Professor: Nicholas Anderson Today’s Goals: Learn about the expectations and policies of our ENC1102 class Begin looking for possible research topics Introduce Yourself 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Name Year Major Where you are from Something that interests you ENC1102 vs. 1101 Less reading More writing (both long Less vocabulary essays and short writing) Additional freedom to research the topic of your choice More responsibility to keep up with work outside of class More concentration on contemporary issues Less grammar Less formatting Our class vs. other ENC1102 classes You are in control of the format and pacing of the class Extensive use of Socratic method Informal atmosphere We will discuss grammar while most other 1102 classes will not All of your feedback will be appreciate and considered for future coursework Tentative Course Schedule Unit 0- ENC1101 Review 1/12-1/16 Goals: No major essay for this unit Unit 1- Exploratory Narrative 1/19-2/15 Goals: Review important ENC1101 material Start thinking of possible research topics Lean how to conduct secondary research & work with licensed databases Use reading with and against the grain to better understand a text Use exploratory and reflective writing to deepen your understanding of an issue Exploratory Narrative due 2/15 Unit 2- Research Proposal 2/16-3/1 Goals: Formulate determinate research questions to focus your study Learn APA formatting style Define what problems/questions remain unanswered for you topic Research Proposal due 3/1 Tentative Course Schedule Unit 3- Informative Article 3/2-4/5 Goals: Learn and conduct original primary research Use primary research to support an argument Use visual rhetoric, document design, and style factors to match a particular type of writing Informative Article due 4/5 Unit 4- Classical Argument 4/6 to 5/1 Goals: Create a clear, credible, original, and arguable thesis Learn strategies for addressing and refuting counterarguments Synthesize and utilize secondary sources to support an argument Classical Argument due 5/1 Major Essays Overview Major Essay 1: Exploratory Narrative The only open form prose assignment we will have in this class, the exploratory narrative will introduce you to conducting secondary research on your own and show your progression of thought as you gain deeper insight on your chosen topic. Major Essay 2: Research Proposal The shortest of the major essays, the research proposal will ask for approval to conduct research on your chosen topic. A very important genre for science majors and for conducting your own research. Major Essay 3: Informative Article The informative essay will ask you to conduct original primary research you create on your own and ask you to present that information in the genre and style of a professional publication of your choice. Major Essay 4: Classical Argument Our final essay, the classical argument will ask you to present an original thesis or solution to the problem related to your chosen topic. Similar to the synthesis essay from ENC1101, you will draw on secondary research to support your claim. The genre that will likely be most similar to the writing you have to do throughout the rest of your undergraduate career. No final exam, midterm, or cumulative exam of any kind. Unit 0 Schedule 1/12-Intro to 1102 Goals: Learn about class expectations and policies Begin looking for possible research topics 1/14-Rhetoric review Goals: Review most important concepts from ENC1101 Use the believing and doubting game to deepen your understanding of an issue 1/16-Intro to Research Goals: Learn vocabulary for talking about research Use source evaluation criteria to analyze a text What interests you? All research topics should be issues that are: Contemporary Contentious Complex You are encouraged to look for topics related to Your major Current events New developments in research First and foremost, pick something that interests you! Successful past topics Technology in schools Effects of technology on language Student loan debt Psychological effects of video games Censorship/coverage in the media Rape prevention and culture Women’s rights issues Efficacy of online classes Government invasion of privacy Police corruption and reform Athletes and steroid usage/regulations Global warming and CO2 emissions Ethics of stem cell research Costs and effects of prison in the US Topics to Avoid Abortion Gun control Assisted suicide/euthanasia Gay marriage/adoption Capital punishment Changing the legal drinking age Legalization of marijuana Legalization of prostitution Short Write Focus: possible research topics Based on our class discussion, enumerate and discuss one or more ideas you have for possible research topics. Be sure to consider: What interests you in this topic? What are the unresolved questions or problems related to this issue? What is your stance on this issue? How and where might you get more information about this issue? Respond to this prompt in essay form and in complete sentences For this introductory assignment, two paragraphs will suffice Homework: Read syllabus Acquire Allyn & Bacon (A&B) textbook Acquire journal/composition book Continue thinking about possible research topics!