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Intro Cartoon Analysis

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Intro Cartoon Analysis

  1. 1. English Composition is a process-intensive expository writing course designed to develop critical and analytical skills in both reading and writing. Expository writing is defined as an oral or written discourse used to analyze, explain, describe, persuade, or inform. The general objective is for students to understand, internalize and apply the appropriate type of expository writing (also referred to as rhetorical mode) used in writing across the collegiate curriculum. A rhetorical mode is a persuasive strategy a writer employs to best organize and present ideas, and to help a reader process the information being presented. The specific objective is for students to write a series of essays modeling one or a combination of the following basic rhetorical modes: narration, description, definition, example, process, comparison/contrast, classification/division, cause/effect, argumentation, and critical analysis.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Emphasis will focus on developing pre-writing strategies , such as free-writing and brainstorming, choosing the appropriate rhetorical mode, and formally constructing an essay to include: </li></ul><ul><li>choosing a topic subject, </li></ul><ul><li>developing a thesis and an introductory paragraph, </li></ul><ul><li>writing three or more paragraphs with supporting facts and examples, including transitional sentences, </li></ul><ul><li>and forming a summative conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>The course is process-intensive. Student will submit with their final essays a portfolio containing pre-writing notes, drafts, edits and revisions. Students are expected to write four to five essays during the term. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Goals for English Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Write a well-organized essay with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>Internalize the importance of pre-writing activities, including refining a topic, generating ideas, determining one’s audience, defining the relationship between audience and content, and determining an appropriate tone. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an order and logic in the presentation of the essay appropriate to different rhetorical modes, including argumentation, compare and contrast, and analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Research appropriate outside sources, identifying information relevant to a thesis, using sources to support one’s thesis, and documenting outside sources correctly.   </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Develop Critical Reading and Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of English Composition, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that </li></ul><ul><li>identifies the purpose(s) for which a given text may have been constructed. </li></ul><ul><li>identifies the audience(s) for which a given text may have been constructed. </li></ul><ul><li>summarizes argument and exposition of a text accurately. </li></ul><ul><li>avails of the appropriate rhetorical mode of refutation or agreement. </li></ul><ul><li>Internalize the Writing Process </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of English Composition, students should demonstrate the ability to produce writing that </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrates awareness of one’s own writing processes across multiple drafts, duplicating the process across various rhetorical modes. </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrates a mastery of the Writing Process (Prewriting, Writing, Editing and Revision). </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrates the ability to critique one’s own work and work of peers. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Critical Reading & Thinking— Analyzing Material </li></ul><ul><li>In the following assignment, identify the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the situation the author is writing about. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how the cartoon is constructed. How is humor presented? </li></ul><ul><li>What stereotypes are exploited in the cartoon? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the nature of the conflict or argument within the cartoon ?  </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think is the author’s intended meaning or purpose in this cartoon?  </li></ul><ul><li>What is the author’s primary rhetorical mode or writing strategy ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your personal response to the collection of cartoons? Do you agree with the author’s thesis? If not, defend your position through compare and contrast . </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>Pre-Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Review the notes you’ve amassed from analyzing the various cartoons. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you see recurring themes emerging? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s view on war </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What year were the cartoons written? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What was the historical context (Mutual Assured Destruction) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research the concept </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get quotes from presidents or generals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many weapons did America and the USSR have pointed at one another? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time has passed, so did the author’s fears come to pass? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s view on science and scientists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the author trying to say? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Debate over humanism vs. science </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Should scientific genius take priority over philosophy? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You are looking to see an underlying theme emerge in the cartoons. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Once you establish a theme, then decide on your rhetorical response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you want to simply detail the author’s use of humor and irony? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a position agreeing with, or refuting the author’s basis premise? </li></ul></ul>

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