Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 23, 2017:  Discuss evaluating sources.  ANC  Finish Annotated Bibliography.

March 21, 2017: Discussion:  How to prepare an annotated bibliography:  ANC:  Prepare citations and summaries for next class for 4 sources and find a fifth source.

March 9, 2017: Classwork on a Synthesis Chart. Individual Work on Chart for Unit 3.  ANC:  Prepare your synthesis chart with 4 strong sources.

March 7, 2017:  Begin Unit 3.  Review Prompt.  Assignment for next class.  Bring in two articles opposing each other on your topic of choice for your Unit 3 proposal and your Unit 4 final paper.

March 2, 2017: March 2, 2017:  Peer Review.  For next class:  Bring into class in your red folder:  (1) Peer review, (2) draft for peer review, (3) highlighted article and outline/note and your final copy of your letter to the editor.  Your letter to the editor should be on top.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 28, 2017:  Workshop at the computer lab in Faner 1025. Go to regular classroom first. 

February 23, 2017:  Class Discussion of reading materials. Group Work.  ANC:  1 1/2 pages of Unit 2 assignment complete.

February 21, 2017:  Group work on identifying strategies to respond to another text.  ANC: Write 4 or 5 paragraphs critiquing the article that you chose to respond to in your letter to the editor.

February 16, 2017: In class: discuss Ch 2.  Review article. For next class:  Read "Article" and '"Response to Article" under Unit 2.  Then, perform the following steps for your letter to the editor. Bring your highlighted article, any articles you might use in your response and your outline to class.

Step 1
Print off or copy the article you will review and read it through one time.
Step 2
Read the article through a second time, making sure you've grasped the author's points and intentions and making notations in the margins that might help you in the writing process.
Step 3
Highlight all of the arguments or quotations that you plan to focus on in your paper. This will save you the time and effort of having to search through irrelevant information during the writing process.
Step 4
Formulate your argument. On what points do you agree with the author? On what points do you disagree? What is lacking or flawed in the argument?
Step 5
Look for other critiques/responses of the same topic, as well as any direct responses to your author. Be sure and take notes and copy any pages with particularly important information or potential quotations. Be sure to document your sources thoroughly.
Step 1
Take your notes and highlighted article and construct an outline for your essay. The outline can be rough, even bare-boned, but it should guide you through your argument with references both to your author and the outside sources from Step 5 of Section 1. Make notes of likely places for quotation insertions.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 14, 2017:  Presentation of Articles.  ANC:  Read RRW  Chapter 2.  Outline the article that you have picked to respond to you in your letter to the editor.  Set out the author's thesis statement and the main points of support with at least two details backing up the support.

February 9, 2017:  Presentation of articles.  ANC:  Prepare Summary of your Article for Unit 2.  Be ready to present it in class.

February 7, 2017:  Discuss Readings.
ANC: Find an article to respond to in your Unit 2 - Letter to the Editor essay.  Be ready to present it in class.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

February 2, 2017: Read article in RRW on page 79, Review blog article web page about the Stanford Experiment.  Due next class:  Peer review, first draft, and final draft in your red folder.

January 31, 2017:   Class discussion and workshop on writing strong paragraphs:

Assignment to assist you in finishing your review for next class: Ask yourself, Have I written about each of the aspects of the movie/show/product/event that I think make it better or worse? Remember to tell the full story, not just the parts that back up your overall opinion. (For example, a movie can be a great  and still have some flaws.  Your ability to be fair in revealing weaknesses and strengths makes your opinion more valuable to the reader. ) Then, for each point/claim that you make, write at least one full paragraph that does the following:
  • opens with a topic sentence that says what the paragraph is about;
  • has several detail sentences that prove the point you are trying to make;
  • uses quotes or examples from the book, movie, product, etc., if possible, to help prove your point.
ANC:  Complete draft for peer review.

