Better late than never, I’ve posted my syllabi and assignments for the semester. While two of the courses I’m teaching this spring have the same title, Writing and Critical Inquiry, I essentially have three course preps because I’m teaching one of them, an Honors section, very differently than the other.
The Honors class is an open-ended nightmare, because I’m making the students design the course materials, down to the policies, syllabus, readings, and writing assignments. Watch it unfold here. Content will fill in as the class collectively completes it, but I hope to have a complete picture of the semester within a week or two. The sooner we work it all out, the better for students. My other 202 course is more straightforward, though I have tweaked the course considerably since last semester.
In a change from prior semesters I am rolling out major writing assignments only as they arise, and not all at the beginning of the semester. This is to keep students focused on the immediate tasks at hand and to reduce their anxiety. We’ll see if it works in either case.
This is also my very first semester at WCU not teaching a grad class. Instead I’m teaching an upper level English Lit/Liberal Studies class called Stories Retold, in which we’ll read Nicholson Baker, Colson Whitehead, Nicole Krauss, Jose Saramago, Italo Calvino, Michael Ondaatje, Magnus Mills, and related criticism.
As always, fellow instructors are free to crib whatever they like, but I always appreciate getting credit.
A little last minute, but policies, syllabi, and assignments have been posted. My grad course, ENGL 610: History of Rhetoric, and my two sections of sophomore writing, ENGL 202: Writing and Critical Inquiry, are up. In the undergrad course I’ll be framing our study of rhetoric around food issues, specifically those raised in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. I’ll also be making use of other food-related media, like Will Burdette’s excellent podcast No Satiation, and Perennial Plate. And, it’s an election year, so I’m sure that political candidates will be saying plenty of asinine things for us to have fun with.
As always, feel free to crib materials, but I always appreciate attribution.
A bit late, I’ve posted my syllabi for the Spring ’12 semester.
The info for my grad class, ENGL 614, 20th Century Rhetorical Theory, may undergo some refinements, and largely is intended to fulfill the needs of our rhet/comp MA students preparing for their comprehensive exams, but with my own spin.
I have also revised and updated the syllabus for my version of our sophomore rhet/comp course, ENGL 202 Rhetorical and Critical Inquiry. I haven’t gotten the major assignments posted for this one yet, but will have them up within 48-72 hours. I’ve left more wiggle room in this syllabus than in the past, so some things will be filled in as we go along.
As always, please feel free to crib from here, or from any of my past courses, but I appreciate attribution.
I’ve finally gotten around to posting the syllabi and assignments for my fall courses, ENGL 202: Writing and Critical Inquiry (sophomore level, required, two sections) and ENGL 610: History of Rhetoric (graduate). As always, I will probably tweak things over the course of the semester, giving students appropriate notice.
Fellow teachers, also as always, please feel free to crib from me if you see something you like, but I of course appreciate attribution.
I’ve posted syllabi and most assignments for my undergraduate and graduate courses for Spring 2011. All class materials can always be found on the Courses page.
Materials for both sections of the undergraduate course ENGL 102: Writing and Critical Inquiry can be found here: ENGL 102-09 and ENGL 102-13.
Here are the materials for the graduate course ENGL 695: Visual and Digital Rhetorics.
I hope everyone enjoyed the snow days. I did. And it sure is a lot easier to deal with snow days in the beginning of the semester than in the middle of it . . . See you all in class.
As always, if you’re an instructor at another institution and would like to crib something from me, feel free, but please do attribute. I’m happy to answer questions about my syllabi and materials as well.