Home Announcements Syllabus Essays Assignment

Class Announcements English 1301 Fall 2018
1301 home | --scroll to see past assignments |

Class Announcement 12/3/18

finishline Finish Strong!!!

A Note About the Contents of the Portfolio

One of the two essays you choose to revise must be either Essay #3 or #4. If you plan to select Essay #4 for your portfolio, I urge you to work on other writing pieces until I get this essay returned to you (by no later than Wed. or Thurs.).

The seven other writing pieces likely will come from your Process Journals and Freewriting Journals. EGW#11 (the Beholder imitation) is a good one to include too. Perhaps a practice description could be included. Please don't include EGW grammar exercises as writing pieces. Invention exercise or peer responses also don't fit. A Writing Review might work IF you actually re-review your writing piece and go deeper and farther in your self-evaluation and reflection on that writing piece. You can even include one or two of the other essays we have done if you like.

Reminder: EVERYTHING you put into the portfolio needs to be revised.
For each piece, be sure to go through all four of the phases of revision (even on a freewriting journal). Also, remember to include ALL previous drafts along with your final drafts.

What do I mean by "Submission Drafts?"
A "submission draft" is the draft you turned in for evaluation. For essays, the means the third draft (like E1-3) and NOT the first and second draft. Be sure to include the draft that has my commentary and feedback on it. I also want you to include any subsequent drafts you may have done (draft #4 or #5) whether you had a required rewrite or wrote additional drafts as your revised for the portfolio.

For a free or process journal, the previous draft would be the original version that you turned in when it was due.

How do I revise a freewriting journal? Do I need to?
YES, you even need to revise a freewriting journal if you choose to include one. Follow the four phases of revision and try to shape and form and even develop this rambling rough piece. Definitely, edit it and clean it up. It is no longer freewriting anymore.
The writing evaluation standards, which include grammatical correctness, even apply to our seven other writing pieces.

A Focus on Revision!

As the description of the Portfolio states, everything in the portfolio MUST be revised one more time. What do I mean by revision???

Please review and study each of these documents:
Final Portfolio description and requirements
Phases of Revision
Revision and Re-Thinking
Writing Evaluation Standards (individual essay rubrics also apply)--this is the evaluation standard your writing will be graded upon!

Then follow carefully read this case study in revision that follows the "Phases of Revision" for one Process Journal (an example of the type of writing piece you might choose to revise for the portfolio).

Case Study in Revision

Imagine that this writing piece below is your original piece of writing--how will you go about revising it, and what will you revise? Follow the Phases of Revision and write down how you would approach revising this piece if it were yours.

Original Version of a Process Journal #10 as turned in.

When I started the free writing journals I thought to my self what was the point of these? But I as I kept doing them I felt like it helped me just write out my thoughts and it helped to not draw a blank. I was able to continue with out stopping and think what next. The very first one I did, I did it on paper because I thought typing it wouldn’t help or it would be too hard. When you do it in writing it’s easy you just have a natural flow with it. When I tried it on computer it was a little more difficult because I would stop or I would go back and fix a mistake I made where in paper you don’t worry about the errors as much. But as I kept doing it on computer I kept trying and trying it was difficult at first but after practicing and practicing I got better at not stopping. When I tried on paper it was just fast and easy I had my ideas going and on computer it helped my computer skills at being able to just go and write. I feel like in the last journals I got better and it didn’t have as many mistakes as I did when I first started. I feel the value of this was I was able to learn how to keep going to have all my ideas out to have ready for when I start my essay whereas having to stop and think ok where do I start next. I think it was a good challenge that helped me out in the end to learn to be more open in my writing.

Original Proces Journal Prompt

Process Journal #10: Freewriting

You have just finished seven weeks of keeping a freewriting journal in this class. Take a second to review our guide on freewriting and to think about what the journaling was like for you. Also, read this piece on Peter Elbow's ideas from his book Writing Without Teachers. http://myweb.wvnet.edu/~jelkins/writeshop/writeshop/elbow.html

Write about what you felt was of value in this kind of writing/journaling. What did you find difficult or less valuable? Did you detect any change or impact from doing this kind of journaling. Summarize what you would consider is the "theory" behind the use of freewriting. What do you think of this theory? In what ways might freewriting be of use to your in the future?

 --250 words minimum plus 4 ah-hah responses

After writing your plan, view this discussion of revising this piece.

Study these examples of revision
--Examples of revising Freewriting Journals
--Examples of revising Process Journals

Work on your Portfolio. Revise one piece at a time.

BRING TO CLASS at least one piece you have revised so you can get feedback on it. Also, bring all your other past work and materials so you can work on the portfolio in class.

Next class we will discuss the Final Exam which will be Monday 12/10. Final Portfolios are due at this time.

Class Announcement 11/28/18

Today our Essay #4 is due!!!

Then turn in your final draft two ways
--once to me in PRINT form
--once electronically into Canvas


************************************************************************************************* Information About the Final Portfolio and Preparing for the Final Exam

BEFORE you begin to review your writing in the course to decide what to include in your portfolio and revise them, you need to take two to three hours to prepare and review. (Maybe you will need more time?)

Follow these three items to learn about the portfolio and prepare for both doing the portfolio and the final exam:

  1. Orient to the Portfolio Assignment
    Review the information describing your Final Portfolio and what it will contain.

  2. Prepare to Work on the Portfolio
    Prepare for working on the Final Portfolio and for the Final Exam by doing a review of what we have learned and done in the class

    A) Put together a Process Journal collection
    (Open this MSWord collection of our Process Journal topics, SAVE it to your computer, and copy and paste in EACH of your Process Journals under the appropriate topic.)
    These process journals were on important concepts and strategies used in this class, and by putting them all together you will see in a broad sense what we worked on in the class and your thoughts and understandings of them

    B) Pull together all the key handouts and learning materials (many handouts found from the Lirvin Writing Guides) and go over them. Get out our textbooks--the Scott, Foresman Handbook and Trimble's Writing With Style--and thumb back through them.

    C) Review our Essay Cycle Assignment Sheets as well as the Class Announcements as well, especially as you target particular pieces for revision

  3. Learn About Revision
    Learn about, think about, review what it means to revise a piece of writing.
    Re-read chpt. 5 in SFH. Read this guide on Revision and Re-Thinking and study the Phases of Revision . You should follow this "phases of revision" for each piece your revise (even a freewriting journal).

    The Goal: Seek to apply ALL of what you have learned this semester into improving the pieces of writing you select to revise.

    Once you have completed this preparation work, you can begin thinking about how you will go about doing your portfolio. Capture this thinking in your PJ#14.


Class Announcement 11/26/18

Good morning! Today the second draft of Essay #4 is due.

We are changing things up a bit with only TWO peer responses to do (with a third counting for extra-credit). You may also have time to do your Writing Review here in class.

Before beginning your peer response, take a couple minutes to review the guidance in the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet for each part of the essay:
--pgs. 3-5
--Example Essay #4

Part I: Introduction 1 paragraph!
Part II: Story of Research Process 1 (maybe 2) paragraphs
Part III: Finding #1 1 paragraph
Finding #2 1 paragraph
Finding #3 1 paragraph
Finding #4 1 paragraph
Part IV: Reflection/Self-Evaluation of Research Process and Results 1 paragraph (maybe two if you want to split process and results)
Part V: Conclusion 1 (short) paragraph
Appendix: Authorizing Sources (list in alphabetic order)

Whatever peer response is not completed in-class is due by the end of the day.
--The E4-2 Writing Review is also due by the end of today.

