3 thoughts on “ENG1101 Unit 2 and Unit 3 (Drafts from Josh B.)

  1. Alison Lowenstein-Isaacs

    You do a fantastic job with scaffolding. I love the idea of the mini portfolio and how you unfold your assignments. I also like the formatting of the Q & A section about drafting, etc. This is quite detailed and is makes an ideal assignment sheet for an online class.

    I was under the assumption that we shouldn’t suggest multimodal projects for the final paper for 1101. I noticed that you had a few noted under genres (vlogs, songs, photo essays, etc.). The only multimodal suggestion I had used for 1101 was the speech. I also wasn’t aware that the students could repurpose the literacy narrative. When you read mine (sorry I posted in 2 & 3 because I am always making things hard for people:)), I suggested the students build off of the research report.

    I love the language you use. It’s nurturing and inspires students to be creative and have agency over their own work. Good job!


  2. Carrie Hall

    Josh, I like this a lot, and as usual, you do a great job with scaffolding. One thing I wonder, though is about the products you’re asking students to produce here. Do you have examples in THIS genre? That is, do you have examples of an article or essay that compares 3 texts in the same genre? They may be confused about what you are asking them to do.

    Who is the audience and what is the purpose of THEIR paper, I guess is what I’m asking.

    1. Carrie Hall

      Just a little addendum to my comment in thinking about the genre you’re asking students to write in. Firs t of all, talk to me if that doesn’t make sense to you, but you’ll want to show them some examples of what you’re looking for. I don’t personally know any examples of a genre analysis essay in the wild. I’m not saying they don’t exist though– and if you know one, send it to me.

      That said, I’ve had some good luck in the past with having students write a genre how-to. That is, they study various examples of a genre, and then they write a paper about how to write in that genre.

      The main quandary I have now (besides how to spell “quandary. ” That took me wayyy too long) is why you would NOT have them write in one of the genres they chose for Unit 2 in Unit 3? That seems like a huge amount of wasted work to me. One option might be that they could write in someone else’s genre (like they learn from someone else’s paper!) I can see some logistical issues with that of course, if everyone chooses one genre, but I think restarting in unit three kind of undoes all your great scaffolding in unit 2.

      Great working with you! Let me know if I can help.


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