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Credit- Degree applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2015

I. Catalog Information

EWRT 1B
Reading, Writing and Research
5 Unit(s)

 

(See general education pages for the requirement this course meets.)

Requisites: (Not open to students with credit in EWRT 1BH.)

Prerequisite: EWRT 1A or EWRT 1AH.

Hours: Five hours lecture (60 hours total per quarter).

CAN:

Description: Development of analytical, integrative skills in reading and writing. Academic (interpretive, analytical, argumentative) writing based largely on reading of literary/imaginative texts linked by a common theme or issue. Outside research leading to analysis, comparison, and synthesis in documented research paper.


Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)

 

• Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate analytical skills in the reading of literary (and non-literary) texts linked by common theme or issue


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate analytical, organizational, verbal, and research skills in writing


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Comparatively evaluate multiple sources and integrate them in an analytical research paper


II. Course Objectives

A.Evaluate argumentation and its logical elements in imaginative fiction, memoir, historical documents, and film/digital media
B.Develop analytical, integrative skills in the reading of literary texts linked by a common theme or issue
C.Develop analytical, logical, organizational, verbal, and documentation skills in writing focused on a central theme or issue

III. Essential Student Materials

 None

IV. Essential College Facilities

 None

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Evaluate argumentation and its logical elements in imaginative fiction, memoir, historical documents, and film/digital media
1.Persuasion (point of view, tone, emotional appeals)
a.Capacity for evaluation
b.Capacity for writing and analyzing judgments
2.Distinction between fact and opinion, primary and secondary sources, perception and inference, knowledge and belief
a.Awareness of rebuttal strategies
b.Awareness of counterargument strategies
c.Awareness of logical fallacies (e.g., faulty generalization, non sequitur, slippery slope, false dilemma, false analogy, post hoc, ergo propter hoc, begging the question, circular reasoning, red herring, straw man, ad hominem, faulty appeal to authority, common practice or bandwagon)
d.Analysis of logical fallacies (e.g., faulty generalization, non sequitur, slippery slope, false dilemma, false analogy, post hoc, ergo propter hoc, begging the question, circular reasoning, red herring, straw man, ad hominem, faulty appeal to authority, common practice or bandwagon)
B.Develop analytical, integrative skills in the reading of literary texts linked by a common theme or issue
1.Interpret, analyze, evaluate, and compare literary/imaginative texts, such as:
a.Imaginative literature
b.Personal memoir and historical documents
c.Related art forms such as film and digital media
2.Apply knowledge of cultural/historical context to interpretation and analysis of literary/imaginative texts
a.Examination of cultural codes, beliefs, and practices
b.Examination of cultural groups and identities, including ethnic groups, social classes, and sexual/gender identities
3.Recognize, compare, and evaluate alternative points of view, including those of outside sources from library-, internet-, and (optionally) field-based research
a.Additional literary/imaginative texts
b.Critical commentaries
c.Cultural, historical information and perspectives
d.Scientific information and perspectives
C.Develop analytical, logical, organizational, verbal, and documentation skills in writing focused on a central theme or issue
1.Apply the process model of composition to writing and rewriting
a.Idea generation
b.Planning
c.Drafting
d.Revising
e.Editing
2.Integrate logical and organizational models in written essays and critical responses
a.Logical model: thesis, supporting ideas, evidence
b.Organizational model: introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion
c.Linear sequence: word/sentence order, transitions, grammar, word usage
3.Formulate written, analyses of literary/imaginative texts on the basis of multiple perspectives and sources of evidence
a.Internal textual evidence
b.Cultural/historical context
c.Relevant analytical (social, scientific) texts
d.Personal experience
4.Integrate multiple sources and points of view (from library-, internet-, and field-based research) in documented, analytical research paper
a.Compare additional literary/imaginative texts
b.Apply critical commentaries and cultural and/or scientific perspectives

VI. Assignments

A.Reading
1.Challenging, college-level works (as measured by vocabulary, complexity of ideas, and stylistic sophistication) that reflect cultural, ethnic, gender/sexual, socioeconomic, and other forms of diversity
2.At least one book-length work by a single author
3.Emphasis on literary/imaginative texts
4.Students will be evaluated via informal class discussion of texts and formal essay writing that includes support from read texts.
B.Writing (including at least 8000 words of formally evaluated writing,)
B.Progressive sequence of at least four analytical essays totaling at least 7000 words, including major research paper of at least 2000 words;
1.Informal writing such as journal entries, responses to reading, and writing exercises
2.In-class essays, exams, and/or quizzes, measuring comprehension and analysis of readings
4.Final exam or project (may be research paper listed above)

VII. Methods of Instruction

 Lecture and visual aids
Discussion of assigned reading
In-class exploration of Internet sites
Homework and extended projects
Guest speakers
Collaborative learning and small group exercises
Collaborative projects

VIII. Methods of Evaluating Objectives

A.Essay-based Exams to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic.
B.Journals and quizzes to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic.
C.Class participation, including contributions to class discussions and small-group work to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic.
D.Individual conferences to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic.
E.Analytical essays, including a major research paper to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic with research and multiple sources.
F.Final exam or project to assess abilities in analysis and synthesis of different points of views in a chosen topic with research and multiple sources.

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Examples of Primary Texts and References
1.Gardner, Janet. Reading and Writing About Literature A Portable Guide. Bedford/St. Martin's. 3rd
Edition. 2013.
2.Gardner, Janet. Literature: A Portable Anthology. 3rd Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2013.
3.Hacker, Diana. "Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age." 5th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. (http://dianahacker.com/resdoc/)
4.Lunsford, Andrea. "EasyWriter." New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013. 5th edition
5.Schilb, John. Arguing about Literature: A Guide and a Reader. 1st Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2014. Print.
B.Examples of Supporting Texts and References
1.Adiga, Aravind. "The White Tiger". New York: Free Press, 2008.
2.Akhtar, Ayad. Disgraced. New York: Back Bay Books, 2013.
3.Beukes, Lauren. "Moxyland (Angry Robot)." New York: Angry Robot, 2013.
4.Denny, Dave. Fool in the Attic. Aldrich Press. 2013. Print.
5.Diaz, Junot. This Is How You Lose Her. New York: Riverhead Trade. Print 2012.
6.Englander, Nathan. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. New York:Vintage, 2013.
7.Heivoll, Gaute. Before I Burn: A Novel . New York: Graywolf Press, 2014.
8.Hong, Cathy Park. "Engine Empire." New York: W.W. Norton 2012.
9.Hudes, Quiara Alegría. Water by the Spoonful. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012.
10.Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master's Son. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012.
11.Johnson, Denis. Train Dreams: A Novella. New York: Picador, 2012.
12.Karam, Stephen. Sons of the Prophet. New York: Dramatist's Play Service, 2012.
13.Lahiri, Jhupa. "The Lowland". New York: Pantheon, 2013.
14.Lee, Chang-Rae. On Such a Full Sea: A Novel. New York: Riverhead Hardcover, 2014.
15.Mueenuddin, Daniyal. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.
16.Norris, Bruce. Clybourne Park. New York: Faber & Faber, 2011.
17.Nottage, Lynn. Ruined. New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 2010.
18.Rivkin, Julie. "Literary Theory: An Anthology." New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 2nd edition.
19.Smith, Zaddie. "NW". New York: Penguin Books, 2013.