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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423

english@hope.edu
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Spring 2014 English 113 Courses

English 113, Expository Writing I, encourages students to explore ideas through reading, discussion, and writing. The emphasis is on development of writing abilities; the area of exploration varies with individual instructors.

All English 113 sections fulfill the Core Requirement, but are not counted toward an English major. The English Department encourages each student to select the section which best meets his/her needs.

Here is the list of this semester’s variants; see below for each course description.

113.01 America's War in Vietnam Emerson MW 8:30 - 10:20 AM
113.02 The Will to Survive Moreau MWF 8:30 - 9:20 AM
113.03 Writing as Intellectual Exploration Peschiera MW 9:00 - 10:20 AM
113.04 The Will to Survive Moreau MWF 9:30 - 10:20 AM
113.05 Challenging Cultural Assumptions Aslanian MW 11:00 - 12:50 AM
113.06 Writing Thoughtfully Kenagy MWF 11:00 - 11:50 AM
113.07 Rhetoric and Composition of Pop Culture Schoon-Tanis MW 12:30 - 1:50 PM
113.08 Practices in Critical Reading and Writing Gorman MWF 2:00 - 2:50 PM
113.09 Creative Impulse Rappleye MW 4:00 - 5:50 PM
113.10 Academic Writing, Literacy, and Rhetoric Werner TR 9:30 - 10:50 AM
113.11 Writing Workshop 2014 Lewison TR 9:30 - 10:50 AM
113.12 Perception, Power, and Difference Cho TR 12:00 - 1:20 PM
113.13 Writing Workshop 2014 Lewison TR 1:30 - 2:50 PM
113.14 Rethinking Health Douglas TR 1:30 - 3:20 PM
113.15 Who Are You? Clark TR 3:00 - 4:50 PM
113.16 Crichton's Jurassic Park Smith TR 6:30 - 8:20 PM

Course Descriptions

ENGL 113 01: America's War in Vietnam
Emerson, Derek
MW 8:30 AM 10:20 AM

The American War in Vietnam was a controversial time in the United States. While soldiers were entrenched in a deadly war in Vietnam, the population at home was torn apart in their views on the war. In this class we approach the war through the words of those actively involved, with one novel by an American solider and one by a North Vietnamese soldier. In between we read many smaller excerpts from other writers, discuss different viewpoints, write responses to specific questions, and research and write longer papers. Flagged for Global Learning International.

ENGL 113 02: The Will to Survive
Moreau, William
MWF 8:30 AM 9:20 AM

After all, isn’t that what life is all about anyway—surviving? To what extent do human beings fight to survive? To what lengths and extremes will we go to cling to life? What is the limit of our hanging on?

In this English 113 section, participants will read, discuss, and be asked to write in response to literature that exemplifies humankind’s desire to survive. To inspire our discussing and writing, we will explore three pieces of “survival” literature. Titles include In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton (nonfiction), Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody (nonfiction), and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (dystopian fiction).

And, speaking of survival, a major goal of this class will be to help you “survive” the writing that will be demanded of you in the real world of college and beyond; therefore, we’ll explore and practice writing that narrates, informs, persuades, reviews, responds, shares, and/or entertains.

Class time will be spent discussing the assigned literature and (to a greater extent) responding to and helping each other with the writing we create—in pairs, in small groups, and as a whole class. We will also spend time learning together through informal lectures, student presentations, in-class writing, and individual student-teacher conferences. We’ll choose from different types of writing in order to create some final products, and eventually, we’ll create a more in-depth research project.

ENGL 113 03: Writing as Intellectual Exploration
Peschiera, Pablo
MW 9:00 AM 10:20 AM

This course develops your skills as a writer of clear, purposeful expository writing, and provides a solid base for the writing assignments you will encounter at Hope College. Our work together will emphasize writing as a process, writing as conversation with other writers, and writing as a way to show connections between ideas. This means that we will read interesting and challenging essays and converse deeply about our questions raised in our reading. We will read essays that challenge our reading comprehension, which will develop our abilities to wrestle with complex ideas. We will edit and revise several drafts of every paper, learning how to effectively organize, support, and justify our ideas. We will craft individual, critical responses to our reading to that we become better readers and responders to the essays of our peers. Students will partner in writing workshops to help develop a clear and coherent expository style of writing. We will learn to write more unified and coherent paragraphs and sentences, and contribute to the dialogue about writing that will emerge from our classroom responses and discussions. By the end of the semester, you will have tested your intellectual abilities in both reading and writing, become a stronger, more flexible writer, and feel more confident in your ability to write at the college-level.

ENGL 113 04: The Will to Survive
Moreau, William
MWF 9:30 AM 10:20 AM

After all, isn’t that what life is all about anyway—surviving? To what extent do human beings fight to survive? To what lengths and extremes will we go to cling to life? What is the limit of our hanging on?

