Meeting Time: TR 11:00-12:15, Grahm 310
Office: Petty Science Building O1H
Phone: 334-3294 Home:691-9780
Office Hours: MW 9am-11am
Rules of Thumb: a guide for writers
Flight to Canada - Ishmael Reel
Although we will be reading quite a bit of text, the bulk of the class work will center around your writing. You will be writing for the rest of your college career so use this class as a place to get comfortable with writing. I expect you to keep up with assignments and come prepared for each class period. Only those who complete all the required course work will receive a passing grade.
I will get back assignments in a timely fashion and make myself available during office hours and other hours as needed.
At the completion of this course, you will 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 the aims and methods of intellectual discourse
-Weigh evidence and evaluate the arguments of differing viewpoints
Attendance and Assignment Policy
This course will be very activity and group work oriented and regular attendance and class participation are crucial to your success in this course. After 3 absences of any kind, your grade will be dropped a third of a grade for each absence thereafter. I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences.
*Assignments will be handed in on time or they will not be accepted
unless prior arrangements
have been made with me. Please see me if you anticipate missing a deadline.
*Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
*Appropriate spelling, punctuation, and grammar is expected on all work turned in.
Your final grade will be based on the following percentages:
Narration Essay 20%
Expository Essay 20%
Argument Essay 20%
Research Annotated Bibliography 10%
Participation 10% (this is not a give-away; you must earn this grade)
Final Portfolio 10%
The Writing Center
This is a resource open to all students at the university for getting feedback on drafts in progress. The writing center is located at 101 McIver. Hours: M-R 9am-8pm, F 9am-3pm
Week 1 Jan 14 & 16
R: Syllabus - "The Lady and the Tiger"
Week 2 Jan 21 & 23
T: Grammar - Intro 1-4
R: Nuts & Bolts
Week 3 Jan 28 & 30
T: Narration "In Praise of the F Word"
Week 4 Feb 4 & 6
T: Narration Essay Due - Workshop
R: Narration Essay Due
Week 5 Feb 11 & 13
Week 6 Feb 18 & 20
T: Expository (Thesis) "Anxiety: Challenge by Another Name"
R: Expository Activity
Week 7 Feb 25 & 27
T: Expository Activity
R: Expository Essay Due - Workshop
Week 8 March 4 & 6
T Conferences - Flight to Canada p. 1-46:
R: Conferences - Flight to Canada p. 46-106
Week 9 March 11 & 13 - Spring Break
Week 10 March 18 & 20
T:Argument - Complete Flight to Canada
Week 11 March 25 & 27
T: Debate Prep
R: Debate Prep
Week 12 April 1 & 3
T: Debate Presentation
R: Argument Essay Due - Workshop
Week 13 April 8 & 10
Week 14 April 15 & 17
Week 15 April 22 & 24
Week 16 April 29 & May 1
R: Presentations - Last Day of Class - Portfolio Due
Final Exam - Tue May 13, noon-3:00
*This syllabus is subject to change, so bring it with you to class each day.