|I will be available for optional
conferences in my office during the final exam period.
Wed. 5/3: Portfolios are due today. Remember to include all four major
assignments, the checklist, and your completed self-assessement
|For Fri. 4/21, Mon. 4/24, and Wed. 4/26:
are scheduled in lieu of class. The
conferences are held in Main 312; we'll discuss your topics for the
independent project (paper #4). The assigment sheet for paper #4 was
distributed in class today and will be available online and students signed up
for conferences. The conference sign-up sheet will be available
|For Mon. 4/10: In class or before
class, complete your casebook introductions; review and edit your
abstracts; begin outlining or composing your argumentative
|For Fri 4/7: Complete your analysis
and evaluation of the four sources you've chosen to feature
in your casebook. In keeping with the schedule distributed
in class, you should be ready to compose or review your casebook's
introduction by Friday, 4/7.
|For Wed. 4/5: We'll continue to work
on analyzing and evaluating the four sources you've chosen to feature
in your casebook using the criteria discussed in the handout "Selecting Articles."
You'll have time on Wed. and Fri. to meet in your groups to complete
distributed on Monday. These worksheets should be completed by
the end of class on Friday, 4/7. Here's an example of a completed worksheet.
|For Fri. 3/31: We
will meet once again in the library computer classroom; FHG 309. Students
will use class time to meet in their groups and search for appropriate
|For Mon. 3/27:
Re-read chapter 3 in The Call to
Write, especially the exchange of letters between Darcy Peters
and Marcus Boldt on pp. 75-76. Do some preliminary research on
the possible casebook topics you discussed in your groups on
Friday. Read and print "Approaching
Persuasive Writing" to further help you clarify the aims of
persuasive writing. On Monday each group will decide on their
casebook topic. Reminder: we
are scheduled to meet in FHG library on Wednesday, March 29. We
will not meet in our classroom; go directly to room 309--the computer
classroom on the third floor.
|For Mon. 3/20: Read Chapter 3 in The
Call to Write.
Think about arguable topics that might interest you to explore for the
Casebook Project .
|For Wed. 3/8:
Bring three copies of your draft to class today to participate in
a peer review
exercise for revision and editing.
|For Mon. 3/6: Group conferences will be held in Main
312 in lieu of class. If you forgot your time you can look it up
here. You can bring questions about your topic, an outline, or a
draft to the conference. In class today we worked on several invention and planning exercises
to prepare you to draft your profile essay.
|For Fri. 3/3: In
class today we discussed the assignment
sheet for Paper #2. The assignment is to work with the
assignment sheet to generate ideas for topics for Paper #2 and to bring
your text, The Call to Write,
to class on Fri., 3/3 to work on invention and planning
exercises. I also announced that, at the end of class on
Friday, group conferences will be scheduled in lieu of class
on Monday 3/6. Conferences
will be held in Main 312 during class time.
|For Wed. 3/1: There is no new
assignment, but you can get a preview of
Profile Essay assignment by looking at the writing assignment in
Chapter 7 of The Call to Write
(p. 248-249). An assignment sheet will be
distributed in class on Wed. 3/1 . In class today we continued
analyzing the readings, this time looking for examples of objective and
subjective description in "Soldiers of Christ I."
2/27: (1) Re-read “Soldiers of
and find three examples of
subjective description and three examples of objective
desciption. You can highlight these in the article rather than
write them on a separate sheet. Today in
class we discussed your responses to Wednesday's group analysis
of "The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life," discussed the
difference between objective and
subjective description, and worked with the
list of observations you generated for
homework. If you didn't complete the
exercise in class on Friday, complete the writing exercise on observing and
describing and bring it to class on Monday along with list of
observations you generated for homework on Friday.
2/24: (1) Read “Soldiers of Christ I” and prepare to work with
class in a way similar to the one we used to analyze the
last reading. (2) Pick a spot anywhere on campus and spend 15-30
minutes (or more) closely observing. List as many specific observations
as you can about the place, the people, the atmosphere. Bring
your list to class on Friday.
2/22: Read "The Five
Six Figure Rootless Life," one of the several articles distributed
in class today. We'll work with ths reading in class on
Wednesday. In class today we began discussing the goals of
objective writing and students completed an in-class
reflection writing exercise to hand in along with the final draft
of Paper #1.
2/20: The final
draft of Paper #1 is due. Read chapters 7 and 8 and in The Call to Write and complete the
interview assignment (see below).
|For 2/13 - 2/17
and Mon. 2/20:
Classes are cancelled for individual
conferences in Main 312. If you forgot your day/time, you can
look it up here. While
classes are cancelled students should complete
the following reading/writing assignment--read Chapters 7 and 8 in The Call to Write. You'll
notice that chapter 7 discusses the profile essay; ths is an option
many students choose for paper #2. Your writing assignment is to
practice one of the skills that can be useful for writing profiles: the
interview. I'd like you to interview a friend of a family
member. Compose 10-15 questions and bring either a transcipt or a
summary of your interview to class on Monday 2/20. The final
draft of your paper is also due on Monday 2/20.
|For Wed. 2/8: Bring a complete
(3-5 pages), typed rough draft of Paper #1 to class to
participate in a rough draft workshop. In class today we
discussed what's meant by the "writing process" and how that applies to
our method in the course. Students worked on planning Paper #1 by
trying to use one of the introduction strategies on the handout which was
distributed and then sketching an outline of the rest of their papers.
These introductions/outlines were not collected but points were given
to students who engaged in this work in class. Announcements in
(1) after the rough draft workshop on Wednesday we'll have a revision
workshop this Friday (2/10) when you'll hand
in your revised draft to me; (2) individual conferences will be
scheduled next week in lieu of class. The due date for the final
draft of Paper #1 is Mon., 2/20.
|Working with the
assignment sheet and Fridays's in-class exercise, decide
on your topic for Paper #1 by Mon., 2/6.
1/30: Stay on top of your reading; make sure you've
completed chapters 4 and 5 in The
Call to Write. Read the course notes on expressive writing and the further
examples of open letters posted
on the course website. If you missed class today (Fri., 1/27) you can
make up the in-class
writing exercise for partial credit if you turn your work in
by class time Mon. 1/30.
|For Fri. 1/27: Read the Call to Write,
chapters 4 and
5, which discuss two genres of expressive writing, the "open letter"
and the "memoir."
|For Wed 1/25: Read
the file on the course website called "Understanding the Rhetorical
Situation." Optionally, you can also read "Emerson on Inviduality vs. Conformity."
In The Call to Write, read
the Intro. to PART I ( pp. 2-5) and Chapter
|For Monday 1/23: Complete the Freestyle
Writing: Identity assignment.