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Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writingeds. George and Trimbur. 4th edition.
Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett
Writing Matters (English Dept handbook)
The purpose of this course is to help you recognize and develop the critical thinking and writing skills you will need to succeed in your future studies. We will do this by examining texts of several types: literature, media, and the environment.
Student Learning Goals:
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
You are expected to attend class everyday. However, I realize that often things come up which are beyond your control and for this reason I am allowing you 2 absences, excused or unexcused, without penalty. For every absence beyond the 2 allowed your grade will be lowered one increment of the UNCG grading scale. For example, if you earn a B at the end of the semester but have 4 absences, your final grade will be a C+. On the 7th absence you will be dropped from the course with a grade of
There will be 3 mandatory one-on-one conferences this semester. There will be a sign-up sheet approximately one week prior to the conferences. It is your responsibility to sign up for a time that is convenient for you. Failure to show for your requested time will be counted as an absence. If there is no time on the sign-up sheet that is convenient for you, then see me and we will arrange another time.
Your final grade will be determined in the following manner:
Portfolio = 70%
Group Work = 10%
In Class Writing = 10%
Preparation = 10%
Each element of the final grade is described below:
On December 6, the last day our class meets, you will turn in a collection of polished work which you feel best represents your ability to think and write critically. There will be a lot of writing in this class, and I suggest you save everything you write in one folder or notebook. If you begin with good organization now, it will make the selection process at the end of the semester much simpler. The portfolio should be a 3-ring binder with each of the following elements separated by clearly marked dividers.
2) IN-CLASS WRITINGS
3) OUTSIDE WRITINGS
4) FORMAL ESSAYS
5) REFLECTION ESSAY
Group work will be done often and for all stages of the writing process. It is vital to your success in this class that you are engaged with your group members. You should listen carefully and respectfully, offer ideas/suggestions tactfully, and attempt to keep your group discussions relevant to the subject at hand. In doing so you will not only develop a rapport with the other members of your group, but you will also have a more polished final product at the end of the semester. The group work grade is based on short reflections I ask you to write about your group meeting that day, the quality of comments made during peer reviews, and my perception of how well you work together.
Periodically I will ask you to turn in writings done in class. These will be evaluated on a 3-point scale where 3 = the highest and 0 = the lowest. A 0 is assigned if you turn in nothing, or if what you do turn in shows little or no effort. If you do not turn in an assignment because of an absence you will receive a 0, and there will be no make up. You will earn a 3, 2, or 1 depending on the level of thought it appears you have given the subject.
Reading quizzes will help me gauge who is doing the reading and who is not. Those who have done the reading will find these questions easy. These will be graded on the 3-point scale described in the In-Class section. I will assign each student a day on which he/she is responsible for bringing in an opening topic for discussion. Failure to bring in a topic on your assigned day will result in a 0 for that day. Frequently I will ask that each of you bring in questions about the reading. Failure to do so will result in a 0 for that day. All assignments must be turned in on time. I will not accept any work a student attempts to turn in late. Your preparation grade will be a 0 for that day and you will not receive the benefit of instructor comments. If you are going to be out of town, turn in the assignment early or email it to me AS AN ATTACHMENT ONLY. Do not type your paper or cut and paste into the body of the email. If you do not know how to send an attachment, talk to me or someone in the computer lab soon.
8/21 Tue: Introduction
For Thur: Read Intro (pgs 1-4). Write a short piece (1 page) defining Culture
8/23 Th: Discussion of the term
For Tue: Read 173-180, 186-191. Bring in 2 magazine or newspaper ads which you think exemplify what is discussed in the reading.
8/28 Tue: Introduction to group work/writing process
For Th: Read 193-198. Bring in questions/responses to reading
8/30 Th: "Killing Us Softly"
9/4 Tue: Advertisements
For Th: Read Intro to Chapter 5 (230-234); "Dress as Success" (236-238); "Dress for Success" (252-256); "The Male Nude" (262). Come to class prepared to talk about interesting or confusing things about the reading or the topic in general.
9/6 Th: Advertisements (cont.)
For Tue: Formulate an outline of paper and bring to class. Write rough draft and bring in to class.
9/11 Tue: Editing
For Th: Bring in completed draft for peer review.
9/13 Th: Peer Review
9/18 Tue: No Class. Conferences.
9/20 Th: No Class. Conferences.
9/25 Tue: Intro to Film
For Th: Use group work exercise on page 192 of Reading Culture to analyze scene from film.
9/27 Th: Film pt 1
10/2 Tue: Film pt 2
For Thur 10/11: Watch film your group has chosen and write critique. Take thorough notes, looking particularly at the topics we have been discussing in class, and bring in 10/11.
10/4 Th: No Class
10/9 Tue: No Class. Fall Break.
10/11 Th: Film Critiques.
For Tue: Bring in draft of film critique.
10/16 Tue: Film Critiques (cont)
For Th 10/25: Read "The Littoral Zone" and "Rare Bird" before going to hear Andrea Barrett. Write a 1-page response to the stories focusing on characterization, conflict, gender, class, and anything else you find noteworthy.
10/18 Th: No Class. Conferences. Papers due at conference time.
10/23 Tue: No Class. Conferences. Papers due at conference time.
10/25 Th: Andrea Barrett
For Tue: Write a short reflection on the experience of seeing/listening to Andrea Barrett and how her talk has changed your initial response to "The Littoral Zone" and "Rare Bird." Read "The English Pupil."
10/30 Tue: Andrea Barrett (cont)
For Th: Read "The Behavior of the Hawkweeds" and prepare questions/comments on the text.
11/1 Th: Narrative
For Tue: Read "Soroche" and write a 2-page essay on the story in which you address the things we have been talking about during the last week. It would be good practice to steer your thinking/writing in the direction of your paper topic for this exercise.
11/6 Tue: Narrative (cont)
For Th: Read "Birds with No Feet" and write a 1-page response focusing on characterization, conflict, gender, class, and anything else you find noteworthy.
11/8 Th: Narrative (cont)
For Tue: Bring in rough draft of personal narrative.
11/13 Tue: Peer review
For Th: Bring in copy of peer review draft with peer
11/15 Th: Peer review
11/20 Tue: Paper 3 due. Portfolio.
11/22 Th: No Class. Thanksgiving.
11/27 Tue: No Class. Conferences.
11/29 Th: No Class. Conferences.
12/4 Tue: Portfolio workshop.
12/6 Th: Portfolios due.