English 202: Intermediate Composition

Course Description

Intermediate Composition is designed to prepare you for writing at the college, and ultimately, professional levels. It expands on the expository writing practiced in Freshman Composition with an emphasis on academic and career-oriented writing. This is a writing course and you will be writing every week. Class readings and discussions are designed to help you improve your writing skills by engaging in a sustained inquiry into what it means to be a writer. Each unit asks you to consider ideas and activities you may have thought about and experienced before but that (I hope) you will come to see in different and interesting ways.  By writing, you’ll discover what you think about these issues; most importantly, we’ll use writing assignments as a chance to work together to sharpen our composition and communication skills.

Course Texts (Selected)

Essays on Writing (Bryant and Clark)

They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (Graff and Birkenstein)

Michael Berube’s “Analyze, Don’t Summarize”

Mike Rose’s “Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language: A Cognitivist Analysis of Writer’s Block”

Andrea Lunsford and Karen Lunsford’s “‘Mistakes Are a Fact of Life’: A National Comparative Study”

Selected posts from Dennis Baron’s Web of Language

Assignment Sequence

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