English 103: Critical Thinking and Composition Tentative Class Schedule



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English 103: Critical Thinking and Composition

Tentative Class Schedule


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

  2. All course readings are to be read prior to that week’s class

  3. All HW is due the date/week in which it appears; homework must be submitted at the beginning of class.

  4. 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

1/18 Library Computer Lab—Blackboard help


1/20 View Film

Discussion


WEEK TWO

1/24 Reading: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (found in the Course Handout Packet and in the External Links folder in Blackboard)


Diagnostic Writing
1/26 Reading & Homework in Beyond Feelings:

  1. Part 1: “The Context”

HW 1 – 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
1/30 Continue Activities and Discussion

2/1 *Late start* Pitfalls of Critical Thinking

Reading & Homework in Beyond Feelings:


    1. Part 2: “The Pitfalls”

HW 2 – 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

2/3 Quiz 1 (Based on reading from Beyond Feelings)

Activities and Discussion based on Readings
WEEK FOUR

2/7 Reading & Homework in Beyond Feelings:



    1. Part 3: Part 3 “A Strategy” p. 153 – 159

HW 3 – Answer the following questions found in the “Applications” section at the end of chapter 14.

    1. Answer the Critical Inventory Questions (p. 155) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 17

    2. Chapter 14 – 1

    3. Chapter 15 – 1 or 3

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

In-Class Activity Recognizing the Pitfalls in Your Critical Thinking


2/9 View Film: The Cider House Rules



WEEK FIVE

2/14 In-Class Activity Recognizing the Pitfalls in Your Critical Thinking


DUE: CHR essay (based on the film)
2/16 Discuss Mid-Term examMid-term next week.
Group Quiz #3

Introduce Essay 1 & Essay/Thesis Review
Reading Creating America:

    1. “Keep Within Compass” p. 244 – 245

    2. Chapters 1 & 2 p. 1-47

    3. Chapters 3 & 4 Essay Review p. 39-100






WEEK SIX

2/21


Reading: Creating America

    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

    5. View “Moments of Silence” External Links folder

HW 4 – Answer the following questions found in the “For Discussion” section at the end of each piece “Hegemony, Hubris, and Overreach” p. 167 – 2 & 4

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

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

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

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

2/23 **MIDTERM PREP: Midterm essay to be assigned next class

ESSAY ONE DUE NEXT CLASS
HW 5 – Research material – information about one of the

examples Kevin Phillips uses in his essay “Hegemony, Hubris, and Overreach” or evidence that supports an opposing argument to Phillips’.



HW 6 Research material – immigration policy: 1) past

policy 1) current policy.



HW 7 – Research material – contemporary advertisement that

includes American symbols.



HW 8 – Research material – 1 article on same sex marriage: 1) pro

HW 9 – Research material – research one of the non-Christian religions represented in the photos/religious tolerance website

HW 10: Bring to class research material –1 article on same sex

1) con.


HW 11: Bring to class 1 discussion QUESTION for each piece: 1 for “In the Land of the Free,” 1 for “Marriage is a Fundamental Right,” and 1 for “Reserve Marriage for Heterosexuals.


WEEK SEVEN

2/27 Continue activities/discussion



Midterm Prep/Essay Prompt

Critically Thinking about Ethnicity/Race/Culture

HW 13: Bring to class research material – post racial society: 1) claims we are 1) claims we are not

HW 14: Bring to class 2 discussion questions related to whether or not we live in a post racial society.
2/29 *Late start* DUE Essay 1

MIDTERM Prep


3/2 MIDTERM PREP

Finish Film and Discuss /Assign Midterm essay DUE: Thursday, March 8



WEEK EIGHT

3/6 View Film : Crash *Study guide available on BB


3/8 DUE: Midterm




WEEK NINE

3/12 Finish Film



Discuss Film and Assign Crash Essay response DUE MARCH 16
Group Work – Preparation for Class Debate: Are we a post-racial society?–

Assign HW for debate groups


3/14 Prep for Debate (bring laptops)

3/16 DEBATE
WEEK TEN

3/20 Discuss Debate results: In class evaluations and group write up



Discussion—The Road/Themes/Critical Thinking “Progress”

Reading : The first half of The Road



HW 15: Bring to class 2 – 3 discussion questions related to the first half

of The Road


Critically thinking about the line between civilized and barbaric

behavior.
3/22 DUE: DEBATE Write-up

DUE: Crash Film Response Essay

Discuss Essay 2 DUE April 17.

Group Presentation Assignments /Group Presentation Prep/Planning time


WEEK ELEVEN

3/26 Reading : The second half of The Road



HW 16: Bring to class 2 – 3 discussion questions related to the second

half of The Road


3/28

Group Presentation Prep/Planning time

3/30 Group Presentation Prep/Planning time

****Spring Break*****




WEEK TWLEVE

4/17


Presentations DUE

4/19


Presentations DUE
WEEK THIRTEEN
4/23 Essay 2 Due

Presentations DUE
Freewrite – War
Reading in Creating America:

              •  “War and the Enemy” p. 459 – 463

              •  “The War Prayer” p. 468 – 471

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

  1. HW 17: Identify three questions or considerations about war and violence that need to be asked based n each of the texts above.

Assign Groups specific wars to research

4/25 *Late start* Reading in Creating America:



              •  “Nurses in Vietnam” p. 481 – 492

              •  “The Real War” p. 519 – 521



HW 18 - Answer the following questions found in the “For Discussion”

section at the end of each piece.

o “The War Prayer” p. 471 – 4 & 6



          1. o Saigon Execution & The Terror of War p.479 – 2 & p. 481 – 3 & 4




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

o The Real War” p. 521 – 1, 2, & 3

4/27 Continue activities and discussion



WEEK FOURTEEN

5/1 HW 19: Bring to class research/ information about the war your group

was assigned.

View Film: Flags of Our Fathers

Discussion


View Film: Letters From Iwo Jima
5/3 Final Exam Prep Folder in External Links – Read “AWOL in America”

And check out the other sources

Discussion


WEEK FIFTEEN

5/7 Continue Activities & Discussion



View Excerpts from Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan
5/9 View Film: Born on Fourth of July
5/11 DUE: Research Paper

View Film: War letters
WEEK SIXTEEN

5/15 Finish Film and Discuss: Born on Fourth of July


5/17 Prep for Final Exam

Due: Extra Credit

WEEK SEVENTEEN

5/21 FINAL EXAMINATION – TIMED ESSAY


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