ANNOUNCEMENTS for ENG 103: English Composition 1

Homework for Wednesday

For Wednesday, read one of the student multigenre essays that were created as websites and evaluate its structure (organization) using the rubric we went over in class on Monday. Assign the essay a score between one and six, and write a paragraph explaining your score, using the language in the rubric. To be turned in as a hard copy.

Below is the rubric:

My Research Article for Multigenre

Here is the article I found on my topic for the multigenre essay, which is about learning to play the piano as an adult. In class today, we will be using the research you found as a springboard for writing.

Musical Fossils: "The Fossil Mind of Concepts"

Website Creation Exercise

Website Creation Exercise requirements

Three Poems about School


Surviving Freshman Year


I've created the conference signup page for next week. Sign up for a conference to discuss your unfamiliar genre project. A conference is required, and it will count toward your attendance.

Citation Guides


The Difference between Grammatical Correctness and a Formal, Impersonal Voice

Informal but Correct Writing Exercise

The How-To Guide

I've placed a template for the how-to guide for your Unfamiliar Genre Project on google docs. You can use this as an outline for your guide to your genre. The guide requires that you to provide an overview of the genre as well as an example from sample piece of writing in the genre. Here's one I started to fill in: "How To Write a Memoir."

The Annotated Bibliography

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography, from the Cornell University Library
Note that the annotation is described as being both descriptive and critical. The annotation describes what the source is and what it says, and it also gives the annotator's opinion of the source.

Sample Annotated Bibliography

Rubric for Unfamiliar Genre Project

Here is the rubric I will use to evaluate the unfamiliar genre project.

Sample Proposal

I've added a Sample Proposal to give you an idea of what I'm looking for in your proposal for Friday.

Writing Project 3


Student Letters

Here are four student letters for evaluation. They are not intended as model essays. They represent actual work by students, with strengths and weaknesses, which hopefully we can learn from.

Fast Food Facts



We'll use the following doc for an exercise in class today.


Next week I'll be having conferences to discuss revision of your draft of your letter. You can sign up for a time here. Don't wait too long to sign up. If everyone tries to sign up on Thursday and Friday, I won't have time to see everyone.

Rhetorical Prospectus

A prospectus details a plan for proposed work. For Wednesday, you need to turn in a rhetorical prospectus for your public letter, which addresses the following questions. Turn in the prospectus by sharing it with me on Google Docs (

Your claim: What position are you taking?
Your goal: What do you want to accomplish?
Your addressee: Who is your letter addressed to?
Your audience: Who should read this? Why? What are these people like? What opinions, beliefs, emotions do they likely have about your topic? What common ground do you share with them? (Spend some time developing your thoughts on this.)
Your persona (ethos): What is your relationship to the audience? How do you want them to perceive you?
Your subject matter: What does your claim obligate you to discuss? What do you need to learn more about? How do you plan to get this information?
Changing the mood: What emotional tone should your letter take? How can you best appeal to your readers' emotions?
Changing their minds: What reasons and evidence would be most effective with your audience?

You Are the Dumbest Generation


How To Write a Persuasive Letter

I've created a page to collect your conclusions from class today. Post your group's contributions to How To Write a Persuasive Letter, according to Ed Madden.

Schedule Updated

See the schedule for readings and assignments for next week, as well as due dates for Writing Project #2.


Next week I want to have conferences to discuss your memoir draft. You can sign up for a time here. If there is no time that works for you, please let me know.

My Zero Draft in Google Docs

I've shared my zero draft in google docs as a public document, which means that anyone with the link can view, comment, and edit it. I would like you to share your draft (the one due Friday) with me ( and the people in your group. You will keep this a private document, so only your group can comment. Here is the link to the Help Center in Google with instructions on sharing.

Outline of Sedaris memoir in Google Docs (public doc)

Google Documents

We are going to begin using Google Documents. The first step is to sign up for a Google account (if you have Gmail, you already have a google account and can sign into Docs with that). If you already have gmail, sign in to Google Docs and start playing around with it. Try to put your zero draft in Google Docs for Wed. (9/7). Note: You can create it there and use Docs as your word processor, but you don't have to if you don't want to. You can cut and paste.

Site Update

I've updated the memoir assignment description (including the notes from Monday) and included due dates on the course schedule.

Readings: Memoirs


Authour Bios

Author bios for in class exercise.


"The most effective way I know to improve your writing is to do freewriting exercises regularly," wrote Peter Elbow, a writing teacher at the University of Massachusetts and freewriting's most famous proponent. In this excerpt on freewriting from his book Writing without Teachers, Elbow explains why he thinks freewriting works.

Here is my freewriting from class today (just so you can see what it looks like--it is not THE model of how to freewrite correctly).

Online Textbook

The Call to Write is available in an online edition that you can rent for $49.99. You can't sell the book back, of course, so you can compare this cost to the cost of buying and selling a hard copy of the book. But if you're interested, and especially if you like to read on a laptop or tablet, you can go here to check it out.


Sign up for dropbox, so you can store your files online and have access to them anywhere.


Welcome to our class wiki. We will be using this site as a hub for information about the class, as well as a place where you can share your writing and collaborate.

What is a wiki? Wikipedia is one, for example. Here is an example of an educational wiki. For quick intro to wikis, watch this video.