English Composition

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description

In Composition 2, students refine their ability to express themselves with clarity and coherence in writing. Students in this course also gain a sophisticated understanding of the writing process and an appreciation of the importance of audience in the presentation of their complex ideas. Students also learn to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources, effectively integrate evidence in support of their own ideas, gain an understanding of the research process, and produce college level research papers. Further, they produce work that demonstrates significant depth of thinking and range of perspectives about a concept or ideas. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

Charters, Ann, and Samuel Charters, eds. Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. 6th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4576-0647-2.

Recommended Text:

Any grammar course text from Comp I (Writer’s FAQs)

Michael Stoneham, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description:

English Composition II is first and foremost an advanced composition course. The goal of this course is to ensure that your writing is of the quality expected of a college graduate. For many of you, it may be the last opportunity in your life to focus exclusively on improving your writing skills. To that end, this semester you will read and write about texts that explore the voices of rebels calling from America’s fringes. We’ll organize our encounters with these voices in a diachronic way, in part, to determine if we can identify the evolution of the characteristics that have distinguished American rebel voices, and, in part, to realize the degree to which the distinctions are moot.

Required Texts:

Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (1925)
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried (1990) Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)

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Catherine St Pierre, Composition 1, Spring 2018

Course Description:Required Texts:
Patterns for College Writing Author: Kirszner and Mandell
The Writers FAQs 6th Ed Author: Harris and Kunka
Flash drive or cloud storage to save drafts. Black or Blue Pen/Pencil and Paper. Each student must have access to the materials.

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Eric C. Schwerer, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description

The primary purpose of this course is to improve your writing and reading skills. Some time will also be devoted to conducting responsible, interesting research and incorporating the words and ideas of others into your own writing. I will assist you through the processes of close reading, critical thinking, note-taking, thesis development, drafting, avoiding plagiarism, and revision.
As a way of practicing these skills, we will read and discuss poetry as well as critical scholarship written about poetry. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

• "Poetry: A Pocket Anthology," RS Gwynn, 7th edition
• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communiati0ns from me • access to a printer (I might send you files via email which you are required to print)

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Ann Rea, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description:

In position 2, students refine their skills in expression, working towards clarity and coherence in writing. This course aims for a sophisticated understanding of the writing process and an appreciation of the importance of audience in the presentation of their lex ideas. The emphasis on research requires that students learn to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources, effectively integrate evidence in support of their own ideas, gain an understanding of the research process, and produce college level research papers.

Required Texts:

Masha Gessen, The Future is History, Granta
Svetlana Alexeivich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Random House Muriel Harris and Jennifer Kunka, The Writer’s FAQ’s, Pearson

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa, Composition 1, Spring 2018

Course Description:

In this class, a companion course to freshman writing seminar and composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources.

Required Texts:
Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forever: Life, Death, and Hope in A Mumbai Undercity. New York: Random House, 2014. Print.
Cleveland, Katherine, eds. English Composition. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Hawkes Learning, 2017. Print. (This book must be purchased with the online materials.)
Hacker, Diana and Barbara Fister, eds. Rules for Writers. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2016. Print. (or any writer’s handbook)
Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. London: Penguin Books, 2002. Print. Viramontes, Helena Maria. Under the Feet of Jesus. New York: Plume Book, 1995. Print.

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Catherine St Pierre, Composition 2, Fall 2017

Course Description:Required Texts:

Cohen, Samuel. 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 5th ed., Bedford/St.
Martin’s, 2016.
Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. “They Say / I Say”: The Moves That
Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd with 2016 MLA Update ed., Norton, 2016.
Thumb drive or cloud storage to save drafts. Pen/Pencil and Paper.
If you and a friend are taking this class together, you must each have access to the materials.

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Ginger Stepp, Composition 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

EngComp005 is the first of UPJ’s standard two-course composition sequence. Designed for students in any major, the writing, reading and analyzation skills you develop here will be beneficial not only in your other courses, but will serve you well in your professional career. This is a writing class, but you will learn that the audience (better known as your reader) and sometimes the situation determine the kind of writing you will use.
This class will ask you to step outside of your five-paragraph, writing-as-a-process thinking previously drilled into you by your high school English teachers. Same basic premise here – but you will expound upon your ideas, offer more examples, evidence, and description. You are going to have to think critically, creatively, and, at times, in ways that may make you a bit uncomfortable, but all designed to hone your skills and prepare you for a lifetime of writing, no matter what career you choose.

Required Texts:

Patterns for College Writing Author: Kirszner and Mandell

The Writers FAQs 6th Ed Author: Harris and Kunka

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Scott A. Sheets, Composition 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

o Patterns for College Writing, Kirszner and Mandell, ISBN: 978-1-319-08806-6

o The Writers FAQs, 6th Edition, by Harris and Kunka, ISBN: 978-0-13-413305-8 (or) 0-13-413305-6 o The ability to print about 25 pages over the course of the semester

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Laura Rice, Composition 1, Fall 2017

Course Description

At the conclusion of our Comp. 1 course, students should be able to:

• use writing processes to generate, develop, share, revise, proofread, and edit major writing projects.
• produce essays that show structure, purpose, significant content, and audience awareness.
• demonstrate an awareness of standard conventions of formal writing.
• recognize and produce a variety of essay genres.
• understand and integrate others’ ideas into their own writing.
• understand and employ various types of evidence in an argument
• determine whether a source is reliable and valuable
• reflect on their own writing process and rhetorical effectiveness

Required Texts:

1) Pattern for College Writing, Kirszner and Mandell, ISBN: 978-1-319-08806-6
2) The Writers FAQs, 6th Ed., by Harris and Kunka, ISBN: 978-0-13-413305-8 (or) 0-13-413305-6

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