Calendar

Project 1: Autobiographical Essay

Week 1

Wednesday, September 9th

Topics: Course Introduction and Thesis

Week 2

Monday, September 14th

Topics: Thesis and Genre

Read Prior to Class
  • READINGS FOR WRITERS:
    • “Trigger-Happy Birthday” (35-37).
    • “Me Talk Pretty One Day” (14-18).
    • “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (47-52).
Assignment

Think about your life. Is there a moment or a related set of moments that could support a narrative thesis (a moral, idea, theme, or feeling)?

For your assignment, write one sentence stating a moral, idea, theme, or feeling that you want to impart to others. Then, write a one paragraph explanation on how a particular moment or related set of moments from your life would support that sentence.

Wednesday, September 16th

Topic: Grammar

Read Prior to Class

READINGS FOR WRITERS:

  • “I Want to Be Miss America” (19-23).
  • “The Chase” (24-27).

EASYWRITER:

  • “The Top Twenty” (1-10).
  • “Commas” (110-118).
Assignment

Write a half page of dialogue that you might be able to use in your autobiographical essay. You will not have to use this dialogue in your autobiographical essay, however, if you choose not to. Nonetheless, I want you to try to write interesting dialogue from a moment in your life relevant to your autobiographical essay. To properly write dialogue, review these dialogue tips and write your dialogue accordingly. Turn this dialogue in as a PDF using Elearning.

Finish in Eli Review any assigned tasks from class that you have not yet completed. Whether you complete these tasks will affect your classroom participation grade.

Project 1 Rough Draft Due: Sunday, September 20th

Week 3

Monday, September 21st

Topic: Rough Draft Workshop (Special Focus: Code Switching)

Read Prior to Class

READINGS FOR WRITERS:

  • “The Lesson” (28-34).
  • “Mother Tongue” (8-13).
  • “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” (53-63)
Assignment

Pick one of the readings from today. In one page, state what the narrative thesis was and describe how the writer used unconventional language choices to support that narrative thesis. Remember, this can be turned in any time until 11:59 pm on September 21st and still be on time. If you are behind on your rough draft for Project 1, I suggest focusing on that rough draft first because it is due on Sunday, September 20th.

Finish in Eli Review any assigned tasks from class that you have not yet completed. Whether you complete these tasks will affect your classroom participation grade.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Topic: Work Day

Read Prior to Class:

No Readings

Assignment:

Using the revision plan you created in Eli Review, revise your Project 1 rough draft and turn in your second rough draft as a pdf using the Sept. 23rd Elearning dropbox.

Project 1 Final Draft Due: Sunday, September 27th

Project 2: Persuasive Writing

Week 4

Monday, September 28th

Topic: Logos

Read Prior to Class

No assigned readings.

Assignment

To be completed in class. Focus on your papers due Sunday, September 27th!

If you do not come to class, complete the Eli Review task titled “Project 1 Reflection.”

Wednesday, September 30th

Topic: Pathos

Read Prior to Class

READINGS FOR WRITERS:

  • “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (112-126).
Assignment

Pick a possible topic for debate with a fellow classmate in Project 2. You can change your mind, if you want, before Sunday when your Topic and Position Statement is due.

If you are not sure what topic to pick, I suggest that you take a look at all the various topics that have been argued over at http://www.debate.org and pick one of those.

Upload a one sentence statement of your chosen topic as a pdf to elearning using the September 30th assignment dropbox.

Project 2 Topic/Position Statement due: Sunday, October 4th

Week 5

Monday, October 5th

Topics: Ethos and Counterarguments

Read Prior to Class

READINGS FOR WRITERS:

  • “How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words” (93-105).
  • “Serve or Fail” (108-111).
Assignment
Write at least the first paragraph of your persuasive essay defending your position on the topic you chose (not the one assigned to you). Upload it as a PDF to elearning using the October 5th assignment dropbox.

Wednesday, October 7th

Topics: Audience and Genre

Read Prior to Class

Why Saying ‘Bisexual’ Is More Important Than Ever

The Conservative Evasion on Guns

Don’t Play the Shooters’ Game

Rein in Online Fantasy Sports Gambling

Assignment
 Write at least the first paragraph of your second persuasive essay on the topic you were assigned (not the topic you chose). Upload it as a PDF to elearning using the October 7th assignment dropbox.

Project 2 Rough Drafts Due: Sunday, October 11th

Week 6

Monday, October 12th

Topic: Rough Draft Workshop (Special Focus: Word Choice)

Read Prior to Class
No readings. I will be supplying readings in class and breaking you up into groups. Use the extra time from not having readings to work on your rough drafts.
Assignment
 To be assigned in class. Focus on your rough drafts due on Sunday!

Wednesday, October 14th (NO CLASS)

October 19th: Sign up for individual office conferences on Project 2.

