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Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) at Rome Free Academy Writing 105

Length: Grade Level: Credit:

Semester (Half Year) College Credit: 3 Credit Hours 12th Honors Institution: Syracuse University .5


Description: Writing 105 is the fall semester SUPA English course. This course teaches students strategies of critical academic writing in various genres, including analysis, argument, and researched writing. The course challenges students to understand that effective communication requires people to be aware of the complex factors that shape every rhetorical context, including issues of power, history, difference, and community; and that writing as a process involves reflection and revision. This writing course is a site of active learning where students have a responsibility for their progress and that of their peers. Students write formal papers for each major unit, in addition to various informal writing assignments and a culminating portfolio. Extensive journal work is also required using the dialogic note taking method. Students pay a discounted fee for the S.U. credit which they have an opportunity to earn upon successful completion of the course. Students will receive a Syracuse University transcript (course credit is transferable, but will not impact college GPA unless a student transfers credit to S.U.). Current fee 2015- 2016: $112/CH. See special notes below. Sections are limited to 20 students.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the designated summer project, due the first day of class.

Recommendations: Teacher recommendation; minimum 90% average in English 3R or 3H; minimum score of 85 on Common Core ELA Regents Examination in English.

Special Notes: Current fee 2015-2016: $336. Each course is three credit hours. Financial Assistance is available. Access the information at http://supa.syr.edu and scroll down to the “Quicklink” to download the Financial Assistance Form.

S.U. has always been very generous to the students at RFA.

Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Writing 114: Intro to Creative Nonfiction

Syracuse University offers this course as the second half of SUPA’s WRT 105

Length: Semester (Half Year - follows WRT 105) College Credit: 3 Credit Hours Grade Level: 12
th Honors Institution: Syracuse University Credit: .5


Description: Writing 114 (WRT 114) focuses on the genre of creative nonfiction. Students explore varieties of creative nonfiction, such as memoir; biography; the personal essay; travel, science, and food writing; and “new journalism.” As its name suggests, creative nonfiction borrows elements from fiction and poetry (e.g., description, scene construction, dialogue, etcetera), yet still aims to tell the truth. For a writer to “tell it slang,” however, is to acknowledge the way in which one’s subjective viewpoint shapes what counts as “the truth” in telling a story about one’s own or another’s experiences.

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with style, genre, and subject in a writing studio environment and to read varied examples of contemporary creative nonfiction (e.g., Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, George Saunders’ The Braided Megaphone, etc.). This is a college course and students pay the (discounted) Syracuse University fee for SU credit and will receive a Syracuse transcript. Credits are accepted at a wide range of colleges and universities with the exception of Ivy League colleges and military academies. The credits transfer, but the grades are not configured in the student’s GPA unless the student transfers to Syracuse University). Sections are limited to 20 students. See special notes section for info links and college tuition fees.


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Writing 105 (WRT 105).


Recommendations: Teacher recommendation; minimum 90% average in English 3R or 3H; minimum score of 85 on Common Core ELA Regents Examination in English.

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Special Notes: Current fee 2015-2016: $336. Each course is three credit hours. Financial Assistance is available. Payment may be made on an installment plan, by credit card, or personal check. Access the information at http://supa.syr.edu and scroll down to the “Quicklink” to download the Financial Assistance Form.
S.U. has always been very generous to RFA students who qualify for help.


Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) - ETS 181: Class and Literary Texts


Length: Semester (Half Year – Spring Only) College Credit: 3 Credit Hours Grade Level: 12
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Institution: Syracuse University Credit: .5


Description: This course delves into the construction and representation of “class,” especially as it affects the production and reception of literary and other cultural texts. Invested in theoretical and historical frames of reading, the course takes as its starting point these concepts of social class and engages with literary texts ranging from the early modern period through the Industrial Revolution and into the present moment, when digital technology is dramatically shifting the way we work, live, and communicate. Accordingly, as participants in a writing-intensive course, students will respond and engage with texts by writing short and long-form papers as a way of critically and personally engaging with the texts from class. The concerns of social class in Renaissance England or during the Great Depression were not entirely those of today, but texts from those times and places still speak to our present moment. Students in this course will learn to read analytically and, through their writing, demonstrate a critical faculty for understanding how these texts can be vital markers of the ways that social class, and the struggles that come with it, stratify, divide, and define us today.


Prerequisite: SUPA WRT 105 (1st semester course)


Recommendations: Teacher recommendation; Minimum 90 average in 11th grade ELA; score of 85 on the Common Core ELA Regents exam


Special Notes: Fee: $336; Project Advance website: http://supa.syr.edu/


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