Syllabus Spring 2008

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University of Memphis, Spring 2008 English Composition 1010-004 9:10-10:05 AM, MWF      Room:  PT 209 Instructor:  Mrs. Ann AL-Chokhachi           e-mail:  [email protected] Office:  PT 124                                                        Office Hours:  MWF 7:30-9 AM and by appointment Course Description This course explores a key question:  How does language make meaning?  This is, of course, a complicated question  that we’ll only begin to explore, but it will guide our careful reading and consideration of how texts—our own and  others’—are composed and constructed.    As a means of exploring our key question, you will engage in an array of challenging, college-level reading and  writing tasks.  The aim is for you to become a more skillful user and consumer of language.  Further, you should be  prepared to thoughtfully and civilly share your ideas and written work with others in the class. Learning Outcomes You will develop and demonstrate the abilities to: A) Read and comprehend complex college-level texts; B) Identify central themes and arguments in texts while forming your own;  C) Discern, analyze, and critique an author’s purpose and stylistic/ rhetorical choices; D) Express ideas clearly and effectively; E) Explore, discover, and develop your own ideas as they intersect with the ideas of others by effectively quoting,  summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing; F) Engage in writing rhetorically through awareness of how purpose, audience, persona, and context intersect in  the processes and production of a text; G) Organize and write coherent essays through writing processes that include multiple drafts, peer response, and  flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading; H) Recognize and employ standard academic grammar and syntax; I) Recognize and employ appropriate means of documentation, using Modern Language Association (MLA) style,  which is required by the English Department of this university; J) Explore a range of literacies, including computer and visual literacy. Prerequisites All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the following prerequisites: DSPW 800 with a grade of “C” or better; ACT English sub-score of at least 19; SAT verbal score of 460; A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by the U of M Testing Center. Further, this course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before students can count credit for English 1020.
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