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Londie T. Martin - WOVE: Place, Nature, and Environment Syllabus

Londie T. Martin - WOVE: Place, Nature, and Environment Syllabus

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University o ArizonaSchool o Inormation Resources & Library Science1515 East First Streetucson, AZ 85719520.621.0242 londiem@email.arizona.eduwww.londietmartin.com
written, oral, visual, and electronic composition:place, nature, and environment
spring 2008 / 25 students
course description 
Te goals o this course are or you to develop skills in written, oral, visual, and electronic composition. As aresult, you should become not only a more perceptive consumer o inormation, but also a communicator betterable to make eective decisions in your own work. Troughout the course, you’ll learn to summarize, analyze,and evaluate various types o communication and then use those skills in our kinds o assignments: summaries,rhetorical analyses, argumentative and persuasive texts, and documented research.
summarize accurately and responsibly the main ideas o others, especially published sources
analyze proessional writing to assess its purpose, audience, and rhetorical strategies
construct arguments that integrate ethical, logical, and emotional appeals
reect systematically upon all o your communication processes, strengths, goals, and growth
give an oral presentation, either individually or as part o a team, using eective invention, organization,language, and delivery strategies
unction as an eective team member in small groups as a listener, collaborator, and presenter
apply the visual communication principles related to pattern, contrast, direction, chunking, and color
analyze the rhetoric o visual communication (e.g., advertisement, documentary lm, political cartoon)
create a visual argument (e.g., advertisement, poster, slide presentation)
apply the electronic communication principles related to layering, raming, transorming, and looping
analyze the rhetoric o electronic communication (e.g., V commercials, videos, websites)
create an electronic composition (e.g., communication eportolio)
ensure that all modes contribute to the primary message, purpose, and targeted audience
develop clear, purposeul relationships between the modes
exhibit a sensitivity to dierences in modes and their cultural implications
create a rich, interactive experience or the audience
required textbooks 
Faigley, Lester.
Te Brief Penguin Handbook
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2006. Print.
ISUComm Foundation Courses: Student Guide for English 150 and 250
. Ames, IA: ISU, Department o English,2007-2008. Print.Wysocki, Anne Frances and Dennis A. Lynch.
Compose, Design, Advocate
. New York, NY: Pearson Education,Inc., 2007. Print.
WOVE Composition: Place, Nature, and Environment Syllabus 
teaching portfolio
course requirements 
Te table below lists all course assignments and their point values. Much o our work will be in groups and on-line. You are expected to ulll your share o group work and to interact courteously with your peers at all times.Classes are run in a discussion/workshop ormat; thus, regular attendance and active participation are important.
Unit 1: Where We Are
Personal Narrative and Documen-tary Photograph
Assignment #1: Critical Personal Place Narrative
Assignment #2: Online Documentary Photo Essay 10%10%
Unit 2: Analyzing Arguments
Rhetorical Analysis, Advertising,and Place
Assignment #3: Rhetorical Analysis o Advertising and Environment
Assignment #4: Group Presentation on Visual Analysis and CultureJamming15%10%
Unit 3: Arguing 
Ecology, Place, and Advocacy 
Assignment #5: Documented Argument about a Place
Assignment #6:
Tis American Life
Radio Episode15%10%
Unit X: Blog Journals
Due throughout the semester
Eight Separate Journal Entries: Summary, Commentary, Analysis15%
Semester Portolio and Final Exam/Refection
Assignment #7: Online Portolio o Semesters Work with Reections10%
Shorter Assignments
opic Proposals, Annotated Bibliographies, Audience Analyses, ClassParticipation, etc.5%
summaries of major assignments 
Critical Personal Place Narrative
Tis assignment asks you to reect on a personal experience with a place and how you have carried that experi-ence through your lie. For this assignment it is important to keep in mind who your audience is, as you willneed to recreate an interaction you had with a particular place that has occurred in your lie and to transer thatexperience critically to writing. You will be writing a scene/event/experience that has in some way shaped yourrelationship with a particular space. Te point o emphasis in this essay will rest mainly in how you demonstratethe signicance o your relationship to a certain space and the depth o your critical inquiry.
Online Documentary Photo Essay 
We will carry the theme o our rst assignment—how we interact with and relate to the space around us—intothe Online Documentary Photo Essay. Your group will pick a location—your dorm room, a commons area,aisle 5 at the Wal-Mart, etc.—and document what takes place in that location with the documentary photogra-phy skills you learned in
