This is Not Your High School English Class: What You Really Need to Know to Succeed in First Semester English Composition I

This is Not Your High School English Class seeks
1. to dispel the myth that Comp I is the same as high school English;
2. to help students avoid making the mistake of writing like they did in high school only to be shocked at the grade they receive on that first essay; and
3. to help instructors help their students build a strong foundational understanding of the mission of the academy. More

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About Eugene Ortiz

Eugene Ortiz is a freelance writer, rhetorician, and technical communicator currently living in Lockport, IL. He began teaching undergraduate writing in 1993, has presented papers on the subject at academic conferences, and was a pioneer in using online communication as a heuristic for undergraduate writing students.

Before he began teaching undergraduate writing, Ortiz was Editor and Publisher of The Writer's Nook News, a nationally circulated, quarterly newsletter for freelance writers.

Trivia: Ortiz has a black belt in Aikido and occasionally does background acting (a.k.a. 'extra' work). While living in Texas, he had a recurring non-speaking role as a Houston police officer on the hit NBC show, "Chase".

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