--If you are absent today, I will expect all this work turned in by the end of the day unless I hear from you.
The last 25 minutes will be reserved for discussion about

The Appendix
--What the Appendix should be and should look like
--5Ws Method of Evaluating Sources
--similar example from what an Annotated Bibliography looks like

MLA Documented Essay
--review this MLA Example essay from Purdue OWL closely. Your final draft should look like this one. Study it!

Editing following the Paramedic Method
--Revising Sentences Guide
--Answers to EGW#13 (example of what the Paramedic Method looks like when editing a text)

Homework for next class:
1) Peer response and Writing Review for Draft E4-2 due by the end of today (11/26)
2) The Final Draft of Essay #4 is due next time
--Please follow the guidance for revising this essay found on page 16 of the EC#4 Assignment Sheet. Review our learning materials as well to help you complete this essay.

Be sure you handle and document quotes correctly.
Be sure that you EDIT your final draft. PRINT IT. MARK IT UP (using the Paramedic Method). Seek to be concise and readable.

Please keep your essays within the 4-6 page (1000-1500 word) range. If you are going way over, you need to do some cutting.
NOTE: This word count does not include the Appendix, so the 1000-1500 words applies to Sections I-V only.

NOTE: The last Conference is due 11/28. IF you have a zero for this grade, it means you have not yet had your second conference according to my records. I will change the grade to 100% if you get your conference completed.

Class Announcement 11/21/18
Happy Thanksgiving!
No Class on Wednesday!!!

EGW#13 and Process Journal #13 are both due by midnight tonight, 11/21. Please go ahead and do the four ah-hah replies as well by tonight.
NOTE: The reading for PJ#13 on researching "Walk, Talk, Eat, Cook: A Guide to Using Sources" is really good and should help you think about your own research process and how you are using your sources.

Thinking about Draft #2 of Essay #4
Essay #4 Outline

Below is a graphic of the parts and likely paragraphing and length you will have for this complete dress rehearsal of your essay:

Part I: Introduction 1 paragraph! 1/3-2/3 pg.
Part II: Story of Research Process 1 (maybe 2) paragraphs 1 - 1.5 pgs.
Part III: Finding #1 1 paragraph 3/4 - 1 1/4 pgs. each
Finding #2 1 paragraph total section
Finding #3 1 paragraph should be
Finding #4 1 paragraph 2.5 - 4 pgs. long
Part IV: Reflection/Self-Evaluation of Research Process and Results 1 paragraph (maybe two if you want to split process and results) .5 -1 pg.
Part V: Conclusion 1 (short) paragraph 1/3 - 2/3 pg.
Appendix: Authorizing Sources (list in alphabetic order) (list in alphabetic order)

ALL of this needs to fit within 4-6 pages (1000-1500 words). Please keep within this range! Note: The Appendix does not count in the 1000-1500 words, just the main Parts I-V. See the Example Essay #4 to see a good example of what you are shooting for doing in this essay.

1) Have a great Thanksgiving!
2) To prepare for writing Parts II and IV, review the chapter on the research process in our SFH (chpt. 43, I think). Skim through chpts. 43-50. Complete your Maps of your research findings. Review other representations of the research process. See page 4 of the EC#4 Assignment Cycle where there are three websites to review.
3) Draft #2 of Essay #4 due on Monday
--please follow the guidance for revising what you wrote for draft #1 and adding the new parts for draft #2 found on page 13 of the EC#4 Assignment Sheet. The complete guidance for each part of the essay is found on pages 3-5 of theEssay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet. Follow the guidance for EACH part carefully.


Class Announcement 11/19/18

Good morning!

Happy Thanksgiving!
No Class on Wednesday!!!

Today, we will start by reviewing the Guide on Revising Sentences and the answers to EGW#12 and the sentence-edits following the "Paramedic Method." EGW#13 will be a more realistic editing exercise where you will edit one page of text following the paramedic method.

Today we will review our goals with Draft E4-1 and then doing peer response. Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet . Our goal is to do three peer responses and a fourth for extra-credit.

About Feedback
It is VERY important that you provide good and HONEST feedback to your peers. You certainly want to point out good things they are doing and encourge their movement in positive directions in their essay.

But you also need to point out places where the writer may be off-base or going in the wrong direction.

We will look at the example Essay #4 to discuss the "on track" goals of this essay to help you provide helpful feedback.
--example Essay #4

Whatever peer responses you do not complete in class are due by the end of today. The Writing Review will be due on Wednesday.

After we finish our time focusing on doing peer response, we will do an activity with your Findings and Results section that will help you with getting ready to write Draft #2 of Essay #4.

Mapping Your Research Findings

Get some scrap pieces of paper out--2 to 4

Write out on the top of each piece of paper a short version of a finding (could be front and back or not).

Finding #1: I found out Google is doing "SOMETHING SURPRISING."

Then DRAW a sort of diagram or map of how you got to this finding.

Your starting point is when you had your topic approved.

Name and describe places you went in this journey (both to a location and to a particular source) and name and describe activities that you did to get there.

Draw this map for each of your 2-4 Key Findings that are included in your Draft E4-1.

1) We may not have time for you to draw all your maps of findings. Continue this exercise for each of your findings on your own.
2) You may discover that you have more research to do, so you may have additional findings you will include (and thus need to map more).

We will then discuss writing draft #2 and using the language of research as you do your Parts II and IV in the next draft. Pages 3-5 detail EXACTLY what to do in each part of your essay--Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet

Homework for Next Class:
However, we do have work due on Wednesday by midnight as follows:
1) Complete any peer response you do not complete in class. Do your Writing Review by Wednesday.
2) EGW#13 is another exercise practicing the Paramedic Method. I will give you a paper copy to do physical editing of the text. Do this editing by Wednesday, but bring in the paper copy to turn in on Monday. Post the edited and revised version of the text--just the text--by Wednesday. See how much "fat" you can cut from this text.
3) Process Journal #13 is a really good article from Writing Spaces on research and using sources. You have to read this article first before writing the journal.
4) Be sure to check the Class Announcements on Wednesday to see what will be due on Monday--mostly, it will be the second draft of Essay #4.

Class Announcement 11/14/18

Today we will start by reading the Process Journal #12s and doing our "ah-hah" replies. It will give us the opportunity to review "the art of integrating quotes" with more detail.

The Art of Integrating Quotes
--yet more on integrating quotes

In-class activity: Practice Integrating ("Sandwiching") a Quote

Then we will review the Guide on Revising Sentences and the answers to EGW#12 and the sentence-edits following the "Paramedic Method."
--as an approach to editing, if you meld the awarenesses and strategies of conciseness (see EGW#10 and SFH 17c) with Lanham's paramedic method, you have a powerful tool in your possession to revise your sentences for sharpness, readability, and clarity.

Next, we will have some time to review our Preliminary Findings. Take some time to read through the posts of your peers, and offer one to two questions to at least four posts of your peers.

Given their Research Question and what they have found so far, what question or questions do you have (from the perspective of a reader curious to hear the answer(s) to the writer's research question)?

