ENGL 281 C: Intermediate Expository Writing

Meeting Time: 
M
Location: 
MGH
SLN: 
13796

Syllabus Description:

English 281c: Rhetorics of Disaster and Disease

Spring 2015

  

Instructor: Tesla Schaeffer

Email: schaeffe@uw.edu

Office: Padelford Hall A-11G

 

Meeting Times: M 10:30-12:20 MGH 082A

                           W 10:30- 12:20 MGH 076

Office Hours: MW 12:30- 1:30

 

Course Description

 

This course has two primary and equally important goals: to hone your skills in rhetorical and analytical awareness and to cultivate understanding in writing and research. Through looking closely at how contemporary rhetoric functions in contexts of disaster and disease (two things that currently consume the media!), we will examine and unpack the way that texts function in many different arenas, including both academia and popular culture. We also aim to develop the skills to participate confidently and thoughtfully in the rhetorical “conversations” that surround and comprise these topics. Throughout the course, we will be thinking about writing as a process that emerges first from inquiry. What motivates the author to write? What does s/he want us to do? How does the text function, and who is reading it? How does this text situate itself in, enforce or subvert the genre it occupies? In both writing and reading, a spirit of analytical scrutiny is fundamental to our project.

 

Alongside engaging closely with the issues raised in rhetorics of disaster and disease, we will also be entering into a dialogue with each other; this course is necessarily interactive and self-reflective, meaning that we will approach our own writing and that of our peers with the same analytical frame of mind.. As such, drafting, revising and reflecting on our rhetorical choices will comprise a significant part of the class as well. Your assignments are shaped around this aim, providing you with ample opportunity to explore writing as a process rather than a verdict. Further, while no course can build in absolutely everything you need to know to write successfully, developing the analytical and compositional skills required to articulate your thinking will benefit you in many of the writing and reading situations you encounter in the future, both inside and outside of school.

 

Required Materials

 

All course materials will be available under Files on Canvas

 

Assessment                            

 

Assignments (3): 10% each

Proposal: 5%

Scholarly Papers (2): 20% each

Participation: 25%

 

In this course, you will complete two major assignment sequences, each of which is designed to help you fulfill the course outcomes. In the first sequence, you’ll complete 3 short assignments that ask you to analyze primary texts through varying theoretical lenses, and then complete a Scholarly Paper that applies those skills comparatively. In the second sequence, you will have complete freedom to choose a topic on which to compose a research paper, and course time will be devoted to helping you frame a productive line of inquiry, propose a topic effectively, engage in scholarly research, and produce a strong paper. Both of the scholarly papers will be revised in a drafting process.

 

Participation is worth 25% of your grade. It is of the highest importance that you come to class every day having done the homework, prepared to discuss your work and the work of others in class. This is not an easy 30%! Attendance and online responsibility are factors in this part of your grade, and as you will see, active participation and involvement is the only way to develop the skills necessary to be successful in this class.

 

If you cannot attend class, please email me as soon as possible to let me know so I can plan class accordingly. You do not need to provide a reason (there are no “excused” or “unexcused” absences). After 2 absences, regardless of the reason, your participation grade will be affected negatively. If you miss class, you are responsible for finding out what you missed, either by contacting a classmate or by coming to office hours. I do not provide in-class information for absent students via email.

 

As members of a computer-integrated course, we must also create two rules in order to maintain mutual respect and not drive ourselves crazy:

1)      Please do not type when anyone is talking (this includes me or your colleagues)

2)      Please stay off the web for any purpose not expressly related to class work

 

Please note that your participation grade will be penalized by 2% for each day a paper is late, and 1% for each violation of the above rules.

 

Late papers will receive no written feedback from me, and will be penalized by 10% per day.

 

 

Complaints Clause

 

If you have any concerns about the course or your instructor, please see the instructor about these concerns as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable talking with the instructor or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the following Expository Writing Program staff in Padelford A-11: Director Anis Bawarshi, (206) 543-2190 or bawarshi@uw.edu or Assistant Directors AJ Burgin, aburgin@uw.edu; Ann Shivers- McNair, asmcnair@uw.edu; Tesla Schaeffer, schaeffe@uw.edu. If, after speaking with the Director or Assistant Directors of the EWP, you are still not satisfied with the response you receive, you may contact English Department Chair Brian Reed, (206) 543-2690.

 

Accommodations

 

If you need accommodation of any sort, please let me know so that I can work with the UW Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) to provide what you require. This syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials. More information about accommodation my be found at http://www.washington.edu/students/drs.

 

Safety

 

Preventing violence is everyone's responsibility. If you're concerned, tell someone.

  • Always call 911 if you or others may be in danger.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE (7233) to report non-urgent threats of violence and for referrals to UW counseling and/or safety resources. TTY or VP callers, please call through your preferred relay service.
  • Don't walk alone. Campus safety guards can walk with you on campus after dark. Call Husky NightWalk 206-685-WALK (9255).
  • Stay connected in an emergency with UW Alert. Register your mobile number to receive instant notification of campus emergencies via text and voice messaging. Sign up online at www.washington.edu/alert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

 

WEEK 1

in-class activities

homework

Mon 3/30

 

Introduction and Syllabus

 

Wed 4/1

 

Rhetorical Analysis, Argument Analysis

1)     Read Joffe and Haarhoff

2)     Post Discussion Question on Canvas

WEEK 2

 

 

Mon 4/6

Fallacies, Warrants and Argument Skills

 

Due: Assignment #1

Wed 4/8

 

Argument Cont., Workshop for Assignment #2

1)     Read Washington Post Article

2)     Post Discussion Question on Canvas

WEEK 3

 

 

Mon 4/13

Reading Complex Texts

 

Due: Assignment #2

Wed 4/15

Argument Analysis and Writing Workshop

 

1)     Read Samuels

2)     Post Discussion Question

WEEK 4

 

 

Mon 4/20

Watch Trouble the Water

                                                  

1)     Read Solnit

2)     Post Discussion Question

Wed 4/22

Drafting and Outlining

 

Due: Assignment #3

WEEK 5

 

 

Mon 4/27

Drafting and Outlining

 

 

Wed 4/29

Peer Review

 

Due: Paper #1 Draft 1

WEEK 6

 

 

Mon 5/4

Revision, Editing and Incorporating Feedback

 

 

Wed 5/6

In-class work time/ conferencing

 

 

WEEK 7

 

 

Mon 5/11

Library Workshop

 

 Due: Paper #1 Draft 2

Wed 5/13

In-class work time/ conferencing 

 

 

WEEK 8

 

 

Mon 5/18

 

Proposal Assignment (in-class)

 

Wed 5/20

Peer Review

 

Due: Scholarly Paper #2 Draft One

WEEK 9

 

 

Mon 5/25

Memorial Day- No Class

 

 

Wed 5/27

Revision and Editing Skills

 

 

WEEK 10

 

 

Mon 6/1

 

Revision and Editing Skills

 

Wed 6/3

 

Revision and Editing Skills

Due on 6/5: Scholarly Paper #2 Draft Two

 

Holidays: 5/25- Memorial Day

Last Day of Instruction:  6/3

Finals Week:  6/8 - 6/12

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
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Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 11:20am