of October 2010, this site is no longer actively
Comp I, you learned about thesis statements and body paragraphs.
That course focused on the writing
Comp II, you'll
be doing persuasive academic
writing: presenting an opinion based on research.
course is built around the research
process. All of your assignments will build
towards your final persuasive research paper:
- You'll choose a topic to
- You'll reflect on the challenges you expect to face in the Unit 1
assignment on KU-ACE.
- You'll explore
controversies about your topic in the Unit 3 project
(directions, model, and rubric available on KU-ACE). For
ideas on researching controversies, see topic
- You'll learn
- You'll describe
your plan for
your research in the Unit 4 project, which is a formal
research statement(directions, model, and rubric
available on KU-ACE).
you'll take a stand and support
it with evidence in your argumentative
paper. Details about the first draft are available in
Week 6 on KU-ACE;
details about the final draft
(due Week 8) are available
on the Course Home Page
- You'll share
your findings in an informal briefing Week
will be available on the Assignments page
after each class.
you have to take Comp II? See results of the Writing:
A Ticket to Work survey.
Writers on Writing
I don't see writing as a communication of
something already discovered, as "truths" already known. Rather,
I see writing as a job or experiment. It's like any
discovery job; you don't know what's going to
happen until you
Writing to Learn
The writing process is anything a writer
does from the time the idea came until the piece is completed
or abandoned. There is no particular order.
You have to get the bulk of it down, and
then you start to refine it. You have to put down less-than-marvelous
material just to keep going, whatever you think the end is going
to be, which may be something else altogether by the time you
and revise; reread and revise; keep reading and revising until your
text seems adequate to your thought.
we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called
one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an
intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should
remain within the sheltered walls of the university and laboratory
until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.
writing makes hard reading.
have a decent career in America you need to be able
to write a succession of clear, decent sentences.
The ability to express ideas in writing
and in speaking heads the list of all requirements for success.