English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Description: Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement or course 2 or 2I (C or better). Not open for credit to students with credit for course 3, 3DS, 3E, or 3SL. Rhetorical techniques and skillful argument, with focus on diversity and inclusiveness. Analysis of varieties of academic texts and writing of minimum of 20 pages of revised prose. Completion of course with grade of C or better satisfies Writing I requirement. Letter grading.

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Overall Rating 4.3
Easiness 3.3 / 5
Clarity 3.7 / 5
Workload 4.3 / 5
Helpfulness 4.3 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2022 - Wow did I love Prof De! I never thought that I would ever be given the opportunity to write an analytical essay about Harry Styles and K-Pop but here I am. Lets start with all the positives: Prof De brilliantly crafts homework that slowly writes your papers for you. She has you do small analytical assignments that end up serving as a "pre-write" to your papers (there are only three papers over the quarter 1st= 2-3 pages, 2nd= 4-5 pages, 3rd= 2-3 pages). The other plus is she chooses SUCH amazing content to analyze. Here are just a few examples: Beyonce music videos, Avengers, Encanto, K-Pop, Aladdin, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Modern Family, and more. This vibrant and entertaining content made writing papers so much more enjoyable than classes I've taken in the past. She is also soooo sweet! She actually offers her personal phone number to communicate with students and I remember that when, as a musical theater major, I had play performances coming up that were very overwhelming, she graciously granted an extension on my paper and expressed how proud and excited she was for me. SHE'S THE SWEETEST! Now I'll talk about some cons that don't really bug me cause they were mostly just zoom issues that won't last but I know other people were slightly frustrated. Prof De wasn't the best with technology and sometimes it was hard to hear her because of poor connection coupled with her having an accent and videos were sometimes hard to hear. BUT she posted them on canvas and you got the gist so it was really whatevaaa. She also uses class time to discuss and really encourages everyone to participate. I love this personally and it helped me engage and connect with the material but if you don't like discussing then you might see this as a con. AND AGAIN... she's coming back in person so none of this really even matters which leaves you with a lovely woman invested in your learning. Lastly, I did get an A in her class which did slightly shock me because she prefaced at the beginning of the year that class members have to fight for an A and that she only awards one or two per quarter... now I'm very proud of my papers BUT whether that comment is really true I don't know... it feels like it might have just been an empty promise to motivate students to work hard. If your a stem major I know that might seem scary but she still says that most students get either B+'s, A-'s, or an A. i love Prof De! She's my fave! Take this class if you need your Writing 1!
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Overall Rating 4.4
Easiness 3.4 / 5
Clarity 3.6 / 5
Workload 3.0 / 5
Helpfulness 5.0 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2019 - I found Dr. McIver to be really engaging and caring about her students. The reading workload was very minimal: we didn't need to buy any books as our readings were all from pdfs she posted, and all she expected was that we printed, read, and annotated the assigned readings (though she only checked annotations once early on) so we could discuss them in class. For my quarter we had 9 total readings (most of which were short), usually one for every class. The other classes were either writing conferences during a time slot that we signed up for (30 minutes, 2 students at once) in place of class, writing workshops on days we submitted working drafts, or a library workshop to help us for our research paper. The grading scheme is 80% portfolio and 20% participation. The participation should be easy as long as you skim the readings, and the portfolio consisted of three major essay assignments plus a learning letter. She assigns due dates throughout the quarter for a working draft and revised draft of each essay (usually about one week apart), and though the final drafts aren't due until the end of Week 10, it's best that you try to put your best effort in so you don't end up with three complete essays to write during Week 10. The essays were an explication (750 words; kind of rhetorical analysis), a research paper (1800 words), and a personal manifesto (no word limit; this will probably vary later since the topic of our class was manifestos, but probably won't be in future quarters). I found writing pretty time consuming since I'm a math major who hates English, but I feel that with a reasonable amount of effort anyone can get an A. For the learning letter, she expected us to explain how our writing progressed between each draft of each essay (e.g. quoting specific passages that improved) which would be how she approached grading our final portfolio. She encourages students to come to office hours, which were pretty helpful; she helps students one-on-one and tries to guide you towards the ideas she wants you to express in your final draft. Also, since she's a teacher union leader, she sometimes has us read and discuss articles on learning and college education in general.
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