Philosophy of This Class
How do we see the world ? This is the central question of much of our work in this class. How we write, what we choose to write about, how we read, and what we choose to read is all influenced by our perspective. Our perspective (or point of view, POV) also influences all of these choices, creating a cycle. It is all connected. Reading and writing, then, is much more than taking in information and putting words in print. It is literacy.
Literacy is the way we read and interpret a text (you might want to memorize that phrase for class). Reading is an act of participation; you bring your own values and expectations to the act. Interpreting, for the purposes of this class, involves writing – what you do with the text(s) you read.
In your writing, you make rhetorical moves. Rhetoric, at a very basic level, is about understanding your audience and making choices to elicit a certain effect or reaction. This class is about how you see the world and how you want to take your message into the world. And you thought I was going to teach you how to write a five-paragraph essay! Ha! We’ve got bigger fish to fry.
WA2 Troubling Trend (Comics/YA/Toys)
WA1 Prompt and Rubric (Older)
The World at Your Fingertips
Most of your papers for this class require you to use outside, academic sources. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pretend the internet doesn’t exist. Feel free to start your research by doing a Google search, looking up info on Wikipedia, or watching some videos on YouTube… or using any of the resources available to you. Just don’t be tempted to copy and paste that stuff and hand it in as your own. It is easy to find good, helpful information to get you started. It is just as easy for me to find and verify plagiarized work thanks to the same resources.