Welcome to English 101, Freshmen Composition

We will be using the blog to post comments and final drafts of essays in order to help us learn from each other. One of the best ways to improve your writing is to study the writing of others. This blog will allow us to share and see others’ writings.

I will also be posting updates and assignments to make sure we are all on the same page. The syllabus will be posted under 101 Syllabus. The resources page will have links and videos to help you with citations, WordPress, and more.


The syllabus for this course can be found on the navigation menu for this class website.


The textbook for this class is “They Say, I Say” with readings, 4th edition. Make sure to order the textbook that has the readings included! The cover should be bluish, not black.


Also, we will be reading Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek and other StoriesAvailable on Amazon for $10 new, and 1 cent used. You will need this one by week 3.

woman hollering creek

Writing Approach

The way I like to approach the teaching of writing is through Genre. You may know genres from music and movies. Just like those, there are many different writing genres that we can use. We will be focusing on four genres for this course.

We will learn more about each genre as we are working on them. Each genre asks you to do specific work. You will be graded on how well you write the genre, using the five criteria we agree on together.

  1. Literacy Narrative
  2. Literary Analysis
  3. Report
  4. Argument

Ice Breaker

  • Name
  • Major
  • Two interesting facts about you

Find one other person who has something in common with you. Either first or last name, major or related major, one or more interests as you or related facts.

Annotate Your Texts

How to Annotate

To summarize how you will annotate text:

1. Identify the BIG IDEA
2. Underline topic sentences or main ideas
3. Connect ideas with arrows
4. Ask questions
5. Add personal notes
6. Define technical words

“Shitty First Drafts”

The writing process is a very important concept that you need to learn. This will move you from writing ok papers to good papers.

The first draft is the down draft.

The second draft is the up draft.

The third draft is the dental draft.

Anne Lamott, “Shitty First Drafts

Take a couple minutes and read the short article. Annotate the text.



  • Buy your Textbooks
  • Read Chapter 1 from They Say, I Say