ENGL 103 - Critical Reading/Writing/Thinking - Professor Ashley Jean Granillo
|Professor:||Professor Ashley Jean Granillo|
Welcome to English 103!
You might be wondering why you need another English class, right? I want you to keep the “why” part of the question and dismiss the fact that this is an “English” course. For now, at least.
English is typically viewed as the study of grammar and literature. While that’s partially true, the study of English is listed under the Department of Humanities, or the study of human society and culture. Therefore, this course was designed to challenge your current thought process and to help you analyze the world around you.
Unlike conventional English classes, we will be reading a variety of texts including cake as visual art, fashion, and public spaces. These are things we encounter daily, which means that it is all the more important to know why they exist and how they shape our world socially and politically. Especially important is the ability to articulate and write nuanced arguments that will allow other people to engage with our varying perspectives.
Through the writing process and a series of critical frameworks derived from literary criticism, a study within the field of English, together we will discover the greater significance, impact, and value of these texts. Each framework will provide its own criteria by which we will begin begging those larger questions. Not only that, we will also engage in the design process to turn composition into creation.
Keep an open mind, listen to others, and the journey will be that much more valuable to you.
(Prof. G. is fine, too!)
Examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. Focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative writing, and logical reasoning. Essay topics may include pop culture, politics, social issues, or moral/ethical issues.
What to Expect in this Course
Online Live Sessions
Please treat our Zoom classroom like a regular classroom environment. While your camera does not have to be on, you are still expected to:
For attendance reasons: ensure your FIRST and LAST Name appears on the screen, along with your PRONOUNS
Be alert and ready to learn!
Actively participate in breakout rooms, class discussions, and Google Doc collaborations through the chat, or by turning on your microphone.
Avoid doing work, driving, or completing other tasks while our class is in session. I don't want you to miss anything important :)
Google Jam Boards and Google Docs
In between readings and lectures, we will interact within these spaces to make the readings more tangible, or real. If you do not participate, this assignment will count towards one of your 3 allowed absences.
Discussion Board Posts
Discussion boards will be due at the end of every week. They function like mini essays and are a safe space for you to write about a subject of choice within the scope of our current unit. We will use ONE of these posts per unit to turn into an essay.
Types of Assessments
Google collaborations during online live sessions, discussion board posts, and writing projects/essays.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The World is a Text by Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader | Broadview Press 2018 | ISBN: 978-1-55481-379-7 Critical Theory Today by Lois Tyson | Third Edition, Routledge | ISBN: 978-0-415-50675-5
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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 731