Laura Brady/Fall 1999
E-mail: lbrady@wvu.edu Ph: 293-3107 x438
Office: 433 Stansbury          Hours: Immediately before and after class

DESCRIPTION. This course will focus on the links between ongoing composition research and theory and the practice of writing instruction. To this end, we will read a number of texts that provide a historical perspective on the field of Composition Studies, followed by several other books and articles that consider contemporary theoretical and research perspectives. The course should allow you to situate your own practices within the context of current discussions and debates within the field, but please keep in mind that the course will focus on introducing you to the field of Composition Studies; it is not primarily an introduction to instruction techniques.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. WVU is committed to social justice. I support that commitment and will work to create a positive learning environment based on open communication and mutual respect. I welcome suggestions to foster such an environment.

POLICIES AND GENERAL EXPECTATIONS. I expect your preparation, presence, and active participation in class. I do not accept late work and I do not give incompletes. If you hit snags, let me know immediately (not at the deadline if you can help it). I am always available via e-mail, and I hope you will also phone and/or stop by during office hours; you also have my home phone number, which I hope you'll use (but before 10 p.m. please). I am always willing to respond to a draft of your written work if you get it to me at least three days in advance of the due date.

REQUIRED TEXTS (Available at the WVU Bookstore.) Reading assignments will average about 200 pages per week.

COURSE WORK AND GRADING OVERVIEW: You will, by the end of the course, have completed about 50+ pages of writing. About half of this writing will be informal (the presentation handout and the short responses) and should provide the basis for the other half of the writing. The writing, in other words, will be paced evenly throughout the course and will incorporate assignments that serve as drafts for some of the longer projects. I've built time into the syllabus for you to get feedback on your writing. In general, plan on writing something every week-especially during the second half of the semester. Here is an overview of the assignments, followed by brief descriptions.


Week 3: Short response #1
Week 5: Short response #2
Week 7: Short response #3
Week 9: Short response #4
Week 10: Rough Draft of Annotated Bibliography Due
Week 11: Short response #5 due
Week 12: Final Annotated Bibliography Due
Week 13: Short response #6 due
Week 15: Rough Draft of Final Paper due
Week 17: (Finals Week) Final Paper Due

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