I hope all of you had a nice summer and I am very much looking forward to meeting you on the first day of our class. I have posted our syllabus on my website (www.juliannenewmark.com) under the "Courses" button.
During the first week of classes, we will get to know each other, we will review what you will be expected to accomplish in ENGL 112 at NMT, and we will do an in-class writing exercise that will help me to see what your strengths and weaknesses are at this time.
Our readings for this semester will cover a wide range of issues on topics that are "arguable" (what isn't!) in contemporary American society, including the promise that education supposedly holds for all young Americans, the dynamics of the present-day American family, and the various interpretations and perspectives on Americans' involvement with and use of our "natural" surroundings. These are the subjects about which you will write argumentative essays in this class and these are the subjects about which you will do scholarly research. You will also share your perspectives on this blog and in our classroom. I hope you are as excited as I am to get the semester going! See you soon.