Welcome to EN 101
English 101, the first in a two-course sequence, introduces students to rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, composing processes, sentence-level conventions, and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in The University of Alabama discourse community.
Our theme for this semester is Digital Literacy. Through the lens of digital culture and use of multimodal writing tools, Internet discourses, and popular media, we will focus on developing five main areas: rhetorical awareness, critical thinking, writing conventions, the writing process, and metacognition and reflection. Digital Literacy is something that every person needs to find success as a writer and communicator in today’s world.
You will have four major units this semester: rhetorical analysis, personal narrative, podcast revision, and ePortfolio. Each of the four units will be worth 20% of your final course grade.
Your final grade will also include a daily grade, which also counts as 20% of your final course grade. Your participation grade will include attendance, blog responses, conferences, in-class activities, peer review, and unit reflections.
This class provides multiple opportunities for extra credit points. If you are interested in those opportunities, please review the class syllabus for more information.
Many writing scholars believe that “…human intelligence and creativity, today more than ever, are tied to connecting—synchronizing—people, tools, texts, digital and social media, virtual spaces, and real spaces in the right ways, in ways that make us Minds and not just minds, but also better people in a better world.”
-James Paul Gee, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning