Composition I, 9:30 TR

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

Due: Assignment:
1/9 Registration & move-in
1/11 SNOW DAY — no classes
Due: Assignment:
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.

Due: Assignment:
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
Due: Assignment:
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.” For reference, here’s the image.
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
Due: Assignment:
2/20 (activity postponed till Thursday for low attendance) ↓
2/22 • (156-60) “Arm Wrestling With My Father” by Brad Manning
• in-class exercise in planning a narrative personal essay
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2/27 • (110) “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan. Make notes on the author’s choices in how to tell the story.
• Bring a list of experiences you remember when you were there, something important happened, and it still means something to you today when you remember it. Bring at least one, and more if you have them.
• in-class exercise in planning a narrative personal essay
3/1 • See “Dialog conventions” in the right sidebar. This gives some tips on using conversations in your personal essay.
(Friday is last day to drop with a “W”)
Due: Assignment:
3/6 Major Paper 2: personal narrative due at the start of class (typed, MLA page format)
Optional revisions to Major Paper 1 (analyzing an image) may be turned in anytime today. ← postponed till next session ↓
3/8 • in-class exercise in note-taking and writing a summary
• Optional revisions to Major Paper 1 (analyzing an image) may be turned in anytime today.
Due: Assignment:
3/13
3/15 • Bring to class a 100-word (approximately) passage of prose, along with its documentation, to use in class for a paraphrase & MLA workshop and assignment. Note: NOT SOMETHING YOU WROTE, but an explanation you find in an article, textbook, or other source. Not poetry, not a story. This must be expository prose, which means an explanation of something. Textbooks and news articles are good sources of expository prose. Limit your selection to about 100 words. Please do not look up “100-word prose” on the Internet, because the examples there do not work well for this exercise. They’re too poetic, too simple, or too weird to paraphrase. Find a short explanation of an idea or an event that is very informative, and that you understand.
• In class we’ll work on the paraphrase homework assignment.
• Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions
Due: Assignment:
3/20 NO CLASSES — Spring Break
3/22 NO CLASSES — Spring Break
Due: Assignment:
3/27 Major Paper 3a: paraphrase assignment due
• Identify a song that has words that deserve close study. Print or type out the lyrics and bring them to class.
Change in revision policy: All major papers may be revised once, if you choose. You don’t have to pick just one to revise.

  • The deadline for the optional revision of a major paper is the same as the deadline for the next major paper following it.
  • The deadline for the last major paper is the last class period before the final.
3/29 • Bring a draft of your song/poem analysis to class — handwritten is fine. We’ll work on them.
Due: Assignment:
4/3 Major Paper 3b: song/poem close reading paragraph due
4/5
Due: Assignment:
4/10 Major Paper 3c: in-class essay, prose close reading
4/12 • (handout, or link) “Pride” by Dagoberto Gilb
• (476) “The Meanings of a Word” by Gloria Naylor
• After you read these essays, go back and make note of the variety of rhetorical modes and methods they use. Also compare the essays’ styles, organization, and purpose. Come to class ready to remark on these thoughts.
Due: Assignment:
4/17 Come to class prepared to work on Major Paper 4, a definition essay. Have a topic — to define an abstract idea, not a thing —  and some notes on ways you could develop that idea using at least one rhetorical mode from each of the three groups on this list.
4/19 Due at the start of class, typed — Major Paper 4: 5-paragraph definition essay using 3 rhetorical modes. “5-paragraph” doesn’t have to be taken literally. The structure should be treated as a guideline, not a rule. However, you should make sure you introduce your topic, guide your reader through the stages of your discussion, and present an enlightening synthesis at the end.
• optional revisions of Major Paper 3a, 3b, and 3c due. How to turn in revisions:

  • In the newest draft, mark every change with a highlighter or pen — point me to what you want me to notice.
  • Staple it to the first, graded draft and the cover sheet.
  • All out-of-class work, including revisions, must be typed.
Due: Assignment:
4/24 • Extra Credit opportunity tonight: Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series, featuring the Japanese animated film Millennium Actress, 6:30 pm in MS-1. See “Special Events” tab for instructions.
4/26 NO CLASSES on Highland campus — Art Day
Due: Assignment:
5/1 Be on time, for two reasons:
Major Paper 5: persuasion is due at beginning of class!
• Optional revisions of MP#4 due anytime today.  Revisions must be attached behind the first draft and all changes marked in the new draft.
Right after I pick up  Major Paper 5, I will start a movie. I’ll shut the door and darken the room, so late entries will be distracting and you’ll miss part of the story. We’ll watch the first half today. This movie is one possible writing topic for the final exam. There will be several other choices, if you have to miss this.
5/3 Be on time. At the beginning of class I’ll start the second half of the movie.
I’ll have Major Paper 5 finished by 2:00 today and you can pick it up at my office. If you’re off-campus then, let me know by email and I’ll attach a scan of the graded draft. Optional revisions are due in hardcopy by Monday at 4:00 pm, with all changes marked in the new version and stapled to the original graded version. Bring them to my office. If I’m out, slide them under my door.
• Any extra credit for Millennium Actress is due anytime today.
Due: Assignment:
5/7 (MWF classes only)
• But TR 9:30 ENG101 optional revisions of Major Paper 5 are due in hardcopy today at 4:00 pm, with all changes marked in the new version and stapled to the original graded version. Bring them to my office. If I’m out, slide them under my door.
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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