Interdisciplinary Academic Writing

Bruce Stone

Interdisciplinary Academic Writing

English Composition department

Bruce Stone

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Overall 3.4
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Easiness of class 2.6
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Workload 2.4
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2016
25.0%
20.8%
16.7%
12.5%
8.3%
4.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
29.0%
24.2%
19.4%
14.5%
9.7%
4.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 23, 2016 Grade Received: B+

I honestly enjoyed this class, it's the most fun and interactive English class I've taken so far. TO be frank, the class was hard at times. It depends on how your writing and comprehensive skills are. I felt dumb at times but the professor is so good at encouraging you while guiding you to the writing style you need to be at in college. I'd recommend this class to anyone if you want to improve your writing skills and take a worthwhile class. Plus, the whole class is based on fairy tales! It was fun to read the Grimm and Perrault versions and discuss the importance of fairy tales through discussion and writing.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted May 27, 2016 Grade Received: A-

This is one of the best classes I've ever taken at UCLA. Take this class if you really want to improve your writing skills, research skills, and critical thinking abilities, and if you're willing to dedicate your time and energy to it.

There are small assignments, not very hard, but you have to treat them very seriously and show through your assignments that you've really worked on it. Always reread your writing to check grammars, word choice, etc. You will be given detailed grading criteria, so make sure to check each one of them.

Professor Stone is humorous, very considerate and willing to help students. He gave valuable comments on each and every assignment, which helped me to improve. Also, for the final paper, you will have chances to meet with Professor Stone one-on-one to discuss your draft. I found the one-on-one appointment most helpful, since he would give you a lot of great suggestions. Do prepare well for each appointment, and ask any questions or concerns you have.

I guarantee that you will learn so much from this class if you are dedicated.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 18, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Fall 2015 Grading Scheme:
Two Summaries: 5%
Annotated Bibliography, in Two Parts: 15%
Proposal for Research Essay: 15%
Research Essay: 50%
Attendance and Participation: 15%

Professor Stone:
This Writing II class was focused on fairy tales. I'm not sure if this will be a consistent focus in future quarters, but I found the subject really interesting. I was never very interested in variants of fairy tales and their impacts on society, so learning about this was very insightful. His voice is a bit monotone, so it can be difficult to pay attention sometimes, but more often than not Stone has a lot of eye-opening things to say. I really appreciate him as a professor. I came into this class thinking I was an excellent writer, and he helped me surpass my expectations. The readings were mostly all interesting, a mix of fairy tales and commentaries on those tales. And class time was basically spent talking about these readings. Class was twice a week for about two hours. The work load was a bit much but still manageable.

Two Summaries Grade: A-
The first summary we had to write was of a fairy tale. This was not graded, but he did give feedback so you can improve upon it for your second summary, which was graded. The second one was on a commentary, so it was a bit more challenging. It seems easy to do but it's actually quite difficult to condense a long text in just a few hundred words. It was a great first step in honing in on the writing process.

Annotated Bibliography, in Two Parts Grade: A
I had to do annotated bibliographies in English in high school, so these weren't so challenging for me. You needed to find six outside sources, three each in two parts, and comment on their possible uses in your research essay, evaluating them and synthesizing them with other sources. This is just a tool to scope out possible external sources you can use for your paper.

Proposal for Research Essay Grade: A
The proposal is basically just a one to two page summary of what you plan on doing with your essay. Stone holds conferences with each student to read over it and suggest improvements on it before turning in a final copy. I compare him to Tim Gunn from Project Runway because he critiques and gives advice without directly leading you in a specific direction. So you get helpful feedback while still needing to rely on yourself to "make it work." This proposal was a good way to outline your plan for your essay and get an idea of how you can synthesize your sources.

Research Essay Grade: A
This was a daunting task. The paper had to be 10-15 pages, double spaced, and offer a unique view on the content of the course - fairy tales. I struggled in the beginning of the course to specify my direction and find my thesis. But after scratching a lot of ideas, I focused on one topic that I felt comfortable writing about and was actually interested in. I recommend doing this for any paper you write. Again, Stone will hold individual conferences to assess the progress of your paper, and he will read drafts of it and give notes. Additionally, there were a series of in-class peer review sessions where you needed to bring like a 3-4 page draft, 6-8 page draft, etcetera to class to get input from other students. This was generally helpful in writing my paper. It's quite difficult to write so much about a topic and have it due 10th week, but it was a great exercise to improve my writing capabilities.

Attendance and Participation Grade: Unknown
You were allowed to miss two classes in the quarter without hurting your attendance grade. I went every class, but I didn't participate too much, which I kind of regret. However, if you do well on every other part of the grading scheme, you shouldn't be hurt by not participating.

Overall Grade: A
Overall, I thought this course was not too difficult. It was a bit challenging at time with the writing assignments, but everything is doable with the tools he provides. He is honestly a really great writing professor. Very eloquent and knowledgeable. On the last day of class when we turned in our final papers, he read to us a paper he had written himself summarizing our quarter, addressing our growth and projecting his hopes for us in the future, taking what we learned and applying it to our future endeavors. It was actually pretty beautiful and I teared up a little bit. If you're looking to take a Writing II class, and aren't looking to just get an easy A, I suggest taking this class with Stone.

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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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