Mersin University



Year 2014-2015
Semester Fall
Course Code İDB 201
Course Title Composition III
Instructor Asst. Prof. Dr. Özlem KURTOĞLU
Office Hours Friday 14:50 – 16:30


The aim of the course is to enable students to follow prewriting, drafting and revising steps; write different types of introductions; outline an essay; divide an essay into its parts as introduction, body and conclusion, and write classification type of essays.


– 18.09.2014 1st step in the writing process: Prewriting                                  Meriwether (5-7)
– 25.09.2014 Brainstorming, Clustering, Freewriting                                  Meriwether (7-13)
– 02.10.2014 Journal Writing, Listing, Synthesizing                                  Meriwether (13-18)
– 09.10.2014 2nd step in the writing process: Drafting   Quiz                       Meriwether (19-24)
– 16.10.2014 Creating a thesis statement, the essay form                                  Smalley & R. (139-142)
– 23.10.2014 Introduction types

Writing an introduction.

  Quiz                       Meriwether (24-29)

Smalley & R. (142-145)

– 30.10.2014 Writing the body paragraphs and the conclusion paragraph   Quiz                       Meriwether (29-34)

Smalley & Ruetten (145-157)

– 06.11.2014 3rd step in the writing process: Revising Checking for content, organization, clarity, grammar, sentence structure, and parallelism                                  Meriwether (35-40)
– 13.11.2014
– 20.11.2014 Checking for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization   Quiz                       Meriwether (40-43)
– 27.11.2014 The Classification Essay                                  Smalley & Ruetten (221-228)
– 04.12.2014 The Classification Essay                                  Smalley & Ruetten (228-237)
– 11.12.2014 The Classification Essay                                  Smalley & Ruetten (244-247)
– 18.12.2014 The Classification Essay                                 Smalley & Ruetten (248-249)
– 25.12.2014 Review
– 08.01.2015 FINAL FINAL


Textbook(s) Meriwether, N. W. 1998. Strategies for Writing Successful Essays. Lincolnwood. NTC Pub. Group
Supplementary Reading(s) Smalley, R.L. & Ruetten, M. K. 2000. Refining Composition Skills.New York: Heinle &Heinle


Mid-Term (Quiz 1,2,3,4) 4×10=40
Final 1×60=60
Total 100




STUDENT REQUIREMENTS                                                 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to record and follow his own attendance. (For the percentages, refer to the University’s Education Guide.)
  • Students should not enter the classroom after the class has been started.
  • Students who do not bring their course materials are not allowed to enter the class.
  • Cell phones should be turned off, or set to vibrate for emergency during the class. Camera, tape or video recording is not allowed if not stated otherwise.
  • Assignments should be prepared in accordance with the Department’s Assignment, Research Paper and Thesis (A.R.T.) Preparation Guide. (can be accessed from the department’s site;
  • It is the student’s responsibility to practice the highest standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
  • Assignments submitted later than the indicated dates are not accepted. Deadlines should strictly be followed.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed information from another student, not from the instructor.