University Composition Syllabus

Unit 1: Visual Textual Analysis 

Week 1: Course Introductions and Digital Literacy Training

Objectives: 

  • Establish Classroom Standards
  • Establish Digital Literacies for the Course

Readings:

 Week 2: Introduction to Visual Textual Analysis

Objectives: 

  • Establish the language for visual textual analysis
  • Model how to analyze a visual text
  • Model how to annotate a visual text
  • Make inferences based on annotations

Readings

 Week 3: Genre Awareness and Brainstorming

Objectives: 

  • Identify aspects of a successful and unsuccessful textual analysis essay
  • Select a photo to analyze for the essay

Readings

 Week 4: Brainstorming, Drafting and Revising

Objectives: 

  • Students draft their essays according to Point – Illustration – Evaluation – Transition (PIET) paragraph structure

  • Students edit their drafts based on the assignment sheet and rubric

Readings:   

 Week 5: Peer-Review and Submission

Objectives:

  • Students analyze each other’s work based on the rubric and the assignment sheet

  • Students edit their work for “wordiness” 

Readings:

Unit 2: Textual Analysis – Stories about Literacy

Week 6: Introduction to Literacy Narratives, Close Reading and Annotating

Objectives: 

  • Identify Motivations for Writing

  • Identify the genre conventions of Literacy Narratives

  • Model how to analyze a Literacy Narrative

  • Model how to annotate a Literacy Narrative 

Readings

Week 7: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting and Brainstorming

Objectives: 

  • Practice summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting source material to be used as evidence in student’s writing

Readings

Week 8: Brainstorming and Drafting

Objectives: 

  • Students brainstorm their topics
  • Students draft their essays

Readings

Week 9: Peer-Review and SubmissionBrainstorming and Drafting

Objectives: 

  • Students conduct peer-review and submit their essays brainstorm their topics

Readings

Unit 3: Contextual Analysis

Week 10: Introduction to Contextual Analysis and Film Studies

Objectives: 

  • Students will develop a fundamental understanding of contextual analysis as well as film studies by annotating two essays, comparing their annotations and discussing their annotations in pairs, small groups and as a whole class. 

Readings

Week 11: How to Use a “Lens Text” Part I

Objectives: 

  • Students will gain experience using a lens text by analyzing The Little Mermaid through the eyes of Roberta Trites. 

Readings

Week 12: How to Use a “Lens Text” Part II

Objectives: 

  • Students will gain experience using a lens text by analyzing Die Hard through the eyes of Peter Parshall 

Readings

  • Die Hard

    • NB: Students watch the entire movie OUTSIDE of class before the week starts. During class, be sure to watch some of the clips described by Parshall as fuel for discussion/writing.

Week 13: Brainstorming, Drafting and Incorporating Sources

Objectives: 

  • Students will critique a movie through a lens text and support their analysis with details from the movie and their lens text. 

Readings

Week 14: Peer-review and Submission

Objectives: 

  • Students will conduct peer-review and submit their essays

Readings

  • Students review previously assigned readings as needed

Unit 4: Literacy Narratives

Assignment Sheet

Weeks 15-16: Semester Reflection, Peer-Review and Submission

Objectives: 

  • Students identify how they have/haven’t grown as a reader/writer over the course of the semester.

Readings

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