English Composition II: Argumentation
In teaching English 102, I developed a course model featured at the SIU Pre-Semester workshop the following year. In this class, students were given two weeks at the beginning of the semester to choose a topic (they were free to change it at any point in the semester). They then have four scaffolded assignments: three smaller essays and one larger, in-depth research paper allowing them to dig deeply into one issue and continue to develop one piece of writing over the course of the semester. This course, as a result, took seriously the idea that writing is a process and encouraged students to do the same.