In this English 113 section, participants will read, discuss, and be asked to write in response to literature that exemplifies humankind’s desire to survive. To inspire our discussing and writing, we will explore three pieces of “survival” literature. Titles include In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton (nonfiction), Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody (nonfiction), and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (dystopian fiction).

And, speaking of survival, a major goal of this class will be to help you “survive” the writing that will be demanded of you in the real world of college and beyond; therefore, we’ll explore and practice writing that narrates, informs, persuades, reviews, responds, shares, and/or entertains.

Class time will be spent discussing the assigned literature and (to a greater extent) responding to and helping each other with the writing we create—in pairs, in small groups, and as a whole class. We will also spend time learning together through informal lectures, student presentations, in-class writing, and individual student-teacher conferences. We’ll choose from different types of writing in order to create some final products, and eventually, we’ll create a more in-depth research project.

ENGL 113 05: Challenging Cultural Assumptions
Aslanian, Janice
MW 11:00 AM 12:50 PM

In this course, you will analyze aspects of our popular culture, then use a “mashup” approach to hone your critical thinking skills. A “mashup” essay uses multiple writing strategies and incorporates various media to produce thoughtful, engaging essays.

The four areas of our popular culture we will explore are:

Identity: How do we form our identity as Americans? What part does the media play in defining our gender identity?

Social Media: How has social media altered the way we interact with one another both virtually and physically? Has digital media made the concept of privacy extinct?

Violence: When is fighting okay, and when is it morally incorrect? What purpose do fight clubs serve? How can the more dangerous sports, such as football, remain interesting without permanently injuring those who play them?

Sexuality and Relationships: What are the current sexual trends among teens? Is the institution of marriage obsolete?

You will read a wide variety of thought provoking articles. These readings will be a springboard for discussion and serve as models for your essays. In addition to in-class workshops, you will spend time in the computer lab learning to apply writing style and revision techniques to your papers. You will polish your “works in progress” throughout the semester and submit them in a portfolio for a final grade at the end of the term.

ENGL 113 06: Writing Thoughtfully
Kenagy, Robert
MWF 11:00 AM 11:50 AM

Good writing – regardless of genre – is approached thoughtfully. Memoirs, comics, sports essays, spiritual writing, poems, travel blogs, movie reviews, stand-up comedy, even academic research papers require writers to consider their ideas, beliefs, and their audience. In this English 113 class you’ll have the opportunity to slow down and explore what’s important to you, engage in meaningful conversation with others, and connect with the world around you. We’ll approach writing as a process, and you’ll be challenged to address a number of rhetorical situations in creative and unique ways. You’ll receive quality feedback as you work thoroughly through your writing in a large group, in small groups, and one-on-one. You’ll be asked to reflect on your work and revise often. We’ll also read, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of writing. You’ll learn from your peers and other great thinkers like David Foster Wallace, Annie Dillard, James Baldwin, and Dave Eggers. Ultimately, this class will prepare you to express yourself intelligently and with care while finding your voice.

ENGL 113 07: The Rhetoric and Composition of Popular Culture
Schoon-Tanis, Kathryn
MW 12:30 PM 1:50 PM

Please contact faculty member for more information.

ENGL 113 08: Practices in Critical Reading and Writing
Gorman, Austin
MWF 2:00 PM 2:50 PM

This course serves one primary purpose: to equip you with the critical thinking and reading abilities to make a significant contribution to the intellectual marketplace of ideas in a variety of disciplines (from the humanities to the sciences). In order to mold each of you into experts, I will provide you with the critical reading practices, research skills and templates that academics, such as myself, use to argue and debate ideas in intellectual contexts. Have no fear: I will not hold you up to the same standards as my peers, but rather only expect your maximum effort in achieving these goals. I will walk you through the process of writing effective and polished prose slowly: there will be moments of boredom and agony, but also instances of triumph. In this way, my class can be viewed as a metaphor for all of life.

ENGL 113 09: Creative Impulse
Rappleye, Gregory
MW 4:00 PM 5:50 PM

Please contact faculty member for more information.

ENGL 113 10: Academic Writing, Literacy & Rhetoric
Werner, Courtney
TR 9:30 AM 10:50 AM

The focus of every writing workshop is, of course, to help you become a more effective writer. In this writing workshop course, students will begin to become acclimated with writing for a college-educated audience. The foundations of effective writing reach all the way back to ancient civilization, where rhetoric--the art and study of argument--was first developed as a science. Effective writing is also tied to a nuanced understanding of literacy for the 21st century. In this course, students will explore effective writing through the use of rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, multiple literacies, and a fluid, unique writing process.

