• College Writing Syllabus: Ms. Momenzadeh (Ms. Mo) 

    College Writing is a course that is meant to bridge the gap between high school English class and a college composition course. We will focus on collegiate-level types of writing that include argument, research, analysis, and personal narratives. To complete these assignments, students will further their knowledge of the writing process and gain an understanding of the requirements specific to various modes of writing. As groundwork for all assignments, students will be exposed to rhetorical appeals, techniques, and devices used in writing. Students will also be expected to read often to prepare for assignments and develop an understanding of the authors’ style, tone, and voice. 


    • A folder for extra handouts
    • A single subject notebook. Ideally a cloth-bound, 100 sheet, notebook. 
    • A Writing Utensil. 
    • Charged chromebook 


    Good writing comes from careful reading, so the first steps will always be to read, reread, and ask questions.

    • Resources:
      • They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein 
      • The Language of Composition by Shea, Scanlon, and Aufses 
      • The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition by Thomas Cooley
      • 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology by Samuel Cohen 
    • Novels:
      • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien 
      • Independent Reading novels - at the reader's discretion 


    Types of writing are subject to change and evolve

    • Literary analysis
    • Rhetorical analysis
    • Argumentative 
    • Research paper
    • Personal narrative 
    • Proposals
    • Definition paper
    • Compare/Contrast 


    • Discussion: Conversation will be a large part of this class. You will need to participate in class discussions while keeping an open mind to the opinions and perspectives of your peers. 
    • Reading: In a college writing course, what we read is just as important (if not more important) than what we write. Reading all assigned work and engaging with the text while you read is an absolute must. The expectation is that you come prepared to class having read all assigned work and are ready to engage in discussion. You will get out of this class as much as you put in. 
    • Writing: Since this is a writing class, expect to do a lot of writing. We will write a variety of pieces in varying lengths and styles. You can anticipate walking away from this class with 5 or 6 fully developed essays that are typically expected in a freshman composition course. In addition to essays, you will also be expected to keep a writing journal that will include responses to articles, discussion questions, and reading reflections. 


    • Writing Process: As we work toward our finished essays, we will practice several different steps in the writing process. My hope is to expose you to several different options in hopes that you will be able to find a style that works best for you. We will outline, sketch, prewrite, peer review/edit, brainstorm, mindmap, create drafts, etc. While we might not use the same steps with each essay, you can expect a process for each essay written. 


    • Homework: My honest plan is to minimize the amount of work that is done outside of the classroom. I want to provide adequate time in class to complete writing assignments and most reading assignments. However, when you are asked to read or write outside of class, the expectation is that you come prepared to class the following day with said work complete and ready for discussion. Homework will be a part of your grade when applicable. 
    • General discourse: In this classroom, we are all expected to carry a discourse of respect for one another. Because a large part of this class is built on the foundation of discussion, we will inevitably disagree on social, political, and/or general topics of interest. Although it is human nature to become judgemental, we must always consider that person’s perspective if ever we want to grow as an individual. Your personal beliefs and value system should be (and will be) challenged through texts and discussion. This is meant to help us learn and grow, gain respect for others’ opinions, and understand how to effectively communicate with people who have opposing views without disrespecting their culture or beliefs. 


    If you continue your education at the collegiate level, you will find it necessary to be familiar with both MLA and APA style writing. Traditionally, MLA is used in most humanities courses (Literature, Philosophy, Art, ect.) while APA will be required in most other classes. This discrepancy, however, does vary from university to university.  With that said, we will practice both. Because this is an English course, most of our time will be spent within the MLA guidelines, but in order to prepare you for college, we will also practice APA and look at the specific differences between the two schools of thought. 


    Hopefully, this goes without saying, but plagiarism is a serious offense. At the collegiate level, many universities will give you an F for your course grade, while others will consider expulsion indefinitely. If you plagiarize in this class, you will receive a zero on the assignment without the opportunity to redo the piece. Consequences will escalate with any subsequent incidences. When in doubt, please meet with me to discuss proper citation and we can determine the appropriate protocol together. 


    You are expected to be in class every day.  It is your responsibility to gather any work you missed. One of the easiest ways to check up on missed work is to visit Google Classroom. Most writing/reading assignments will be posted here throughout the semester. 


    You may turn in late work on the day after the due date for 50% of the earned points.  You will receive a one-day extension per each excused absence. 


    Your grades will be made up of the following:

    • Writing process
    • Final essays
    • Discussions
    • Homework
    • Journal entries
    • Reading