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Expository Writing

Expository Writing                            Chelsea Stelmachowicz

Fall 2019

One semester .5 Credits                    Dual Credit Course – Concordia University Nebraska

Course Description

  • Expository Writing is a course focusing on developing student processes for writing in multiple genres. This writing will include both research-based academic work and creative works. Students will use multiple techniques for idea generating (pre-writing); giving and receiving feedback; finding, evaluating, integrating sources; adapting strategies based on audience and context; revising; and editing.


  • Pens, paper, notebook, binder. This class has no textbook but we will be writing a great deal. Please have something to journal in and a binder to hold all of your papers


  • Improve abilities to write clearly and concisely
  • Understand and improve the writing process to produce more effective texts
  • Refine writing abilities in multiple genres
  • Expand abilities to give and receive helpful and constructive feedback
  • Improve basic information and literary skills


  • 30 pages of published (final copy) material covering a variety of genres
  • Over 60 pages of typed rough draft work
  • One major research project. This will require students to frame a research question and integrate source material while properly crediting their sources
  • Essays of definition, division and classification, analogy, cause and effect, comparison/contrast, persuasive, description, and evaluation
  • Writing group collaboration will allow them to give and receive feedback on preliminary drafts
  • A writing notebook – included will be all written material, drafts, revisions, writing in class assignments, etc.
  • A summary portfolio exhibiting their best works




    The instructor will…

  • Facilitate discussions
  • Write along with students and share strategies
  • Offer critique and consultation
  • Share examples of excellent writing for students to study and imitate
  • Assign in and out of class writing prompts
  • Guide students in peer review and critique



  • Involvement and participation in the writing process (in-class writing, notebook) 30%
  • Demonstrated effectiveness of published writing (final drafts submitted) 40%
  • Completed research paper 20%
  • Demonstrated understanding of editing and evaluation techniques 10%

    Late Work

  • Late work will affect a student grade negatively. Please communicate clearly and effectively if you are falling behind in the class.

    Cell Phone Policy

  • Cell phone use is prohibited in this class unless otherwise noted by the instructor. Students should keep phones put away unless they are told they may be used for a certain assignment on the given day.

    Academic Honesty

  • Every student will be expected to produce his or her OWN work. Anyone caught plagiarizing or cheating will have a meeting with me to discuss the situation. Plagiarism can take many forms. Please ask any questions about citing works, websites, people, etc. to avoid this infraction.



Wed, August 15 – Class syllabus, procedures, intros

Fri, August 17 – The writing process – what is it? Why do we write?

Mon, August 20 – Writing Prompts…Pre-writing. Generate ideas for paper…who am I?

Wed, August 22 – Rough Draft DueRevision/Editing defined

Fri, August 24 – Final Draft Due. Calm down, it’s only the first paper

Mon, August 27 – Prompts, pre-writing. Discuss first paper and grading procedures

Wed, August 29 – Description paper Rough Draft Due

Fri, August 31 – Final Drafts for Description Paper…prompts for Process Paper

Mon, Sept 3 – No class, Labor Day!

Wed, Sept 5 – Process Paper Rough Draft Due

Fri, Sept 7 – Final Draft Process Paper Due…introduce Compare/Contrast

Mon, Sept 10 – Where are we? Revision/Editing

Wed, Sept 12 – Rough Draft Compare/Contrast Due

Fri, Sept 14 – Definition Day – pick a word – single day essay challenge

Mon, Sept 17 – Final Draft of Compare/Contrast Due. Discuss definition papers

Wed, Sept 19 – Revise and edit rough drafts. Research topic ideas

Fri, Sept 21 – Student Help Day…if you are missing work, you are here that day

Mon, Sept 24 – Definition Papers Final Draft Due. Persuasive essays – prompts

Wed, Sept 26 –Argumentation – find and read editorials. Discuss research paper topics

Fri, Sept 28 – Editorial due – the article you are responding to

Mon, Oct 1 – Letter to the editor due – include article

Wed, Oct 3 – Vocab Day…work on persuasive essay

Fri, Oct 5 – Rough Draft Persuasive Essay Due…work on definition…prejudice is the word

Mon, Oct 8 – Final Draft of Persuasive Essay Due…Analogy ideas

Wed, Oct 11 – Analogy ideas work

Fri, Oct 12 – Analogy work…Prejudice definition paper

Mon, Oct 15 – Analogy work …research paper topics

Wed, Oct 17 – Division and Classification brainstorming…Research Paper IDEA DUE

Fri, Oct 19 – Prejudice Papers Final Draft Due…cliché day

Mon, Oct 22 – Division Classification Pre-write

Wed, Oct 24 – Analogy Rough Draft Due…does the analogy work?

Fri, Oct 26 – Analogy Final Draft Due…keep writing clichés or division/classification

Mon, Oct 29 – Division/Classification Rough Draft Due

Wed, Oct 31 – ***Research Paper – Thesis Due – main idea – two sources 20 pts.

Fri, Nov 2 – Creative Day

Mon, Nov 5 – Final Draft Division/Classification Due…cause/effect intro

Wed, Nov 7 – Research…outlines….example… what are good sources?

Fri, Nov 9 – Outline for Research Paper due…4 Sources due. Writing Philosophy

Mon, Nov 12 – Cause/Effect Rough Draft Due

Wed, Nov 14 – Evaluation Essay discussion…movie or book….research

Fri, Nov 16 – Early turn in for Research Paper Rough draft…plus 1 point!

Mon, Nov 19 – Evaluation Rough Draft due

Wed, Nov 21 – Research Paper Rough Draft Due

Thurs, Nov 22 – Happy Thanksgiving

Mon, Nov 26 – Rough Draft Returns J Cause and Effect Final Due

Wed, Nov 28 – Creative Pieces…childhood lost, evaluate a literary work, find your best sentence

Fri, Nov 30 – MLA Works Cited Page Due…creative work continued

Mon, Dec 3 – Early Turn in for Research Paper - +10 ….Virginia letter

Wed, Dec 5 – Creative Piece Due….Creative Christmas Pieces - Satire (poem, hymn, essay)

Fri, Dec 7 – Research Papers Due 300 Points

Mon, Dec 10 – Literary Analysis Rough Draft Work

Wed, Dec 12 – Literary Evaluation Due….Satire Paper Due

Fri, Dec 14 – Review and Catch Up Day

Dec 17 – 19 Finals

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!