9-15

Today in class we continued our discussion of strategies for closed form prose writing, focusing on elements of the introduction. We introduced strategies for writing theses, evaluated sample theses, and workshopped the theses for our rhetorical analysis essays.

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Homework:

  • Class is cancelled on Tuesday for conferences
  • Read A&B 14-20
  • Strong Response – Draft 2
    • 600+ words
    • Should include introduction, revised thesis and forecasting, and your body paragraphs
    • Should have several quotes to illustrate uses of rhetoric
    • Bring a printed copy to class on Thursday

9-12

Today in class we introduced the prose continuum and discussed techniques for writing closed for prose and our rhetorical analysis essay.

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rhetorical-analysis-sample-1

Homework:

  • Sign up for a conference
    • Conference registration closes at 4pm
    • You must be signed in to your FIU email to access the sign up sheet
  • Rhetorical Analysis Draft 1
    • 250+ words
    • Should include your introduction
    • Printed copy brought to class (and your conference appointment)

9-9

Today in class we introduced strategies for reflective writing and began to analyze the rhetoric within our chosen source with the help of our group members.

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Link for class activity: The Park

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 3
    • Prompt: Reflect on your chosen article
    • Now that you have selected an article for use with your rhetorical analysis, read through it once and reflect on the source.
    • Try to touch upon all four stages of reflection in this blog entry. Keep your concrete experience (a summary of the article) to only one or two sentences. Focus on your feelings, what you learned from the article, and how you can apply what you have learned in the future.
  • Sign up for a conference by Monday 9-12
    • Conference Sign Up Link
    • Conferences will be held over a week long period, but you must sign up by Monday
    • Sign into your FIU email in order to access the sign up page
    • Enter your name at a time available
    • Bring a printed copy of your Rhetorical Analysis draft to the conference

 

9-6

Today in class we introduced a new skill, the critical consumption of information, practiced doing rhetorical analysis as a class, and continued planning for our group presentations.

Week 3 Day 1

Links for class activity:

Web Article: “American Multilingualism: A National Tragedy”

Rhetorical Analysis Sample 1

Rhetorical Analysis Sample 2

Homework:

  • Continue working on media presentations
  • Find a web article for use with your rhetorical analysis essay. Bring a printed copy of this article to class on Thursday.

8-31

Today in class we introduced evaluative writing and began our class media presentations.

Week 2 Day 2

Homework

  • Read A&B 167-173
  • Blog Entry 2
    • Prompt: Which class presentation was best and why?
    • Now that you have a better understanding of evaluative writing and the criteria we are using to judge our media presentations, identify which presentation you considered to be the best in our class, and give examples and explanations of why you chose this presentation. This evaluation should be based on the grading criteria we have discussed in class. You should give specific examples from the presentation to support your evaluation.
    • Note: you may not select your own group project.

7-22

Today in class we discussed strategies for synthesis essay theses and structure. We then began brainstorming plans for the final class debate.

Week 10 Day 3

Homework:

  • Synthesis essay – 1st draft
    • 350+ words
    • Printed and brought to class on Monday 7-25
    • Should include your introduction, thesis, forecasting, the beginning of your body paragraphs, and your Works Cited page

7-20

Today in class we discussed plagiarism and ways to use sources responsible. We then searched for the final source for our synthesis essay and introduced strategies for using regular search engines for research (as opposed to the licensed library databases).

Week 10 Day 2

Homework:

Blog 8

  • Focus: Synthesis
  • Now that you have found all of the source’s for your synthesis essay, spend a few minutes to compare and contrast the ideas and start to determine what your own position in the argument is. Make sure to include:
  • Your own position on the topic before you started research
  • The names and main ideas from each of the four sources you read
  • How has your position changed as a result of the research?

7-15

Today in class we learned strategies for using the library database and working with peer reviewed sources. We continued the synthesis research process by finding our second source and introduced the Hegelian Dialectic to better understand the theory behind synthesis.

Week 9 Day 3

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 7:
    • Focus: Peer Reviewed Source Evaluation
    • Select a peer reviewed source from a library database on your synthesis essay topic (you may use the source found in class if you choose)
    • Read and analyze the source. Then, sum up the argument it makes in the journal entry as well as your reaction to reading the source. Play the Believing and Doubting Game (or with and against the grain reading) to find the strongest and weakest elements of the source. Finally, reflect on how the source has changed your understanding of the research topic and what information could be useful to you in writing your synthesis essay
    • You do not need to introduce the issue or explain your viewpoint or past experiences here, simply focus on the source itself

7-13

Today in class we had our third quiz, introduced working bibliographies and quote banks, and began the synthesis process by analyzing sources from the resource list.

Week 9 Day 2

Homework:

  • Bring computers, laptops, or tablets to class on Friday
  • Blog Entry 6
  • Focus: Synthesis Essay Brainstorm
    • Take a few minutes to think about the topic you have chosen for your synthesis essay and what issues related to that topic that you may wish to investigate further. You may consider:
    • Why did you select this topic? Why is it important to you?
    • What did you learn from evaluating the first source on the topic? Did this change your perspective at all?
    • What other issues related to this topic would you like to investigate with further sources on the topic?
    • What is your individual perspective on this topic? What makes this original or unique to you?