Project 2 Final Draft Due (NEW DUE DATE): Sunday, October 25th (THIS DUE DATE IS A WEEK LATER THAN THE ORIGINAL DATE)

Project 3: Unfamiliar Genre

Week 7

Monday, October 19th

Topic: Online Research

Read Prior to Class
 Nothing due.
Assignment
 Nothing due.

Wednesday, October 21st

Topic: Library Visit

Read Prior to Class
Review this paper I wrote for a course I took last spring. You don’t have to read it all, but I want you to see an example of what a paper should look like.
Assignment
 No Homework–Focus on your Project 2 final drafts!

Week 8

Monday, October 26th

Topics: Source Quality and Outlines

Read Prior to Class

Read:

A&P

Hills Like White Elephants

Assignment
At the end of the “Hills Like White Elephants,” there are a number of questions. In one to two pages, answer those questions as best you can. Upload your response to the dropbox for this assignment.

Wednesday, October 28th

Topics: Plagiarism and Citation

Read Prior to Class
 Ibsen’s Ghosts.
Assignment
 Complete an outline for your Project 3 report and turn it in through Elearning using the October 28th dropbox.

Project 3 Elements Exercise Due: Sunday, November 1st

Week 9

Monday, November 2nd

Topics: Integrating Sources

Read Prior to Class
Assignment
 Review EasyWriter pages 208-254 and MLAStyle-Rev2012

Wednesday, November 4th

Topics: Format and Genre

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Project 3 Rough Draft and and Original Work Due: Sunday, November 8th

Week 10

Monday, November 9th

Topic: Rough Draft Workshop (Special Focus: Paragraphs)

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Wednesday, November 11th

Topic: Work Day

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Project 3 Final Draft Due: Sunday, November 15th

Project 4: Research Essay

Week 11

Monday, November 16th

Topics: Topic and Thesis

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Wednesday, November 18th

Topics: Outlines, Assumptions, and Counterarguments

Read Prior to Class
Assignment
 Go to Wikipedia. Click around on links that interest you. Wander around pages. When you find a page that seems especially interesting to you on a topic that you might want to use for your paper, copy and paste the web address into a document. Upload that document as a pdf into either the 11/16 or 11/18 dropbox on elearning. You are not required to keep this topic for your paper if you should later change your mind.

Project 4 Thesis Statement And Rough Outline: Sunday, November 22nd

Week 12

Monday, November 23rd

Topic: Advanced Research Concepts and Techniques

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Wednesday, November 25th (NO CLASS)

Week 13

Monday, November 30th

Topic: Integrating Analysis and Research

Read Prior to Class
Assignment
 BEFORE THE START OF WEDNESDAY’S CLASS:

Use the reports at the IPCC website on climate change: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Make an “analysis sandwich” to introduce, summarize, and analyze the IPCC’s evidence that CO2 is causing global warming.

Post your response to the “Climate Change Sandwich” assignment on ELI Review.

Wednesday, December 2nd

Topic: Rhetorical Strategies in Research-Based Writing

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Project 4 Rough Draft Due: Sunday, December 6th

Week 14

Monday, December 7th

Topic: Rough Draft Workshop (Special Focus: Dynamics)

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Wednesday, December 9th

Topic: Work Day

Read Prior to Class
Assignment

Final Exam Period: In-Class EssaysWeek 15

ENGL 1050, Sec. AS4 (“Noon Class”):
Tuesday December 15 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
ENGL 1050, Sec. 205 (“2PM Class”):
Wednesday December 16 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Project 4 Final Draft Due: Friday, December 18th

Notes:

The main page for this class is here: ENGL 1050–Fall 2015

This calendar will be updated with new readings, assignments, and other information throughout the semester. Students will need to revisit this page often.

Unless otherwise stated, all assignments are due by the end of the day (i.e., by 11:59 pm). However, the readings listed for each class are to be finished prior to that class. All assignments must be turned in using the appropriate dropbox folder designated in the class Elearning site, which can be logged into here.

Many of the due dates listed above are Sundays. Originally, all Sunday due dates were listed as being for the the prior Friday instead. I have extended some due dates to Sunday purely to provide students with more time to work during the weekend, if needed. If travel, religious, or other concerns will interfere with turning in work with a Sunday deadline, I suggest turning it in early instead, such as on Friday. If turning in your work early is not an option, please contact me so we can discuss the matter.

This class will be using an online service called Eli Review, which can be logged into here.

On days marked as “rough draft workshop,” all students will be uploading their project rough draft to Eli Review. Students will need to come to class prepared to access their latest draft using their own computer or a classroom computer.

On days marked as “work day,” the entire class period will be spent working on revising the latest rough draft while I conference with students. Students are encouraged to bring headphones and to come prepared to work and ask me questions. I will also be scheduling additional time to meet with me individually in my office during the remainder of the week. These office conferences are optional but encouraged.