Freshman Comp Essays

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Edmundson vehemently challenges that while admittedly trying to make his students laugh.After discussing these two articles, we spend a day preparing for a debate.Because I want to finish it within five weeks, I assign 8 chapters per week for the typical 16-week semester.

Edmundson vehemently challenges that while admittedly trying to make his students laugh.After discussing these two articles, we spend a day preparing for a debate.Because I want to finish it within five weeks, I assign 8 chapters per week for the typical 16-week semester.

So far I have taught four different levels of composition, and if I could get away with it, I would offer the same syllabus at every level but emphasize different aspects of grammar, punctuation, and rhetoric at each.

I don’t do that, but it should help you understand how much I love this specific level.

After reading Carr, we are all feeling pretty bad about ourselves, so I throw in .

So many people believe watching TV and video games rots your brain, but the author contends with that by explaining how it is in the economic interest of the writers to keep narratives so complex that viewers would watch a series more than once to pick up nuances they missed during their first viewing.

In class, we usually act out a lot of the dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon, and if we have time, I like to show them which is a chapter from the book of the same title by Susan Sontag.

She discusses the role of the media in portraying violence and what the representation does to manipulate and influence reality.She seems heavily influenced by Baudrillard and barely mentions him in her book. It’s an important commentary on the ways technology influences and alters the world as we know it.I introduce students to hyperreality, which piggy backs on Plato, but hits so close to home for these digital natives that they wonder why it is even a theoretical concept or something someone thought they needed to name. These kinds of arguments are typically outdated pretty fast, but his examples reach back into history and remain timeless.Students discuss the way professors use technology in their classrooms and whether its effective or he makes a passionate argument for the mind-bending, life-altering pursuit of education that used to be. Days I have only read about in books and seen in movies like Good Will Hunting.The change in education that is fueled by technology often errs on the side of entertainment.I will add, however, that this novel deals with semiotics, psychology, and existential themes I find relevant to the rest of the material we discuss the remainder of the semester.Because of that, I give the following two supplemental (and optional) readings with the novel: The Unconscious by Sigmund Freud is foundational for discussing the unconscious.I will break this down at a later date, but the debate centers on different approaches to education loosely based on Cathy Davidson’s and Mark Edmundson’s approaches and causes students to ask why they are pursuing a such a fantastic piece of prose and employs a variety of rhetorical devices that make it so powerful.Students tend to appreciate reading his work because they are usually only familiar with his “I Have a Dream” speech..This allows us to set the stage for Cathy Davidson to explain how she helped Apple hijack the 2003 incoming freshmen at Duke by giving them an i Pod and suggesting they use it for educational purposes.She gives the rundown in an article called, If any student at Duke could convince their professor to use the i Pod in their course, then the rest of the class would get one free.

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