Student Schedule

Note: this is here just to give you a general idea of the semester’s schedule. Homework dates are subject to change but major assignment dates (highlighted in grey ) should stay put.  Also, more detailed descriptions of assignments and links can be found on the home page of our class website!  ALWAYS double-check the website for updates and details!

 

Week 1: Jan 29-Feb 6 Getting to know each other

Day One HW: 

  1. Watch “(un)Learning my Name” by Mohamed Hassan and read Zayn Malik and the Songs that Bring us to Prayer”  by Hanif Abdurraqib
  2. Write a post responding to Hassan and Abdurraqib on OpenLab. 

Day Two HW:

  1. Comment on at least three of your peers’ name posts.  
  2. Read and Annotate: “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn. 
  3. Write  Post about Mike Bunn article

Week 2: Feb 7-13 Getting Started on Unit One 

Day One HW: 

  1.  Read the first 7 pages of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (this is the prologue, all about the word “fuku.”) Don’t forget to read the footnotes! 
  2. Write a blog post of at least 300 words about Oscar Wao on Open Lab 

Day Two HW:

  1. Read “Understanding Discourse Communities”  by Dan Melzer and answer the questions your professor has asked on Perusall. 
  2. Choosing a Discourse Community that you are a member of, answer the questions on page 111 of the text and post on the blog.  

Week 3: Feb 14-20 First Drafts!

HW Day One:

  1. Read and annotate: “Tell ‘Em All to come and get me: A Year of Being ‘Alright’”  by Hanif Abdurraqib. 
  2. Finish up the scene you wrote in class today. Make sure it is at least two (clearly defined) paragraphs.

HW Day Two: 

  1. READ: “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott 
  2. Write and post a  Less Sh*&ty First Draft of UNIT ONE. (Make sure you look at the assignment sheet so you know what I’m looking for!) 
  3. Write a short Reviewer’s Memo that you add at the end of the Draft.

Week 4: Feb 21-27: Finishing Unit One and Starting Unit Two

HW  Day One: 

Finish Unit One: At Least 1000 words

HW Day Two: 

(Unit One due!)

Pick one of the following articles (whichever interests you the most) to read and annotate: 

  • Vox “The Year We Gave up on Privacy” 
  • The Atlantic: “I’m Not Black I’m Kanye”
  • Science News: “How Coronavirus Stress May Scramble Our Brains” 
  • The Cut: “Is Marriage Obsolete?” 
  • Sports Illustrated: “Why I’m Behind the Athletes’ Bill of Rights”

 Write a blog post of at least 300 words responding  to your article


Week 5: Feb 28-March 6: Finalizing topics and starting research for Unit Two

HW Day One:

Brainstorm ideas for Unit Two on Open Lab (at least 400 words) 

HW Day Two:

Unit Two Proposal Due 


Week Six: March 7-13: Finding Mentor Texts 

HW Day One:

Gather and annotate at least two sources.  Write a brief summary (150 words or so) of each source.  

HW Day Two:

Pick one of the articles we looked at in week four (from Vox, the Atlantic, Science News, etc…) to be your “mentor text” for this unit. If you don’t like any of the following articles, you can pick one of your own (approx 2500 words and well-researched), but it needs to be approved by me. Do a reverse outline of one of these articles.


Week 7: March 14-20 Research

Hw Day One: 

  1.  Finish research (at least one more source– annotate and write 150 word summary)
  2. Start working on your rough draft. 

HW Day Two: 

Using the reverse outline you wrote for your mentor text last week as a guideline, write a rough draft of your article.  At least 1200 words


Week 8: March 21-26 Polishing it up. 

HW Day One: 

  1. Go through your rough draft and annotate paragraph by paragraph it like Hsiao did HERE
  2. Write a 2-3 paragraph plan for revision

HW Day Two: 

Finish Unit 2 Article (due when you return from Spring Break!)


March 27-April 4 Spring Break !


Week 9: April 5-10 Starting Unit Three

Remember! Unit 2 is due when you return from Spring Break! 

HW Day One: 

  1. Read:  “Documenting all the Small Things that are Easily Lost.” 
  2. do the assignment described in the article above.  

HW Day Two:  

Write a proposal for Unit 3.  


Week 10: April 11-17: Multimodal Mentor Texts 

HW Day One:

  1. Find a mentor text for the genre you’d like to compose in that you can learn from and emulate. 
  2. Post an analysis of your mentor text 

HW Day Two: 

  1. Start working on your project!
  2. Post evidence of progress on your project

Week 11: April 18-24: Unit Three. And Revision! 

HW Day One: 

  1. Keep working on Unit Three.  But also:
  2. Bring in your Portrait of a Word paper. We’re going to talk about revision. Read my comments on that paper and your peers’ comments on that paper! 

HW Day Two: 

Compose a rough draft of Unit Three. 


Week 12: April 25- May 1: More Unit Three. More Revision. 

HW Day One: 

  1. Finish Unit Three!
  2. Bring Essay Two to the next class.

HW Day Two: Finish unit three!! 


Week 13: May 2- 8: Finishing up the semester

UNIT THREE DUE!!

HW Day One: 

  1. Read what you wrote in week one in response to Mike Bunn
  2. Write a note to your beginning-of-the-semester self. Post on website
  3. Check in online about how revision is going 

HW Day Two: 

  1.  Post a Draft of your Final Reflection.  
  2. Keep working on your portfolio!

Week 14: May 9-15: Last week

HW: 

Just work on those final portfolios (including the final reflection, which is worth 10% of your grade!)  DUE ____.

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