7-1

Today in class we continued our discussion on closed form prose techniques and peer reviewed the third draft of our rhetorical analysis essays.

Week 7 Day 3

Homework:

  • Rhetorical Analysis – Final Draft
    • 750+ words
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by 7-6 at midnight
    • Must include works cited page entry for your chosen article
    • In text citations are not necessary since the article and author are explicitly named within the text and only one text is used

6-27

Today in class we discusses rhetorical analysis essay structure and forecasting, peer reviewed the second draft of our essays, and identified additional examples of rhetoric in the source articles.

Week 7 Day 1

Links for class activity:

Homework:

  • Rhetorical Analysis – 3rd Draft
    • 750+ words
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by 6-29 at midnight
    • Blended strong response format should include rhetorical analysis, reflection, and ideas critique
    • Must include works cited page entry for your chosen article
    • In text citations are not necessary since the article and author are explicitly named within the text and only one text is used

6-20

Today in class we finalized our preparations for the class debates, starting Wednesday, and workshopped our theses for the rhetorical analysis essay.

Week 6 Day 1

Homework:

  • Rhetorical Analysis Draft 2
    • 500+ words
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com before Friday’s class time
    • Printed and brought to class on Friday
    • Should introduce the topic in an engaging way
    • Should include your introduction and several body paragraphs

6-17

Today in class we reviewed sample rhetorical analysis essays and finished planning for the class debate.

Week 5 Day 3

Homework:

  • Rhetorical Analysis Draft 1
    • 250+ words
    • Printed and brought to class on Monday
    • Should introduce the topic in an engaging way
    • Thesis should state your evaluation of the text overall or its rhetoric but without using 1st person

6-15

Today in class we introduced the critical consumption of information, examined texts for use with our rhetorical analysis activity, and reviewed sample rhetorical analyses to get a better understanding of the genre.

Week 5 Day 2

Rhetorical Analysis Assignment Sheet

Links for class activity:

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 5
    • Focus: Article Reflection
    • Now that you have read through the article for use with our Rhetorical Analysis essay, take a moment to reflect on your experiences reading the article and reactions to it. Make sure to go through all stages of the reflective writing cycle. You may wish to consider:
    • How did you feel when reading the article? What was your opinion on the issue?
    • How does the topic of this article relate to your personal experiences?
    • What did you learn from the article? How might this be related to other topics you have learned in class?
    • How could you apply what you have learned from this article?
    • How might you take what you have learned from this source and apply it in the future?

6-10

Today in class we continued working on debate preparations, practiced analyzing rhetoric in writing, and assessed our learning goals from unit 1.

Week 4 Day 3

Link for class activity: President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Homework:

  • Blog entry 4
    • Focus: Debate Perspective
    • Consider the topic and side you have chosen for the debate. Reflect on and explain why you and others would argue for this side. Do morality, economics, human rights, or politics come into this argument? What potentially makes it the “right” answer? What are the problems with your side or counterarguments to your position?
    • Now, evaluate the same topic from the side opposed to yours. What are the strongest parts of this argument? Why would someone choose to argue for this opposing side? What would be their strongest claims? What are the weakest parts of their argument?

6-8

Today in class we continued working on preparations for the class debate and continued our discussion of angle of vision in rhetoric.

Week 4 Day 2

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 3
  • Focus: Reflect on unit 1
    • We have now finished the first of our three units in this course. Take a few minutes to reflect on the most important things you learned in unit 1. You may wish to consider the following:
    • What did you learn in Unit 1?
    • Did you find anything particularly difficult or easy?
    • How has this compared to writing you have done in the past?
    • Did you learn anything about yourself as you wrote your literacy narrative?
    • How will your new knowledge shape your future writing experiences? This is the most important question, and I encourage you to think about your major and future career.
    • Note: Your goal here is to think about what you have learned and how you can apply it to your writing in the future. You are NOT listing concepts to prove that you learned them.

6-6

Today in class we reviewed the most important concepts from unit 1, began to analyze use of rhetorical appeals and angle of vision in sample writings, and introduced the format for the class debate.

Week 4 Day 1

Homework:

  • Literacy Narrative—Final Draft
    • Due Tuesday 6-7 by midnight
    • Turnitin.com submissions only. Paper copies not accepted
    • 1,000+ words. Make sure to include concrete and figurative language!

6-3

Today we peer reviewed the third draft of our literacy narrative essays and began individual student conferences.

Week 3 Day 2

Homework:

  • Literacy Narrative – 4th Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • Should include your rising action, climax, and falling action
    • Should use concrete language and figurative language to describe at least two characters and settings
    • MLA format
    • Submitted electronically to Turnitin.com before class time on Monday
  • Turnitin.com Registration
    • Class ID: 12786926
    • Password: 4English
  • Note: The due date for your final essay draft will be Tuesday at midnight

6-1

Today in class we introduced story criteria for open form prose, discussed techniques and strategies for peer review, and peer reviewed the second draft of our literacy narrative essays.

