College Writing 1, A Critical Thinking and Writing Course
by Professor Lee Ann Mortensen, MFA, at Utah Valley University

 

Lee's English 1010 Calendar, Spring 2018


 

Updated 4/25/18 5:19 PM - subject to change, so don't print a lot at once if you need printouts

  M W M W M W M W M F M
January 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31      
February 5 7 12 14 19 21 26 28      
March 5 7 12 14 19 21 26 28      
April 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25   27 30
May

 

2 3Thurs

 

 

         

 

 Day

Calendar--Readings & Assignments Due

Lecture Notes and Links

(or the place where Lee is trying to re-organize)

Jan. 8

Introduction: Authors are now Everywhere it seems...

Readings Due Before Class

  • Syllabus & Calendar
  • Purchase main texts--Everyone's an Author (ed. 2nd). Also available for ebook purchase/rental at CourseSmart or Amazon and available to rent). Your other book is Boys in the Boat (at Amazon in print and Kindle, and available for rent). See syllabus!
  • Learn how to use this Web Calendar for readings and assignment instructions. Learn how to use Canvas where you will turn in your work, get grades, and get announcements.

 

Assignments Due during Class:


Lecture Notes EA Day 1:

Let's try tumblr, some links to topic ideas, discussion communities, current affairs--last semester it was the Confederate Monuments. What's current now?

We can look at news and articles about Confederate Monuments (but also look at this ABC News link of the violent neo-nazi protests). What is being authored in any of these "texts"? What about Aristotle's idea of Rhetoric (rhetoric is the art of coming to sound judgement)? What is sound? Showing more than one side? Do you see "sound judgement" presented in these texts, or do these texts avoid sound judging (and write a very opinionated piece)? How did you listen to these texts? Did you make sound judgements, or were you more knee-jerk in your actions? Interesting essay on the past...

Ad hominem (logical fallacy) attacks from Trump during the 2016 election...why they might be effective.

Everything is trying to sell us some thing, some idea, some ideology--Analyzing advertising (Iphone X)

Or the problem with showing off your love, and your engagement diamonds, on Facebook or Twitter in the Journal 1 reading from Deadspin "On the Other Hand." In tumblr at the top of the page, there are questions you can use for Journal 1. What is her tone, and how can you tell?

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

  • eschew
  • patriarchy
  • ?

May Discuss authorship? Journal ? (guide p. 89):

  • Do you think everyone's an author?
  • How do you define author?
  • Is an author different from a writer? In what specific ways?

 

 

Jan. 10

Thinking and Listening Rhetorically, Or Making Sound Judgements

Readings Due Before Class

  • Syllabus & Calendar
  • Everyone's an Author (EA): see Canvas Files for two of these three readings in case you are still waiting for this required textbook. Please read the following:
    • Introduction;
    • The Need for Rhetoric (in Canvas Files);
    • Ch. 1 Thinking Rhetorically (in Canvas Files)

 

Assignments due before class:

  • E. Mail Lee questions about the Syllabus (send it from your best email address).
  • Journal 1: In tumblr, look for "On the Other Hand," and read the links provided. Do some informal writing about Aristotle's idea of Rhetoric (rhetoric is the art of coming to sound judgement--and our judgements often include symbolic meaning of texts and images), and of the "symbolic meaning" of engagement rings and their images for different audiences? What "extra" meanings do you see in these "texts," or when do these texts help the viewer think more soundly about the subject? How did you rhetorically read and interpret these texts? Did you make sound judgements, or were you more knee-jerk in your reactions? Write about 300 words, and post to Canvas Assignments.

