Pen and Paper
You should also bring an ink interface of somesort, as well as dead trees on which to takenotes. Notes should not only reﬂect good listen-ing skills, but individual interest in every topicdiscussed in class. You should not sit in classlike you’re watching TV: learning requires activeparticipation.
Electronics & Things
Materials, like cell phones, food, magazines,iPods, etc., are not needed for our class andshould, therefore, not accompany you. Addi-tionally, I do not allow class discussions to betaped, so do not bring any voice recording de-vices to class. You may use laptops unless I askyou not to bring them.
You will also need to purchase a Criterion loginand password from the book store.
Finally, since class lecture and discussion willoften touch on the controversial, this collegeclassroom is not an appropriate place for chil-dren. Please leave them at home.
Grades are based on a point system, and stu-dents' ﬁnal grades will be based on their per-centage of total points accrued. For example, ifthe total number of possible points is 1000, anda student has 900 (90%), she will earn an A.Remember: two aspects of composition in 1101are critical in the grading process: mechanicsand content. Always proofread and revise anywriting before submission. All requirements mustbe fully completed for a student to pass thecourse.
Students will complete four, formal, essays onassigned topics, including one as a ﬁnal exam.Since this is a writing class, essays will beweighed most heavily in evaluation.
Students are required to keep a weekly writtenresponse on assigned topics. Each blog andinitial forum entry must have a minimum of 350words. Along with every forum entry, each stu-dent is required to comment critically on at least
WAR IN IRAQ
Mailer on War
“Behind the whole push togo to war with Iraq is thedesire to have a hugemilitary presence in theMiddle East as a stepping-stone to taking over therest of the world” (Mailer51).