FYW 101: Writing & Inquiry

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Instructor: Marlen Elliot Harrison, MA, PhD
About the Instructor: Marlen’s CV
Office and hours: TBA
Courses: English 101
Phone: 954-913-2261
Email: meharrison@ut.edu


Instructor’s Description and Rationale: Where do you get your news? How do you keep up on your favorite hobbies and interests? Where can you find a wide array of ideas, opinions, images, videos and information? I can answer all three of these questions in one word: MAGAZINE. The word itself can be traced back to renaissance Europe (16th century) and denoted a “storehouse of information” (Dictionary.reference.com). This semester in FYW 101 we’ll learn how to make use of free, online website development software to create individual, themed online magazines, custom-designed warehouses of information. Being the editor of your own site means that you’ll be responsible for all of the content and style of the information you produce. You’ll also need to consider the needs of your audience and the significance of visual rhetoric. Through self-directed writing projects spanning a variety of genres; technology, presentation and language workshops; small group and instructor-student discussion; and writing, reading, and revising activities, students will also be introduced to qualitative inquiry, web 2.0 literacy and achieve a greater understanding of how to use language and technology to communicate in the global community.

Catalog Description: “Writing and Inquiry” invites students to explore questions and think of themselves as writers, constructing answers rhetorically in academic and community contexts. During the writing process, students will consider their own and others’ perspectives on a variety of vital personal, historical, philosophical, and social issues. Taking their own experiences and their peers’ perspectives as credible sources of knowledge, students will expand their inquiries beyond the personal into complex discussions in academic, literary, and public textual forms. Students will also practice appropriate use and critique of technology, using digital sources as support for their arguments and grounds for further inquiry. Students must complete FYW 101 with a grade of “C” or better to register for FYW 102. May not count for the English or writing major or minor. (*fall and spring semesters)


Goals and Objectives:

  • Via the course assignments you will experience, discuss, and practice composing a variety of writing styles, genres, and structures including writing for the digital age and an introduction to writing within your professions.
  • You will develop critical reading skills that expand your consideration of a text to include rhetoric, structure and aesthetics in addition to content.
  • You will learn about and consult course assistants, online and print resources for revising, editing and documenting your writing. Through regular in-class revision workshops; interaction with course assistants and tutors; and through blog participation, you will develop your ability to respond to the writings of peers and your own writings in helpful ways.
  • You will practice integrating your reading by way of referencing words, phrases, and sentences that are meaningful to you as you develop your own blogs, projects, and presentations.
  • You will develop an on-line presence (WordPress) and create an online portfolio that includes a variety of written work. You will consider, read, and write about a specific theme of your own choosing and develop this online magazine/website by showcasing a variety of information related to this theme, created and written by you.
  • You will practice presenting a topic of your choice using a presentation aid for a small group of your peers.
  • You will develop deeper understandings of the pre-writing, planning and revision processes in writing.
  • You will practice writing for a variety of audiences and develop a sensitivity to audience identity.
  • Develop effective writing rituals and interventions for writing and language anxiety.
  • You will achieve success as writer-investigators; better understand your own composing processes as well as strengths and weaknesses as writers; understand how to plan and revise your work; and most importantly, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to use language and technology to communicate in academic, community and online environments.

Required Materials: A laptop computer; an active email account; a notebook; a pen; a highlighter; and a folder in which to keep handouts and other printed matter. It would be wise to also have a familiar dictionary/thesaurus bookmarked in your browser. If you have your own laptop, please bring it to each class meeting. Even if we are in a computer lab, you may prefer using your own computer. We will also read the following texts; please be green and frugal by purchasing them used. I have provided links to Amazon.com but please shop anywhere you wish. You will need them within 7 days of the start of classes so order them asap!

Class Format: In this class, you will complete numerous individual reading and writing activities; you will also work together in small groups for feedback and discussion. At the beginning of each class, we will review the homework posted to our sites by our group members and offer comments and questions. We will then spend time reading literature reflective of the week’s theme and then discuss the reading first within our groups and then together as a class. We will meet regularly in small groups of three to review your writing and to discuss any questions you might have. The remainder of the class will be scheduled for writing activities.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted to your WORDPRESS sites. In this way, your site will also double as an online portfolio.

  • Homework: Weekly assignments will be posted to your websites. You will often be given time in class to start/complete these assignments. Consider the website a place where you can explore and develop your ideas and get feedback from classmates. The process of reading and commenting on our classmates’ sites is just as important as writing the texts. Afterall, most writing is meant to be consumed by an audience.
  • Writing Projects and “Articles”: There will be 4 original writing projects and one multimedia presentation that you will use to create your website. These  projects will be approximately 900-1200 words and the presentation 10-15 minutes. They must be appropriately formatted (APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc) and the texts written in a variety of academic genres that you would typically find within your field. These writing assignments will be both posted to your websites and used for peer review assignments with classmates. All writing assignments are graded Excellent/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; students should expect to revise each writing a minimum of two or three times.
    • You will also select and introduce at least 15 additional theme-related “Articles” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genre you might typically find in an academic or career-related magazine/website. 2 paragraphs of text minimum per article.
    • NOTE ABOUT REVISIONS: When revising an essay, please follow these instructions:
      • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original essay and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
      • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects.
  • Peer Editing Projects: You will be responsible for responding to and evaluating three essays (2 written by your classmates, 1 written by you). You will explain your edits and responses via rubric and a 2-3 paragraph website entry and discuss them with the writers.
  • Portfolio and Cover Statement: You will keep all of your work, including ALL pre-writing such as mind maps, outlines, etc, and all drafts of your essays on your websites. By the end of the semester, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a final portfolio: a collection of work that showcases your learning and development. You will complete this course by writing an additional “cover statement”. Review the guidelines for the Final Portfolio (adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dept of English).
  • Reflective Letters: Your reflective letters will be written to your instructor and should be written with an appreciation for and an understanding of the letter genre. Your voice may be informal and you may use “you”. You will think about your progress throughout the semester and discuss your conclusions both at the mid-term and at the end of the semester. You may make suggestions for future courses, comment on specific assignments or components in the course, reflect on your progress, etc. 3-5 paragrpahs each, double-spaced. I will provide more information in the syllabus below.

The Writing Center: Please remember that UT has an incredible Writing Center located in Plant Hall. http://www.ut.edu/academic-support/saunders/. They have walk-in and appointment times, and can assist you in a number of ways. Please consider visiting the Writing Center if you’re feeling anxious or stressed about your writing for this class. They will not help you with grammar, punctuation, etc, but they will help you to organize your thoughts, plan your essays, and develop your ideas! And best of all, it’s FREE!

Course Assistants: There will be a number of students available to you who have completed English 101 with me in the past. You’ll find their contact information on their blogs, listed on the Blogroll with your classmates’ blog links.

  • You are encouraged to communicate with your assistant outside the classroom at least twice during the semester to discuss either 1) a specific text or 2) blog use. In addition, assistants will be making regular contact via your blogs.
  • Assistants have been requested to reflect and draw on the types of feedback and discussion they encountered with their professor, fellow students and other sources of support when communicating with you, the student writers. They successfully passed FYW 101 with me at UT and have likely worked with course assistants themselves.
  • Additionally, peer mentors have been specifically told not to formally assess student writers’ work nor to act as editors but rather to discuss ideas for projects, help brainstorm and make comments about formatting, organization, language use and other such aspects of the writing process.They can also assist with blog use, presentations and reading aloud.
  • Participating in this project is voluntary; students may choose not to work with a peer mentor at anytime and may also choose not to participate in an end of semester survey for the current project at no fear of harm to their grades or relationships with instructor. Should any conflict occur with a course assistant, please contact your instructor and consider switching assistants before withdrawing from the project altogether.

Plagiarism Statement: “Unacknowledged borrowing of ideas, facts, phrases, wordings, or whole words in a paper, as well as the copying of another Students’ work all constitute plagiarism and are unacceptable in the university community. Students turning in plagiarized work may receive a failing grade for the essay or for the entire course. For more information, see the university policy on plagiarism in your student handbook, or ask me. We will also be discussing this topic more in class” (Schragel, 2006, Plagiarism statement).

(N)etiquette and Respect: All learners should consider and abide by the following (click the links to read more):

ADA Compliance: The University of Tampa fully supports the efforts and welfare of all its students. The University faculty and staff are mindful of the diversity of the student body and act in ways to promote the academic success of each individual. One such avenue of support lies in the provision of reasonable accommodations to eligible students who may have disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). UT is fully committed to act in compliance with all ADA mandated requirements. The Academic Center for Excellence, under which Student Disability Services fall, is committed to the principles and practices of universal design, and provides students with disabilities their needed accommodations that equalize students’ access to the educational experience. If there is any student who has special needs because of a disability, please go to Jennifer Del Valle at the Office of Student Disability Services in North Walker Hall Room 102 to report your needs and provide documentation of your disability for certification. Please feel free to discuss this issue with me, in private, if you need more information.