Finally, we will discuss what to do for the first draft of Essay #4.
--see pg. 7-8 in the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet
--study this example Essay #4

1) KEEP RESEARCHING and processing what you have found. Keep chasing the answer to your research question all the way through Saturday.

2) Follow the directions for writing the first draft of Essay #4 carefully found on pages 7-8 in the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet. For this draft, you only need to do parts I and III of the paper.

Outline of E4-1 draft paper:

Part I: Introduction 1 paragraph! 1/2 to 2/3rds page .5 -.67 pg.
Part III: Finding #1 1 paragraph .5 - 1 pg.
Finding #2 1 paragraph .5 - 1 pg.
Finding #3 1 paragraph .5 - 1 pg.
Finding #4 1 paragraph .5 - 1 pg.

You may have only two key findings. You need THREE bits of textual evidence from you research--at least--in EACH body paragraph. Seek to include information from more than one source for each finding. Be sure to "sandwich" your quotes!

3) Review and study the Guide on Revising Sentences
--double-check your answers to EGW#12

Class Announcement 11/12/18

Start today by finding a "research buddy"--sit next to them.

Working with a "research buddy," we will

a) review (and edit if need be) our Evaluating Sources assignments
--we will look at the Appendix example in the assignment sheet and the example in the Evaluating Sources assignment
--review of MLA Documentation Style --MLA Sample paper (study this paper)
--our friend, Citation Machine

b) share how our researching is going so far and offer suggestions for researching
--help each other!
--use this time in-class for more researching of electronic sources

Introduction to the Paramedic Method!
--funny video to introduce the Paramedic Method
--Exerpt from Revising Prose by Richard Lanham and Revising Sentence Guide

--you should be almost done with your researching! Keep track of what you do and what you find as you research.
2) Write up your Preliminary Findings Report
--see page 7 of the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet for directions on writing this report
3) EGW#12 practicing the Paramedic Method
4) Process Journal #12 on Using Quotes focused on reading Trimble's chapter on using quotes.

For those with required rewrites, use our Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet and scroll down to previous class announcements with helpful information to complete your revision successfully.
--ALL rewrites are due Monday 11/19. Late rewrites count as a late draft in your "on-time drafts" grade and may result in you being required to include this essay in your final portfolio.
E3 Mini-Outline for Topic#1


Class Announcements 11/7/18

Good morning!

Quote of the day:
"Each time we write, we're making a choice as to the kind of person we prefer to be. Since it's so important, let's make that choice a conscious one for a change. Here's what it involves: 'Do I want to be authentically me, speaking my own thoughts in my own idiom, or am I content to be a pseudo-self, using borrowed thoughts, borrowed language, and a borrowed personality to gain the approval of a few literary traditionalists?'" (Trimble 71).

Today we will start by
A) reading the Process Journal #11s of our peers and doing the four ah-hah replies.
B) Then we will listen to and enjoy a few Beholder imitation pieces from EGW#11.
C) Review my researching guidance inside
--the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet
--LibGuide for our class
--Keyword search strategies guide I gave you

Then, we will RESEARCH

Your goal is to research on your Research Question. Get down and dirty with seeking answers to your research question.
--Start by finding a book
--Then search for a peer-reviewed journal article

Follow the guidance and suggestions for researching found in the Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet and our LibGuide.


1) Research! Now is the time. Follow your curiousity where it leads you.
2) The Evaluating Sources exercise found on page 8 of the EC#4 Assignment Sheet is due next time by class time. See the example of one done correctly in the Evaluating Sources assignment.

Class Announcement 11/5/18

Today we have our Essay #3s due!!!!

Please turn in your PRINT copy to me (be sure it is in MLA Format)
Then turn in your ELECTRONIC copy to Canvas

And do your Writing Review E3-3|
--we have the first 20 minutes of class to get this done.

IF you are absent today, I still expect your essay to be turned in today unless I hear from you otherwise. Late essays need to be turned in within a week or they are considered late again and will count off more on your "On time drafts" grade. Contact me for help if you are struggling.


Congratulations on completing Essay #3!


We are on to Essay #4!

See our new Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet.

In-class, we will nail down everyone's Research Question, review what the project will entail, and then begin researching!

Use the LibGuide created for our Project to help you research and evaluate sources
--LibGuide for our class
--Chapters 44 and 45 in SFH on finding and evaluating information

Reviewing the Research Process
--"Deconstructing" your keywords in your Research Question

Starting to research (pg. 7 in EC#4 Assignment Sheet)
----Keyword search strategies (Illustrated version)

What is "parallelism?" Prepping for EGW#11
--see page 8 of Essay Cycle #4 Assignment Sheet.

Homework for next class:
1) Begin researching! DON'T WAIT. Keep track of what you do and what you find as you research. Read through the first few pages of the EC#4 Assignment Sheet and follow its guidance for researching. Familarize yourself with the assignment.

2) EGW#11 is on Parallelism. Follow the directions closely. You must read and study about parallelism before trying it out yourself. Have fun with this writing piece!

3) Process Journal #11 is over Trimble's chapters #6 and #7. Both are great chapters. Read those, and then do the PJ.

4) Extra-credit journals, if you are doing them, are due next class.

Class Announcement 10/31/18

pumpkins Happy Halloween!

You may be interested to watch...

"The Facebook Dilemna"--a documentary from PBS's Frontline!

We will start today by

--turning in our freewriting journals (our last week!)
--doing the four ah-hah replies to Process Journal #10 on freewriting
--then discuss Conciseness and review the answers to EGW#10


Next we will work in successive waves to do four things with our drafts
Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet

  1. First, we will review your Introduction to
    A) See if it is doing the three things all introductions should do:
    --CONNECT with the reader (create an engaging Title and Lead sentence)
    --STATE your THESIS/CLAIM (in the LAST sentence of the Introduction--without a plan of development summarizing each reason)
    B) See how well you are writing into the "Writing Situation" spelled out in the original topics.

  2. How well we are "sign posting" our argument and make revisions to craft strong transition sentences if they are needed.
    --Signposting Arguments with Transitions
    --Guide on Coherence and "Topic/Transition/Linking" sentences

  3. Next, we will review handling quotations correctly following the "sandwich principle"
    Writing Guides on Using Quotes Effectively
    Using Quotations
    --The Sandwich Principle
    The Art of Integrating Quotes
    --more on integrating quotes
    --yet more on integrating quotes

  4. Finally, we will review MLA Documentation--both in-text citation and the Works Cited
    --review EGW#9
    --MLA Guide

1) Study MORE in Conciseness
As a follow up to EGW#10 and in preparation to edit your own final draft, take 15-30 minutes to review the content on Conciseness from Purdue OWL (See all four items in the left menu bar under Conciseness.)

2) The Final Draft of Essay #3 is due next class!
--please folllow the guidance for this final draft found on pages 17-18 of the Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet.

Please come to class with a PRINT copy of your essay to turn into me and an electronic copy to be turned in to Canvas.

3) If you have not made a final determination on your Essay #4 Inquiry Project topic, please go back to the E4 Proposal forum and reply to your original message with what topic you are going to pursue. (It is still OK to change your topic if you wish, but let me know.)

Please review our Late Work Policies found from our Canvas home page.

Class Announcement 10/29/18


Please get started on today's two main tasks right away!

