Tuesday, March 8, 2016



Final Exam:  Monday, May 9th, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Quigley Room 208.  Make sure that you find the classroom ahead of time to avoid arriving late.


Thursday, May 5:  Review for final exam.   Turn in Unit 4 paper and research journal.

Tuesday:  May 3, 2016, Workshop. Write about one of your articles in your journal.

Thursday, April 28:  Peer Review Unit 4. Write about one of your articles in your journal.

Tuesday:  April 26, Workshop.  Next class entire paper due for peer review.  Write about one of your articles in your journal.

Thursday, April 21, Workshop in Faner Computer Lab.  Next class:  First five pages of Unit 4 due.  Ms. Griffiths at computer lab all day.  Write about one of your articles in your journal.

Tuesday, April 19,  First three pages of Unit 4 due.  Workshop in computer lab.  Make sure from every class forward that you write about one of your articles in your journal.

Thursday, April 14: Due Evidence Paragraph and outline for Unit 4.  Make sure you read another article and be prepared to write about it in your journal.
Tuesday, April 12:  Freewrite in journal regarding new article.  Finish student presentations.  Discuss Chapter 13 RRW.  Practice writing a supporting evidence paragraph. Due:  Unit 2 rewrite.

Thursday, April 7:  Free Write Reflection on Unit 3. Review Unit 4 Prompt:  Student Presentations

Tuesday, April 5:  Unit 3 Proposal and Annotated Bibliography is due.  Also, you should be prepared to tell the class what your final paper will be about as well as what new article you have read.  We may not get to this discussion until Thursday, as I will be introducing our Unit 4 prompt.  Due Thursday:  Six sources on shared resources and 1-2 pages of background for you Unit 4 paper.


Thursday, March 31 and Monday April 4, 2016:  Mandatory Conferences

Tuesday, March 29:  Bring your peer review and unit 3 paper to class.  Discussion on Unit 2 and 3 revisions.

Thursday, March 24:  Peer Review Unit 3

Tuesday, March 22:  Workshop.  Due for Peer Review next class period proposal and annotated bibliography for Unit 3.

Thursday, March 10, 2016:  Freewrite.  Review Powerpoint and Handouts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016:  FreeWrite:  The Different Sides of My argument; Review Critical and Analytical Thinking PowerPoint (copy on blog); For next class perform the following exercise on the two articles that you think best summarize the opposite sides of your topic:

 Heuristic Tool #1 – Notice and Focus + Ranking (Two times, different sides of argument)


  • Step 1 - Read a text and list details you notice that you find interesting, significant, strange and/or revealing.  (Try for 10 details);
  • Step 2 – Rank the details on the basis what is the MOST interesting, strange, revealing and/or significant.
  •  Step 3 – Take these three details and write at least a paragraph explaining why you think that they are interesting, strange, revealing and/or significant.

Create a works cited using Easy Bib.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016:  Freewrite:  What is your topic and thesis statement for Unit 4?  Review PowerPoint:  Making Your Thesis Evolve.  Discussion. Exercises on writing thesis statements.  For next class:  Write an introduction with a thesis for your major project.  Read: " Should We Ditch the Idea of Privacy?"  AOC 117-121.  Find another article on your paper.


Thursday, February 11, 2016





Tuesday, March 1, Review readings, PowerPoint Presentation on "They say; I say" (article and PowerPoint on blog under Unit 3). For next class:  Fill out "Shared Resources" with the information from two articles that take opposing oppositions.  Final letter to the editor, peer review and peer review draft due Thursday, March, 3.


Thursday:  Review Unit 3 Prompt; Student Presentations. For next class:  Fill out "Shared Resources" for your class with one article.  Read AOC "Patriarchy Gets Funky," 150-57.   Read:  "They Say, I Say."  The link is on the class blog.  Your Final Unit 2 is due a week from today.

Tuesday, February 23:  Peer Review:  For next class:  Find an article that you disagree with on the topic that you choose to write about for Unit 4. 

Thursday, February 18:  Discuss poorly written letter to the editor.  For next class:  Peer Review

Tuesday, February 16:  Analyze successful letters to the editor.  Discuss business letter block formatting.  For next class, write your first draft of a letter to the editor.

Thursday, February 11:  For next class:  Identify who your author is and to what audience she or he is writing to.  Identify the genre of the article.  Explore the repetitions and compare/contrasts within the article.  Consider whether the article has included information that is off topic to the stated purpose of the article.  Write a one page essay about how and why the article was written in the way it was written.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tuesday February 9:  Review readings.  Compare styles of different authors.  Assignment:  Bring newspaper clipping to class of article you choose to respond to.

Thursday, February 4:  Peer Review:  For next class read two handouts passed out in class (Unit 2 Prompt and how-to guide).  Also read Chapter 2, RRW and find an article that you would like to respond to in a letter to the editor.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  Discuss Readings and Essay.  For next class, be prepared for peer review with a complete essay.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2015:   A substitute teacher will provide handouts on how to write different types of reviews.  Consider these guides and use them to the extent you find them helpful.  Feel free to find your own way through writing the reviews as well.  The reading assignments for today will suffice for the reading assignments for Tuesday.   Write a first draft of your review for Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Present articles for discussion.  Review readings.  Assignment for next class:  Read RRW Ch 3, pages 71-84.  Read AOC 96-111.  Writing Assignment:  Write your opinion of the artifact (movie/article/video/song/store) that you intend to review, including both positive and negative points.  Find another article.  Remember the search for articles is an effort toward identifying your topic for Units 3 & 4.