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ENGL 1302: Physically Down

This guide has been created for Brinkman's English 1302 Summer 2024 class.

Reading Fiction

When people focus on fiction, they often focus on the sociopolitical commentary embedded within them. Short stories, as the argument goes, offer a space for social and political change, and, when their messages are heeded, they offer an opportunity for personal and political growth. Indeed, we’ve been reading this way, looking at the way texts make social and/or political commentary (in Essays 1 and 2). Seriously reading fiction hones your critical thinking skills, your focus, your knowledge of the world. All of this is irrefutable, of course, and fiction should be read for these academic, personal, and professional benefits.

Course Information

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will…     

1 - Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
2 - Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution, following standard style guidelines in documenting sources.
3 - Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
4 - Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
5 - Use edited American English in academic essays.

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