Instructor: Elizabeth Renn
Office: 137 McIver Building
Office Hours: & M/W
Office Phone: 334-5867
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Learning Goals
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 skills knowledge, and/or attitudes engendered should be foundational and applicable to a significant range of discourse
· The proposal should indicate how the course will satisfy both these expectations
This course is designed to emphasize the development of both writing and speaking skills. Overall goals include: establishment of evidence and control over style and voice in both speech and writing.
English 102 is theme-based. This particular section will focus 20th Century culture, primarily that of the American South as it can be evaluated through media analysis. We will observe and report on how this culture’s history has been developed by media sources such as TV, music, print, and the Internet.
To participate in this “specking intensive” course, you will be expected to speak frequently during class. Speaking (formally and informally) will be a major component of your grade. Like writing, speaking well requires practice. It is a skill we will support one another in attaining.
Evaluation methods and guidelines for assignments:
Individual essays will be assigned estimated grades only, in order to give you a chance to revise. You will revise 20-30 pages of formal and informal writing for a final portfolio which will be evaluated at the end of the semester. All individual writing assignments and presentations will be averaged as a class participation grade.
I will not accept late work. At this stage in your academic career you should know that the printer or your disk will destroy your paper, your friend will drive off with your books in his car, and the cats will leave presents on your homework. Make copies of everything so that these sorts of disasters don’t lower your grade. In addition to your timely submission of all required work, your grade is based on quality of work, improvement over the semester, attendance and participation.
Assignments include/are not limited to:
Wolf Whistle, Lewis Nordan
A Writer’s Reference, Diane Hacker
Multiple copies of drafts
3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
· understand the principles of effective and written rhetoric (the rhetorical triangle)
· write for a variety of audiences and understand audience demands for oral and written situations
· offer supportive evidence and developed ideas for both written and oral presentations
· develop evaluative research skills, both library and online sources
· participate in group feedback and support processes for improving writing and speaking
· demonstrate effective listening skills as part of the speaking process
· interpret and evaluate argumentative discourse, including writing and speech
· construct cogent arguments
· communicate those arguments clearly, coherently and effectively
Because this class is centered on in-class discussion, writing and speaking activities, regular attendance is crucial.
You have 3 “free” absences—no questions, no penalties. Use these wisely. After three, your final grade will drop substantially.
If you miss more that six classes, for any reason, you will be dropped from the course. (If it is before midterm, you will receive a W on your grade report. If it is after, you will receive a WF.) No absences are considered “excused” or “unexcused,” and no exceptions are made. Being late or leaving early also affects your final grade.
Using someone else’s words or ideas as your own on any assignment is plagiarism. It is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy as defined in the student handbook or at www.uncg.edu/saf/studies/Honor.html and will be treated as such. If you are concerned about inadvertently violating this policy, please see me before turning in the assignment.
Respect for others is crucial for the environment of our classroom. Any behavior that distracts (eating, entering class late, talking while others are talking, etc) or is disrespectful is unacceptable. Students may be asked to leave the classroom if they choose to act in this way. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off during class time.
Students with disabilities:
If you have a disability that could affect your performance in this course or for which you need accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 334-5440.