4-12

Today in class we reviewed the criteria for our WTE essays, peer reviewed our WTE essays, and had in-class conferences for essay feedback.

Week 13 Day 1

WTE – Sample 2

Homework:

  • Sign up for conference 3
    • Conferences held over a two week period
  • WTE – Final Draft
    • 750+ words
    • Due Wednesday 4-13 by midnight to Turnitin.com
    • Has a strong thesis providing overall evaluation using criteria you created
    • Uses evidence in the form of quotes to support each criteria’s evaluation
    • Has a Works Cited page that references the podcast being evaluated

 

 

Conference 3

At the end of the post, you will find the link for signing up for our third class conferences. Please read the instructions below before signing up:

  • You must be signed into your FIU email to access the sign up sheet. I will not respond to sharing requests from non-FIU emails
  • Sign up for your desired time by entering you name and email address
  • Arrive on time and make sure you can stay for at least 15 minutes
  • Conferences locations are located next to each day
  • Sign up for conferences 24 hours ahead of time
  • Do not overwrite or delete other students entries (Google Docs tracks all entries and revisions)
  • Bring a printed copy of your synthesis thesis or current draft with you to the conference
  • Conference registration will close on Wednesday 4-13

Conference 3 Sign Up

4-11

Today in class we discussed strategies for creating a synthesis thesis, the final steps of the synthesis process, and topics for the upcoming class debates.

Week 13 Day 1

Homework:

  • Create a thesis for your synthesis essay
    • Typed or handwritten
    • Brought to class on Wednesday
    • Will also be included for conference grade
  • Sign up for conference 3
    • Sign up sheet available at 5 pm
    • Conferences held over two week period
    • Registration will close on Wednesday

4-8

Today in class we had our third quiz, continued our discussion of synthesis and mobile phone tracking from Wednesday, and began to discuss the format and topics for the final class debate.

Week 12 Day 3

Homework:

  • Minor Essay 3
    • 200 words, typed, MLA format,
    • Due Monday 4-11 to Turnitin.com by midnight
    • Purpose: Identify the main ideas of the four sources you have chosen for your synthesis essay and explain your own viewpoint on this topic after reading them
    • Audience: FIU peers. .Consider this audience semi-formal
    • Genre: Informative memo. Keep this information solely focused on describing the source ideas and your own viewpoint. Introductions, conclusions, and citations are not necessary.

4-7

Today in class we talked about organizational and transitional strategies for closed form prose and peer reviewed the second draft of our WTE essays.

Week 12 Day 2

Homework:

  • WTE – 3rd Draft
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com before class on 4-12
    • 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

4-6

Today in class we reviewed material for the upcoming quiz, discussed the remaining stages of the synthesis process, and introduced the Hegelian dialectic.

Week 12 Day 2

Homework:

Due Friday 4-8

  • Find the last source for your synthesis essay
  • Blog Entry6:
    • Focus: Source 2 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

4-5

Today in class we discuss content and organizational strategies for closed form prose writing, developed our WTE theses, and peer reviewed the first draft of our essays.

Week 12 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTE – Draft 2
    • Due Thursday 4-7
    • 500 words, MLA format, printed and brought to class
    • Should include your introduction, thesis, forecasting, and several of your body paragraphs

Blog Entry 6

  • Focus: Source 2 Evaluation
  • Select another source for 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

4-4

Today in class we continued our discussion about the responsible use of sources and avoiding plagiarism and analyzed a third text for use with our synthesis essays.

Week 12 Day 1

Homework:

  • Due Friday 4-8
    • Find the last source for your synthesis essay
    • Blog Entry6:
    • Focus: Source 2 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

Blog Entry 5

  • Focus: Source1 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

4-1

Today in class we review MLA works cited page citations, introduced strategies for using the FIU library databases, and practiced finding peer reviewed sources in the databases.

Week 11 Day 2

Homework:

  • Blog Entry5:
    • Focus: Source1 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

3-31

Today in class we discussed using evaluation criteria to make a judgment, the threshold of success, and what kind of language is used to talk about success in different genres. We then practiced using criteria based off of our minor essay 2 to evaluate a podcast in class.

