ENGL 112 - Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking - Juan R. Buriel
|Course:||Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking|
|Professor:||Juan R. Buriel|
Hello, my name is Juan R. Buriel. I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC, Irvine and have been teaching full-time at COC since 2007. I also attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, was born and raised in Riverside, CA, and reside in Santa Clarita with my family.
I approach my courses with the belief that collaboration, modeling, and relevance are keys to academic success. What this means is that our understanding and written work is the product of a group effort consisting of the student, peers, and the professor. No one does it alone. To eliminate surprises or guessing, I believe in providing plenty of sample work that shows what a finished product might look like, whether it be an essay or a discussion thread and response. Finally, I believe that what we study and produce must be personally relevant. For instance, even less formal discussion threads should be viewed as producing content for eventual use in an essay. It should all be connected.
Please feel free to email me if you have concerns, questions, or would like more information.
This is a UC/CSU transferable course that builds on the critical thinking, reading, and writing practices begun in English 101, offering instruction in analytical, critical, and argumentative writing, critical thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation through the study of literary works from major genres, while developing students' close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. Prerequisites include English 101, English 101H, or placement determined by the COC English assessment process. Units (4.00) apply to the associate degree. Course objectives include:
- Apply critical thinking, specifically multiple perspectives, rhetorical strategies and related fallacies, as well as critical theories, to the analysis and interpretation of literature
- Compose well-structured, grammatically-correct essays which demonstrate the ability to critically read, analyze, compare and evaluate complex literary terms while supporting interpretations with convincing textual evidence
What to Expect in this Course
Two significant Canvas announcements will be posted each week during the semester. A Monday announcement will introduce activities while a Friday announcement will serve as a brief reminder. These announcements will provide convenient links to: office hours; discussions; course documents; videos. These announcements will also include detailed guidance on readings and assignments. Each discussion contains a sample thread and response to assist with their production. Each essay assignment also contains sample material to model what is expected.
Types of Assessments
The course consists of 4 essays (on fiction, the novel, poetry, and drama), a weekly discussion, and regular reading.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Gardner, Janet E., Joanne Diaz, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel. Literature: A Portable Anthology. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2021. ISBN#: 9781319215033. [required - by week #1]
Boyle, T.C. The Tortilla Curtain. New York: Penguin, 1996. ISBN#: 9780140238280. [required - by week #4]
Ruggiero, Vincent Ryan. Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2012. ISBN#: 9780078038181. [required - by week #1]
Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writers. 10th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2022. ISBN#: 9781319244255. [optional]
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Last updated: 02/10/2022 Sub#: 283