Attendance and Participation: You will receive points for every class you attend, based on your communication and participation. These points will be 10% part of your final grade and cannot be made up if lost.

Absences:

  • Let’s face it, everyone thinks that class is boring and quiet when you’re not there, so please try to plan on 100% attendance. More than two absences FOR ANY REASON (excluding week 1 which is REQUIRED) will result in a lowering of your final grade by 150 points.
  • Welcome to college…a place where it is your responsibility to complete all assignments by their due date, whether you are present in class or not. LATE WORK FOR ANY REASON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Period. Done Deal. No questions asked. No excuses. No discussion.
  • I worry about my students. So, when you are absent, you will email/text me and inform me of your absence and the reason for this absence. In addition, you will state the name and email address of the student you will contact to ask about what you missed due to your absence. You will then email that student (and cc your instructor so I know who you are contacting) to inquire about missed work. I will NEVER contact you about missed work or conferences.

Participation is defined (but is not limited to) as follows:

  • Being prepared for class (supplies, texts, etc); showing up to class on time and being ready to work when your instructor begins class
  • Actively participating during class activities; asking and answering questions during discussions and volunteering your thoughts. You should plan on speaking up at least once during every class meeting.
  • Completing all assignments (including readings) by their due dates

EVALUATION: You may earn the following points…

NOTE: All work that is completed according to instructions will likely be considered satisfactory. You must ask yourself what you can do with your work, as a student and as a writer, to move it beyond satisfactory to truly noteworthy. You must go beyond “average” to receive such a grade at the end of the semester. You should consider satisfactory/unsatisfactory as pass/fail and noteworthy to be bonus for outstanding efforts. If a student completed solid, satisfactory work throughout the course, the highest grade that could be earned is 770 C. What will YOU do in this course to shine and achieve the higher grade?

  • 10 Reflection, Reading & Planning Posts: 60/40/0 pts (6 pts each x 10; evaluated Noteworthy (6pts), Satisfactory (4pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts); may NOT be revised for a higher score; all must be completed on time in order to receive full credit; one late/missed assignment allowed)
  • 20 Comments on Websites: 20/15/0 pts (1 pt each x 20; evaluated as a group Noteworthy(20)/Satisfactory(15)/Unsatisfactory(0))
  • 4 Main Projects (4): 400/300/0 pts (100 pts each x 4; evaluated Noteworthy(100)/Satisfactory(75)/Unsatisfactory(0); all may be revised for a higher score)
  • Presentation: 50/40/0 pts (15 pts for first draft evaluated Pass/Fail; 35 pts for final; evaluated Noteworthy (35pts), Satisfactory (25pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts))
  • 15 Additional Theme-Related “Articles”: 45/0 pts (3 pts each x 15; evaluated Pass/Fail)
  • Peer Editing Projects: 60/45/0 pts (20 pts x 3; evaluated Noteworthy (20pts), Satisfactory (15pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts))
  • Portfolio Cover Letter: 75/60/0 pts (evaluated Noteworthy(75)/Satisfactory(60)/Unsatisfactory(0); may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Meeting & Reading Reflections: 50/35/0 pts (10 pts x 5; evaluated Noteworthy (10)/Satisfactory(7)/Unsatisfactory(0); may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Final Exam: 100/50/0 pts (evaluated Pass/Fail; may NOT be revised for a higher score; completed/pass (100); completed/fail (50); incomplete (0))
  • Reflective Letters: 40/30/0 pts total; Mid-term, 15/10/0 pts; Final, 25/20/0 pts (evaluated Noteworthy/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Participation: 100/60/0 pts (3 pts x 20 days; possible 40 pts extra for Noteworthy participation)
  • Bonus: 50 pts (5 perfect, additional articles; pass/fail evaluated as a whole)
  • Bonus Autoethnography: 100 pts (ask Marlen is you wish to do this)

A 920-1000 pts; AB 880-919 pts; B 820-879; BC 780-819; C 720-779; CD 680-719 pts; D 600-679 pts; F 599 pts and below


SCHEDULE (UT ACADEMIC CALENDAR)
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SYLLABUS (subject to change)

Remember the Spartan Code! As a member of The University of Tampa Spartan community, I agree and pledge that I will…

  • promote and practice academic and personal honesty.
  • commit to actions that benefit the community, as well as engage in activities that better others.
  • discourage intolerance and acknowledge that diversity in our community shapes our learning and development.
  • conduct myself in a manner that makes me worthy of the trust of others.
  • recognize the ideas and contributions of all persons, allowing for an environment of sharing and learning.
  • accept full responsibility and be held accountable for all of my decisions and actions.


T 8/27 – GETTING STARTED

Today in class we will:

  • Get to know each other better
  • Review course requirements
  • Create websites
  • Choose topics for course and brainstorm project topics via mindmap

Homework (due Thursday):

  • REFLECTION: As learners, we usually start with a great deal of enthusiasm and lose energy as a course progresses. Because of this, the beginning of this course is quite intense and the majority of the workload comes at the beginning. Jump in and do as much as you can now and you will find that the pace slows down considerably and that you have much more freedom in terms of your schedule towards the end.
  • Have your books arrived yet?

A. Set up and design your website

  • Visit http://Wordpress.com. You’ll find information about setting up your website in WordPress Support.
    1) Go to WordPress.com and click the orange “get started” icon.
    2) Add your email address.3) Add your website address and username…

    • last name followed by first name, e.g. Angelina Jolie = jolieangelina
    • no dots, dashes or spaces;
    • no special characters like ä or ö;
    • This site has no relation to the UT university website and email. Pick a password.
    • Write down (or store in your computer or smartphone) your username and password so that you don’t forget them.

4) Next, click CREATE blog (free) at the bottom of the page. Check your email and click the activation link.
5) Login to your website if not already logged in and click MY BLOGS in the top menu of WordPress.com. Find your website and click BLOG ADMIN to get to your website’s DASHBOARD. We’ll do more in class on the first day so please have at least these steps completed.
6) Add your website info at the bottom of this page as a comment. Please include: your name, course number and website address, e.g. Angelina Jolie, 101 H1, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com. I will use this info to make a master list of website links for the class.

B. PAGES:

  • Pages are blank spaces where we can post information and will comprise the majority of your class-related work on writing & learning. The contents of these pages are not immediately visible on the front page of your website. Unlike posts (explained below), we cannot assign pages to categories. Create 7 new PAGES on your website by scrolling over PAGES in your DASHBOARD. You will use these later in this course: NOTES, PROJECTS, COMMENTS, PEER REVIEW, LETTERS, PORTFOLIO, & GOALS.
    • ABOUT: Edit the pre-existing ABOUT page (found in PAGES in your DASHBOARD), delete the existing text and include a short bio, magazine topic and a clear photo of your face (via ADD MEDIA above the text editor). Make sure to mention why you’ve chosen your magazine topic.
    • GOALS: Goal-setting is an important tool for learning. In your GOALS page, make a list of at least 3 goals you have for yourself while in this course and explain for each goal how you will go about achieving them. For example: “I want to improve my confidence in speaking to a group. To do this I will speak out in class more often than I usually do.” Part of your participation grade in this course will depend on your final reflective letter which will include an explanation of why and how you either met or did not meet these goals. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: GOALS
    • READING & NOTICING #1: Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

C. POSTS:

  • Posts will generally show up on the front page of your website in chronological order and will comprise the majority of your website’s themed content. We can assign posts to various categories of our own making. Go to POSTS and choose CATEGORIES in the dashboard. Create the following three categories: Projects; Articles; and Course Writing. The slugs can be the same words (projects, articles and course writing) and for parent choose none. You don’t need a description.
    • POST #1, INTRODUCE YOUR TOPIC: In your dashboard, scroll over POSTS and click ADD NEW. You’ll find the category option just below or next to your text editor; choose Course Writing. Because you have so many other things to do for this class, this blog post won’t be due until next Tuesday, 9/3. First, explain to your audience – a group of people whom you feel are interested in your topic – the relationship between you and your topic and why you are interested in developing a magazine about it. Please provide links to at least three different online magazines/websites related to your own that you will use as models for inspiration and writing genres. You may want to reflect on what you already know about the topic; what you might like to know more about; what most excites you about this topic; why and for whom you feel the topic is significant (who IS your audience?); etc. 3-5 paragraphs. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Course Writing

Th 8/29 – GENRES; SOURCES; MODELS

Today when you arrive in class, please immediately begin reading your BLOGROLL group members’ writing (ABOUT, NOTES). We’ll use the first 5-10 minutes of every class as time to read and comment. You’ll need to continue reading and commenting outside of class in order to fulfill the course requirement of at least 20 website comments for your group members throughout the semester. Today we will also review reading strategies, website use/development including security, review the basic requirements of the course again, and get started on our first writing project and articles.

