Hi Class. This is due for next class (Wed. Mar 20): While you are on the subway or bus (if you don’t commute, then just sit in any public place) listen to the sounds and dialogue you hear around you and write them down. Also, for this assignment, you may listen to what you hear inside your head and write it down. Again, this is handwritten, and due on Mar 20. You may write as long as you wish.
Extension: We didn’t have time to discuss our genre list on Monday, so your next genre assignment (mentioned below) won’t be due until Monday, Mar 25.
Hi Class. You received your reading homework, which due Mon 18, in hard copy in class. If you were not in class, the reading is also available Online here:
Donald Murray: Internal Revision: A Process of Discovery
*(Please speak with someone who was in class whenever you miss a day!) Come to class prepared to discuss this reading and your annotations.
On to your writing assignments. 1 and 2 are due next class. 1.) Write a “recipe” for how to have and otherwise successfully sustain a relationship (love, marriage, good friend — try to pick something truly close to you and your heart). This is due in handwritten draft for next class, Mon 18.
2.) Post the recipe you already wrote about something you do well to OpenLab. When you post, choose Category Unit 2 Assignment 2. Due: Mon. 18
3.) Not for Monday, but by Wed 20, you will have another piece of writing to do. Here are its parameters: You will write about a skill/interest/something you do well (just like RECIPE 1). This time you won’t write it as a recipe, but in a genre you encounter in your everyday life but in which you rarely write. I will give you a few examples, below, to get you thinking and brainstorming:
….what do you suggest we add to the list? What do you encounter every day? We will discuss this genre list and your assignment further on Monday.
Hi Class. This is due next class, Wed. March 13: Write a “recipe” of something you do well: a sport, a hobby, anything. Be as creative as you wish. This is due in handwritten form by next class. Remember: class participation is 15% of your grade.
+Were you not in class? Are you confused? We discussed the genre of the recipe in class — its basic components (a list of materials/ingredients/necessary objects; a set of tasks or actions that are performed and how), its general format (clear, concise, step-by-step), its general purpose (to show someone. how to do something well, in a way that anyone can understand). Recipes are easily found Online. Feel free to look them up. If you want an example of what you can do, well, I just wrote a Recipe on Teaching. You can see it here: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/schmerlereng1121e106spring2019/2019/03/11/teaching-a-recipe-by-prof-s/
Hi class. You have two readings for Monday, March 3.
Reading 1 is the Chapter called “Shitty First Drafts” in author Annie Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird. Below is a free pdf of the entire book, and you can click on the appropriate chapter:
After completing Reading 1 please answer the following and post your responses in OpenLab. 1) How many drafts do you typically make of a paper/piece of writing? Do you write a “down draft,” an “up draft,” and a “dental draft” like Lamott says? Were you surprised at her chapter’s title? Do you think you will have to change the way you write a lot if you decide to write a “shitty first draft”?
Your responses for Reading 1 should be posted to OpenLab under the category UNIT 2: Assignment 1.
Reading 2 is an article called “Navigating Genres” by a professor named Kerry Dirk. The link is here: Navigating Genres.
After completing Reading 2, please answer the following in writing. You can write in your notebooks for now, but be ready to post your responses to OpenLab under the same category soon after our next class:
1) This article (though somewhat old) mentions Facebook posts as a kind of genre. Can you briefly describe how comfortable you feel composing a piece of writing in this genre? Do you feel more comfortable than someone much older than you — your Grandmother, for instance? Why do you think this older person might not write as well in Facebook as you do? What are some of the mistakes they might make? 2) Dirk gives a few examples of titles in The Onion (a newspaper that was founded in 1988 at a college, btw). What was your favorite title? 3) On page 258, Dirk describes the rules we carry around in our head before we start writing in a particular genre. What are some of the rules you carry around in your head? Is there a particular genre in which you struggle to write?
Giving you an extension on the “Freedom”/Malcolm X paper: Mar. 1. See you in the Library on Wed. 27.
Quick announcement — On Wednesday, Feb 27, we will meet outside the Library for our Library Instruction Hour. Do not come to the classroom that day.
Please check this page regularly for other updates. Now, on to our work…
Assignments due Mon. Feb 25: Write a short summary/ reaction to both the articles you read (by Laura Carroll and Nelson Graff) — why you liked or didn’t like them. What you learned. Particularly, in the Carroll article, what TERMS or other vocabulary concerning writing did you learn? Had you known them before? Please Post them to OpenLab under the category MID PROCESS REFLECTION — REFLECTION UNIT 1
For Mon 19: Here is your first formal essay assignment. It has a reading component and a set of notes and lots of information, so please download it here: CUNY 1121 D439 UNIT 1 ASSIGNMENT 2 2019
It would be great if you could familiarize yourself with the assignment and possibly do the reading, which is short, so that I can address any questions next class. Hope you had a good break!
For Wed., Feb 13: Write a short summary/ reaction to both the articles you read — why you liked or didn’t like them. What you learned. Particularly, in the Carroll article, what TERMS or other vocabulary concerning writing did you learn? Had you known them before?
Also: You must read/watch/listen to one Influence from another person in your group.
Your next tasks for class, Monday (Feb 11) are as follows: 1.) Make your list of main influences (books, movies, songs, et al) as we described in class. We will discuss it; keep an electronic copy of this list for yourself as you will be adding to it. (Be prepared to post it, or elements from it, to OpenLab by Wednesday.) 2.) Be prepared to share what you wrote in your Reflection on Unit 1. We will post these to OpenLab shortly. 3.) Be prepared to discuss the readings by Laura Carroll and Nelson Graff. You may be asked to write about them during class time.
REMINDER: There is no school Feb 18.
Your next tasks for Wednesday (Feb 6) are: 1. Post your “fear” and “cure” writing to OpenLab.* Please choose Category: Assignment 1 Unit 1 when you do so. 2. Please complete the following reflection, which you can download: CUNY UNIT 1 Main Reflection Spring 2019. You should be able to discuss it in class on Wednesday. 3. Begin two Theoretical Readings, which you must complete by next Monday. If time permits, I would like to discuss them on Wednesday. You can find them under READINGS on this website. They are the articles by Laura Carroll and Nelson Graff.
*I know a number of you are having difficulty logging in, posting, et al. If another student can’t help you, please consult with an OpenLab person directly — You can see my previous post with their Office Hours here.