Welcome to Texas A & M Corpus Christi and Learning Community E: Courage, Conviction, & Composition!

"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts." ''--- Anne Lamott

Introductions & What This Class Is About..

  • What's the difference between a "writing" class and an "English" class?

Learning Community E Key Players for Section 244

  • Seminar -- Professor Hartman
  • History -- Dr. Wooster
  • Theme ---"Courage, Conviction, and Composition"
  • Policies - First Day Hand-Out
  • What does courage and conviction have to do writing/composition?

Composition Info

  • Syllabus - see below for homework
  • Books and Online Materials
    • Adler-Kassner, Linda and Elizabeth Wardle, eds. (2016) "Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, Classroom Edition." Logan, UT: Utah State UP. (Required)
    • ACRL. (2015) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. (Suggested, Supplemental, Free Download)
    • Your History Textbooks, Notes, and other Materials
  • The 1302 and 0399 Connection
  • The Importance of CASA

Modes of Communication --Let's Log on Today!

  • Blackboard - I will keep grades in Blackboard.
  • Wiki - Daily class plans and Major Assignment descriptions will be kept here on the Wiki
  • Email - Please check your Islander email account frequently. I like to email.

Let's Do Some Writing (It's a writing class, remember?)

Make sure you are able to log on to the computers. Open a word document and respond to the following prompts:

  • Think of a published piece of writing that you've read that's been significant to you. It could be a book, a song, a poem, a tweet, or a bumper sticker. Why is this piece of writing meaningful to you?
  • Do you know who wrote the piece?
  • How would you describe the genre of writing (short story, song, poem, etc.)
  • When this particular piece of writing was published, who do you think the intended audience was?
  • Is there a "back story" to why this piece of writing was published? Did something happen that prompted the writer to sit down and compose it?
  • Now, describe how this piece of writing "went out into the world and made something happen."

SAVE this document. (Be certain to email it to yourself or save to Cloud Storage, such Google docs or Dropbox. Bring it to class on Friday, either as an electronic or as a printed version.


  • If you didn't have time to complete today's writing assignment, do so before Friday. Remember to bring this piece of writing with you to class on Friday. You may bring an electronic version or a printed version. Doesn't matter.
  • Read the syllabus. It is posted here! You can also find it on the sidebar of this wiki. It is expected that you come to class with a full understanding of the goals of the course and of the major assignments. If you don't, bring questions. I would be very surprised if you didn't come to class on Friday with questions!
  • Get familiar with this web site. Click on the links and figure out where stuff is.
  • Read "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott. Come to class on Friday prepared to contribute thoughtfully to our discussion. You may want to jot some of your thoughts down on paper, hint hint.
  • If you were having login issues on the first day, make sure these are resolved by Friday. Go to passwords.tamucc.edu or call the help desk at (361) 825-2692. Please note that Professor Burnett has NO technical skills whatsoever. She cannot do Blackboard repair or help with password issues. Always call the IT helpdesk for help!