Class Theme: Exploring Perspectives in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Instructor: Carol Robertson
Classroom: Smith Hall, Rm. 407, 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., T/Th
Office: Padelford, B5F; however, office hours will be in Odegaard 326
Office hours: Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm: Odegaard 326 and by appointment
Class website: https://canvas.uw.edu/courses
This course will launch you into a successful academic experience at UW by preparing you for the rigorous demands of university writing while fostering an appreciation for great writing. Among the issues we explore will be identity, otherness, power, and oppression. We will begin by exploring and analyzing the rhetorical strategies of a skilled writer and speaker who is our near contemporary as we read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. As the quarter continues, we will practice the written formation of our own complex, analytic, and persuasive arguments as we read William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In a highly interactive classroom environment, we will examine the depth and significance of our arguments to our audience as well as consider how effectively we have supported our arguments and addressed perceived counter-arguments. You will hone your skills as you incorporate instructor and peer feedback and make revisions to your writings. The course sequence will include five short assignments and two major papers, culminating in a portfolio, which demonstrates your competency as writers.
1. Writer/Thinker/Maker--the brief version (without readings). Find it at the University Book Store on the Ave.
2. The Oxford Shakespeare, The Tempest (2008). ISBN: 978-0-19-953590-3. Find at the University Book Store or order online. Be sure to purchase this specific version. Here's a picture: TheOxfordShakespeareTheTempest2008.pdf
Full syllabus: SyllabusENGL111A2AUT18.pdf