WRIT 101 First-Year Writing I

WRIT 101 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Karen Forgette

Instructor name:
Karen Forgette (pronounced 4-jet): kforgett@olemiss.edu

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

Contact Information:

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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:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

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 reader’s understanding. Students will follow conventions for documentation, formatting, and length requirements.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons) and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading and Writing Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester

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*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 reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


  • 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


Grading Scale:
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


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.