Writing and Editing in Print and Online

ENG3416-03 Instructor:  Stephen  J.  McElroy   Office/Hours:  WMS  222A  Thursday  4-­‐5  PM   Email:  sjm10d@fsu.edu   Location:  WMS  317   Meeting  Time:  TR  5:15-­‐6:30

Course Description

The  primary  purpose  of  Writing  and  Editing  in  Print  and  Online  includes  (1)  helping   students  understand  principles  of  composing,  especially  as  they  compare  across  different   composing  spaces;  (2)  writing  for  each  of  three  spaces—print;  screen;  and  network;  (3)   editing  the  texts  deployed  in  each  appropriately.  To  accomplish  these  goals,  we'll  engage   with  multiple  kinds  of  texts—reading  some,  writing  some,  talking  about  some,  creating   digital  forms  of  some.  In  all  these  processes,  we’ll  be  developing  a  language  that  we  can  use   to  describe  those  texts  and  interactions  and  to  describe  what  happens  to  them  and  to  us   when  we  do  this  work.  If  we  succeed  in  these  efforts,  you'll  find  that  you  are  creating  and   reading  texts  differently;  that  you  are  much  more  informed  about  how  others  will  read   your  texts;  and  that  you  bring  a  new  theory  and  intentionality  to  your  composing  and   editing.      

Course Goals/ Objectives

During  this  course,  you  will     • Explore  and  learn  theories  of  composing/designing  and  the  rhetorical  principles   that  guide  the  composing  and  designing  of  texts  for  different  environments  (in  print   and  digital  media)   • Employ  these  theories  and  principles  to  create  works  appropriate  to  various  media,   including  print,  screen,  and  network   • Develop  a  metacognitive  awareness  of  rhetorical  principles  that  enables  you  to   understand  how  these  works  can  be  re-­‐purposed  for  new  environments   • Write  with  and  against  styles  conventionalized  within  different  genres    

Course Requirements

This  is  one  of  three  core  courses  for  the  Editing,  Writing,  and  Media  English  major,  and  as   such,  it  helps  provide  a  foundation  for  your  major.  To  develop  this  foundation,  you  will   read  a  good  bit,  and  you  will  practice  and  reflect  even  more.  You  will  develop  praxis— practice  informed  by  theory.  You  will  read  and  create  many  kinds  of  texts  and  then   consider  how  they  are  alike  and  how  they  are  different.  The  class  will  allow  you  to  explore   many  of  your  own  relevant  interests  and  to  engage  with  others  in  some  of  those   explorations.    

Materials needed
The  majority  of  the  texts  we  read  will  be  found  in  the  course  library  of  our  Blackboard  site.   You  will  need  to  purchase  a  notebook  to  serve  as  your  reading/analysis  journal.     Finally,  you  must  have  access  to  a  laptop  and  bring  it  to  class  with  you.  



Grading Breakdown
SRRs 10% Reading/Analysis  Journal 10% Class  Participation 5%                -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  Major  Assignments  -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   OP-­‐ED 10% Postcard/Mimetic  Layout   10%   Newspaper  Layout   20%   Hijack/Blog  Post 10% Remediation 10% Electronic  Portfolio 15%  

Major Assignments
You  must  complete  each  of  the  following  projects  in  order  to  pass  the  class,  and  you  must   complete  them  using  your  own  original  work.  More  details  for  each  assignment  will  be   provided  when  the  time  comes.    The  following  is  just  a  basic  outline.   Op-Ed:  You  will  write  and  revise  an  extended  editorial  piece  appropriate  for  a  major   daily  national  newspaper.    You  will  also  respond  to  classmates’  pieces.     Postcard:  You  will  design  a  postcard  (front  and  back)  suitable  for  mailing  at  the   special  PC  rate.   Mimetic layout:  You  will  recreate/mimic  a  page  from  a  magazine.   Newspaper layout:  You  will  select,  edit,  and  lay  out  materials  for  a  two-­‐page   editorial  spread.   Hijack:  You  will  use  HTML  to  make  a  web  version  of  your  Op-­‐Ed  piece.   Blog Post:  You  will  set  up  a  blog  and  write  a  post.   Remediation:  You  will  remediate  your  Op-­‐Ed  into  a  short  film  or  another   appropriate  medium.   Electronic portfolio:  You  will  compile  your  work  and  present  it  in  an  online   setting.    

