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Office Hours: T/Th 10:30-11:30am and 2:00-3:00pm, or by appointment
Course Ref. No: 13749
Time: T/Th 11:45-1:10
Location: State Hall 0211
Course Ref. No: 13753
Time: T/Th 3:00-4:20
Location: State Hall 0327
This course will provide you with strategies for entering various ongoing academic discussions. You will learn to read, summarize, and analyze arguments, and you will learn how to engage with those arguments by writing your own.
Required text (available at Barnes and Noble):
Having Your Say - Charney, Neuwirth, Kaufer, Geisler
The main project for this course will be to compile an anthology. Most of our assignments will build toward this final project. Coursework will include:
Readings, forum postings, and class discussion
Collaborative Research Presentation
Four Summary-Analysis papers (500 words)
Book Proposal (1000 words)
Anthology Preface (2000-2500 words, 2 submissions)
Unless otherwise stated, all assignments will be submitted electronically. There will be a detailed assignment sheet for each assignment for this class. This sheet will provide you with essential information about the assignment. It will provide due dates, specifics of the assignment, and grading criteria. Please read these sheets carefully and refer to them as you complete an assignment.
The English Department requires every student to attend at least one of the first two class sessions in order to maintain his or her place in the class. If you do not attend either of these sessions, you may be asked to drop the class. If this happens, you will be responsible for dropping the class. Attendance accounts for 10% of your grade in this class. You are required to attend class daily, arrive on time, do assigned reading and writing, and participate in all in-class work. Four absences will result in failure of the course. Arriving late to class will count as .5 absences. A student is considered late when arriving after I have taken attendance. Please save absences for when you are sick or have a personal emergency. If you find that an unavoidable problem prevents you from attending class or from arriving on time, please discuss the problem with me.
The grade breakdown for this class is as follows:
Forum Posts: 10%
Collaborative Research Presentation: 5%
Four short Summary-Analysis papers: 20%
Book Proposal: 15%
Anthology Preface (2 submissions): 25%
Video Mashup: 15%
A note about multiple submissions:
Certain assignments in class will be submitted twice. If you earn an 'A' on the first submission, you do not have to turn in a second submission. Any grade other than an 'A' will require a second submission. The purpose of multiple submissions is to offer you an opportunity to work on revision skills. For this reason, any second submission must include significant revision. This means that if you have not significantly revised the assignment, the grade on your second submission can be lower than the grade on your first submission.
Each reading assignment will be coupled with a Blackboard forum discussion. This will give everyone a chance to organize their own thoughts and to see what others are thinking prior to class discussions. Forum posts are due by 10:00pm the evening before class meets. You must meet this deadline in order to receive credit. If you see something interesting, you may also want to respond to one another's comments. Responses to classmate posts are not subject to the 10:00pm deadline.
We will have two types of readings in this course: our textbook (Having Your Say) and articles/essays about Detroit. At the beginning of the course, I will provide articles about Detroit that we will read and analyze. However, you will notice that beginning on October 1, the readings are listed as TBA (To Be Announced). This is because readings will be assigned from what you find in your own research. The articles and essays that you find will be put into a database, and this is the database we will use in our attempt to build anthologies about Detroit. We will talk more about this database (what I am calling the "Detroit Anthologics" database) as the semester progresses.
Late Assignments and Drafts
I do not accept late work. All assignments, including drafts, must be turned in on the due date at the beginning of the class period. You are responsible for turning in assignments regardless of whether you attend class on the due date.
We will use some technology in this class that may be new to you. Although I am assuming that you have some basic knowledge of computers (such as how to use the keyboard and mouse, and how to use the web and check e-mail), we will have time in class to go over how to complete all assignments. If you don’t understand what we are doing, please ask for help. If you are familiar with the technology we are using, please be patient and lend a helping hand to your classmates.
Please turn off cell phones during class.
You are welcome to use Laptops during class to take notes or research topics pertinent to class discussion.
Course Website and Email
You should check your email daily. Class announcements and assignments may be distributed through email. The course website will also have important information about assignments and policies, please visit this site regularly. The course site should be a helpful tool for you, so feel free to make suggestions about anything you feel should be included.
The Writing Center (2nd floor, UGL) provides individual tutoring consultations free of charge for students at Wayne State University. Undergraduate students in General Education courses, including composition courses, receive priority for tutoring appointments. The Writing Center serves as a resource for writers, providing tutoring sessions on the range of activities in the writing process – considering the audience, analyzing the assignment or genre, brainstorming, researching, writing drafts, revising, editing, and preparing documentation. The Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service; rather, students are guided as they engage collaboratively in the process of academic writing, from developing an idea to correctly citing sources. To make an appointment, consult the Writing Center website: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/writing/.To submit material for online tutoring, consult the Writing Center HOOT website (Hypertext One-on-One Tutoring: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/unit-inner.asp?WebPageID=1330
In this class, we will learn how to make sense of the work of others, map out connections between various pieces of writing, and eventually produce work that contributes to the conversations we're reading about. This kind of work will mean that we are always building upon the work of others. We will also be collaborating with others in the class during the research and writing process. While taking someone else's work and presenting it as your own is dishonest, there is often a fine line between collaboration and "dishonesty" or "plagiarism." If at any point during the class you are unsure about this distinction, please come talk to me. You may also want to refer to Wayne State's Academic Integrity policy, but it is my sincere hope that we can deal with such questions one-on-one during office hours or another scheduled appointment.
Education Accessibility Service
If you have a physical or mental condition that may interfere with your ability to complete sucessfully the requirements of this course, please contact EAS at (313) 577-1851 to discuss appropriate accomodations on a confidential basis. The office is located in Room 1600 of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.