For Monday, Mar. 25
- In Unit 3 – blog post 1 – Topics, Issues
- post a sentence or two about what topic or issue you want to investigate, then
- read everybody else’s posts and reply to the ones that interest you.
- Do the prompt for Unit 2 – Writer’s Statement. Talk about what you’ve gotten from our readings and activities about discourse community, genre, and rhetoric.
For Wednesday, Mar. 20
Complete the Rhetorical Analysis worksheet (the one with the bubbles and squares) about the John Leo piece, “Journalese as a Second Tongue” which is below.
Also, start to think about issues that interest you and that you might want to learn more about.
Monday, Mar. 18
Read and do a genre matrix for Scott McCloud and John Leo’s pieces. Bring them to class (no need to post anything).
Scott McCloud, “Setting the Record Straight” Setting the Record Straight_ (Understanding Comics, Ch. 1)
John Leo, “Journalese as a Second Tongue” journalese
For Wednesday, Mar. 13
1. Read Kerry Dirk, “Navigating Genres.”
2. Do U2 blog post 3 – GENRES
3. Be sure all of your Unit 1 work is up, especially the Portrait of a Writer. You’ll be able to check your mid-term grade and Unit 1 grade on Wednesday.
For Monday, Mar. 11
1. Create your personal Discourse Community web.
2. Do Unit 2 Blog Post 2 – DISCOURSE COMMUNITIES. Write about a time you tried to join a new discourse community and what hapened.
3. Read Perri Klass esay. Answer “Meaning” questions 1 and 2, and “Purpose and Audience” question 2. (You can write your answers on the back of the handout or on another sheet of paper. NO BLOG POST FOR THIS ONE.
For Wednesday, Feb. 27
Then answer the prompt: How do you start doing research? Has anyone ever told you that you’re not allowed to use Google and/or Wikipedia? Are you more like Susan or Edward?
For Monday, March 4
Read the essay by Giles on Reflection and Revision.
Then address this prompt: Based on what you’ve read and what we’ve discussed in class, brainstorm some ideas about what you want to do to revise the draft you’ve done. What do you think you can/should do next?
Remember: revising doesn’t mean line editing (although you’ll want to do that, too); revising means re-thinking, re-seeing, expanding ideas, re-organizing, throwing out, adding…
Also remember that you’ll be getting notes from me and from your writing partners next week so you can write Revised Draft. After that, you’ll get more notes from me that you can address when you do your Final Revision for the Final Portfolio.
Publish: This is category U1 blog post 4 – Reflection
For Wednesday, March 6
Post your revised draft of the Portrait of the Artist assignment in U1 Revision.
Post and/or finish your Writer’s Statement in U1 Writer’s Statement.
For Wednesday, Feb. 13
With a partner, or by yourself, pick one of the chapters from Bad Ideas (first 4 sections only). Then read it and create a mini-report:
- What is the bad idea?
- Why does the author(s) say it’s a bad idea?
- What’s a better idea?
Then create a post. Be sure to put both of your names on it.
The category is Bad Ideas.
For Monday, Feb. 11
- Finish your discussion questions about Cisneros and Malcolm X. Bring the sheet with you to class — we’ll be using it.
- Write a letter about your own literacy sponsors, but write it to a friend rather than to an instructor. You can build on what you wrote in class last week to give you a place to start.
- Begin your post/letter with “Dear …..” Make it personal.
- Make it as long as you want. If you want to just do a blog post, fine. If you want to do it in Word and then copy it into a blog post, fine. If you want to do it in Word and upload it (as an attachment), start a new post, then use the Add Media icon, Add Media, Upload file, Insert. Then publish.
For Wednesday, Feb. 6
- Catch up on your Blog Posts (U1 Blog Post 1 and U1 Blog Post 2). Blog Post 2 can just be the freewrite you did in class today about the rules of writing that you have in your head and/or make it hard for you to write.
- Read both Cisneros and Malcolm X. No blog posts, but be prepared to answer questions in class on Wednesday.
For Monday, Feb. 4 —
- First, jot down the rules that you hear in your head before or while you’re writing something.
- Also jot down the things that make it hard for you to write at all.
- Then do U1 blog post 2: Read and respond to Mike Post article.
- Also do GUM blog post 1 (it’s in the Course Materials area): Read first 7 pages of handout and respond.
…is all about writing: who you are as a writer (and how much you might hate it), how you got that way, how people use writing to inform or persuade us, how different types of writing serve different communities. Let’s face it — you’re in college, you have to write; you’ll be in the workplace soon enough, you’ll have to write; you write every day even if you don’t think of it as writing. We’re going to talk and think — and yes, write — about all of that.
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BTW, that header picture is of fireflies in the woods. I don’t know why. I just like fireflies.