  • Mimic & Rip: In-class activity & presentation, “Two websites/magazines that I love…”
  • Genre Theory: Getting to know forms and styles of writing

Homework for 6/4:

  • Have your books arrived yet?
  • POST #2: Do some research online and/or by talking with or emailing professors to identify the most common types of writing you will need to undertake a) for your college major and b) as a professional in your field. Knowing NOW what you’ll need to be able to do later will help us make decisions as you plan and develop your writing projects in this course. 1-2 paragraphs category: Course Writing
  • “ARTICLES” 1-3: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create and introduce three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or career-related magazine/website. 2 paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • READING & NOTICING #2: Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

9/03 – Rhetoric; Genre; Revision

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/5:

  • Do tonight’s homework first before returning to last Thursday’s work. Post number two and reading number two will be due by next Tuesday.
  • Have your books arrived yet?
  • COMMENTS 1-2: You should have left at least two comments on others’ blogs by now.
  • READING & NOTICING #3: Please post reflections on a new NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

9/5 – Revision practices; Writing & Emotion

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • WRITING PROJECT #1: Develop a narrative story related to your magazine topic. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
  • We’ll start using books next week. Have yours arrived yet?

9/10 – Voice, Style, Power 1

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/12:

  • READING: Elbow Section 6, Intro and Ch. 25; I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams.
  • Revise website work as necessary.

9/12 – Voice, Style, Power 2

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/24:

  • Read and respond to comments left on your site
  • Leave comments on classmates’ sites
  • Complete all missing work
  • Consider the design of your website
  • READING & NOTICING #4, ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Please post reflections on a new NOTES page. In tonight’s homework, please respond to each reading separately in a single paragraph. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information in 3-5 sentences. Next, continue the paragraph with an additional 3-5 sentences responding to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES
    • First, review and briefly summarize both of the following in a single paragraph: Purdue Owl: Annotated Bibliographies and Purdue Owl: Examples of Anno Bibs
    • Next, identify FIVE different texts related to your magazine topic, ALL OF DIFFERENT GENRES. These should be new texts that you have not already included in your magazine. Please create an annotated bibliography of all 5 sources with one single paragraph for each source. Your writing should look like the examples provided by OWL PURDUE and follow the instructions I included above. You may use these sources as future “Articles” in your magazine.
    • Finally, in 1-2 paragraphs, respond to the following image using at least one additional source to aid your explanation. Click the image to view a larger version:Retrieved from: http://www.en.utexas.edu/Classes/Bremen/e316k/texts/author-reader.htmlRetrieved from: http://www.en.utexas.edu/Classes/Bremen/e316k/texts/author-reader.html
  • POST #3, EXISTING & MISSING: In your dashboard, scroll over POSTS and click ADD NEW. You’ll find the category option just below or next to your text editor; choose Course Writing. Explain to your audience – a group of people whom you feel are interested in your topic – what information already exists related to your topic and what information is currently missing; etc. 3-5 paragraphs. You’ll use the FIVE different sources of information, ALL DIFFERENT GENRES, that you summarized and responded to above. The main difference this time is that you must compare and contrast these sources to identify established and missing ideas/themes. As you examine and compose, reflect on the sources of information, credibility of those sources, styles and genres, and main content. This activity will help you to understand your community of practice and to develop writing projects that offer something new to the world about your topic. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Course Writing
  • REVISE your narrative for next week’s meetings:
    • NOTE ABOUT REVISIONS: When revising an essay, please follow these instructions:
      • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original writing and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
      • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects.

9/17 & 19 – Consultations and catch-up!

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead.

Homework for 9/24:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #1: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #1: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #1 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Elbow, Ch’s 26, 27, 28 & 29; Lamott, Intro. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 4-6: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; call your mom or dad; most importantly, please clean your room and do your laundry…

9/24 – REVIEW

Today in class we will review our on-line magazines, first writing projects, and reading and writing homework from the last two weeks. We’ll also discuss…

  • Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing activity
  • Spider puke
  • ??? *students’ choice*

Homework for 9/24:

  • ENGLISH WORKSHOP PREP: Come to class Thursday with at least three different questions you have about English writing. For example, perhaps you need clarification on APA/MLA/CMS formatting. Maybe you need to know when to use semicolons vs colons.
  • READING: Lamott, Getting Started. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

9/26 – ENGLISH WORKSHOP 1 & Pre-writing

Today in class we will review questions you have about formatting/structure/mechanics/spelling/grammar/etc. We will also discuss…

  • Fear, self-hatred, and fantasy keys
  • Plans for Writing Project #2
  • The reading and noticing homework from Tuesday
  • Genre, audience and rhetoric
  • ??? *students’ choice*

Homework:

  • READING & NOTICING #5:  Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES
  • WRITING PROJECT #2: Develop a non-narrative analysis of an issue related to your magazine topic in a genre of your choice. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!

10/1 – REVIEW & English workshop 1

Today in class we will review our on-line magazines, first and second writing projects, and reading and writing homework from last week. We’ll also discuss…

  • http://ideaslaboratory.com
  • Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing
  • Fear, self-hatred, and fantasy keys
  • BONUS POINT OFFER: We haven’t discussed prewriting activities beyond mind maps and free writing; what other kinds are there? Can you show me some examples on your blogs (in a post, category: course writing) in the coming weeks for possible bonus points?

Homework:

  • READING: Start reading Elbow, Section 5 on Feedback, Lamott, pp. 16-94. This is due by 10/15.
  • Check your blog and make sure all work is revised, up-to-date, formatted, cited, taken the extra mile, etc, for next week’s meeting.

10/3 – Peer Review 1

Practice giving written feedback: Work with a partner to create a rubric that can be used to evaluate  School Clubs. Your rubric should be simple and allow for both specific and holistic commentary about writing mechanics and research design. We are more interested in the effectiveness of the research, its ability to create a story for the reader, and its ability to address its audience than in its use of language. Post your completed rubric and all comments on your blog’s Peer Review page. SAMPLE RUBRIC

  • Schedule meetings; forward email and create new post for mtg.
  • ***Students’ Choice***

Homework:

  • PR #1: Complete peer review #1 for your meeting partner and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#1 to a new page and then move it under PR in your menu.


10/8 & 10/10 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework for 10/15:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #2: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #2: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #2 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Elbow, Ch. 5 on Feedback; Lamott, pp. 16-94. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 7-9: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; call your brother or sister; most importantly, please remember that I don’t really like milk chocolate…


10/15 Visual Rhetoric

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • REFLECTIVE LETTER #1: Write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course, post it to its own page titled LETTER #1, and then place it under Letters in your custom menu. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual “letter” that addresses any or all of the following:
    * What grade do you currently have? Do you think you deserve it? Why? Look at the course guidelines at top to help you explain.
    * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
    * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Writing? Why?
    * What would you have done differently if taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future students? What could your instructor have done differently in order to receive an “A” from you for his teaching and course design?
    * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully meet this challenge?
    * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
    * Discuss the progress you’ve made, or not made, towards your goals.
    * If you have taken more than one course with me, how did the courses go together? What has your overall experience been while working with me and how have you developed as a student, person, writer, etc?
    Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know. It may be helpful to look at course assistants’ past letters to give you an ideas of what I want.
  • READING & NOTICING #6:  Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

10/17 Visual Rhetoric, cont’d.

Today in class we will:

  • Continue discussion of visual rhetoric

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #1, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision and create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft. Post it to PR#1 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • “ARTICLES” 10-12: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • READING: The Digital Imperative; Part Two in Lamott, The Writing Frame of Mind. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


10/22 Visual Rhetoric, cont’d.