Compose, Design, Advocate
(Chapters 9 and 11). Next, you will publish a web page thatdisplays our o your photographs. You will also need to supply analytical captions or each photo; these captionsshould ocus on how your photographs reveal interesting things about the various ways in which people interactwith specic places.
Rhetorical Analysis o Advertising and Environment 
In keeping with our class discussions regarding how we interact with and relate to the space around us, this as-signment asks you to rhetorically analyze an advertisement as it occurs in a specic place or environment. Youwill be writing a rhetorical analysis in which you analyze the audience, purpose, and context o an advertisementwith regard to the location in which it exists. Te point o emphasis in this essay will rest mainly in how well youanalyze the advertisement’s use o rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, pathos), how well you analyze the interactionbetween the advertisement and its location, and the depth o your insights regarding the persuasiveness o theadvertisement’s world view.
Group Presentation on Visual Analysis and Culture Jamming 
In this assignment, you will work with your ellow team members to analyze an advertisement, create a “culture
WOVE Composition: Place, Nature, and Environment Syllabus 
teaching portfolio
 jammed” version o the advertisement, and create an oral presentation in which you explain the rhetorical situ-ation o your “jammed” ad as well as the rhetorical decisions that your group made throughout this assignment.In her book 
No Logo
, Naomi Klein denes culture jamming as “the practice o parodying advertisements andhijacking billboards in order to drastically alter their messages. Streets are public spaces, adbusters argue, andsince most residents can’t aord to counter corporate messages by purchasing their own ads, they should havethe right to talk back to images they never asked to see” (280). We will practice “talking back” to advertisementsby selecting an advertisement and creating a “jammed” version o it. You may use any ad that you nd in a maga-zine, newspaper, or on the Internet. However, your advertisement must be place-oriented. In other words, yourad should either depict a place/environment or communicate a world view about a particular place/environment.
Documented Argument about a Place
For this assignment, you will utilize analysis, audience, place, composing, and design in the service o advocacy as you write a documented essay that argues or a particular position on an issue that is important to you, andyou will do so with multiple perspectives in mind. As with other assignments we will complete throughout thesemester, the topic you will write about is up to you. However, I am interested in this class becoming a potentiallaunching pad or civic engagement. As many o us have observed, national-level issues have become so polar-izing that it is dicult to truly engage in the discussion rom a unique perspective. Te ocus in this class will beon our interaction with place and environment, and by this point in the semester, we will have ormed a bit o expertise or certain places through our work. For these reasons, I ask that you choose a topic that is relatively local in scale. By local, I mean topics that aect towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, or other communities.
Tis American Life
Radio Episode
Troughout the semester—especially during Unit Tree—we will discuss dierent orms o argument. For thisnal group project, we will use the WOVE composition skills we have learned this semester to create an elec-tronic, oral, narrative argument that explores the various ways in which people interact with a particular place.One o the best venues to examine narrative arguments at work is on the Public Radio International program
Tis American Life
. In preparation or this assignment, we will examine a ew episodes o the show in an eortto understand how argument, identity, and place can intersect. We will also read texts in class that will give youa eel or how to compose the genre. I will ask you to identiy complexities inherent in the narratives we listen toand read, and through this practice we will explore ways to explicate complexities in your own narratives.
Online Portolio o Semester’s Work with Refections
Portolios are ofen required or academic classes, interviews, or projects in the work world. Te semester’s cu-mulative project is to create a developmental portolio o your growth over the semester. Te blog site you devel-oped early in the semester will serve as the platorm or your electronic portolio. Your audience or this portoliois your peers, yoursel, and me. Your electronic blog portolio will have ve main components: an introductory reection essay, your avorite written essay rom the semester (with brie introductory reection), a reection onyour development in oral composition, your avorite visual composition rom the semester (with brie introduc-tory reection), and a brie reection about your experience with electronic composition this semester.

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