EI301 Academic Writing I

for SP 2013

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EI 301 Academic Writing I


SP 2013 HOB


Bailey, Candace


Adjunct Faculty


B.A.(Music Education) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
M.A. (Music) Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
M.A. (TESOL) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Office Hours

by appointment



Semester Dates

Jan 14-May 9

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Credit Hours



Oshima, A. and Hogue, A.(2006)  Writing Academic English Fourth Edition (4th Ed.) New York: Pearson Longman. ISBN: 0131523597

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional reading and grammar materials to be provided by instructor.

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Course Description:
EI301 Academic Writing I: This course introduces the advanced-level student to different rhetorical styles of writing, such as narrative, comparison/contrast, process, and so on, along with the requisite grammar.

Educational Philosophy:

Academic skills are built with engagement and dedication from both the student and the teacher.  The teacher and student will work together to advance knowledge, skills and confidence. The teacher will create a safe learning environment that is social and centered around stimulating communication in addition to providing instruction and giving meaningful feedback. The goal of the teacher is to foster learning through interactive, content-rich class periods and to inspire focused study and self-directed learning outside of class.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and demonstrate grammatical components of a well-formed English sentence
  2. Identify and create text components such as introductions, thesis sentences, supporting paragraphs, themes, etc.
  3. Identify and produce written work representing different types and genres
  4. Construct and expand a working vocabulary of English, from 1500-3000 words
  5. Show through evaluation and revision that they have recognized grammatical and/or organizational problems
  6. Apply information from diverse sources in their written compositions, and provide appropriate references
  7. Apply academic skills in presenting their assignments in prescribed form and on time

Core Assessment:

Your core assessment in this course will consist of two portfolios, one due at the midterm and one due at the end of term. These portfolios will consist of grammar exercises and quizzes, vocabulary exercises, written work such as journal entries, and essay drafts and final versions. For each portfolio, a complete list will be furnished one week before it is due. DO NOT DISCARD ANY OF YOUR WORK. Portfolios should be presented neatly organized in a binder, with name and date of submission clearly marked on the front.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1. Core Assessment:  Essay Portfolios
All essays and related assignments will be kept in a portfolio.  Keep all work to be submitted at mid term and end of term. Do not discard any of your work.  Your portfolio will be worth 30% of your final grade. 
2. Quizzes:  Expect four quizzess during the course of the semester for a total of 15% of your final grade.
3.  Journal:  You will be writing a weekly journal entry.  Journals will be due every Tuesday.  It is worth 30% of your final grade.
4. Homework: There will be a variety of homework assignments.  Listen closely during class for descriptions and due dates. It is worth 15% of your total grade. 
5.  Attendance and Active Participation:  Be punctual, prepared and present.  Tardiness and absence will negatively affect your grade.  It is worth 10% of your grade.


A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 66-79%
D = 50-65%
F = less than 50%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Excused absences will result in due dates being extended.  If you expect you will be unable to attend class, please communicate with me BEFORE you are absent. 
Students who are unexcused for an absence will not be allowed to make up work. 
Assignments are to be turned in by midnight of the due date. Please communicate with me if there is a reasonable excuse for missing deadlines.  Transportation issues, computer malfunction, forgetfulness, and being too busy are not valid reasons for late work. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Please come to class on time.
2.  Be prepared to learn, participate and communicate with others. 
3. Students are expected to check their Park.edu email regularly.
4. Students should communicate with the teacher about any problems that may interfere with classwork before it becomes an issue. Privacy is to be expected. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Homework etc.

Week 1

Introduction, Paragraph structure

Writing Academic English (WAE) Chapter 2 Journal #1 due Tuesday, January 22

Week 2          Unity and coherence, cont. Sentence types WAE Chapter 2 cont.; Chapter 10 Text excercises; Journal #2 due Tuesday, January 29
Week 3 Sentences types, continued                                                 WAE, ch 10
Pre-quiz 1
Journal #3
Week 4 Sentence problems: fragments, run-ons, etc.                 
WAE ch. 11                                
Quiz #1
Journal # 4
Week 5 Sentence problems cont. Essays- introduction            
WAE  ch.   11,  4                            
Pre-quiz                                                       Journal # 5
Week 6 Essays, cont.: Process essays                                                         WAE ch. 4, 5                                             Quiz 2                                                           Journal # 6

Week 7 Process essays WAE ch. 5                                                   1st draft, Process essay due Tues, Feb 26       
Journal # 7

Week 8 Cause/Effect essays                                                  WAE ch. 6                                                  Second/final draft Process Essay due Tues, March 19 (after Spring Break)                                                         Journal # 8
installment of portfolio            due Thurs, March 9.
Week 10 Cause/Effect essays cont. Noun clauses                       WAE ch. 6, 12
First draft, Cause/Effect essay due Tues, March 26
Journal # 9
Week 11 Comparison/Contrast essays Noun clauses cont.            WAE ch. 7
Second/final draft Cause/Effect essay  due Tues, Apr 2
Journal # 10

Week 12 Comparison/Contrast essays cont. Adv clauses               WAE ch. 7, 13
Quiz 3: noun clauses
 First draft Comparison/Contrast
essay due Tues, Apr 9
Journal # 11
Week 13 Argumentative essays: support Adv clauses cont.             WAE ch. 3, 13
Second/final draft
Comparison/Contrast essay due Tues, Apr 23
Journal # 12
Week 14 Argumentative essays: paraphrase and summary               WAE ch. 8 Quiz 4: adverb clauses
First draft, Argumentative essay due Tues, Apr 30
Journal # 13 
Week 15