Instructor: Élan Young Office Hrs: MW 10:00-10:50 Eng. 101.38
Email: email@example.com & TTH 11:00-12:15 T TH 12:30-1:45
Office Phone: 256-0482 Office: McIver 334 G Curry 331
Does the world shape us or do we shape the world? This is a question that will return again and again as we explore the environments surrounding us and within us. This topic will lend focus to the study of college-level reading, writing and critical thinking. The aim of this course is to facilitate awareness of how we read, why we write and what we think. You will examine and question viewpoints, particularly your own, on a multitude of topics that are raised organically from discussions and readings. Furthermore, you will express your viewpoints in class discussions and in essays while armed with the rhetorical tools to explore and defend them adequately. You will learn rhetorical strategies in texts ranging from novels to advertisements and will use these strategies in your own writing. Using the vocabulary and tools you gain from the readings, you will be able to improve your own writing in any subject. You will practice composition skills, research, organization, editing and revision with emphasis on forms appropriate to collegiate writing. Your work in this course will help prepare you to think and to write effectively in your other college courses, on the job, and in the world beyond college.
3 Essays/ 2 Revised
Lead 1 Class Discussion w/ Group
Attend 1 Community Reading
Peer Critique Exercises
Your participation in the class is mandatory. Without your presence, you and your classmates will not gain as much from the course. In addition, I will sometimes assign homework separate from the readings on the syllabus or might rework the schedule to fit the needs of the class. As a result, missing a class will require you to contact a fellow student or your instructor in order to determine your missed work. The official policy of this course is that after two absences your overall grade will begin to drop. On your fourth absence you will be dropped from the course. Please do not show up late for class, I consider it extremely rude, and will affect your participation grade if it becomes a problem. In addition, lateness over 15 min. will be counted as an absence.
You are to keep a notebook that will contain all freewriting, reading responses, double-entry journals, and various other journal entries throughout the semester. Because you will be asked to hand these in occasionally, I ask that you keep this in a loose-leaf notebook. Generally speaking, you will be asked to write several freewrites and one reading response per week. They count as part of your participation grade, and cannot be turned in late or made up for missed classes. The freewriting is often geared to help you get your essays started, whereas the reading response format is designed to demonstrate your level of engagement with the texts we read. Both are equally important and should not be taken lightly.
· This course will require that in cooperation with your group members, you will lead the class in at least one discussion during the semester on a group of readings. This is not merely a presentation, but an active facilitation of learning. Further details will be discussed in class.
· Outside of class you are to participate in an online discussion board, bringing up relevant points to the readings, the craft of writing, or simply to continue in class discussions. I require a minimum of 10 postings (1 paragraph or longer) during the semester.
You will be required to attend one community reading given by an author of fiction or poetry and write a 1 pg. response, taking notice of both content and the rhetorical situation.
Conferences serve as a valuable part of a first year writing course by allowing the instructor and student time to discuss writing issues one-on-one. As a result, missing a conference will count as a class absence. Please be courteous and call when you know you cannot make an appointment. My office phone number is 256-0482. We will meet at least three times during the semester to discuss your work in the course, but you are always welcome to set up additional appointments with me as you see necessary.
Because we are going to be in the process of community building, the most important policy of this course is mutual respect. I will respect you as a writer and fellow learner with valuable ideas to contribute to this course, make myself available for questions, return your work in a timely manner, and come to class prepared. In return, I expect you to do your work to the best of your ability, come to class on time, and treat your instructor and peers with respect. In addition, I expect absolute academic honesty. See note on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words of another as one's own in any academic exercise. This is a SERIOUS offense punishable by failure or even expulsion from school. I will not tolerate any act of plagiarism in this course, and ask that you sign the Academic Integrity Pledge each and every time you turn in a major assignment. The pledge reads: I HAVE ABIDED BY THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY ON THIS ASSIGNMENT.
If you feel you cannot complete your own work, please discuss this with me before being tempted to cheat. Please see the Academic Integrity Policy III.2 for further information on how plagiarism is handled at UNCG.
If you feel you need additional help with any aspect of your writing or your writing process, you may visit The Writing Center at any point in the semester. I highly recommend you visit the writing center at least once during the semester, even if you feel confident as a writer. The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver. It is open Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-3pm. You may make an appointment by calling 334-3125. The Writing Center is a very valuable resource for your writing in this class and for your other classes.
If you have a disability that could affect your performance in this course or for which you need accommodation, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440.
55% Participation (including, but not limited to, in-class discussions, online discussion board participation, in-class freewriting, group work and presentations, attendance, attitude, peer critiques, commitment to revising, community reading and conferences)
45% Portfolio (including but not limited to, 3 formal essays, double entry journals, and other revised writing)
By the completion of this course, you should be able to:
· Interpret and evaluate argumentative discourse, including writing and speech
· Construct cogent arguments
· Communicate those arguments clearly, coherently and effectively
· Locate, synthesize, and evaluate relevant information
· Demonstrate an understanding of aims and methods of intellectual discourse
· Weigh evidence and evaluate the arguments of differing viewpoints
In addition, you'll learn rhetorical analysis, research techniques, and how to use MLA citation style. And, you’ll learn the basics about writing various types of college appropriate essays.
This course will be broad and foundational in nature and will be applicable to a significant range of discourse; it will not assume extensive previous knowledge.
*Subject to change. You are responsible for keeping up with the changes.
T 8/20 Introduction
TH 8/22 “My Backyard” from Patterns for a Purpose by Mary E. Mebane
T 8/27 “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden; “Once Home” by William Stafford,
& “Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
TH 8/29 “The Burden of a Happy Childhood” by Mary Cantwell
T 9/3 Ch. 1-5 ALBD
TH 9/5 Ch. 6-14 ALBD
T 9/10 Ch. 15-20 ALBD
TH 9/12 Ch. 21-25 ALBD
T 9/17 Ch. 26-30 ALBD
TH 9/19 “The Teacher Who Changed My Life” by Nicholas Gage
“I Became Her Target” by Roger Wilkins
T 9/24 “Where College Fails Us” by Caroline Bird
TH 9/26 Peer Critique
~Media and Society~
T 10/1 Essay 1 Due (Movie)
TH 10/3 “Decoding the Commercial World” by Leslie Savan from We the Media
“The Use of Media as a Weapon” by Eric Margolis
T 10/8 Rhetorical Strategies and Exercises
TH 10/10 “Dirty Laundry: Bennetton’s ‘We, on Death Row’ Campaign” by Barbara