Wgsst 2367. 02 Us latina Writers Tue/Thu 11: 10 am-12: 30 pm Smith Lab 1064 Instructor

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: Immigrant Stories

10/7 (Tue)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Part 1 (“Antojos” to “The Rudy Elmenhurst Story”)

10/9 (Thu)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Part 2 (“A Regular Revolution” to “Floor Show”)

Paper #1 due in class

Paper #2 prompt provided

10/14 (Tue)

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Part 3 (“The Blood of the Conquistadores” to “The Drum”)

10/16 (Thu)

Video: Made in L.A.

10/21 (Tue)

Paper #2 writing and consultation in class

10/23 (Thu)

Paper #2 workshop (Please complete a rough draft and bring 2 extra hard copies of your draft for peer review)


10/28 (Tue)

Video: Precious Knowledge

Optional: Paper#1 revision due in class

10/30 (Thu)

Borderlands Ch 1 “The Homeland, Aztlán”

Borderlands Ch 2 “Movimientos de rebeldia y las culturas que traicionan”

11/4 (Tue)

* “La Prieta”

* “The Vulva Is an Open Wound”

11/6 (Thu)

Borderlands Ch 7 “La conciencia de la mestiza/ Towards a New Consciousness”

Paper #2 due in class

Paper #3 prompt provided

11/11 (Tue)

No Class—Veteran’s Day

The Desert Blood: Gendered Violence, Queer Familia

11/13 (Thu)

No in-class section. Watch Senorita extraviada through OSU online media library.

11/18 (Tue)

Desert Blood Part 1 (chapters 1-15)

11/20 (Thu)

Desert Blood Part 2 (chapters 16-33)

11/25 (Tue)

Desert Blood Part 3 (chapters 34-end)

Optional: Paper#2 revision due in class

11/27 (Thu)

No Class—Thanksgiving

12/2 (Tue)

Paper #3 writing and consultation in class

12/4 (Thu)

Paper #3 workshop (Please complete a rough draft and bring 2 extra hard copies of your draft for peer review)

Optional: Extra credit assignments due by 11:59 pm in Carmen dropbox titled “Extra Credit Assignments”

12/9 (Tue)

Paper #3 due in Carmen dropbox titled “Paper #3” by 5:00 pm

Course Requirements and Guidelines

* Grading scale: 93-100 A 90-92 A- 87-89 B+ 83-86 B 80-82 B-

77-79 C+ 73-76 C 70-72 C- 67-69 D+ 60-66 D Below 60 E

* I DO NOT accept any late assignments unless unavoidable emergency happens to you. If that is the case, you must inform me as soon as possible so that I can do my best to accommodate your need. But I reserve the right not to extend any deadline. Please plan ahead and avoid doing your assignment at the last minute.
Course Requirement Overview:

Class participation (20%)

Writing consultation with Brena (5%)

Syllabus quiz (5%)

Paper 1 (3-4 pages) (15%)

Critical responses (10%)

Paper 2 (3-4 pages) (20%)

Paper 3 (5-7 pages) (25%)

Assignment Guidelines:

Syllabus quiz (5%) in Carmen “Quiz” area

By 9/4 (Thu) 11:59 pm, you are required to complete a syllabus quiz on Carmen. The syllabus quiz is to make sure that you read thoroughly and carefully our syllabus. You can repeat the quiz as many times as you want to get full points before the deadline.

Class Participation (20%)

What makes a literature-based class truly dynamic is the quality of its discussions. Though there will be some small lectures during the semester, most classes will be discussion based, with an emphasis on dialogue and sharing of perspectives, ideas, and interpretations. It is expected that you will be an active and informed participant in all class discussions and that you will have read assigned texts by the dates indicated on the syllabus. Students are expected to engage in respectful intellectual dialogue in the classroom. Active listening without speaking up and/or participating in small group activities is NOT enough to get an A for your final class participation. I expect you to voluntarily speak up at least once a week. I will begin to count your class participation from the second class (9/2 Tue).

