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 skills for close & active reading, practiced reading as a believer and doubter, and discussed the research requirements for our historical marker essays.

Week 5 Day 2

Homework:

  • Find two sources that provide information about the historical space or event you have chosen for your WTI essay. Internet sources are recommended but Wikipedia is not acceptable. Consider the credibility of your sources.
  • Blog Entry 6
    • Focus: Source Summary
    • Now that you have found two sources that provide information about your chosen location/event, take a few moments to summarize their most important information. You may wish to include:
    • The name of the source, its author, and the URL where you found it
    • What information does each source provide?
    • How credible is the author or organization that created the source?
    • What is the most important information from the source that you will definitely include in your historical marker?
  • Note: This will count as TWO blog entry grades and will also count towards the final points for your major essay.

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?

6-13

Today in class we continued our discussion of the historical marker essay assignment and reviewed important events and locations in Miami’s history to help brainstorm for the essay.

Week 5 Day 1

Homework:

  • Blog entry 5
    • Focus: WTI Brainstorm
    • Now that you have seen some example historical markers as well as reviewed the assignment sheet, you should begin thinking about a possible space or event to commemorate with your own historical marker. You are encouraged (but not required) to write about local spaces and events in Miami. Take a few minutes to consider:
    • What do I know about Miami’s history?
    • Are there any events in Miami’s history that might be related to my major or personal interests?
    • Where might I put a historical marker to commemorate one of these events?

6-10

Today in class we had our second quiz and introduced the second major essay, the informative historical marker.

Week 4 Day 3

Write to Inform – Assignment Sheet

Homework:

  • Blog entry 5
    • Focus: WTI Brainstorm
    • Now that you have seen some example historical markers as well as reviewed the assignment sheet, you should begin thinking about a possible space or event to commemorate with your own historical marker. You are encouraged (but not required) to write about local spaces and events in Miami. Take a few minutes to consider:
    • What do I know about Miami’s history?
    • Are there any events in Miami’s history that might be related to my major or personal interests?
    • Where might I put a historical marker to commemorate one of these events?

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 reviewed the most important concepts from unit 1, introduced public space writing, and reviewed sample historical markers to gain a better understanding of the genre.

Week 4 Day 2

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 4
  • Focus: Reflect on unit 1
    • Take a few minutes to think back on your experiences with unit 1 and our first major essay: Write to Reflect.
    • How has our first month of ENC1930 met or diverged from your expectations?
    • What did you find particularly easy or difficult in unit 1? Why?
    • What theories or writing skills from unit 1 will prove most useful to you?
    • How has the WTR essay compared to your previous writing experiences?
    • If you could restart the semester and do unit 1 (or your WTR essay) again, what would you do differently?

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!

6-6

Today in class we had our first grammar lesson of the semester, focusing on verb phrases and sentence construction, and peer reviewed our reflective essays before their final submission.

Week 4 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTR – Final Draft
    • Due Tuesday 6-7 to Turnitin.com by midnight
    • Paper copies not accepted
    • 1,000+ words
    • Concrete descriptions of your settings and characters
    • All four stages of the reflection cycle

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 discussed the strategies for and goals of peer review and then peer reviewed the first draft of our reflection essays.

Week 3 Day 1

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

Homework:

  • WTR 2nd Draft
    • 750+ words
    • Vivid descriptions that illustrate your setting
    • All four stages of reflection
    • Printed and brought to class as well as submitted electronically to Turnitin.com before class time
  • Turnitin.com Registration
    • Class ID: 12787198
    • Password: 4English

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 introduced the stages of reflection as experiential learning, discussed how those stages will be used in our reflection narrative essays, and analyzed sample passages for their uses of reflective writing.

Week 2 Day 3

Reading Passage: “The Park”

Homework:

  • Read I&A 187-202
  • WTR Draft 1
    • Printed and brought to class on Wednesday
    • 500+ words, MLA format
    • After successfully introducing and describing your setting, you should begin to include reflective details about your personal experiences with the place

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 discussed reflective writing, introduce the first major essay: Write to Reflect, and discussed how space and language affect our identity.

Write to Reflect – Assignment Sheet

Week 2 Day 1

Homework:

  • Read I&A 153-161 and 178-181
  • Blog Entry 3
    • Focus: WTR topic brainstorm
    • Take a few minutes to begin brainstorming possible topics for your WTR essay. Rather than thinking solely of places you have been, try reflecting on your own identity and then try to identify places that have been important in shaping it. You may wish to consider:
      • Who am I? What makes me special or unique and sets me apart from my peers?
      • What spaces might have contributed to these differences?
      • Are there any places back home that I miss? Why might I feel that way?
      • What spaces showcase my family, community, or cultural identity?
      • What events in my history helped shape who I am? Where did these events take place?
    • If you already have a topic or space in mind for your essay, instead begin thinking of why that place is important and what you will write about it. You may wish to consider:
      • What are my emotions or reactions when I think back about this place? When I visit it?
      • How many times have I been to this space in my life?
      • What are the features that stand out the most about this place? What does it look like, sound like, or smell like?
      • What part of my identity did this space help to shape?

