On Wednesday, January 25, we will…


  • Sign up for OpenLab site and join this course.
  • Review the class sitebe sure to read the introduction to the course, look over the syllabus, and open and review all course tabs/sections.
  • Review: “Tips for Success” on “The OpenLab for Students.” (Hover over the titles–the links are embedded!)

During and after class, students will WRITE about Core Values

  • Write three short paragraphs about the following:
  • Paragraph 1: Define one of your core values. What does the importance of this value in your life say about you?
    • Examples of core values: being creative, family, friendships, political engagement, independence, gaining knowledge, athletic ability, community, culture, music, spiritual or religious values, sense of humor. (Feel free to name one that isn’t listed–these are just a few!)
  • Paragraph 2: How does this value relate to your goals for the future?
  • Paragraph 3: How will improving your writing and communication skills help you achieve these goals?
  • Start writing these paragraphs and be ready to post whatever you’ve written so far on OpenLab on MONDAY. Title it Full Name, Core Values and save it under Introductory Work.
    • We’ll talk in class about how to post assignments next session, but if you want to get it done early, here’s a tutorial that will guide you. (You have to have registered and joined this class before you can create a post!)

Before class (aka “homework”) on Monday, January 30, READ & WATCH…

During class, we’ll DISCUSS the following questions (keep these questions in mind as you read and watch)…

  • In Amy Tan’s ‘Mother Tongue,’ Tan writes, “Recently, I was made keenly aware of the different Englishes I do use.”
    • What are these different Englishes; when, where and how does she use them?
    • What does this piece illustrate about Tan’s responsibility to and feelings about her different communities and the way she moves between these groups?
    • Who do you think would benefit or be interested in reading this piece? Why?
  • In Lisa Beasley’s “What is Code Switching?” she defines “code switching” through examples.
    • Can you think of situations where you’ve found yourself “code switching”?
    • Why does Beasley “code switch”? Why have you?
    • How is this similar/different to Tan’s “Englishes” and the motivation behind this switch?
    • Who do you think would benefit or be interested in watching this piece? Why?