Critical Responses (10%)

Six times during the semester, you will be asked to write a critical analysis or complete a writing exercise that responds to a prompt about our assigned texts. These writings are meant to help you keep up with the reading as well as assist in the development of your critical writing skills. Most of these assignments will be unannounced in-class writing exercises that last from 15 to 30 minutes. The writing exercises could be individual or group writing ones. You are only allowed to make up missed critical responses in extenuating circumstances, however you can miss one and still receive an A on your final critical responses grade. Although these responses will not be assigned letter grades, they will account for 10% of your final grade. Full credit will be given only to responses in which you demonstrate that you have read the material and articulate a coherent analysis of it. If you fail to answer a writing prompt, you won’t get full points for that response. The following scale will be used to determine this portion of your grade:

6 responses=100

3 responses=60

0 responses=0

5 responses=95

2 responses =40

4 responses=85

1 response=20

Writing Consultation with Brena (5%)

Before one of your three papers is due, you’re required to schedule in-class consultation, come to my office hours, or make another appointment with me to discuss a draft of your paper, a thesis idea or a paper outline. This conversation will give us a one-on-one opportunity to discuss your writing style and ways to make improvements. You may decide to do this early (before paper 1) or wait until you have been graded on a few assignments. Either way is great! You must meet with me by 12/2 (Tue) 5:00 pm. As long as you come to the meeting prepared to discuss an outline or a draft, you will get full credit for this meeting. Please note that this writing consultation section is not for proof-reading or grammar correction; it is mainly about discussing the thesis formation structure, organization and content of your paper.

Paper Assignments (60%)

Please note that assignments are due on the dates designated in the syllabus. If an emergency arises and you make arrangements with me ahead of time, I may agree to extend deadlines. If I do not agree or if prior arrangements have not been made, your late papers will not be accepted. A computer malfunction is not an acceptable excuse for not turning a paper on time.

Paper 1 (15%) 3-4 pages: A writing prompt will be handed out in class. If you get lower than an 80, you will have the option of revising this paper with the first and the revised grades averaged together for a final grade. For this paper, drafts will be peer-reviewed in class. Paper 1 is due in class.

Paper 2 (20%) 3-4 pages: Suggested topics will be handed out for this paper, although you do have the option of creating your own topic that must be approved by me prior to the due date. For this paper, drafts will be-peer reviewed in class. If you get lower than an 80, you will have the option of revising this paper, with the first and the revised grades averaged together for a final grade. Paper 2 is due in class.

Paper 3 (25%) 5-7 pages: A writing prompt will be handed out in advance. For this paper, drafts will be peer-reviewed in class. Paper 3 is due in Carmen dropbox.
General Paper Requirements:

  1. Paper with an argument: Your papers should not merely repeat class discussion or consist of plot summaries. Your papers should argue a thesis from a definite position about the literary texts we are covering.

  2. Rubrics: Grading rubrics will be provided along with each paper writing prompt. As part of the paper writing process, students are expected to develop their editing and critical thinking skills. Students are also expected to review the rubrics for each paper prompt to ensure they are meeting all of the criteria for the writing assignments.

  3. Paper format: All papers are expected to be typed, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margin on each side.

  4. MLA: All papers must adhere to the standard MLA research paper format and should include in-text citations as well as a works cited page. Examples of citations:

  • Book: Last name, first name. Title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium of Publication.

  • Anthology: Last name, first name. “Title of Essay.” Title of Collection. Ed. Editor’s Name(s). Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page range of entry. Medium of Publication.

  • Journal article: Last name, first name. “Title of article.” Title of Journal volume. issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.

  1. Writing resources:

  • Your instructor: Please feel free to contact me at any time over the course of the semester if you are struggling with papers, course work, etc. I am willing to work with you. Email is the best way to reach me. I will respond to your e-mail normally within 24-hour on weekdays. I also encourage you to attend my office hours.

  • The OSU Writing Center: OSU Writing Center consultants are an excellent resource for writers at any level or stage in the writing process. Take advantage of the free individual tutoring that you can receive there. Please check out the policy about appointment scheduling in their website: https://cstw.osu.edu/writing-center

  • Purdue OWL website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu

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