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]
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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, 5/9-5/13

You guys! No one told me that the schedule hadn’t gone up!

Please, next time, let me know as soon as something like this comes up so 1) you know what the homework is and 2) I don’t feel like an idiot. 🙂

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.***

Schedule, Week 5: 4/25-4/29

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.
  • Benchmarks for Paper (suggested, not evaluated)
    • Start working on your rough draft.

Wednesday, April 27th: 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.***

Friday, April 29th: Introducing the Concept Essay

  • Homework
    • Profile Paper due via iLearn dropbox by 3:00pm (BEFORE class)

 

Schedule, Week 4: 4/18-4/22

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.

Schedule: Week 3, 4/11-4/15

The schedule for week 3…

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.

Updates: Week 2

Hey All!

Now that the craziness of the first week is over, I have fixed a few items that did not seem to be working correctly:

  1. Homework: Posting the homework for the week on the blog was a bit cumbersome, and it led to people reading the wrong materials for Friday. So, I have made a page, which is located in the above menu, where all of the homework will be listed. That way you do not need to search through the blog to find the right post.
  2. In-Class Discussion: When you’ve taught as much as I have, you recognize that all classes have a personality. After last week, I am getting the impression that ours is a more strong and silent sort of class. That is great, but it means that our in-class discussion is going to have to include more structured participation. As a first step, in class today we are going to be making name cards (so that everyone can learn names quickly) and engaging in more in-class, pre-talking writing. This will not effect the way you prepare for class, just what we are going to be doing in class.
  3. Discussion Questions: As requested, I have added discussion questions to your reading this week. If this seems to help, then I will continue to do so. You do not have to write anything up formally, but you should be able to answer the questions (or attempt to) when asked. Remember: bring the readings to class! I noticed today many of you did not have access to the readings, either printed or on your computer. This is just not acceptable. We are going to talk about the readings, so, please, bring them.

Those are the things that I noticed last week, if you have any ideas how to streamline the website or the class, then please come see me during office hours or shoot me an email. I would love to fix problems before they actually become problems.

Also, I have followed all of you on Tumblr. I am 99.9% sure that I located all of you. But, if you do not have me as a follower yet, shoot me an email just to make sure that you are on my list.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Best,

Heather

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!