ENC 1101 introduces you to academic writing and its associated conventions, styles, and qualities. Throughout the course of the semester, you will develop information literacy skills through reading comprehension and research, refine critical thinking processes through exploring historical perspectives and visual images, and critically reflect upon visual and textual compositions. The major projects focus on the ways conversations about topics change over time, the ways evidence may be used to support claims, and the rhetorical strategies writers may use to argue their perspective, both in written and in visual form.
You will select an issue, topic, or historical figure (note: blue highlight denotes commonly edited section) to analyze throughout the semester. The major projects in 1101 ask you to consider how to use online databases to conduct research and write a thorough annotated bibliography (Project 1); how a conversation about this issue, topic, or historical figure has changed over a period of time of at least ten years (Project 2); how evidence, including counter arguments, may be used to support a claim (Project 3 Essay); and how rhetorical strategies and various forms of media may be used to convince an audience of a particular perspective (Project 3 Presentation).
The workshop model emphasizes a variety of teaching styles and learning spaces by negotiating not only the traditional classroom space, but also one-on-one, small group and online spaces. As such, one of the two weekly meetings will be in the traditional lecture/discussion format (lasting the entire hour and 15 minute period), and the other weekly class period will be divided into four small-group workshops. These workshops will be composed of five to six other students and will last 15 to 18 minutes per meeting.
Because the workshop model divides time between traditional lecture and small group interaction, it offers more attention to peer review and collaborative learning. It also increases opportunities for you to receive individual/focused attention through small group discussions. The workshop model encourages you to take responsibility for your learning, strengthens writing communities, improves organization and time management skills, strengthens interpersonal skills, and models real life/work through negotiation and collaboration activities.