African American male first-year writing

Beth Bir


This syllabus is for the first half of a two-semester sequence in first-year writing for a learning community of all African-American male students.  The course is designed to counteract internalized perceptions that African American men are unsuccessful at academic work, are at odds with mainstream culture, and that they cannot sustain traits important to their “manhood” at the academy.  English 110 for Bronco Men counteracts that perception in at least two ways.  First, it provides some context to widen students’ understanding of African American manhood, exploring and deconstructing the origins and outcomes of those ideas. Second, the grade structure is based on effort rather than ability, stressing and rewarding the work of class participation and writing revision.



African-American males; first-year success

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