Jill E. Gatlin
Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.
For AUTUMN 2003: American Environments. In this course, you will advance, add to, and refine the writing skills you began to develop in 100-level English courses. We will work on both reviewing and complicating our ideas about what makes a piece of writing persuasive, critical, interesting, meaningful, and important. While our focus will be on academic writing – in particular, argumentative analysis – we will also consider the various expectations and effects of other professional, public, or personal forms of writing. We will approach writing as a process that is both individual and collaborative. This course will be rigorous and rewarding: expect daily reading, writing, and/or research assignments; we will use class time for discussions and writing workshops, which will require everyone’s active, engaged participation.
Readings, discussions, papers, and projects will focus on the topic of “American Environments.” We will be querying the social and material construction and negotiation of natural, rural, urban, and suburban environments, reading both fictional and non-fictional texts that articulate various experiences in, perceptions of, and arguments about environments. In some contexts, “environment” will have meanings similar to “nature,” but in others, it will refer more broadly to urban or suburban social spaces. We will also discuss the ways in which these spaces overlap, especially in terms of everyday practices and experiences.
Method of instruction will consist of discussions and writing workshops in a classroom of active, engaged participants.
Be familiar with the basics of academic writing--those outlined in 100-level writing courses. Be ready to learn and be excited to learn--and to produce knowledge!
Class Assignments and Grading
Expect daily reading and/or writing assignments as well as a few major papers.
Grades will be based on strong written work and active, engaged participation.