English 102s-07--Spring 2003
"The purpose of the writer is that he (she) is here to observe things that others are to busy to observe." James Baldwin
Instructor: Uzzie Cannon
Class Info: MWF, , McIver 228
Office Hours: MWF, and by appt., Petty 01F
Office Phone: 334-3294 (better to email me)
The purpose of this course is to help develop and enhance your critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and speaking--all of which are important to college success and everyday life. This will be accomplished through your constant awareness of your own writing process, through your careful reading, and critical analysis. Also, you will also be responsible for formally presenting your research in a clear and coherent manner to your peers. You should be prepared to do a great deal of reading and writing in and out of class.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to
1. Critically read and analyze discourse
2. Use rhetorical strategies for organizing and developing thesis statements and presentations
3. Construct logical arguments
4. Communicate those arguments clearly, coherently and effectively
5. Write clear and effective essays on selected topics
6. Proofread and edit essays
7. Develop evaluative research skills, both library and online sources
8. Actively participate in group collaboration and presentations
Lecture, class discussions, group work and presentation, formal essays, and formal speeches
Ramage, John D., et al. The
Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 3ed, Brief Ed.
Three-Prong Sturdy Folder
Access to an email account checked EVERYDAY
Access to my website: www.uncg.edu/~utcannon
VHS –videotape w/ name on it.
3- Formal Presentations
Writing Portfolios will contain, as stated above, two formal essays along with two in-class pieces. This should give you 15 pages of polished work. You will select all pieces, for entry. The quality of the work in your portfolio and meeting all the requirements will determine your grade in this class.
Formal essays will represent the type of essays you will be expected to write at some point during your college career. Exactly what you will write on will be given at a later time. You will be expected to have drafts written and ready to be read by your peers and me throughout the semester. These essays will become major components of your final portfolio, and therefore must be well polished. In order to pass this class, all essays must be revised and turned in. The workshops and conferences held throughout the semester should help you in creating final pieces.
Free Friday Assignments
You each will sign up for a particular Friday where you will informally present to the class on the subject or idea listed for that day. You will have only ten minutes to present and should bring handouts and/or other visuals to aid in your presentation. These presentations will count towards your final presentation grade, so you should be thoroughly prepared to do them.
Conferences: You will be required to meet individually with me twice during the course of this semester: at mid-term and at the end of the semester.
Final Portfolio 40%
Every assignment in this class is important!
Don't worry too much about not being graded on writing turned in to me. You will be made aware of how you're doing through satisfactory or unsatisfactory comments on your work at times. If you have questions about your progress in this class, it is your responsibility to come to me to conference about it. Anyway, if you do everything that is asked of you, especially revising, you should do well in this class.
Being in class every meeting is essential in your becoming a better writer and speaker. Further, there are times when I will give prompts in class that you will need for specific assignments and if you are not there then you cannot get the assignment done.
Please note that you are allowed four absences without penalty; that is it!. After four absences, you will fail this class regardless of the reasons missed. You usually would have three in this particular class, but I will allow four. If you know that you are going to be absence when an assignment is due, it is in your best interest to turn it in ahead of time. I will not accept late work or give make-up work. Tardiness is not allowed whatsoever; three tardies constitute an absence.
Words to the wise, come to class every meeting and definitely be on time. I cannot tolerate those that do not arrive to class on time; it really perturbs me. My time is precious and so are your fellow classmates’.
As an undergraduate, you are now a part of a diverse group. Therefore, you must be respectful of those that do not see things the way you do. Further, there should be no talking, sleeping, or passing notes while the instructor or classmates are speaking. Please do not leave the class to smoke, talk with friends, or make unnecessary phone calls. No pagers, cell phones, or other electronics should be operated while in class. Remember, respect is a two way street. If you have any concerns surrounding these types of issues, I am more than happy to talk with you after class.
Simple-DON'T DO IT. There are two types, intentional and accidental, both self-explanatory. There are dire consequences for both. If you have any questions about citing information in your work, please ask. To be on the safe side, any time you refer to outside sources just cite the information. Skim the Academic Integrity Policy in your Student Handbook.
M-13 Introduction to Class
HW—Read pp. 5-16 (No writing) and 686-700
W-15 Demands of College Writing and Speaking
HW—Read pp. 25-38
F-17 Pursing Problems
M-20 NO CLASS—DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
W-22 Thinking Rhetorically Part I
HW Read pp. 60-81
F-24 Thinking Rhetorically Part II
HW—Read pp. 197-201
M-27 Informative Writing (with a Surprise)
HW—Read “Not Guilty. . .”pp. 201 and “”Behind Stone Walls. . .”pp. 204
HW--Do Writing Project on p. 199 (1-2 pp. only)
F-31 FREE FRIDAY—INFORM YOUR CLASSMATES
HW—Bring in a copy of the Sunday Paper
M-3 IN CLASS Research Assignment w/ Newspaper
HW-Bring in your favorite magazine—NO PORN
W-5 Magazines Assignment
HW—Read “Two Cheers for Materialism” (online)
And “Winners and Losers in the Information Age” (online)
M-10 WORKSHOP ESSAY # 1
W-12 ESSAY 1 FINAL DRAFT DUE/ WORKSHOP PRESENTATION w/ PowerPoint/ VIEW SPEECHES / MEET IN Stone 227 Computer Lab
F- 14 FREE FRIDAY—If You Could Invite 5 People (Dead or Alive) to Dinner, Who Would They Be and Why?
M-17 Presentations of Informative Essay
W-19 Presentations of Informative Essay
F-21 Presentations of Informative Essay
M-24 Intro to Analysis and Synthesis
HW—Read 218-219, Do writing Project on 222
W-26 Analyzing Images/Analyzing Film
F-28 FREE FRIDAY—SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE
F-7 NO CLASS—GET AHEAD ON YOUR WORK
10-14 SPRING BREAK
F-21 FREE FRIDAY—BOOK SHARE
HW—Read pp.275-285 and “The Lottery” and “Battle Royal”(online)
M-24 Analyzing a Short Story
HW—Read “Hands” and “Sweat” (online)
F-28 NO CLASS—(Get Essay 2 written)
M-31 WORKSHOP ESSAY 2
W-2 ESSAY 2 FINAL DRAFT DUE/WORKSHOP Presentation 2
F-4 Presentation of Essay 2
M-7 Presentation of Essay 2
W-9 Presentation of Essay 2
F-11 FREE FRIDAY—Why Should
HW—Read pp. 372-376 and “Resistance to Civil Government”
M-14 Writing a Classical Argument
W-16 Dilemma Activities
F-18 NO CLASS—Don’t Forget to meet with groups for debate
M-21 Groupwork on Arguments/Conferences
W-23 Groupwork on Arguments/Conferences
F-25 Groupwork on Arguments/Conferences
M-28 DEBATES Rough Draft ESSAY 3 DUE
W-30 DEBATES FINAL ESSAY 3 DUE
F-2 Workshop PORTFOLIOS
M-5 Portfolios DUE in Class
PORTFOLIOS RETURNED DURING EXAM TIME