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Spring Semester 2007

Reading and Composition: Literatures of Non-Violence
English 1 – Engl 1730

Time: MW 8:00 AM – 11:05
Place: AET 205
Instructor: Shannon Herbert, M.A.
Office Location & Hours TBA
E-mail: herbert_shannon@smc.edu
Website: http://homepage.smc.edu/herbert%5Fshannon/Course1/default.htm

Required Texts

X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron, The Brief Bedford Reader (Ninth Edition)
Jean Wyrick, Steps to Writing Well, Ninth Edition    

Henry David Thoreau, Walden and “Civil Disobedience”
Mohandas K. Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Course Description

Gandhi’s revolutionary non-violent movement brought an end to English colonial control in India through peaceful means.  In this course, we will explore the origins of Gandhi’s notion of Satyagraha (nonviolent power) and the development of his ideas as he synthesized teachings from the major world religions as well as secular sources.  We will also discuss the evolution of these ideas and their adaptation within later freedom movements, in particular the American Civil Rights Movement.  This course is designed to sharpen your reading, learning, thinking and writing skills by introducing you to critical thinkers, including Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, who shaped the world by first understanding it, and then describing how they thought it could be changed.  By focusing on twentieth-century non-violent movements we will explore the power of a well-articulated idea to literally change the world.  ____

Course Objectives

The course objective is to enable students to read, think and write critically.  We will analyze various techniques writers use to express original ideas forged from a dynamic synthesis of other texts.  We will also learn the most effective strategies to express your own ideas, experiences and opinions.  The emphasis on reading critically and analyzing complex ideas will train you to write accurate, substantive and coherent essays and to present your ideas effectively and appropriately.  Your final essay should exhibit an understanding of at least one in-class text as a whole as well as your ability to focus on and engage aspects of the text that you find interesting.  In order to master the mechanics of writing an expository essay you will practice all aspects of its development and structure: choosing a subject; creating a strong thesis; designing an outline; selecting topics and subtopics; writing paragraphs; proper integration of quotations from primary and secondary sources; revising, editing and proofreading.  Individual and peer editing sessions will help you to better understand writing as a process as well as the importance of audience, purpose, and voice in shaping the meaning of a text.  Writing will consist of in-class assignments, reading responses, essays and a research paper. ____

Course Requirements

Regular Attendance.  Regular attendance is mandatory.  Most of the class time will be spent on discussion and workshop activities that cannot be made up.  After three absences, except for documented illness or emergency, you are subject to being dropped.  It is your responsibility to carefully note all due dates for assignments.  Late papers (without your attending physician’s written medical excuse) will be lowered by one full grade for each day the paper is late.  The same rule applies to make-up tests. ___

Be On Time.  Please make every effort to arrive on time.  Three tardies=one absence.    ____

Participation.  Since discussions, group work and peer review are essential components of this course, it is important that you complete the assigned reading before class and come prepared.  Read carefully, complete written assignments on time and be ready to contribute actively.  ____

Vocabulary.  Each Monday come to class prepared with one or two vocabulary words and the definition(s) from the class reading.  The vocabulary word should be a word with which you were unfamiliar.  I will collect the words on Monday, and we will have a quiz on Wednesday.  ____

One-Minute Essay.  At the end of every class, each student will write a one-minute essay answering the following questions: 1) what was the main point of class?  2) what points/topics were left unclear?  The essays are anonymous, and should be left face down on the designated desk.  I will go over your essays at the beginning of the next class, and we will cover any material that was left unclear.  ____

Written Assignments

Response Papers.  Each student will complete three (3) 1-2 page response papers for the course.  Response papers are due on Mondays and must be spell-checked, stapled, word-processed or typed, double-spaced in Times 12 font, with 1-inch margins.  Response papers are your opportunity to express your opinions on the reading.  For these papers students should respond to the reading for that day of class.  For example, if you choose to write a response paper for Week Four, you should respond to: “The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Part III”  If you choose to respond to a film screening, your response paper is due the Monday after the film is screened.  ____

Peer Editing.  Your work on each of the assigned essays will include one or more peer editing session.  You will share your thesis, draft or an outline with the class or your group.  We will do our best to provide positive and constructive feedback during class.  After revising your work at home, you will be required to type your draft/essay and bring three copies to class.  Please do not come unprepared because it will affect both your participation and your essay grades.  ____

