Pacing

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This Composition Course contains twelve modules and twelve sub-modules—roughly one module per week for a fifteen-week semester, plus extra time to slow down or stretch out specific modules. The Writing Workshop modules expound upon and provide additional practice for the information presented in the original module, so it’s recommended that those pieces remain together. Many assign the Writing Workshops to students alongside the core modules as part of their weekly expectations, while some use the writing workshops as supplemental or optional material.

The modules can easily be re-arranged or deleted.

Sequence 1 shows how the course is currently organized, with the “Grammar Basics” module placed at the end of the content, more as an appendix and/or supplemental resource. Some instructors ignore this module entirely, while others like to pull pieces of it into other modules of the course.

Sequence 2 moves both of the Grammar modules to the front of the course, and also splits up the two modules about the Writing Process so that the process in introduced, then the revising and proofreading stage is moved to the end of the course.

Sequence 3 switches the modules on Writing in College and Writing Essentials and keeps the final Writing Process module about proofreading towards the end of the course, before grammar at the very end.

Sequence 1 Sequence 2 Sequence 3
Module 1: Success Skills/Writing Workshop Module 1: Success Skills/Writing Workshop Module 1: Success Skills/Writing Workshop
Module 2: Reading Strategies/Writing Workshop Module 2: Reading Strategies/Writing Workshop Module 2: Reading Strategies/Writing Workshop
Module 3: Writing Essentials/Writing Workshop Module 12: Grammar Basics/Writing Workshop Module 4: Writing in College/Writing Workshop
Module 4: Writing in College/Writing Workshop Module 5: Grammar Essentials/Writing Workshop Module 3: Writing Essentials/Writing Workshop
Module 5: Grammar Essentials/Writing Workshop Module 3: Writing Essentials/Writing Workshop Module 6: The Writing Process/Writing Workshop
Module 6: The Writing Process/Writing Workshop Module 4: Writing in College/Writing Workshop Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis/Writing Workshop
Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading/Writing Workshop Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis/Writing Workshop Module 9: Academic Argument/Writing Workshop
Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis/Writing Workshop Module 9: Academic Argument/Writing Workshop Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources/Writing Workshop
Module 9: Academic Argument/Writing Workshop Module 6: The Writing Process/Writing Workshop Module 11: Research—Using Sources/Writing Workshop
Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources/Writing Workshop Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources/Writing Workshop Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading/Writing Workshop
Module 11: Research—Using Sources/Writing Workshop Module 11: Research—Using Sources/Writing Workshop Module 5: Grammar Essentials/Writing Workshop
Module 12: Grammar Basics/Writing Workshop Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading/Writing Workshop Module 12: Grammar Basics/Writing Workshop

Some of the larger modules covering more material that could easily span multiple weeks are:

  • Module 2: Reading Strategies
  • Module 5: Grammar Essentials
  • Module 6: The Writing Process
  • Module 9: Academic Argument
  • Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources
  • Module 11: Research—Using Sources

Smaller modules that could be combined with other modules include:

  • Module 1: Success Skills
  • Module 3: Writing Essentials
  • Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis

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