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Reading - ONR 13 Critical Reading Syllabus

ONR 13 Spring Syllabus and Course Description (Sample)

Course Information:

ONR 13-0001, Class Number 4867, Critical Reading; 11-11:50 am MWF—131 Barrows.

ONR 13-0002, Class Number 4869, Critical Reading; 1:10-2 pm MWF—320 Shibles Hall

Course Description:

For students who have a beginning acquaintance with the methods of critical reading, but who need to refine and strengthen their skills in order to succeed in regular university courses. Activities include concentrated text analysis, oral and written presentations, and class discussion.

Three credit hours.

Prerequisites: Have passed ONR 12 or permission of instructor.

On-line syllabus available on First Class Onward English folder.

Faculty Information:

Instructor: June K. Carter
Phone: 581-2312; (Home) 667-3835. FAX 581-4252.

Students may leave messages on my office phone, in my mailbox outside 119 East Annex, or with Susan Spaulding 581-2319, Rm. 121 East Annex.

Office Hours:

By appointment (preferred) or 9-10:30 am or 2:10-3:30 pm MWF.

Reading Lab and Study Sessions: Instructor’s Aide: Christina Gallo (TBA)

Textbooks titles and other required course materials: The Course of Ideas, Second Edition; The Mercury Reader; The Little, Brown Handbook, 10th Edition; Journal and Handouts. A good dictionary is very beneficial.

Learning Outcomes:

Course Goals and Expected Outcomes:

  • Expand Vocabulary and General Concepts
  • Analyze literature and college readings with more ease
  • Utilize reading and study strategies in other classes
  • Compare and contrast reading selections and elements within them
  • Develop and understanding of different genres of literature
  • Make oral presentations to the class
  • Gain an overview of Western Civilization, its history, philosophy, religion, science, and literature.

Grading and Course Expectations Rubrics for A Work:

Keep up with all the reading and make appropriate Journal entries in Column 1 as you read along for the first time, in column 2 after you’ve read the material once and had some time to reflect. Column 3 is for Peer and teacher feedback. Write in Column 4 for afterthoughts—after reading it again, after class discussion, after viewing related material, after thinking more about it, making comparisons and connections to other material. Add to your Personal Spelling List and keep a solid Vocabulary List that you can refer to and use for your benefit. Class discussion will be a valuable part of the class and affect your Participation grade and overall understanding. You will be required to make at least one oral presentation. There will be some cross-class activities that will involve reading in ENG 101 and writing in ONR.

Component Grades and Scale:

  • Dialectical Journal 10%
  • Quizzes, Classwork, Presentation 20%
  • Prelims 40%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Final Exam 20%

 Rubrics for A Work:

  • An A Journal will be thorough, interesting and analytical. It will follow the Journal format and guidelines, show improvement with each submission, and indicate some risk-taking during your exploration of the readings.
  • An A Quiz, Classwork, Presentation grade will show solid preparation, mastery of material, ability to make connections.
  • An A Prelim or Final Exam grade will show mastery of material; mastery of academic writing, structure and wording skill; and interaction with the material and critical thinking during your analysis.
  • An A grade in Participation will be based on attending all classes unless excused, arriving to class on time, and adding to class discussion and understanding in a positive fashion. 

Attendance and Other Policies:

Since attendance is a vital condition for academic success, only three excused absences will be allowed before your grade is adversely affected. Late papers will lose a grade for each day late from a C to a C- to a D+ down to not being accepted. Let me know when you must be out and make arrangements with someone to get information and materials you may have missed or to turn in your work. Of course, serious circumstances will be taken into consideration. Your failure to attend class, to do the assigned reading, and to participate affects everyone else negatively.

Because much information and clarification is given in class, it is important that you participate in a positive manner, ask and answer questions when appropriate, be prepared for class, and listen (and allow others to listen) to one another and to be heard.

If you expect an important call on your cell phone, tell the instructor and sit near the door to take the call in the hallway; otherwise turn off your phones and pagers in class. There may be unannounced quizzes and papers, plus some alterations in assignments. The work will be premised on your understanding of last semester’s material, so review and be ready for on-going discussion.

Academic Honesty:

Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and all forms of misrepresentation in academic work, which is unacceptable at The University of Maine, as stated in the “Student Handbook.” Such violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in expulsion from the University.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Contact Ann Smith, 581-2319, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, as soon as possible in the semester.

Assignment Schedule ONR 013 Spring 2010:

Week One

M 1/11 Bring LBH for Oral Presentations pp. 855-863 and Analysis pp. 4-6; 26 and Ch. 8 pp. 150-164; and Mercury Reader (MR) for Isaac Asimov’s “What Is Intelligence Anyway?” p. 5+

W 1/13 Read in Course of Ideas (CI) Sidney Shalett’s “First Atomic Bomb” pp. 169-173 and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation’s entry pp. 174-177. Make a Journal entry for one of the selections. Bring LBH, too.

F 1/15 In CI have read Edith Hamilton’s “Introduction toClassical Mythology” and “Echo and Narcissus” pp. 5-15. Note KEY CONCEPTS and passages that need more explanation or ones particularly interesting or meaningful in your Journal. Bring Journal. We’ll also discuss and select topics for Oral Presentations to be given Jan. 23.

Week Two

(No Class Monday—MLK Jr. Day)

W 1/20 Read MR “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King p. 2+ and make Journal entry. Handouts of “Paris and Helen” from Robert Graves The Greek Myths and list of major Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses.