Week 11 Day 2

Homework:

  • WTE – Draft 1
    • Due Tuesday 4/5
    • 250 words, MLA format, printed and brought to class
    • Should include your introduction, thesis, and forecasting (and part of your first body paragraph)

3-29

Today in class we familiarized ourselves with the podcast genre, learning about its evolution and listening to sample podcast walking tours. We then discussed the most important characteristics for a podcast and how these could be used in evaluating a podcast walking tour.

Week 11 Day 1

Homework:

  • Minor Essay 2
    • Due Thursday 3-31 to Turnitin.com by class time
    • 250 Words, MLA format
    • Purpose: 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
    • Audience: Your fellow classmates and professor.
    • You should keep your writing clear and semi-formal. It is acceptable to use some first person writing, but keep your explanations of criteria objective.
    • Genre: Informative memo
    • This writing should be concise, specific, and thesis based. Introductions, a conclusion, or a discussion of general ideas are not necessary. Keep the information solely focused on the criteria and why they are important

3-8

Today in class we did our historical marker presentations and evaluated the presentations of our classmates.

Presentation Evaluation Link

Week 9 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTI – Final Draft
    • 300-500 words
    • Should include location, text, and works cited page
    • Should focus only on the most important information about your site
    • Should be stated in your own words, not plagiarizing or taking any information directly from your sources

3-7

Today in class we reviewed conventions and strategies for closed form prose and conducted the final peer review of our strong response essays.

Week 9 Day 1

Homework:

  • Strong Response – Final Draft
    • 1,000+ words
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by 3-11 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

3-4

Today in class we discussed strategies for the ideas critique and reflection parts of our strong response essays and peer reviewed the third draft of the essays.

Week 8 Day 3

Homework:

  • Strong Response – Draft 4
    • 1,000+ words
    • Should include all sections
    • Use 2+ quotes or examples to illustrate uses of ethos, pathos, and logos
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by Monday 3-7

3-3

Today in class we had our unit 2 grammar lesson focusing on strategies for formal writing and the creation and punctuation of compound and complex sentence structures.

Week 8 Day 2

Homework:

  • Historical Marker Presentations
    • Begin on Tuesday
    • Should be 2-5 minutes long
    • Should include the full version of your marker
    • Should have visual aids to help your classmates better understand your location
    • Will be evaluated by your classmates

3-2

Today in class we discussed strategies for the rhetorical analysis section of our response essays and for using quotes and paraphrase in an effective manner.

Week 8 Day 2

Homework:

  • Strong Response – Draft 3
    • 750+ words
    • Should include introduction, revised thesis and forecasting, and most of the body paragraphs
    • Should have several quotes to illustrate uses of rhetoric and ideas
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by Friday 3/4

3-1

Today in class we discussed requirements for our historical marker class presentations, reviewed how to construct a works cited page for MLA format, and peer reviewed the first draft of our historical marker essays.

Week 8 Day 1

Homework:

  • WTI Draft 2
    • 300-500 words (this should include everything, even the Works Cited page)
    • 3 sections: Location, text, and Works Cited page
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by Thursday before class

2-29

Today in class we discussed strategies and criteria for a blended strong response thesis and workshopped the theses for our strong response essays.

Week 8 Day 1

Homework:

  • Strong Response – Draft 3
    • 750+ words
    • Should include introduction, revised thesis and forecasting, and most of the body paragraphs
    • Should have several quotes to illustrate uses of rhetoric and ideas
    • Submitted to Turnitin.com by Friday 3/4

2-26

Today in class we conducted the second part of our class debates.

Week 7 Day 3

Homework:

  • Strong Response Second Draft
    • 500+ words
    • Due 2-29 to Turnitin.com
    • Should introduce the article you have chosen by name
    • Should have a thesis that presents an overall evaluation of the article’s use of rhetoric and your response to it
    • Should include the first section of your body paragraphs, preferably including some rhetorical analysis for our activities on Monday

2-25

Today in class we continued to analyze the online articles about Venetian Pool and worked together to create a sample historical marker in class.

