Section E115

Congratulations, Class. By now, all your work is done and your Final Portfolio has been uploaded to OpenLab in either WORD or pdf format according to the guide I distributed in class (you can also see it here: 1121 UNIT 5 formula).

Grades are posted on OpenLab by midnight of May 28th.


On to Unit 4: Multi-Modal. To put it simply: the Multi-Modal Project basically takes your Research and presents it in a digital genre. A video essay? A video PSA? A podcast? Your choice. Your Project doesn’t have to be polished or anywhere near perfect. In fact, you don’t have time to do anything polished. Share what you’ve got in progress next class. _If you have technical skills and are willing to help others in the class, we would be very grateful. We will probably divide into groups in order to get this done.

We will continue to discuss the format for UNIT 5 — the Final Portfolio — next class.

Here is a document describing the format for your Final Portfolio that I handed out last class:

1121 UNIT 5 formula


For the first day back from break (Apr 30) the following assignment is due for a grade. It will finish out our UNIT 2: Genre.

Printed out, in hard copy, I need:

+A hard copy example of the genre you chose to write in, clearly labeled.

+A short but clear analysis of this genre that includes at minimum, the following information: who wrote it/the speaker; the audience; the kind of community that is invested in or impacted by this writing; the purpose of this writing; some key vocabulary or language terms you might find (if any) that are common in this form of writing; the sorts of ways that people try to write effectively in this genre (feel free to go into logos, pathos, ethos here if you can or wish).

+And, finally, your writing about your topic (skill, interest) in this genre. Yes, you should already have posted these to OpenLab.They will now be graded, so: Feel free to augment or edit them in any way you feel will make them better. : ).

No recipes, please. Thank you.

Make sure your example and all the three elements are properly labeled so I can understand them. This includes your name, section #, and the like.  I would much appreciate their being stapled and fastened.

-Updates on your research project format to come. Please check back over break.

OK. Update In. Please look at the front of our website. (Direct link here). You will find a post for all sections of my 1121 classes on your upcoming Research Project. One of the WORKSHEETS is due the day we get back from Spring Break (Apr 30).


You have one reading assignment, one OpenLab post, and two writing assignments for next week, Tue Mar 10.

The Reading Assignment is: Donald Murray: Internal Revision: A Process of Discovery

Here are the questions I want you to be able to answer and discuss next class, Tue 19:

1. How does Murray define writing? What is its purpose?

2. Talk about what Murray means when he uses terms like “discovery” and “ignorance.”

3. What is “product” vs. “process”?

4. What is “internal revision”? What is “external revision?”

5. Explain, in your own words, what Murray means by the following: “content,” “form and structure,” “language.”

Your OpenLab assignment is:

Try to define genre for yourself. (You might want to re-read your essay by Kerry Dirk called “Navigating Genres” and see how she defines it; you might want to look it up…) Now,  answer the following:

Name 10 genres you encounter in your everyday life.
Name one or two that you like best and say why. Who is their audience? What sort of language do they use?
What is your understanding of the term “genre”?  Post this under Unit 2 Assignment 1
Your first writing assignment is:
Finish the Recipe you started in classPost it to OpenLab under Unit 2 Assignment 2
Your second writing assignment is:
Pick one  genre you might commonly encounter in your daily life (a few are suggested, below) and write in its style and format on the same topic (something you do well/a skill you have/something you spend a lot of time doing) as your recipe:
A TripAdvisor entry of what to do (example here)
A poem that rhymes
A Yelp review (examples here) or an Amazon review
A WikiHow entry (example here)
A letter to a friend via snail mail on actual paper
A rap or spoken word piece
Bring your first attempts of the above to share next class. You will post them shortly after.


Hi class. You have two readings for Tuesday, March 4.

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?


Assignments for Tue. 26: Hi class. Thanks for discussing how this website is formatted. Your suggestions really helped. I hope you will be checking this page from time to time for updates on all assignments! Here are your two new READING assignments. All are located in our OpenLab site under READINGS. I will also insert hotlinks, below, so you can find them quickly.

1.) “Grammar to Get Things Done” — read pages 12–27

2.) “Backpacks vs. Briefcases” by Carroll — read entire article

Please summarize these readings and tell me how they were — or were not — helpful to you. Make Observations and Notations. What new vocabulary terms did you learn from them? Please bring these notes to next class. You will then type up these notes and post them on OpenLab after we have discussed them. Links below:–backpacks-vs-briefcases.pdf


For Tues 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 above assignment and possibly do the reading, which is short, so that I can address any big questions you have next class.

Hope you had a good break! We will discuss your UNIT 1 OpenLab posts, and do some grammar and punctuation work on them during class. We can also discuss the theory readings and your written reflections thus far and how to integrate them into our next assignment and onto OpenLab. Bring your notes and questions.


Please note: We Do Not Meet Next Week. The College is closed. Your tasks for next class, Tuesday, Feb 19, will be listed here. Check back for updates. Meanwhile, your main homework tasks are as follows:

1. Post your  “fear” and “cure” writings to OpenLab.* Please type them out (no matter how fragmentary they may seem) and post them as text. Please choose Category: Assignment 1 Unit 1 when you do so. (You should already have posted your “no the” writing exercise as either a photograph or text.) 2. Please complete the following reflection, which you can download: CUNY UNIT 1 Main Reflection Spring 2019. Please bring it to class and keep an electronic copy for yourself, as we will need to upload it later 3. Look under READINGS on this website. There, you will find two articles on writing theory that we will be reading in our first UNIT: one is by Laura Carroll and the other is by Nelson Graff. You are assigned both of them. Read them now. Be prepared to discuss them. I will send you so further talking points on these articles shortly.

*I know a number of you are having difficulty logging in, posting, et al. If another student can’t help you (you should have at least one class “buddy”), please consult with an OpenLab person directly —  You can see my earlier post with their Office Hours here.