Introduction to the Writing Process

The purpose of writing papers in English 101 is NOT about the actual paper you produce.  It’s not about the PRODUCT.  IT’s about the PROCESS and learning the process.  Paradox is that if you engage in the PROCESS of writing Essay #1 for the SAKE of LEARNING the Process, the product will be probably the best thing you’ve ever written.

Invention— How you get from having NO idea to having an IDEA.

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English 101 Closing Memo to Jen

Please write your name and your e-mail address on a blank sheet of paper.

Please tell Jen what you are thinking about in terms of a CONTROLLING NARRATIVE

SPECIFIC not GENERAL

Ex.  HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS and how that impacted/created/relationship between those violations and GRADES.

Then tell Jen about the relationship between that controlling narrative and ONE of our sources (Tough/Robinson).

Essay #1: Learning Narrative

Overview: In this essay you will

  1. Tell a Story: You will relate a significant (positive or negative) learning experience (or series of connected events) that have been important in shaping the kind of reader/writer you have become (“good,” “bad,” “bookworm,” “Anti-Reader,” etc.)
  2. Analyze Your Experience: After you relate your narrative, you will ANALYZE your experience using one or both of the texts from English 101 (Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk “Changing Educational Paradigms” and/or Paul Tough’s essay “Is Failure the Secret to Success?”)

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