Students may earn extra credit by participating in the upcoming English in Action Showcase. The event takes place on Friday, Dec. 2 from 3:30-5:30, and students may participate individually or as part of a group. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 5 bonus points on their Engagement Assignment grade.
Interested students should read through the participant guidelines and complete the linked registration form. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
The following list articulates my expectations for Reading Responses. Keep in mind that Engagement Assignments (such as Reading Responses) constitute 20% of your total course grade.
- Make certain to account for the complete prompt. If it asks you to include specific information or talk about a particular aspect of the reading, be sure to do that.
- Provide mostly critical commentary in your Reading Response, not summary. We have all done the reading, so we don't need much summary. Instead, make concrete, specific connections to our previous readings and your own experience inside and outside of class. Then turn your discussion to how this information might be useful in our current project, or otherwise change how you thought about it.
- Demonstrate your engagement with the material. One reason why we do Reading Responses is to ensure that everyone is keeping up with the material. Make sure that your response demonstrates that you have absorbed the material by making reference to specific concepts, terms, ideas, etc. from the reading.
- Use grammar and structure that is appropriate for a professional context. Sentence-level grammar is important, in part because it gives the response an appropriate ethos. Also, your response should be structured into a complete narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. Don't just collect random thoughts into one large paragraph. As writers, we have to do the work of presenting our material to the reader comprehensibly.
- Hit the Reading Response word count. Word counts are somewhat arbitrary, but they encourage the kind of sustained engagement necessary for a good post.
- Post your Reading Response by the deadline. Reading Responses should be posted before class time on the day that they are due.
Welcome to ENG 204-004: Introduction to Professional Writing with Dr. Jeremy Tirrell. I will put updates and news that you should know on this home page. The course flows through this website. As such, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with it, particularly the Syllabus, Assignments, and Calendar sections.
Again, welcome to the course! I hope you find it challenging and rewarding. If you have any questions, feel free to email me through firstname.lastname@example.org.