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The following is a sample syllabus for a 15-week course.

English 102—Course Syllabus

Notes to Instructors:

• Individual instructors may select additional essays for discussion in class and for use as models for writing assignments.

• Individual instructors will determine the number of journal assignments required each week.

• All English 102 students will write seven (7) essays (each one on a different theme). Individual instructors will determine which of the rhetorical patterns are developed. Only one of the seven may be a narrative essay; however, the narrative pattern may be incorporated in other essay types. Essays submitted for a grade must be at least 500 words in length.

Week 1

Orientation to course and text.

Introductory lecture on journal keeping as a reading and writing tool.

Reading and class review: Chapter 1: “The Reading Process.”

Group work: Apply “First Reading,” “Second Reading,” and “Evaluating a Selection” Checklists to Adam Mayblum’s “The Price We Pay” (Chapter 4).

Begin Reading Journal; see “Suggested Topics for Reading Journal.”

Week 2

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 2: “The Writing Process.”

Thematic Focus: “Education and Work.”

Read for class discussion: Joseph Suina’s “And Then I Went To School” (Chapter 8), William Zinsser’s “College Pressures” (Chapter 6), and Mary Sherry’s ”In Praise of the ‘F’ Word” (Chapter 11).

Reading Journal.

Week 3

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 3: “Description.”

Thematic Focus: “Family and Children.”

Read for class discussion: Gordon Parks’ “Flavio’s Home” (Chapter 3), Audre Lorde’s “The Fourth of July” (Chapter 4), and Kay Hymowitz’ “Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen” (Chapter 5).

Grammar Focus: Fragments (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 4

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 4: “Narration.”

Thematic Focus: “Ethics and Morality.”

Read for class discussion: Langston Hughes’ “Salvation” (Chapter 4), Stephanie Ericsson’s “The Ways We Lie” (Chapter 6), and John Darley and Bibb Latane’s “Why People Don’t Help in a Crisis” (Chapter 9).

Grammar Focus: Comma Splices and Run-ons (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 5

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 5: “Exemplification.”

Thematic Focus: “Men and Women.”

Read for class discussion: Camille Paglia’s “Rape: A Bigger Danger Than Feminists Know” (Chapter 11), Susan Jacoby’s “Common Decency” (Chapter 11), and Virginia Woolf’s “Professions For Women” (Chapter 12).

Grammar Focus: Faulty Subject-Verb Agreement (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 6

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 6: “Division and Classification.”

Thematic Focus: “Language and Communication.”

Read for class discussion: Ann McClintock’s “Propaganda Techniques in Today’s Advertising” (Chapter 6), Leslie Savan’s “Black Talk and Pop Culture” (Chapter 5), and Stanley Fish’s “Free Speech Follies” (Chapter 11).

Grammar Focus: Faulty Pronoun Agreement (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 7

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 7: “Process Analysis.”

Thematic Focus: “Humor and Satire.”

Read for Class Discussion: Barbara Ehrenreich’s “What I’ve Learned from Men” (Chapter 5), David Brooks’ “Psst! ‘Human Capital’” (chapter 6), and Dave Barry’s “The Ugly Truth About Beauty” (Chapter 8).

Grammar Focus: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 8

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 8: “Comparison/Contrast.”

Thematic Focus: “Government and Law.”

Read for Class Discussion: Stephen Chapman’s “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” (Chapter 8), William Lutz’s “Double Speak” (Chapter 6), Jonathan Alter’s “Time To Think About Torture” (Chapter 11), and Henry Porter’s “Now the Talk is about Bringing Back Torture” (Chapter 11).

Grammar Focus: Faulty Parallelism (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 9

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 9: “Cause-Effect.”

Thematic Focus: “Health and Medicine.”

Read for Class Discussion: James Gleick’s “Life as Type A” (Chapter 10), Alexandra Robbins & Abby Wilner’s “What Is the Quarterlife Crisis?” (Chapter 10), and Jessica Mitford’s “The American Way of Death” (Chapter 7).

Grammar Focus: Comma Misuse (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 10

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 10: “Definition.”

Thematic Focus: “Nature and Science.”

Read for Class Discussion: K. C. Cole’s “Entropy” (Chapter 10), Rachel Carson’s “A Fable for Tomorrow” (Chapter 8), Natalie Angier’s “The Cute Factor” (Chapter 10), and Joan Didion’s “The Santa Ana” (Chapter 12).

Grammar Focus: Apostrophe Misuse (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 11

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 11: “Argumentation-Persuasion.”

Thematic Focus: “Media and Technology.”

Read for Class Discussion: James Barszcz’ “Can You Be Educated From a Distance?” (Chapter 11), Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” (Chapter 9), and Clifford Stoll’s “CyberSchool” (Chapter 7).

Grammar Focus: Confusing Homonyms (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 12

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 11: “Argumentation-Persuasion.”

Thematic Focus: “Memories and Autobiography.”

Read for Class Discussion: Yuh Ji-Yeon’s “Let’s Tell the Story of All America’s Cultures” (Chapter 11), E. B. White’s “Once More to the Lake” (Chapter 3), and Alice Walker’s “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self” (Chapter 9).

Grammar Focus: Misuse of Italics and Underlining (Appendix B).

Reading Journal.

Week 13

Reading and class review and activities: Chapter 12: “Combining the Patterns.”

Thematic Focus: “Human Groups and Society.”

Read for Class Discussion: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “The World House” (Chapter 12), Mark Twain’s “The Damned Human Race” (Chapter 11), and Charles Sykes’ “The ‘Values’ Wasteland” (Chapter 5).

Reading Journal.

Week 14

Reading and class review and activities: Appendix A: “Sources.”

Note. This lesson should be moved up if a research paper is a required assignment for the course.

Thematic Focus: “Meaning in Life.”

Read for Class Discussion: Joan Didion’s “Marrying Absurd” (Chapter 12), George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” (Chapter 4), and Jacques D’Amboise’s “Showing What is Possible” (Chapter 9).

Reading Journal.

Week 15

Course review and Exam preparation.

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