WEEK ONE: 7/6-7/14

Wed July 6: Introductory video lecture. Welcome! Be sure to join Slack and Perusall. Then do the Introductory Unit assignments to let us know who you are and how you feel about writing. Try to get these done by Friday July 8.

Fri July 8: 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. Note that all the information you need in terms of assignment sheet, handouts, etc., is in the Units –> Unit 1 – Portrait of a Word folder on the main menu.

Due EOD Monday July 11 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 Tuesday July 12 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 Wednesday July 13 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 Thursday July 14 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: 7/15-7/22

Monday July 18: Video lecture to begin Unit 2: Feature Article. . Note that all the information you need in terms of assignment sheet, handouts, etc., is in the Units –> Unit 2 folder on the main menu.

Due EOD Monday July 18 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 July 19 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 July 20 — 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 21: 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 22 on OpenLab: Post your pitch for your feature article. Category: Article Pitch

WEEK THREE: 7/23-7/29

Due EOD Monday July25 in the Google Drive: In the Drive folder labelled “Feature Article,” create a new sub-folder with your name on it. You’ll be putting a couple of things in this folder. Today, you’ll 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 July 28 in Google Drive. It’s time to add the draft of your Feature Article to your sub-folder in the Feature Article folder.

Thursday July 28: Video lecture introducing Unit 3. I’ll talk about going from text to multimodal genres (like Instagram, or podcasts, or video).

Due EOD Friday July 29 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: 7/30-8/5

Due EOD Monday August 1 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 August 3: 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.

Friday August 5: Video lecture. We’re going into the last partial week!!! I’ll be going over the Final Portfolio and Final Reflection, both of which are due EOD Tuesday August 9.

WEEK FIVE: 8/6-8/9 (end of summer session)

Due EOD Sunday August 7 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.

Due EOD Sunday August 7 on Perusall: Read and annotate “The Maker’s Eye.” This will get you thinking more about revising.

Due EOD Tuesday August 9 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!

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