Welcome to Comp 106!

syllabus picWriting and Rhetoric II Fall 2017

Culture, Community, Citizenship

The University of Michigan Dearborn

Online class sites:  Canvas page for comp106 & https://comp106darling.wordpress.com/

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Tue/Thur  12:30-1:45 CASL 3048

Instructor:    Jill Darling    Office CASL 3024   jldarlin@umd.umich.edu

Office Hours:  Tue/Thur 3:30-4:30

Required Texts:

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Muslim Girl

Claudia Rankine, Citizen

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

*Selections from other texts via Canvas, and films that you will be required to watch outside of class will also be required (see schedule for films).

You will be responsible to print and bring additional required reading materials with you to class. Failure to come to class prepared with copies of the materials will result in a diminished grade. Digital versions are allowed in class on a reader or laptop if you have taken notes and have clearly read the material and are able to participate in class discussion. Using cell phones for course readings is not allowed. Please put away cell phones during class or risk losing attendance points if you are using them for non-class-related activities.


Course Description:

Comp 106 focuses on the study of writing and rhetoric through composing a range of researched texts. Students study the rhetorical choices effective for writing in different media, and learn practical strategies for academic inquiry and for giving useful feedback in response to the writing of others. Such strategies include those related to the use of electronic and print resources, peer-review, and revision. Our classroom serves as a workshop, a safe space for critical discussion, composition, the sharing of works-in-progress, peer critique, and revision. All of these involve preparation, attendance, active engagement, collegiality, trust, and most of all discipline. The workshop approach resists lectures, top-down authoritarianism, and what Paulo Freire calls “the banking method” of education (teachers deposit knowledge in the heads of students and then make withdrawals on testing day). Instead, we read together, make sense of texts together, and compose and revise pieces of writing together. This is not the course to take if you are not able to come to class each day, read constantly, and meet deadlines.

Additionally, all students are welcome in this class and on the UMD campus. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, ability, genetic information, military service, or any other status. Title IX of the Civil Rights act recognizes that students should be able to study in a safe atmosphere free of sexual violence, harassment, bias and discrimination.