-­‐-­‐  SRR  =  Summarize,  Respond,  Reflect.       -­‐-­‐  You  will  write  several  SRRs  throughout  the  semester,  as  indicated  on  the  schedule.     Unless  otherwise  noted,  your  SRR  should  be  at  least  400  words  in  length.   -­‐-­‐  Your  SRRs  will  usually  be  read  only  by  me,  but  sometimes  you  will  be  asked  to  share   them  with  other  members  of  the  class.    Please  plan  your  texts  accordingly.    

Reading/Analysis Journal

-­‐-­‐You  will  keep  a  journal  in  which  you  read  and  analyze  texts  that  you  encounter  outside  of   class.       -­‐-­‐You  will  write  six  entries  in  your  journal  per  week  (one  per  day,  with  one  day  off).     -­‐-­‐For  the  purposes  of  the  reading  journal,  the  week  runs  from  Tuesday  to  Monday   -­‐-­‐The  six  texts  you  analyze  will  break  down  into  the  following  frame:   • your  SRR   • one  OP-­‐ED  piece  from  a  major  national  newspaper     2  

one  blog  post   one  longer  reporting  piece  or  feature  article   two  wild  cards  (anything  from  a  TV  show  or  music  video  to  a  cereal  box  or  mattress   tag)   -­‐-­‐  You  will  turn  in  your  journals  twice  during  the  semester  (and  also  at  the  end).    You  will   not  be  responsible  for  writing  entries  when  I  have  your  journals.   -­‐-­‐Your  journals  will  usually  only  be  read  by  me,  but  sometimes  you  will  be  asked  to  share   an  entry  with  other  members  of  the  class.    Please  plan  your  texts  accordingly.       • • •

Late Work

-­‐-­‐  SRRs  will  not  be  accepted  late  (except  under  certain  circumstances)   -­‐-­‐  Blog  posts  will  not  be  accepted  late  under  any  circumstance.   -­‐-­‐  Major  assignments  will  be  penalized  one  letter  grade  for  each  day  late.  

-­‐-­‐  Attendance  in  this  class  is  a  requirement.     -­‐-­‐  You  are  allowed  two  unexcused  absences.    Each  additional  absence  will  result  in  a  three-­‐ point  deduction  from  your  final  grade.       -­‐-­‐  Excused  absences  include  documented  illness,  deaths  in  the  family  and  other   documented  crises,  call  to  active  military  duty  or  jury  duty,  religious  holy  days,  and  official   University  activities.  These  absences  will  be  accommodated  in  a  way  that  does  not   arbitrarily  penalize  students  who  have  a  valid  excuse.  Consideration  will  also  be  given  to   students  whose  dependent  children  experience  serious  illness.     -­‐-­‐  Students  with  more  than  four  absences  will  be  in  danger  of  failing.       -­‐-­‐  Three  tardies  equal  one  absence.      

Class Participation
Participation  in  class  is  a  must  because  not  only  your  experience  but  also  the  experiences  of   everyone  else  in  the  class  are  dependent  on  it.    Engaging  in  class  discussions  with  civility   and  what  D.F.  Wallace  calls  the  ‘democratic  spirit,’  asking  informed  questions,  and  being   active  in  group  activities  are  all  important  measures  of  participation.        

