Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG100H1S L5101

ENG100H1S    L5101    R6-9
Effective Writing
Instructor: Dr. D. Flynn

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 929
Email: 
deirdre.flynn@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course:
ENG100H is designed to help students from diverse disciplines develop their ability to read critically, think analytically, and write clearly. First and foremost, the course will teach you how to write the kind of clear, well-reasoned prose that is expected at the University of Toronto. In order to meet this objective, you will engage actively in each stage of the writing process three times during the term, with extensive prewriting exercises, drafting work, and post-writing revisions. In so doing, you will improve your ability to write everything from emails and notes to exams and research papers, thus developing writing skills that will be essential in university and beyond.

Required Reading: The McGraw-Hill Handbook. Flynn, Maimon, Peritz, and Yancey. 2010. The textbook will be available at The Bob Miller Book Room in August. This store is located at 180 Bloor Street West Lower Concourse, just across from the ROM. To get an idea of the book's table of contents and first chapter (which will also give you an idea of the way I will coach you through the writing process), go to: 
http://www.coursesmart.com/the-mcgraw-hill-handbook-canadian-edition/maimon-elaine-peritz-janice-yancey-kathleen/dp/0070394245.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Website Address: Blackboard.

Method of Instruction:  Class consists of lectures with slides (which will be posted after each class), discussions, writing workshops, and peer review workshops. Although I present reading and writing strategies, as well as interpretations of the texts and video clips we analyze, I welcome your interventions. Participation will help you improve your communication and writing skills, so I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity in class by listening actively, engaging fully in all freewrite and inkshed sessions, completing all writing and grammar exercises, and making constructive contributions during discussions and peer review. Your active participation will make a huge difference not only in the class atmosphere as a whole but also in your learning experience as an individual.

Method of Evaluation: There are weekly small assignments throughout the term, some of which are completed in class (such as grammar exercises), some of which are collaborative (such as peer review), and some of which are completed at home (such as prewriting work and outlines). These are cumulative, aimed at engaging you in the writing process as you compose two substantial take-home essays, one in-class midterm test, and one final exam. Each small assignment is marked, as noted in the following list: Three writing exercises (16% total); three grammar exercises (6%); two peer review sessions (10%); two portfolios (2%); two rough drafts (6%); two essays (25%); one midterm test (15%); one exam (20%); and three extra-credit online discussion exercises (3%).

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