Research In Media Literacy Syllabus

As I reach the five year teaching milestone, I continually work to improve on my teaching strategies. That, combined with living in a world where analyzing the media is more important than it has ever been, I felt like it was time for my classroom to become a space where that type of analytical work was welcomed. This syllabus is the result of the decision to use my classroom to heighten media literacy. 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 1102 is the second of two first-year composition courses at Georgia Gwinnett College. English 1102 reinforces and builds upon the academic writing skills—inquiry, critical analysis, argumentation, research, and documentation—that students began to develop in English 1101. In this course, students will conduct and document more research than they did in English 1101, critically analyze the arguments of other writers, and finish the semester by writing a 4000+ word research paper on a topic chosen through consultation with their professor. In addition, because grammar and usage are important components of the writing process, students will be expected to demonstrate a competency in Standard Academic English in all of their written work.

This course in particular will focus on media literacy, that is to say informing students of the various ways by which media platforms (including but not limited to literature, film, television, music, video games, and social media) shape their worldviews. Media literate students will be able to draw their own inferences from various media platforms and be able to critically analyze media productions even outside of the classroom. 

Learning Objectives/Outcomes


Students in this class will be asked...

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

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

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

·         To engage individually and collaboratively in the writing process including prewriting, researching, writing, editing, assessing, and revising

·         To analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources

·         To synthesize or integrate primary and secondary sources in developing and supporting a thesis

·         To implement conventions of research, documentation, and academic diction and style


Upon completion, students will be able to:

·         Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and evaluating forms, arguments, and rhetorical strategies of diverse texts

·         Demonstrate proficiency using critical problem-solving skills and research methods

·         Demonstrate the ability to create via print and electronic media original written texts that effectively argue a stance, support a position, answer a question, or solve a problem using sound reason and relevant evidence appropriate to purpose and audience

·         Demonstrate the ability to successfully engage individually and collaboratively in the writing and research process

·         Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources

·         Demonstrate an ability to synthesize primary and secondary sources in developing and supporting a thesis

·         Demonstrate proficiency implementing conventions of research, documentation, and academic diction and style

Course Schedule


Week 1: (8/13-8/18): Welcome!

Diagnostic Essay, Theme Introduction, and Class Discussion (Welcome to 1102)


Week 2: (8/20-8/25): The First Assignment

Argument Paper Discussion, Argument Paper Template Discussion, How to Read (Let's Get Writing)


Week 3: (8/27-9/1): You Gotta Cite It!

Citation Exercise and Lesson (Use Your ReSources)



Week 4: (9/3-9-8): Reading Came First

Read and Discuss: No Child and "Relating to Students Through the Medium of Media

Peer Review for Argument Paper (World of Books)



Week 5: (9/10-9/15): What're Ya Watchin'?

Watch and Discuss: "Who You Callin' a Sissy?" and UP

Read and Discuss: "TV Shows and Bullying: Starting a Dialogue with Children" and "In Pixar's UP, Two Chairs Mean the World" (UPs and Downs)


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Week 6: (9/17-9/22): Music Video (Games)

Listen to and Discuss: "Family Feud" by the Carters, "What About Us" by P!nk, "Far Away" by Marsha Ambrosius and "1-800-273-8255" by Logic

Watch and Discuss: Mario Galaxy Spec Commercial, Far Cry 5 Story Trailer, Mafia III Revenge Trailer, and BAMF Babes #3: Samus Aran.

Read and Discuss: "Why Gaming is Now For Adults and Art Lovers" and "Decoding Beyonce's Lemonade" (The Sound of Gaming)


Week 7: (9/24-9/29): The World Wide Web

Research: Assigned Hashtags (#)

Watch: At least two (2) episodes of The Grapevine

Proposal Discussion (The Blu-Vine)


Week 8: (10/1-10/6): Let's Talk It Out

Proposal Meetings (What're Ya Writing?)


Week 9: (10/8-10/13): The Re-Boot

Read and Discuss: Research Handout

Research Paper Discussion

Source Discussion (Down to Business)


Week 10: (10/15-10/20): Off to the Library

Library Visit

Outline and Annotated Bibliography Discussion (Create Your OWN!)


Week 11: (10/22-10/27): So....About This Paper....

Paper Breakdown (HOW're Ya Writing?)


Week 12: (10/29-11/3): What Was Said?

Read and Discuss: Using Sources

Incorporating Quotations Discussion

Paper Breakdown (Quotes Against Humanity)




Week 13: (11/5-11/10): Present to Us

Presentations (Let's See What You Got)


Week 14: (11/12-11/17): Keep Presenting

Finish Presentations (Are You Finished...)


Week 15: (11/19-11/24): Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Break (Be Grateful) 


Week 16: (11/26-12/1): The End

Class Wrap-Up (...Or Are You Done?)


Research Paper Final Drafts Due: December 7th at 11:59pm