ENGL 103 - Critical Reading/Writing/Thinking - Randy Gifford
I'm Professor Gifford. I look forward to working with you in English 103. I especially like this level as we get to work on the key skills of thinking in a critical way. Remember that learning is a process and things will come together when you trust in that process.
The official catalog description for the class is: "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 that means for you is a focus on these skills through materials on a variety of topics. We will use images, movies, articles, and literature.
What to Expect in this Course
As this is an 8-week course, you have to expect a fast pace and a busy schedule! 8 weeks is not less work; it is the same content as a 16-week course done in half the time. That means the writing and analysis process will be much faster.
Types of Assessments
While essays are key, you will also be assessed through discussion boards, and more integrated creative and critical thinking assignments (for example, a new Kindle).
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Informed Arguments: A Guide To Writing and Research
Other Relevant Course Information
This class is only 8 weeks so we move quickly. I recommend regularly checking in so that you don't miss something. Don't wait for things you don't understand; always reach out to me and I will be more than happy to help you.
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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 726