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Azin Arefi - English

EWRT 2 Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking

Instructor: Prof. A. Arefi Voicemail: 864-8999 ext. 3050 E-mail: Office Hours: by appointment Website:

Course Introduction: This course is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and practice the application of those skills in expository, analytical, interpretive and argumentative writing based on critical reading of written, visual, and other nonverbal texts. We will explore divergent viewpoints on current issues, using race, gender, and identity as our tools. We will also focus on images, alongside literature in order to get beyond the literal “surface” readings. Course Objectives: Students will hone their critical thinking skills by gathering materials, planning, and writing effective analytical essays and other less formal writings. The essays will use proper logic, demonstrate organization, coherence, and will be well supported. Students will recognize, compare and evaluate alternative points of view, values, and meanings, including those of outside resources.

Course Requirements: • Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions. • Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and readings. • Four papers, one of which is a research paper • Presentations and group work • Completing 10 Journal assignments • Unannounced quizzes and in-class assignments

Required Texts: • A Course Reader, available from the instructor. (Sorry, no refunds or exchanges) • American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang • Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas • The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz • A grammar guidebook of your choice Course Evaluation:

Assignment Percentage Papers 30% Final Research Paper 20% Quizzes 10% Journals 10% Advertising Portfolio 10% Participation/Attendance 10% Group Work/Presentations 10% Total 100%

Grading Scale: 100-95% = A, 94-90 = A-, 89-85% = B, 84-80=B-, 79-75% = C, 74-70=C-, 69-60% = D, 59%-below = F Course Assignments: Journal/Discussion Questions. Your journals are responses to particular discussion questions or ideas discussed in class or to specified readings. You will write some of your journal entries in class, but most will be given as homework. All journals will be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, with one-inch margins all around. Your journals will be collected on the day they are due, evaluated, and returned to you so that you can rewrite and perfect them. Then all of your journals are collected and evaluated as a whole at the end of the quarter, including the ones that were returned to you, so please hang on to them. Quizzes. These quizzes measure your preparation for class and your understanding of class lecture and concepts covered. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class period so do not be late. They are meant to reward you for your preparation and your on-time attendance. Quizzes cannot be made up. Participation. You are expected to come to class prepared with paper, pen, appropriate text, having completed the reading and all assignments due, and ready to participate in discussion. Whether as a class or if you are in small groups, your contribution is required and necessary. Papers. You will be required to write four papers during the course. In each of these essays you should pay close attention to style and mechanics and implement the writing skills we discuss in class. You must demonstrate your critical thinking abilities. Your papers should be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, with one-inch margins all around. Each essay must be organized and written clearly. Careful proofreading and correct grammar and punctuation usage are crucial. Three to five pages is appropriate for each. Use MLA format.

Course Policies: Plagiarism. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas in direct quote, paraphrase, or summary form and submitting them as your own. I expect no copying or cheating whatsoever, at any time, by any student. IF YOU EVER FEEL BOGGED DOWN BY WRITER’S BLOCK OR FRUSTRATED WITH AN ASSIGNMENT IN ANY WAY, COME TALK TO ME! IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR WRITER’S VOICE AND WANT TO SOUND BETTER ON PAPER, COME TALK TO ME! Plagiarism is often committed on accident, by people who want to sound better or by those who do not know how to correctly incorporate and cite research into their papers. But these are not excuses for it. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, is always wrong. Plagiarism may result in automatic failure of the course. Attendance: Attendance every day is required. You should come to class on time and prepared. If you have to be absent, please email to excuse yourself. If you have three unexcused absences, I will assume that you have withdrawn, and give you a W. Repeated tardiness will equal absences. Respect: In class we will be discussing a lot of issues and each individual person's opinion must be respected. You are to listen to each other and be considerate of one another at all times. You can disagree with someone, but always in a respectful manner. Disruptive behavior may result in being dropped from the class. As part of that, please remember to turn off cell phones, as they are disruptive to the class. If your cell phone does go off, you are to bring treats for the class the next day .


And finally… Welcome to EWRT 2! I am sure we are going to have a great and productive quarter! Note: This greensheet is subject to change with advanced notice.

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Last Updated: 4/25/16