Task #1: Select your Research Question for Essay #4
Go back to the E4 Proposals forum, read my responses, and reply with your ONE research question that you want to pursue for Essay #4. If you need to take until the end of today to decide, that is ok.

Task #2: Peer Response on Essay #3, draft #2
Today, we will focus on doing peer response on our draft #2s of Essay #3. While we are doing peer response, I will be touching base with any people who need help with this essay. Note: Only drafts that are close to being complete--all the way through the conclusion and approximately 800-1000 words--will be counted as on time.

Be sure that you have posted your Draft Letter on the top of your draft.

Our goal is to do THREE peer responses and the fourth will count for extra-credit.
--whatever peer responses are not finished in class are due by the end of the day
--The Writing Review E3-2 will be due by next class

E3 Mini-Outline for Topic#1


During the last 15-20 minutes, we will discuss EGW#10 over Conciseness by looking at the beginning of Trimble's chpt. 6 and at the exercises in SFH.
**The Writing Center has copies of the SFH if you need one.**

Homework for next class:
1) Complete peer response by the end of today
2) Complete the E3-2 Writing Review by next class
3) Do EGW#10 on Conciseness
4) Do Process Journal #10 on Freewriting
5) WK 7 Freewriting Journals due (our last week!)

Other Notes:
A) You will be able to do another week of freewriting journals to count as extra-credit. This opportunity is voluntary.

B) This is a perfect time to get help from the Writing Center or from me by scheduling a conference over your draft. Conference #2 must be done before we turn in Essay #4.

Class Announcement 10/24/18

Please start today by reading through the Process Journal #9s on Rhetoric and doing your four "ah-hah" replies. You can also turn in your freewriting journals.

Aristotle's Rhetoric--a good read!

Next we will

a) Review Using Quotes and "sandwiching" them
--Using Quotes
--The Art of Integrating Quotes

b) Reviewing how MLA Documentation works
--View a sample MLA paper to see the TWO STEPS of MLA Documentation
--View our MLA Guide

Then, we will see a nifty way to create Works Cited entries with Citation Machine
--Exercise Using and Documenting Quotes (EGW#9)
--Search "Citation Machine and MLA"
We will start your Works Cited page to add to your EGW#9 paragraph sandwiching two quotes

Please complete EGW#9 and turn it in as a separate file by the end of today (so I can see the formatting).

NOTE: IF you struggled with doing "hanging indents," don't worry about it for now. You will want to learn how to do it between now and the final draft of Essay #3.

Next We Will Review BASICS About Argument and Making an Argument


--they are structured around REASONS

--if you use "because," you almost always have a reason


Fall is a wonderful season (claim) + because it gets cooler (reason).

Dogs are better pets than cats (claim) because they are more affectionate (reason).

SAC is a great place to start college (claim) because it has great professors (reason).

See Brainstorming for Reasons Guide

Study this flow of logic in the following two examples because you want your paper to have this same type of logic.

Essay Question: What should your (Beto O'Roarke's) stance be regarding legislation to regulate these tech giants?
Thesis: According to Foers, you (O'Roarke) should push for legislation to reign in these monopolies.

Argument #1 Statement: One reason you should support legislation to regulate the tech giants is because they are a threat to democracy.

Essay Question: Are algorithms in the hands of Google, Facebook, and Amazon dangerous.
Thesis: Althought algorithms can do many good and useful things, according to Foers, these companies cross a line that is dangerous in how they deploy algorithms.

Argument #1 Statement: First, these companies' use of algorithms is dangerous because they influence our thinking in their self-interest.

Claim/Thesis + Reason = Primary Support (or unit of argument)

See also the Development Guide which graphically represents the relationship between your Thesis, your Primary Supports (Reasons) and your Secondary Support (your textual evidence).

Now open your E3 draft #1 and/or your E3 Invent (in Canvas).

You should have three or four paragraphs (#2-4 or 5) where you presented a reason/support for why you think your thesis is true. (Perhaps you were off track, so you will need to define these reasons better.)

Create an "Argument Statement" (like above) containing your Claim + Reason for each of your Body paragraphs (your "Primary Supports"). Be sure that you use a "because" statement for your reason.

Go to the E3 Outline assignment in Canvas, and put it all together into your E3 mini-outline

Essay Question:

Argument#1 Statement:
Argument#2 Statement:
Argument#3 Statement:

Next, we will review E3 Evidence Sheets.
--see this example that is partially filled out
(STUDY these sheets because you will want to fill these sheets out in the same way for your topic.)

Then we will begin in-class to fill in your E3 Evidence Sheet
--open Word version to fill out

HINT: You have already been collecting textual evidence in your E3 Invention and then in our collaborative Google Doc inventions found in Canvas. You can go back to those places as well as the book to find good supporting textual evidence for each reason.

Homework for next class:

1) FIRST, work on filling out your E3 Outline and Evidence Sheets
--the ones we worked on in class.
--try to get at least FOUR quotes from the book to back up EACH of your reasons.
--Due by Saturday!

2) Then write your second draft of Essay #3 (E3-2).
--follow the guidance for writing this draft found in the Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet

3) Reading--Reviewing our guides on using quotes will be helpful. You might also try reading Trimble's chapter on using quotes (12 or 13). It is great! As you use quotes inside your draft #2, please try to "sandwich" each one.
You should also review what we cover in class! You can always scroll down to view past class announcements.

4) Keep doing freewriting journals

Class Announcement 10/22/18

Good morning!

Please begin right away doing peer response on draft E3-1.
--your goal is to do three peer responses and a fourth can be for extra-credit

ESSAY CONSTRAINT: Representing Foers' views
Let's make explicit a perhaps implicit constraint about this essay. In each of these topics, you are not asked to represent YOUR opinion or the opinion you discover from research outside what is discussed in the book.

Your job in the essay is to represent the arguments discussed in the book. You may disagree with the views of the book, but whether you agree or disagree, your job is to represent the arguments Foers communicates in the book.

So this is not about making a personal argument, although you will individually be pulling together and interpreting what you think is Foers' argument and the evidence he presents in his book to support that argument.

Your primary job is not to argue against the views of the book. If you disagree with Foers' views, you can save any critique you have for the conclusion.

Handling and Documenting Quotes

Next we will review how we will use and document quotes in our essay:
--Guide for Using Quotes (and "The Sandwich Principle" for using quotes)
--MLA Guide

We will start EGW#9 in-class--practicing the "sandwich principle"

Homework for next class:

1) Complete the peer response by the end of the day. Complete the Writing Review by next class.
2) Complete EGW#9 (follow the directions closely in the Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet
--NOTE: PRINT this exercise to turn in. (You don't have to turn it in electronically.)
3) Process Journal #9 is on Rhetoric! (my favorite subject)
4) WK6 of Freewriting Journals due Wed--keep writing without stopping (suggestion: writing about the book and what you think about it)

Note: We will begin to work on your E3 Outline and Evidence Sheets next class!

Class Announcement 10/17/18

Today we will start by doing the four ah-hah replies to Process Journal #8.
--Williams on "Argument: a key feature of college writing" and Trimble on "the analogy" and "The checklist":

  1. A sure sense of audience
  2. A well-defined thesis
  3. A clear strategy
  4. Strong evidence
  5. A clear narrative line
  6. A persuasive closing

We will next discuss Subordination and Coordination and EGW#7 on Sentence Combining (answers to EGW#7). Hopefully, you are seeing the connection between our work on "sentence boundary" issues like comma-splices and run-ons as well as punctuation.

