Conduct research into your heritage using secondary sources, such as scholarly works onhistory, migration, places, and cultural groups.
Conduct research into your heritage using literary sources, such as novels, short stories, non-fiction essays and books, poetry, and drama that explore aspects of your heritage.
Explore and reflect on your memories, experiences, and researched material in relation toyour heritage.
Draw on your memories, experiences, and research to write either a series of short essays or alonger memoir.
Lead a discussion on an essay or memoir that explores both what the reading is about and theresearch and writing techniques used in the writing.
Read essays and book-length memoirs as a fellow writer, reading for ideas on how toresearch and write about your heritage.
In order to successfully pass this course you must attend class, participate in classdiscussions, complete in class writings, outside readings, homework, and complete all fourformal writing assignments. Successful completion of the formal assignments includesturning in all required drafts and attending workshops and conferences.
Since this is a 300 level course I believe that you all want to be here and that it goes without saying that what happens in class each day only works if everyone is here to participate as much as possible;therefore, attendance is mandatory. You are allowed two absences (a week worth of class), free and clear,no excuses necessary. After your two absences any and all absences, regardless of the reason, willadversely affect your final grade in the course. Your grade will be lowered by a 1/3 of a letter grade foreach additional absence. (ex. A B+ will go down to a B). After 4 absences (two weeks worth of class) youcould fail the course.
This course depends heavily on your readiness and willingness to contribute to class discussions andactivities daily. I expect each of you to work with me and each other to make this a real community of writers. The best of writers work with their trusted peers to share ideas and drafts.
Therefore, youmust come to class each day fully prepared having done all assigned readings and work ready to participate in class.
Class activities are designed to build off of outside work; therefore, I willknow if you are unprepared and your grade will reflect it.
In addition keep in mind:
Being absent is not an excuse for turning in late work.
All assignments areexpected to be turned in at the beginning of the class period they are due. If you are notgoing to be in class e-mail your work to me by the beginning of class time.
Lateassignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with me.
In class work cannot be made up so it would be wise to come to class prepared each day.
Format for Assignments
All formal writing (except multimodal compositions) should be:
Double-spaced in a 12 point readable font
1 inch margins on all sides
Name, instructor, course, and date should be listed on the top left, double-spaced.
Do not double space between paragraphs
Do not include cover sheets unless specified
Documented using MLA Style