January 26, 2017:  Class discussion of Unit 1 and guidelines for writing Unit 1.  For next class read the guide on the blog that is closest to the item that you are reviewing (or find your own guide on the internet) and write 1 1/2 pages of your review.  Review again reading from last class, especially pages 79-80 in RRW.

January 24, 2017:  Quiz. Review Prompt. Discuss Chapter 1.  ANC:  Read Chapter 3 RRW. 
Research Assignment:  Look up and write out the definition of whistleblower.  Spend about 15 minutes researching who Bradley/Chelsea Manning is and who Julian Assange is for class discussion on Tuesday.  Writing:  Write a summary about 1/2 page long (double spaced) of the thing you are going to review.

January 19, 2017:  Discuss any questions about syllabus.  Discuss overview of assignments.  Assignment for next class, Read Ch. 1 RRW.  Choose something that you would like to write a review about. Do a free write about this choice.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017:  Review syllabus addendum.  ANC:  Read syllabus, addendum and Unit 1 Prompt.
Have any questions about the syllabus ready for next class.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016:  Due today:  Unit 2 Letter to the Editor, Peer Review, Draft for Peer Review, Two outlines, intro and conclusion previously graded.  Unit 2 Reflection.  Begin discussion of Dively, “Research Proposal” (located on D2l under Unit 3 readings) 

Friday, September 30, 2016:  One-on-one conferences with instructor.  ANC: Read  Turn in your folder with:  Unit 2 Letter to the Editor, Peer Review, Draft for Peer Review, Two outlines, intro and conclusion previously graded.  Read:  Dively, “Research Proposal” on D2L / SIUOnline.

Wednesday, September 28:  Discuss the Unit 3 prompt.  Be able to announce your topic for Unit 3 and 4 and the thesis of the article that you found.

Monday, September 26, 2014:  Peer Review.  ANC: Read the Unit 3 prompt on the blog, know your general topic for Units 3 and 4 and find another article that relates to that topic.  In your journal, write a paragraph summarizing that article.

Friday September 23, 2014:  Discuss readings, example of letter to editor, and common problems or concerns regarding the Un
it 2 Letter to the Editor.

Wednesday, September 21: Workshop in Computer Lab

Monday, September 19: Group work:  Get together with a peer and each of you use your outlines to explain the argument and the major supporting points of  the article that you are responding to in Unit 2.  Then, explain the argument that you will make in response, again, point by point.  Each person should give feedback on the strengths and the weaknesses that they see.  Next, in the same group, agree on what day is the best day of the year (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's, birthday, etc...). Together, draft a thesis statement that argues that this day is the best day of the year. Then, work together to write a body paragraph for that argument using the template handed out in class today.  For next class, we will meet in the Faner 1025 (computer lab.)   Try to have 1 1/2 pages of the text of your letter done.  The peer review for the letter is being pushed back from next Friday to Monday.  On the back of today's handout on paragraphs is an example of a letter to the editor from John Doe. Please hold onto it and read it for class on Friday.

Friday, September 16:  Free Write.  Discuss Readings.  ANC:  Read Chapter 2 RRW.   Write the outline of the article that you are responding to, the outline of the argument that you will make in response to that, the introductory/first paragraph of your letter to the editor, and summary of the article/editorial you are responding to.

Wednesday, September 14:   Freewrite:  Write your reflection for Unit 1DUE TODAY: YOUR REVIEW, PEER REVIEW, AND PEER REVIEW DRAFT IN CLASS FOLDER. Discuss Readings.  ANC:  Write an outline of the article you are responding to and your own outline of the letter to the editor that you will write.  Read Chapter 2 RRW.  Read AOC 117-21.  Find another article that fits the subject you will write your major paper about.  Write a paragraph summarizing that article in your journal.

Monday, September 12: Free write: Tell me how you feel about the article you have chosen to respond to. Discuss “Writing Letters to the Editor” ANC: Unit 1 Essay, First Draft and Peer review turned in. Group Work.