F 1/22 Begin in-class myth presentations (3-5 minutes). EVERYONE be ready!

Week Three

M 1/25 Read MR Maya Angelou’s “Finishing School” p. 15 + Oral presentations continue!

W 1/27 In-class presentations. Have read “from The Odyssey” CI pp. 18-22.

F 1/29 MR Read and make Journal entry for “The Allegory of the Cave” pp. 101-105. Bring CI to begin the play Oedipus Rex in class.

Week Four

M 2/1 Have read and made Journal entry CI pp. 197-213 to the end of Scene 1.

W 2/3 Continue reading in class Scene II pp. 213-223. Know Key Concepts pp. 199-200. Receive “Myth of Sisyphus ” handout.

F 2/5 Continue reading Scene III pp. 223-239. Answer questions pp. 239-240 #1, 8, 9.

Week Five

M 2/8 Quiz over Greek Gods and Goddesses, their Roman names and Realms (Spheres of Influence). Have read “The Myth of Sisyphus” on Handout and bring CI to begin “Paideia” p. 22+.

W 2/10 Have finished reading “Paideia” and know aidos and arete. Read “The Founders of Western Philosophy” p. 26+. Answer questions on paper to hand in on p. 33 #2 and #4 (11 am class) and #3 and #5 (1:10 class).

F 12 Plato’s “from Symposium”—original translation “drinking party,” p. 34+. Make Journal entry. “Don Quixote” pp. 252+. Exchange Journals..

Week Six

M 2/15 (Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day) Marshall Clagget’s “Greek Science: Origins and Methods” p. 37. Be able to explain Deductive and Inductive Reasoning so everyone else can understand it. Know the Key Cncepts. Make Journal Entry. Expect to share in a lot of Class Discussion!

W 2/17 Read Finley’s “Politics” p. 44+ and make Journal entry. Bring Journals for exchange.

F 2/19 Read Plato’s “from the Apology of Socrates” and “Phaedo” p. 49+.

Week Seven

M 2/22 Catch-up day! Receive Handout.

W 2/24 PRELIM over Greek Culture and ALL the readings so far this semester, plus the Gods and Goddesses. Turn in Journals by 4 pm today

F 2/26 Some reading for ENG 101.

Spring Recess

 Week Eight

M 3/15 Selections from “Political Theory and Practice” pp. 303-397. CI “The Costs of Communism” and “The Accused” pp. 352-361. Check questions at end of each selection, using answer sheet handout.

W 3/17 CI—Read “The Family,” written in 1972, pp. 361-6. Read “Shame” by Dick Gregoory pp. 433-9. Any questions? Mke a Journal entry as you read along. Handout of Letter in class.

F 3/19 Read pp. 303-4 “Introduction” and “Democracy” pp. 305-312. Bring MR to class for poetry discussion.

Week Nine

M 3/22 CI “Women in Athens” pp. 312-5; Do questions # 1, 3 and 5 for homework to pass in. Bring Journal to class.

W 3/24 Read CI “A Pink-Collar Worker’s Blues” published in 1982, pp. 340-2. Make a Journal entry.

F 3/26 Read CI Suetonius’s “Gaius (Caligula)” pp. 345-9 and Machievelli’s “The Prince” pp 349-352. Making any connections?

Week Ten

M 3/29 Read “An Overview of Terrorism,” written in 1977, pp. 377-382. Make a Journal entry. Know what it says about Terrorists; Society of Assassins; The Reign of Terror; The Irish Republican Army; political terrorism after WWII; Mao Tse Tung; urban guerillas; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (CPLFP); Symbionese Liberation Army; and Black September. REVIEW for Prelim: Key Concepts; major points; connections etween/among selections and other readings we have done since last prelim.

W 3/31 PRELIM over selections since Spring Break

F 4/2 Bring CI to class and Journal.

Week Eleven

M 4/5 Begin Ch. 2 “Religion: Changing Beliefs and Attitudes” pp. 71-131 by reading “Introduction” pp. 71-2; “The Golden Calf” pp. 73-75; and “The Book of Jonah” pp. 76-9.

W 4/7 Read “Psalm 23 & 24″ pp. 79-80 and “The Prodigal Son” pp. 80-1. Make Journal entries and have lots of questions.

F 4/9 Read St. Augustine’s “from Confessions” pp. 82-4 and Bede’s “from The Life of Cuthbert” pp. 84-6. Make a Journal entry for ONE of them.

Week Twelve

M 4/12 Read Barbara Tuchman’s “from A Distant Mirror” pp. 86-91 Make a Journal entry and have lots of questions.

W 4/14 “Understanding Islam: No More Holy Wars” pp. 91-5 and Dante’s “Inferno: Canto xxvii” pp. 98-100. Make a Journal entry for one of them. Turn in Journals by 4 pm today.

F 4/16 Read “The Growth of Lutheranism” pp. 100-6 and “The Rules of Conduct” pp. 106-108 and “God as Divine Clockmaker” pp. 1068-111. What do you think? Be ready to write an argument response in class.

Week Thirteen

M 4/19 Read “Emerson” pp. 114-122 (Remember Transcendentalism?) and “Arguments for God, Historical and Contemporary, with Refutation.”

W 4/21 Read “Why Women Need the Goddess” pp. 122-8.

F 4/23 (Shakespeare’s Birthday) Prelim over Religion Section.

Week Fourteen:

Review, Maine Day, Wrap-up, Evaluations; Final next week!


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