NOTE: We will do our re-take of the Punctuation Test NEXT class. Please continue to study punctuation from our handout, our handbook, and Trimble's chapter.
--the test will be exactly like the other one, but with a different section to correct the punctuation in.


Then we will discuss our evaluation of the two pairs of sources for EGW#8 and which is more credible and why.

Set #1: Compare the following sites. 

Set #2: Compare the following sites. 

Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet

Then we will focus on the E3 Invention in groups determined by our topic selection.

The Invention exercise has you do three things

  1. COLLECT evidence
  2. SORT the evidence
  3. NAME/LABEL REASONS as main arguments (or PRIMARY SUPPORTS) of your Thesis


1) Complete your E3 Invention by Saturday (using the Collaborative Evidence Collection pages to help you)
--do more re-reading and notetaking surrounding your emerging REASONS in support of your thesis. You will need to continue to recycle back to the book to understand Foer's arguments and find good evidence in the text for these views. Your writing is based upon your reading, so digging into Foer's book is where to be.

2) Do your first draft of Essay #3 (E3-1). Doing a good E3 Invention sets you up to do a good E3-1 draft. Writing this draft should take you 25-40 minutes. Follow the directions closely found on page 10 of the Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet carefully.

3) Read/skim chapters 45-46 in SFH on using sources responsibly and handling quotes


Class Announcement 10/15/18

evalEvaluate Your Sources!

Today we focus on evaluating sources. What we do in class today extends what is found in chapter 45 of SFH. You must read and study that chapter!

Here is the link to the library LibGuide for our Inquiry Project.

E4 Proposals are due today!

Homework for next time: Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet
1) Do the E3 Invention as best you can. It actually has you begin to seek out support in the text for your thesis and then sort it to discover your main arguments. This activity will take some time and may be difficult, but do the best you can. --Consider that this "seeking support" activity is only the beginning of your work on finding evidence from the text to back up your thesis in Essay #3.

2) EGW#8 is a follow-up exercise evaluating a pair of sources using our 5Ws Method of Evaluating Sources.--be sure to investigate each source following the prompts in the 5Ws handout.

3) PJ#8 is on Trimble chapter 4 and an essay by Joseph Williams on Writing in College.
--link to article

Suggestion: IF you have read only half the book, you may find topic #1 easier to do since most all the support for that topic comes from the first section of the book.

Class Announcement 10/10/18

Today we meet in the Library! (actually in the SLAC Lab on the 7th floor of MLC)

Here is the link to the library LibGuide for our Inquiry Project.

About today's homework:
--check your answers to EGW#7
You should be making a connection between all the "sentence boundary" work we have done with punctuation and the two ways to connect sentences and EGW#6 and our review of run-ons where sentences are either not connected or separated correctly.

--for Process Journal #7, please do your four "ah-hah" replies on your own by the end of today.

For Next Class:
1) Finish reading World Without Mind. Read closely and interactively--annotating while you read.
Note: If you are far from finished, you will need to work extra to complete the book. Ration your reading so you can complete the book by the 20th. That's ten days--how many pages per day will you need to read to complete the book? You will need to begin work on Essay #3, despite not having the book finished.

2) Read the Essay #3 Topic sheet and do the "Getting Started with Essay #3" steps #1 and #2 (read pages 2-5 in the Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet).
--pick your topic, begin doing your "focused re-reading" around that topic's Essay Question
--you might even check ahead to the E3 Invention and begin doing some work on it

3) Do the E4 Proposal--found in Canvas--where you give me ideas for topics you would like to pursue for your Inquiry Project in Essay #4.

4) Another session in the library next class!

Next class we meet in our regular classroom (GH 228) for a session on Evaluating Sources

Prepare for this library instruction session by
1. Read/skim SFH chpts. 45 on evaluating sources

Class Announcement 10/8/18

Essay #2s are due today!


Before turning in your paper, review it from the perspective of "the glass is half full." Rather than look for errors, look for where you have punctuated correctly and where you have done things correctly. You should KNOW why you punctuate and WHY it is correct.

Pay special attention to places where you are not sure if you have done something correctly--for example, you look at a comma, and you can't identify whether it is correct. Re-examine it to see if you can verify it as correct or perhaps you will see it is not correct and you can fix it.

Like before, hand-written edits on your final draft count--no need to fix the electronic copy and reprint.

Once you have done a "glass is half full" proofreading of your paper, turn it in TWO ways

--turn in the PRINT copy to me
--turn in the electronic copy into Canvas
(Be sure the essay is in MLA Manuscript format.)

Then do your Writing Review E2-3. Depending upon how much time you needed for your final proofreading, you may have to complete this writing review by the end of the day.

At 35 minutes after the start of class, we will migrate over to GH227 and talk about World Without Mind.

Review our new Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet!

Next class we meet in the Library for an orientation on researching.

Meet in the lobby area of MLC on the 2nd floor right when you enter the building. We are going to be in one of the library classrooms to the right--MLC 208 or 209.

Prepare for this library instruction session by
a) reading/skimming SFH chpts. 43 and 44.
b) View this video on "What Databases and Why You Need Them"
c) Then review this LibGuide comparing searching the web ("googling") and searching in a library database
--LibGuide (click all the tabs and view the videos)

Those wishing to re-take the Punctuation Test will be able to do this re-take on 10/17.

Homework: Essay Cycle #3 Assignment Sheet!

1) EGW#7 on Sentence Combining and PJ#7 on drafting due next class.
2) WK4 of freewriting journals--write without stopping for 10 minutes; don't fix anything!
3) Review our plans for Essay #3 and Essay #4. The E4 Proposals will be due 10/15, so be doing some thinking about possible topics for inquiry projects.
4) Prepare for our Library Instruction next class (see above).
5) Finish reading World Without Mind this week (if possible). Keep reading from wherever you are.

Note: If you did not complete your Writing Review E2-3 in-class, it is due by the end of today.

IF you are ever absent, I still expect work to be turned in today unless I hear from you.


Class Announcement 10/3/18

register Good morning!

Once you get logged in and skim this class announcement, please start on task #1:

    1. Please turn in your WK 3 freewriting journals.

    2. Do your four ah-hah responses to Process Journal #6 over Invention
      --Reinventing Invention

    3. Punctuation Quiz answers
      --those who wish can RETAKE the quiz next Monday

    4. Check your answers to EGW#6
      --maybe have chapter 35 from the SFH open to review further

    5. Review the goals for the essay related to Essay Form and Writing Toward a Rhetorical Situation found on page 4 of the EC#2 Assignment Sheet
      --Then review the Illustrative Essay Rubric to see how you will be evaluated and see how they match the goals for the essay.

    6. Do a focused reading of the Example Illustrative Essay noticing
      --how this author speaks TO her audience
      --how this author is not bashful about advocating for her purpose
      LOOK at how you are addressing your AUDIENCE
      --are you talk AT or ABOUT your audience?
      --Instead, seek to speak TO your audience

Be sure that you have It will be OK to leave early if you have finished the above items, or you could use any spare time you have to work on the essay.

Homework for next class:

1) The Final Draft of Essay #2 is due. Please follow the directions for doing this last revision and draft found on page 17 of the EC#2 Assignment Sheet.
--Please bring to class BOTH the print copy and electronic copy of your paper to turn in.
--Be sure your paper is in MLA Manuscript Format.

