Homework

MONDAY, MAY 30TH | NO CLASS

  • Due:
    • Nothing
  • Benchmarks (not due, just recommended):
    • Finish your Shitty Rough Draft, so that you can let it sit for a bit before editing.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST | SHITTY ROUGH DRAFT AND PEER REVIEW

  • Due:
    • Shitty Rough draft of 1,000 words. Make sure you print it off!
  • Benchmarks (not due, just recommended):
    • Finish up that essay and start, as early as possible, on the reading for Friday.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD | SELF-REFLECTION

  • Due:
    • “Finding Common Ground” Paper
    • Read:
      • Proust, excerpts from “Remembering the Past
      • Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of the Past” [PDF on iLearn]

Monday, May 23rd | Current Events–Relating Abstract Concepts in Concrete Ways

  • Due:
    • Find your current event
      • Locate a news item that relates to your chosen debate—a Google News search will be your best bet.
      • Make sure that your event comes from a reputable news source.
    • Once you find a news item, see if other newspapers have also written about it.
      • Be prepared to present your event to your classmates
      • Read them carefully
  • Benchmarks (not due, but recommended):
    • Draft your thesis and make a rough outline of your paragraphs, topic sentences, and examples you want to include in your paper.

Wednesday, May 25th | To a Better Conclusion

  • Due:
    • Reading
      • Hale, chapters “Voice,” “Lyricism,” and “Rhythm,” from Sin and Syntax [iLearn]
    • BP 15 | A Day in the Life
  • Benchmarks (not due, but recommended):
    • Start flushing out your essay. Set a number goal for yourself—250 words, or something—to get motivated to start early.

Friday, May 27th | No Class


Monday, May 16th | Profound Empathy and Self-Reflection

Wednesday, May 18th | Words Matter

  • Due:
  • Benchmarks (not due, but recommended):
    • You should have looked through the available pro and con articles, decided which one you would like to write about, and sign-up on the Google Doc (link here–you must be signed into your R’mail Account) for your chosen topic. Each topic can only have 6 people working on it, so sign up early to get the one you want.

Friday, May 20th | Turning Explanation into Analysis

  • Due:
    • Read:
      • Thoroughly read your topic’s pro and con articles
      • Bring the articles to class (print them out, if you can), because we will be working on analysis together—you will leave with a firm understanding of your topic.
    • BP 14 | Wrong Side of the Debate
  • Benchmarks (not due, but recommended):
    • Determine what you think is the common ground in this argument— what are the participants actually fighting about?


Monday, May 9th: Explanation Strategies, Part 2

  • Homework Due:
    • None

Wednesday, May 11th: Conversation

  • Homework Due:
    • Finish The Glass Castle

Friday, May 13th: Peer Review

  • Homework
    • Shitty Rough Draft
      • Must be approx. 1000 words and include the introduction and several body paragraphs.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
      • ***If you do not have a rough draft, then there is no reason for you to come to class.***

 

Monday, May 2nd: Introduction to the Concept Paper

  • Homework Due:
    • Turn in your Profile Paper

Wednesday, May 4th: Close Reading

Friday, May 6th: Explanation Strategies, Part 1


MONDAY, APRIL 25TH: INTEGRATING QUOTES

  • Homework Due
    • BP: Post 8 | HONY-style
    • Make sure that you have completed your interview and field reports. Bring your notes and/or recordings to class.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH: COMMA BOOTCAMP

  • Homework Due
    • Read: “As He Himself Says” from They Say, I Say [pdf on iLearn]

FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH: SELF-EDITING

  •  Homework
    • Shitty Rough Draft
      • Must be approx. 1000 words and include the introduction and several body paragraphs.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
      • ***If you do not have a rough draft, then there is no reason for you to come to class.***

Monday, April 18th: Profiling the Profile

  • Homework Due:
  • Benchmarks for Paper (suggested, not evaluated):
    • Brainstorm groups on campus or places you could profile. This may require some searching online—look at events pages, campus maps, advertisement posters, etc.

Wednesday, April 20th: Interviews

  • Homework
    • BP: Post 6 | Interview Yourself
    • Watch:
      • Elon Musk and Stephen Colbert (for the Colbert Report)–Part 1, Part 2
      • Elon Musk and Stephen Colbert (for The Late Show) {this is a clip from the full interview, which isn’t available legally… but you can feel free to Google it… I just can’t tell you to.}
    • Discussion Questions:
      • Compare and contrast the interview style of the two different versions of Stephen Colbert. How does he (or not) put Musk at ease?
      • What do you think Colbert’s mission was in each interview? What was he trying to achieve?
      • How did Musk react in each interview? What made the difference?
  • Benchmarks for Paper (suggested, not evaluated)
    • The homework for today is SUPER easy on purpose: You need to be working on your paper.
    • Solidify your paper topic. Begin researching for your interview—find background information on the person or type of people you plan on interviewing. If it is one particular person, schedule your interview and prepare questions.

