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

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

7-20

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 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, 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

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

6-22

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

6-15

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.

6-13

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?

6-8

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?

6-6

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

6-1

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

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

5-23

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?

 

5-16

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

4-28

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)

4-21

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

4-19

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

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.

 

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

 

 

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

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