WEEK ONE: 5/27-6/3

Fri May 27: Introductory video lecture. Welcome! Be sure to join Slack and Perusall. Two things are due by Wednesday, June 1, but try to do this as soon as possible!

  • On Perusall, annotate the Syllabus and the Intro Activities.
  • On OpenLab, create a short introduction post for OpenLab. Tell us who you are, what you like to do, etc. AND post an image that you like and explain why you chose that one. This is due Wednesday June 1. Category: Introductions.

Mon May 30 : Video Lecture to Start Unit 1 –Portrait of a Word. We’ll get started on it even while everybody’s posting Introductions and getting used to OpenLab and the other tech we’re using. The video lecture will talk about what a discourse community is and what you’ll be doing for this unit. All the information you’ll need is on the Unit page.

Due EOD Tuesday May 31 on Perusall: Do the Assignment labeled “What is a Discourse Community?” You’ll be reading and annotating (and replying to each other about) an article by Dan Melzer. This is a student-friendly explanation of what one discourse community looks like.

Due EOD Wednesday June 1 on Perusall: Do the Assignment labeled “Discourse Community Examples.” You’ll be reading and annotating two selections: 1) “Fuku” which is from a book by Junot Diaz titled The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and 2) “She’s a LOL in NAD” which is an essay from the New York Times by Perri Klass. They’ll give you some more ideas about what a DC believes and how language and behavior impact a DC. Be sure to scroll down to make sure you read both parts!

  • The “Fuku” selection is an example of what goes on within a Primary Discourse Community because it’s all about beliefs from the DR.
  • The Perri Klass essay talks about what it was like to join the medical community as part of a hospital, an example of a Secondary Discourse Community.

Due EOD Thursday June 2 on OpenLab: Write a post of at least 300 words. In the excerpt from Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz uses a single word to explain both the history and culture of the Dominican Republic. In Perri Klass’ essay article, she paints a portrait, not of a particular word, but of a whole new language she had to learn in order to fit in with her new profession. What are some communities that you are a part of? (hint: we’re all a part of multiple communities — you can take a look at the links about sneakerheads to find how people talk about and within a discourse community that’s all about a shared interest or passion.) What “languages” have you had to learn to engage with these communities—and how did you learn these languages? Are there particular words or phrases that stick out to you as helping you feel like you were part of the in-crowd? Category: My DCs

Due EOD Friday June 3 on Padlet: Use the big + sign on the bottom right to create a new post. Put your name in the Title. Then tell us about the discourse community you want to write about AND add an image/artifact to teach us more about it. Comment on ones you think are interesting (“cool” actually works here for once).

WEEK TWO: 6/4-6/10

Monday June 6: Video lecture to begin Unit 2: Feature Article. . Note that all the information you need in terms of assignment sheet, handouts, etc., is on the Unit page.

Due EOD Monday June 6 Google Drive folder labeled Portrait of a Word: Upload a draft of your Portrait. Add a memo to your reviewer about 1) what you wanted to accomplish with this Portrait, 2) what you think is working well on this draft, and 3) what you’re worried about or think you might need help with.

Due EOD Tuesday June 7 on Perusall: This has a few parts to it:

  • Pick one of the four articles labelled “Mentor Article.” It doesn’t matter which one since you’re just going to be looking at how it was put together, NOT the content.
  • Leave annotations as you go if you wish, especially if something confuses you or you have a comment about the topic.
  • After you’ve read it once, use the Mentor Analysis Worksheet (a template is on the Google Drive) to break it down.
  • Once you’ve done that, go to the very end of the article and add a reply that talks about what you found from doing the worksheet.

Due EOD Wednesday June 8 — there are two parts to this:

  • Create a new post on OpenLab: To find the topic you want to write your Feature Article about, you’ll have answered some questions. Post what you wrote here. Category: Feature Questions
  • On this Padlet: Create a new post, put your name in the title. Tell us what you’ve chosen to write your Feature Article about. Add an image. Feel free to Comment on somebody’s article if you want. Again, “cool” works just fine!

Thursday June 9: Video lecture. I’ll be talking about the topics, reminding you how to do the short annotations, and giving you a how-to on using Canva to lay out your Feature Article.

Due EOD Friday June 10 on OpenLab: Post your pitch for your feature article. Category: Article Pitch OR into the Google Drive Unit 2 – Feature folder (create a new sub-folder with your name on it. You’ll be putting a couple of things in this folder.).

WEEK THREE: 6/11-6/17

Due EOD Monday June 13 in the Google Drive: Post your annotations of two sources that you found based on the KWL+ activity you may or may not have done, along with an un-annotated list of other possible sources.

Due EOD Thursday June 16 in Google Drive. It’s time to add the draft of your Feature Article to your sub-folder in the Feature Article folder.

Thursday June 16: Video lecture introducing Unit 3. I’ll talk about going from text to multimodal genres (like Instagram, or podcasts, or video). Everything you need is on the Unit 3 page.

Due EOD Friday June 17 on Perusall: Read and annotate “Multimodal Composing — what is it?” There’s a loudspeaker prompt on page 19 (p 82 of the original text), but you don’t have to read any further than that.

WEEK FOUR: 6/18-6/24

Due EOD Monday June 20 on this Padlet: Create a new post and tell us what you’re going to be doing for your Unit 3 project: topic, the audience you intend to reach, the genre you’ll be using to reach that audience. NOTE: I’ll be creating tech and content support groups through Slack so you can help each other in a real hands-on kind of way. So be sure to do this!

Wed June 22: video lecture. This is mostly to give some feedback and more resources if necessary. Also to talk more about how to do the Artist’s Statement that goes with your project.

WEEK FIVE: 6/25-6/30 (end of summer session)

Due EOD June 27 in the Google Drive: In the folder labelled Unit 3 Project, create a new folder for yourself. In it, upload your project and your Artist’s Statement.

Monday June 27: Video lecture. It’s the last partial week!!! I’ll be going over the Final Portfolio and Final Reflection, both of which are due EOD Thursday, June 30.

Due EOD Tuesday June 28 on Perusall: Read and annotate “The Maker’s Eye.” This will get you thinking more about revising.

Due EOD Thursday June 30 in the Google Drive: In the folder marked “Final Portfolio,” create your own sub-folder and upload your Final Revisions and your Final Reflection. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. I’m on a very short deadline for final grades, so if you’re having trouble, let me know as soon as possible!

Print this page