Optional English in Action Showcase Extra Credit Oportuntity

posted Nov 18, 2011 2:37 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 21, 2011 1:05 PM ]

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.

Thursday's class (9/29) relocated to Kenan Hall 1111

posted Sep 29, 2011 4:39 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 29, 2011 4:40 AM ]

Press Release and Internal Memo due 9/27; Video Message due 9/29

posted Sep 20, 2011 11:02 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 20, 2011 11:06 AM ]

Just a reminder: the Press Release and Internal Memo are due on Tuesday 9/27. On that day, we will discuss technical issues of video production (the guide is already available). Your Video Message will then be due on Thursday, 9/29.

Traits of Effective Reading Responses

posted Jan 11, 2011 7:10 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Jan 20, 2011 12:02 PM ]

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

posted Dec 22, 2010 1:18 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Aug 23, 2011 5:42 AM ]

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 tirrellj@uncw.edu.

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Course Information

Intro. to Professional Writing
ENG 204-004
MO 204
TR 12:30-1:45

Instructor Information

Dr. Jeremy Tirrell
Office: MO 150
Office Hours: TR 9:00-11:00 (and by appointment)

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