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张在新开设的课程简介(本科2)  

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张在新开设的课程简介 - 本科(2):思维能力发展与写作技能

1. 创新思维与叙述文

2. 批判思维与议论文

Undergraduate Courses

1. Creative Thinking and Narrative                       

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to:

(1)    be more creative in generating ideas for writing,

(2)    use concrete specific details in writing,

(3)    and write narrative stories with sensory details.

Course Requirements and Grades

       Eight assignments will be given during the semester. Both the e-version (to be sent to the class email address above) and the hard copy (to be handed in to me at the end of the class of the due date) of each exercise and essay assignment must be submitted to receive course credit. A late paper or exercise will be scored one letter grade lower and must be turned in within one week of the due date, or it will be recorded as a zero.

Assignments                                                                         Due Dates

(1)     Diagnostic test, 0%;                                                Week 1

(2)     Creative strategy report (group work), 10%;           Week 5

(3)     Open-ended story (group work), 10%;                    Week 7

(4)     Prewriting exercise, 10%;                                        Week 9

(5)     Show more than tell (200 words), 10%                    Week 11

(6)     Narrative story (500 words), 15%                            Week 13

(7)     Revised story (pair work), 10%                                Week 15

(8)     Final examination, 20%                                            TBA

Writing assignments are weighted as noted above. Class participation (including exercises, discussions, group activities, etc) will count 15%.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1                 Diagnostic Test and Introduction

Week 2                 Perceptual Blocks to Creativity

Weeks 3-4            Characteristics of Creative Thinking

Weeks 5-7            Creative Strategies

Week 8                 Prewriting Techniques

Weeks 9-10          “Show More Than Tell” and Sensory Details

Weeks 11-12      Narrative Story

Week 13-14          Group Conferences (Narrative Story)

Week 15               Exercises (Creative Thinking, Concrete Details, Grammar, etc)

Week 16               Review

2. Critical Thinking and Argumentation                                 

Course Objectives

       This course focuses on the writing process as an approach to teaching writing and aims to help you to exercise critical thinking and argumentation. You will learn to

1.    write valid and cogent arguments for different claims: claims of fact, value, and policy,

2.    establish credibility as a writer,

3.    consider the reader’s needs and values,

4.    analyze others’ arguments,

5.    evaluate evidence,

6.    recognize fallacies, half truths, problematic statistics in others’ writing and avoid them in your own.

Course Requirements

       Write, write, write. Seven papers, including a SES (statement, elaboration, and specifics) and a final exam, and informal writing (peer/self evaluations and a fallacy analysis) will be assigned during the semester. A late paper will be scored one letter grade (10 points) lower and must be turned in within one week of the due date, or it will be recorded as a zero. (The printout of each assignment is to be handed in to me at the end of the class of the due date and the e-version to be sent to the class email address listed at the top of this sheet). All papers must be submitted to receive course credit.

       For the claim of value and claim of policy assignments, you are required to write a first draft and a revised essay (pair work):

l  First draft: claim with proof (argument, evidence, sources)

l  Revised essay (pair work): revising for content (argument and counterargument, evidence, sources), expression, organization, and mechanics (see the standards for evaluating argumentative essays on p. IX of the textbook)

Tentative Schedule                                             

Week

1   Diagnostic Test and Introduction

2   Unit 1   Logos, Ethos, Pathos and Needs

3   Unit 2   Fallacious Appeals to Emotion

4   Unit 3   Fallacies about People

   SES assignment (200 words) due (10%)

5   National Day Holiday

6   Unit 4   A Claim of Fact

7   Unit 5   Fallacies about Arguments (I)

    Claim of fact essay (400-500 words) due (10%)

8   Unit 7   A Claim of Value

9   Unit 6   Fallacies about Arguments (II)

   Claim of value essay (400-500 words) due (10%)

10   Unit 8   Fallacies about Analogy

11   Unit 9   Fallacies in Deduction and Induction

     Revised claim of value essay (600 words) due (5%)

12   Unit 10   A Claim of Policy

13   Unit 11   Statistics and Ambiguities

     Claim of policy essay (400-500 words) due (10%)

14   Unit 12   Arguments for Analysis: Putting It All Together

15   Arguments for Analysis (continued)

     Revised claim of policy essay (600 words) due (5%)

16   Fallacy analysis (100 words) due and presentation (10%)

TBA: Peer evaluations (three PEs on the first drafts), 10%.

TBA: Final exam, 20%.

       Essays and informal writing assignments are weighted as noted above. Class participation (discussions, fallacy analyses, etc.) will count 10%. (During class discussion, students may be asked to comment on the essays they’ve read for peer evaluation.)

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