Cross-Cultural Encounters in Life and Literature: The American Mosaic II
Debra M. Rodriguez Santi Thompson Associate Professor of Spanish FSEM Writing Assistant Office: Hinsdale 133 Phone: 569-5136 Phone: 569Home phone: 330-527-0537 before 9 pm. Email: email@example.com Office Hours: T & R 9:30-10:30; M & W 1:30-3:00; call me or drop in if I’m there. Class: MWF 9:30-10:50 Room: Hinsdale 127 BOOKS AND MATERIALS: Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers. 4th ed. (Including electronic documentation supplement) Knepler, Annie, Ellie Knepler, and Myrna Knepler, eds. Crossing Cultures: Readings for Composition. 6th ed. NY: Pearson, 2003. Santiago, Esmeralda. When I Was Puerto Rican. NY: Vintage, 1993. Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. NY: Ballantine, 1989. plus Hiram College Electronic Reserves Class handouts COURSE DESCRIPTION: ―General education requirements at Hiram include two courses taken during the student’s first year: Colloquium (fall) and First Year Seminar (spring). Both courses are small, discussionbased, writing-intensive classes designed to introduce students to Writing Across the Curriculum, and to the concept of the liberal arts. First Year Seminars are often more discipline-specific than Colloquia and introduce students to writing in a particular field. The content of the course will obviously vary per section, but the academic purposes will remain essentially the same: to pay close attention to academic writing, to analyze and discuss a relevant literature, to promote thinking and inquiry, and to equip students with research skills that permit them to investigate important questions and hypotheses.‖ The topic of our seminar is the concept of culture in general and the experience of crossing cultural boundaries with specific reference to the diverse subcultures that make up the ―American Mosaic‖ of the United States. To begin with, we will examine what culture is, look at some of the ways that scholars have classified cultural differences, and review the cultural patterns typically associated with the United States. In doing so, we will be using concepts from the academic fields of cultural anthropology and intercultural communication. As we discuss the pervasiveness of culture, we will address such concepts as cultural relativity and ethnocentrism as well as adaptation to a foreign culture. All of our readings are based on this theme of cultural adaptation and intercultural differences. As we analyze the readings, we will enter the academic discipline of foreign language literature (and civilization). The main objectives of this course are to learn research skills by completing an investigative writing project in a verismilar manner and to improve the writing, discussion, and analytical skills needed for academic success. You should expect to do a lot of writing of all types (formal and informal, personal and academic, graded and not graded) and you will need to pay close attention to the differing expectations of each form.
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (4 sem hrs)
COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. To improve writing skills through the understanding and practice of process writing— prewriting, writing, and rewriting—and genre. 2. To practice research skills through the investigation of a substantive topic 3. To analyze and discuss culture, acculturation, and U.S. cultural patterns 4. To improve oral communication skills, including discussion and presentation skills
COURSE ASSESSMENT MEASURES 1. (Three essays with drafts, peer editing, and final revisions.) Pre and post writing evaluation. 2. (Research exercises and original research paper) Pre and post test 3. Pre and post test 4. (One individual oral presentation.)
POLICIES: ATTENDANCE IN CLASS IS REQUIRED. (See participation grade below.) ACADEMIC HONESTY—The idea of trust and responsibility implicit in the term academic honesty is a vital part of the creation of an academic community. Students will be specifically acculturated into its principles and will be held accountable for what has been discussed. Therefore, depending on its nature, any case of suspected academic dishonesty or intentional plagiarism will receive an F on the project or in the course, and will be reported to the Academic Dean. 68-69 = D+. 63-67 = D. 60-62 = D-. 0-59 = F.
GRADING SCALE— 93-100 = A. 90-92 = A-. 88-89 = B+. 83-87 = B. 80-82 = B-. 78-79 = C+. 73-77 = C. 70-72 = C-.
