SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameWriting and Reading (II)
Course TypeRequired
PrerequisiteReading & Debating in English 2、Writing and Reading (II)、Writing Tutorial
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Students are expected to spend 3-5 hours each week for the reading and writing assignments.

2/23         Making an annotated bibliography

                Developing critical responses and finding a methodology

                Definition I: Virtues vs. Vices

                “Using Definition to Help Explain”(Patterns, 17th edition: PP 363-68)

                William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, IV, i, 174-205 (PP 207-08)

                *Quiz for documentation (lab session: 季陶樓2F英文系電腦教室)

3/2           Definition II: Virtues vs. Vices

                Barbara Lawrence: “Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You” (Patterns, 17th edition: PP 633-37)

3/9           Definition III: Virtues vs. Vices

                Stephen L. Carter: “The Insufficiency of Honesty” (Patterns, 19th edition: PP 335-42)

                *Topics and Arguments for Exercise 1


3/16         Definition IV: Virtues vs. Vices

                Marie Winn: “Television Addition” (Patterns of Exposition 10:PP 227-31)

                *Revision of Topics and Arguments for exercise 1

3/23         Definition V: Virtues vs. Vices

                D. H. Lawrence: “Pornography” (Patterns of Exposition 10: PP 239-244)

                *Annotated Bibliography

3/30         Induction and Deduction I: Politics and Right

                “Reasoning by Use of Induction and Deduction” (PP 547-53)

                “The Declaration of Independence” (Norton Reader: PP 490-93)

                *Peer review

                *Draft of Exercise 1

4/6           “Paragraphs” (Strategies: PP 195-217)

4/13         Induction and Deduction II: Politics and Right

                Wendy Kaminer: “A Civil Duty to Annoy” (Patterns, 17th Edition: PP 558-62)

                *Topics and Arguments for Exercise 2

                *Revision of Exercise 1

4/20         Induction and Deduction III: Politics and Right

                Lani Guinier: “The Tyranny of the Majority” (Norton Reader: PP 498-502)

                *Revision of Topics and Arguments for Exercise 2

                *Introduction of the Research Paper: literature review and methodology

4/27         Induction and Deduction IV: Politics and Right

                “Death and Justice,” (Strategies, PP 560-63)

                *Draft of Exercise 2

5/4           Argument I: Politics and Right

                “Using Patterns for Argument” (Patterns, 17th Edition: PP 593-600)

                C. S. Lewis: “We Have No Right to Happiness”(Modern English Reader: PP 287-93)

                *Peer Review

                *The argument and preliminary outline for the research papers

5/11         Argument II: Politics and Right

                “Letter From Birmingham Jail” (1) (Patterns, 19th Edition: PP 555-70)

                *Revision of Exercise 2

5/18         Argument III: Politics and Right

                “Letter From Birmingham Jail” (2) (Patterns, 19th Edition: PP 555-70)

                *Draft of Research Papers

5/25         Example: Family I

                “Illustrating Ideas by Use of Example” (Patterns, 17th Edition: PP 43-48)

                “Underground Dads” (Patterns, 17th Edition: PP 71-74)

6/1           Example: Family II

                “Dysfunctional Nation” (Patterns, 17th Edition: PP 66-69)

6/8           *Final Examination

                *The Final Outline and Revision of the Research Papers

6/15         *Oral Presentation

                *Peer review

6/22         *Oral Presentation

                *Peer review

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Course Requirements

1. Attendance and participation in class discussion are essential.  Students who have four or more than four absences, excused or not, will fail this course.

2. All reading assignments must be finished as instructed BEFORE class for discussion.

3. Students should bring a dictionary and a notebook to class.

4. No late exercise will get full credits; late exercises will be penalized or rejected at the instructor’s discretion.

5. No 3C products are allowed except for a quick check for vocabulary.

6. Students who cheat or plagiarize will fail this course.



1. Class attendance and discussion: 15%

2. Research paper: 30%

3. Outline and oral report: 5%

4. Other writing Exercises: 35%

5. Final Examination: 15%


Textbook & Reference


Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  Seventh Edition.  New York: MLA, 2009.


Sources for photocopied materials:

Schwegler, Robert A.  Patterns of Exposition.Seventeenth Edition.  New York: Longman, 2004.

Schwegler, Robert A.  Patterns of Exposition.Nineteenth Edition.  New York: Longman, 2010.

Shakespeare, William.  The Merchant of Venice.The Complete Works of Shakespeare.  Ed. David Bevington.  New York: HarperCollins P, 1992.  178-215.

Bicksler, Marith, et al, eds.Modern English Reader.  Taipei: Bookman, 1988.

Peterson, Linda H., John C. Brereton, and Joan E. Hartman, eds.  The Norton Reader: an Anthology of Nonfiction Prose.  Shorter 10th Edition.  New York: Norton, 2002.

Reinking, James A, Andrew W. Hart, and Robert von der Osten, eds.  Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook.  Sixth Edition.  New Jersey: Prentice, 2002.

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