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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Department of English ENG 0802 008 / 023 MW AB 1106 / 1122 Analytical Reading and Writing Dr. John F. O’Hara Office: Anderson 1149 Hours: Fri. 10-12 p.m. Email: [email protected] YouTube Channel: English0802 (under construction) REQUIRED TEXTS : Dilks, Hansen and Parfitt, eds. Cultural Conversations: The Presence of the Past (Bedford/St Martin’s) Daniel Berrigan, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (any edition) Alexander Berkman, from Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (.pdf available through Blackboard) Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” (.pdf available through BlackBoard) SDS, “The Port Huron Statement” (.pdf available through BlackBoard) COURSE OVERVIEW English 0802 is an English/GenEd course which fulfills the Analytical Reading and Writing requirement of the General Education Program. The course is designed to introduce students to the analytical practices that accompany all types of intellectual endeavor. We will read major statements by prominent intellectuals and assess their currency in relation to social, philosophical and political concerns of the past and present. While the ideas of W.E.B. Dubois, Sigmund Freud, and Mahatma Gandhi are foundational to understanding contemporary culture—and are therefore important to “know” in their own right—our approach will emphasize skills in academic reading and writing which are transferable to all kinds of academic pursuits: close reading, textual interpretation, intellectual response, analysis and synthesis of new ideas. The goal is to equip students with a critical apparatus—the ability to apprehend ideas, extend them, integrate them within new contexts and issues, and to articulate them in a coherent form. COURSE POLICIES: We will use a portfolio method for the submission of written work. All grade evaluation occurs at the end of the semester after multiple revisions using new and developing skills. SAVE ALL YOUR EARLY DRAFTS AND SHORTER WRITING ASSIGNMENTS FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL PORTFOLIO . Required readings listed on syllabus as available through the course website must be printed and brought to class . This will be verified in class on those particular days. Students without the readings printed and in hand will lose 5% of participation grade. It is a good idea to print all material now. Four papers are assigned and collected throughout the semester, returned to students with evaluative notes and ratings based upon five categories of writing quality listed below (see “grading” section). Under the
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portfolio system, papers may be revised endlessly but all papers must be fully revised once —with the final revision appearing in the portfolio as a clean, final draft .
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