English 103: Critical Thinking and Composition Tentative Class Schedule



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English 103: Critical Thinking and Composition

Tentative Class Schedule


  • This is a “tentative” course schedule, and I reserve the right to make changes as I deem appropriate and necessary throughout the semester.

  • All course readings are to be read by the date listed.

  • All HW is due the date in which it appears; homework must be TYPED, LABELED and submitted at the beginning of class.

  • If you are not present for class discussion based on readings/HW, you will not receive full credit on the HW assignment.

  • After one warning, cell phone use, texting, and other electronic distractions will result in dismissal from the class for that entire class time. The third offense will result in appropriate administrative action.


WEEK ONE

1/14 Introduction to course, Review Syllabus and Tentative Schedule, BB issues


1/15 View documentary film, Discuss
1/ 17 Reading: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (available in the External Links Folder in BB)

Discussion
WEEK TWO

1/22 Diagnostic Essay


Reading: A World of Ideas (AWOI) p. 439-458 “Mind”/”Allegory of the Cave” by Plato AND p. 571-593 “Nature”/”The Four Idols” by Francis Bacon

HW 1—Answer the following questions following the readings:

P. 458 – 2, 3, 6

P. 593 –2, 4, 5

Discussion
1/24 Reading & Homework in Beyond Feelings (BF):

Part 1: “The Context” (Chapters 1, 2, 5)



HW 2– Answer the following questions found in the “Applications” section at the end of each chapter.

    1. Chapter 1 – 6, 8

    2. Chapter 2 – 3

    3. Chapter 5 – 5, 6

WEEK THREE
1/28 *Late Start Continue Activities and Discussion

1/30 Pitfalls of Critical Thinking



Reading & Homework in (BF):

Part 2: “The Pitfalls” Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13



HW 3– Answer the following questions found in the “Applications” section at the end of each chapter.

    1. Chapter 8 – 5

    2. Chapter 9 – 3, 4

    3. Chapter 10 – 4

    4. Chapter 11 – 4

    5. Chapter 12 – 1

    6. Chapter 13 – 6



View Film: The Cider House Rules (CHR)
2/1 In Class Essay based on CHR
WEEK FOUR

2/5 Discuss CHR



In Class Essay based on CHR

2/7 Reading & Homework in (BF):

Part 3: Part 3 “A Strategy” Chapters 14 and 15

HW 4– Answer the Critical Inventory Questions (p. 159) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 17


    1. Chapter 14 – 1

    2. Chapter 15 – 1 or 3



    3. Wrap Up – Beyond Feelings: In-Class Activity/Discussion

In-Class Activity Recognizing the Pitfalls in Your Critical Thinking

View excerpts from the film Juno

Quiz 1 (Based on reading from BF, synthesis/analysis of CHR and Juno)

Activities and Discussion



WEEK FIVE

2/11 *Late Start Continue Activities and Discussion



Introduce Essay 1 & Essay/Thesis Review
2/13 Reading Creating America (CA):

    1. Chapters 1 & 2 p. 1-47

    2. Chapter 7 p. 239-244

    3. “Keep Within Compass” p. 244-245

    4. (Optional*Chapters 3 & 4 Essay Review p. 39-100)

HW 4 – p. 245 1 & 5
WEEK SIX

2/19 Reading: (CA)



    1. “Hegemony, Hubris, and Overreach” p. 162 – 167

    1. “In the Land of the Free” p. 187 – 195

    2. “There’s No Way like the American Way” p. 199 – 201

    3. “Marriage is a Fundamental Right” p. 270 – 272

    4. “Reserve Marriage for Heterosexuals” p.273 – 274



HW 5 – Answer the following questions found in the “For Discussion” section at the end of each piece:

“Hegemony, Hubris, and Overreach” p. 167 – 2 & 4

“In the Land of the Free” page 195 – 1 & 2

“There’s No Way like the American Way” p. 201 – 1, 2, & 4

“Marriage is a Fundamental Right” p. 272 – 1, 3, & 4

“Reserve Marriage for Heterosexuals” p. 274 – 1, 2, & 4


Discussion
2/21 **MIDTERM PREP: Midterm introduction

ESSAY ONE DUE NEXT CLASS


HW 6 – Bring to class the following research material:
1-- information about one of the examples Kevin Phillips uses in his essay “Hegemony, Hubris, and Overreach”

2–– articles on American immigration policy: 1) past policy 1) current policy.

3 – one contemporary advertisement that includes American symbols.

