Writing 2: Classical Civilization
Instructor: James Donelan
Monday, Wednesday, 11-12:50, Girvetz 2112
Enroll Code: 46367
Office Hours: Tuesday, 12:30-1:15; Wednesday, 10-11
Lab Meetings: The second half of class on all Wednesdays will meet in Phelps 1530.
Homer's Odyssey and Iliad
Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy
ConnectWeb, a computer program available online for $20 through e-commerce. Students should purchase the program by the third week of class.
ConnectWeb Home Page: http://connectweb.com/ucsb.asp
The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class discussion and activities, and timely completion of all assignments, including short on-line assignments, and three short essays of approximately 750, 1000, 1500 words (the equivalent of 2-3, 3-4, and 5-6 double-spaced pages). All written assignments after the first week are due on-line through ConnectWeb. In addition, please note:
Part I: Literary Criticism: The Epic
Homework: 250 word statement of personal goals for the course. Please email the statement to yourself as a Microsoft Word or html file, if possible.
In-class: Introduction to ConnectWeb and course procedures; effective sentences; online discussion of classical studies.
Homework: List of essay topics/ideas (See ConnectWeb for full description.)
In-class: More effective sentences; topic exchange and development
Homework: Prospectus and outline for first essay
In-class: Sentence construction; improving your outline
Homework: First page of the essay
In-class: Essay structure; introductions; thesis building; transitions
Homework: Beginning of rough draft
In-class: Thesis development; documentation
Homework: Full rough draft; check of preliminary materials.
In-class: Peer review; editing and proofreading
Final draft of essay due by noon.
Part II: Social Science and Classical Civilization: History, Anthropology, and Archaeology
Homework: Brief comparison of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
In-class: Timed essay tips; discussion of comparisons.
Homework: Readings on classical civilization
In-class: Reading and using secondary sources
Homework: Prospectus for classical civilization essay
In-class: Topic development and methodology; history, anthropology, and archaeology.
Homework: Working notes and preliminary outline.
In-class: Surveying the field
Homework: Half of rough draft--bring a hard copy.
In-class: Major revisions; paper workshopping.
Homework: Full rough draft due.
In-class:Peer review and workshopping.
2/17 Final draft due by noon.
Part III: Scientific Writing: Ancient Greek Science and Philosophy
Homework: Readings from Presocratic Philosophers TBA; "What is science?" response
In-class: Analysis and comparison of early Greek philosophers
Homework: Prospectus for scientific essay.
In-class: Thesis building; peer review of outlines
Homework: First two paragraphs
In-class: Working titles; progress report
Homework: First half of draft
In-class: Work plans
Last day of class. Full rough draft; check of preliminary materials.
In-class: Peer review of drafts.
3/12 Third Essay Due