Welcome to “English 150-G1: The Process of Composition.”
The learning objectives of this course asks you, the student, to be able to demonstrate the following:
- Your knowledge of writing, especially as it relates to focusing on a specific purpose and situation, responding to different audience needs, and using appropriate format and structure.
- Your ability to integrate critical thinking, reading, and writing, especially as related to inquiry, thinking, communicating, and seeing the relationships among language, knowledge, and power.
- Your competency in the writing process, including awareness of the need for multiple drafts; flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading your work; and the willingness to consider writing to be a process that is always open to revision.
- Your knowledge of writing conventions, emphasizing common formats, genre conventions, APA style documentation and citation.
- Your competence and correctness in syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.
- Your ability to use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, editing, and sharing texts.
This blog, as a result, serves as a virtual notebook to help you gain proficiency and build capacity and confidence in the writing process. We will explore more about how this blog will function in our course during Week 2 (Monday, September 10, 2012).
In the meantime, if you’d like to gain more insight into how blogging can help students improve and practice one’s writing, please check out the following short articles:
- “‘Narrate, Curate, Share’: How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning” by W. Gardner Campbell (August 10, 2011)
- NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing (Last updated in 2008)
- “Are Research Papers a Waste of Time?” by The New York Times (August 28, 2011)