Expository Writing

Expository Writing                              Miss Chelsea Stelmachowicz

Fall 2017

One semester .5 Credits

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 16 – Class syllabus, procedures, intros

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

Mon, August 21 – Revision/Editing discussion and definition

Tues, August 22 – Rough Draft Due

Thurs, August 24 – Final Draft Due…Pre-writing. Discuss papers and grading procedures

Mon, August 28 – Begin writing Description Paper

Tues, August 29 – Revision and editing….Rough Drafts Due

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

Mon, Sept 4 – No class, Labor Day!

Tues, Sept 5 – Process Paper…how do you do this?

Thurs, Sept 7 – Rough Draft of Process Paper due

Mon, Sept 11 – Process Paper final draft due….prompts for Compare/Contrast

Tues, Sept 12 – Editing and Revision

Thurs, Sept 14 – Definition Paper ideas, prompts, and activities

Mon, Sept 18 – Final Draft of Compare/Contrast Due

Tues, Sept 19 – Work on Definition Paper

Thurs, Sept 21 – Revise and edit Definition Papers…Research topic ideas

Fri, Sept 22 – Student Help day…if you are missing work, you are here that day

Mon, Sept 25 – Definition Papers Final Draft Due

Tues, Sept 26 – Persuasive essay prompts…let’s argue! Argumentation – read editorials

Thurs, Sept 28 – Olympic Day…no class

Mon, Oct 2 – Work on argumentation

Tues, Oct 3 – Letter to the editor due – include article

Thurs, Oct 5 – Work on Persuasive Essay

Mon, Oct 9 – Final Draft of Persuasive Essay Due…Analogy Paper prewrite

Tues, Oct 10 – Analogy ideas…begin an analogy

Thurs, Oct 12 – Analogy Rough Draft Due

Mon, Oct 16 – Analogy Final Draft Due…research paper topics

Tues, Oct 17 – Division and Classification brainstorming

Thurs, Oct 19 – Thesis Sentence due for Research Paper…prewrite for Division/Classification

Mon, Oct 23 – Research two sources

Tues, Oct 24 – Work on Division/Classification paper

Thurs, Oct 26 – 7/8 Day…no class

Mon, Oct 30 – Division/Classification Final Draft Due…Cause and Effect

Tues, Oct 31 – Work on Cause and Effect

Thurs, Nov 2 – Creative day…clichés

Mon, Nov 6 – Research Paper discussion…thesis, main idea, outlines

Tues, Nov 7 – Research…

Thurs, Nov 9 – Outline for Research Paper due…4 Sources due

Mon, Nov 13 – Cause/Effect Rough draft due…Writing philosophy? – Who are you as a writer

Tues, Nov 14 – Final draft of Cause/Effect due…research

Thurs, Nov 16 – Evaluation Essay discussion…movie or book.

Mon, Nov 20 – Evaluation Rough Draft due

Tues, Nov 21 – Research paper rough draft due

Thurs, Nov 23 – Happy Thanksgiving

Mon, Nov 27 – Rough Draft Returns

Tues, Nov 28 – MLA Work Cited page…find your best sentence…Evaluate a Literary Work

Thurs, Nov 30 – MLA Citation Page due…best sentence winners…Creative Piece: Childhood Lost

Mon, Dec 4 – Early Turn in for Research Paper - +10

Tues, Dec 5 – Creative Piece Due

Thurs, Dec 7 – Research Papers Due

Mon, Dec 11 – Literary Analysis Due

Tues, Dec 12 – Review for Final

Thurs, Dec 14 – TBD

Fri, Dec 15 – Tues Dec 19 – Finals