English 1, Week 1: Writing To Learn

Here's some advice from prior students in this course...

Overview & Goals

Follow these simple steps to get started!

  1. Read these learning objectives for the week. You can move to the next page of this unit using the page navigation in the upper right corner.
  2. Read all content in this unit before you do any activities this week.
  3. Complete ALL of the activities in this learning unit before Friday at noon CT. Normally, we will have deadlines on Weds. and Friday, but not this week (because it's short). All of this week's activities will prepare you for Week 2 so be sure to complete every single one of them to ensure your success.
  4. Check your Madison College email most weekdays for announcements, reminders, and email from me (announcements are available in the Announcement main menu area, too). If you don't like our email, you can set up forwarding to an account you do use! Read how to make forwarding work here.

If you have any questions about course content, please contact me, Martha Schwer, your instructor, by email at schwer@madisoncollege.edu (preferred) or phone 608-246-6172. If you have technical difficulty, phone the computer help desk at 608-243-4444 or toll-free 1-866-277-4445.

Overview for the Week

Did you know that writing is one of the most powerful learning tools in the college student's toolbox? Did you know that writing can help you triumph over boring or difficult textbooks you'll encounter in college? The key skills you will acquire by the end of this week are how to summarize a complex informational text and how to respond to a text in a complex way. These skills will be refined throughout the rest of this class and are key to your success in college.

Crucial Vocabulary Clarification: What's a "text"? Here, we don't mean a short message to someone sent digitally. In this course, we'll be using the term "text" for anything you'll be asked to look at carefully. A "text" can be an essay, a photo, a film, or a letter. "Text" just means it's the subject of your writing.

Learning Objectives

"What is a Learning Objective?" you ask? Great question! Consider them your milestones for our weekly learning units. You will be provided with a list of learning objectives each week. These are "checkpoints" to guide your learning each week.

By the end of this week, you will be able to...

  • Contrast closed-form organization with open-form organization in writing.
  • Define "genre" and "rhetoric" as writing terms.
  • Make decisions about your writing based on purpose, audience and genre.
  • Write a summary that is accurate, concise, and fair, with relevant and significant detail.
  • Apply reading "with the grain" and "against the grain" as learning strategies.
  • Reflect on how summaries can be helpful to learning
  • Define Information Literacy.

You'll also be getting to know your classmates and instructor a bit better, too!

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“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” -- E.M. Forester