Schedule: Class topics, readings, homework assignments, and project due dates are subject to change. This online schedule will be the most up-to-date version.
|Date||Schedule of Classes:||Homework|
|1- W 9/2:||Introduction to Ways of Seeing: Adventures with Image and Text
Course Site Introduction
|Register for the OpenLab and join our course.
Introduce yourself on our site by adding a comment according to the guidelines posted there.
Read excerpt from “The Tool” in Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and add a comment in response to the post on our site.
|2- M 9/8:||Introduction to Blogging and the Glossary
Project #1 assigned
|Set up your ePortfolio.
Write a comment in response to the homework post about avatars (instructions on our course site).
Read everyone’s comments, and comment on at least 2 classmates’ posts.
Read through the middle of p. 16 in Ways of Seeing by John Berger
|3- W 9/10:||Project #1 outline and brainstorm due
Writing workshop for Project #1
|Write a post reflecting on the process of receiving—and offering—critiques on Project #1.
Draft of Project #1 due online by Friday.
Read selection from Ways of Seeing by John Berger.
|4- M 9/15:|| What is a summary?
Handout: Writing a Summary
|Read “City Limits” by Colson Whitehead.Complete peer review for classmates’ drafts.|
|5- W 9/17:||Discuss “City Limits”||Revise Project #1.
Write a post summarizing “City Limits”; offer feedback on your classmates’ summaries via comments.
|6- M 9/22:||Project #1 due Project #2 assigned||Field Trip to Center for Book ArtsWrite Project #1 ReflectionRead “The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found” by Colson Whitehead.
Write a post considering Whitehead’s revision and your experience revising as you worked on Project #1.Begin work on Project #2
|W 9/24:||No classes scheduled|
|7- M 9/29:||Project #2 brainstorming session
Discuss Steinberg’s map: Examine “View of the World from 9th Avenue” (and cover version) by Saul Steinberg.
|Write a post and comment on your classmates’ posts describing your chosen location for Project #2 and how to get there.
Add your chosen location to our map.
|8- W 10/1:||Continue reviewing summary, Project #2 brainstorm.||Write a post about the BRIC field trip, and comment on your classmates’ posts.
Work on Project #2.
|9- M 10/6:||Discussion on photography
Draft of Project #2 due electronically by the start of class
|Read “The Boston Photographs” by Nora Ephron, and then examine the related photographs.     
Write a post considering the ethics of photographs in the media, bringing in any related examples.
|10- W 10/8:||Ursula Schwerin Library visit, A540: meet outside the library in the Atrium building
Annotated bibliography on photography.
|Read selection from On Photography by Susan Sontag and Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes.Write a post sharing what you learned in the library session, and include at least one question.
Reply to at least two questions from your classmates.
Follow up on Annotated Bibliography.
|M 10/13:||School Closed—no classes|
|11-W 10/15:||Discussion of library session.
Continue work on annotated bibliography.
Discussion on photography texts.
|Write a post considering one aspect of photography raised by the readings.|
|12-M 10/20:||Project #2 dueDiscussion on photography||Read Charles McGrath, “A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport.”
Annotate your copy and bring it to class on 10/22.
|13-W 10/22:||Annotating a text: “A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport”Review: how to write a timed essay||Prepare for the Midterm Exam: Read and review article and post a one-paragraph summary.
Use the blog to ask questions as you study
|14-M 10/27:||Project #3: Midterm Exam||Read “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?” by Lex Berko.
Mark up the text with your reactions and ideas to bring to class.
|15-W 10/29:||Project #4 brainstormDiscuss design aesthetics, “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?”||Read “The Happiest and Saddest Places in New York City, According to Twitter” by Ben MerchantWrite a post summarizing “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful” in one paragraph. In another paragraph in the same post, reflect on what your preferences would be for a route that is not the shortest.|
|16-M 11/3:||Brainstorming about your happiest and saddest places in New York.Discuss geolocation, happiness, and Twitter.||Write a post condensing your thoughts about Project #4, getting as specific as possible; comment on your classmates’ posts.Read Jennifer Egan, “Reading Lucy” and selected Lucy Kolkin letters.Write a post about your happiest place in New York based on your in-class brainstorm. Pin your happiest place on our map.|
|17-W 11/5:||Discuss “Reading Lucy”Incorporating source materialsDiscuss archival materials||Work on Project #4 in response to the ideas in Berko and Merchant. Comment on two students’ postsRead maps handout from BHSWrite a post that in one paragraph summarizes “Reading Lucy,” using 2 quotations from the text, and in another reflects on the archival materials supplied on the blog.|
|18-M 11/10:||Field trip to Brooklyn Historical Society: Maps and Images||In a post, write an update about Project #4, and comment on your classmates’ posts|
|19-W 11/12:||Project #4 assignment||Continue working on Project #4, and write a post about your process of deciding on your approach to the walk.|
|20-M 11/17:||Discuss Midterm Exam and reading.Writing workshop for Project #4.||Work on Project #4-Route|
|21-W 11/19:||Continue discussion of incorporating sources. Discussion of MLA conventionsProject #4-Route due||Work on Project #4-Pitch|
|22-M 11/24:||Project #4-Pitch dueProject #4-Group Meeting (presentations)||Take your peer’s walk and write the review of their Project #4.|
|23-W 11/26:||Project #4-Review due|| Read “A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences” by Juanna Summers.
Look through other examples: “A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels” on Pop Chart LabContinue working on Project #4
|24-M 12/1:||Image and text: diagramming sentences||Post a one-paragraph summary of “A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences” by Juanna Summers.
Read selections on Tom Phillips’s A Humument and other book art
Continue working on Project #4
|25-W 12/3:||Image and text: Book Art||Write a post about your image and text experiment, including images of your experiment.Continue working on Project #4|
|26-M 12/8:||Project #4-Revised Pitch due (and Self-Evaluation due by the end of the day)Project #5 assigned
Project #5 writing workshop
|Write a post as part of Project #5|
|27-W 12/10:||Presentation of Image and text experiments||Write a post reflecting on the oral component of the image and text project.Peer feedback/critique on Project #5|
|28-M 12/15:||Project #5 dueReview for Project #6, Final Exam, without discussing the reading||Study for the final exam.
Ask questions and share advice for the final exam via the OpenLab.
|29-W 12/17:||Project #6: Final Exam||Prepare for final review and critique.|
|30-M 12/22:||Conclusions: Final Reviews and Critiques||Spring classes begin January 28, 2015. Enjoy the break!|