Unit 1 Memoir – Week 1 Course Content and Objectives

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Week 1 ENGL 101 Course Content –

 Monday 8-24

  • Go over syllabus
  • In-class essay – “If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
  • Introduce rhetorical analysis
  • Define rhetoric and genre

Homework: Write me an email using proper rhetorical form for writing to college instructor. Also, read pp. 1-17 in Bridging the Difference, and handout, “Thinking Rhetorically about Good Writing.” Be well-prepared to discuss in class.

Wednesday 8/26

  • Quiz on Monday homework reading assignment
  • Purpose, Audience, and Genre
  • Difference between closed-form and open-form writing
  • Introduce assignment 1 – Memoir
  • Go over assignment sheet

Homework: Read “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott, and “The Way We Live Now” by Colson Whitehead. Annotate both texts, identifying questions you may have about open-form essay writing, or techniques that you would like to discuss next class. Write one page response for Monday 8/31. Bring it, and annotated handouts to class.


By the end of this week you should:

  • have a working knowledge of basic rhetorical aims
  • understand how to write a solid professional email to an instructor
  • be able to define rhetoric and genre
  • be able to tell the difference between top-down, thesis-driven closed form style, and open-form, theme-based style
  • begin thinking about your first writing assignment
  • understand how thinking about purpose, audience and genre will strengthen your writing
  • have defined personal goals for getting the most out of ENGL 101

But wait! There’s more! You should also be able to:

  • log onto Blackboard
  • name six primary rhetorical aims
  • write a response to work we cover in class
  • list different types of writing within genres such as professional, literary, academic, personal, civic, and pop