Welcome to EGL212-01

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571 Email: bufslebow@gmail.com
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-5pm,
Website >>> writingbridges.com

This is an advanced composition course that will focus on fine tuning writing skills acquired during prerequisite courses. Aspects of composition covered will include academic, creative, and letter writing.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Elective Writing Assignments

For the rest of the semester, you will be able to choose which type of writing assignments to complete. In class we will work on writing mechanics, learn more about particular types of writing, and have conferencing time. The schedule of  elective assignments is:

November 3:  1st Draft of Job Application Materials Due
November 8: Bring an outline of Elective Writing #1 to class  
November 17:  1st Draft of  Elective Writing#1 Due
November 26: Post additional errors you're not sure how to fix on our Group Notes Doc
November 27: Bring a printed outline of Elective Writing #2 to class   Outline Examples    Video
November 29, 11:59pm: Final Edits of Elective Writing#1 Due
December 1: 1st Draft of  Elective Writing#2* Due
December 15:  All Final Edits Due

* Elective Writing#2 should be your best piece of writing yet.  (at least 400 words)
You can do any kind of writing you like, but some possibilities are below: 
Writing Prompts
Do NOT copy and paste more than two words from any source without citing it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Citation, Avoiding Plagiarism, & Copyright Issues

From:  University of Rhode Island Libraries
What is plagiarism? Many students have heard the classic definition, that it's using someone else's work without citing the source. Plagiarism can take other forms, however, including:
  • Re-arranging an author's words (paraphrasing) and using it without a citation
  • Using someone else's ideas without citing the source
  • Using a photograph or image and not including a citation
  • Submitting the same paper for two different assignments
Sometimes, plagiarism is accidental. A few strategies can help anyone avoid accidental plagiarism:
  • Allow plenty of time to research and write papers and presentations
  • Take complete notes, and include author's names and page numbers for easy reference later
  • Use the citation tools available in databases, word processing software, and online
  • Consult the style guides for the format, such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the MLA Handbook, etc
Short Version

Longer Version

 Sources of  copyright friendly media 
Information about Fair Use

Monday, November 13, 2017

Grammar Checkers

There are a variety of programs and sites that can be used to find potential grammar errors.  None of them are perfect, but they can offer useful feedback. 

Grammar Checkers