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #1, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision and create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft. Post it to PR#1 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • “ARTICLES” 10-12: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • WRITING PROJECT #3 DUE BY YOUR MEETING: Develop a writing project related to your magazine topic in any genre of your choice. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
    • TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING
  • PEER REVIEW #2, Part 1 TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING: Complete the first peer review #2 for your meeting partner and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#2 to a new page and then move it under PR #1 in your menu. Please follow Straub’s advice in Responding to Other Student’s Writing and write comments on a printed draft or insert comments via your word processing software (Pages, Word, etc). Please summarize your comments in 2-3 paragraphs and post it to your blog’s PR #2 page along with the commented file/screenshots/photos of your responses.
  • READING (if you haven’t already): The Digital Imperative; Part Two in Lamott, The Writing Frame of Mind. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

10/24 – WRITING REVIEW **BONUS OPTION**

Today in class we will review what we have created so far in order to:

  • examine our strengths, challenge areas, improvements as writers and communicators;
  • adjust our current learning goals, reflect on previous ones;
  • clarify our knowledge of website development, visual rhetoric and “audience” as concept;
  • review our understanding of inquiry at the college level including the purposes and practices of formatting styles, quality of information;
  • identify questions we have about writing;
  • share our most commonly used tools and effective practices as writer-inquirers with classmates.

We will also:

  • Schedule appts for next week’s meetings

Homework for 11/5:

  • READING: Part Three in Lamott, Help Along the Way; Elbow: Section 1, Ch. 1 “An Approach to Writing” and your choice of two other chapters from this section; Elbow: Section 2, Intro and your choice of two other chapters from this section. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


10/29 & 10/31 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework for 11/5:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #3: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #3: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #3 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Part Three in Lamott, Help Along the Way; Elbow: Section 1, Ch. 1 “An Approach to Writing” and your choice of two other chapters from this section; Elbow: Section 2, Intro and your choice of two other chapters from this section. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 13-15: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; start thinking about summer internships and jobs that will advance your career rather than just give you a paycheck…have you considered an alternative break?

11/5 – FYW 101 REVIEW

Today in class we will:

  • Review course goals and objectives
  • Review readings
  • Review articles
  • Review citations & formatting

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #2, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision for the 3rd writing project and create another rubric reflecting changes in the new draft. Post it to PR#2 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • READING REFLECTIONS DUE BY 12/1: Choose an online retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and write a review of both Bird by Bird and Writing with Power. You should have a keen sense of your audience as you do this. Your goal is to develop an interesting, thoughtful, mature, insightful appraisal of your texts. Take a screenshot of your review or copy/paste it to a post titled READING REFLECTIONS. This is due by December 1st. (Post, category: course writing)
  • READING: Using the internet to find info; Evaluating sources. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

11/7 – CLASS MEETING, INTRO TO RESEARCH

Today in class we will:

  • Be introduced to an array of college-level research genres
  • Discuss critical information management and related software/apps
  • Review autoethnography

Homework:

  • READING: Part Four in Lamott – Publication. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


11/12 & 11/14

Homework:

  • Complete final revisions of your first three writing projects and a first draft of project #3.
  • Make sure your peer review projects #1 and #2 are completed.
  • Finish up leaving blog comments for the other classes’ students. You need a total of twenty.
  • Start working on your PORTFOLIO COVER LETTER:  You will keep all of your work, including ALL pre-writing such as mind maps, outlines, etc, and all drafts of your projects on your blogs. By the end of the semester, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a final portfolio; you will complete this process by writing an additional “cover statement”. Review the guidelines for the Final Portfolio (adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dept of English).
  • Start work on your autoethnography or bonus posts/articles should you wish to do so.
  • Check in with a course assistant for reading out loud, general advice, brainstorming suggestions, etc.
  • Start brainstorming what you’d like to do for your 10-15 minute presentation in December. The topic must reflect our course themes of language, culture and sensory/phenomenological experience and must use a presentation aid.
  • WRITING PROJECT #4 DUE BY YOUR MEETING: Develop a writing project related to your magazine topic in any genre of your choice that illustrates your developing understanding of academic writing and inquiry. Just because I am asking for an academic project doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be an essay. This is your last project in the course and your final chance to really wow me by showing me how much you’ve developed a) your magazine topic and b) as a writer since the beginning of this course. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work that come from PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
    • TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING
  • PEER REVIEW #3 – SELF-ANALYSIS, Part 1 TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING: Complete the first peer review #3 for YOUR OWN 4th writing project and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#3 to a new page and then move it under PR #1 in your menu. Please do both a rubric and margin comments; show me both your rubric and comments to receive credit.
  • READING: Part Four in Lamott – Publication; Elbow, Part Three, Revision – Skim these chapters. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • READING REFLECTIONS DUE BY 12/1: Choose an online retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and write a review of both Bird by Bird and Writing with Power. You should have a keen sense of your audience as you do this. Your goal is to develop an interesting, thoughtful, mature, insightful appraisal of your texts. Take a screenshot of your review or copy/paste it to a post titled READING REFLECTIONS. This is due by December 1st. (Post, category: course writing)
  • READING: Using the internet to find info; Evaluating sources. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • BONUS OPTION MOVIE POST: Create a response to one of the following films both summarizing what you saw and then offering your own personal opinion and comparisons with your current and past writing experiences.
    DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
    FINDING FORRESTER
    FREEDOM WRITERS
    Be sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize along the way using perfect formatting. Responses that show a combination of strong writing, sound inquiry and visual creativity will earn bonus points. Watch and write about all three movies and I’ll double your bonus points.


11/19 & 11/21 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #4: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #4: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #4. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • PEER REVIEW #3, PART 2: Look at your revision for the 4th writing project, create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft and insert margin comments. Post it to PR#3 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • READING: Elbow: Section 4, Audience. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; start thinking about summer internships and jobs that will advance your career rather than just give you a paycheck…have you considered an alternative break?

11/26 & 11/28 THXGVG, NO CLASSES

  • PLEASE COMPLETE ONLINE SURVEY; IF THERE IS A 100% RESPONSE RATE, THE ENTIRE CLASS WILL RECEIVE 25 BONUS POINTS.


12/3 – Class Mtg; Intro to Presentations

READING: Lamott, Section Five, The Last Class. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

12/5 – PRESENTATIONS 1; Classroom meeting, review of final documents



GENERAL RESOURCES


AUTOETHNOGRAPHY SOURCES

PREVIOUS STUDENTS’ AUTOETHNOGRAPHIES (anyone in the 101 classes)

Autoethnography: An overview

Carolyn Ellis: The Ethnographic I

A Critique of Current Practice: Ten Foundational Guidelines for Autoethnographers

Some links from Marlen’s blog:

http://discoveringvoices.com/2008/07/02/re-thinking-research-autoethnographies/


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FYW 101: Writing & Inquiry

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WRITING & INQUIRY: MAGAZINE

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Instructor: Marlen Elliot Harrison, MA, PhD
About the Instructor: Marlen’s CV
Office and hours: TBA
Courses: English 101
Phone: 954-913-2261
Email: meharrison@ut.edu


Instructor’s Description and Rationale: Where do you get your news? How do you keep up on your favorite hobbies and interests? Where can you find a wide array of ideas, opinions, images, videos and information? I can answer all three of these questions in one word: MAGAZINE. The word itself can be traced back to renaissance Europe (16th century) and denoted a “storehouse of information” (Dictionary.reference.com). This semester in FYW 101 we’ll learn how to make use of free, online website development software to create individual, themed online magazines, custom-designed warehouses of information. Being the editor of your own site means that you’ll be responsible for all of the content and style of the information you produce. You’ll also need to consider the needs of your audience and the significance of visual rhetoric. Through self-directed writing projects spanning a variety of genres; technology, presentation and language workshops; small group and instructor-student discussion; and writing, reading, and revising activities, students will also be introduced to qualitative inquiry, web 2.0 literacy and achieve a greater understanding of how to use language and technology to communicate in the global community.

Catalog Description: “Writing and Inquiry” invites students to explore questions and think of themselves as writers, constructing answers rhetorically in academic and community contexts. During the writing process, students will consider their own and others’ perspectives on a variety of vital personal, historical, philosophical, and social issues. Taking their own experiences and their peers’ perspectives as credible sources of knowledge, students will expand their inquiries beyond the personal into complex discussions in academic, literary, and public textual forms. Students will also practice appropriate use and critique of technology, using digital sources as support for their arguments and grounds for further inquiry. Students must complete FYW 101 with a grade of “C” or better to register for FYW 102. May not count for the English or writing major or minor. (*fall and spring semesters)


Goals and Objectives:

  • Via the course assignments you will experience, discuss, and practice composing a variety of writing styles, genres, and structures including writing for the digital age and an introduction to writing within your professions.
  • You will develop critical reading skills that expand your consideration of a text to include rhetoric, structure and aesthetics in addition to content.
  • You will learn about and consult course assistants, online and print resources for revising, editing and documenting your writing. Through regular in-class revision workshops; interaction with course assistants and tutors; and through blog participation, you will develop your ability to respond to the writings of peers and your own writings in helpful ways.
  • You will practice integrating your reading by way of referencing words, phrases, and sentences that are meaningful to you as you develop your own blogs, projects, and presentations.
  • You will develop an on-line presence (WordPress) and create an online portfolio that includes a variety of written work. You will consider, read, and write about a specific theme of your own choosing and develop this online magazine/website by showcasing a variety of information related to this theme, created and written by you.
  • You will practice presenting a topic of your choice using a presentation aid for a small group of your peers.
  • You will develop deeper understandings of the pre-writing, planning and revision processes in writing.
  • You will practice writing for a variety of audiences and develop a sensitivity to audience identity.
  • Develop effective writing rituals and interventions for writing and language anxiety.
  • You will achieve success as writer-investigators; better understand your own composing processes as well as strengths and weaknesses as writers; understand how to plan and revise your work; and most importantly, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to use language and technology to communicate in academic, community and online environments.

