writing Comparison/Contrast Writing Cause and Effect Writing Process Analysis Writing Resume and Cover Letter Research Paper

4 Course Syllabus Major Course Objectives: Students by the end of this course should be able to: 1) Write Clearly, Concisely, and Effectively. 2) Write in order to complete a variety of writing assignments. 3) Analyze an audience and adapt writing styles and conventions appropriately. 4) Effectively and Efficiently use the ITT Virtual Library.

5 Course Syllabus Major Course Objectives: 5) Prepare an Independent Research Paper. 6) Synthesize information from a variety of sources into a new document. 7) Utilize peer review and instructor feedback in revising and editing writing. 8) Draft an error-free Resume and Cover Letter.

6 Course Syllabus Textbooks and Resources: 1)The Longman Writer: Rhetoric and Reader by Judith Nadell and John Langan 2) Prentice Hall Reference Guide by Muriel Harris. 3) ITT-Tech Virtual Library (

7 Course Syllabus Course Requirements: 1) Attendance and Participation – Regular attendance and participation are a must! In the past, an average student might lose 10 points off his/her final grade for EACH class missed. 2) Completed Assignments – Each student will be expected to submit work regularly and on time. Late assignments will lose one full grade value PER WEEK(E.G. – An A paper becomes a B, the B becomes a C, etc.) 3) Writing Workshop – Students will be expected to commit to the Writing Process by meeting with peers and the instructor for feedback and revisions.

8 Course Syllabus Grading Breakdown: Discussion Forum – 20% Exercises – 15% Writing Assignments – 30% Project Part 2 – 7% Project Part 3 – 8% Project Part 5 – 20% ***NOTE –The Research Project Totals 35% of your overall grade in this class!!!!!!***

9 Course Syllabus Course Outline: Weeks 1-3: Introduction to The Writing Process: The POW method (Plan, Organize, Write.) Weeks 4-6: The Writing Process (continued) and the Research Paper Weeks 7-10: Advanced Writing Models, Resume and Cover Letters, The Research Paper Week 11: Final Revision of Research Paper

10 Class Rules and Expectations Be on time and with the necessary materials for class. (Books, assignments, a notebook, a pen, etc) Attend class regularly and participate actively in your own learning. Ask questions when you do not understand something. (If you dont understand something, thats my fault, not yours!!!!!)

11 Class Rules and Expectations Commit to the Writing Process and strive to improve upon your current abilities. Be respectful to your classmates and instructor. Keep a folder or Flash Drive for your assignments. (You must stay organized!) Keep a binder/folder for your Research Paper (Again, stay organized!!!!) Try to have fun (or this class will really, really, really suck!)

12 BREAK TIME!!! Lets take a minute break now. When you come back, I will answer any questions you may have, and then we will get started on our first writing lesson!

13 The Writing Process Welcome back from break! We will now begin our first lesson. Here are the main objectives: 1) Describe the nature of the writing process and its importance in the professional world. 2) Describe and utilize a variety of prewriting techniques.

14 The Writing Process Q: What is Composition? A: Its not a product, but a process. We will stress the process of writing, from the tiniest of thoughts to drafting to revision and finally to the final version.

15 The Writing Process Q: Why are Composition and the Writing Process so important? A: The business world today hinges upon many rapid forms of communication. As Technical Professionals, you will be required to write!!! Those who can write clearly, concisely, and effectively will have advantages over those who cannot. We dont want to turn you into Shakespeare, but rather, the next Bill Gates!

16 The Writing Process Writing IS Technology – A lot of technological progress is based on writing! BC: Sumerians use cuneiform on clay tablets BC: Egyptians invent papyrus BC: Egyptians invent lead stylus : Gutenburg invents printing press : Graphite pencil invented

17 The Writing Process Writing IS Technology – A lot of technological progress is based on writing! : Samuel Morse invents telegraph : Typewriter invented : QWERTY keyboard layout created s: Personal Computers can support Word Processing software s: Speech recognition: Talk to Type

18 The Writing Process Q: I dont believe Ill have to write. Im a technical or numbers person. How can you be so sure? A: You will need to write a Resume and Cover Letter to even get a job. Once there, you will write s, memos, reports, audits, customer service receipts/tickets. You may have to ask for a raise or promotion in writing. You may have to request additional time/money/resources for a project in writing. As they say here at ITT, IF IT AINT DOCUMENTED, IT NEVER HAPPENED!

19 The Writing Process Q: What are the stages of the writing process? A: There is no correct answer, but in general, the process consists of: 1) Prewriting and Idea Generation 2) Planning for Audience, Tone, Style 3) Drafting 4) Revising the Draft for Overall Meaning, then Paragraph Development, then for Sentences and Words. 5) Editing and Proofreading the Draft. 6) Polishing the Draft into a Final Version.

20 The Writing Process Q: What is that first stage, Prewriting? A: Prewriting refers to any number of activities that writers engage in BEFORE drafting. The purpose of prewriting is to generate a sufficient amount of ideas/thoughts/material that later can be molded into something more refined and polished.

21 Prewriting Think of prewriting like sculpting – you will always need more clay or marble to start than there will be in the final sculpture. Some material will get cut, and will hit the floor – it wont be in the final version. But you cant sculpt with material you dont have, so we always need more than we will really use!

22 Prewriting Q: What are some prewriting techniques I can use? A: Some common prewriting techniques include: Brainstrorming, Freewriting, Questioning, and Mapping. Each technique has its own pros/cons and some students prefer one over another. You will have to learn over time what prewriting technique works best for you!

23 Prewriting Brainstorming – An activity where the writer creates a list of thoughts/ideas they have about a topic. - Grammar/Punctuation doesnt matter - Use bullets, dashes, or numbers - A Stream of Consciousness activity - No idea is too stupid or bad. - Best as a timed exercise (5 minute intervals)

24 Prewriting Freewriting – An activity where the writer writes out the thoughts or ideas he or she has about a topic. It generally appears more like real prose writing. It uses to some degree punctuation and grammar. Its also a stream of consciousness activity, and is also timed in 5 minute intervals. The thoughts can jump from here to there and all over the place.

25 Prewriting Questioning – An activity where the writer assesses his or her knowledge and thoughts about a topic by writing out specific questions he or she has about the topic. 1) What is global warming? 2) How does it occur? 3) What are factors that contribute to global warming?

26 Prewriting Mapping - An activity where a writer places a central idea/topic in a box, and then branches off that box into several subtopics. Each subtopic can then be further branched outwards until all ideas have been exhausted. Note: This is very good for visual learners!!!!

27 Assignment # 1 Were going to practice some prewriting ourselves now! This assignment is called My Favorite… Tasks: 1) Choose a favorite activity, object, place, person, meal, song, whatever. 2) Choose 2 different prewriting techniques to try. 3) Spend 5-10 minutes prewriting on My Favorite…. for EACH prewriting technique.

28 Assignment # 1 4) Can be done by hand or on computer. 5) Staple or Clip the 2 prewriting samples together and submit to instructor. 6) Congrats! Youve earned your first grade in the class. Great job!

29 Homework Assignment For next week, please complete the following assignments: 1) Read in Longman Writer pages ) Send an to: A) Include your name, quarter, major, and a hobby you have outside of class. B) Write a Personal Essay: 1-2 paragraphs about you. Where are you from? What do you study here? Why did you choose that major? What experience do you have in reading/writing? What worries or concerns do you have about this class? Anything else you want me to know!

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