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:
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:
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.