English 302 syllabus - ENGLISH WR 302 ADVANCED COMPOSITION...

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ENGLISH WR 302 ADVANCED COMPOSITION & CRITICAL THINKING Online Heather Hutcheson Phone: 916-691-7492 E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: See Where’s Heather? attachment Area Office: SOC 158Heather’s office: SOC 147 Texts: Writing Arguments , Ramage et al. Read The Sacramento Bee , the Sacramento News & Review , etc. Also, students need a dictionary and a library card. Welcome to ENG WR 302! This course is designed for students who have successfully passed English 1A (WR 300) and who desire further instruction in the techniques of effective critical thinking, as expressed in written argument and in the major principles of advanced composition and rhetoric. Course Objectives: The purpose of WR 302 is to teach students more sophisticated structure, coherence, and emphasis: to help them expand their understanding of the elements of style; to introduce them to the principles of classical rhetoric; and to strengthen their critical thinking powers. More particularly, students will learn to: analyze, compare, and evaluate divergent perspectives reason inductively from examples, patterns, and structures to form generalizations reason deductively by drawing conclusions about arguments compose a thesis-driven argument of interpretation or evaluation and support it with textual evidence, using a sufficient variety and number of appropriate examples evaluate complex systems of values, contexts, and assumptions in texts. Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, and peer group workshops. (Workload: Students should expect to spend at least nine hours of preparation per week on this course.) Course Requirements: Five essays of 1000-1250 words each. One research-based proposal essay of 1750-2000 words. Frequent readings/homework from D2L. Regular participation in the online discussions. Essays: All final drafts must be typed (12 point font), with double spacing and one-inch margins, and must adhere to MLA guidelines. All assignments are due in the Discussion board (for drafts) or D2L Dropbox (for final assignments) on the posted due date. You may turn in final drafts of essays late, but the grade will be lowered 10% for every day past due . Also, if you do not post a draft for your peer response group, you will not receive the points allocated for peer response. We are depending on you to get your work done on time. Journals: All students must post journals on a weekly basis. You must include a link to the editorial article you are responding to. See Journal Instructions. 1
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Peer Group Work: As we “discuss” readings, respond to each other’s essay drafts, and share points of view on topical issues, it is important to remember that each of us is entitled to our own views and values and that we should always strive to listen carefully to each other and to treat each other with dignity. One essential goal of ENG WR 302 is to come to a respectful understanding of the validity of differing viewpoints. If we refrain from being judgmental as we listen to what others have to say, we will learn a lot from each other.
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