Research Paper.  You will be writing one research paper due at the end of the course.  We will work on the research paper in stages throughout the course beginning with a thesis statement (20 points), an outline (20 points), a class presentation (30 points), a first draft (40 points), and a final draft (140 points).  You need a minimum of three separate secondary sources that may be selected from books, journal articles or essays (critical works by experts and scholars), video and audio sources, etc.  Please plan accordingly so that you have enough time to collect and study the secondary material.  Like response papers your final research paper must be spell-checked, stapled, word-processed or typed, double-spaced, Times 12 font, with 1-inch margins.  You must also include page numbers at the bottom of each page, and your last name on each page.   No late papers will be accepted unless you can document a specific emergency or illness.  Papers with too many uncorrected spelling and grammar errors will be returned for revision and treated as late papers (one grade lower for each day).  We will review any unresolved issues with grammar and mechanics before the final papers are due.

**Class assignments (drafts, essays, papers, etc.) will not be accepted by email.  Please bring paper copies of all your work to class.** ____

Cheating
In instances of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism (presenting another person’s words or ideas as one’s own), copying or cheating on an exam or paper will result in an F for the assignment and the course as well as further actions per the SMC academic Code of Conduct. ____

Class Conduct
Please respect your fellow classmates and instructor when they speak by actively listening.  _____

All cell phones must be off for the duration of the class period.  No text messaging and no online/web activity of any kind will be tolerated during the class period.  If you engage in any cell/texting/web activity during class-time, you will be asked to leave.  _____

Course Grading
Class participation, attendance                                     10%
Quizzes                                                                        15%
Response Papers (3)                                                    30%
Research Paper (8-12 p)                                              30%
Final exam                                                                    15%

Course Calendar and Reading Assignments

Assignments are due on the date they appear.  Any changes will be announced in class.

Week One:
Monday, April 16th     
Introduction.  Discuss syllabus and class assignments.  Essay basics.


Wednesday, April 18th
George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant” in Bedford, pp. 510-516

 Week Two:
Monday, April 23rd 
Henry David Thoreau, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”, pp. 265-288
Bedford, Chapter 1, pp. 9-30

Wednesday, April 25th 
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Thoreau, Conclusion to Walden, pp. 253-264
*Research Paper Topics Handed Out*

Week Three:
Monday, April 30th
Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Part II
Bedford, Chapter 3, pp. 49-72

Second half of class in Library CLASSROOM 192, FROM 10:00-11:00 BE ON TIME!

Wednesday, May 2nd
Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Part III
Wyrick, Chapter 2, pp. 31-45
*Draft of Thesis Statement Due in Class
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Week Four:

Monday, May 7th

Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Part IV
Wyrick, Chapter 3, pp. 47-78

Wednesday, May 9th
Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Part V
Film: Gandhi
*Outline Due in Class
*

Week Five:
Monday, May 14th
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., pp. 40-117

Wednesday, May 16th
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., pp. 118-186
*Class presentation of your research paper theme and progress.  Bring a typed, two page research paper proposal, including your thesis statement and at least four possible research sources.  Share your topic, thesis, ideas and a working plan for the research paper with the class.  (Your presentation should be as organized and as specific as possible, about 8-10 min.)*
 

Week Six:
Monday, May 21st
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., pp. 187-290 and “I Have a Dream” in Bedford, 490-494
Film Screening: Eyes on the Prize

Wednesday, May 23rd
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., pp. 290-370
*Bring a detailed, revised draft of your research paper.  You will need three typed copies, two for peer editing, and one to hand in.* 

Week Seven:
Monday, May 28th  
No Class, Memorial Day Holiday

Wednesday, May 30th
Autobiography of Malcolm X,
Pages TBA
Film Screening: Malcolm X
No Vocabulary Quiz

Week Eight:
Monday, June 4th
Autobiography of Malcolm X,
Pages TBA and Edward Said, “Clashing Civilizations” in Bedford, pp. 520-523
Review MLA guidelines and research paper strategies in Bedford (chapter 3)

Wednesday, June 6th
Autobiography of Malcolm X,
Pages TBA
Review for the final exam – your questions, concerns, strategies for timed essays.  What have you discovered about your own writing process?
Which effective strategies will you continue to use after this class?
*Final Research Paper Due* No Vocabulary Quiz*

Last Update:  05/07/07

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