Education is my Superpower.
In this class, students explored the nature of "college writing" with practice a series of skills, including audience identification, genre recognition, and code-switching, which will allow them to flexibly and effectively respond to the wide variety of writing situations they encounter in college. A few overarching questions guided our explorations and defined our practices: how does home language relate to standard English, and can home language be understood as a tool for acquiring a higher degree of standard English fluency? How do writing genres relate to audience and purpose? What does it mean to learn to write? What is college writing?
Cultural Studies Courses
Documentary film and "the truth"
In this special topics course, students were asked to answer the following questions through discussions, responses, exams, quizzes, and essays: how are documentaries similar to and different from other non-fiction genres? how and why do documentaries tell "stories"? why are documentaries currently one of the most popular cinematic genres? how do filmmakers manipulate, persuade, convince, and/or inform their audience?
This course offered honors students the opportunity to engage in problem-based learning by asking them to develop a campus and/or community problem and execute a solution. Working as a cohort, students determined assessment tools and metrics for their problem, conducted research and assessment, proposed a workable solution and timetable, and executed their solution. Students presented their problem and solution to the campus community through public presentation and unveiled their cumulative project and report.