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134 syllabus_Sinclair - Sinclair Fall 11 English 134...

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Sinclair Fall ’11 English 134 - Writing and Rhetoric TWRF: 11:10 - 12:00 Instructor: Carli Sinclair [email protected] Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly Office: Building 20, Rm 133 (Cubicle C) Write Now by Daniel Anderson Office hours: T 12-1, W 2-3, and by appointment The DK Handbook by Wysocki & Lynch Phone: 756-6801 Four folders for turning in essays To put it simply, English 134 is all about writing. In this course you will encounter all elements of the writing process, including drafting, revising, and editing, and you will learn how these elements can be factored into your own writing process. We will also explore rhetorical tools, some of which may be familiar to you, and study how rhetoric is used in speech and writing. It is my hope that you will come away from this class feeling confident about your writing abilities and prepared to tackle writing assignments. In this course, you will learn to: • Write a variety of arguments using a range of evidence, including personal experience, the writing of others, and historical and/or public documents. • Develop a rhetorical awareness of the relationships between audience, purpose, point of view, tone, and discourse. • Assess your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer. • Respond in helpful ways to your peers’ writing. • Revise and edit your writing. • Apply the skills you learn in this course to writing tasks you complete in and out of college. • Become critical and informed readers of all kinds of texts, no matter in what form, whether on- line, on screen, or on paper. Course Work Short Writing Assignments • Short writing assignments will count for 16% of your final grade. These will usually be overnight assignments that are 2-3 (typed) pages in length. Essays • Your first essay will be counted among your short assignments. Sequence One: Writer’s History (2-3 pages) • You will write three larger essays in this class (4-6 pages each). These three essays will count for 84% of your final grade. These essays will include the following: Sequence Two: Profile (4-6 pages) Sequence Three: Rhetoric/Argumentation (4-6 pages) Sequence Four: Final Project (TBD)
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