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 Course Materials You must have all of these materials to be successful in the class. Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition with “Writing in the Disciplines” and “Multimodal Projects” inserts. Hayden McNeil Custom Reader : True Stories: Focused Inquiry, VCU 2015-2016 Edition Lepore – The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2015 Summer Reading) VCU email account/Blackboard account and reliable daily access to those accounts. Core Assignments Writing: Students will produce one core 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. Core 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 or References page. In addition to the core writing assignments, students will also be expected to practice writing through various class activities; these may include discussion boards, blogs, wikis, journals, written responses inside and outside of class, peer review, and other class activities. Unit I: A reflective and/or experiential narrative that may incorporate observational evidence (1000 words). 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 (1250 words ) Unit III: A piece of writing that makes a claim and that incorporates multiple outside texts (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.
Course Grading Weight of course components in final grade: Core Assignments (core writing assignments and oral presentations): 60% Other Course Work (can include process work for core assignments): 20% Class Attendance and Active Class Participation: 20% Students must earn a D or better in UNIV 111 to enter UNIV 112.
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