What’s the same? What’s changed?

We’re back in 101, which is likely to make you feel as if nothing has changed.  In some ways, that’s true.  We will still:

  • focus on how to write well for college.
  • have new vocabulary and idioms to define.
  • work to refine our grammar.

But we’ll shift our focus toward writing even more than before.  For instance, rather than have paragraph assignments, we’ll have only essay assignments.  So here are some of the bigger changes that you might notice:

  • We will use this website as a place for you to find your syllabus, reading and assignment schedule, essay assignment instructions, and other course materials.
  • We will work to avoid using personal experiences as evidence in essays.  We’ll discuss this more later, but moving away from personal anecdotes will help make your writing more academic as well as more broadly applicable.
  • We will spend some time in class working on writing.  So, you will need to bring paper and writing utensils or a computer on in-class writing days.
  • Our essays will rely on reading assignments from our textbook and, sometimes, articles that I will provide for you.  That means we will spend time in class discussing assigned reading assignments, and you will find the reading assignments on the class syllabus.
  • Essays will be longer and as a result, they will probably be a little more difficult. 
  • We will move at a faster pace than we did last semester.

There will be more changes, too, but these will be the first changes that you are likely to notice.  In short, this semester will run a lot more like the other section of ENGL 101.  That might mean that the class will seem a bit more difficult, but I think that you’re all ready for the challenge.