We live in a media centered
world that inundates us with information from television, internet, radio,
digital devices, and books.  We are all readers and writers, but how often
are we conscious of our positions, or our interactions in this environment? How
often do we view reading and writing as tools from a skill set necessary to
succeed in a media saturated world?

 The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary
reading and writing tools for your continued careers as college writers and
readers. We will examine how to be an active and critical reader of the
information we receive on a daily basis. In this course, we will look at a
variety of texts from rap lyrics and slam poetry to television. We will
question our assumptions. We will study our communication styles, and we will
attempt to look at the goals and methods found behind the continuous stream of
words and images we entertain for most of our waking lives. We will also be
working towards an evolution within your own writing that will demand
re-visioning how you want to write your words.
 Required Texts:
Readings will be provided in a course reader, as handouts, or by pdf
email attachments.
 Course Requirements:
 – Attendance and participation in class
 – 1 ten-page research paper
 – 2 five-page essays
 – Informal writing assignments
 – Peer editing and writing workshops

 – A portfolio of all formal writing submitted
during the course of the semester