Lecture Notes EA day 2:

You can keep your weekly jourals in certain folders with the following titles (I will collect pieces of them at Midterm):

The General Journal has

  • Vocabulary Journal--keep track of new words in your journal:
  • Fallacy Journal--logical fallacy or an error in logos or logic; the fallacy probably can't be supported with sufficient evidence:
    • ad hominem--attack the man--
    • hasty generalization
    • oversimplification--stereotypes
    • slippery slope
    • either/or
  • In-class Writing Journal:
    • today we wrote about Wayne Booth's quote, rhetoric
Jan. 15 MLK day--no class  
Jan. 17

The Rhetoric in Learning to Read, Write, and Understand, and Fallacies

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA: ch. 2 Rhetorical Situations
  • Tumblr, Links from EA: "The Other Side is Not Dumb"; this is also under Canvas Files (take notes for class discussion--save all this for your final portfolio)

 

Assignments Due before class:

  • Vocabulary Journal: an informal way to keep track of new words you see in readings, films, etc. this semester. Try to learn a word a day to help extend your writing reach. I'll collect this at the Midterm.

 

Lecture Notes EA Day 3:

Avoiding the black and white mindset...

The other side...ie The veteran reporter Christiane Amanpour says she works at being "truthful, not neutral" as a journalist because some world players (in Bosnia, in Syria) are doing hideous and awful things, so there is no such thing as giving them equal time for "their side"

 

In-class writing:

 

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

 

Rhetorical situations contain:

 

 

Read a literacy narrative to see what's coming up, and to get ideas for your own literacy narrative...

 

oldA&B p. 351-52 (ch. 13 logical fallacies in the Classic Argument chapter)

 

Jan. 22

Reading and Prewriting, with thoughts toward your own Rhetorical choices

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA: ch. 12 on the Literacy Narrative (coming soon!)
  • Tumblr Textbook links: actively/rhetorically read at least two literacy narratives from the ch. 12 links
  • EA: ch. 17 Argument (isn't almost everything an argument?)
  • Handout online: Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Assignment
  • Library Tour--the library has an overall online video tour (Links to an external site), and a tour of Onesearch, the library's digital database of full-text articles, books, and videos (part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4). You should watch all of these videos. You can get extra credit for taking the physical tour of the library--The Reference Desk on the first floor usually also has a scavenger hunt in the library that's physically informative. When you're done, you can bring me the scavenger hunt card for credit. Finally, you can just go ahead and take the Library Tour Quiz in Canvas Assignments (it's not due until Feb. 5).


Assignments Due before class:

  • "Reading" Journal: take notes on ideas you have about the rhetoric--the techniques of persuasion--you see being used writing your own literacy narrative as you read the above readings. Also take notes on the story telling techniques used in the readings. Keep these notes. Be ready to discuss.
  • General Journal (same as above, just label it differently): take some notes about things in your environment that you see connotatively, where you read between the lines or the visible details to come up with your own interpretation of a text, an event, an ad, a TV show, a Youtube blog, the clothing your friend's wear, the way a car looks (flashy? boring? sporty?) etc.
 

Lecture Notes EA Day 4:

Reading Journal:

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

Our Library's OneSearch

What literacy narratives did you read, and what did you notice about the ways they were written?

  • Narrative Structures
    • plot vs. story
    • Structure: chronological or organic
  • Voice/Tone
  • Details
    • sensory details
    • metaphorical details
    • ambiguity
  • Thematic or philosophical ideas (Frost's "one thing more")
    • Robert Frost: "a poem is about one thing, and one thing more."
  • Argument as part of narrative
    • the other side?

 

 

Jan. 24

Prewriting and Drafting a Narrative


Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA narrative readings from ch. 12, and the back of the book: narrative essay samples (you should have read them already last time) pp. 190+ (Liar's Poker--experts and better experts and loosers and super rich gambling addicts); pp. 196+ (The Look--starting an education at a disadvantage?); pp. 856+ (The Sanctuary of School--being saved by teachers with art supplies); pp. 862+ (Compulsory Reading--a graphic essay where "great" readers are supposed to read "great" books). Take some reading journal general notes as you notice the way these narratives are written, their beginings, middles, and ends. Does it start in the middle of their story--in media res--? If they use dialogue, how do they show character through speech? All stories have good and great descriptive detail or metaphors/similes to really get low on the scale of abstraction. How do details add to the essay's significance?
  • Handout in Canvas Files: Read two additional literacy narratives I put in Canvas Files under the literacy narrative folder.
  • Handout online: Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Assignment
  • Library Tour--the library has an overall online video tour (Links to an external site), and a tour of Onesearch, the library's digital database of full-text articles, books, and videos (part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4). Finally, you will be able to take the Library Tour Quiz in Canvas Assignments closer to Feb. 5.

