English 101 (UMB)

COURSE MATERIALS
[Syllabus – Fall 2019]
[Calendar – Fall 2019]

[Opening Questionnaire]
[Writing Diagnostic]

[Terms of Composition]

COMPOSITION RESOURCES
[Writing Nook]
[MLA Formatting Guidelines via OWL]
[UMass Boston Code of Conduct]
[Ross Center]

WRITING RESOURCES
[“Why and How to Create a Useful Outline” // OWL]
[Visual Organizer]
[Revision Strategies]
[Conclusions]
[Verbs for Introducing Quotes]
[Signal Words & Expressions]
[Editing vs. Revision]

READERS WRITE and WRITERS READ
[“Learning to Read” – Malcolm X]
[“What It Takes to Put Your Phone Away” – Tolentino]
[“Stories, Drinking And the World” – Ellis]
[“The Joy of Writing” – Bradbury]
[“Shitty First Drafts” – Lamott]
[“Toni Morrison, Remembered by Writers” – The New Yorker]
[“Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do It Over” – Sutton]

[PROJECT 1 – PROMPT]

RHETORICAL ANALYSIS — WHAT’S THE ANGLE?
[Commercials for Rhetorical Analysis – Playlist]
[“How to Read Like a Writer” – Bunn]
[“Statement on the Assassination of MLK” – RFK]
[“Backpacks vs. Briefcases” – Carroll]
[“The Art of Creativity” – Waititi]

[“New York Needs to Move Aggressively…” – NYT Editorial Board]
[“Bike Supremacy is Ruining the City” – POST Editorial Board]

[PROJECT 2 – PROMPT]

PROJECT 2 – ARTICLE CHOICES
[“Tobe Nwigwe is a New Musician to Get Excited About”]
[“Dying arts can be saved — but is it worth it?”]
[“The NBA-China Disaster is a Stress Test for Capitalism”]
[“Youth tackle football will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now”]
[“I Used to Be a Human Being”]
[“AOC Thinks Concentrated Wealth Is Incompatible With Democracy. So Did Our Founders.”]
[“…Here’s How to Reduce Violence in Baltimore”]

DISCOURSE COMMUNITY, or, CONSIDER AUDIENCE, OF COURSE
[“The Concept of Discourse Community” – Swales]

[“Navigating Genres” – Dirk]
[“Made in America” – Toby Keith]
[“Lie, Cheat, Steal” – Run the Jewels]

[“What is ‘Academic’ Writing?” – Irvin]
[“Why is Academic Writing So Academic?” – Rothman]

[“How to Tame a Wild Tongue” – Anzaldua]
[“Sonrisas” – Mora]

[“How to Email” – Hamblin]
[“A Modern Guide to the Love Letter” – Biguenet]

[PROJECT 3 – PROMPT]

SYNTHESIZING REFLECTIONS
[Adaptation Trailer – Jonze/Kaufman]

[Bradbury on Adapting — Excerpt from “The Lost Paris Review Interview”] [Published in Sam Weller’s Listen to the Echoes]

[“What Makes a Good Book-to-Film Adaptation?” – Robinson & Tobias]

[PROJECT 4 – PROMPT]

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“So I collected comics, fell in love with carnivals and World’s Fairs and began to write. And what, you ask, does writing teach us?

“First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards because it has favored us with animation.

“So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.

“Second, writing is survival. Any art, any good work, of course, is that.

“Not to write, for many of us, is to die.”

[Ray Bradbury//Zen in the Art of Writing]