Syllabus 09 - Syllabus Spring Quarter 2009 English...

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Syllabus, Spring Quarter 2009, English 110.01—First-Year Composition Instructor: Emilia Snyder ( [email protected] ), Denney Hall Rm. 503 by appointment Class meets: Mondays/Wednesdays, 9:30-11:18am, Denney Hall Rm. 312 Rhetoric and the American Story English 110 is an introductory writing course that employs methods of rhetorical analysis to introduce students to the conventions and challenges of academic discourse, and prepare students to read critically and analytically. The course builds sequentially on students’ ability to practice rhetorical analysis and to generate papers that engage their own perceptions as well as the perceptions of scholars and critics. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM Writing and Related Skills Goals/Rationale: Writing courses across the disciplines develop students’ skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression. Learning Objectives: 1. Students apply basic skills in expository writing 2. Students demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral expression 3. Students retrieve and use written information analytically and effectively Readings will focus on 20 th -century American short stories that are part of the United States’ literary canon and thus deemed essential to students’ knowledge of American culture and literary tradition. Students will study selected stories for their rhetoric; that is, how a story is constructed to achieve its affects. For instance: How might a character be so constructed as to be readily identified with a particular culture, region, or nation, and what are the implications of this identification to our understanding of the story as a whole? How do authors construct narrative, and make it believable to the reader? Required Texts John Updike, ed. The Best American Short Stories of the Century. ( BASS ) Scott F. Crider. The Office of Assertion ( OA ) Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook , 3rd Ed. Boston: Heinle, 2006. Other readings may be listed under the ‘content’ heading on the Carmen website at http:// . Enter your OSU user ID (e.g. smith.442) and password. Details will be given at time of assignment; students are expected to print out these readings and bring their copies to class. Coursework Your final grade will consist of the following percentages: Essay #1: Close Analysis (3 pages) 20% Essay #2: Thesis Paper (5 pages) 20% Essay #3: Researched Thesis Paper (8 pages) 20% Portfolio: Consisting of workshop critiques (one page each) 20% Participation (including attendance, discussion, and writing workshops) 20% Writing Workshops A significant amount of in-class time will be devoted to writing workshops, and each student will have an essay work-shopped once during the quarter. In a writing workshop, a rough draft of an essay is distributed to and read by class members, who then provide written (one typed, single- 1
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