Intermediate College Writing
You will receive regular in-class and take-home assignments which we will review and edit in classroom workshops or discussion groups, and you will be asked to bring in exercises, outlines, research progress reports, and drafts of essays in progress. I will ask you as well to respond to various essays and films (visual texts, if you will) in terms of their contents and their strategies of presentation and persuasion, etc. I have conceived the syllabus to be open-ended and flexible to accommodate your changing needs as developing writers of argumentative prose and research essays. Commonly, I will announce at the end of each class the assignment for the next session(s) and the due dates for notebook entries and first and final drafts. I will then, on occasion, also provide you with handouts that accompany and specify assignments. Nevertheless, here is a provisional overview of the course.
|Week 1 – 2||
General Introduction — Argumentative/Persuasive Writing
|Week 2–4 (or 3–5)||
Argumentative/Persuasive Writing Ctd.
|Week 5–8 (or 6–10)||
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma
|Week 5–9 (or 6–10)||
Research and Persuasion: Our Food Supply
|Week 10–14 (or 11–15)||Research and Argument on Film|
What can I write about and research on film?
Below please find select useful websites on our 2010 focus topic. This is a collection in the process, as every site must be. Please stay tuned! :) *** Film Research Paper (#3) Due ***
*** Global Revision/Rewrite Due ***