Letter from Heather: Our Final Class and the Heat

Hey all!

In the franticness of finishing your final paper, I want to make sure that you are also ready for our final class together.

  1. Final Exam: Make sure you are familiar with the final exam essay topic. Bring any questions you have to class. I will not be explaining the whole prompt, but answering questions.
  2. Readings: You do have two readings to look at for class today–one is a .pdf on iLearn and one is linked on the website. Although not long, they are very difficult; however, I have profound confidence in your abilities. The .pdf, by Walter Benjamin, is a classic, but it is written in a strange style. Don’t worry about focusing on narrative or finding any meaning, but let his ideas wash over you. He is trying to let you into his mind, his thought process, so just go along for the ride. The link, by Marcel Proust, is also a classic–you can impress anyone when you evoke “Proust’s Madelene.” For this one, just make sure you understand the madelene’s relationship to memory. It is a symbol, what does it symbolize?
  3. Heat Advisory: Given that it is 100 degrees outside and our little classroom is a furnace, I tried to get us another classroom. But I did not succeed. So, make sure you are prepared for the warmth: bring and drink a lot of water, wear appropriate clothes, and I promise we will get through it!




Schedule, Week 10: 5/30-6/3

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]

Schedule, Week 9: 5/23-5/27

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

Schedule, Week 8: May 16th-20th

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?

Schedule: Week 2, 4/6-4/10

For Week 2…

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

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!

Links to the Course Google Docs

Hi All!

I just sent an email to everyone who wrote their email addresses on the sign-in sheet in class today. It includes links to the Tumblr Account sheet and the Autobiographical Song (aka Extra Credit) sheet.

If you did not receive this note, send me an email (hvanm001@ucr.edu) as soon as you can. I will forward the links to you directly.

If you are having problems viewing the documents, make sure that you are logged out of all of your other email addresses. Then log in directly to your R’mail account. Because I don’t want the world to see our sign-up sheets, access is limited to those with R’mail accounts only.

See you Wednesday! And don’t hesitate to email me with comments, questions, and concerns.