COURSE POLICY STATEMENT Pop Culture Approach English 106 First-Year Composition 44456 - ENGL 10600 - 279 Fall 2011 Instructor: Alexandra Hidalgo Office: HEAV 208. Email: email@example.com OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 5:25-6:25
Course Description In this course you will be taught to think rhetorically when developing written and visual documents. You will learn to determine and fulfill the needs of your audience as you create different kinds of texts, as well as to show yourself to be a trustworthy source through your tone and the correct use of research.
We will explore the concept of otherness and the
roles it plays in both our culture and pop culture in order to analyze and
create multimodal rhetorical texts.
Course Texts My Antonia by Willa Cather. Please purchase the Signet Classics edition. compose design advocate by Anne Wysocki and Dennis Lynch X-Men God Loves, Man Kills by Christopher Claremont and Brent Eric Anderson.
All texts are available at Von’s Book Shop at 315 West State Street.
As a class we will watch Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost’s 2010 documentary Catfish and Stephen Daldry’s 2000 film Billy Elliot. The screenings will take place on the evenings that are most convenient to the majority of the students. I will not take attendance at the screenings. If you cannot attend, you can watch the films on your own, but you must make sure to watch them, as they will be pivotal to our class discussion.
You will also print texts that I will email you or post on our course website.
Course Assignments Project 1 Analytical Paper (individual project) 20% Project 2 Video (groups of 3-4 students) 20% Project 3 Website (individual or in pairs) 20% Portfolio 20% Quizzes and In-Class Participation 15% Attendance 5% TOTAL: 100%
TentativeClass Schedule ALL DUE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Monday, February 20 Project 1 draft due (bring an electronic copy) Thursday, February 23 Project 1 due Thursday, March 8 Drafts of Film Plan, Screenplay and Storyboard for Project #2 due Thursday, March 28 Project 2 due Thursday, April 12 Project 3 draft due Wednesday April 18 Project 3 due Thursday, April 19 Portfolio draft due
I will use the scale below in determining the value of your three projects and your portfolio:
Grade PercentagePoints (20%) A 100 20 A- 93 18.6 B+ 89 17.8 B 86 17.2 B- 83 16.6 C+ 79 15.8 C 76 15.2 C- 73 14.6 D+ 69 13.8 D 66 13.2 F 0 0
Project 1 Analytical Paper: For this project you will write an analytical paper related to My Antonia. Although I will provide you with suggestions of ways in which to engage critically with the texts, I am also open to your own ideas. Your essay will be 5-8 pages long (1,500-2,400 words). You will need at least three sources. One from the web, one from print or the library catalogue and a third that can be whatever you wish as long as it’s credible.
Project 2 Video: This is a group project and it has three components: a 3-5 minute video (either a documentary or a movie preview), a 5-8 page-long written analysis and your presentation of that analysis and the video. You will choose groups of 3-4 students to work with. You will be taught how to film and edit digital video, and you will be made familiar with cinematic storytelling conventions. You will make a documentary about a person, a group of people or organization that have experienced otherness and/or work toward helping others better understand and/or counter it. You can make a preview for a film that deals with otherness. In order to make your video and write your analysis, you will research your topic. You will need at least three sources. One from the web, one from print or the library catalogue, and a third that can be whatever you wish as long as it’s credible.
Project 3 Website: You can choose to do this project alone or with a partner. You will make a website about a work or person dealing with otherness or aspects of society influenced by otherness. You will be taught accessible website-making software, as well as online conventions and visual rhetoric. You will need at least three sources. One from the web, one from print or the library catalogue and a third that can be whatever you wish as long as it’s credible. The text in your site should be 1,200-1,800 words.
Portfolio: Your portfolio is a way for you to reflect on what you have learned this semester. In a Powerpoint presentation, you will define and provide examples for two of the many rhetorical concepts discussed throughout our course, as well as show how you applied them to at least two of your projects.
Quizzes: Your quizzes will be worth one point each. You will start the semester with 15 points. If you don’t miss any quizzes, you will have 15 points at the end. If you miss half a quiz, you’ll have 14.5 points and so on. I will quiz you pretty much every time we have a reading/movie assignment, and if you have done the assignment (and paid attention), you will be able to answer. The quizzes’ role is to give you an incentive to engage with the texts we discuss in class, since without understanding the assigned texts, you will not profit from this class.
