This semester you have traced your subject position (“Origin of Ideas”), used evidence to support claims pertaining to a specific aspect of our culture (“Cultural Analysis”) and built a researched position on a current social issue (“Research Project”). Additionally, throughout these assignments you have engaged with several readings that explore language and culture.
In the following in-class essay, reflect on your understanding of and engagement with the course objectives of analyzing and writing about a range of rhetorical situations in society. Support your response with specific examples from your essays, class activities, and other course materials. Additionally, discuss new ways of thinking about language and learning you have developed this semester.
The readings by John Dewey (Democracy in Education) and Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed) were very influential in the course creation; connect specific ideas from the readings to your reflections above. Additionally, the progression of assignments you completed this semester was designed to be aligned with William Perry’s “Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development.” You may want to reflect on where you are in the sequence and the impact your understanding of language and critical thinking this semester has had on your progression.
Your essay should be 750-1000 words long. Also, please take care to stay on topic when creating a coherent and focusawzed response within your essay.