Reading Writing Center (RWC)
http://wr.english.fsu.edu/Reading-­‐Writing-­‐Center   fsu.mywconline.com    What  is  the  RWC?  Part  of  the  English  Department,  the  RWC  serves  Florida  State  University   students  at  all  levels  and  from  all  majors.  Think  of  the  RWC  as  an  idea  laboratory:  it  is  a   place  to  develop  and  communicate  your  ideas.   Who  uses  the  RWC?  In  short:  everyone!  The  RWC’s  clients  include  a  cross-­‐section  of  the   campus:  first-­‐year  students  writing  for  composition  class,  upper-­‐level  students  writing   term  papers,  seniors  composing  letters  of  applications  for  jobs  and  graduate  schools,   graduate  students  working  on  theses  and  dissertations,  multilingual  students  mastering   English,  and  a  variety  of  others.   Where  is  the  RWC  located?  As  of  Fall  Semester  2012,  the  RWC  currently  has  four   locations:  the  newly  remodeled  Williams  222  location,  the  gleaming  Johnston  Ground     3  

location,  the  happening  Strozier  Library  location,  and  the  up-­‐and-­‐coming  Dirac  Library   location.  For  students  who  are  distance  learners,  online  tutoring  is  available.    Contact  Dr.   Wells  at  jwells2@fsu.edu  for  information.   What  are  the  hours?  Hours  vary  by  location.  Check  the  online  schedule  for  availability.   Who  works  there?    The  tutors  in  the  RWC  are  graduate  students  in  English  with  training   and  experience  in  teaching  writing,  and  undergraduate  students  who  have  completed  a  3-­‐ credit  English  elective  course  in  tutoring  writing  and  who  have  been  apprentice  tutors  in   the  RWC.   What  happens  in  a  RWC  session?  Many  things!  You  can  come  with  a  prompt  and  talk   about  your  ideas  with  someone  who  will  be  an  active  listener  and  ask  questions  to  help  you   figure  out  what  you  think.    You  can  come  with  a  few  ideas  jotted  down,  and  you  can  talk   through  your  organization  with  a  tutor.    Once  you  have  written  parts  of  a  draft  or  a  whole   draft,  you  can  see  if  you  communicated  your  ideas  clearly  by  having  a  tutor  be  your   “practice  audience.”  They  will  listen  as  a  reader,  and  explain  to  you  what  they  are  thinking   as  a  reader.    If  they  hear  what  you  intended  to  communicate,  hooray!    If  not,  you  have  an   opportunity  to  revise  before  you  give  your  work  to  your  actual  audience.  The  tutors  will   even  help  you  learn  editing  and  proofreading  strategies  so  you  can  independently   communicate  your  ideas  clearly.   How  do  I  make  an  appointment?  The  best  way  is  by  using  our  online  scheduling   website:  http://fsu.mywconline.com  Instructions  for  making  an  appointment  can  be  found   here:http://wr.english.fsu.edu/Reading-­‐Writing-­‐Center/How-­‐to-­‐Make-­‐an-­‐ Appointment  While  we  will  accept  walk-­‐ins  if  a  tutor  is  available,  it  is  usually  best  to  book   ahead.      

http://wr.english.fsu.edu/Digital-­‐Studio   fsu.mywconline.com   What  is  the  Digital  Studio?  The  Digital  Studio  provides  support  to  students  working   individually  or  in  groups  on  a  variety  of  digital  projects,  such  as  designing  a  website,   developing  an  electronic  portfolio  for  a  class,  creating  a  blog,  selecting  images  for  a  visual   essay,  adding  voiceover  to  a  presentation,  or  writing  a  script  for  a  podcast.    The  DS  has  both   Macs  and  PCs,  and  some  of  the  cool  software  available  in  the  DS  includes  Photoshop,   InDesign,  Windows  Movie  Maker,  iMovie,  and  more!   Who  uses  the  DS?  Any  FSU  students  who  want  to  complete  digital  class  assignments  (e.g.,   for  FYC  or  WEPO)    or  to  improve  overall  capabilities  in  digital  communication.  Students   also  use  the  DS  to  make  Prezis,  business  cards,  flyers  for  their  own  student  organizations,   and  more!   Where  is  the  DS?  There  are  two  DS  locations:  Williams  222  and  Johnston  Ground.   What  happens  in  a  DS  session?  Like  the  RWC,  think  of  the  DS  as  an  idea  lab,  only  it  is  a   place  to  explore  ideas  in  digital  texts  and  to  learn  new  technologies  to  communicate  ideas   in  those  mediums.   How  do  I  make  an  appointment?  The  best  way  is  by  using  our  online  scheduling   website:  http://fsu.mywconline.com    The  DS  does  accept  walk-­‐ins,  but  the  DS  gets  booked   by  large  groups  and  is  very  busy  at  the  end  of  the  semester,  so  it  is  best  to  plan  ahead.   How  much  tutoring  can  I  have?  You  can  use  the  DS  as  much  as  you’d  like!  





