Sample Syllabus Three: Voice Theme Expository College Writing Bethany Shaffer 15 Week Semester University of Texas-Arlington Two 65 Minute Classes per Week Introduction: This is an integrated course in critical thinking, reading, and writing. Because these three processes are mutually dependent, we will spend our time reading and analyzing texts as well as writing about them. The type of formal writing we will do in this class is generally known as expository writing, which is a combination of informative and argumentative writing. In this type of writing, you will show both your understanding of texts we have read and your own thoughts about the issues they discuss. Requirements: TEXT -- The Arlington Reader, Second Edition. Bloom/Smith. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. READING –You will be expected to complete all of the assigned reading for this course so that you may participate in classroom discussion and learning activities. ESSAYS –This course will require you to write three essays: a personal narrative, a synthesis essay, and a thesis driven essay focused on voice, film, and writing. Each essay must be of proper length and must follow the MLA format. READING RESPONSES –You will be required to write five (5) reading responses. These brief, two (2) page responses will fully enable you to analyze the assigned readings and therefore participate in class discussion. Responses are due on the dates marked on the course schedule. ***Note: all reading responses must be typed in 12pt font, Times New Roman, MLA headings, and 1” margins. Failure to comply with these specifications will result in a zero for the assignment. PRESENTATION –You will be assigned a formal presentation at the end of the semester. Oral communication is an excellent way to help generate writing topics and ideas. It will also help with your ability to speak formally before a group of people with confidence. Each presentation will last approximately ten (10) minutes. While no formal writing will be turned in, I do suggest creating note cards, posters, power point presentations, etc to help make your ideas flow smoothly and effectively. (None of these suggestions are required. If you can stand solo and deliver a proper speech, then go for it.) Please dress accordingly. Course Schedule: I have tried to make this document as complete as possible; however, during the course of the semester we may be required to alter, add, or abandon certain policies/assignments. I reserve the right to make such changes as they become necessary. You will be informed of major changes in writing. NOTE- Reading assignments are due on the dates they are listed, not the class after. Week Class Work Assignments 1 Course Introduction None Policies and Procedures 1 Diagnostic Essay Read: Introduction (1-7) What exactly is voice? Class discussion of reading processes. 2 How can I use my voice in writing? Read: Introduction (7-26) Focused free write on times when voice has come through in academic writing. 2 Discuss response papers. Read: Welty (33-38) and Tan (38-42) Analyzing the different voice techniques Due: Reading Response #1 used by both authors. 3 Multiple forms for developing papers from Bring in a finalized topic for the ideas. Students will learn mapping, spider Narrative essay webbing, and questioning. 3 Group discussions of all three questions Read: Baldwin (118-127) and listed after Santiago essay. Each group will Santiago (129-135) answer the questions and report to the class. Due: Reading Response #2 4 Students will create a list of places where Read: Spiegelman (139-142) personal voice can be found that are often forgotten. Answer discussion questions 1 and 3 from TAR 4 Peer Review: Carefully read and analyze Due: Draft of Narrative Essay three peers’ essays. Be sure to fully answer (please bring three copies to class) the questions on the review sheet. 5 Discuss strengths and weaknesses of essay. Due: Personal Narrative Essay Distribute synthesis essay prompt. Field initial round of questions. 5 Free write on whether or not action can Read: Alexie (47-51) and Wright count as voice? What is voice limited to? (57-60) Close reading of Alexie. 6 Class discussion of Thoreau’s choices and Read: Thoreau (187-192) and how he articulates such choices by using Thoreau (192-194) voice. Due: Reading Response #3 6 Intense writing session on using voice when None writing about multiple texts. 7 Library Presentation on finding research Please meet in the library for class. materials. 7 Students will look at a sample paper and Due: One page worth of ideas and grade it using my rubric. questions concerning the essay. Opportunity to ask questions and/or raise concerns about synthesis essay. 8 Lab time and mini-conference opportunity. Bring materials to work on the synthesis essay. 8 Peer Review: Carefully read and analyze Due: Draft of Synthesis Essay three peers’ essays. Be sure to fully answer (please bring three copies to class) the questions on the review sheet. 9 Revision and editing activities. Bring in one draft with comments and one clean copy. 9 Discuss strengths and weakness of essay. Due: Synthesis Essay Field questions for final portion of semester. Allow students to choose a film emphasizing personal voice. Spring No Class No Class Break Spring No Class No Class Break 10 Begin watching Real Women have Curves None 10 Finish Real Women have Curves Due: Reading Response #4 Focused free write on voice in film. Analyze the main character’s voice so far in the movie. With whom does she speak freely? Who silences her voice? 11 Group activity: How does the America Read: Stanton (375-378) Ferrera’s character use voice compared to how Stanton does? Which woman is more effective in using their voice? 11 Free write on how struggle can either Read: Williams (656-663) silence or bring out personal voice. Due: Reading Response #5 Discussion of questions 2 and 3. 12 MLA Day: Students will practice using MLA Day. direct quotations, proper citation and documentation of sources. 12 Unpacking Day Due: Working thesis statement and Students will develop their thesis statements working bibliography and create outlines for the final essay. 13 Where is your voice? Bring all notes from the previous How does your thesis statement reflect your class including thesis and bib. own voice while commenting on the use of voice in film and text? 13 Peer Review: Carefully read and analyze Due: Draft of Final Essay three peers’ essays. Be sure to fully answer (please bring three copies to class) the questions on the review sheet. 14 Conferences for half of the students. Conferences and work time. Lab time for others. Be sure to have materials to work on. 14 Conferences for half of the students. Conferences and work time. Lab time for others. Be sure to have materials to work on. 15 Presentations Presentations 15 Presentations Presentations Finals No formal class meeting during final exam Due: Final Essay Week time. Stop by to drop off your final paper.
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