Schedule of readings & projects

Subject to change (I will announce any changes in class and/or on the blog)

Aug. 8 & 10        
  
Writing diagnostic

Identification of student participants of the Vocational Rehabilitation
Program to plan for reasonable accommodations

Presentation and discussion of the course syllabus
Discussion of student goals for the semester

Unit I: What Does “Education” Mean?

Due Aug. 15
1) Review your diagnostic essay and identify the 2–3 main errors you want to work on as we go forward, and state the main idea you put forth in the essay (even if you didn't finish developing it).
              
2) Read “The Banking Concept of Education,” Chapter 2 of Paulo Freire’s                                                                      Pedagogy of the Oppressed  + written response (posted by 1 pm on Aug. 28). The chapter is available at:  
    
http://www.osea-cite.org/class/SELT_materials/SELT_Freire_Pedagogy_Oppressed_ch2-3.pdf

OR

http://faculty.webster.edu/corbetre/philosophy/education/freire/freire-2.html

August 15 &17
Discussion of: 
The Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the College of  General Studies

The vision of the UPR–RP
http://selfstudy2015-2016.uprrp.edu/?page_id=117

General education and specialized education

Domesticating vs. liberating education

Interdisciplinary education
How these ideas will shape our class      


Subject to change (I will announce any changes in class and/or on the blog) 

Aug. 8 & 10        
  
Writing diagnostic

Identification of student participants of the Vocational Rehabilitation 
Program to plan for reasonable accommodations

Presentation and discussion of the course syllabus 
Discussion of student goals for the semester

Unit I: What Does “Education” Mean? 

Due Aug. 15
1) Review your diagnostic essay and identify the 2–3 main errors you want to work on as we go forward, and state the main idea you put forth in the essay (even if you didn't finish developing it).
              
2) Read “The Banking Concept of Education,” Chapter 2 of Paulo Freire’s                                                                      Pedagogy of the Oppressed  + written response (posted by 1 pm on Aug. 28). The chapter is available at:  
     
http://www.osea-cite.org/class/SELT_materials/SELT_Freire_Pedagogy_Oppressed_ch2-3.pdf

OR

http://faculty.webster.edu/corbetre/philosophy/education/freire/freire-2.html

August 15 &17
Discussion of: 
The Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives of the College of  General Studies

The vision of the UPR–RP 
http://selfstudy2015-2016.uprrp.edu/?page_id=117

General education and specialized education

Domesticating vs. liberating education

Interdisciplinary education 
How these ideas will shape our class

Week 3
Aug. 22            Sentence workshop

Aug. 24           “Reading and Writing about Essays,” pg. 415

Week 4
Aug. 29           “Indian Education,” Sherman Alexie written response (due by 1 pm on                                       
Aug. 28)

Aug. 31           “How to Write an Effective Essay,” pg. 1
    

Week 5
Sept. 5             No class (Día del Trabajo)

Sept. 7             “The Dreamer,” Junot Díaz + written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 6) 

Week 6
Sept. 12           “The Reader as Writer,” pg. 64

Sept. 14           Judith Ortiz Cofer, “I Fell in Love, or My Hormones Awakened” written                                   response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 13) 

Week 7
Sept. 19           Elaine Showalter, “Representing Ophelia” written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 18)
Sept. 21           Steven Doloff, “The Opposite Sex” + written response (due by 1 pm                                             on Sept. 20)

Week 8
Sept. 26           Gretel Erlich, “About Men” + written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 25)
Sept. 28           “Writing about Literature,” pg. 165 
                        Discussion of Essay Topics/Prewriting for Essay 1
Week 9
Oct. 3              Draft of Essay 1 due (In class: Workshop/peer response)
Oct. 5              George Saunders, “Commencement Speech on Kindness” + written response (due                         by 1 pm on Oct. 4)

Week 10
Oct. 10                        George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant” written response (due by 1 pm on                                  Oct. 9)
Oct. 12            No class (Descubrimiento de América)

Week 11
Oct. 17                        Final version of Essay 1 due
Oct. 19                        Brent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space” + written response (due by 1 pm on                        Oct. 16)

Oct. 21                        Deadline for partial withdrawals

Week 12
Oct. 24                        Joan Didion, “On Going Home” + written response (due by 1 pm on                                             Oct. 23)
Oct. 26                        Raya, “It’s Hard Enough Being Me” written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 25)

Week 13
Oct. 31            Langston Hughes, “Salvation” written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 30)
Nov. 2             Barbara Ehrenreich, “Wal-Mart Orientation Program” + written response (due by 1 pm 
on Nov. 1)

Week 14
Nov. 7             No class (university holiday)
Nov. 9             Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” 

Week 15
Nov. 14           Writing workshop focused on essay revision
Nov. 16           Chief Seattle, “My People,” written response (due by 1 pm on                                                   Nov. 15)

Week 16
Nov. 21           Lincoln, “Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery +                                  written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 6)written response (due by 1 pm                           on Nov. 20)
Nov. 23           a) Final version of essay due 
                        b) In class, I will hand out the essay you will be writing about for your final exam

Week 17
Nov. 28           Bill McKibben, “Now or Never” + written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 27) + discussion of final exam
Nov. 30           Final exam


              

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