CEP English/Honors College Writing Syllabus
Grade Breakdown:
Essays 50%
Tests 30%
Class Participation: 20%
Essay Due Dates:
9/13: 2-3 page response to one of the summer readings using some of the techniques from
Chapters 1 and 2 of They Say, I Say.
9/20: Revised version of first paper.
10/4: 4-5 page expansion of first paper using techniques from They Say, I Say Chapters 1-4.
10/25: Revised version of second paper.
11/15: 7-9 page analysis of any of the grouped readings from the previous weeks.
12/2: Revised version of third paper.
12/20: 10-12 page final paper on topic of student’s choice.
1/17: Revised version of final paper.
Week of 9/2—9/6
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 97-107 “Politics and the English Language” Orwell
Fields of Reading pgs. 181-192 “What’s So Bad about Hate?” Sullivan
They Say, I Say pgs. xix-xxix and 1-15 “Preface” and “Introduction”
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 17-101 Chapters 1 and 2
Week of 9/9—9/13
***Paper 1 due 9/13***
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 398-408 “Ways of Seeing” Berger
Fields of Reading pgs. 410-425 “A Stream of Illusion” Carter
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 103-108 Chapter 3
They Say, I Say pgs. 335-345 “2b or Not 2b?” Crystal
Fields of Reading pgs. 533-541 “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr
Week of 9/16—9/20
***Paper 1 Revised Version due 9/20***
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 494-504 “Why I Blog” Sullivan
They Say, I Say pgs. 335-345 “2b or Not 2b?” Crystal
Fields of Reading pgs. 533-541 “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 139-173 Chapter 4
Fields of Reading pgs. 248-255 “A Modest Proposal” Swift
Fields of Reading pgs. 57-65 “The Long Good-Bye: Mother’s Day in Federal Prison”
Coyne
Week of 9/23—9/27
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 195-207 “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in
America” Ehrenreich
Fields of Reading pgs. 248-255 “A Modest Proposal” Swift
Fields of Reading pgs. 57-65 “The Long Good-Bye: Mother’s Day in Federal
Prison” Coyne
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 459-462 “Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall” Ackerman
Fields of Reading pgs. 464-465 “Why the Sky Is Blue” Jeans
They Say, I Say pgs. 564-567 “Hiding from Reality” Herbert
They Say, I Say pgs. 568-570 “Is the American Dream Over?” Thomas
Week of 9/30—10/4
***Paper 2 due 10/4***
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 459-462 “Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall”
Ackerman
Fields of Reading pgs. 464-465 “Why the Sky Is Blue” Jeans
They Say, I Say pgs. 564-567 “Hiding from Reality” Herbert
They Say, I Say pgs. 568-570 “Is the American Dream Over?” Thomas
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 572-578 “The American Dream: Dead, Alive or on Hold?”
King
They Say, I Say pgs. 580-584 “Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore” Frank
They Say, I Say pgs. 586-603 “Confronting Inequality” Krugman
They Say, I Say pgs. 606-618 “Up Against Wal-Mart” Olsson
They Say, I Say pgs. 620-623 “Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.” Mallaby
Week of 10/7—10/11
In-Class Discussion: They Say, I Say pgs. 572-578 “The American Dream: Dead, Alive or on
Hold?” King
They Say, I Say pgs. 580-584 “Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore” Frank
They Say, I Say pgs. 586-603 “Confronting Inequality” Krugman
They Say, I Say pgs. 606-618 “Up Against Wal-Mart” Olsson
They Say, I Say pgs. 620-623 “Progressive Wal-Mart. Really.” Mallaby
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 75-83 “Urban Legends: ‘The Boyfriend’s Death’” Brunvand
Fields of Reading pgs. 665-669 “The Cave” Plato
Fields of Reading pgs. 710-732 “Ways of Seeing” Berger
Week of 10/14—10/18
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 75-83 “Urban Legends: ‘The Boyfriend’s Death’”
Brunvand
Fields of Reading pgs. 665-669 “The Cave” Plato
Fields of Reading pgs. 710-732 “Ways of Seeing” Berger
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 158-171 “Is God an Accident?” Bloom
