Each assignment is designed to promote careful examination encouraging you to

Each assignment is designed to promote careful

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individual essay response and peer review, and collaborative presentation projects. Each assignment is designed to promote careful examination, encouraging you to look beneath the surface, to engage complexity and to entertain multiple perspectives, as well as to identify and acknowledge biases and assumptions. Required Assignments Individual Writing: In addition to the diagnostic essay assigned in the first week of class, students will produce one major writing assignment during each of the three units. Each piece of writing will be taken through a process of drafting, revision, and/or reflection, which may include preliminary drafts, guided revision, peer review, and critical self-assessment. Major writing assignments in each unit should grow out of and evidence the critical thinking and reading that occurs during the unit. Secondary research should be fully documented with in-text citations and a Works Cited page. In addition to the major writing assignments, students will also be expected to practice writing through various class activities; these may include discussion boards, journals, written responses inside and outside of class, peer review, and other class activities. o Unit I: An argumentative writing diagnostic essay during Week 1 AND a reflective and/or experiential narrative that may incorporate observational evidence (3 pages or 750-1000 words). o Unit II: A piece of writing that puts textual materials (at least one of which is a written text) in conversation and engages in summary, evaluation, and analysis (4-5 pages or 1000-1250 words ) o Unit III: A piece of writing that makes a claim and that incorporates multiple outside texts (4-6 pages or 1000-1500 words) Oral Communication: Each student will complete one formal collaborative oral presentation and one individual formal oral presentation. Students will also frequently be asked to share ideas, writing, summaries of group discussions, and responses to assignments or class activities with the rest of the class. Class Participation and Collaborative Work: Students will work collaboratively with their classmates throughout the semester on a variety of activities both in and out of class which may include oral presentations, peer review, discussion board topics, and other unit assignments.
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3 End of course portfolio: Students will be asked to compile at least three pieces of writing that demonstrate student learning and compose a text that reflects on the student’s process of thinking, writing, and learning over the course of the semester. These components will be submitted via Blackboard’s Content System in the Portfolio section and will be shared with the instructor. This portfolio will be evaluated as an integral part of the student’s final grade. Students cannot exit UNIV 111 without successful completion of a portfolio. Required Course Materials: You must have all of these materials to be successful in the class.
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