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WRIT 102, First-Year Writing 2, sec 2

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Goldberg

Instructor name:

Wendy Goldberg, Core Lecturer

Instructor Information:

I have taught at the University of Mississippi since 2010. Prior to coming to Mississippi, I taught at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and at the University of Connecticut.

I've also taught summer courses through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and most recently worked with teen-agers in Saudi Arabia through this program.

I am excited to be teaching a pop culture themed iStudy course because my research interests are in comic books, especially Japanese manga and anime. I look forward to working with you!

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact me using the Email Your Instructor link in the course. Or you can find me at:

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This independent study course, WRIT 102 (Writing 102) is a theme-based, first-year writing course designed to build on writing skills learned in WRIT 100/101 and develop critical thinking and research skills appropriate for use in academic writing. The course pays special attention to developing argumentative skills, analyzing texts, and synthesizing information into thoughtful, coherent essays and projects. Students enrolled in WRIT 102 will produce papers that are longer and more in-depth than in WRIT 100/101.

Course Theme: Pop Culture. Movies, music, television, social media, advertising--in our daily lives, we are surrounded by a constant stream of popular culture. But how often do we stop to ask ourselves what it all means? In this theme of WRIT 102, we will examine the various ways in which we influence and are influenced by pop culture. Some questions we may attempt to answer are: How are we affected by advertising? What can we learn from television, film, and music? What are the roles of race and gender in popular culture? Students should come into this course prepared to examine critically and thoroughly a variety of media and sources that are often disregarded or taken for granted.

Textbook Information:

TESL 547 TEXTBOOK

Ousbourne, Jeff, ed. Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology. 2nd edition.

Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016.

ISBN: 978-1319006624

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com or ABEbooks.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex (asynchronous) students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons and complete course exams (other than the final) is the last day of class per the UM RegistrarĂ­s academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 7 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide:
for completing the course in a traditional semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
0
Introduction
Journal
Week 1
1

Analysis paper

Journal reflections, reading quiz, Analysis paper draft, Analysis paper final draft
Weeks 1-2
2

Synthesis paper

Journal reflection, reading quiz, Synthesis paper draft, Synthesis paper final draft
Weeks 3-5
3

Research paper part one

Journal reflection, research proposal, annotated bibliography
Weeks 5-7
Midcourse Exam

Timed Essay

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
Week 7
MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
4
Research paper part two
Journal reflections,
Research paper draft, mandatory conference, Research final paper
Weeks 7-9
5

Multimodal project

Journal reflections,
Multimodal rough draft, Multimodal final draft
Week 9-11
6

Epilogue reflection

Epilogue reflection draft
Epilogue reflection final draft
Week 12-14
Final Exam
Final Timed Essay
To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
Week 15 (Finals)

Grading:

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-
65-69% = D
Below 65% = F

The grading format is as follows:

  • Analysis Essay (15%)
  • Synthesis Essay (20%)
  • Midterm timed essay (10%)
  • Research Paper (25%)
  • Multimodal Project (10%)
  • Journals (5%)
  • Final Reflective Essay (10%)
  • Final Timed Essay (5%)

Nota Bene: Grading may take up to 5 working days. Please do not email me grade-related questions before 5 days have elapsed. Students must complete all assignments in order to pass the class.

A process grade will also be part of your assignment grade. You will lose points for failure to submit any process materials (quizzes, drafts, bibliographies, etc). These process materials are explained in each major assignment sheet.

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded!

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