Friday, April 22nd: Field Reports

[NOTE: We are going outside today, so dress for the weather!]

  • Homework
    • BP: Post 7 | Our Rooms
    • Listen:
    • Discussion Questions:
      • Both of the stories in the podcast take place in a zoo. How do each of these zoos differ? Mirroring the language in the podcast (meaning find specific phrases they actually use in the podcast), how is each zoo described?
      • What is the tone of each story? How does the reporter convey this tone in their story? Don’t forget to take into account the words used, the narrative structure, and the use of senses.
      • How would you have to rework each story to make it just as influential in a written medium?
  • Benchmarks for Paper (suggested, not evaluated)
    • Over the weekend complete your interview(s) and field observations. Next week we are focusing on writing, so make sure all of your research is complete.

Monday, April 4th: Structuring Memories

  • Homework Due
    • Body Paragraph
      • Should be approx. 250 words. You should have several done at this point, but just bring in one.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
    • Read:
      • Dillard, “An American Childhood” [SMG pages 17-22, thinking through the post-essay activities]
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required)
    • Your rough draft should be mostly complete. Remember the principle of “Shitty” for your rough drafts.
    • Use SMG 44-46 to guide you on this.

Wednesday, April 6th: Self-Editing (attendance is mandatory)

  • Homework Due
    • Shitty Rough Draft
      • Must be approx. 750 words and include the introduction and several body paragraphs.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
    • ***If you do not have a rough draft, then there is no reason for you to come to class.***

Friday, April 8th: Introduction to Profiles

  • Homework Due
    • “Remembered Event” Essay Due
      • Submit via iLearn
      • See prompt for specifications and grading rubrics.

 

Monday, April 6th: “Writing is…”

  • Homework Due
    • BP:
    • Read:
      • Lamont, “Shitty Rough Draft” [the PDF is on iLearn]
      • Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook” [the PDF is on iLearn]
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required)
    • Now that you have an event, brainstorm everything you can about the event. Smell? Feel? Sounds? As well as location and people? What were you wearing? What season was it? … and on and on. Give yourself some time to think through your remembered event. Re-experience it, before your write it.
    • Use SMG pages 33-35 to guide you on this.

Wednesday, April 8th: Taking a Tone

  • Homework Due
    • BP:
    •  Read:
    •  Watch:
    • Discussion Questions:
      • All of these authors are talking about subjects that are painful. The first two about the death of a family member and the last two about personal identity. What is the tone of each of these articles? (And “sad” doesn’t cover it.)
      • How does the author convey this tone? Be specific! Focus on the specific words he/she uses, especially the adjectives. What about the way the story is told?
      • If you are struggling with this, draw out the dramatic arc and fill in the different aspects. Then, ask yourself: Why do we care about the climax? What emotion did the author want us to feel? (Again, sad is not enough.) How did she/he try to illicit this emotion from us?
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required)
    • Mock up a rough outline of what information you want to include where. What sorts of examples do you want to include?
    • Use SMG pages 35-37 and 38-42 to guide you on this.

Friday, April 10th: Introductions

  • Homework Due
    • Write up a Rough Draft of your Introduction (shoot for 200 words)
      • Use SMG pages 42-44 as a guide
      • Make the font 18pt (aka, BIG)
      • Double-Space it
      • Print it out
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required)
    • None, because you are already working on an introduction!

 

Monday, 3/28: Introductions

  • Homework Due:
    • None
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required):
    • None

Wednesday, 3/30: Who am I? (Dramatic Arc)

  • Homework Due:
    • BP:
      • Set-up your Tumblr
      • Record your Username and Tumblr Name on the class GoogleDoc (check your R’mail for the link)
      • Follow my Tumblr and that of your classmates (hence the GoogleDoc)
      • Post 1 | A Photo
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required):
    • Brainstorm ideas for your remembered event paper

Friday, 4/1: Writing about Yourself (Vivid Descriptions)

  • Homework Due:
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required):
    • Go through your brainstorm list and decide what the significance is for each idea: Why would someone want to read this story? What does it say about you?About your life? Your experiences?Why do you find it interesting?