|This course introduces students to the basic writing concepts for creating effective paragraphs. Over the course of the semester, using a gradualist approach, students will learn about the components used in paragraph writing, strategies for crafting content, and criteria for reviewing the work of other students.|
|By the end of this course, students should:|
1. Understand the basic components of the paragraph.
2. Be able to construct paragraphs on a variety of topics.
3. Be capable of peer-reviewing.
|As this class will require students to write about a variety of topics, a great deal of creative effort will be required. Because a large portion of the writings will be completed independently, students will find that class time is not sufficient for all exercises and assignments.|
It is important that students attend the first class to receive important information and instruction about the content of the course.
|Week 1: Chapter 1: The Topic Sentence of the Paragraph|
Week 2: Chapter 2: The Specific Details of the Paragraph
Week 3: Chapter 3: Time Order
Week 4: Chapter 4: Space Order
Week 5: Chapter 5: Process and Direction
Week 6: Chapter 6: Cause and Effect
Week 7: Chapter 7: Examples
Week 8: Chapter 7: Examples
Week 9: Chapter 8: Definition
Week 10: Chapter 8: Definition
Week 11: Chapter 9: Classification
Week 12: Chapter 9: Classification
Week 13: Chapter 10: Comparison and Contrast
Week 14: Chapter 10: Comparison and Contrast
Week 15: Review
|In addition to work completed during class time, students will be required to complete a series of writing activities and assignments outside of class. As these will be submitted throughout the course, a high degree of motivation will be necessary. |
Students should be willing to work together with other students and the instructor to edit and refine their work.
|Jimbo, Hisatake and Richard B. Murto. Paragraphs that Communicate. Second edition. Macmillan Language House, 2005. ISBN: 978-4-7773-6009-3 ￥2000+tax|
|An A4 notebook to be used for out-of-class writing assignments in addition to a notebook for keeping class notes. |
A good English-English and Japanese-English dictionary (book form or electronic).
|Grading will be as follows:|
Attendance (including participation) 30%
Writing Assignments 30%
Final Test 40%
|Students will be evaluated based on the effort they display in class, as well as on regular writing assignments on a number of topics using various literary strategies. The final test will provide an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the paragraph writing process. |
Students who fail to attend class, participate actively, or do not complete the writing assignments regularly, cannot expect to achieve a high grade in this course.