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Getting Started

You can see a sample syllabus, schedule, homework squence, and assignment descriptions on this site. There is also a guide to teaching online.
Please note that SDSU is asking that we insert a diversity and inclusion statement in our syllabi. They have provided a set of models and sample
.  SDSU has also created guides to making your syllabus accessible


Class Plans for First Three Weeks


Setting Up a Blog Page & Hypothesis Account


Unit 1 Teaching Materials


Unit 1 and Stevenson's "We Need to Talk about an Injustice"

  • Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk “We Need to Talk about an Injustice” (transcriptvideo). This speech gets at some of the issues
    related to our current crises, but is hopeful and rhetorically interesting. There is a 
    one page text by Stevenson that  covers
    similar ground,
     that could be used to introduce Stevenson’s TED talk, and to discuss how Stevenson modulates his
    argument for a different audience.


Introducing Stevenson: pre-reading resources


Stevenson on Racism, the Protests, and how we can Move Forward.

These texts could be used as part of a unit 3 project.


Stevenson Videos



Some background texts


Unit 2 Teaching Materials


Unit 2: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Landrieu

Texts with Connections to Hannah Jones and Landrieu



Unit 3: How Did We Get Here? What Needs to change? (Entering the Conversation)



In unit 3 you will present an argument of your own. Your paper will describe the question, issue, or problem you wish to address.
It will describe how some other authors have approached the issue (what Graff and Birkenstein call the “they say” move in academic
writing) and then present your contribution to it. Your contribution may extend, complicate, illustrate, challenge or qualify the arguments
that other authors have made. 

Your paper may use texts and topics we have discussed earlier in the class. Or, it can explore one of the other “crises” and debates that
are currently occurring (examples: a) the pandemic, b) police reform, c) race and racial justice, d) confederate monuments, e) social media
and democracy. Sets of texts on some of these topics are listed below.)

Your paper will focus on two or three texts that take different positions on the issue/problem. You will describe points of connection,
difference, and disagreement, and evaluate relative strengths and weaknesses. You will present your own argument. Your argument
should contribute to the conversation in some way – by extending, illustrating, complicating, or challenging what the other authors say.

Your paper should conclude by addressing the significance of the issue, discussing its implications, proposing a solution, or suggesting
what can be learned from examining this issue. 


Analyzing the Pandemic

  1. Alexander, Aaliyah. “There’s No Returning Back to Normal after COVID-19.” The Daily Aztec, 12 May 2020, 
  2. The America We Need.”  By the editors of the New York Times. Describes the problems the pandemic has revealed/emphasized, and
    argues for reforms. 
  3. National and international data on Covid 19 https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/total-covid-deaths-per-million  
  4. Charles Duhigg, “Seattle’s Leaders let scientists take the lead. New York’s did not.” The New Yorker, April 26, 2020. This is about
    how much language and persuasion matter when responding to pandemic. 
  5. "The Unique US Failure to Control the Virus," David Leonhardt, NYTimes August 6, 2020. Examines why the US response was so different from other 
    countries. George Packer, We Are Living in a Failed State. The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.
    Atlantic MonthlyJune 2020.
  6. Why America Resists Learning From Other Countries. "The pandemic may pose the greatest threat yet to the belief that America has little
    to learn from the rest of the world." 
  7. Masks: "Seriously, Just Wear Your Mask" (NYTimes editorial board, July 2, 2020).  How to Actually Talk to Anti-Maskers. You cannot force public trust;
    you have to earn it. Charlie Warzel, July 22, 2020. 


Using Stevenson and Hannah-Jones to Discuss our Current Crises


Debating Police Reform


Monuments, Memorials, Team Names: Debating History, Identity, Values







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