This course has both similar and different goals than English 101. Both classes want to help you become a better writer and critical thinker through daily writing, reading, and in-class discussions. But 102 takes this a step further. It expects you to take those skills learned in 101 and expand on them, applying them to a theme-based class. Fieldworking is the theme of this particular section. This course will engage you in the research process in a more immediate way than traditional research courses by bringing you in direct contact with your research material, people in the world around you.
We will read fiction, essays, and poetry and will
watch films about groups of
The class is also
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Understand the principles of effective oral and written rhetoric (the rhetorical triangle)
2. Write for a variety of audiences and understand audience demands for oral and written situations
3. Offer supportive evidence and developed ideas for both written and oral presentations
4. Develop evaluative research skills
5. Participate in group feedback and support processes for improving writing and speaking
6. Understand effective listening skills as part of the speaking processes
Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater and Bonnie Stone Sunstein FieldWorking: Reading and Writing Research, 2nd. edition
You will also be part of a reading group working with one of the following books:
Alexa Albert Brothel
Dennis Covington Salvation on Sand Mountain
Alison Lurie Imaginary Friends
Jennifer Toth Mole People
2 two pocket notebooks with binder (one for daily writing, one for portfolios)
loose leaf paper (no spiral)
All out of class assignments must be 12 font, typed, double-spaced, and on one side of page with one inch margins. Late papers will not be accepted. Failure to turn in one of these papers will result in your failure of the course.
Speaking/Presentations. You will give two presentations: one with your book
club and one on your ethnography at the end of the semester. Your daily class participation and
conferences with me will also be evaluated as part of the
Book Club. For a large part of the semester you will work in a book club group, reading a book, meeting once a week, and then eventually presenting the book to the class. All group members will be responsible for what goes on in these meetings and will be accountable for reading the designated number of pages before the meeting.
Attendance. Almost all of your informal writing is done in class, as is group and class discussion; therefore, you must be here in order to be successful in this course. You are allowed 3 absences. No absences are excused!! Each absence after 3 drops your letter grade. After 6 absences, you will be dropped from this course with an F. An absence is not an acceptable excuse for late papers. Two tardies equal one absence.
Evaluation. Your final grade is based on your writing (40%), your speaking (40%), and on your attendance/participation (20%). Along with conferences, I will comment extensively on your work, which should give you a good idea of how you are doing in the course. Your success in this class depends on:
--Meeting all the requirements listed above.
--The quality of your written and oral work, in groups and as an individual.
--Your demonstration of a willingness to try new things, think new ways, and explore different perspectives as both a reader and writer.
The Writing Center is located in McIver 101 and can be looked at as an extension of any writing classroom. They will offer you feedback on a work in progress and answer
questions you have on writing. Either stop by or schedule an appointment at 334-3125.
TH- Cultures & Subcultures
Read xiii-xvi & 1-15
T- (bring in object that is important to you)
Book Club selection due1st and 2nd choice
TH- Artifact paper due & Present artifact and person
T- Family Stories/Oral History
Read 345-365 & 393-398
Read 413-415 & h-out
T- Workshop Oral History
TH- Oral History due & start Ethnography
Book Club #1 (50)