Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

UCWR 110 Writing Seminar Fall 2012

Fall 2012

TTh 2:00 - 3:15


Instructor: Andrea Pacor

E-mail: apacor@luc.edu

Office: TBA

Office Hours: after class and by appointment

Course description:

The aim of the Writing Seminar is to introduce students to argumentative writing as a process of inquiry and discovery, and as a medium for the effective communication of ideas. Effective writing begins, however, with effective reading. Thus, the course will also focus on the identification and selection of reliable sources, on the necessary skills of note-taking, summary and paraphrase writing, and on the proper use of quotes in terms of formatting, grammatical integration, and writing ethics. Students will learn to identify theses in the sources they read, and to formulate their own provisional thesis statements to guide the initial steps of writing, from brainstorming and clustering to freewriting, researching, drafting, and editing. Class discussion and analysis of sample texts, as well as peer review of student writing, will reinforce the notion that all writing is aimed at an audience, and that the ability to correctly assess the character, mood, expectations and values of one’s audience is essential to making successful writing choices. Writing assignments will also be the vehicle for individual feedback from the instructor, tailored to the student’s apparent needs, weaknesses and strengths.

Learning Outcomes (from LUC Standard Syllabus):

At the end of the course students will be able to: write clearly and effectively in standard written English; effectively use the writing process from brainstorming through peer review to revision and final editing; articulate, organize, and support positions clearly and persuasively in written form; use writing effectively as a method of inquiry; read texts carefully and critically; paraphrase, summarize, compare and synthesize texts; recognize how various perspectives inform interpretation; tailor discourse to specific audiences and to specific rhetorical purposes; recognize the various tasks involved in research, including developing a thesis, locating sources and assessing their credibility, and incorporating sources as evidence to support or qualify claims.

Required Texts:

Lester, Jim D, Jr. and James D. Lester. Writing Research Papers. 14th Ed. Pearson Longman 2008 (ISBN 9780205651924);

MLA. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Ed. MLA 2009. (ISBN: 978-1-60329-024-1)


Grades and Grading

In-class responses to readings (4) (15%)
In-class essay (15%)
Worksheets (4) (15%)
Topic Proposal (10%)
Annotated Bibliography (15%)
Intermediate Outline (mandatory*)
Rough Draft (mandatory*)
Final research paper (30%)

*although assignments marked as “mandatory” are not graded, late submission will set your final paper grade back by 2 points per calendar day, up to 10 points.

Grading Standards

Late Assignments

Worksheets: the purpose of worksheets is to ensure lively class discussion. Thus, they are due at class time and must be printed. Unprinted worksheets submitted on time will be penalized by 10 percentage points (one letter grade). Late worksheets will receive a maximum grade of 75 (C). If you are absent, you may submit the worksheet by email for full credit, provided it arrives in my in-box before class time on the day they are due.

Writing Assignments: late writing assignments will be penalized by 5 percentage points for every day they are late, although the penalty will not reach lower than 75 (C). Late assignments will not be accepted past one week following the due date and will receive a grade of F, which will weigh as zero percentage points in the final average.

Missing Assignments

Missing assignment will receive a grade of “F” and will weight 0% in averages.

Attendance Requirement

Students with more than three unexcused absences will fail the course.

Academic Honesty

Students are responsible for all work they submit for evaluation. This includes proper acknowledgment of all sources used or consulted in completing the assignment. Student work should be original and intellectually honest. Thus, the inclusion in your assignment of any ideas or portions of text that you “borrow” from another source without proper attribution constitute plagiarism. I will report students engaging in academic dishonesty to the Dean’s office and award an F (zero points) to the relevant assignment. As a rule, I notify the Dean before I inform the student. Possible consequences include failing the class and/or suspension from Loyola University.



M Jan. 16         Course Introduction

W Jan. 18        WRP Ch. 8 (“Reading and Evaluating Sources”)
Adler, “How to Mark a Book”


Week 1            Reading 1: Adam, Robert. “Tradition and the Modern City”

Week 1            WRP Ch. 9 (“Writing Effective Notes and Creating Outlines”)


Week 2            In-class response to reading 1

Reading 2: Wise, Tim.  “School Shootings and White Denial”

Week 2            In-class response to reading 2
WRP Ch. 2 (“Finding a Topic”)


Week 3            Reading 3: Gauthier, Louise. “Confessions of an Ethnographer”

Week 3            In-class response to reading 3

WRP Ch. 3 (“Organizing Ideas and Setting Goals”)


Week 4            Reading 4: Wilson, James Q. and George L. Kelling. “Broken Windows”
In-class response to reading 4

Week 4                        In Class Essay (500 words)


Week 5            Terminology and Methodology

Week 5            Reading 5: Gottdiener, Mark and Ray Hutchinson. “The New Urban Sociology”
Selected passages. (Worksheet)


Week 6            MLA Handbook 1.4 (“Conducting Resarch”)

Week 6            Topic Proposal Due


Week 7            Reading 6: Dawson, Christopher. “The Evolution of the Modern City” (Worksheet)

Week 7            WRP Ch. 11 (“Blending Reference Material into Your Writing”)


Week 8            Reading 7:Engh, Michael E. “A Home in the Heteropolis” (Worksheet)

Week 8            Reading 8: “” (Worksheet)


Week 9            WRP Ch. 10 (“Drafting the Paper in an Academic Style”)

Week 9            WRP Ch. 12 (“Writing the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion”)


Week 10          NO CLASS (Fall Break)

Week 10          NO CLASS (Fall Break)


Week 11          Annotated bibliography due

Week 11          WRP Ch. 13 (“Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting the Rough Draft”)


Week 12          WRP Ch. 6 (“Conducting Field Research”)

                        MLA Handbook 1.8 (“Outlining”)

Week 12          Intermediate outline due


Week 13          NO CLASS

Week 13          Rough Draft Due


Week 14          Additional book or scholarly article source (Worksheet)

Week 14          Additional general source (Worksheet)


Week 15          Last day of class


Finals               Final Paper Due


YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN ROME TO ATTEND FINALS! Make your traveling arrangements accordingly.