English 101D: First-Year Writing Seminar
MWF 9-9:50, Howarth 101, Spring 2000

Professor: Dan White
Office: Library 263, x. 3428
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00-4:30, Friday 1:00-2:30, or by appointment
E-Mail: dewhite@ups.edu
Home Phone: (206) 328-5548 (Discretion is advised)

Course Focus: Through a series of readings, discussions, group exercises, and written assignments, this course will foster your writing and analytical skills. We will work with expository, historical, and creative forms of written expression. You will learn how to perform "close reading" in order to produce organized and dynamic pieces of critical writing. Following an introductory exercises on a Shakespeare sonnet, you will analyze a contemporary advertisement of your choosing. After these focused analytical essays, we will begina three-week research project on Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl and the Holocause. Building on our understandings of human experience, representation, and personal history, the next assignment will be to create a personal narrative that reveals the relationships between an experience of your own and your identity; each of you will then write an analytical essay about another student's narrative. The course will end with an in-depth examination of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, on which you will write your final paper. Our emphasis throughout will be on the persuasive expression of critical thought in concise and vigorous expository prose.

Requirements: Six papers (3, 3, 5-7, 6, and 5-7 pp.); revision exercises; self- and peer-critiques; class participation. The due dates for all papers are in boldface below, and every piece of writing that you submit to me or to other students must be computer-printed in Times New Roman 12, titled, double-spaced, paginated, stapled, and, above all, presentable.

Grading: Your grade will be a combination of the six papers (60%); revision exercises and critiques (20%); and class participation (20%). Please buy a folder in which to keep all your written work. Each time a paper (draft or final version) is due, please hand in the entire folder containing two copies of the paper that is due. The folder must also include the following: all previously graded assignments, the "Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading" handout, and any other materials I have given you as a class or individually regarding your writing. Do not include assignments, past peer-critiques, or your own notes. Along with every final draft (labelled "disk" on the syllabus), you will also either send an e-mail attachment or submit a disk version of your essay saved either in Word or as text (see "Papers on the Web"). If the folder does not follow these guidelines, I will return it to you and mark down the paper one part of a grade for each day the folder is late. I expect you to attend each scheduled class, emergencies excepted. Each unexcused absence up to three will result in a progressive lowering of your final grade, and if you miss three or more meetings, you will receive an F for the course. Finally, if you have difficulty engaging in public discussion, please see me.

Texts: The following texts, available at the Campus Book Store, are required for this course:


January 19


January 21

Discuss handout, "Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading"


January 24

Critical reading and writing; Exercise on Shakespeare's "Sonnet 146"

January 26

Shakespeare, "Sonnet 146"

January 28

Provisional thesis due; The Thesis Statement and Logical Structure


January 31

Paper due (3 pp.); Peer-outlining of papers; Peer-critique and suggestions for revision

February 2

Style: group revision in class of sentences from papers

February 4

No class: Revised draft due (3 pp.) for required appointment at the Center for Writing and Learning, x. 3404 (2/2, 2/3, or 2/4 -- call in advance for appointment)


February 7

Revised paper due (3 pp.; disk); Discuss advertisements; Close-reading

February 9

Damage Control: Design of "priority list" for each student

February 11

No class: individual conferences with professor


February 14

Paper due (3 pp.); Discuss arguments

February 16

Peer-critique and suggestions for revision

February 18

No class: Bibliographic and Library Resource Instruction, 9:00-9:50, Library 110; Revised paper due (3 pp.; disk)


February 21

Anne Frank, from The Diary of a Young Girl (selections to be announced)

February 23

Style: group revision in class of sentences from papers

February 25

Anne Frank; Discuss research


February 28

Presentations of research; Annotated Bibliographies due in perfect MLA style

March 1

Presentations of research

March 3

Presentations of research


March 6

Draft due (5-7 pp.); Peer-critique and suggestions for revision

March 8

Individual work on integration of sources

March 10

Revised paper due (5-7 pp.; disk)



March 20

Discuss personal narratives: experience and identity

March 22

Style: group revision in class of sentences from papers

March 24

Group work on personal narratives


March 27

Narrative due (3 pp.); Exchange and discuss narratives

March 29

Group work on analytical essay

March 31

No class: individual conferences with professor


April 3

Analytical Essay due (3 pp.); Exchange and discuss essays

April 5

Individual work on revisions

April 7

Revised Essay due (3 pp.; disk); Exchange and evaluate revisions of essays


April 10

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Preface (pp. vii-xii), Volume I

April 12

Frankenstein, Volume I

April 14

Revision of priority lists; Exchange folders at end of class


April 17

Frankenstein, Volume II; Formal written peer-evaluation due (2 pp.)

April 19

Frankenstein, Volume II

April 21

No class: individual conferences with professor (bring revised priority list and your peer's evaluation of your folder)


April 24

Frankenstein, Volume III

April 26

Frankenstein, Volume III; Group work on theses and outlines

April 28

Provisional thesis and outline due; Exchange and discuss folders


May 1

Draft of paper due (5-7 pp.); Peer-critique and suggestions for revision

May 3

Final paper due (5-7 pp.; disk)

Daniel E. White