This class will attempt to develop logical thinking and writing in English. We will especially be focusing on you ability to describe, analyze, and evaluate theories, applications, and expereinces in an educational context.

Course Overview

The general purpose of this course is to allow you to practice writing basic paragraphs and five-paragraph essays. We will be examining and applying the following patterns of development:

Argumentation Cause and effect Comparison or contrast
Definition Description Division and classification
Illustration Narration Process

Class Notes

Class notes will be added on a weekly basis for review.


Grading Criteria

40% attendance and participation (16x5 points = 80 points)
20% 4 paragraphs (4x10 points = 40 points)
40% 4 essays (4x20 points = 80 points)



Attendance is mandatory: Participants who arrive to class 10 minutes or more after class begins will be considered late. Participants who are late 3 times will receive 1 absence. Any participant who misses 1/4 of all class meetings will receive an F. Mastery of the ideas and concepts of this course requires engagement and discussion. If you are not in class, you miss that opportunity to exchange ideas. Moreover, participation is also essential. Just coming to class is not enough. I expect all participants to be active in class discussion and lectures as well as to complete all oral and written assignments.

Written Work
Late assignments will not be accepted under any circumstances.


Additional Resources

To be added later.

Tentative Semester Schedule

This is a tentative schedule because I will adjust the course of study based on your needs. We may spend more time on some aspects an less time on others based on your individual stregnths and weaknesses.

Time Topic
Week 1 Syllabus and Paragraphs 1 (basic paragraphs) - Writing Sample
Week 2 Paragraphs 2 (revising and editing)
Week 3 Paragraph patterns 1 (illustration and narration)
Week 4 Paragraph patterns 2 (description and process)
Week 5 Paragraph patterns 3 (definition and classification)
Week 6 Paragraph patterns 4 (comparison and contrast and cause and effect)
Week 7 Paragraph patterns 5 (argument)
Week 8 Five-paragraph essay
Week 9 Essays pattern 1 (narration)
Week 10 Essays pattern 2 (process)
Week 11 Essays pattern 3 (definition)
Week 12 Essays pattern 4 (classification)
Week 13 Essays pattern 5 (comparison and contrast)
Week 14 Essays pattern 6 (cause and effect)
Week 15 Essays pattern 7 (argument)
Week 16 Class Closure (Survey)