Kratochvil_100W_Course Syllabus & Calendar_fall 2009

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Unformatted text preview: San Jos State University Dept. of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre TA100W, Writing Workshop Theatre Arts, Section 01, Fall 2009 SJSU Class #41299 Instructor: Office Location: Telephone: Email: Dr. Kathie Kratochvil Hugh Gillis Hall, Room 212 4089244575 Current Television, Radio, Film and Theatre information can be found on the Department's website: Monday 10:3011:30 Wednesday 2:004:00 1:304:15 Monday Hugh Gillis Hall 217 Prerequisites: Completion of English 1A and 1B (with a grade of C or better); completion of core GE; satisfaction of Writing Skills Test; and upper division standing. Upper Division GE General Education Requirement: Area Z This course satisfies the Written Communication II (Z) SJSU requirement for General Education. Department Website Office Hours: Class Days/Time: Classroom: Prerequisites: GE/SJSU Studies Category: Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at: or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home. Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 1 Course Description TA100W. Writing Workshop: Theatre Arts focuses on the development of skills appropriate to the theatre profession: criticism, research, publicity and promotion materials, and cover letter and resume composition. 3 Units. This is a writing workshop course. Writing skills will be developed and expanded through writing performance essays, responding in writing to assigned readings, the development and revision of a research paper, and professional industry specific writing. Models of professional writing will be provided where appropriate. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Course Purposes: This course has two primary purposes: to develop advanced academic writing composition skills and to introduce writing skills for professions within radio, television, video, film, multimedia, and theatre. GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes (LO) Area Z student learning objectives for this course include: Learning Objective 1: Students shall be able to refine the competencies established in Written Communication 1A and 1B as summarized below: 1A: Student Learning: Students should be able to perform effectively the essential steps in the writing process (prewriting, organizing, revising and editing). Students should be able to express (explain, analyze, develop and criticize) ideas effectively. Students should be able to use correct grammar (syntax, mechanics, and citation of sources) at a college level of sophistication. Students should be able to write for different audiences (both specialized and general) 1B: Student Learning: Students should be able to use (locate, analyze, and evaluate) supporting materials, including independent library research). Students should be able to synthesize ideas encountered in multiple readings. Students should be able to construct effective arguments. Learning Objective 2: Students shall be able to express (explain, analyze, develop, and criticize) ideas effectively, including ideas encountered in multiple readings and expressed in different forms of discourse. Learning Objective 3: Students shall be able to organize and develop essays and documents for both professional and general audiences, including appropriate editorial standards for citing primary and secondary sources. Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 2 TRFT Department Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate/Understand how to write for stage and screen (within the context of the writing applications in this specific course). 2. Demonstrate what type of information is needed for a research question, problem, or issue, and be able to retrieve, evaluate and effectively use such information to produce quality scholarship. Course Content Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Respond critically and analytically in writing to performances and to course topics/readings. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Design and write a research paper in MLA formatting. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Conduct advanced library research. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Prepare a professional resume and cover letter. (LO 1A, 3) Plan and conduct an interview using an interview protocol and compose an essay based on the information derived from the interview. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Write an effective dramatic scene in either a theatre, film, television or radio format. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Rewrite effectively. ( LO 1A) Acquire an advanced proficiency in the use of punctuation, grammar, and general composition. (LO 1A, 1B) Plan, research and write a grant proposal for the arts. (LO 1A, 1B, 2, 3) Required Texts/Readings Required Textbook 1. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. New York: Harper, Collins & Row, 2006. Optional Textbook 2. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Course Reader This course has a required course reader. Details for purchasing will be discussed in class. Other Equipment /Material Requirements 3 ring loose leaf binder for course materials, pens and pencils, tape recording device for industry interview. If available, you may want to bring a laptop computer for inclass writing work. Library Liaison Paul Kauppila, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 3 Classroom Protocol Creating a Learning Community The coursework is designed for students to seek genuine understanding and practical application of concepts, and not for rote memorization of facts. Discussions must be approached openly, honestly, critically, and with integrity. Thoughtful, focused, and sensitive inquiry is expected of all participants. Discussions are required to be respectful even in the midst of debate. We need to be mindful of creating a learning community that makes the class as safe as possible for exploring ideas and experiences. Class Participation This is a handson workshop course. In order for the class to work well, active participation by everyone is needed. Participation occurs through consistent, punctual, prepared and interested attendance and involvement in classes. You must be present in order to participate. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get assignment details and class notes from fellow students. Please exchange phone numbers and email addresses with other students early in the semester. Classroom Etiquette Cell phones are to be turned off or in silent buzzer mode to receive emergency calls, and not used for text messaging. Headphones, earpieces, I pods, cd players, and blue tooth devices, etc., need to be put away before arriving for class. Computers are to be used ONLY for notetaking or working on class writing assignments (not for emailing or web surfing). Note: The instructor takes this seriously! Dropping and Adding Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, academic renewal, etc. Refer to the current semester's catalog policies section at for any add/drop deadlines, policies, and procedures section and specific registration information. Late drop policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes. Assignments and Grading Policy Grading & Evaluation Semester Point Scale: Assignment Words Two response essay assignments 1000 (500 each) Reflections/Homework Assignments 750 Industry Interview 750 Research Paper (with all components) 2000 Dramatic Scene 1000 Points 20 20 20 50 35 Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 4 Resume/Cover Letter 300 15 Grant Writing 1200 40 TOTAL 8000 200 Course Grade Scale 179173 = B+ 159153 = C+ 139133 = D+ 200187 points = A 172166 = B 152146 = C 132126 = D 186180 points = A 165160 = B 145140 = C 125120 = D To pass this course you must receive a C or better. A "No Credit" grade is given for all students receiving a C or lower. If you receive a grade of "No Credit" you must repeat the class with a grade of C or better to receive credit. All assignments can (and are expected) be rewritten over the course. The rewrite points will be used to determine your final grade. Incomplete Grades: To be eligible to request an incomplete grade in this course, a student must have turned in at least 2/3 of the semester work and received a passing grade of C or better on that work. Brief Description of Course Assignments This is a writing workshop course. Writing skills will be developed and expanded through writing performance essays, responding in writing to assigned readings, the development and revision of a research paper, and professional industry specific writing. Models of professional writing will be provided where appropriate. Two In Class Response Essays (20 points total) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A, 1B, 2, &3 You will write two response essays. These essays will introduce you to the "styles of arguments" for the composition of a persuasive essay. Content, grammar and punctuation will be reviewed. Reflections/Homework Assignments (20 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A, 1B, 2, &3 You will engage in a variety of short writing exercises. Guidelines will be presented in class. Industry Interview (20 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A, , 2, & 3 You will conduct an industry related interview, transcribe it, and write a 750 word essay. The instructor must approve subjects and the interview will be presented in class. The Research Paper (50 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A, 1B, 2, & 3 You will write a 2000 page research paper based on the course themes and your own interests. Assignments will be given to help you to develop your research paper over the semester. Students will also attend library research sessions with the TRFT reference librarian, Paul Kauppila, at the King Library on campus. The assignments for the research paper include: Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 5 Before you begin you will need to complete the online library tutorials. Guidelines to be discussed in class. a. Preliminary Bibliography b. 10 Abstracts c. Thesis Statement d. Outline of Research Paper e. Draft of Research Paper f. Final Research Paperwritten g. Final Research paperoral presentation A Dramatic Scene (35 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A & 2 Dramatic principles and screenplay formatting will be reviewed in class and you will write a properly formatted dramatic scene. All scenes will be read in class and rewritten. Industry Writing (15 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A &3 You will be guided in the composition of a professional resume and cover letter and introduced to the SJSU Career Center. Grant Proposal (40 Points) Meets 100W Learning Objectives 1A, 1B, 2, &3 You will also conduct research on grants available in your medium and write a grant for a local arts organization or local performing arts group either alone or in collaboration with another student in class. Policy for Missed or Late Assignments Assignments are due on the dates specified during the scheduled class time. In order to accommodate unanticipated circumstances that prevent the timely completion of an assignment, up to two "no penalty" one week extensions will be granted to each student over the course of the semester. Students can choose when to use these during the semester. Work turned in after the due date (original date or "no penalty one week extension") will be assessed a maximum penalty of 10% of the assignment value per day late. When utilizing the "no penalty" one week extension, please turn the paper in with the words "no penalty extension" clearly handwritten at the top of the paper. If you have an extended absence due to a family or personal emergency, please notify the instructor as soon as possible via email to make arrangements for completing the course. If you are on an athletic team at SJSU, you are still responsible for completing work on time. Please notify the instructor at the beginning of the semester of class dates you may miss (in writing) over the semester due to competing in athletic events for SJSU. Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 6 Instructor Reserves the Right to... Make changes to any or all of the elements of the course described in this syllabus, including class policies, topics, readings, course requirements, and/or assignments. In the event a change is deemed necessary, the Instructor will provide sufficient notice to the students in order for them to complete the course satisfactorily. University Policies Academic integrity Students should know that the University's Academic Integrity Policy is available at Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University and the University's integrity policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. If you would like to include in your assignment any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU's Academic Policy F061 requires approval of instructors. Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 9703 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at to establish a record of their disability. Student Technology Resources Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Additional computer labs may be available in your department/college. Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library. A wide variety of audiovisual equipment is available for student checkout from Media Services located in IRC 112. These items include digital and VHS camcorders, VHS and Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 7 Beta video players, 16 mm, slide, overhead, DVD, CD, and audiotape players, sound systems, wireless microphones, projection screens and monitors. Learning Assistance Resource Center The Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) is located in Room 600 in the Student Services Center. It is designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become selfdirected learners. The center provides support services, such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. The LARC website is located at http:/ SJSU Writing Center The SJSU Writing Center is located in Room 126 in Clark Hall. It is staffed by professional instructors and upperdivision or graduatelevel writing specialists from each of the seven SJSU colleges. Our writing specialists have met a rigorous GPA requirement, and they are well trained to assist all students at all levels within all disciplines to become better writers. The Writing Center website is located at Peer Mentor Center The Peer Mentor Center is located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall in the Academic Success Center. The Peer Mentor Center is staffed with Peer Mentors who excel in helping students manage university life, tackling problems that range from academic challenges to interpersonal struggles. On the road to graduation, Peer Mentors are navigators, offering "roadside assistance" to peers who feel a bit lost or simply need help mapping out the locations of campus resources. Peer Mentor services are free and available on a drop in basis, no reservation required. The Peer Mentor Center website is located at Course Calendar: Students will receive the course calendar the second class meeting. Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 8 Class Topics/Activities and Assignments TA100W, Fall 2009, Dr. Kratochvil Subject to change at the Instructor's Discretion. Students will be given adequate notice of calendar changes. Date Week 1 Monday Aug. 24 Class Topic Introduction to the Course Class Activities Overview of Course Syllabus & Expectations Intro to "I Am From" Assignment Buy Zinsser text Write "I Am From" Due Aug. 31st Read Zinsser, Chapters 110, 12. Type 5 bulleted points of most important ideas from each chapterdue Sept. 14th. Conduct Interviews-- remember to tape them (either audio or video). Remember to ask for permission to tape. Week 2 Monday, Aug. 31 Capturing the Story Interview Protocol Week 3 Mon. Sept. 7th Week 4 Monday, Sept. 14 Labor Day No class meeting Writing Basics Developing a Storyline Coding Qualitative Research Go over Course Calendar & Assignments in Detail Class Introductions using "I Am From" Assignment Finding the Stories: Intro to Interview Protocol & Interview Assignment Develop Interview Questions No Class Today Week 5 Monday, Sept. 21 Intro to Research Review Zinsser Readings Share Interviews Code Interviews Develop research questions and topics .Review Zinsser Readings Intro to research sources and SJSU library resources Intro to abstracts Transcribe Interview--typed question/answer format. Due Sept. 14th Read Zinsser, Chapter 18, 2024. Type 5 bulleted points of most important ideas from each chapterdue Sept. 21 Finalize research questions you will investigate based on your interview. Type these and bring to class on Sept. 21 Complete library online tutorials, print results, due Sept. 28 Research your subject--10 academic sources with abstracts (50 word minimum per abstractuse MLA or APA formatting) Due Sept. 28 Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 9 Week 6 Monday, Sept. 28 Developing a Research Paper Week 7 Monday Oct. 5 Peer Review Writing Revisions Thesis Statementtypes and purposes How to outline and create a draft MLA & APA styles How to organize your data and resources Peer reviews of research paper Prepare thesis statement, outline and first draft of research paperdue Oct. 5th Week 8 Monday, Oct. 12 Dramatic Structure Week 9 Monday Oct. 19 Week 10 Monday, Oct. 26 Week 11 Monday, Nov. 2 Campus Furlough No class Peer review Review dramatic structure Review play/screenwriting formats Review character development techniques Begin script writing No class today Work on script1st draft due on Oct. 26th Present 1st draft of script Go through feedback and editing process Share script revisions Begin story weaving into larger script through brainstorming and workshop format Share final story weaving scripts with class. Intro to grant writing project. Revise scripts based on feedback and edits. Final Script due Nov. 2nd Story weaving script due Nov. 9th Revise research paper, final paper due Oct. 12th with revisions. Turn in first draft with the final draft. Bring your typed interview to class with you on Oct. 12th Work on script--1st draft due Oct. 26th Story Weaving Week 12 Monday, Nov. 9 Grant Writing Complete readings on grant writing. Take notes, type these. Due Nov. 16th. Research & write first two sections of grant assignment. Due Nov. 16th Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 10 Week 13 Monday, Nov. 16 Week 14 Monday, Nov. 23 Grant Writing Continue with grant writing workshop. Possible guest speaker. No class today. Intro to Resume and Cover Letters Resume workshop Grant oral presentations. Peer review of resume and cover letter. Finish grant oral presentations. All course papers returned to students. Celebration! Happy Holidays to you... Finish remain portions of grant due Nov. 30th No Class Instructor Furlough Day Grants Resume & Cover Letter Dig up your latest resume and bring a hard copy to the Nov. 30th class. Remove your own name and contact info and replace with pseudonyms. Bring to Nov. 30th class. Write resume and cover letter due Dec. 7th. Week 15 Monday, Nov. 30 Week 16 Monday, Dec. 7 Final Exam Mon. Dec. 14th 12:152:30 Resume & Cover Letter !!!!!Last day to turn in any course assignment rewrites!!!! Kratochvil, TA100W, Fall 2009 Page 11 ...
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