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WRIT 101, First-Year Writing 1, Section 2

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dave Nichols

Instructor name:

Karen Forgette (pronounced 4-jet):

Instructor Information:

Karen Forgette has been teaching in the first-year writing program at UM since 2005.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
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Course Description

This 14-lesson independent study course will assist students in recognizing and understanding different audiences and rhetorical purposes for reaching those audiences. Throughout the course, students will be assigned readings and participate in activities that address various rhetorical purposes. In addition, students will develop a writing process that nurtures ideas and texts over time.

Textbook Information:
WRIT 101 textbook 1

Yagelski, Robert P. The Essentials of Writing: Ten Core Concepts.

Boston: Cengage, 2018. Print ISBN 1337091731. eBook ISBN 9781337515405.

NOTE: You do NOT need an access code for the MindTap materials that are associated with this book. You just need the book in a print or electronic version.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook(s). Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN numbers to make sure you are ordering the exact books required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.
Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Writing Process: Students will demonstrate composing as a recursive process that includes brainstorming, planning, drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  2. Exploration and Argumentation: Students will use writing and other modes to analyze texts, explore unfamiliar ideas, engage with thinking different from their own, develop sound arguments, and reflect.
  3. Purposes and Audience: Students will write with a variety of academic purposes for a variety of audiences.
  4. Research: Students will understand what constitutes credible evidence, how to incorporate evidence in their own writing, and how to use library databases to find sources of evidence.
  5. Conventions and Mechanics: Students will produce writing that is free of grammatical and mechanical errors that inhibit or interfere with the readerís understanding. Students will follow conventions for documentation, formatting, and length requirements.
Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading and Writing Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
Watch the video: Overview of the Course and Tips for Success Blog Post Week 1
  • Complete the LumenWaymaker Rhetorical Reading module, including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Rhetorical Context, Active Reading Strategies, and Vocabulary-Building Reading Strategies, and Putting it Together tiles.
  • Read "Understanding Academic Writing as Conversation," pages 218-221 of Chapter 7, inTen Core Concepts.
  • Read "Developing an Academic Writing Style," pages 222-227 of Chapter 7, in Ten Core Concepts.
  1. Quiz on Rhetorical Reading Module
  2. Reading Responses 1 and 2
  3. Blog Post
Week 1
  • Complete the Lumen/Waymaker "Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay"module (including all the tiles: Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Organically Structured Essays, Effective Paragraphs, and Effective Introductions and Conclusions).
  • Read the Navigating Academic Conversations Assignment Prompt and review the grading rubric.
  • Choose an article fromThe Hechinger Report as a basis for the assignment.
  1. Quiz on Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay module
  2. Lesson 2 Reading Response
  3. First draft of NAC essay
  4. Lesson 2 Blog Post
Week 2
  • Schedule a conference with me to discuss the first draft of your Navigating Academic Conversations essay. See the directions below for scheduling a conference.
  • Prior to the conference, watch the video on the importance of peer review. Revise the draft according to the comments you received and your ideas for improvement. Be sure to look back over the "Navigating Academic Conversations Assignment Sheet," which can be found in the "Lesson 2" folder.
  • Complete the LumenWaymaker Readability Module, including the Why it Matters, Show What you Know, Apostrophes, Semicolons and Colons, Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments tiles.
  • Read pages 45-57 of Ten Core Concepts.
  • Edit and proofread your draft, paying particular attention to the areas stressed in the Lumen Module.
  1. Quiz on Readability module
  2. Lesson 3 Blog Post
  3. Final NAC essay
Week 3
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker module "Evaluate Keys to Successful Analysis," including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Analysis as Critical Thinking, Keys to Successful Analysis, Putting it Together tiles.
  • Read: pages 125- 135 of Ten Core Concepts.
  • Watch the video on Joshua Bell.
  • Read the Ted Talk Framework Analysis Assignment Sheet below, including the NAMLE framework questions on the bottom of the sheet.
  • Watch at least three Ted Talks as you search for a Ted Talk to use as the basis of this assignment.
  1. Quiz on Keys to Successful Analysis Module
  2. Reading Response Assignments 1 and 2
  3. Lesson 4 Blog Post
Week 4
  • Schedule a conference with me.
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker module on Rhetorical Appeals, including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Putting it Together tiles.
  • Read: Ten Core Concepts, Pages 152-160.
  • Read the student sample.Submit a first draft of the analysis essay. Submit the Lesson 5 blog entry.
  1. Quiz on Rhetorical Appeals module
  2. First draft of Ted Talk analysis
  3. Lesson 5 Blog Post
Week 5
  • Read Donald Murray's article.
  • Read the Applause Generator article.
  • Revise and edit the paper into final draft form.
  1. Lesson 6 Reading Response
  2. Final Analysis Essay
  3. Lesson 6 Blog Post
Week 6

