This college-level course provides students with the tools to critically read and analyze a range of challenging non-fiction prose selections and develop an awareness of rhetoric in the class readings as well as in their own writing. Though we work within the framework of American Literature and connect our readings to periods in American history, our texts and their sequencing are primarily based on the development of crucial analytical reading skills rather than historical timelines. Students will write informally and will have many opportunities to work in shorter forms and to write at-home assignments, but at heart this class is a college composition course, and they will therefore complete many timed essays as well as an argumentative research paper. Revision, including peer and instructor reviews and the writing of multiple drafts, will be an important part of most assignments.
All homework assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.