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Permanent link to archive for 2/25/13. Monday, February 25, 2013

EWRT1B Spring 2013 - Cancelled

In my fully online sections of EWRT 1B spring quarter, "Writing about Negative Space," we will analyze how storytelling shapes us and our world. I look forward to getting to know you and your evolving thoughts on the many versions of the story of The Great Gatsby - reaching back to The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter-The Dinner of Trimalchio, and stretching forward to the newest film version of the novel that will be in theaters this May (2013) - and exploring the many negative spaces that constitute what we see in Gatsby.


  • There may be ADULT CONTENT (violence, sexual content, drug use, profanity, gender, racial, ethnic and religious slurs and stereotyping) in some of  the required texts. Class discussions will be held under strict rules of civility; anyone violating these rules will be dropped from the course. (You may wish to enroll in a different section of this course if you  are very uncomfortable or offended by this subject matter.)
  • Effort, though essential for a good grade, does not "count" as  part of your grade. Final papers containing more than five major errors  (per page) in conventional written English will not receive a passing  grade.
  • You must complete all of the activities, graded or not, during each week of the course to receive a passing grade. (See Weekly Assignments & Points Summary, below).
  • If you are more than two weeks behind, for any reason, I will drop you, even if it is late in the quarter.
  • Timed assignments may not be made up without a written medical excuse.
Required texts:
  1. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 2004. New York: Scribner, 1925. Print. (Be sure to purchase this edition: ISBN: 9780743273565.)
  2. Bean, John C., Virginia A. Chappell, and Alice M. Gillam. Reading Rhetorically. Fourth. United States: Pearson, 2013. Print. (Be sure to purchase this edition: ISBN. 9780321846624.)
  3. The Great Gatsby. Jack Clayton (Dir.). 1974. Paramount Pictures, 1974. (This movie is available in many formats, including on Netflix, livestreaming purchase through, VHS, DVD., etc.)
  4. The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann (Dir.). 2013. Paramount Pictures, 2013. (You will need to purchase a ticket to view this film in a theatre between May 10 & May 20, 2013.)
  5. Various texts available online, including video. Be sure that you are able to access the De Anza College Library off-campus if you will not be on campus on a regular basis. (See Library Anytime Services 24/7).
  6. A student account on Turnitin. (You will receive the class code on Monday, April 8.)
  7. A free Skype account for required instructor/student conferences and office hours.

Get a head start!

While you cannot log-in to the course until April 8, I urge you to read the Syllabus (available March 25) carefully before the start of the quarter to make sure this section is a good fit for you. It is a great idea to re-read The Great Gatsby before the start of the quarter, even if you have previously read it. It is important that everyone in the class obtain the same PRINT version of the novel: ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-7356-5 / ISBN 10:07-7432-7356-7 (a used copy is fine, but be sure the ISBN is identical to that listed here). You will be ahead of the game if you also view the 1974 cinematic version of The Great Gatsby by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, before the start of the quarter. 

Weekly Assignments Schedule & Points Summary*

(All assignments open and close at 1 p.m.)

Approx. Time
10 minutes
Mixed media
5 hours
Reading questions
Quiz, Pt. 1
2 hours
Rough draft
Quiz, Pt. 2
10 minutes
Working draft
Forum, Pt. 1
1 hour
Writing workshop
Forum, Pt. 2
6 hours
Final draft
.doc (Turnitin)
1 hour

*Week 1 and Finals Week Schedules are different.
**100 points possible for each week 3 through 12; Weeks 1 and 2 will be graded so that you can get a sense of course standards and how I grade, but your points for these weeks will not count toward the overall course total of 1000 points possible).
Posted by Mary Schultz on 25 February 2013; 5:33:05 PM from the dept.


 Updated Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:33:05 PM by Mary Schultz -
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