ENGL 1C: ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2023|
|Hours:||5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Prerequisite:||One of the following: ENGL 1A or 1AH or ESLL 26.|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in ENGL 1CH or 2.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- A successful student will be able to demonstrate mastery of critical thinking techniques and analysis.
- A successful student will be able to write an argumentative essay with awareness of audience and mastery of critical reasoning.
The student will be able to:
- Critically read, analyze, compare, and evaluate multicultural argumentative prose from across the curriculum.
- Conduct rhetorical analysis of texts and identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts.
- Demonstrate mastery in writing text-based arguments, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples.
- Use and analyze basic modes of argument, such as inductive and deductive reasoning techniques, recognizing fallacies, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis.
- Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate research material, incorporating them to support claims using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism.
- Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task.
- Identify logic of argument (premises and conclusions).
- Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought.
- Read and analyze at least two book-length, college-level texts in separate or anthology form
- Comprehend and evaluate a text's main themes
- Draw reasoned inferences based on close reading of a text
- Conduct rhetorical analysis of texts
- Analyze varieties in voice, rhetorical style and purpose in non-fiction genres
- Identify and analyze rhetorical devices in connection with a text's main themes
- Establish cultural and historical contexts for a text and determine how those contexts shape that writing
- Demonstrate mastery in writing text-based arguments, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples
- Based on writing a total of at least 6,000 words: Text-based, thesis-driven compositions, including a documented research paper, the shortest of which will be 750 words
- Practice writing both as a process of discovery and synthesis
- Draw connections that synthesize:
- Two or more texts
- The text(s) and the student's individual experiences and ideas
- Use and analyze basic modes of argument, such as inductive and deductive reasoning techniques, recognizing fallacies, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis
- Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate research material, incorporating them to support claims using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism
- Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task
- Develop advanced grammar, punctuation, and syntax, including editing for improved sentence variety and flow
- Identify and employ the conventions and strategies appropriate to writing with various disciplines
- Identify logic of argument (premises and conclusions)
- Distinguish denotation from connotation, the abstract from the concrete, and the literal from the inferential (including analogy, extended metaphor, and symbol)
- Draw and assess inferences and recognize distinctions among assumptions, inferences, facts, and opinions
- Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought
- Identify logic (premises/conclusions) and logical fallacies such as syllogistic reasoning, abstractions, undefined terms, name-calling, false analogy, ad hominem, and ad populum arguments
- Recognize and evaluate assumptions underlying an argument
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. When taught virtually, ongoing access to computer, internet, and email.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Write a total of at least 6,000 words: a minimum of three untimed, formal essays (in-class or online) and two timed, informal essays (in-class or online)
Additional assignments may include:
1. Class discussion in small and large group formats
2. Oral presentations
3. Quizzes and tests
4. Journals and portfolios
5. Social justice/service learning projects
6. Production of the students' own creative work
Method(s) of Instruction
Structured small-group exercises
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
One critical thinking text and at least two additional book-length college-level texts of non-fiction literature presented in either separate or anthology form. To be supplemented at the instructor's discretion with additional readings, handbook, and/or rhetoric.
Suggested critical thinking, rhetoric, and college research textbooks:
Bullock, Richard, Michael Brody, and Francine Weinburg. The Little Seagull Handbook. 2021.
Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, 2nd ed. 2020.
Rottenberg, Annette. The Elements of Argument, 13th ed. 2020.
Suggested OER textbooks:
Gaglich, Emily, and Emile Zickel. A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre and Success in First Year Writing. 2020.
Suggested non-fiction books and anthologies:
Diavalo, Lucy, ed. No Planet B: A Teen Vogue Guide to the Climate Crisis. 2021.
Jamail, Dahr. The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. 2021.
Kaur, Valerie. See No Stranger: A Memoir of Revolutionary Love. 2020.
Kendhi, Ibrahim. How to Be an Anti-Racist. 2019.
Moraga, Cherríe. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir. 2020.
Sacco, Joe. Paying the Land. 2020.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- Reading and discussion of non-fiction texts from across the curriculum
- Timed essays based on analysis of assigned reading
- Formal analytical, text-based essays based on analysis of reading and research