Required Materials: A laptop computer; an active email account; a notebook; a pen; a highlighter; and a folder in which to keep handouts and other printed matter. It would be wise to also have a familiar dictionary/thesaurus bookmarked in your browser. If you have your own laptop, please bring it to each class meeting. Even if we are in a computer lab, you may prefer using your own computer. We will also read the following texts; please be green and frugal by purchasing them used. I have provided links to Amazon.com but please shop anywhere you wish. You will need them within 7 days of the start of classes so order them asap!

Class Format: In this class, you will complete numerous individual reading and writing activities; you will also work together in small groups for feedback and discussion. At the beginning of each class, we will review the homework posted to our sites by our group members and offer comments and questions. We will then spend time reading literature reflective of the week’s theme and then discuss the reading first within our groups and then together as a class. We will meet regularly in small groups of three to review your writing and to discuss any questions you might have. The remainder of the class will be scheduled for writing activities.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted to your WORDPRESS sites. In this way, your site will also double as an online portfolio.

  • Homework: Weekly assignments will be posted to your websites. You will often be given time in class to start/complete these assignments. Consider the website a place where you can explore and develop your ideas and get feedback from classmates. The process of reading and commenting on our classmates’ sites is just as important as writing the texts. Afterall, most writing is meant to be consumed by an audience.
  • Writing Projects and “Articles”: There will be 4 original writing projects and one multimedia presentation that you will use to create your website. These  projects will be approximately 900-1200 words and the presentation 10-15 minutes. They must be appropriately formatted (APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc) and the texts written in a variety of academic genres that you would typically find within your field. These writing assignments will be both posted to your websites and used for peer review assignments with classmates. All writing assignments are graded Excellent/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; students should expect to revise each writing a minimum of two or three times.
    • You will also select and introduce at least 15 additional theme-related “Articles” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genre you might typically find in an academic or career-related magazine/website. 2 paragraphs of text minimum per article.
    • NOTE ABOUT REVISIONS: When revising an essay, please follow these instructions:
      • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original essay and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
      • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects.
  • Peer Editing Projects: You will be responsible for responding to and evaluating three essays (2 written by your classmates, 1 written by you). You will explain your edits and responses via rubric and a 2-3 paragraph website entry and discuss them with the writers.
  • Portfolio and Cover Statement: You will keep all of your work, including ALL pre-writing such as mind maps, outlines, etc, and all drafts of your essays on your websites. By the end of the semester, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a final portfolio: a collection of work that showcases your learning and development. You will complete this course by writing an additional “cover statement”. Review the guidelines for the Final Portfolio (adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dept of English).
  • Reflective Letters: Your reflective letters will be written to your instructor and should be written with an appreciation for and an understanding of the letter genre. Your voice may be informal and you may use “you”. You will think about your progress throughout the semester and discuss your conclusions both at the mid-term and at the end of the semester. You may make suggestions for future courses, comment on specific assignments or components in the course, reflect on your progress, etc. 3-5 paragrpahs each, double-spaced. I will provide more information in the syllabus below.

The Writing Center: Please remember that UT has an incredible Writing Center located in Plant Hall. http://www.ut.edu/academic-support/saunders/. They have walk-in and appointment times, and can assist you in a number of ways. Please consider visiting the Writing Center if you’re feeling anxious or stressed about your writing for this class. They will not help you with grammar, punctuation, etc, but they will help you to organize your thoughts, plan your essays, and develop your ideas! And best of all, it’s FREE!

Course Assistants: There will be a number of students available to you who have completed English 101 with me in the past. You’ll find their contact information on their blogs, listed on the Blogroll with your classmates’ blog links.

  • You are encouraged to communicate with your assistant outside the classroom at least twice during the semester to discuss either 1) a specific text or 2) blog use. In addition, assistants will be making regular contact via your blogs.
  • Assistants have been requested to reflect and draw on the types of feedback and discussion they encountered with their professor, fellow students and other sources of support when communicating with you, the student writers. They successfully passed FYW 101 with me at UT and have likely worked with course assistants themselves.
  • Additionally, peer mentors have been specifically told not to formally assess student writers’ work nor to act as editors but rather to discuss ideas for projects, help brainstorm and make comments about formatting, organization, language use and other such aspects of the writing process.They can also assist with blog use, presentations and reading aloud.
  • Participating in this project is voluntary; students may choose not to work with a peer mentor at anytime and may also choose not to participate in an end of semester survey for the current project at no fear of harm to their grades or relationships with instructor. Should any conflict occur with a course assistant, please contact your instructor and consider switching assistants before withdrawing from the project altogether.

Plagiarism Statement: “Unacknowledged borrowing of ideas, facts, phrases, wordings, or whole words in a paper, as well as the copying of another Students’ work all constitute plagiarism and are unacceptable in the university community. Students turning in plagiarized work may receive a failing grade for the essay or for the entire course. For more information, see the university policy on plagiarism in your student handbook, or ask me. We will also be discussing this topic more in class” (Schragel, 2006, Plagiarism statement).

(N)etiquette and Respect: All learners should consider and abide by the following (click the links to read more):

ADA Compliance: The University of Tampa fully supports the efforts and welfare of all its students. The University faculty and staff are mindful of the diversity of the student body and act in ways to promote the academic success of each individual. One such avenue of support lies in the provision of reasonable accommodations to eligible students who may have disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). UT is fully committed to act in compliance with all ADA mandated requirements. The Academic Center for Excellence, under which Student Disability Services fall, is committed to the principles and practices of universal design, and provides students with disabilities their needed accommodations that equalize students’ access to the educational experience. If there is any student who has special needs because of a disability, please go to Jennifer Del Valle at the Office of Student Disability Services in North Walker Hall Room 102 to report your needs and provide documentation of your disability for certification. Please feel free to discuss this issue with me, in private, if you need more information.

Attendance and Participation: You will receive points for every class you attend, based on your communication and participation. These points will be 10% part of your final grade and cannot be made up if lost.

Absences:

  • Let’s face it, everyone thinks that class is boring and quiet when you’re not there, so please try to plan on 100% attendance. More than two absences FOR ANY REASON (excluding week 1 which is REQUIRED) will result in a lowering of your final grade by 150 points.
  • Welcome to college…a place where it is your responsibility to complete all assignments by their due date, whether you are present in class or not. LATE WORK FOR ANY REASON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Period. Done Deal. No questions asked. No excuses. No discussion.
  • I worry about my students. So, when you are absent, you will email/text me and inform me of your absence and the reason for this absence. In addition, you will state the name and email address of the student you will contact to ask about what you missed due to your absence. You will then email that student (and cc your instructor so I know who you are contacting) to inquire about missed work. I will NEVER contact you about missed work or conferences.

Participation is defined (but is not limited to) as follows:

  • Being prepared for class (supplies, texts, etc); showing up to class on time and being ready to work when your instructor begins class
  • Actively participating during class activities; asking and answering questions during discussions and volunteering your thoughts. You should plan on speaking up at least once during every class meeting.
  • Completing all assignments (including readings) by their due dates

EVALUATION: You may earn the following points…

NOTE: All work that is completed according to instructions will likely be considered satisfactory. You must ask yourself what you can do with your work, as a student and as a writer, to move it beyond satisfactory to truly noteworthy. You must go beyond “average” to receive such a grade at the end of the semester. You should consider satisfactory/unsatisfactory as pass/fail and noteworthy to be bonus for outstanding efforts. If a student completed solid, satisfactory work throughout the course, the highest grade that could be earned is 770 C. What will YOU do in this course to shine and achieve the higher grade?

  • 10 Reflection, Reading & Planning Posts: 60/40/0 pts (6 pts each x 10; evaluated Noteworthy (6pts), Satisfactory (4pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts); may NOT be revised for a higher score; all must be completed on time in order to receive full credit; one late/missed assignment allowed)
  • 20 Comments on Websites: 20/15/0 pts (1 pt each x 20; evaluated as a group Noteworthy(20)/Satisfactory(15)/Unsatisfactory(0))
  • 4 Main Projects (4): 400/300/0 pts (100 pts each x 4; evaluated Noteworthy(100)/Satisfactory(75)/Unsatisfactory(0); all may be revised for a higher score)
  • Presentation: 50/40/0 pts (15 pts for first draft evaluated Pass/Fail; 35 pts for final; evaluated Noteworthy (35pts), Satisfactory (25pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts))
  • 15 Additional Theme-Related “Articles”: 45/0 pts (3 pts each x 15; evaluated Pass/Fail)
  • Peer Editing Projects: 60/45/0 pts (20 pts x 3; evaluated Noteworthy (20pts), Satisfactory (15pts) or Unsatisfactory (0pts))
  • Portfolio Cover Letter: 75/60/0 pts (evaluated Noteworthy(75)/Satisfactory(60)/Unsatisfactory(0); may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Meeting & Reading Reflections: 50/35/0 pts (10 pts x 5; evaluated Noteworthy (10)/Satisfactory(7)/Unsatisfactory(0); may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Final Exam: 100/50/0 pts (evaluated Pass/Fail; may NOT be revised for a higher score; completed/pass (100); completed/fail (50); incomplete (0))
  • Reflective Letters: 40/30/0 pts total; Mid-term, 15/10/0 pts; Final, 25/20/0 pts (evaluated Noteworthy/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; may NOT be revised for a higher score)
  • Participation: 100/60/0 pts (3 pts x 20 days; possible 40 pts extra for Noteworthy participation)
  • Bonus: 50 pts (5 perfect, additional articles; pass/fail evaluated as a whole)
  • Bonus Autoethnography: 100 pts (ask Marlen is you wish to do this)

A 920-1000 pts; AB 880-919 pts; B 820-879; BC 780-819; C 720-779; CD 680-719 pts; D 600-679 pts; F 599 pts and below


SCHEDULE (UT ACADEMIC CALENDAR)
Click each week to view those days’ schedules.


SYLLABUS (subject to change)

Remember the Spartan Code! As a member of The University of Tampa Spartan community, I agree and pledge that I will…

  • promote and practice academic and personal honesty.
  • commit to actions that benefit the community, as well as engage in activities that better others.
  • discourage intolerance and acknowledge that diversity in our community shapes our learning and development.
  • conduct myself in a manner that makes me worthy of the trust of others.
  • recognize the ideas and contributions of all persons, allowing for an environment of sharing and learning.
  • accept full responsibility and be held accountable for all of my decisions and actions.


T 8/27 – GETTING STARTED

Today in class we will:

  • Get to know each other better
  • Review course requirements
  • Create websites
  • Choose topics for course and brainstorm project topics via mindmap

Homework (due Thursday):

  • REFLECTION: As learners, we usually start with a great deal of enthusiasm and lose energy as a course progresses. Because of this, the beginning of this course is quite intense and the majority of the workload comes at the beginning. Jump in and do as much as you can now and you will find that the pace slows down considerably and that you have much more freedom in terms of your schedule towards the end.
  • Have your books arrived yet?

A. Set up and design your website

  • Visit http://Wordpress.com. You’ll find information about setting up your website in WordPress Support.
    1) Go to WordPress.com and click the orange “get started” icon.
    2) Add your email address.3) Add your website address and username…

    • last name followed by first name, e.g. Angelina Jolie = jolieangelina
    • no dots, dashes or spaces;
    • no special characters like ä or ö;
    • This site has no relation to the UT university website and email. Pick a password.
    • Write down (or store in your computer or smartphone) your username and password so that you don’t forget them.

4) Next, click CREATE blog (free) at the bottom of the page. Check your email and click the activation link.
5) Login to your website if not already logged in and click MY BLOGS in the top menu of WordPress.com. Find your website and click BLOG ADMIN to get to your website’s DASHBOARD. We’ll do more in class on the first day so please have at least these steps completed.
6) Add your website info at the bottom of this page as a comment. Please include: your name, course number and website address, e.g. Angelina Jolie, 101 H1, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com. I will use this info to make a master list of website links for the class.

B. PAGES:

  • Pages are blank spaces where we can post information and will comprise the majority of your class-related work on writing & learning. The contents of these pages are not immediately visible on the front page of your website. Unlike posts (explained below), we cannot assign pages to categories. Create 7 new PAGES on your website by scrolling over PAGES in your DASHBOARD. You will use these later in this course: NOTES, PROJECTS, COMMENTS, PEER REVIEW, LETTERS, PORTFOLIO, & GOALS.
    • ABOUT: Edit the pre-existing ABOUT page (found in PAGES in your DASHBOARD), delete the existing text and include a short bio, magazine topic and a clear photo of your face (via ADD MEDIA above the text editor). Make sure to mention why you’ve chosen your magazine topic.
    • GOALS: Goal-setting is an important tool for learning. In your GOALS page, make a list of at least 3 goals you have for yourself while in this course and explain for each goal how you will go about achieving them. For example: “I want to improve my confidence in speaking to a group. To do this I will speak out in class more often than I usually do.” Part of your participation grade in this course will depend on your final reflective letter which will include an explanation of why and how you either met or did not meet these goals. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: GOALS
    • READING & NOTICING #1: Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

C. POSTS:

  • Posts will generally show up on the front page of your website in chronological order and will comprise the majority of your website’s themed content. We can assign posts to various categories of our own making. Go to POSTS and choose CATEGORIES in the dashboard. Create the following three categories: Projects; Articles; and Course Writing. The slugs can be the same words (projects, articles and course writing) and for parent choose none. You don’t need a description.
    • POST #1, INTRODUCE YOUR TOPIC: In your dashboard, scroll over POSTS and click ADD NEW. You’ll find the category option just below or next to your text editor; choose Course Writing. Because you have so many other things to do for this class, this blog post won’t be due until next Tuesday, 9/3. First, explain to your audience – a group of people whom you feel are interested in your topic – the relationship between you and your topic and why you are interested in developing a magazine about it. Please provide links to at least three different online magazines/websites related to your own that you will use as models for inspiration and writing genres. You may want to reflect on what you already know about the topic; what you might like to know more about; what most excites you about this topic; why and for whom you feel the topic is significant (who IS your audience?); etc. 3-5 paragraphs. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Course Writing

Th 8/29 – GENRES; SOURCES; MODELS

Today when you arrive in class, please immediately begin reading your BLOGROLL group members’ writing (ABOUT, NOTES). We’ll use the first 5-10 minutes of every class as time to read and comment. You’ll need to continue reading and commenting outside of class in order to fulfill the course requirement of at least 20 website comments for your group members throughout the semester. Today we will also review reading strategies, website use/development including security, review the basic requirements of the course again, and get started on our first writing project and articles.

  • Mimic & Rip: In-class activity & presentation, “Two websites/magazines that I love…”
  • Genre Theory: Getting to know forms and styles of writing

Homework for 6/4:

  • Have your books arrived yet?
  • POST #2: Do some research online and/or by talking with or emailing professors to identify the most common types of writing you will need to undertake a) for your college major and b) as a professional in your field. Knowing NOW what you’ll need to be able to do later will help us make decisions as you plan and develop your writing projects in this course. 1-2 paragraphs category: Course Writing
  • “ARTICLES” 1-3: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create and introduce three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or career-related magazine/website. 2 paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • READING & NOTICING #2: Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

9/03 – Rhetoric; Genre; Revision

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/5:

  • Do tonight’s homework first before returning to last Thursday’s work. Post number two and reading number two will be due by next Tuesday.
  • Have your books arrived yet?
  • COMMENTS 1-2: You should have left at least two comments on others’ blogs by now.
  • READING & NOTICING #3: Please post reflections on a new NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

9/5 – Revision practices; Writing & Emotion

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • WRITING PROJECT #1: Develop a narrative story related to your magazine topic. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
  • We’ll start using books next week. Have yours arrived yet?

9/10 – Voice, Style, Power 1

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/12:

  • READING: Elbow Section 6, Intro and Ch. 25; I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams.
  • Revise website work as necessary.

