ENGL 300 Weekly Schedule

January 28– Reading Due: Rhetorical Listening: Chapters 1-2

January 30– Reading Due: Rhetorical Listening: Chapters 1-2. Watch 13th

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February 4– Readiing Due: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Follow this link); What Writing Does and How It Does It Chapter 10 (Rhetorical Analysis: Understanding How Texts Persuade Readers)

Februrary 6– Reading Due: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Follow this link) Chapters 1-19 by Harriet Ann Jacobs

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February 11– Reading Due: What Writing Does and How It Does It Chapter 2 (Poetics and Narrativity: How Texts Tell Stories). Term Paper Proposals Due on Blackboard

February 13– Reading Due: “The 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech” by Booker T. Washington” (Follow this link). The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois (Follow this link.) Group Project Proposal Due

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February 18– Watch: 4 Little Girls

February 20– Reading Due: Inaugural Address (1963) The “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever” Speech Governor George Wallace of Alabama; (text of the speech located here)

“An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense”- by Eight Alabama Clergymen;

“A Call for Unity”- The “Good Friday” letter criticizing King’s actions in Birmingham, April 12, 1963;

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. (Follow this link); 

“The Case against the Civil Rights Bill” by George S. Schuyler (This reading is posted on Blackboard);

“Dr. King: Nonviolence Always Ends Violently” by George S. Schuyler (This reading is posted on Blackboard);

What Writing Does and How It Does It: Chapter 11 (Speech Acts, Genres, and Activity Systems: How Texts Organize Activity and People.

Writing Due: Bibliography Due

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February 25– Reading Due: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapters 1 and 2.

February 27– Reading Due: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapters 3 and 4. First 5 Pages of Research Paper Due. Class Activity: Peer Review Session

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March 3– Reading Due: Ebony Magazine (Follow This Link); What Writing Does and How it Does it: Chapter 1 (Content Analysis: What Texts Talk About)  Chapter 6 (The Multiple Media of Texts). Writing Due: Summary of First Focus Group (Group Project). Class Activities: Watch Ethnic Notions; Ebony Magazine Activity

March 5– Reading Due: Speeches by Malcolm X: OAAU Founding Rally (June 28, 1964)

  Oxford Union Debate (December 3, 1964)

London School of Economics (February 11, 1965)

Not Just an American Problem, But a World Problem (Feb. 16, 1965)

What Writing Does and How It Does It: Chapter 3 (Linguistic Discourse Analysis: How the Language in Texts Works)

Watch: Make it Plain

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March 10– Writting Due: Next 5 Pages of Research Paper Due for a Total of 10 Pages.  Watch: Black Power Mixtape.

March 12- Reading Due: Larry Neal, “The Black Arts Movement,”  essay, Drama Review, Summer 1968,

Spoken Word by Haki Madhubuti

(“Black Man,” Rise Vision Comin LP)

Resonance of Resistance: The Spoken Word Albums of Haki R. Madhubuti

By Earl Brooks

(This reading is posted on Blackboard)

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March 17- Spring Break

March 19- Spring Break

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March 24– Watch LA 92

March 26- No Class!!!!! Reading Due: Race Matters by Cornel West (Introduction and Chapter 1)

Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality by Thomas Sowell Chapter 1: The Civil Rights Vision Chapter 4: The Special Case of Blacks

(This reading is posted on Blackboard)

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March 31Race Matters by Cornel West (Chapters 2-8)

April 2– Writting Due: Next 5 Pages of Research Paper Due for a Total of 15 Pages. Peer Review Session

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April 7– Writting Due: Five Page Analysis and Critique of Communication Strategy (this is a document composed by your group)

Watch: Anita

April 9– Reading Due: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Autumn: Chapter 1 to Spring: Chapter 7)

Writing Due: Media Strategy for presentation (Group Project) (1-2 paragraphs)

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April 14– Reading Due: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Spring: Chapter 8 to Summer: Chapter 11)

What Writing Does and How it Does it: Chapter 4 (Intertextuality: How Texts Rely on Other Texts)

April 16– Reading Due: “The Last Taboo” by Paula Giddings

“African American Women in Defense of Ourselves” by Elsa Barkley Brown, Deborah K. King, and Barbara Ransby

“Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory” by bell hooks

“The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” by Audre Lorde

“Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counterdiscourse, and African American Nationalism” by E. Frances White

(These reading are posted on Blackboard)

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April 21– Writing Due: Five more pages of research paper due for a total of 20 Pages

Watch: Do You Speak American?

April 23– Reading Due: Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. by Geneva Smitherman and H. Samy Alim (Chapters 1 and 2)

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April 28– Reading Due: Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. by Geneva Smitherman and H. Samy Alim (Chapters 3 through 6)

April 30– Writing Due: Five More Pages of Research Paper due for a Total of 25 Pages. Peer Review

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May 5– Reminder: Course Evaluations. Writting Due:

Five Page Explanation of Proposed Improvements to Communication Strategy (Group Project)

Five More Pages of Research Due for a total of 30 Pages

May 7– Group Presentations

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May 12– Group Presentations



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