NOTE: You don't have to do the E2-3 Writing Review by class time. Only the final draft is due at the beginning of class.

2) Please bring World Without Mind to class next time. Keep reading it. Keep prospecting for interesting ideas in the book you might be interested in learning more about in your E4 Inquiry Project.

Class Announcement 10/1/18

Happy October!

We will start today by doing the promised punctuation test.

Want to read MORE about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?
--check out this 9/17/18 article from The New Yorker


  1. Post your draft with a "Draft Letter" on top.
    --this draft letter is a short note to your reader preparing them to read your piece and asking for any particular feedback.

  2. Do Peer Response
    --do THREE Peer responses (and you can do a fourth for extra-credit)
    --really try to do your best in being good, helpful and insightful readers for your peers
    --Spread the wealth. If someone already has two or more peer responses, look for someone else who doesn't have at least two responses to do your peer response on.

  3. When you complete your peer response, then do your Writing Review as a reply to your own draft.
    --this writing review should be a minimum of 250 words

You should be able to complete all this work in-class. If you do not, the remainder is due by the end of today.

If you finish early, please stay in class and begin working on revising your essay.

Homework for next time:

1) Complete Peer Response and your Writing Review if you didn't complete them in-class
--due by the end of today

2) EGW#6 on Sentence Fragments and Run-ons and Process Journal #6 on Invention (Follow directions for these activities found on page 15-16 of the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet carefully. EGW#6 can be done by hand or electronically.)

BONUS Site on Sentence Fragments--Grammar Bytes! Check it out!
BONUS Site on Comma Splices--Grammar Bytes! Check it out!

3) WK 3 of Freewriting Journals due next class
--10 min. writing without stopping about life, the universe, and everything

4) The Final Draft of Essay #2 will be due next Mon. 10/8, so you can begin working toward that final draft.

5) Continue reading World Without Mind. This week you should be into Chpt. 9 (pg. 196)!
--be prospecting for possible inquiry project topics

Reminder: Conference #1s are due BEFORE you turn in Essay #2. Plan to have your conference by Thursday at the latest.

Class Announcement 9/26/18


Good Morning!

In the first ten minutes of class...

Please turn in your WK2 Freewriting journals (print copies). Then read the WK 5 Process Journals and do your four ah-hah responses.

Today we will review some basics basics basics about Essays

from Writing Guides from Scott, Foresman Handbook
Essay Form chpt. 3
Essay Organization  

What will be the organization and development of our Essay?
--examine the organization of the example illustrative essay

Focus on Introductions
--Trimble on Openers pg 23-24
--SFH chpt. 13
--Irvin Leads Guide to Introductions

Then, we will do the EGW#5 Exercise in class--Titles and First Lines

Middles--Focus on Organization
--see Trimble chpt. 4 (our reading for this week in Trimble)


Homework for next class:
1) Complete the EGW #5 exercise (if needed) by the end of today by going back to your original post in Canvas and editing it.
--you should follow the directions for the exercise found in the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet

Your final exercise should have 10-20 possible titles, seven -twelve different first line leads, and then a final section where you select your provisional title and lead and write about why you have chosen these. BE SURE TO USE THIS TITLE AND LEAD IN YOUR DRAFT #2!!!!!

2) Essay #2 draft #2 is due next time
--review my feedback on your E2 on-track check. I hope to have this feedback done by Friday.
--follow the guidance carefully for doing this draft found on pages in the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet carefully!
--be sure to use a different color as your add to, revise, and rethink the elements of your paper you have brainstormed on in your six brainstorming sheets
--expect that this second draft will take some time and effort to revise
--due in Canvas by class time

Note about STORIES in the body of your paper
--be sure that you include events or incidents that SHOW your truth: that is, you want a specific thing that happened on a specific day with specific people in a specific place that shows/demonstrates that your truth is true. Even if you are using as an illustrative example of something that "typically" or usually happens, include one instance of this typical happening to give this event concrete significance
--focus your stories just to show your truth, like a YouTube video clip. Use the techniques of description to SHOW and make your message that much more powerful

3) Prepare for the Punctuation Test. It will be EXACTLY like the trial test we took last Monday.
--Punctuation Guide , Part VI in SFH, Chpt 13 in Writing With Style
Exercise Answers: #1 & 3, #2, #4

4) REQUIRED REWRITES of Essay #1 are due in one week (i.e. 10/1)

On-going work
--WK3 Freewriting Journal
--reading in World Without Mind

MANY of you have still not had your conference with me or tutoring session in the Writing Center or a piece of writing you are working on for this class. You must accomplish this conference or tutoring session by the time Essay #2 is due. Period. Those who do not get this conference done will lose -10 points on their On-Time Draft and Conferences portion of your grade.

If you have had your tutoring session, please be sure to get a stamp verifying that you have had your session and show it to me. These sessions in the Writing Center need to be 30 minutes at least to get the stamp.

Be sure if you go for tutoring that you go to the SAC Writing Center in GH 203--no where else.


Class Announcement 9/24/18

Today we will start with a punctuation quiz! ... as promised

Then we will get our Essay #1s back and discuss them
--see a collage of E1-3 Writing Reviews on our experience with the writing process in E1

Before starting to discuss Essay #2, we will talk about two class matters

  • a review of Freewriting and how to do it
  • a look at the Inquiry Project about World Without Mind that we will be doing for Essay #4 so that you can prospect as you read for possible topics to investigate.

Next we will turn to Essay #2 and the first draft of Essay #2 (E2-1)
--Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet
We will do peer response in-class. The goal is to do three peer responses with a fourth counting as extra-credit.
--whatever peer responses are not done in-class need to be completed by the end of today

9/26 1:00 PM Workshop on Most Common Errors
--Writing Center, GH 203

Homework for next class:
1) Review chapters 3,4, and 13 in SFH
2) Do the Writing Review for E2-1
--remember, for the draft to count as "on time" all three need to be completed on time: draft, peer response, AND writing review
3) Do your E2 "on track" check
--particularly go back to your "data sheets" on the parts of the essay to do some re-thinking about your topic. REALLY think and refine your "thesis" (or Illustrative Truth)
4) Do Process Journal #5 on Trimble chapters 1-3
5) NOTE: DON'T DO EGW#5--we will do this exercise in-class together!
6) WK2 of Freewriting Journals are due next class.
...and keep reading World Without Mind. You should get into chpt. 7 this week around pg. 161.

Not exactly sure how Dr. Irvin grades?????
--see this explanation of daily grades

Class Announcement 9/19/18

Happy Fall! ... almost

Please turn in your first week of freewriting journals as you arrive.

Today we will start by reading the Process Journal #4-Bs and doing our four short "ah-hah" replies of 25-50 words.

Next, we will review EGW#4 and punctuation.
Punctuation Quiz--Can you name the five things punctuation does and what punctuation marks are associated with each function? Can you provide an example for each function?

Then we will look at the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet and the Essay #2 topic and do our E2 Invention exercise in-class
If you are absent, this E2 Invention is due by midnight unless I hear from you.