Week 3 Day 1

Class video: “Otis College: Peer Writing Review Process”

Homework:

  • Read A&B p. 490-492
  • Literacy Narrative – 3rd Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • Should include your rising action, climax, and falling action
    • Should use concrete language and figurative language to describe at least two characters and settings
    • MLA format
    • Printed as well as submitted electronically to Turnitin.com before class time on Friday
  • Turnitin.com Registration
    • Class ID: 12786926
    • Password: 4English

5-27

Today in class we continued to develop our figurative language skills and discussed the importance of setting and the development of characters through dialog.

Week 2 Day 3

Hills Like White Elephants

Homework:

  • Read A&B p. 172-178,
  • Literacy Narrative – 2nd Draft
    • 500+ words
    • Should include introduction and rising action
    • Should use concrete language and figurative language to introduce at least one character and setting
    • MLA format
    • Printed and brought to class Wednesday

5-25

Today in class we continued our description of concrete language and the scale of abstraction, practiced using concrete words to make a dominant impression, and introduced vocabulary for figurative language.

Week 2 Day 2

Homework:

  • Literacy Narrative Draft 1
    • 250+ words (or 1+ pages)
    • MLA format heading
    • Printed and brought to class
    • Should include the beginning of your literacy narrative
    • Note: introductions are not necessary for this type of an essay. Simply begin to tell your story

5-23

Today in class we introduced the literacy narrative assignment, reviewed the use of concrete words, and introduced the scale of abstraction.

Literacy Narrative Assignment Sheet

Week 2 Day 1

  • Read A&B p.71-74 (by Friday)
  • Find one example piece of open form prose and bring it with you to class on Wednesday. This should be at least one page long. Newspaper articles and research papers are NOT considered open form prose.
  • Blog Entry 2
    • Due Wednesday 5-25 at midnight
    • Focus: Literacy Narrative Brainstorm:
    • Begin thinking of ideas you might use for your literacy narrative. Write out a brainstorm that includes:
    • What problem your literacy narrative could address
    • How this explains part of your background
    • What major characters and settings it could include
    • What major events could take place
    • If you are having trouble selecting a single idea to work with, try brainstorming several problems you could focus on or achievements you have that could make a story
    • Note: you do not have to go in depth with any of these items just yet. Simply list them out in a clear and organized fashion.

5-20

Today in class we had our first quiz, continued to practice using rhetorical appeals, and introduced the requirements for the class blog this semester.

Week 1 Day 3

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 1
    • Submit link via email by Monday 5-23
    • Blog entries this semester should be in either text, vlog, or podcast format.
    • Focus: Past uses of rhetoric
    • Take a few minutes to think back on your past experiences with language and persuading people. Select and describe one or more times you used rhetoric to convince someone.
      • What happened in this experience?
      • Were you successful or unsuccessful in your attempt to persuade?
      • What strategies did you use to persuade your audience?
      • Would these be best described as ethos, pathos, or logos?

4-29

Today in class we reviewed the most important information from ENC1101 for the final exam, practiced responding to a timed writing prompt, and peer reviewed the 4th draft of our synthesis essays.

Week 15 Day 3-U3M

Week 15 Day 3-U5M

Homework:

  • Portfolio
    • Worth a quiz grade
    • Necessary for final exam success
    • Should include a printed version of all of your major essays (literacy narrative, strong response, and synthesis)
  • Synthesis Essay – Final Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • 4+ sources (including one from the source list and one that is peer reviewed)
    • Due 5-1 by midnight

4-27

Today in class we peer reviewed our synthesis essay drafts and introduced and practiced skills for timed writing.

Week 15 Day 2

Homework:

  • Portfolio
    • Worth a quiz grade
    • Necessary for final exam success
    • Should include a printed version of all of your major essays (literacy narrative, strong response, and synthesis)
  • Synthesis Essay – Final Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • 4+ sources (including one from the source list and one that is peer reviewed)
    • Due 5-1 by midnight

4-25

Today in class we conducted the final round of our class debates.

Week 15 Day 1

Debate Winners:

  • U3M – Child birth laws – Con
  • U4M- Legalization of prostitution – Pro
  • U5M- Cell phone tracking – Con

Homework:

  • Synthesis – Draft 4
    • 1,000+ words
    • Should include your introduction (with hook, thesis, and forecasting), summary of sources, body paragraphs, and conclusion
    • Due Wednesday 4-27 by midnight to Turnitin.com
    • Bring a printed copy of your current draft to class on Wednesday

4-22

Today in class we conducted the first round of our final class debates.

Week 14 Day 2

Winning Debate Teams:

  • U5M: 1st Year Curriculum – Con Side
  • U3M: Gun Control – Con Side

Homework:

  • Synthesis – Draft 3
    • 750+ words
    • Should include your introduction (with hook, thesis, and forecasting), summary of sources, and several body paragraphs
    • Due Monday 4-25 by midnight