The purpose of this course is to make you a better communicator. We will closely examine the methods through which great communicators like Shakespeare convey emotion, thought, and action; we will often use their work as inspiration for our own. Because we need to prepare you for the post-secondary world, we will also consider the sort of communication that occurs in university and college.
Below is a list of the tentative assignments that will be formally evaluated. Please note that they do not include regular writing tasks designed to help you communicate more effectively.
- reasoning test/quiz
- blogs (instead of journals, evaluated twice)
- novel seminar
- Lit Crit Hamlet
- notes for essay (based on the comparative essay)
- All My Sons Tutorial
- comparative essay on two novels
- walkabout CA (a presentation about a social justice issue that connects to the essay)
Today, we will talk about induction and deduction, and how faulty reasoning can lead to all sorts of errors. Tonight, please read The Closing of The American Mind on page 325 of your text. By Wednesday, you need to write a 1 page blog response in which you agree or disagree with the writer’s reasoning. If you see faulty induction or deduction in the article, please identify it!
This will also help me identify the strengths of your writing. I will sit down with each of you this week to discuss your work