1) Complete the reading for this week
--Trimble chpts 2 and 3
--SFH pg 6-12
2) Study for the Punctuation Quiz next class: punctuation guide (read Trimble's chapter on punctuation if you have not already!)
3) If you did not finish your E2 invention in-class, complete it by the end of today. If you decide to change your topic before next class, please re-do the E2 invention exercise with your new topic and post it.
4) Essay #2 draft #1 is due next class
--Follow the directions for doing this draft CLOSELY found on pages 8-9 of the EC#2 Assignment Sheet. Bring your SIX pieces of paper to class with you.
We will do peer response in-class and the writing review by the following class.
5) WK2 of Freewriting journals begins.
6) Keep reading World Without Mind! You should be up to chpt. 5 pg. 123 by the end of this week if you are following my suggested reading schedule. Review the materials I posted about how we will be using the book.

MORE on The first draft of Essay #2 (E2-1)
--please trust my pre-writing activity of making the sheets and do this activity before you draft. Trimble talks about them in his book at data sheets. Let these sheets be little sketch pads for each part of your essay where you experiment and tweek that part. Then, when you write your draft, use the sheets as you write.

For example

The sheet on your Illustrative Truth (thesis)
--you could try writing and rewriting your thesis five (or ten) different ways until you found the right wording. Trick: write "It is true that ____" and complete the sentence. Your thesis is the last part.

The sheet on your audience
--you could scratch down details that were specific to this audience and what they want or need, what they know or believe
--you could brainstorm other possible audiences if this audience is not working

The sheet on your purpose
--you could delve in more detail about what you want THIS specific audience to see, think, feel, or do when they read your piece
--maybe there are multiple possible purposes and you can decide the best
--adjustments to your audience might shift your purpose, and you could explore those

Each sheet on your illustrative stories
--like we did with the family story, you can list any details related to the story out on the page to gather things you could include and trigger you to remember more about it

But WHY do this????
Here is the secret--when you scratch down your ideas onto paper, you are making your thinking visible. When you make your thinking visible, you can then examine this thinking to add to it, to adjust it, to make connections you might otherwise not make.

Trust this process and see if it doesn't help you when you sit to do the first draft.

Class Announcement 9/17/18

The Final Drafts of Essay #1 are due TODAY!

We will begin class with an activity, and then turn in the essays. WAIT to turn in your essay. (Check Your Answers for the punctuation exercise in EGW#3: exercise 1 and exercise 3!)

Turn in your essay TWO ways
--turn it in electronically inside Canvas to the Essay #1 Final Draft (E1-3) assignment (you click "submit assignment" and upload your file)
--print and turn in the paper copy to me


Congratulations on getting Essay #1 finished!!!!

But wait... you are not done...

You need to do the E1-3 Writing Review. This Writing Review needs to be completed by the end of today and needs to be completed for your essay to be counted as "on-time."

You may be able to get a start on this Writing Review during our regular class time.


Are you absent today?
I still expect you to turn in your essay into Canvas and complete the E1-3 Writing Review by midnight today (unless I hear from you otherwise). Please bring the print copy of your essay next class.


Process Journal #4-part A--we will do the first part of this journal in-class

We are launched into our second essay! See the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet

Homework for next time:

  1. Open and read the Essay Cycle #2 Assignment Sheet. Skim it at first. Then I urge you to print it and hole-punch it into your notebook.
    --look over and think about the Essay #2 Topic found on pages 3-4. Read the example essay.
    --Don't do the E2 Invention exercise yet. We will do it in class next time.
  2. EGW#4 is continued work on punctuation.
    BE READY FOR A PUNCTUATION QUIZ over the guide to punctuation guide
  3. Do Process Journal #4-part B
  4. WK1 of Freewriting Journals are due Wed. (MW class) or Thurs. (TR class).
  5. See the readings for the week and start working on them, particularly pages 6-12 in SFH on audience and purpose.
Class Announcement 9/12/18 --updated 9/15

Check Your Answers for the punctuation exercise in EGW#3: exercise 1 and exercise 3!

NOTE: Writing Review E1-3 is NOT due at class time. Just your finished essay is due.

START by reading our Process Journal #3s and doing your four short ah-hah replies (each of 25-50 words).

Next, we will begin our Freewriting Journal

Wondering what "freewriting" is?


Watch this video explaining Freewriting! (Scroll down to find the video and watch it.)

See page 14 of our Essay Cycle #1 Assignment sheet with exact instructions for how I want you to keep your freewriting journal. Also, this guide on journals discusses how to do a freewriting journal.

How we will do our freewriting journal:

  • Write for 10 minutes, continuously (no stopping)
  • Write on any topic you wish (within decent bounds)
  • Write without correcting or fixing anything
    -- I would expect that your freewriting journals will BE MESSY!!!! See this example of a very messy freewriting journal.
  • Write FOUR journals per week, turned in each Wed.
  • Turn in a paper copy of the journals (whether handwritten or typed)
    --we do not share these journals with the class

If I see neat, correct journals from you, I know you are not getting this freewriting thing yet. Just write--without editing! ... for ten minutes, without stopping!

Then we will learn about our grammar review goal for this essay--Punctuation

Why Punctuation Matters! --an experiment in reading

My guide to punctuation and sentence structure

--I expect you to KNOW every bit of this guide. Study it. Memorize it.
You should be able to recite from memory the five things punctuation helps you DO. Study it especially in reference to what SFH and Trimble say about punctuation.

Last, we will discuss World Without Mind.

I urge you to use the chapter summary available in Canvas to help you follow the big picture of the book (it is NOT a substitute for reading)

Read interactively! Annotate. Look words up!

Carry the book with you all the time. Whenever you have a moment, read it. Carve out devoted reading times. You should read about 35-40 pages per week--our target is to have the book finished by 10/12.


Homework for next time:
1) Read about and study punctuation for EGW#3
--my guide to punctuation and sentence structure
--my video version of this punctuation guide with my commentary and example of editing writing for punctuation
--Read Trimble’s chapter 12 or 13 on Punctuation in Writing with Style. It is excellent!
--Review Part IV in SFH pp. 507-582. You should skim through this to reinforce what the two previous guides have said about punctuation.

Complete the two punctuation exercises (#1 and #3)--working them by hand on the exercise sheets I gave you in class. Bring to class on Monday!

2) The final draft of Essay #1 (E1-3) is due next class.
--see page 16 of our EC#1 Assignment sheet for guidance on revising for your final draft. Please follow these instructions for revising, editing, and proofreading and then formatting your paper.
--Check the dialogue in your story. Are you handling is correctly?
--see example of dialogue use from Obama's family story

Be sure you arrive in class with your essay completed and in MLA paper format.

Writing Review E1-3 will not be due at class time. It will be due by midnight on Monday.

3) Keep reading World Without Mind
--suggested reading for week, chapters 2-3

Class Announcement 9/10/18

Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet

Once you login, skim this class announcement and begin right away with the first task:

Task 1: Today we will start by reading our Process Journal #2 posts on "What WE Value as Writers" and do our four short "ah-hah" replies of 25-50 words. For process journals, only the journal response is due by class time. Then we spend the first 5-10 minutes of class when it is due to do the short "ah-hah" replies.
--Then we will review the Reading Quiz over the Writing Process.

Task 2: Reviewing the Power of Description and doing character description(s).
--Open your draft, pick a character that is not described or little described, and try opening up a more detailed description.

