NOTE: All reading assignments for this course will be available in the packets I will hand out in class, which you are expected to bring to each meeting. When possible, I’ve provided links to online versions of the reading assignments in the calendar below. I believe reading online can enhance your experience in this class but will expect you to read on paper (in the packets) as a required part of this course.
There will be a total of 3 reading packets: 2 packets of articles and 1 containing Grammar work. Assignments below marked “GB” are in the Grammar Book.
|M 8/27||Media Analysis. Review OpenLab site, Syllabus, Course Calendar, & Intros (in pairs, as a group).|
|W 8/29||Sign up for OpenLab & join the course site via my OpenLab courses. Access Essay 1 Assignment and Course Notes document.
Read Wortham, “My Selfie…” ; “Sentence Writing (part one)” (GB); and “Narration.”
In class: “Active Reading Outline.”
|M 9/3||No class.|
|W 9/5||Read Turkle, “The Empathy Gap” (excerpt) and Bunn, “How to Read…” In class: Discuss blog entries, how “online identity” can be more than a “selfie”.|
|Th 9/6||Read “Triptych: Texas Pool Party” by Namwali Serpell and “Subject-Verb Agreement (GB)” and “Verb Tense (GB)”|
|M 9/10||No class.|
|W 9/12||Read Turkle, “Romance” and read “Quoting and Paraphrasing.” In-class: paraphrasing and quotation workshop.|
|M 9/17||Library workshop during Lab Hour. Go to 4th floor Atrium.|
|W 9/19||No class.|
|M 9/24||Read Walzer, “A Freudian Analysis of Sexting” and “Coordination and Subordination (GB)”.
Photos of notebook (in-class writing assignments) due via e-mail.
Lab workshop: Using Google Docs Collaboratively
|W 9/26||Conferences and film screening : Kriegman and Steinberg, Weiner (2016)
Essay 1 Outline (hard copy) due in class.
|M 10/1||Conferences and in-class workshop.
Essay 1 (draft) due. Print and bring to class. Also share and submit Google Doc link prior to class.
|W 10/3||Read Smith, “Addiction to the Internet ‘is an illness’” and “Definition”|
|M 10/8||No class.|
|W 10/10||Read Lane, “Addicted to Addiction” and Graf, “Yes, No, OK, But…”|
|M 10/15||Read Thompson, “Texting isn’t the First Technology Thought to Impair Social Skills” and “Run-On Sentences” (GB; last part of “Sentence Writing”)|
|W 10/17||Grammar Test #1|
|M 10/22||Read Introduction to Summary Writing.
Print, read, and bring in your research article. Grammar Test Review & Midterm Prep.
|W 10/24||MIDTERM EXAM. Bring your print copy of your research article to class.
ESSAY 1 REVISION DUE. Share and submit Google Docs link via this online form. Here are Instructions for formatting and submitting drafts.
|M 10/29||Read Essay 2 Assignment Sheet. Also read Paruolo, Writing a Research Paper and Developing a Research Question. Begin reading Naughton, “We’re All Being Mined for Data”
Lab: Read Organizing Research and Research Notes.
|W 10/31||Finish reading Naughton, “We’re All Being Mined for Data”. Also read Paruolo, Conducting Research, Databases, Keywords and Searching, Assessing Sources|
|M 11/5||Begin Reading, “The Anxieties of Big Data” by Kate Crawford.
Complete several Project 2 article searches using online Library Databases.
|W 11/7||Finish reading “The Anxieties of Big Data” by Kate Crawford.
Read Nijhuis, “The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention.”
|M 11/12||Begin reading “Rape Culture and the Feminist Politics of Social Media” by Carrie Rentschler. Also skim “Explaining Quotations” by Gerald Graff. In class: Group workshop on reading and writing about scholarly articles.|
|W 11/14||Finish “Rape Culture and the Feminist Politics of Social Media” by Carrie Rentschler.
In class: Group workshop on reading and writing about scholarly articles.
|M 11/19||Read “Academe’s Poisonous Call-Out Culture,” by Suzanna Walters. Also read: “Planting A Naysayer in Your Text” by Gerald Graff.|
|W 11/21||Read “The Space Between Mourning and Grief” by Claire Wilmot. In class: Student Presentations of Project 2 Research.
–Photos of notebook (in-class writing assignments) due via e-mail.
|M 11/26||Conferences & group work on Essay 2.|
|W 11/28||Conferences and in-class workshop on MLA formatting.
Essay 2 (draft) due. Print and bring to class. Also share and submit Google Doc link prior to class.
|M 12/3||Read Sedaris, “Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa.” Review Essay 3 assignment. Student Presentations of Project 2.|
|W 12/5||Read Naylor, “A Word’s Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It.”
In class: Student Presentation (1) of Project 2 Research.
|M 12/10||Grammar Test #2. Course Evals.
Review & Study Grammar Test #1.
|W 12/12||No class. Reading day.|
|M 12/17||Read Dunn & Norton, “Hello Stranger.” In-class: Review Grammar Test & Final Prep.|
|W 12/19||FINAL EXAM.
ESSAY 2 REVISION & ESSAY 3 DUE. Share and submit Google Docs link via this online form. Here are Instructions for formatting and submitting drafts.