Fields of Reading pgs. 220-229 “The Selfless Gene” Judson
Fields of Reading pgs. 427-441 “The Moral Instinct” Pinker
Week of 10/21—10/25
***Revised Second Paper due 10/25***
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 158-171 “Is God an Accident?” Bloom
Fields of Reading pgs. 220-229 “The Selfless Gene” Judson
Fields of Reading pgs. 427-441 “The Moral Instinct” Pinker
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 752-759 “Morning of the Stroke” Bolte Taylor
Fields of Reading pgs. 793-801 “Of Time and Autobiography” Schacter
Fields of Reading pgs. 360-370 “The Other Stem-Cell Debate” Shreeve
Week of 10/28—11/1
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 752-759 “Morning of the Stroke” Bolte Taylor
Fields of Reading pgs. 793-801 “Of Time and Autobiography” Schacter
Fields of Reading pgs. 360-370 “The Other Stem-Cell Debate” Shreeve
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 506-521 “The Hive” Poe
Fields of Reading pgs. 523-532 “Future Reading: Digitization and Its Discontents”
Grafton
Week of 11/4—11/6
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 506-521 “The Hive” Poe
Fields of Reading pgs. 523-532 “Future Reading: Digitization and Its
Discontents” Grafton
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 391-393 “Don’t Blame the Eater” Zinczenko
They Say, I Say pgs. 395-398 “What You Eat Is Your Business” Balko
They Say, I Say pgs. 442-446 “Resisting the Moralization of Eating” Maxfield
They Say, I Say pgs. 454-473 “Having It His Way: The Construction of Masculinity
in Fast-Food TV Advertising” Freeman and Merskin
Week of 11/11—11/15
*** 7-9 page Paper 3 due 11/15***
In-Class Discussion: They Say, I Say pgs. 391-393 “Don’t Blame the Eater” Zinczenko
They Say, I Say pgs. 395-398 “What You Eat Is Your Business” Balko
They Say, I Say pgs. 442-446 “Resisting the Moralization of Eating” Maxfield
They Say, I Say pgs. 454-473 “Having It His Way: The Construction of Masculinity
in Fast-Food TV Advertising” Freeman and Merskin
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 489-510 “Why Sports Matter” Sheed
They Say, I Say pgs. 545-551 “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals”
Moller
Week of 11/18—11/22
In-Class Discussion: They Say, I Say pgs. 489-510 “Why Sports Matter” Sheed
They Say, I Say pgs. 545-551 “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals”
Moller
Homework: Fields of Reading pgs. 567-583 “I Just Wanna Be Average” Rose
Fields of Reading pgs. 613-623 “What High School Is” Sizer
They Say, I Say pgs. 222-242 “Are Too Many People Going to College?” Murray
They Say, I Say pgs. 198-209 “Kenyon Commencement Speech” Wallace
Week of 11/25—11/27
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 567-583 “I Just Wanna Be Average” Rose
Fields of Reading pgs. 613-623 “What High School Is” Sizer
They Say, I Say pgs. 222-242 “Are Too Many People Going to College?” Murray
They Say, I Say pgs. 198-209 “Kenyon Commencement Speech” Wallace
Homework: None
Week of 12/2—12/6
***Revised Paper 3 due 12/2***
In-Class Discussion: Fields of Reading pgs. 567-583 “I Just Wanna Be Average” Rose
Fields of Reading pgs. 613-623 “What High School Is” Sizer
They Say, I Say pgs. 222-242 “Are Too Many People Going to College?” Murray
They Say, I Say pgs. 198-209 “Kenyon Commencement Speech” Wallace
Homework: They Say, I Say pgs. 190-196 “The New Liberal Arts” Ungar
They Say, I Say pgs. 256-272 “A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely” Wilson
Fields of Reading pgs. 625-633 “Why We Hate Teachers” Keizer
Fields of Reading pgs. 635-642 “First, Kill All the School Boards: A Modest
Proposal to Fix the Schools” Miller
Week of 12/9—12/13
In-Class Discussion: They Say, I Say pgs. 190-196 “The New Liberal Arts” Ungar
They Say, I Say pgs. 256-272 “A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely” Wilson
Fields of Reading pgs. 625-633 “Why We Hate Teachers” Keizer
Fields of Reading pgs. 635-642 “First, Kill All the School Boards: A Modest
Proposal to Fix the Schools” Miller
Homework: ***10-12 Page Final Paper due 12/20***
***Final Draft of Final Paper 1/17***
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