Aren’t minimester English classes great? Well, as happy as you may have been with your four choices this year, there were many proposed minimester classes that didn't quite make the cut. Here are the Bulldog’s four favorite rejected minimester classes:
In this course, students will intensively study the motion pictures of arguably greatest actor in the modern era of cinema, Samuel L. Jackson. Through in-depth analysis of some of the world’s most intellectually stimulating movies such as Snakes on a Plane, Jumper, and 1408, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how Samuel L. Jackson has shaped modern age cinema throughout his career. One week of the course will be specifically dedicated to Jackson’s portrayal of Mace Windu in the Star Wars Saga. For a final project, students will construct a five-page paper exploring the indisputable influence Jackson’s acting has had on cinema, the media, and society as we know it.
A celebration of modern poetry: The Poetry of Andrew Dice Clay
As students name some of the greatest poets of all time, the name “Diceman” inevitably accompanies other greats such as William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson. As this is a well-known fact, many of the influences of Dice Clay’s fly under the radar. In this course, students will examine the effects that romanticism and transcendentalism had on Dice Clay’s poetry. For a final project, students will compare Dice Clay’s poems to those of other great poets and then write a poem in the style of Dice Clay.
Fake Memoir Writing
Perhaps one of the most important skills for aspiring young writers, the art of writing fabricated memoirs, will make its minimester debut this winter. Students will examine texts such as James Fray’s A Million Little Pieces and learn to tell stories that never actually happened to them. Students will further explore the study of getting away with these fallacies even under intense media pressure by examining wonderful examples of quality deception by some of this era’s greats such as Jason Giambi, Lance Armstrong, and Richard Nixon. For a final project, students will compose a fake memoir and attempt to get it published as a true story. Extra credit shall be given to any student who demonstrates the qualities of an exceptionally convincing truth-spinner (see Clinton, Bill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs).
Dialects of Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social networking
The growing importance of the ability to use social networking tools to communicate is indisputable. However, knowing how to use tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is only half of the battle we face. The way we use the English language on these social networking tools greatly differs from how we would use English in a research paper. In this class, students will study the increasing obsolescence of punctuation and disregard for correct grammar in social network communication. We will examine the Twitter pages of some of some of the country’s biggest stars such as Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo, who are truly brilliant in the way they neglect to use “proper” grammar on their pages. For a final project, students will create a new social network page and construct no less than 10 "Nu Skul" posts free of commas, periods, or “Old School” grammar.