Much of our work in class over the first four class sessions has focused on the intertwined task of building trust and understanding audience. The students need to trust me, for I am asking them to write in ways outside their experience; they need to trust each other, for they (like me) are audience to each other’s writing; and I need to trust that the students will not resist me but work with me. We have also been establishing the ground rules for the semester and orienting ourselves to the progression of the five units.
If any of you happens to look at the blogs of any of my sections, you might see a post “Would You Trust This Man?” It has a picture of someone in a turban, sunglasses and mustache. It’s part of an exercise we’ll be doing in class tomorrow about diversity and stereotypes. I realize that it might cause concern–which I will allay in class. For those who won’t be there, don’t worry: The man in the picture is me.
An unsolicited plug for the chapter Jackie sent me by Doug Downs. Read it closely and with gratitude.
At the top of this page, click on the link called “Orientation Readings for Faculty.” There are nine essays/articles for you to read before we get started on Thursday. They are grouped according to the units that we will be teaching. I tried to choose what I consider to be essential readings for each unit, and I tried to limit them to one per unit, with the exception of the Genre unit, as it’s a little more robust and complicated.
Here’s your homework assignment:
I’m asking that you write a unique blog post for each reading rather than putting them all in a single blog post. The reason for this has to do with how to use the Open Lab to manage submissions from students–we’re going to use your blog post entries to simulate a class, and I’m going to show you how to get things organized on the first day.
So for each article, I’d like you to write a new blog post. You should have nine in total when you are done. Title each post whatever you want but do me a favor and make sure to include the author’s name in the title so we can track them. Also, please use the category feature to tag the post to the appropriate author. I have created a category for each author.
For each post, choose a section of text that you found interesting/worthy of remembering and sharing. Go ahead and quote the passage you found important and then write a response to that passage below your quote. Make sure to set your quote apart so that it is easy to see the difference between the quote and your response. Consider using the “blockquote” feature in the editor to set your quote apart. All nine posts are due by our first meeting on Thursday, the 17th. I’ll be doing these with you as well.
Here’s a rough schedule of the two-day orientation
Thursday 9-12 Meeting Location: Library Computer Lab L540
9:00-10-15 OpenLab Website Creation/Discussion
10-30-12:00 Discussion of Genre, Rhetorical Situation, and Discourse Community (Bitzer, Miller, Devitt, Graff)
Thursday 1-4 Meeting Location: N227
1:00-2:15 Discussion of Literacy Narrative and Final Portfolios (Taczak & Robertson and Neal)
2:30-4:00 Discussion of Reseach/Argument (Kynard and Dirk)
Friday 9-12 Meeting Location: Library Computer Lab L540
9:00-10:30: Multimodal Texts (Shipka)
10:45-12:00 Open Discussion
I’ll be updating you with more information as I have it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave comments below.