Course Overview


In this course, we will use Georgia Tech’s WOVEN curriculum (written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal modes) to engage in critical thinking, articulate clear communication, and foster rhetorical awareness. Particularly this course will focus on indigenous new media. That is, the rhetorical practices of Native/American Indian communities and how those practices “make” meaning within indigenous communities. The course will consider ancient practices (such as petroglyphs), precontract practices (such as weaving, wintercounts), and postcontact practices (such as creative and academic writing, music, video games, apps, comic books, and other multimedia compositions) using a framework of “cultural rhetorics.”

By localizing class discussion as much as possible, this course will also consider how rhetorical practices are linked to local histories, place and space, and land. Before Atlanta, there was Pakanahuili, or “Standing Peachtree.” This place was once located at where Peachtree Creek meets the Chattahoochee River— not too far from the Tech campus. Now, at that location stands a water treatment plant which provides water to the city. We will place institutional texts (such as archaeological reports and water works reports) into conversation with local oral histories and Indigenous rhetorical practices to constellate various ways that the story of Standing Peachtree has been, is, and could be mediated.

This course will train students to identify, employ, and synthesize the principles of written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal (WOVEN) communication through a variety of informal and formal writing assignments, collaborative work, conversation, workshops, while likewise emphasizing new media practices. The course will use both seminar and workshop approaches to teaching.

Land Acknowledgements 

This course exists on the ancestral land of the Muscogee Creek.

Georgia Tech General Education Outcomes for ENGL 1102

This course shares the following outcomes with all sections of ENGL 1102. You can read more about these outcomes here.

Primary Learning Goal

  • Communication: Demonstrate proficiency in the process of articulating and organizing rhetorical arguments in written, oral, visual, and nonverbal modes, using concrete support and conventional language.

Secondary Learning Goals

  • Critical Thinking: Judge factual claims and theories on the basis of evidence.
  • Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics: Describe relationships among languages, philosophies, cultures, literature, ethics, or the arts.

Course Specific Outcomes

Central Course Questions:

  • As meaning is made through media, how do you think content changes, shifts, and constellates? Why is this important?
  • Given the influence of media channels on the distribution and circulation of culturally-situated content, how do perceptions of identity change and converse across communities?
  • Consider how and why indigenous new media is being employed to educate, entertain, and advocate.
  • Create and compose in WOVEN modes that both engage and theorize the production of knowledges, rhetorics, and meanings.


  • Amy Brazillier, Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program. WOVENText: Georgia Tech’s Bedford Book of Genres, Revised (2017). Bedford. ISBN: 131909998X. (eBook).
  • Barbara Duncan. Living Stories of the Cherokee. (1998). UNC Press. ISBN: 0807847194. (eBook or Print).
  • Matt Dembicki. Trickster: Native American Tales (2010). ISBN: 9781555917241 (eBook or Print).

For more course policies, check the course syllabus on T-Square.

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