English 120 E-comp

Project #1: Personal Argument

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze, compose, and reflect on arguments in a variety of genres, considering the strategies, claims, evidence, and various mediums and technologies that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  2. Use writing and research as a means of discovery to examine your personal beliefs in the context of multiple perspectives and to explore focused research questions through various mediums and technologies
  3. Integrate others’ positions and perspectives into your writing ethically, appropriately, and effectively in various mediums and technologies

Overview

Students construct a personal argument about their core beliefs while reading UNM’s Lobo Common reader, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. We explore the difference between opinion and belief, and I ask students to focus on how their personal experiences shaped their beliefs. Once students construct a sound argument supported by anecdotes and symbolic imagery, they incorporate research (historical accounts, professional opinions, and studies) can inform their audiences and reaffirm their beliefs.


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Project #2: Annotated Bibliography

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate others’ positions and perspectives into your writing ethically, appropriately, and effectively in various mediums and technologies
  2. Compose a research-based academic argument in one of various mediums and technologies by identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing sources, which must include secondary sources

Overview

Students begin an extended research project. They explore a problem within their discourse community by developing questions about the problem. Students learn to evaluate the credibility and bias of a variety sources. I ask students to suspend their beliefs as they embark on their inquiry process. Partway through the unit, students reconfigure their bibliography with software to make is more user friendly and accommodate digital resources.


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Project #3: Multi modal Proposal

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use multiple approaches for planning, researching, prewriting, composing, assessing, revising, editing, proofreading, collaborating, and incorporating feedback in order to make your compositions stronger in various mediums and using multiple technologies
  2. Use writing and research as a means of discovery to examine your personal beliefs in the context of multiple perspectives and to explore focused research questions through various mediums and technologies
  3. Compose a research-based academic argument in one of various mediums and technologies by identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing sources, which must include secondary sources

Overview

Students build upon their research by proposing a solution the problem.  First, students select an audience for their proposal and make decisions about modes. They must outline a plan, and then consider the feasibility and benefits of the solution. As students complete their videos, podcasts, or presentations, they learn about how visual rhetoric enhances their message.


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