Writing 100 has as its aim the production of two well-thought-out, correctly documented, and clearly written research papers. What is a research paper? Some people think of it as a collection of citations from the past. This would make it a rather boring exercise. Actually, we will be breaking in on critical discussions of the texts we read, discussions held all over the world by students, professors, readers, critics. Many questions we raise have been raised before---how have they been answered? Are we interested in those answers? Why? Whose? We will be thinking about these questions and others as we participate in a truly global thought process.

Objectives Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. develop and articulate a thesis
  2. find and evaluate appropriate secondary sources in a library
  3. provide supporting evidence for the thesis through argumentation based on original ideas as well as ideas generated from research materials
  4. document research in MLA style, while being aware that other styles exist
  5. employ critical, analytic and reflective thinking
  6. understand and employ the conventions of standard written English
  7. revise and edit all drafts on Word or Word Perfect

Materials Texts for this course are available in the college bookstore. Please purchase the MLA Handbook, Women and Values (ed. Pearsall), To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and , if you have not yet purchased a copy, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Methods The course will be conducted primarily as a workshop, with the emphasis on group discussion and critiques of readings and drafts. Students will frequently be asked to read aloud from drafts, and to xerox them for discussion.

Requirements There are two papers assigned. The first is a little warm-up paper, the other the magnum opus which will contribute heavily to the final grade. Drafts and final versions must be in on time. No paper will be accepted late. All drafts, short essays, answers to questions and papers must be clearly typed on white paper using a 12 pt font of any simple typeface. NO DRAFTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY ALL PREVIOUS WORK.

Attendance Attendance is a prerequisite to passing and does not add to the grade in itself, although unexcused absences which exceed those permitted in the Student Handbook may be cause for failure. An excused absence requires a note from a doctor or the college. It is the student's responsibility to notify me about reasons for absence. Lateness may be counted as absence, although you are encouraged to come even if you are late in order to keep up with course work.

Grades 20% Paper One, 50% Paper Two, 30% class preparedness and participation

Calendar: Class meets in the Honors Center Monday and Wednesday 12:35-1:50

Schedule of papers

Paper One: Length, 3-5 pages

Topic and partial thesis: September 29

First draft : Oct 13

Second draft and outline: Oct: 27

Final Draft: Nov.3

Paper Two: Length, 10-15 pages

Topic and partial thesis: October 25-Nov.3

First Draft: Nov. 17

Second draft and outline: Nov 24

Technical revision: Dec. 6

Final Draft: Dec. 13 through Finals Week, final date TBA