Extra Credit: You will be able to earn two points of extra credit by watching documentaries from a list I will provide for you and then writing a response to the works. You will receive one point per documentary and can do a maximum of two.
Late Work Workshop drafts must be ready on the day of the workshop to receive any credit. Missed quizzes cannot be made up. A letter grade will be deducted per each day that a project is late.
Attendance Students will be expected to show up for every class and pay attention, but I realize that illnesses and other emergencies do come up. Therefore, you may miss four classes or conferences without penalty. After that, one percentage point will be deducted for every class session you miss. If you miss more than eight classes, whether your absences are excused or not, you will receive a failing grade. For extended absences due to medical or family emergencies, you should consult me upon return, if not sooner. A student who attends class but is not participating or paying attention may be counted as absent. Tardiness is inexcusable. Every tardy equals half an absence. The same applies for anyone who leaves class early. Bonus points will be awarded to students who miss fewer than their allotted four absences and who participate responsibly in class. You will receive one extra credit percentage point per each class you attend beyond your allotted four absences. For example, if you miss no classes and have no tardies, you will earn four percentage points.
Grief Absence Policy for Students Purdue University recognizes that a time of bereavement is very difficult for a student. The University therefore provides the following rights to students facing the loss of a family member through the Grief Absence Policy for Students (GAPS). GAPS Policy: Students will be excused for funeral leave and given the opportunity to earn equivalent credit and to demonstrate evidence of meeting the learning outcomes for missed assignments or assessments in the event of the death of a member of the student’s family.
A student should contact the ODOS to request that a notice of his or her leave be sent to instructors. The student will provide documentation of the death or funeral service attended to the ODOS. Given proper documentation, the instructor will excuse the student from class and provide the opportunity to earn equivalent credit and to demonstrate evidence of meeting the learning outcomes for missed assignments or assessments. If the student is not satisfied with the implementation of this policy by a faculty member, he or she is encouraged to contact the Department Head and if necessary, the ODOS, for further review of his or her case. In a case where grades are negatively affected, the student may follow the established grade appeals process.
Notifications I will use our course email list to notify you of important information between class meetings. Plan to check your Purdue email account at least once a day. Email is an effective and efficient way to reach me. I will check my email daily. In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond my control. Relevant changes to this course will be posted onto the course website or can be obtained by contacting me via email.
Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities must be registered with Adaptive Programs in the Office of the Dean of Students (http://www.purdue.edu/ODOS/adpro/Welcome.html) before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you are eligible for academic accommodations because you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please schedule an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
Student Code of Conduct Purdue University has adopted a Student Code of Conduct (http://www.purdue.edu/ODOS/osrr/conductcode.htm). All students must behave in a mature manner and respect others. You should avoid all disruptions to instruction. Cell phones and iPods must be turned off prior to class time. Do not work on reading or assignments for other classes or engage in other forms of reading and writing not related to the class. Do not distract others by talking or whispering. You should abstain from packing your things before class time is over. Students engaging in the forms of disruptive behavior defined above may be counted as absent for the day.
Academic Dishonesty Students who knowingly plagiarize will be reported to the Dean of Students. Plagiarism can result in failing the course. For a definition of plagiarism and an explanation of university policies see http://www.purdue.edu/ODOS/osrr/integrity.htm.
The Writing Lab The Writing Lab offers consultations to graduate and undergraduate students at Purdue. You can visit the Lab for feedback on any aspect of writing, including getting started on an assignment, grammar, or developing an argument. Sessions are thirty minutes long, so come with some specific questions about your assignment. To make an appointment for a consultation, you call 765-494-3723 or stop by Heavilon 226. For more information about the Writing Lab, you can visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/writinglab/.
Wednesday/Friday Conferences: No Conferences this week.
Thursday, Jan. 26:My Antonia, chapters I-XII (Book 2), p. 135-191.
Project 1 assignment sheet discussed.
WEEK 4: Monday, Jan. 30: Read “Evaluating Sources” to “How do I evaluate web sources?” p. 184-191 (I will email you a pdf with this assignment). Learning to distinguish between credible and non-credible sources and websites.