9/12 – Voice, Style, Power 2

Today in class we will:

Homework for 9/24:

  • Read and respond to comments left on your site
  • Leave comments on classmates’ sites
  • Complete all missing work
  • Consider the design of your website
  • READING & NOTICING #4, ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Please post reflections on a new NOTES page. In tonight’s homework, please respond to each reading separately in a single paragraph. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information in 3-5 sentences. Next, continue the paragraph with an additional 3-5 sentences responding to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES
    • First, review and briefly summarize both of the following in a single paragraph: Purdue Owl: Annotated Bibliographies and Purdue Owl: Examples of Anno Bibs
    • Next, identify FIVE different texts related to your magazine topic, ALL OF DIFFERENT GENRES. These should be new texts that you have not already included in your magazine. Please create an annotated bibliography of all 5 sources with one single paragraph for each source. Your writing should look like the examples provided by OWL PURDUE and follow the instructions I included above. You may use these sources as future “Articles” in your magazine.
    • Finally, in 1-2 paragraphs, respond to the following image using at least one additional source to aid your explanation. Click the image to view a larger version:Retrieved from: http://www.en.utexas.edu/Classes/Bremen/e316k/texts/author-reader.htmlRetrieved from: http://www.en.utexas.edu/Classes/Bremen/e316k/texts/author-reader.html
  • POST #3, EXISTING & MISSING: In your dashboard, scroll over POSTS and click ADD NEW. You’ll find the category option just below or next to your text editor; choose Course Writing. Explain to your audience – a group of people whom you feel are interested in your topic – what information already exists related to your topic and what information is currently missing; etc. 3-5 paragraphs. You’ll use the FIVE different sources of information, ALL DIFFERENT GENRES, that you summarized and responded to above. The main difference this time is that you must compare and contrast these sources to identify established and missing ideas/themes. As you examine and compose, reflect on the sources of information, credibility of those sources, styles and genres, and main content. This activity will help you to understand your community of practice and to develop writing projects that offer something new to the world about your topic. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Course Writing
  • REVISE your narrative for next week’s meetings:
    • NOTE ABOUT REVISIONS: When revising an essay, please follow these instructions:
      • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original writing and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
      • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects.

9/17 & 19 – Consultations and catch-up!

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead.

Homework for 9/24:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #1: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #1: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #1 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Elbow, Ch’s 26, 27, 28 & 29; Lamott, Intro. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 4-6: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; call your mom or dad; most importantly, please clean your room and do your laundry…

9/24 – REVIEW

Today in class we will review our on-line magazines, first writing projects, and reading and writing homework from the last two weeks. We’ll also discuss…

  • Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing activity
  • Spider puke
  • ??? *students’ choice*

Homework for 9/24:

  • ENGLISH WORKSHOP PREP: Come to class Thursday with at least three different questions you have about English writing. For example, perhaps you need clarification on APA/MLA/CMS formatting. Maybe you need to know when to use semicolons vs colons.
  • READING: Lamott, Getting Started. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

9/26 – ENGLISH WORKSHOP 1 & Pre-writing

Today in class we will review questions you have about formatting/structure/mechanics/spelling/grammar/etc. We will also discuss…

  • Fear, self-hatred, and fantasy keys
  • Plans for Writing Project #2
  • The reading and noticing homework from Tuesday
  • Genre, audience and rhetoric
  • ??? *students’ choice*

Homework:

  • READING & NOTICING #5:  Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES
  • WRITING PROJECT #2: Develop a non-narrative analysis of an issue related to your magazine topic in a genre of your choice. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!

10/1 – REVIEW & English workshop 1

Today in class we will review our on-line magazines, first and second writing projects, and reading and writing homework from last week. We’ll also discuss…

  • http://ideaslaboratory.com
  • Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing
  • Fear, self-hatred, and fantasy keys
  • BONUS POINT OFFER: We haven’t discussed prewriting activities beyond mind maps and free writing; what other kinds are there? Can you show me some examples on your blogs (in a post, category: course writing) in the coming weeks for possible bonus points?

Homework:

  • READING: Start reading Elbow, Section 5 on Feedback, Lamott, pp. 16-94. This is due by 10/15.
  • Check your blog and make sure all work is revised, up-to-date, formatted, cited, taken the extra mile, etc, for next week’s meeting.

10/3 – Peer Review 1

Practice giving written feedback: Work with a partner to create a rubric that can be used to evaluate  School Clubs. Your rubric should be simple and allow for both specific and holistic commentary about writing mechanics and research design. We are more interested in the effectiveness of the research, its ability to create a story for the reader, and its ability to address its audience than in its use of language. Post your completed rubric and all comments on your blog’s Peer Review page. SAMPLE RUBRIC

  • Schedule meetings; forward email and create new post for mtg.
  • ***Students’ Choice***

Homework:

  • PR #1: Complete peer review #1 for your meeting partner and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#1 to a new page and then move it under PR in your menu.


10/8 & 10/10 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework for 10/15:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #2: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #2: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #2 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Elbow, Ch. 5 on Feedback; Lamott, pp. 16-94. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the books or coming to class prepared to discuss the readings. That is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 7-9: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; call your brother or sister; most importantly, please remember that I don’t really like milk chocolate…


10/15 Visual Rhetoric

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • REFLECTIVE LETTER #1: Write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course, post it to its own page titled LETTER #1, and then place it under Letters in your custom menu. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual “letter” that addresses any or all of the following:
    * What grade do you currently have? Do you think you deserve it? Why? Look at the course guidelines at top to help you explain.
    * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
    * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Writing? Why?
    * What would you have done differently if taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future students? What could your instructor have done differently in order to receive an “A” from you for his teaching and course design?
    * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully meet this challenge?
    * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
    * Discuss the progress you’ve made, or not made, towards your goals.
    * If you have taken more than one course with me, how did the courses go together? What has your overall experience been while working with me and how have you developed as a student, person, writer, etc?
    Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know. It may be helpful to look at course assistants’ past letters to give you an ideas of what I want.
  • READING & NOTICING #6:  Please post reflections on your NOTES page. You may respond to each reading separately or in unison. As you reflect on what you noticed in the readings, first summarize the most important information that relates to you, a student writer. Next, respond to the article(s) with your own opinions or highlighting what you feel is most important making sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize as necessary. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. page: NOTES

10/17 Visual Rhetoric, cont’d.

Today in class we will:

  • Continue discussion of visual rhetoric

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #1, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision and create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft. Post it to PR#1 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • “ARTICLES” 10-12: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • READING: The Digital Imperative; Part Two in Lamott, The Writing Frame of Mind. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


10/22 Visual Rhetoric, cont’d.

Today in class we will:

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #1, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision and create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft. Post it to PR#1 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • “ARTICLES” 10-12: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • WRITING PROJECT #3 DUE BY YOUR MEETING: Develop a writing project related to your magazine topic in any genre of your choice. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
    • TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING
  • PEER REVIEW #2, Part 1 TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING: Complete the first peer review #2 for your meeting partner and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#2 to a new page and then move it under PR #1 in your menu. Please follow Straub’s advice in Responding to Other Student’s Writing and write comments on a printed draft or insert comments via your word processing software (Pages, Word, etc). Please summarize your comments in 2-3 paragraphs and post it to your blog’s PR #2 page along with the commented file/screenshots/photos of your responses.
  • READING (if you haven’t already): The Digital Imperative; Part Two in Lamott, The Writing Frame of Mind. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

10/24 – WRITING REVIEW **BONUS OPTION**

Today in class we will review what we have created so far in order to:

  • examine our strengths, challenge areas, improvements as writers and communicators;
  • adjust our current learning goals, reflect on previous ones;
  • clarify our knowledge of website development, visual rhetoric and “audience” as concept;
  • review our understanding of inquiry at the college level including the purposes and practices of formatting styles, quality of information;
  • identify questions we have about writing;
  • share our most commonly used tools and effective practices as writer-inquirers with classmates.

We will also:

  • Schedule appts for next week’s meetings

Homework for 11/5:

  • READING: Part Three in Lamott, Help Along the Way; Elbow: Section 1, Ch. 1 “An Approach to Writing” and your choice of two other chapters from this section; Elbow: Section 2, Intro and your choice of two other chapters from this section. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


10/29 & 10/31 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework for 11/5:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #3: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #3: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #3 for next week. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • READING: Part Three in Lamott, Help Along the Way; Elbow: Section 1, Ch. 1 “An Approach to Writing” and your choice of two other chapters from this section; Elbow: Section 2, Intro and your choice of two other chapters from this section. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • “ARTICLES” 13-15: Take a look at some of your favorite websites and online magazines to get familiar with layouts, genres, etc. Next, create three theme-related “Articles” in different POSTS titled, for example, “Article 1: Name of Article” (texts/videos/images/RSS Feeds from other sites) to help you populate your magazine. These may be: “blog entries” in the traditional sense, “advertisements” of your own creation, or any other genres you might typically find in an academic or professional magazine/website. Please include the equivalent of at least 2 self-created paragraphs of text minimum per article. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed. category: Articles
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; start thinking about summer internships and jobs that will advance your career rather than just give you a paycheck…have you considered an alternative break?

