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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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

 

9-8

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

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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.

9-8

Today in class we shared the results of our WTR outlines, continued our discussion of quality writing, and analyzed sample WTR essays.

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Sample essays:

Homework:

  • 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
    • Enter your name at a time available
    • Bring a printed copy of your WTR draft to the conference
  • WTR Draft 1
    • Due Thursday 9-15
    • 500+ words
    • Printed and brought to class

9-7

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.

Links for class activity:

Web Article: “American Multilingualism: A National Tragedy”

Rhetorical Analysis Sample 1

Rhetorical Analysis Sample 2

Homework:

  • Find a web article for use with your rhetorical analysis essay. Bring a printed copy of this article to class on Thursday.
  • Bring a highlighter to class on Friday
  • Read A&B 68-74

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.

8-25

Today in class we reviewed material for the upcoming quiz and discussed globalization, memetics, cultural artifacts, and reflection.

Week 1 Day 2

Homework:

  • Blog entry 2
    • Prompt: Reflect on how has globalization affected your life
    • Now that you have a better understanding of globalization, take a few minutes to consider how it may have had a significant effect on your life. This could be related to far away cultures you experienced, impacts of media from other countries, goods and services you acquired from different places, or even what motivated you to study in the United States.
    • You should consider the main questions for reflection:
    • How did I feel about the experience?
    • Why did I act/react/feel the way I did with this experience?
    • What can I learn from the experience?
    • How can I use what I have learned from this experience in the future?

8-23

Today in class we discussed the course expectations and syllabus, introduced ourselves, and reflected on the effects of media in society and our lives.

Week 1 Day 1

Homework:

  • Acquire textbook and class materials
  • Make class blog and submit via email
  • Blog Entry 1
    • Prompt: What is the most significant way that media has impacted your life?
    • Take a few minutes to think back and reflect on how media has impacted your life. Try to identify one (or a few) source of media that has impacted you the most. This could be a television show that inspired you to a career or even a social media site that you use to stay connected with friends and family.
    • You may wish to consider:
    • What effect did this media have on your life?
    • How did you come across this media? Do you still interact with it today?
    • What would have happened if this media was never a part of your life?
    • How will this experience affect you in the future?

 

7-22

Today in class we discussed strategies for structure and transitions in closed form prose. We then peer reviewed the next draft of our WTE essays.

Week 10 Day 3

Homework:

  • WTE – 3rd Draft
    • 750+ words
    • Should evaluate the podcast of your choice with 3-6 criteria you establish
    • Focused on evidence with quotes
    • Clear thesis, transitions, and structure
    • Semi-formal writing style

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?

7-20

Today in class we discussed additional strategies for closed form prose, including thesis development, and peer reviewed the initial drafts of our WTE essays.

Week 10 Day 2

Homework:

  • WTE – Draft 2
    • Due Friday 7-22 by class time
    • 350+ words, MLA format, printed and brought to class as well as submitted to Turnitin.com
    • Should include your introduction, thesis, forecasting, and several body paragraphs

7-18

Today in class we practiced evaluating a podcast using criteria we created together as a class. We then discussed what success meant in media and the language to discuss success in evaluative writing.

Week 10 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTE – Draft 1
    • Due Wednesday
    • 200+ words, MLA format, printed and brought to class
    • Should include your introduction, thesis, and forecasting (and perhaps the first part of your first body paragraph)

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

7-15

Today in class we further analyzed the podcast genre, discussed what criteria are most important for podcasts, and began selecting podcasts for use with our evaluation essays.

Week 9 Day 3

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 7
    • Focus: Podcast Walking Tour Criteria
    • Now that you have become familiar with podcast walking tours, take a few moments to consider what are the most important qualities you would look for in a walking tour.
    • Select and declare which 3-6 criteria you will use for your podcast walking tour evaluation in your WTE essay and give a brief explanation of each criteria and why they are important
    • Note: This blog will be due Monday 7-18 and will count towards the grade for your evaluation essay

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?

7-13

Today in class we had our third quiz, practiced creating criteria for evaluation, and continued our study of the podcast genre.

Week 9 Day 2

Homework:

  • Select one podcast walking tour about a place you would like to visit (or have already visited) to use with your evaluation essay
  • Listen to the selected podcast and be prepared to discuss it on Friday

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 discussed the expectations of the historical marker presentations, introduced formats for works cited pages in MLA format, and peer reviewed the current draft of our historical marker essays.

Week 7 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTI – Presentation
  • 2-5 minutes
  • Presented on Friday 7-1
  • Should include the full text of your historical marker in graphic form
  • Should include references page for any websites or sources used
  • Should include visual aids to help your audience better understand your location and its most important features
  • Should give an overview of the history of your chosen location

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

6-22

Today in class we had our second grammar lesson dealing with strategies for formal writing in English.

Week 6 Day 2

Homework:

  • WTI- Draft 2
    • 300+ words and nearing completion
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com before Thursday’s class
    • Printed copy brought to class for peer review
    • Should include location of the marker as well as the text
    • Make sure to add a Works Cited page

6-20

Today in class we had a grammar lesson dealing with parts of speech, noun tense, verb tense, and verb phrases.

Week 6 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTI-Historical Marker Draft 2
    • Continue working on your WTR essay until it reaches 300+ words
    • This draft should be nearing completion and include your location and marker text
    • Bring a printed copy to class on Wednesday and submit to Turnitin.com

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