Didactic panels

Due: by the time the layout team is meeting on Thursday!

For our Learning Community poster, students will represent their Humument project with one or two pieces, plus didactic panels for each. We discussed what didactic panels are: short notes that aim to teach the viewers about the work of art and the materials, techniques, and ideas that were used to create it.

In writing your didactics, aim to write one or two paragraphs, approximately 150 words to start (we can adjust), that use the terminology from Graphic Design to describe what you have created.

Didactics are written in third person.

One example we looked at was from Maxime Rossi’s Père Lachaise, 2010.

We also read a description of didactic panels.

Writing about sources

As we build our annotated bibliography and draw on the sources we have collectively included, we need to figure out how to incorporate them into Project #3’s pitch. Look at some examples from Gerald Graff and Stephanie Birkenstein’s writing resource, They Say, I Say to see how they recommend writing about sources. In particular, check out the templates for “Capturing Authorial Action,” “Introducing Quotations,” and “Explaining Quotations,” which you can find in this PDF copy of a section of their book, pages 165-167.

ENG 1101 Project #3 peer review and annotated bibliography

Peer review:

Choose a Project #3 draft from our site. Read the first paragraph. In a comment, let the author know:

  1. Is it clear what the theme of the route is?
  2. What is the thesis statement?

If you can’t tell from the first paragraph, keep reading. Let the author know where in the draft you understand 1 and 2.

Annotated bibliography:





Add to our shared Annotated Bibliography. Follow the instructions posted there.

Writing a Persuasive Argument

Your second assignment: the pitch

Now that you’ve decided on the route, write a persuasive argument for beta testers of the app to convince them that they would want to take your proposed walk, and what the reward or rewards will be for that extra investment of time and effort. This should be approximately 750-900 words. Due M 11/9 for peer review

How do we organize a persuasive argument?

Eliminating most sounds by occupying quiet environments lead to a more relaxed route.

Rather than taking the traditional route, a quieter route that leads app users through X, Y, and Z can offer app users a more relaxed experience.

Although walking along Jay street is the fastest way to get from the A/C/F/R station to City Tech, a route that passes A, B, and C would be a better way to start the day because it offers app users beautiful inspiration.

ENG Project #2 in our Humuments

Ideas for how to represent Project #2 in our Humument projects:

  • opposites: represent good guy/bad guy (characters)
  • opposites: words (could relate to overlap in Project #2, could not)
  • 2 different pieces of artwork (different styles/principles) overlap on the page
  • overlapping language: maybe cross-crossing of the connecting lines that connect the words; leave some of the old page visible to convey the overlap of old and new; use some of the same words for both, even the same instances of those words
  • use space to represent the overlapping locations: large and small
  • use color, value, line, etc to represent the overlap
  • use of space: on the page we have words, maybe illustrations, page number, title on one page and maybe author or chapter title on the other in the header, color of the paper, margins. can we use margins to represent part of the overlap? facing pages? back-to-back pages–with ink bleeding through?
  • addition/subtraction: see through to the next page to represent the overlap? add words from one page to another
  • do you cross the threshold of the margin?

For Wednesday: bring in your book or sample pages to draft your Project#2-oriented Humument pages; final version by Monday 11/2

Annotating our reading: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UPbSIXA3-bF6g-7gqPNszGJh7y0S20tOccfSHitGTO4/edit?usp=sharing

ENG 1101 Project #2 Process

You’ve finished your revision of Project #2–how did you get here? Write a post (Category ENG 1101 Project #2, Tag Phase 3: Develop, plus any tags you want) in which you reflect on your process. You will want to address some or all of the following:

  • how did you know what you wanted to include?
  • how did you refine what you included?
  • how did you determine what to eliminate?
  • how did you figure out the project’s organization?
  • what did your classmate’s feedback do for your work process?
  • what did reading your classmate’s project and giving feedback do for your work process?
  • how much time did you spend brainstorming? outlining? drafting? revising? polishing?

ENG 1101 Project #2 Cover Letter

Please write me a letter addressing the following questions in any order you like. I will then write a letter to you to provide feedback on your work.

  • What are you most proud of in Project #2?
  • What challenged you the most in Project #2?
  • If you had more time, what would you change?
  • If you could have changed the assignment, how would you have changed it? What would you insist on not changing?
  • Is there anything else I should know about your work or about you as a writer or as a student?

ENG 1101: Incorporating quotations

why use outside materials?

  • get to know them better
  • think more deeply about our own work
  • quotation can help you explain your point better
  • bring in someone else’s point of view, whether they agree or disagree
  • gives reader more depth about the subject
  • shows you did more work, did your research
  • gives the author authority
  • important to do it properly
  • too much might diminish author’s authority
  • too much can be confusing
  • if you don’t do anything with the material, it’s a waste
  • keep in mind your goal–to make a claim, not to dump data into a file.
  • gives a sense of the voice of the source

how do we incorporate outside materials?

  • quotation fits into the sentence
  • quotation fits into the sentence with the addition of a colon (to show this is an example; to show multiple examples)
  • longer quotation (more than 4 lines): block format: according to MLA style, we indent the block 1″ on the left, 0″ on the right, no italics
  • (consider how long is too long for quotations–do you really need a block quotation for this project?)
  • no dropped quotations! Quotations can’t be their own sentence! incorporate it into another sentence, using joining words or punctuation.
  • we might use just one word or short phrase to incorporate the source author’s vocabulary, concepts, or terms
  • quotations can help build a narrative
  • Shorten long quotations: use an ellipsis. The quotation still needs to make sense grammatically. “Butchie, guess what? I had a dream last night about us having a baby…I guess the dream belonged to you, too”
  • Quotation inside quotation: use single quotation marks inside, double outside. Exception: in block format, start with double for inside quotation.
  • Use parenthetical citations to indicate where the quotation comes from. Use author’s last name and page (if available), or just author’s name, or just title if no author is given. Include it before the punctuation at the end of the sentence but after the quotation marks. “Like this” (Rosen). For more examples, read this from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  • Use a Works Cited list to acknowledge all of the sources you used. For the purposes of Project #2, you can copy from our Readings list.


ENG 1101 Classwork: Thesis statements and outlines

The purpose of identifying this juxtaposition is to observe how Duffield Street’s older buildings mesh with the rest of MetroTech by virtue of sharing a common set of New Yorkers.

Although Duffield Street represents an older New York than the MetroTech development, by occupying the same space, they attract a common set of New Yorkers who benefit from their diverse offerings.

  • different buildings
  • different people
  • different offerings
  • comparison

Block format–all about one, then all about the other plus comparison

  1. Duffield Buildings–describe
  2. Who uses them
  3. For what purposes
  4. Metrotech buildings–describe
  5. who uses them
  6. for what purposes
  7. JUXTAPOSITION (either 7 or throughout 4, 5, and 6)

New outline: Point-by-point comparison

  1. Buildings–
    1. Duffield;
    2. Metrotech
  2. Uses–
    1. Duffield;
    2. Metrotech
  3. People–
    1. Duffield;
    2. Metrotech

ENG 1101 Classwork: Will Self and Project #2 drafting

To continue drafting and developing Project #2, please share with the class what your project is about. We will use that statement as a draft of a thesis statement.

We will also review Charles McGrath’s New York Times article, “A Literary Visitor Strolls in from the Airport,” and annotate a copy of it.