English Composition II

Author: Prof. Edelson (Page 2 of 9)


Hello ENG 1121 Students!  Please note that Spring Break has sprung.

As usual this time of year, many of you have been doing every single weekly assignment and turned in both Unit 1 and Unit 2 projects.

Some of you may  have fallen behind.  Be in touch with me over the break to work out a plan to catch up.  I am here for you!  Email me and let’s set up a meeting.  I am happy to look over papers, weekly projects, etc.

For those of you who are way ahead of the game, CONGRATULATIONS!  Have a wonderful break and reach out if you need anything.

I am so proud of each and every one of you!  College is a great challenge and you are all facing it in your unique way.

In the last part of the semester, I will be offering a ton of office hours and writing sessions.  Please try to make some of them, and come ready to get personalized help and responses to your work.  Or come and write beside me!  We will get through this together.

That’s all for this week!  Enjoy the break!


Prof. Edelson

Week 11: April 11-14. 

OFFICE HOURS:  I am here for you and I want to help.  Please let me!

If you have not come to office hours for awhile, you need to attend this week.  I will be giving out grades, answering questions about the Unit 3 project, and responding to questions like “How am I doing?”  “Can I still hand this in?” and the like.

In the spirit of having high attendance, I will offer office hours at 6PM on Tuesday, 12PM (noon) on Wednesday, and 9AM on Thursday.  If you cannot make any of those times, please tell me in an email what day/time  you can attend, and I will see if I can set something up for you.

Remember these sessions do not last long, but they can really help.

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If you don’t know what you made on a paper, you can go to the post and find a reply and a grade. If you don’t see one, you need to let me know.  A couple of my replies and grades were not there after I posted them so I want to make sure you are all getting feedback.  For the final project, you will need these responses to rewrite and rework your Unit projects for the final portfolio.

HW Day One: 

WRITE a proposal of at least 200 words (not including schedule) for your Unit 3 project. This proposal should include:

  • Your audience
  • Your main point (has this changed from your Unit 2 main point?)
  • The genre of your Unit 3 project– and why this is the best genre to reach your audience?
  • A plan– what do you need to work with this new technology? What will you need to learn? Where will you find these resources?
  • A schedule. You will have four homework nights to finish this project (due week 15 day 1).  Only ONE of these days (Week 13 Day Two) am I giving you homework. The rest of the time, you need to organize your time. Please write out a schedule for completing this project. Do you need to research the technology? Draw? Do more interviews? Etc…
  • All proposals must be approved by me! 

HW Day Two:  You schedule your own goals for what you’d like to accomplish over Spring Break. Remember that these projects are often quite time consuming, so make sure you set a achievable and reasonable goal.

The schedule should be posted in the same document with your proposal.  So for this week, there will be only one post from you.

Week 10: April 4-April 8

HW Day One: 

WRITE (at least 300 words): Look over what you wrote for Unit Two. 

  • What is the MOST important thing you learned in your Unit Two research? Why? (Write these things down.) 
  • Now, of the five groups mentioned in the Unit Three assignment sheet, who do you think needs to know about this “important thing” from your Unit Two project the most? Why? 
  • How do you think you could best reach this group? A video essay? A TED Talk? A Comic Book? Why is this the best medium for your message? 
  • Lastly,  take a moment to reflect on your Unit 2 article. What do you think you did well? What do you wish you had done better? What will you improve upon for the final portfolio?

HW Day Two: 


READ AND ANNOTATE:  Melanie Gagich “Multimodal Composing”  (just read pages 65-76)

WRITE: Do you think it’s important to have a multimodal component in writing classes? What does “multimodality” mean to you? And, most importantly, what are your specific plans for Unit 3 (Due Day 1 Week 15). How do you think the multimodal component will help you reach your audience?

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