CM 220 College Composition II. Professor Natalie Leppard General Education, Composition Kaplan University. UNIT 1 SEMINAR Changing the World, One Idea at a Time. Course outcomes Syllabus information Tips for success Academic writing Writing experiences. Contact Information.
Professor Natalie Leppard
General Education, Composition
CM220 is designed to develop the writer’s skills in:
CM220 takes the theme of invention and the exploration of BIG IDEAS that impact the world, our communities, and our lives, while situating these themes within a persuasive writing framework. Students explore and practice several persuasive forms of writing throughout the course and examine writing as invention in various settings and situations. They will create an “appeal for change” as a final project that presents an idea and a plan for implementation. One component of the final will be a multi-modal component such as a blog, podcast, or web site that can disseminate their idea to a wide audience.
Karl Marx (1818-1833) famously said, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it."
Marx’s quote about change implies that it is not enough merely to think about the world. The implication is that we also have the responsibility to change the world. Why is it our responsibility to create change in the world? What positive influence would you most like to have, and how might you go about doing that?
Also, tell the class anything that will help us to understand you, your thoughts on writing, and your goals for the future.
What is a problem in the nation or in your community that needs changing and why? Do you have any “big ideas” for addressing this problem? This problem could be tied to your field of study or it could be something with more personal implications.
If you do not yet have a “big idea,” find one from the Inspiration Gallery to discuss for this week’s lab. Hopefully, this unit will help inspire you to find a problem that needs solving or help you brainstorm potential ideas.
Your initial post should be about 200-250 words, and your responses to two classmates should be a minimum of 100 words each. Offer suggestions regarding your classmate’s “big idea,” noting whether you think it is a solvable problem and why.
Is a portfolio consisting of revisions of the blueprint for progress that you will submit in unit 6, the letter to the editor that you will write for the unit 5 discussion, and the presentation that you will create for the unit 7 discussion. The presentation can be a blog, podcast, brochure, slide show, or one of the other multi-media forms covered in the tech labs (units 2-7) or approved by your instructor.
You will also write a reflection piece that answers the following questions in paragraph form:
Levels of formality
What are the differences in these styles and when would you use each one?
“Presentation of ideas (usually in written form) in academic or scholarly contexts that exhibits conventional characteristics in form and expression -- traditionally, such communication has been objective, analytical, and expository, and has generally advanced an argument for a particular thesis -- can also refer to conventions of discourse followed within individual scholarly disciplines -- is often addressed in writing instruction for college students” (Academic Discourse, 2010).
What does this mean to you?
What qualities would this type of writing have?
What are the challenges of writing “this way”?
Where do ideas for writing come from?
What are YOUR ideas for generating ideas?
What is Zach’s BIG IDEA? What situation is the origin for his BIG IDEA?
Share some of the possible Big Ideas you have.
What are some local, national and global problems that you are interested in and that might be valuable to write about?
How about a new product or software, improving an existing product or concept, or possibly starting a movement or business?
Are there topics that might be problematic in any way, that might pose a challenge to the writer/audience?
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