Attention and Attendance

I used to have a simple attendance policy, but I have now added an attention component (significantly, attendance and attention share the same etymological roots). This is because too often students showed up to class while their attention was directed (generally through smart phones) elsewhere. In order to make the classroom a place where we… Continue reading Attention and Attendance

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Final Exam

For the final exam, you will be asked to write an in-class academic review essay on a book of your choice. Early in the semester, you will choose a book of at least 150 pages to read. It should be a non-fiction work of scholarship by a single author or authors.  (It should not be… Continue reading Final Exam

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Group Work

Students will work collaboratively in an editorial group to create an interdisciplinary journal, publishing your synthesis essays in an attractive academic or professional journal format (see above for more details). In addition to your individual essay grade, you will also receive a group grade based upon your collaboration, journal introduction, overall editing, and journal design.

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Synthesis Essay

Students will be placed into groups of 4-5 students. Each group will then work together to create a special issue of an academic journal that addresses a single topic from multiple perspectives. Each student will write one article for the journal. As a group, you should also supply 1) a title page for the journal… Continue reading Synthesis Essay

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Persuasive Essay

Write an essay in which you argue for a practice that a particular group of people should adopt. You should define the group, define the telos or goal they aspire to, and argue for a specific practice that can help them achieve that goal. You can write to any number of possible groups, e.g. Instagram… Continue reading Persuasive Essay

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Informative Essay

Define a virtue that is essential for success in a role or a discipline or a profession that is of interest to you. Explain how this virtue is practiced and what end(s) it serves. You will need to carefully define the virtue—what does it look like? What are some things that are close to it… Continue reading Informative Essay

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Online Grammar Work

You will be using an online program connected to The Little Seagull handbook called InQuizitive (for section I, use code 579659. for section J, use code 579671). Your grade on each module will be automatically generated; the system allows you to keep working within a module until you earn a score with which you are… Continue reading Online Grammar Work

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Responses to Readings

In response to some of the readings we will be discussing in the class, you will be asked to submit brief written summaries or reading quizzes (for instance, there will be quizzes on each chapter from Crider’s Office of Assertion). The bulk of this grade, however, will be composed of responses to Caring for Words… Continue reading Responses to Readings

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Annotated Bibliography Assignment

An annotated bibliography is an alphabetized list with summary information of all the sources which you find helpful in your research.  It serves as a record of the extent of your research and an overview of the types of information you found. (The Works Cited list which will accompany your paper includes only those sources… Continue reading Annotated Bibliography Assignment

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