Composing Fantasy Syllabus

One of the things I pride myself on is doing my part to get students acclimated to college life. I've spent many semesters teaching "The College Experience" to freshmen to do do this, but in Fall 2017 I decided to do something a little different. Below is a syllabus I've developed to teach about adjusting to college through the same lens of people becoming acclimated to a fantasy world.  As always I don't mind anyone taking a look at or sharing my syllabus, but do know that this (like everything else on this site) is of MY CREATION, so if you use it, CITE ME!

Course Description

English 1101 will introduce students to academic writing.  The course will emphasize that effective writing addresses the audience, the purpose, and the context of the writing situation.  Through discussions and assignments, students will come to understand that writing is a process that is best learned through practices of reading and evaluating sources, composing multiple drafts, revising proofreading, editing and recognizing and employing standard edited English.  The course will also address the issue of avoiding plagiarism through the practices of effectively summarizing and paraphrasing, quoting, and correctly citing the ideas and arguments of other authors.  Finally, students will come to understand why acquiring competent writing skills will provide them with more opportunities for achieving their academic and professional goals.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Students in this class will:

1) To analyze, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate the aesthetics, arguments, and rhetorical strategies in various texts

2) To use critical problem-solving skills and humanities-based research methods (or others as appropriate) with an understanding of their relevance across disciplines

3) To identify and use appropriate tone, diction, style, and format for diverse audiences

4) To create, organize, and fully develop original ideas, subjects, and thesis statements in oral and written arguments using print and electronic media

5) To analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources, looking beneath the surface of a text to identify and evaluate diverse thematic, generic, or cultural meanings that give resonance and depth to textual study

6) To engage individually and collaboratively in the writing process including prewriting, writing, editing, assessing, and revising

7) To become acquainted with research and documentation techniques

Upon completion, students will be able to:

1) Respond appropriately in writing and speaking to different rhetorical situations, different audiences, and for different purposes

2) Read and comprehend various texts at the college level

3) Respond to the needs of different audiences and adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality in sustained arguments

4) Use electronic environments for such recursive tasks as drafting, reviewing, editing, sharing texts, and preparing oral presentations

5) Use strategies throughout the writing process for generating, revising, editing, proofreading, and critiquing texts

6) Control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

7) Practice basic principles of MLA documentation and source integration

 

Course Schedule

 

Week 1: (8/15 & 8/17): Welcome!

Tuesday = Diagnostic Essay (Welcome to Comp I!)

Thursday = Class Discussion (A Whole New World)

 

Week 2: (8/22 & 8/24): Read and Write Strong

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: "Reading and Writing" (How You Write)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Short Story (How You Read)

 

Week 3: (8/29 & 8/31): Welcome to Colorius

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 1-43. Practice Introductions. (The World of the Elementals) 

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 44-64. Practice Body Paragraphs and Conclusions. (The Journey Begins)

 

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Week 4: (9/5 & 9/7): Living in A.G.'s World

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 65-104. Discuss Narrative Essay (What Would You Do?)

Thursday = Discuss format of Narrative Essay (Tell Me a Story)

 

Week 5: (9/11 & 9/14): Paint the Picture

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 105-123. Do action scene description assignment. (In the Abandoned Factory)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 124-139. Do dialogue scene description assignment. (The Changing of the Leader)

 

Week 6: (9/19 & 9/21): Two Factories

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 140-170. Peer Review for Narrative Essay (A Helping Hand) 

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 171-183. Do personal narrative assignment (All About Me)

 

Week 7: (9/26-9/28): Almost There

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 184-215.  (Share Your Stories)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 216-225. Do recap of book assignment. (Let's Recap)

 

Week 8: (10/3 & 10/5): You are now Leaving Colorius

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Legend of the Orange Scepter pages 226-243. (Journey's End)

Thursday = Email/Digital Conversation assignment (Across Galaxies)

 

Week 9: (10/10 & 10/12): Defining the Shadows

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 1-41. Discuss Definition Essay. (Welcome to My Hood)

Thursday = Discuss format of Definition Essay (This is How You Do It)

Week 10: (10/17 & 10/19): Valuable Artifacts

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 42-80. Discuss cultural artifacts (Who Are You?)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 81-99. Peer Review for Definition Essay. (I Am You; You Are Me)

Week 11: (10/24 & 10/26): The Source of Power

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 100-140. Begin citation exercise. (Checking the Facts)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 141-158. Finish citation exercise. (Checking Them Twice)

 

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Week 12: (10/31 & 11/2): Shaping Up

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 159-199. Watch and Discuss: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Two Painted Worlds)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 200-224. Discuss Argument Essay. (Let's Argue)

 

Week 13: (11/7 & 11/9): Debate This!

Tuesday =  Debates (Say Your Peace)

Thursday = Debates (On the Other Hand)

 

Week 14: (11/14 & 11/16): Do You Believe Me Now? 

Tuesday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 225-269. Discuss format of Argument Essay. (So This is How This Works)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: Shadowshaper pages 270-297. Peer Review for Argument Essay. (Lucera Lucera)

 

Week 15: (11/21 & 11/23): Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Break (Honor Your Heritage)  

 

Week 16: (11/28 & 11/30): The End

Tuesday = Jeopardy...WITH A TWIST! (Come on Down!)

Thursday = Read and Discuss: "Sweet Sweet Fantasy". Class Wrap-Up. (Fantasy's Over)

Final Exam will be announced during Class Wrap-Up