Spring Quarter 2009, English 110.01—First-Year Composition
Emilia Snyder (
), Denney Hall Rm. 503 by appointment
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
Writing courses across the disciplines develop students’ skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and
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
-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?
John Updike, ed.
The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
Scott F. Crider.
The Office of Assertion
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.
Your final grade will consist of the following percentages:
Close Analysis (3 pages)
Thesis Paper (5 pages)
Researched Thesis Paper (8 pages)
Consisting of workshop critiques (one page each)
(including attendance, discussion, and 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-