Week 7 Day 2

Links for class activities:

Homework:

  • Sign up for conference 2
    • Sign up available Today at 3:30 pm
    • Registration closes Friday at midnight
  • WTI- Draft 1
    • 200+ words
    • Due Tuesday 3/1 to Turnitin.com
    • Printed and brought to class
    • Should include location of the marker as well as the text

2-24

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

Week 7 Day 2

Debate Winners:

  • U5M: Animal Testing: Pro
  • U3M: Polygamy: Con
  • U4M: Death Penalty for Minors: Pro

Homework:

  • Sign up for conference 2 (sign up sheet available Tuesday at 3:30 pm)
  • Strong Response First Draft
    • 250+ words
    • Due 2-26 to Turnitin.com
    • Should introduce the article you have chosen by name
    • Should have a thesis that presents an overall evaluation of the article’s use of rhetoric and your response to it

Conference 2

At the end of the post, you will find the link for signing up for our first class conferences. Please read the instructions below before signing up:

  • You must be signed into your FIU email to access the sign up sheet. I will not respond to sharing requests from non-FIU emails
  • Sign up for your desired time by entering you name and email address
  • Arrive on time and make sure you can stay for at least 15 minutes
  • Conferences locations are located next to each day
  • Sign up for conferences 24 hours ahead of time
  • Do not overwrite or delete other students entries (Google Docs tracks all entries and revisions)
  • Bring a printed copy of your current major essay with you to the conference
  • Conference registration will close on Friday 2-26

Conference 2 Sign Up

Note: some mobile devices have trouble accessing Google spreadsheets. If this happens, please use a PC to sign up.

 

 

2-23

Today in class we finished our informative writing skills activities and worked together to create a sample historical marker for Venetian Pool.

Week 7 Day 1

Links for class activities:

Homework:

  • Read I&A 23-36
  • Sign up for conference 2
    • Sign up available Today at 3:30 pm
    • Registration closes Friday at midnight
  • WTI- Draft 1
    • 200+ words
    • Due Tuesday 3/1 to Turnitin.com
    • Printed and brought to class
    • Should include location of the marker as well as the text

2-22

Today in class we discussed final plans for the class debate, introduced organizational strategies for our strong response essays, and analyzed sample strong response essays.

Week 7 Day 1

Sample Essays:

Homework:

  • Find and bring in (printed) any sources you will use for the class debate
  • Sign up for conference 2 (sign up sheet available Tuesday at 3:30 pm)
  • Strong Response First Draft
    • 250+ words
    • Due 2-26 to Turnitin.com
    • Should introduce the article you have chosen by name
    • Should have a thesis that presents an overall evaluation of the article’s use of rhetoric and your response to it

2-19

Today in class we discussed strategies and finalized preparations for the class debate.

Week 6 Day 3

Homework:

  • Find and bring in (printed) any sources you will use for the class debate
  • Strong Response First Draft
    • 250+ words
    • Due 2-26 to Turnitin.com
    • Should introduce the article you have chosen by name
    • Should have a thesis that presents an overall evaluation of the article’s use of rhetoric and your response to it

2-18

Today in class we introduced skills for close and active reading strategies, practiced these by analyzing an article, and discussed skills for use with informative writing.

Week 6 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.
  • Review sample memo at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/590/04/
  • Minor essay 1
    • Purpose: Inform about and describe the two sources you will use for your WTI essay.
    • Audience: Professional, educated individuals who could theoretically read your finished historical marker. You should keep your writing objective and semi-formal but without complicated language.
    • Genre: informative memo. This writing should be concise, specific, and thesis based. Introductions and discussion of general ideas are not necessary
    • Submit to Turnitin.com by 10/2 before class time
    • 300 or less words, typed, MLA format

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?

 

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?

2-17

Today in class we introduced the strong response assignment sheet and accompanying articles, introduced the critical consumption of information, and continued planning for the class debate.

Strong Response Assignment Sheet

Week 6 Day 2

Articles for class analysis:

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?

 

 

2-16

Today in class we analyzed the assignment sheet and sample student writing for our major essay 2 – the historical marker.

Write to Inform – Assignment Sheet

Sample Student Historical Marker 1

Sample Student Historical Marker 2

Week 6 Day 1

Homework:

  • Ready I&A 221-230
  • 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?