Composition I, 9:30 TR

ENG101, §04 9:30-10:50, CT-104 • First-day handout

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1/9 Registration & move-in
1/11 SNOW DAY — no classes
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1/16 First day of classes
Introduction and first-day handout
1/18 • finish reading the First Day Handout and taking the quiz in Moodle. Take as many tries as you want to get the 8 out of 10 you need to pass, or to get 10 out of 10 if you want. Just make notes on the ones you missed and try again. (It scrambles the questions and their choices, so make good notes!) This will ensure that you have understood the basic policies of the class!
• (9-22) “Critical Reading” — includes Reading Closely; “Disability” by Nancy Mairs; Developing an Understanding; Analyzing an Essay
• (22-26) “Thinking Critically About Visual Images”
• Bring in a print of at least one possible image to write about. We’ll work with them in class.

  • Be sure to write down the 5 W’s for your MLA Works cited (see MLA BASICS in the right sidebar). For online images, at the very least get the correct URL so you can re-visit the source later.
  • Make it a picture that gives you plenty to analyze! Much for the eye, much for the mind.

In class you will begin drafting a paragraph analyzing one feature or quality of that image.

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1/23 Bring a draft (handwritten is fine) of your paragraph about your picture. You may participate in peer review by trading with another student and critiquing their work, or you may work alone.
1/25 • Before class, study the resources in the right sidebar called “MLA Quick Start” and “MLA BASICS.”
• Today we’ll do an exercise on source documentation — be sure to bring your information about where your picture can be found.
• Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions
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1/30 • Bring your typed final draft of your picture paragraph to hand in, or upload it to Moodle. As you polish your paragraph, use these questions to help you improve it:

  • “Big Picture” – Does the paragraph quickly draw the reader’s attention to the overall image and the one feature they want to emphasize?
  • Analysis – Does the writer clearly describe the feature they’re calling attention to? (description, emotion)
  • Inference – Does the writer develop their thoughts about the feature?
  • Synthesis – Does the writer wrap up the whole discussion in a transcendent statement at the end?
  • Evaluation – Does the reader get a sense of the value of this image for the person writing the paragraph?
2/1 • (32-38) “Focusing on a Thesis” and “Drafting” (body, introduction, and conclusion)
• In class: practicing planning and organizing a 5+ paragraph essay about an image.
• Extra Credit opportunity next Monday evening. See the “Special Events” tab
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2/6 • (361) “The Capricious Camera” by Laila Ayad. Take notes. (Always take notes on everything.)
2/8 • In class: practice “driving and steering” an essay by drafting a thesis statement, topic sentences, synthesis
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2/13 Major paper 1: in-class essay analyzing an image. You may consider this a test over the processes of critical analysis and composing a 5+ paragraph essay. I’ll bring an image and we’ll study it on the projector for a few minutes. I’ll leave the image on the screen after I turn on the lights, but I’ll also have small copies hand out for you to look at while you work. Your job is to plan and write a critical essay: make notes, contemplate meanings, plan and write your essay, cite the image, and hand it in with your notes by the end of class. Note — quoting from the First Day Handout: “I will allow you to revise ONE (1) major paper, your choice from all except the last one. The due date of that one revision will be the same as the due date of the last major paper. Keep all of your papers so later you can choose the one that needs it most.”
2/15 • (97-98) “Scene vs. Summary” and “Dialog”
• (104-7) “Champion of the World” by Maya Angelou
• Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions
• Extra Credit opportunity next Monday evening. See the “Special Events” tab
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2/20 • (156-60) “Arm Wrestling With My Father” by Brad Manning
• “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” presented by Phil S. Dixon, 6:30 pm in MS-1. Extra Credit opportunity — see instructions in “Special Events” tab
2/22 • in-class exercise in planning a narrative personal essay
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2/27
3/1 (Friday is last day to drop with a “W”)
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3/6
3/8
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3/13
3/15 • Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions
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3/20 NO CLASSES — Spring Break
3/22 NO CLASSES — Spring Break
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3/27
3/29
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4/5
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4/17
4/19
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4/24 • Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions
4/26 NO CLASSES on Highland campus — Art Day
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5/1
5/3
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5/7
5/8 Finals begin. Here is the Finals Schedule.
5/9 8:00 –
10:00 –
12:00 –
2:00 –
5/10 9:30 – final exam
5/11 7:00 pm – Graduation

 

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