Students in the class are expected to contribute regularly and meaningfully to class discussions and activities. This is a writing workshop, which means the majority of our time will be devoted to writing activities, in-class workshops, and peer reviews. Group work will take up much of our time. Throughout the course, students will accumulate a variety of tools that can be used to strengthen their writing skills. Additionally, the course prepares students for collegiate argumentation. Students will learn to engage in intellectual arguments for different discourse communities, to utilize rhetorical principles, and to discover new elements of argumentation.

This course focuses on rhetoric—both oral and written—and is taught as a participation- and writing-heavy, collaborative workshop. Multimodal and technology-related projects will also be incorporated into various areas of the course.

ENGL 113 11: Writing Workshop 2014
Lewison, Mark
TR 9:30 AM 10:50 AM

It takes practice and it takes patience to hone writing skills. In this workshop-oriented section of English 113, we explore your interests and experiences to develop a series of essays during the term. We also use several novels and the textbook Concise Guide to Writing as a baseline for our work together. Often, you will find, the writing process is not magic, it's mechanics -- plus a dash of inspiration. With the benefit of the instructor's longtime experience as a writer and editor in the workplace, you will learn about crafting communication for today's audiences, from on paper to online, and from the academic essay to the casual-yet-concise communication of websites and blogs.

ENGL 113 12: Perception, Power & Difference
Cho, David
TR 12:00 PM 1:20 PM

This section of English 113 will be focusing on the over-arching theme of differing "Theories of Perception, Power, and Difference." Along with examining various issues in Composition and Rhetoric, to help prepare us for writing academic essays, we will also be looking at essays written by individuals like John Berger, Mary Louise Pratt, and Michel Foucault, respectively, to give us a very broad and challenging range of ideas, definitions, terms, to grapple with intellectually, and for their many applications to other academic and "real-life" contexts. These essays can be found in Gail Stygall's Reading Context. Also, in light of Hope College's commitment to researching and teaching on issues of culture, diversity, and race, (Phelps Scholars Program, IDS Courses, Mission Statement), we will also use our essays as a foundation for us to help in considering issues of race, ethnicity, and difference, using Beverly Daniel Tatum's somewhat oxymoronic title, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting in the Cafeteria Together?, along with a novel, John Okada's No-No Boy, which fictionally delves into a very non-heralded portion of American history and letters, namely the "internment" of Japanese Americans across the West Coast, during WWII and afterwards. Flagged for Global Learning Domestic.

ENGL 113 13: Writing Workshop 2014
Lewison, Mark
TR 1:30 PM 2:50 PM

It takes practice and it takes patience to hone writing skills. In this workshop-oriented section of English 113, we explore your interests and experiences to develop a series of essays during the term. We also use several novels and the textbook Concise Guide to Writing as a baseline for our work together. Often, you will find, the writing process is not magic, it's mechanics -- plus a dash of inspiration. With the benefit of the instructor's longtime experience as a writer and editor in the workplace, you will learn about crafting communication for today's audiences, from on paper to online, and from the academic essay to the casual-yet-concise communication of websites and blogs.

ENGL 113 14: Rethinking Health
Douglas, Kim
TR 1:30 PM 3:20 PM

Please contact faculty member for more information.

ENGL 113 15: Who Are You?
Clark, Linda
TR 3:00 PM 4:50 PM

Though forty years or more have traveled by – mostly in the fast lane – we could still say that in 2013 much insightful language we might use to describe ourselves and our life views may be expressed in song titles of The Who from the 1960’s and 1970’s. “Who Are You?” continues to have more importance than just as a “CSI” theme song, and consider “Don’t Get Fooled Again,” “How Can You Do It Alone?” “Disguises,” and “I Don’t Even Know Myself.” This expository writing course may allow you to articulate a little of who you are and what you have to say while adding to your preparation for the academic writing requirements at Hope College. Stressing the methods of the writing workshop process, our work will focus on clarity, depth of thought, voice, organization, and language effectiveness. Plan to read a variety of essay samples, write both formally and informally, engage in critical evaluation of your own products and those of others, research and cite thoroughly, and make valuable contributions within the group. Hopefully the class will help with the realization that sincere, fluent thought and writing can occur “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”

ENGL 113 16: Crichton's Jurassic Park
Smith, Richard
TR 6:30 PM 8:20 PM

Like the movie? Want to read the book? In this course we'll read Jurassic Park and at least one other novel by Michael Crichton, and we'll see the film adaptations of them. We'll use the stories themselves as a way to generate topics for a series of essays; and we'll use novel/film comparison as the basis for a discussion of the sorts of things that control the process of revision. Students will have the opportunity to revise their papers throughout the semester (but not, I think, into cinematographic form).