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Writing Expansion 2

Spring 2, 2014

Instructor: Rick
Office: 14-4
Office Hours: By Appointment


This course is a continuation of 341W. It is designed to build your skills in writing and revising for an academic audience. You will learn all the steps of the writing process – brainstorming and outlining, drafting, revising, and peer/self editing – as well as the conventions of standard academic-paper formatting. By the end of the course, you will be able to write the standard five-paragraph essay. 


  1. Write well-developed and well-organized multi-paragraph essays with clear and appropriate thesis statements.
  2. Write in a variety of rhetorical modes: comparison-contrast, cause and effect, and argumentative.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of plagiarism by citing sources.
  4. Summarize material from authentic texts.
  5. Identify and maintain focus on the audience of the writing.


  • Required Text: Great Essays, 3rd edition (Folse, Muchmore-Vokoun, Solomon), 2010.  – Brief Writer’s Handbook and Units 3-5
  • Supplementary Materials: Additional handouts distributed by the instructor
  • This website and its resources


  • Analysis of model essays
  • Peer and self-editing
  • Extra exercises on the textbook website
  • Group Work & Group Writing
  • Online Exercises

Instructional Methods:
The HELP Program emphasize active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are small group work and peer editing. Also, Rick’s 342W classes use a blended learning approach; this means that you will work and communicate with Rick and other classmates via the class website (this website), and also work with your classmates in person, during normal class time.


  • Forum and Free Writing is 15%
  • Other Participation 25%
  • Outlines & Rough Drafts 20%
  • Essay Final Drafts 35%
  • Smiling, Sleeping Well, & Eating a Healthy Diet is 5%
  • (These may be changed until the end of week 2)

To advance to the next level, students must have the recommendation of all teachers based on fulfilling the outcomes above.

There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.

Please make every effort to be on time for every class. Your teacher keeps a record of each minute you are late. Your tardies my accumulate to one full class absence in the following ways:

  • Three tardies equals one absence.
  • If you are more than 30 minutes late to a class, either at the beginning or at the end, you will also receive one absence.

In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.


Rick cares about you and wants for your education at HELP to be valuable and enjoyable. If you have questions, concerns, or worries of any kind about your studies in 342W, you must meet with Rick and communicate these feelings. Rick will do everything within his power to help you. He will work hard for you because he cares about you. He is your friend now and always. If he can help you in any way with any other problems, please ask him.

Please sleep well and eat well! Your health is very important!



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