4– articles on same sex marriage: 1) pro 1) con


HW 7 –Bring to class 1 discussion QUESTION (derived from YOUR

reactions) for each of the following:


“In the Land of the Free,”

“Marriage is a Fundamental Right,” and

“Reserve Marriage for Heterosexuals.
Discussion

WEEK SEVEN

2/25 *Late Start DUE Essay 1



Continue activities/discussion

Midterm Prep/Essay Prompt

Critically Thinking about Ethnicity/Race/Culture

HW 8: Bring to class research material on post racial society: 1) claims we are 1) claims we are not AND

Bring to class 2 discussion questions YOU HAVE related to whether or not we live in a post racial society.


2/27 MIDTERM Prep
3/1 MIDTERM PREP

Finish Film and Discuss /Assign Midterm essay DUE: Thursday, March 7


WEEK EIGHT

3/5 View Film : Crash *Study guide available on BB

3/7

Finish Film

Discuss Film and Assign Crash Essay response BEGIN IN CLASS Due 3-15

Introduce Class Debate and Assign HW 9 and 10

WEEK NINE

3/11 DUE: Midterm

Bring Laptops to class/Group Work – Preparation for Class Debate: Is a color blind/gender equal society possible?

HW 9—Bring research materials and articles for debate prep

3/13 Bring Laptops to class/Group Work – Preparation for Class Debate: Are we a post-racial society



HW 10—Bring research materials and articles for debate prep

3/15 DUE Crash Essay Film response



DEBATE

WEEK TEN

3/19 Discuss Debate results: In class evaluations and assign group write up



Critically thinking about the line between civilized and barbaric

Behavior:
Reading and Discussion—The first half of The Road

HW 11: Bring to class 5 discussion questions related to the first half

of The Road


3/21 DUE: DEBATE Write-up

Discuss Essay 2 DUE April 18

Group Presentation Assignments


****Spring Break*****

WEEK ELEVEN

4/8 *Late Start Reading and Discussion : The second half of The Road



HW 12: Bring to class 5 discussion questions related to the second

half of The Road

View film excerpts from The Book of Eli
Group Presentation Prep/Planning time

4/10 Group Presentation Prep/Planning time

4/12 Group Presentations Due
WEEK TWLEVE

4/16 Group Presentations Due


4/18 Essay 2 DUE

Reading and Discussion: AWOI

  • p. 245 – 252

  • “The Individual and the Chains of Illusion” p.329 -337

HW 13: p. 337 4, 6, 7

View Film V for Vendetta
WEEK THIRTEEN

4/22 *Late Start Finish and discuss film/Synthesis with reading from 4/16

Freewriting – War

4/24 Reading and Discussion in CA:



        1. “War and the Enemy” p. 459 – 463

        2. “The War Prayer” p. 468 – 471

Saigon Execution & The Terror of War p.477 – 481


  1. HW 14: Identify three questions or considerations about war and violence that

  2. need to be asked based on each of the texts above.



Assign Groups specific wars to research

4/26 Reading and Discussion in CA:

“Nurses in Vietnam” p. 481 – 492

“The Real War” p. 519 – 521



HW 15 - Answer the following questions found in the “For Discussion”

section at the end of each piece.

“The War Prayer” p. 471 – 4 & 6



          1. Saigon Execution & The Terror of War p.479 – 2 &

          2. p. 481 – 3 & 4

“Nurses in Vietnam” p. 492 – 1, 2, & 3

“The Real War” p. 521 – 1, 2, & 3



WEEK FOURTEEN

4/30 Discuss Readings from 4/26 and HW 15


HW 16: Bring to class research/ information about the war your group

was assigned and three discussion points from your research.


View Film Documentary

5/2 Reading and Discussion: AWOI

p. 13 – 19

“The Qualities of a Prince” p. 37 – 52 HW 17 – p. 52 --2, 3, 5



Discussion –Morality, Leadership, Government, and War
View Film Excerpts: Star Wars

Discussion

WEEK FIFTEEN

5/6 *Late Start Review Final Exam Prep Folder in External Links – Read “AWOL in

America” and check out the other sources
Continue Activities & Discussion

5/8 Reading and Discussion: AWOI

“The Origin of Civil Society” p. 55 – 74

HW 18 – p. 74 3 and 5
View Film: We Were Soldiers
5/10 Assign Research Paper DUE May 31

Finish Film
WEEK SIXTEEN

5/14 Reading and Discussion: AWOI

“Ideal Democracy” p. 101 - 118

HW 19: p. 118 1, 2, 6

View Film Black Hawk Down
5/16 Individual Presentations

Due: Extra Credit
WEEK SEVENTEEN

5/20 Individual Presentations


5/22 Individual Presentations
5/24 Prep for Final Exam
WEEK EIGHTEEN

5/29 Continue Activities and Discussion


5/30 Research Paper Due

In Class Essay
WEEK NINETEEN

*TBA

FINAL EXAM ?

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