Read Dunn & Norton’s “Hello, Stranger” (the last reading in Packet II), including the essay prompts (this is a sample final exam to prepare you to take the actual final exam). Continue to write, re-write, and revise Essays 1, 2, and 3. Prepare to present if you haven’t yet.
HW: 1. Ensure you are ready to present your group’s Essay 2.
2. Read Gloria Naylor’s essay in Packet 2.
3. A reminder that your revised Essay 1s are due at the final. Grades will be based on how significantly you have revised (simply correcting small typos and grammar mistakes is not an example of significant revision; rewriting and reorganizing paragraphs IS an example of significant revision).
HW: If you haven’t already presented, make sure your Essay 2 presentation is ready to go live on Wed.
Also: Read the sample student Essay 2 on pp. 25-32 of Packet 2. This essay didn’t receive an A; so what I want you to do is make notes on how this essay could be improved to receive a higher grade. Pay special attention to transitions: the connections between paragraphs. Also highlight any boring or repeating information that you think could be removed or rewritten.
Reading & Research: Finish reading Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge.” With your Essay 2 group, find one more article you will look for quotes on your Essay 2 word in. Arrive in class next week prepared to discuss quotes from this article.
HW: Finish reading Caraminica’s text on Drake and memes. Read the first half of Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge” (on trolling), pp. 58-68.
HW: Finish reading Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data.” Read Caraminica’s “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme.”
With your Essay 2 group: search for new articles on your Essay 2 word, make a list of them, decide on 1 of them to read. Read this article and arrive in class next week prepared to write about 2+ quotations from it that feature your Essay 2 word.
HW: Finish typing your midterm summary into your group’s Google Doc. Read “Youth Mode” by K-Hole as well as Michelle Nijhuis’ “The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention” (both in Packet 2).
Is this photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (by Richard Avedon) a selfie?
How would you describe the look on the faces of these two subjects? What might have happened (in the “backstory” of this image) to make them look the way they do? (You can use your imagination here.)
Richard Avedon (the photographer) is famous for talking to his subjects as he takes their photo. What might he have be talking to the Duke and Duchess about at the moment this photo was taken?
HW for Wed: Read Lauren Duca’s “The Viral Virus.” If you haven’t yet, finish reading Graf’s “Yes, No, OK, But…” Disregard the “Grammar Test” on the schedule. (We’ll do something else instead.) Essay 1 final due next Wed!
We meet at the entrance to the library today, on the 4th floor of the Atrium; please don’t go to our regular classroom!
Before leaving the library, remember to see the librarian at the front desk to activate your ID/library card. You need an activated card to do research on Essay 2 from home/off-campus.
For Monday: Read Graf, “Yes, No, OK, but…” If you haven’t yet, read Griffiths’ and Martin’s texts that were assigned for this week. Continue revising Essay 1.
HW for Mon: Begin revising your Essay 1 and complete any missing blog posts. Read Dawn Lundry Martin’s “When a Person Goes Missing” (available online here).
1. Inverse outlining an essay to see connections within its many ideas. Re-read Adrian Chen’s “Don’t Be a Stranger” (pp. 61-66). Make a numbered list of notes describing the main idea in each of the essay’s 29 paragraphs. Each of your notes needn’t be longer than a phrase.
When finished, look over your list. What do you notice about the overall form of this essay? What is the main topic it seems to be about? Where and how is the main topic introduced? Where and how does the essay meander away from this main idea?
Post your list and a couple sentences responding to 1 or more of these questions.
- In the packet, read Chen’s “Don’t Be a Stranger.”
- Revise your “Media Analysis” post so that you are asking two specific questions about an enigma or conflict in the media you have shared.
Also, check the “Essays” page and click on “Essay Assignments” to watch for updates on this and other assignments.
HW: Finish reading Salz (1-10). Read “Planting a Naysayer” (p. 27 onward).