11/5 – FYW 101 REVIEW

Today in class we will:

  • Review course goals and objectives
  • Review readings
  • Review articles
  • Review citations & formatting

Homework:

  • PEER REVIEW #2, PART 2: Look at your partner’s revision for the 3rd writing project and create another rubric reflecting changes in the new draft. Post it to PR#2 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • READING REFLECTIONS DUE BY 12/1: Choose an online retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and write a review of both Bird by Bird and Writing with Power. You should have a keen sense of your audience as you do this. Your goal is to develop an interesting, thoughtful, mature, insightful appraisal of your texts. Take a screenshot of your review or copy/paste it to a post titled READING REFLECTIONS. This is due by December 1st. (Post, category: course writing)
  • READING: Using the internet to find info; Evaluating sources. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

11/7 – CLASS MEETING, INTRO TO RESEARCH

Today in class we will:

  • Be introduced to an array of college-level research genres
  • Discuss critical information management and related software/apps
  • Review autoethnography

Homework:

  • READING: Part Four in Lamott – Publication. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!


11/12 & 11/14

Homework:

  • Complete final revisions of your first three writing projects and a first draft of project #3.
  • Make sure your peer review projects #1 and #2 are completed.
  • Finish up leaving blog comments for the other classes’ students. You need a total of twenty.
  • Start working on your PORTFOLIO COVER LETTER:  You will keep all of your work, including ALL pre-writing such as mind maps, outlines, etc, and all drafts of your projects on your blogs. By the end of the semester, you will have fulfilled the requirements for a final portfolio; you will complete this process by writing an additional “cover statement”. Review the guidelines for the Final Portfolio (adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dept of English).
  • Start work on your autoethnography or bonus posts/articles should you wish to do so.
  • Check in with a course assistant for reading out loud, general advice, brainstorming suggestions, etc.
  • Start brainstorming what you’d like to do for your 10-15 minute presentation in December. The topic must reflect our course themes of language, culture and sensory/phenomenological experience and must use a presentation aid.
  • WRITING PROJECT #4 DUE BY YOUR MEETING: Develop a writing project related to your magazine topic in any genre of your choice that illustrates your developing understanding of academic writing and inquiry. Just because I am asking for an academic project doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be an essay. This is your last project in the course and your final chance to really wow me by showing me how much you’ve developed a) your magazine topic and b) as a writer since the beginning of this course. Please make sure to include at least two outside sources in your work that come from PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS. 900-1200 words, posted to your blog on its own PAGE and then move that page under PROJECTS in your menu. Please make sure it is properly formatted with references/notes/works cited at end. Feel free to include images, quotes, outside sources, video, links, etc. Please format all information that is neither your own idea nor common knowledge according to APA/MLA/AMA/CMS/etc rules with in-text citations and a final Works Cited/References as needed.
    • Before you begin, in the page where you are putting the actual writing assignment, identify what your writing goals are: What do you want to accomplish (personal goals for the writing), what kind of writing is this (genre), & who are you writing to (intended audience)? Be thorough and specific and explain how you will achieve these goals. Think of it as a checklist for yourself! 1-2 paragraphs
    • At the end, on the same page as above, write 1-2 paragraphs clearly and THOROUGHLY responding to the same questions but in past tense this time, explaining how you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) these goals/challenges.
    • *Remember Shitty First Drafts!!! (LOL)
    • **MOST IMPORTANTLY: You MUST have your work read out loud to you by another person while you follow along on your own copy with a highlighter/pen or while the file is open. Reading out loud to yourself won’t be enough. You’ll be shocked how many mistakes you find this way and wonder why no one ever made you do this before. Trust me!
    • TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING
  • PEER REVIEW #3 – SELF-ANALYSIS, Part 1 TO BE COMPLETED BY YOUR MEETING: Complete the first peer review #3 for YOUR OWN 4th writing project and be prepared to explain your responses in next week’s meeting. Post PR#3 to a new page and then move it under PR #1 in your menu. Please do both a rubric and margin comments; show me both your rubric and comments to receive credit.
  • READING: Part Four in Lamott – Publication; Elbow, Part Three, Revision – Skim these chapters. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • READING REFLECTIONS DUE BY 12/1: Choose an online retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and write a review of both Bird by Bird and Writing with Power. You should have a keen sense of your audience as you do this. Your goal is to develop an interesting, thoughtful, mature, insightful appraisal of your texts. Take a screenshot of your review or copy/paste it to a post titled READING REFLECTIONS. This is due by December 1st. (Post, category: course writing)
  • READING: Using the internet to find info; Evaluating sources. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • BONUS OPTION MOVIE POST: Create a response to one of the following films both summarizing what you saw and then offering your own personal opinion and comparisons with your current and past writing experiences.
    DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
    FINDING FORRESTER
    FREEDOM WRITERS
    Be sure to quote, paraphrase and summarize along the way using perfect formatting. Responses that show a combination of strong writing, sound inquiry and visual creativity will earn bonus points. Watch and write about all three movies and I’ll double your bonus points.


11/19 & 11/21 Consultations and Ketchup

No in-class meetings this week; small group consultations instead. Remember, this week is all about “ketchup”.

Homework:

  • MEETING REFLECTION #4: Within 24 hours of your meeting, please post a reflection of today’s meeting being sure to follow my instructions below (category: COURSE WRITING):
    • Part 1: Begin by exhaustively reporting the feedback you received in bullet or paragraph form, BOTH praise and criticism please.
    • Part 2: Explain how, where, when you will use this feedback. Be explicit!
    • Part 3: Conclude with a reflection on the meeting overall. How did you feel emotionally/psychologically? How did it go? How could it have gone better? What did you learn by being present for your partner’s feedback? How do you feel about this method of feedback and assessment? Random thoughts?
  • REVISION WP #4: Consider today’s meeting and your reflections and prepare a revision of WP #4. When revising, please follow these instructions:
    • Please post the revision on the same website page as your original project and clearly designate which is the original and which is the revision.
    • Rather than creating a new set of goals, I would like you to thoroughly explain the changes you made from the previous draft. BE SPECIFIC. I will not accept revisions without a strong 2-3 paragraph explanation statement! Same goes for your peer-editing projects. Make sure you explain how you incorporated feedback from others (think of our consultation).
  • PEER REVIEW #3, PART 2: Look at your revision for the 4th writing project, create a 2nd rubric reflecting changes in the 2nd draft and insert margin comments. Post it to PR#3 page and clearly label it REVISION RUBRIC.
  • READING: Elbow: Section 4, Audience. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!
  • Complete the homework from last week; catch up on all comments/responses; complete readings; re-consider your theme, header and background; re-consider your title; maybe get in touch with a course assistant; you could visit the writing center if interested; check out Marlen’s websites from http://marlenharrison.com and get to know him better; start thinking about summer internships and jobs that will advance your career rather than just give you a paycheck…have you considered an alternative break?

11/26 & 11/28 THXGVG, NO CLASSES

  • PLEASE COMPLETE ONLINE SURVEY; IF THERE IS A 100% RESPONSE RATE, THE ENTIRE CLASS WILL RECEIVE 25 BONUS POINTS.


12/3 – Class Mtg; Intro to Presentations

READING: Lamott, Section Five, The Last Class. I do not give you credit for taking notes on the readings at this point in the semester as you should now be doing it anyhow with or without class credit as an effective practice; it is part of your responsibility as a college student. I will reward those who are fully prepared with bonus and deduct participation points for unprepared students. While I do not give you tests, you should treat our class discussions as oral exams and opportunities to shine. If you are shy, prepare ahead of time with something to reflect on and raise your hand at the beginning of class. Keep doing this and with time you’ll find yourself much more comfortable speaking out in class!

12/5 – PRESENTATIONS 1; Classroom meeting, review of final documents



GENERAL RESOURCES


AUTOETHNOGRAPHY SOURCES

PREVIOUS STUDENTS’ AUTOETHNOGRAPHIES (anyone in the 101 classes)

Autoethnography: An overview

Carolyn Ellis: The Ethnographic I

A Critique of Current Practice: Ten Foundational Guidelines for Autoethnographers

Some links from Marlen’s blog:

http://discoveringvoices.com/2008/07/02/re-thinking-research-autoethnographies/


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