Task 3: We then will work on doing Peer Response
(Be sure you have included a brief "Draft Letter" to your readers on top of your draft.)
--your job is to do THREE peer responses and a third can be for extra credit
--review HOW to do peer response

Task #4: Getting a Tour of the Writing Center


Homework for next class: Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet

1) Complete whatever peer response to Draft E1-2 or "ah-hah" replies to PJ#2B not completed in class by midnight tonight.

2) Do your Writing Review E1-2
--remember, for your draft to be considered as "on time," you need all three done on time: draft, peer response, and writing review

3) Do Process Journal #3
--really review description and how you have been using it so far. Think about it. Study what we have done so far.

NOTE: EGW#3 is NOT due by class time. We will begin it in class. It will be due by Sat.

4) Read/Skim Part IV in SFH on Punctuation. Refamiliarize yourself with the world of punctuation.

5) Bring your World Without Mind book next class. We will discuss the first part of the book. You should be reading through Chpt. 3 this week.

Class Announcement 9/5/18

Good morning!!!

Learning About the Writing Process
Today we will begin by reviewing the Writing Process and the reading you did in the Scott, Foresman Handbook pgs. 2-73.
--the Writing Process

Doing our First Peer Responses
Next, we will work on doing peer response for Essay #1, draft #1
--we will follow the explanation for peer response found on page 8 of the Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet
--your goal is to complete THREE peer responses and a fourth can be for extra-credit
--the Writing Review (and any peer responses not completed in class) is due by midnight tonight

Describing a Character
We then will do an exercise seeking to take one character in your story and describe it more.
--see examples of character descriptions
--see if you can't describe other important characters in your story as well for the next draft

Explaining Assignments

REMINDER: ALL assignments are found in the Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet . Be sure to follow the directions found in these assignment sheets carefully.

For the last part of class, we will discuss

Process Journal #2B: What We Should Strive to do as Writers
--NO "ah-hah" replies needed on PJ#2A posts.
--We will do the "ah-hah" replies on PJ#2B on Monday.

EGW#2 Continued Work on Description
--you will find three sentences in your paper that are "telling" and open them up with "showing" description
--Examples of EGW#2 revision of "telling" parts of a story to "showing" descriptions

Revising your Family Story 1st Draft
These additional guides will assist you in this revision:
--Revising and Developing the Family Story
--Reviews these two examples of revising from draft 1 to draft 2: revision example #1  |  revision example #2 .

Homework for next class:
1) Complete any peer response you need to do--by midnight 9/5

2) Do your Writing Review on your draft E1-1
--can be done by midnight tomorrow 9/6

3) Do EGW#2
--follow the directions in the EC#1 Assignment Sheet
--due by Sat. 9/8 midnight

4) Complete your PJ#2B. Try to use what you learn readers want and need to guide what you see you need to do as a writer.
--due by Sat. 9/8 midnight

5) Revise your Family Story--create draft #2 of Essay #1 (E1-2). Please use the materials we covered today to help you with this revision (be sure to use some of the "showing openings" you created in EGW#2 in your revision). Follow the guidance for revision found on page 12 of the EC#1 Assignment Sheet.

6) Learn MORE about the Writing Process and take the Reading Quiz #1
--Re-skim over The Scott, Foresman Handbook pgs. 2-73
--Then view/read/listen to my guides on the Writing Process:
The Writing Process (ppt) and video version (listen to podcast as you view the PPT
The Writing Process (text guide)

Reading Quiz #1 is found in Canvas.

7) Get started reading World Without Mind!
--by the end of this week you should have read the Prologue and Chapter 1.

I apologize that today's homework is longer than normal, but we are making up some ground we lost by missing a class day on Monday.


Class Announcement 8/29/18

You can always scroll down to see past class announcements!

Welcome BACK to English 1301!

What we are up to today!
--Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet

Act I: Class Policies. Class Orientation Review

Dr. Irvin's Keys to Success in College

(Come hear a fuller version of these keys at the Honor's Academy on Tues. 9/4 from 11:30-12:30!)

Our adventure with the World Without Mind book
--suggested reading plan

Act II: Process Journal #1
We will read some of our early stories of our development as writers (and readers) and do our first "ah-hah" replies.

Act III: Enjoying our EGW#1 practice descriptions
We will hear some of these "showing openings" and practice a bit more ourselves.
Power of Description handout

Act IV: Getting Started on Essay #1--The Family Story
See pgs. 4-5 of the EC#1 Assignment Sheet

NOTE: IF for any reason, you are not able to post your homework in Canvas by class time today, I will still accept these first assignments by midnight tonight. Normally, late work gets no credit, but as we start out I allow these first assignments to be late. Let me know if you have ANY questions or need help.

Dr. Irvin has office hours on Wednesdays from 11-1 in the Honor's Academy.
--today there is a "meet the faculty" lunch from 12-1.


Homework for Next Class:
(Always read our homework assignments closely!)

1) Continue orienting yourself to our class reviewing the course website, orientation videos, and the Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet

2) Follow the "getting started" brainstorming activities for Essay #1, and then write your first draft. Post only the draft inside the E1-1 Assignment inside Canvas.
--this will be due anytime on Monday
--WAIT to do the peer response and writing review (we will do that on Wed.)

3) Get your textbooks and start reading in The Scott, Foresman Handbook pp. 2-72 reviewing the writing process. (complete by next Wed.).
--chpt 8 on SFH is also part of our reading for next week, and it is ABOUT reading in college. Check it out as you engage in the reading for this class (and your other classes).

4) Write your Process Journal #2-part A (found on page 10 of the EC#1 Assignment Sheet).
--this can be turned in by any time on Monday
--(NOTE: We will do PJ#2B in-class on Wed.)

5) Start reading World Without Mind
--finish the book by Oct. 12.
--Prologue and Chpt 1 by 9/9.


Class Announcement 8/27/18

Welcome to English 1301!

Congratulations! and Welcome to English 1301!

World Without Mind

--an important and provocative contemporary book we will read and write our last two essays on.


What we will do with the book.


Get the book and start reading it!

without mind

We will get an overview of our class today and introduce ourselves to each other. Then, we will begin doing some writing right away!

Learning About the Power of Description
--The Techniques of Description

Then we will practice writing descriptively...


1) Go back to our course home page and check out all the links to see what our course is about. In particular, look over the entire syllabus. You might be interested in view the course orientation videos I make for my online classes.

--Review our Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet.

2) Write the "Introduction: Who I am" assignment. Post it in the forum inside our Canvas class. (due next class)
(View THIS VIDEO on how to do this assignment and post it. --note: "EGW#1 in the video is the "Introduction" assignment for us).

) Do Editing/Grammar/Writing Exercise #1 found on page 3 of the EC#1 Assignment Sheet.(due next class)
--you need to write three "showing openings" of "telling sentences" where you practice the techniques of description. Turn this work into Canvas.

4) Write Process Journal #1 on your career as a writer, posted in Canvas (due next class).
(If you are not positive about how to post your first assignments or your forget, please watch this video on Going to Class and Doing the 1st Assignment post.)
--video 1
--video 2

5) Get your textbooks and start reading in The Scott, Foresman Handbook pp. 2-72 reviewing the writing process. (Due in one week.)

6) Get a three-ring binder for our class. Print our assignment calendar, the syllabus, as well as the Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet and hole-punch them into your binder.




English 1301 Home © Lennie Irvin 2018