All sections of 1000 follow the same template, with papers due weeks 4 and 8 of the course and a portfolio due finals week. What happens the other weeks is up to the individual professor teaching the course. All courses adhere to the same outcomes and standards, but course themes and readings vary. The schedule may look something like the following:
Week 1 Introduction to rhetoric and argument
Week 2 Introduction to academic writing and reading; draft of Paper 1 due
Week 3 Working with sources; reading rhetorically
Week 4 Revision of Paper 1 due
Week 5 Situating an argument and Developing Claims
Week 6 Draft of Paper 2 due
Week 7 Thesis statements
Week 8 Introductions and Conclusions; Revision of Paper 2 due
Week 9 Writing with Style
Week 10 Revisions for Portfolio
Finals Final portfolio due
This template is bare bones. It needs to be adapted to fit the needs of your course. There are a number of areas in it highlighted in green. Those are the places that need your personal touch: the course description, the calendar, the assignments. These areas are where you can create excitement for writing and excitement for the course. These areas are where you can establish not only the problem your course will be addressing but also the urgency of that problem—what’s at stake, why we should care about it. Once WRI 1000 has been taught a few quarters, I will include complete syllabi on this page as models for what the course can look like. Right now, this template can serve as a starting point.
For reference, here are a few sample syllabi.