Zen and the Art of Rhetoric: English 102.02
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday and by appointment
Course web site: http://www.uncg.edu/~drcarith/eng102_06home.htm
What this course is all about:
This course is writing, reading, and speaking intensive. As an advanced composition course, it requires a lot of writing, which will be largely in response to our readings. All English 102 courses have been designated as “speaking intensive” at UNCG, which means there is an added oral component to the course in addition to writing requirements. All students will participate in and be evaluated on the following three types of oral presentations emphasizing personal, interpersonal, and public communication skills:
· Several short individual declamations (you will propose two in-class free-writes on the reading material and lead discussion of them).
· One group presentation on topics related to the course readings and theme.
· One formal individual presentation.
I’ll give you more details on all this later. Although we will talk about the Beat Generation, Buddhism, and motorcycles, these topics are not the central focuses of the class. They merely provide a way for us to talk about the art of rhetoric.
At the completion of this course, the student 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
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac (DB)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (ZAMM)
The Little, Brown Handbook (pocket edition) by Jane Aaron, or something similar.
(1) Honest attempts toward completion and timely submission of all required essays, including drafts.
(2) Participation in the three oral presentations mentioned above.
(3) Weekly submission of “double-entry” journals in response to the readings and other subjects.
(4) An end-of-semester Writing Portfolio, which must be 20-25 pages of polished writing and will consist of revised copies of the formal essays and your choice of writings from your “double-entry” journals and in-class writings. More details later.
(5) At least one writing conference with me.
Class Participation: 33.33% Quality and timeliness of Essays: 33.33% Final Portfolio: 33.33%
Class Participation means (1) coming to class prepared with at least one question or comment from the reading assignment, (2) completing homework assignments, (3) providing verbal and written comments to classmates on their shared written work, (4) expressing your ideas verbally with your classmates during small group activities, and (5) participation in the oral presentations.
Attendance Policy: You have two free absences, after that your final grade will be reduced one half grade for each additional absence, excused or not. Students missing 7 or more classes will be dropped from the course with a WP if before midterm or will receive an F if after midterm. Tell me in advance if you know you have to miss class.
Policy on Written Work:
Use the following format for all drafts of essays: Double-space, 1” margins all around, and an 11 or 12 pt. readable font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, Book Antiqua.
Plagiarism is wrong, and it is easy to spot. Don’t try it! The minimum punishment is an F in the course; the maximum, expulsion from the university. Read and understand the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. I will ask you to write the following statement, followed by your signature, on each essay before you turn it in:
“I have abided by the university’s Academic Integrity Policy on this assignment.”
I will accommodate learning disabilities and differences. Please let me know immediately if you think it will affect your performance in the class, or call the office of Disability Services at 334-5440.
1/15: Intro to Kerouac and Beat generation
1/17: DB chs. 1-5 Double-Entry Journal exercise (Meet in Graham 202)
1/20: NO CLASS (MLK Jr. Holiday)
1/22: DB chs. 6-9 Group Work
1/24: DB chs. 10-14 Basics
1/27: DB chs. 15-19
1/29: “Gary Snyder” on E-RESERVE LIBRARY ORIENTATION (Meet in CITI Lab in Jackson Library)
1/31: DB chs. 20-23 DE Journal
2/3: DB chs. 24-28 Group-led Discussion
2/5: End DB Workshop Essay One DE Journal
2/7: Intro to ZAMM and classical rhetoric
2/10: ZAMM part I Essay One Due
2/12: ZAMM chs. 8-11 DE Journal
2/14: ZAMM chs. 12-15 Group-led Discussion
2/17: ZAMM chs. 16-18
2/19: ZAMM chs. 19-21 Group-led discussion DE Journal
2/21: ZAMM chs. 22-24
2/24: ZAMM chs. 25-28 Group-led discussion
2/26: ZAMM chs. 28-30 Group-led discussion DE Journal
2/28: NO CLASS
3/3: End ZAMM Workshop Proposal for ZAMM Essay Draft of Proposal
3/5: Proposal for ZAMM Essay
3/7: Return Proposals, Discuss
Weeks 9-15: Individual Presentations, Writing Workshops, Peer Review of Public Speaking
Other Key Dates:
4/23: ZAMM Essay Due
5/2: Share excerpts from portfolio Final Portfolios Due
5/6: Return Portfolios