Laurie Joy Anderson
B CUSP 134
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSp.
This writing class is designed to give you a chance to think through, speak, and write about yourself, nature, dreams, and spirituality. This course fulfills the English Composition requirement and will integrate several of the CUSP program learning goals, with a primary focus on communication as a “reflective and creative process of oral, performative, written, and multimedia expression.”
Student learning goals
Learn how to dig within and reflect on your own impressions, emotions, memories, dreams, myths, fairy tales, spiritual beliefs, that shape your life.
Write about these reflections in the context of the readings.
Learn how to identify and control your experiences within the reading process so you can become an active reader developing critical responses.
Experience different strategies for writing, so you can learn to write well, very quickly.
Appreciate how reading and writing are both communications with the public world as well as the inner world.
Demonstrate mastery of basic structural and stylistic rules of written communication.
General method of instruction
Students will work in writing groups for discussion and report out learning. Lectures, discussions, and videos will elucidate learning and reading.
Class assignments and grading
Four major writing assignments will be drafted (reviewed by student writing group and professor), revised and turned in again, so that students can perfect the writing process in their work.
Students will demonstrate learning in four major written assignments, quizzes, in-class or homework exercises, and grammar refreshers. An open-note final exam will be a small number of short essays where students can demonstrate critical thinking combined with timed essay writing.