Speaking Intensive English 102-05
English Composition II
Gender and Gender Identity
Instructor: Ms. Clark Office: 01 Petty Science
Office Hours: MW E-Mail: email@example.com
and by appointment Phone: 334 - 3294
Web address: www.dynamicwebspace.com/5MB/kramer/emilyclark.html
Speaking Intensive English 102 incorporates all of the writing components of Rhetoric and Composition while focusing on oral components such as debates, presentations, and discussion as well. For this course we will focus on the specific theme of gender for all of our readings, discussions, and writing assignments. The course will incorporate and discuss the multi - faceted problems concerning what it means to be masculine and/or feminine both in the past and presently. As this is a speaking intensive course, and therefore relies on the full participation of each member, the class will become increasingly student centered as the course progresses. This includes student lead teaching, discussions, and writing.
Upon Completion of this Course Students will:
1. Understand the principles of effective oral and written rhetoric
2. Write for a variety of audiences and understand audience demands for oral situations
3. Offer supporting evidence and well developed ideas for both written and oral work
4. Develop research skills, using both library and internet sources
5. Participate in group feedback to improve writing and speaking processes
6. Understand effective listening skills as part of the evaluative process
This course places particular emphasis on writing and speech using the theories introduced in English 101, the course required as a prerequisite for English 102. English 102, or English Composition Part II, emphasizes the development of ideas, writing for a variety of purposes, understanding the demands of audience, uses of evidence to support arguments, and investigative and speaking skills.
Students in English 102 learn how to persuade a reader, how to make claims, and how to arrive at supportable conclusions in both oral and written discourse. Students study a variety of genres and rhetorical styles in readings with an emphasis on understanding the aims of different types of discourse (expressive, informative, literary, persuasive). Students will discuss collaboration
and consensus as well as debate and dissent that deal with a range of appeals that demonstrate how argument works. Students will be required to make use of both formal and informal writing and speaking occasions, and are required to write a total of twenty to twenty - five pages of text
over the course of the semester which will be revised and presented in a portfolio for evaluation at both midterm and the end of term. This will include writing assignments and responses to oral work.
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Streetcar Named Desire by
1 Book Club book of your choice
Book Club List:
Charms for the Easy Life (Kaye Gibbons)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
The Professor’s House (Willa Cather)
Sula (Toni Morrison)
The Catcher in the
Book Club Guidelines:
Each book club will be comprised of four students who will set up a reading and meeting schedule for the semester, hand in detailed summary of their participation in each meeting, conference with me as a group, and present their text to the class in a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of the course.
Course Discussion Guidelines:
Each class period a 2 person group will be responsible for bringing a discussion question to class and beginning discussion concerning the assigned reading for that day.
Writing Assignment Guidelines:
All writing assignments must be typed using a 12 pt academic font (Times New Roman, Ariel) with 1 inch margins using MLA format. After the MLA lecture, I expect you to follow the guidelines to the letter and will take off substantial points for errors. Please see the Plagiarism section in “Policies” on my website for further information.
Please see my website for a complete description and explanation of all of my policies. By the end of the first week of classes I will ask you to sign a contract stating that you have read and understood all of the policies for this course. This contract, in addition to this syllabus, is a binding agreement between us as to the terms of the course for the semester.
In addition to the Book Clubs and discussion leaders, each student will also write two 2 page essays arguing for and against one topic to be accompanied by a 5 minute informal presentation, and a 4-6 page research paper using 3-5 sources. Note: All assignments completed outside of class must be typed. All major assignments (the 2 essays, the Research Paper, scheduled presentations, and the Portfolio) must be completed to receive a passing grade. In summary, the requirements for this class will be comprised of:
1. In class free writing and student lead discussion
2. Book Club summaries (1 page)
3. Essay #1 (2 pages) arguing for a chosen topic w/oral presentation
4. Essay #2 (2 pages) arguing against the same topic as Essay #1 w/oral presentation
5. Research Paper (4-6 pages) with 3-5 sources
6. Panel Essay (1 page) evaluating a debate
7. A Final Portfolio
This activity will represent you as a writer and give you an opportunity to consider your development as a writer at the end of the course, just as you did in English 101. However, your portfolio this time will demonstrate your process of learning to construct and analyze arguments with a special consideration for various audiences. The requirements for the portfolio are:
The final portfolio MUST contain IN THIS ORDER to receive a passing grade:
1. 2 page Final Reflection essay
2. A fully revised draft of your Research Paper with all drafts
3. 1 revised shorter Essay with drafts
4. 2 revised free writes
**All final drafts must be typed
We will conference once during the semester. Before each conference it is your responsibility to prepare at least 1 question or issue for discussion during your appointment. These conferences are for your benefit and I expect you to arrive promptly and take advantage of the time constructively. Arriving unprepared for a conference wastes both our time and will affect your grade adversely.
Conference attendance is mandatory. Since we will not hold class during conference days, failing to meet a conference results in an absence. In addition to conferences, I invite and encourage you to come to my office hours often. I am always happy to look at drafts, offer suggestions, or help you with research.
The Grading scale is as follows:
A = 95 C+ = 79 D- = 60
A- = 90 C = 75
B+ = 89 C- = 70
B = 85 D+ = 69
B- = 80 D = 65
A = exceptional work
B = good work, above average, but not exceptional
C = average work, meets minimum requirements of assignment
D = does not meet minimum requirements, but makes a limited effort
F = does not meet requirements, a failure to complete the assignment in an appropriate manner
Essays #1 and #2 (5% each) 10%
Research Paper 20%
Panel Essay and Book Club Summaries (pass/fail credit 5% each) 10%
Presentations/Participation (including Discussion Leadership, Essay Presentations, Book Club) 35%
** Once again, in order to pass the course you must turn in all required work and give all presentations.