Plagiarism  is  grounds  for  suspension  from  the  university  as  well  as  for  failure  in  this   course.  It  will  not  be  tolerated.  Any  instance  of  plagiarism  will  be  reported  to  the  Director   of  Undergraduate  Studies.  Plagiarism  is  a  counterproductive,  non-­‐writing  behavior  that  is   unacceptable  in  a  course  intended  to  aid  the  growth  of  individual  writers.  Plagiarism  is   included  among  the  violations  defined  in  the  Academic  Honor  Code,  section  b),  paragraph   2,  as  follows:  “Regarding  academic  assignments,  violations  of  the  Academic  Honor  Code   shall  include  representing  another’s  work  or  any  part  thereof,  be  it  published  or   unpublished,  as  one’s  own.”      

Academic Honor Policy
The  Florida  State  University  Academic  Honor  Policy  outlines  the  University’s  expectations   for  the  integrity  of  students’  academic  work,  the  procedures  for  resolving  alleged  violations   of  those  expectations,  and  the  rights  and  responsibilities  of  students  and  faculty  members   throughout  the  process.    Students  are  responsible  for  reading  the  Academic  Honor  Policy   and  for  living  up  to  their  pledge  to  “.  .  .  be  honest  and  truthful  and  .  .  .  [to]  strive  for  personal   and  institutional  integrity  at  Florida  State  University.”    (Florida  State  University  Academic   Honor  Policy,  found  at  http://dof.fsu.edu/honorpolicy.htm.)    

Americans with Disabilities Act

Students  with  disabilities  needing  academic  accommodation  should:  (1)  register  with  and   provide  documentation  to  the  Student  Disability  Resource  Center  and  (2)  bring  a  letter  to   the  instructor  indicating  the  need  for  accommodation  and  what  type.  This  should  be  done   during  the  first  week  of  class.   This  syllabus  and  other  class  materials  are  available  in  alternative  format  upon  request.   For  more  information  about  services  available  to  FSU  students  with  disabilities,  contact   the:   Student  Disability  Resource  Center     97  Woodward  Avenue,  South     108  Student  Services  Building   Florida  State  University     Tallahassee,  FL  32306-­‐4167     (850)  644-­‐9566  (voice)   (850)  644-­‐8504  (TDD)   sdrc@admin.fsu.edu   http://www.disabilitycenter.fsu.edu/    

Final Note
As  your  instructor,  I  am  committed  to  helping  you  achieve  the  course  objectives.  As  such,  I   encourage  you  to  see  me  during  office  hours,  to  schedule  appointments  with  me  when   needed,  and  to  contact  me  via  email  with  any  questions  you  might  have.  I  am  here  to  help   you  succeed.  I  am  also  here  to  foster  a  collaborative  learning  environment  within  the   classroom,  one  in  which  we  will  work  together  both  to  learn  the  principles  of  rhetoric,   communication,  and  design  and  to  use  those  principles  to  create  texts  that  are  reflective  of     5  

your  individual  interests  and  passions.  I  will  bring  my  curiosity  and  enthusiasm  to  the   class,  and  I  ask  that  you  do  the  same.       Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice    



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