Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Composition 1, Fall 2018

Course Description

This course is designed as the standard college-level freshman writing course. The class will focus on an introduction to rhetorical modes including the narrative, exemplification, descriptive, compare/contrast, and argument styles of writing. Students in Comp I will be expected to read, discuss, and write about written works, as well as produce original essays appropriate for the college setting. Comp I takes a three-tiered approach to writing: students will be evaluated based on content and organization, writing style (including research), and punctuation and grammar.

We will be developing our rhetorical principles – a stronger commitment to writing and speaking well – particularly as it pertains to the humanities in a global setting. The following are the major assignments/course requirements this semester:
• Final project: A standard research paper on a topic of your choice (topics must be approved by instructor!) and a corresponding presentation on your research
• Papers/Writing Assignments:
o #1: Classification/Division Essay (2-3 pages)
o #2: Compare/Contrast or Cause/Effect (Globally focused) (3-4 pages)
o #3: Mini Argument (using Compare/Contrast) (4-5 pages)
o #4: Research paper - Argument (Final Project) in MLA format (5-6 pages)
o Various short essay/homework responses and other in-class activities
• Exams/Tests/Quizzes: There will be at least two formal exams, including a Final Exam with essays; Pop quizzes possible

Required Texts:

• Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide, 14th ed. by Kirszner and Mandell, ISBN: 978-1-319-10667-6
• In Conversation: A Writer’s Guidebook, Palmquist and Wallraff, 978-1-319-06300-9
• A binder, portfolio, or good folder (please keep all assignments – they will help you in the event of a grade dispute)
• A notebook (for journaling, writing, and taking notes)
• Writing utensils – pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.
• Computer access – if you have a laptop and would like to bring it to class you may do so.
• A USB/jump/flash drive is a great investment; your computer will need Internet access.
• Yourself – you are expected to be physically and mentally prepared and present every class.

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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)

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Composition 2, Spring 2017

Course Description

In this course, 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 of all freshmen. 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. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013. Print. ISBN: 978-1-4576-0647-2.

Required Materials:
- A binder, portfolio, or good folder (please keep all assignments - they will help you in the event of a grade dispute, or to showcase some final collection of your work)
- A notebook (for journaling, writing, and taking notes)
- Writing utensils - pens, pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, etc. (It's good here as long as it writes legibly)
- Computer access - if you have a laptop and would like to bring it to class you may do so. If you are working on a computer in or out of class, on or off campus - please save and backup your work frequently! A USB/jump/flash drive is a great investment; we will talk about other methods of saving your work as well. Your computer will need - Internet access. Papers will only be accepted in a typed and printed format. No handwritten or electronic submissions will be accepted.
- Yourself - you are expected to be physically and mentally prepared and present for every class.

Syllabus: 

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Communication 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course is designed for students in engineering technology, but it may be elected by any student who wants to enhance skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Required Materials:

- The Longman Reader, 11th Ed. by Nadell and Langan, ISBN: 978-0-13-386295-5
- The Writers FAQs, 6th Edition, by Harris and Kunka, ISBN: 978-0-13-413305-8
- A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking
- A binder, portfolio, or good folder (please keep all assignments - they will help you in the event of a grade dispute)
- A notebook (for journaling, writing, and taking notes)
- Writing utensils - pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.
- Computer access - if you have a laptop and would like to bring it to class you may do so. If you are working on a computer in or out of class, on or off campus - please save and backup your work frequently! A USB/jump/flash drive is a great investment; we will talk about other methods of saving your work as well. Your computer will need Internet access.
- Yourself - you are expected to be physically and mentally prepared and present for every class.

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Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Composition 2, Spring 2016

Course Description

In this course, 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 of all freshmen. 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. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. Print. ISBN: 978-1-4576-0647-2.

Recommended Text:
-Rules for Writers, 7/e Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers (Bedford/St. Martins, 2014)

Syllabus: 

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Communication 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

A continuation of Communications 1 with additional emphasis on research writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002, ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

- Rules for Writers, 7/e Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers (Bedford/St. Martins, 2014)
-America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals, Atwan (11th Edition)

Syllabus: 
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Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Communication 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course is designed for students in engineering technology, but it may be elected by any student who wants to enhance skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Required Texts:

Reading Critically, Writing Well, 10th Edition (2013) by Axelrod, Cooper, Warriner. ISBN: 1457638940

Rules for Writers, 7th Edition (2011) by Hacker and Sommers. ISBN: 9780312647360

Syllabus: 

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Composition 2, Spring 2015

Course Description

In this course, 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 of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

- Literature: A Portable Anthology; Janet E. Gardner, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, Peter Schakel 3rd Edition, 2012
- Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide; Janet E. Gardner 3rd Edition, 2012

Recommended Text:

- Rules for Writers, 7/e; Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers (Bedford/St. Martins, 2014)

Syllabus: 

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Communication 2, Spring 2015

Course Description:

A continuation of Communications 1 with additional emphasis on research writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002, ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

- Sustainability: A Bedford Spotlight Reader; Christian Weisser, ed. 1st Edition (Bedford/St. Martins, 2015)
- Rules for Writers, 7/e; Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers (Bedford/St. Martins, 2014)

Recommended Text:

- Oral Presentations in the Composition Course Matthew Duncan and Gustav W. Friedrich (Bedford/St. Martins, 2006)

Rachel B. Thomas Kimmel, Communication 1, Fall 2014

Course Description:

A continuation of Communications 1 with additional emphasis on research writing. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002, ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

-Reading Critically, Writing Well, 10th Edition (2013) by Axelrod, Cooper, Warriner. ISBN: 1457638940
-Rules for Writers, 7th Edition (2011) by Hacker and Sommers. ISBN: 9780312647360
-A binder, portfolio, or good folder
-A notebook (for journaling, writing, and taking notes)

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