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F11 -- Advanced Prose

F11 -- Advanced Prose

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Published by: Christa B. Teston, PhD on Aug 23, 2011
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Course Objective.
 To
 )
know relevant theories about, and
b
 )
practice writing prose. Inorder to do this, we will engage in writing that is expressive,explanatory, and persuasive. We will also become writers by habit. Thatis, by the end of the semester we ought to feel compelled to engage insome level of planning, composing, and revising prose on a daily basis.
Course Policies.
Come to class prepared. And don’t be late.Be kind.Do your best. Ask for help.
Required Materials.
A notebook
moleskine or something like it
 )
Various materials made available to you on blackboardA tumblr account
for access to our course blog 
 )
Recommended: 750words.com account
Final Writing Portfolio.
 At the end of the semester you will submit a final, revised writing portfolio that includes your final white paper and three other pieces you’ve written in this course that demonstrate your growth andachievement as a writer of the semester.
On Revision.
Be prepared to be asked to revise a piece of writing 
 multiple times
. Do not take o
ff 
ense to this request.Do not see it is an insult to your abilities. Instead, take it as an opportunity to improve. But do nothand in lackluster prose in anticipation of the opportunity to revise. You will be penalized for this.
On Plagiarism.
Don’t do it. While much of what you do in here will be unique enough that you won’t really have theopportunity to lift essays o
ff 
the internet, you may be tempted to borrow sentences or phrases orhave your older sister write it for you. Don’t do it. If you feel tempted to do it, come talk to me. If  you don’t know what counts as plagiarism, come talk to me.
Accommodations.
 Talk to me. Please. Or you can contact Disability Support Services
Idaho Commons Rm 306
 )
by phone
208
 )
885
-
6307 or by emaildss@uidaho.edu.
 
Course Blog.
Given that much of contemporary prose is crafted in online, digitally 
-
mediated spaces, we willmaintain a course blog throughout the semester. You are required to post to this blog a minimum of 10 times throughout the semester. The theme of the blog will be local reviews
--
be they music, food,recreation, and so on. The aim will be to curate useful information to readers who may be new to theMoscow, Idaho area.
Attendance.
You are expected to be in class on time and prepared. In the case of o
cially approved absence andupon your request, I am obligated to provide an opportunity for you to make up for missed work. Anabsence is “o
cial” if you are:
 )
participating in an approved field trip or other o
cial UI activity,
b
 )
confined under doctor’s orders,
c
 )
called to active military duty during emergency situations, or
d
 )
granted a leave of absence from UI for reasonable cause by his or her academic dean.Should you have three or more unexcused absences, you are in danger of failing the course.
Grades.
attendance + participation20 workshop preparation and participation20quotidian prose project5match.com prole5resume, letter of application10manifesto memo15course blogging100 white paper proposal10 white paper source support
annotated bibliography 
 )
15final writing portfolio
final white paper + 3 other pieces
 )
200 Total Points :: 400
 
 Tentative Course Schedule
Week 1. Introductions
m8.22Watch Peter Elbow’s “On Writing”, go over syllabus, introductions; Assign match.com profilew8.24“Whatever happened to...” in-class writing; match profileworkshoppingDUE: match.com profilef8.26Introduce Quotidian Prose Project, break into teams; find 3examples of resumes from professionals in your areaDUE: revised match.com profile,whatever happened to exercise
Week 2. Investigations
m8.29Introduce Resumes; discuss “what’s a genre?”w8.31Workshop resumeDUE: draft of resumef9.02Workshop Quotidian Prose Project, discuss “intertextuality”DUE: Quotidian Prose Project
Week 3. Expressions
m9.05Labor Day | NO CLASSw9.07Read “I’m comic sans, asshole” and “Sum”; Discuss expressiveessay; discuss “affect,” “tacit, embodied knowledge”f9.09Workshop expressive essayDUE: nalized resumes
Week 4. Expressions
m9.12Peer review expressive essay; Discuss letters of applicationDUE: expressive essayw9.14Workshop letters of applicationf9.16Peer review letters of applicationDUE: letters of application

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