Week 5: Monday, 3/1 – Friday, 3/5

If you did not get to finish your free writing in class, here are the instructions from I had put in the chat—you may want to finish class work as a way of preparing to work on the assignments for Week 5:

Free write for 15-20 mins.

Imagine you have met someone who is outside your discourse community. Who this audience is, is up to you. But, you want to convince them of the importance of the issue you’ve identified. Free write about what you would say about your issue or problem. Include all the details you can think of related to this issue or problem:

  • Who is affected and how?
  • What are some of the effects of this problem? Give examples.
  • Also include other important and relevant information to help someone on the outside of your discourse community see and understand the problem.
  • Who are the people with power who could help to create change?

Working with the free write. Take 15-20 minutes to do the following:

  1. Read through and decide what information seems useful and worth using in the letter or speech you will be writing. Underline and highlight the useful parts..
  2. Write for yourself a few sentences explaining which model you are choosing (the letter or speech) and why. How do you think this specific genre will help you to make your argument?
  3. Create either an outline or a summary organizing your thoughts. This outline or summary should state your main point and how you will make your

Tuesday, 3/2 (asynchronous: work due on our class site by 11:59 pm)


WRITING: Drafting

  • Look at the research you did on the problem in your discourse community, and find a quote you might use to support the argument you are making in your letter or speech. Be sure to use the “quote sandwich” technique and cite using MLA style. If you need help with either quoting or citing, refer to Purdue OWL’s “MLA Style Introduction.” You may also make an appointment with the City Tech Writing Center for help at any stage of the drafting process: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/writingcenter/.
  • Work on your draft.
    • Review Unit 1 assignment guidelines
    • Use the freewriting from class on Thursday 2/25 to help you get started.
    • Write your draft in a Google doc if at all possible. This is the format in which I will ask you to hand in your essay.
  • You are not posting your draft, but you may use virtual office hours and email to check in and ask questions.

Thursday, 3/4 (synchronous session)

Classwork: Drafting

  • We will continue working on your drafts of Unit 1 during our virtual Zoom class session.
  • Bring as complete a draft as possible to class. Have a google link that you can share ready. We will use this to continue drafting, for peer review, and to conference with me if you have questions.
  • Here is the link for class: