In this Core class we will explore the different kinds of journeys Americans have been taking over the centuries, and how they make sense of those life travels, through texts, films and through class discussion. In addition, we will embark on an intellectual journey, which will include developing and honing the skills, tools and knowledge to be a strong student and a productive, responsible member of the larger community. For each class member, this part of the journey will include identifying and analyzing one’s voice and the privileges and burdens built into that voice, identifying and analyzing others’ voices and building respect for those diverse perspectives, and to critically assess all forms of information (oral, written and visual).
The main skill emphasized in this class will be writing. During the quarter you will sharpen and hone your writing skills. You will learn to construct an argument, gather evidence, shape your thesis to fit the audience, and organize your thoughts. In addition, you will also learn to seminar, peer edit papers, and critically analyze materials. Finally, you will learn to research and write a 6-8 page research paper with a minimum of 4 sources, proper citations and a bibliography.
All readings will be available on Canvas. There is no textbook.
-Bring the articles or solid notes based on the readings to help guide you through the discussions.
-Regular attendance. 2 absences will reflect negatively on your evaluation. 3 absences and you will not receive credit for the class. If there is a personal/family difficulty, please let me know as soon as possible.
-All papers must be typed, double-spaced, and with proper citations. Chicago, MLA or APA are acceptable. It does not matter which style you use, but it must be consistent and correct. I prefer that all assignments be uploaded onto Canvas and, on occasions, a hard copy brought to class.
-Active participation in class and small group discussions. If you are uncomfortable with speaking in front of people, please see me as soon as possible.
Because there are numerous writing assignments, timely submission is absolutely required.
One biographical journey paper (2-3 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.
One critical analysis (2 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.
One reflection paper (2 pages, double-spaced) + proper citation.
One research paper topic (1 page, double-spaced).
One Draft of Research paper. Double-spaced + proper citation.
Final version of research paper (6-8 pages, double-spaced) + proper citations.
Writing plan (1 Draft and the final version) for your e-portfolio.