Midcourse Review and Exam

  • Review pages 23-57 of Ten Core Concepts.
  • Review the work you did for the Navigating Academic Conversations and Ted Talk Analysis papers.
  • Review the Timed Writing Tips Webtext.
Proctored Midcourse Timed Exam Week 7

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker "Argument" module, including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Argumentative Thesis Statements, Logical Fallacies, Building Common Ground, Rebuttal and Refutation of Counterargument, and Putting it Together tiles.
  • Read "Understanding Argument in College" through "Considering the Rhetorical Situation" on pages 170-78 in Ten Core Concepts.
  • Read the Campus Argument Assignment sheet, and review the rubric.
  1. Quiz on Argument Module
  2. Lesson 8 Reading Responses 1 and 2
  3. Lesson 8 Blog Post
Week 8
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker "Using Sources" module, including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, Types of Sources, Print Sources, Online Sources, Multimedia Sources, and Show What You Know.
  • Watch the Intro to UM Libraries and Academic Dishonesty Videos. Complete the Lesson 9 Reading Response 1.
  • Upon receiving approval of your proposal from Lesson 8, draft of your argument essay, Schedule a conference with me.
  1. Quiz on Using Sources Module
  2. Plagiarism Quiz
  3. Lesson 9 Reading Response
  4. First Draft of Argument essay
  5. Lesson 9 Blog Post
Week 9
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker Using Sources Module, including the Why It Matters, Show What You Know, Integrating Source Material, Using Paraphrase/Summary/Quotation, Citing Sources, and Establishing Source Credibility tiles.
  • Ten Core Concepts.
  • Revise and edit the argument draft.
  1. Using Sources Quiz
  2. Lesson 10 Reading Response 1
  3. Final Argument Essay
  4. Lesson 10 Blog Post
Week 10
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker Define and Apply Principles of Multimodality module, including the Why it Matters, Show What You Know, What is Multimodality, Define and Evaluate Remediation and Remix, and Putting It Together tiles.
  • Read the Multimodal Assignment Sheet, and review the grading rubric.
  • Watch the video on copyright and fair use.
  • View the student sample.
  • Draft the multimodal project.
  1. Quiz on Multimodality module
  2. First Draft Multimodal
  3. Lesson 11 Blog Post
Week 11
  • Read pages 270-72 in Ten Core Concepts.
  • Revise the multimodal project.
  1. Lesson 12 Reading Response
  2. Final Multimodal Project
  3. Lesson 12 Blog Post
Week 12
  • Complete the Lumen Waymaker Reflection Module, including all the tiles.
  • Read the Reflection Essay Assignment Sheet, and review the grading rubric.
  • Review the Student Sample Academic Reflection.
  • Draft the Academic Reflection essay.
  1. Quiz on Reflection Module
  2. First Draft Academic Reflection Essay
Week 13
  • Read my comments on your draft.
  • Revise and edit the draft.
Academic Reflection Essay Final Week 14
Final Exam
Final Timed Reflective Essay Proctored final exam Week 15



93 -100% = A
90-92% = A-
87-89% = B+
83-86% = B
80-82% = B-
77-79% = C+
73-76% = C
70-72% = C-
65-69% = D
Below 65% = F


The grading format is as follows:

Lumen Waymaker Quizzes/Reading Responses 15%
Navigating Academic Conversations Draft and Final 15%
Ted Talk Analysis Draft and Final 15%
Campus Argument Draft and Final 15%
Multimodal Draft and Final 15%
Blog and Academic Reflection Essay 15%
Mid-term Exam/Final Exam 10%


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Testing Information

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  • the Oxford campus testing facility DETL (Distance Education Testing Center at UM)
  • the regional campus testing centers at Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville
  • ProctorU, an online proctoring service
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  • Before you take the final exam, all assignments and previous exams must be completed, submitted, and GRADED!
  • All assignments or exams not completed, submitted, and graded before you take the final exam WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF ZERO.

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  1. supply you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students
  4. provide specific course or testing accommodations

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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

  • Self-plagiarism is defined as re-using a paper written for another class and submitting it in whole or part for credit in another class, without obtaining permission from the instructor prior to the submission of the paper.
  • Plagiarism is harder to define, but it boils down to representing someone else's ideas as your own.

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