THE FINAL GRADE FOR THE COURSEYour final letter grade will be determined by the above grading scale according to the categories: CLASS COLLABORATION: 20% Attendance 10%: 100 = 0 absences; 90 = 1 excused; 80 = 2 excused; 60 = 3 excused; 0 = more than 3 absences. Participation 10%: This means you are prepared for class (i.e., your papers are ready when they are due); you are attentive to and participate in class discussion. It also means that you stay on task in small groups and are prepared to collaborate. ORAL COMMUNICATION: 10% One formal presentation based on research ESSAYS: 30% Three essays from three different genres, written according to the process writing stages of prewriting, writing, and substantive revision. RESEARCH: 40% An investigative writing project (or research paper) written in various stages (30%). Several research exercises that highlight certain types of information-gathering skills, including a bibliography and source evaluation (10%).
M—Jan 13— week 1 Intros & syllabus In-class writing pretest What is culture? HW: Bring Hacker for W. Read syllabus; skim book for author; research/define one ―building block‖ M –Jan 20— week 2 Martin Luther King Day
TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE W 15 F 17 class in HINSDALE 204 Syllabus and tentative schedule— BIBLIOGRAPHY research: bibliography & project Hacker on bib format 417-34 Author, bib, MLA, writing genres. Amy Tan ―Mother Tongue‖. The building blocks of culture. Ideas for essay 1. HW: Hacker, Tutorial 5, xx. Read CC, Tan 409-13. Have some ideas for essay 1 (personal essay). W 22 First bib due to Santi Discuss personal essay and research project Discuss Amy Tan and ―personal essay‖ Hw: Choose one personal essay by your author and read it. W 29 (evaluating research sources) Read Ortiz Cofer, 183Discuss cultural characteristics W 5 Essay 1—final version—due. (Discuss Morley & Cofer) Discuss paper 2 & generate ideas for it (comp & con papers). Begin to analyze Cold Water cultural differences. HW: Write a page response to Cold Water. Find the two short articles of criticism about your author for paper #2. (Read JLC) W 12 Transparency session. JLC discussion HW: JLC & paper 2 W 19 JLC discussion. HW: Final paper 2 HW: bib on author. Begin writing stage for essay 1. Read Hess, personal essay guide F 24 Final revised bib due to prof In library—Nonelectronic library resources. Evaluating sources (Hacker 384-88). HW: Complete a formal first draft of essay 1 F 31 Give Santi your revised essay 1 for comments. (discussed cofer and culture) HW Read Morley, 285F 7 Continue with Cold Water analysis. Begin to organize JLC: characters, structure and setting
10:00 research sources in 133. M 27—week 3: Informal writing workshop. Bring 4 copies of your essay. M Feb 3—week 4
Revisions of essay 1 returned. Discuss with Santi.
Discuss Morley & Cofer readings. Handout paper 2 assignment. HW: Final revison of ess1 Read paper 2 assignment. (Begin reading Joy Luck Club.) M 10—week 5 Report on progress paper 2. Themes in JLC HW: JLC & paper 2—bring in one paragraph. M—17—week 6 Writing workshop paper 2 = transparency session. HW: Read assignment paper 3. Revise paper 2 and take it to the Writing Center before Thursday.
HW: Read at least through Part III in JLC. Work on paper 2. F 14 Paper 2 draft to Santi JLC discussion. HW: JLC F 21 final paper 2 due JLC movie HW: Research one cultural
difference from your culture & write about it. Read the story for paper 3.
M 24—week 7 JLC—movie vs book Own culture and its internal differences.
W 26 Tan, Wong, and Jen: Ways of being American. HW: Research your author’s culture: what are its cultural characteristics? W 5 Writing wksp on short story analysis paper 3. HW: Levine 344-59. March 10-14 W 19 W 26 W Apr 2 W 9 Oral presentation of research
F 28 Paper 3 and short story. Research paper discussion: how will we tie it altogether. HW: Read Vendela Veda (67-75). F7 The perception of time. HW: paper 3 & read Santiago. F 21 drafts returned F—28 F 4 F 11 Oral presentation of res
HW: Read Wong and Jen
(13-15 & 159—60) M Mar 3—week 8 Veda. Progress reports on paper 3. HW: Begin Santiago; work on paper.
M 17—week 9 drafts to Santi M 24—week 10 Short story analysis paper 3 due M 31—week 11 M 7—week 12 res paper due HW: Read Mukherjee, Soto, Thomas & Divakaruni (handout) M 14
W 16 FINAL: 1-3. Bring paper revision. Essay 5—reflection on writing. Post course assessment.