 

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?

5-16

Today in class we introduced ourselves and the course policies, discussed our past experiences with writing, and introduced the concepts of open and closed form prose.

Week 1 Day 1

Homework:

  • Review class syllabus
  • Obtain class textbook: Ideas & Aims, by Tim Taylor & Linda Copeland, published by Pearson ISBN: 9780321956033
  • Create your online blog, email me the URL (email: NAnde014@fiu.edu), and upload your Blog Entry 1
    • Due by Tuesday 5-17 at midnight

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

4-28

Today in class we had our final podcast script peer review, did a checklist of our podcast content, and rehearsed recordings for our podcasts.

Week 15 Day 2

Homework:

  • Presentations
    • 5-10 minutes per group
    • Address/practice technology usage ahead of time. You will be penalized for excessive delays
    • We will have audience members from other Global 1st Year groups to evaluate your presentations
    • Use a link (send via email or post on blog) or flash drive after the presentation
  • Podcast Walking Tour Script – Final Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • Must include all major sections/locations of your podcast. Don’t forget to provide audio directions for your listeners! You may also include screen or speaker cues if you choose but these are not required
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by 5-1 at midnight (you will not receive credit for the presentations if you do not submit your script)

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

4-26

Today in class we discussed strategies for hooks and overall podcast engagement and peer reviewed the second draft of our podcast walking tour scripts.

Week 15 Day 1

Homework:

  • Podcast Walking Tour – Draft 3
    • 750+ words
    • Should include all major sections/locations of your podcast and be nearing completion
    • It is recommended that you read through your whole podcast at least once while timing yourself to make sure that you will fall into the 5-10 minute time frame
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com and printed copy brought to class on Thursday

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

4-21

Today in class we discussed extra credit opportunities for the rest of the semester, peer reviewed our podcast introductions, and worked hands-on to create sample audio files as practice for creating out podcasts.

Week 14 Day 2

Homework:

  • Podcast Walking Tour – Draft 2
    • 500+ words
    • At minimum, should include your introduction, directions to the first location (or two), and explanation of that location
    • Printed and brought to class on Tuesday

4-20

Today in class we talked about the structure and summary section of synthesis essays and finished preparations for the class debates starting on Friday.

Week 14 Day 1

Homework:

  • Finish planning for the class debate! Debates begin on Friday
  • Synthesis – Draft 2
    • Approximately 500 words
    • Should include your introduction (with hook, thesis, and forecasting) and summary of sources. It may also include the beginning of your body paragraphs
    • Due Friday 4-22

4-19

Today in class we talked about the structure and overview of a podcast walking tour and then worked in-depth with how to draft an introduction for a podcast walking tour.

Week 14 Day 1

Homework:

  • Bring computers/laptops to class on Wednesday
    • If you have external microphones for use with these, bring them as well
    • Ipads or tablets can be an acceptable substitute but are not preferred
  • Podcast Walking Tour – Draft 1
    • 250+ words
    • Should include your introduction and directions to the first location within your tour

4-15

Today in class we introduced basic and advanced strategies for making counterarguments and continued working on preparations for the class debate.

Week 13 Day 3

Homework:

  • Class cancelled on Monday 4-18 for conferences
  • Synthesis essay 1st draft
    • Due Tuesday 4-19 to Turnitin.com by midnight
    • 250+ words
    • Should include your hook, thesis, and forecasting as well as your works cited page

Blog Entry 6

  • Focus: Podcast Walking Tour Brainstorm
  • Now that you have been introduced to the requirements for the final project of the semester, the podcast walking tour, begin thinking of possible locations you could use for your own walking tour. This should be a location you are familiar with, have visited before, or be able to visit before the end of this project.
  • You can use this blog entry to consider several different places you might utilize or to consider what to write about for a single place if you already have one in mind.

4-14

Today in class we introduced our final major assignment: the podcast walking tour. We reviewed the assignment sheet as well as sample essays and student media projects and discussed how to begin drafting an introduction for a podcast walking tour.

Week 13 Day 2

Podcast Walking Tour Assignment Sheet

Walking Tour Sample 1

Walking Tour Sample 2

Homework:

  • Blog Entry 6
    • Focus: Podcast Walking Tour Brainstorm
    • Now that you have been introduced to the requirements for the final project of the semester, the podcast walking tour, begin thinking of possible locations you could use for your own walking tour. This should be a location you are familiar with, have visited before, or be able to visit before the end of this project.
    • You can use this blog entry to consider several different places you might utilize or to consider what to write about for a single place if you already have one in mind.