 

Assignments Due before Class:

  • Journal 2: In order to do some prewriting for your literacy narrative, brainstorm or cluster or freewrite (or try all three) for at least 600-1200 informal words (one to two double-spaced pages). You should think about/journal about the different details, moments in time, characters (you are the central "character"), settings, books or other literacy objects (where you gained expertise in some area or field or community etc. of your literacy narrative--you are looking for a pivotal moment where your increased literacy in English, Sports, Music, Software, Driving, Auto Mechanics etc. How did this increase in expertise change your life (negatively or positively), or allow you to join a community you have always wanted to join? How did the community you always wanted to join ends up being less exciting or earth shattering than you thought it would be? In other words, how did you come to write, read, or understand a specific community's language and it's priviledges? What's the central story? What backstory must be included? And what can you leave out? How can you make yourself a focused but three dimentional character? Upload to Canvas Assignments.
  • General Reading Journal: take some notes about the writing style of the four essays assigned today from EA (look above at the EA narrative essay titles and page numbers).
 

EA Lecture Notes Day 5:

The elements of a narrative...checklist in EA ch. 12

 

Freytag's Triangle and a possible outline structure (see jan. 29)

What did you notice about writing in the new literacy narratives you read?

Robert Frost has a great quote for thinking about the significance of your narrative: "a poem is about one thing, and one thing more," or the theme or even thesis of your narrative might have multiple layers or multiple truths.

Theses in narratives...opened formed writing usually avoids a thesis in an introduction. A thesis in a conclusion is a bit more common

 

Narrative Elements again:

  • narration
  • description
  • exposition
  • dramatized scenes

 

Jan. 29

Drafts and Writerly Craft

Readings Due Before Class:

  • Everyone's an Author: bring it!
  • Handout link: Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Assignment
  • Handout: EA Narrative rubric for commenting on (and grading) the literacy narrative
  • Start reading our "intellectual" book The Boys in the Boat ch. 1-3; be sure to take notes about key characters, descriptions, pivotal moments, larger significance (themes, symbolism), and any kind of "hot spot" or One Thing More or meaning between the lines in your writerly journal (keep this for the essay we will do about the book). Does he use any similies, metaphors, or analogies?
  • Library Tour--don't forget! See links in readings above; quiz due Feb. 5th.

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 1: an early Draft of your literacy narrative (1200-1500 words) uploaded to Canvas Discussion before class. Be ready to discuss in class. As you know, EA Ch. 12 is all about writing this assignment (writing narratives), and you should have read this, but also read over the more specific Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Assignment before you start drafting.. Narrative usually has a basic structure with a climactic moment. What's the high point or turning point of your literacy story? How did you become an expert in something, and what significance does this have in your life? All writing is a form of argument too, though. What claim are you trying to support with your narrative? That might be your thesis, though it might be more implied than stated. Stories are often full of implications. I often look over my Journal 2 Freewriting and highlight key concepts and pivotal details that I know I want to deal with in the draft, then I type out those lines again, and maybe lay out an outline if I'm ready, then draft:
    • Literacy Narrative Outline possibility:
      • Intro:
        • something eye catching--maybe the start of my story (see Freytag's Triangle)
        • perhaps an idea of the theme I'm going to deal with, but I might let this build as I go...
        • significance: this could get a few words--the one thing more
      • Body:
        • Any needed backstory? Or can you work it in as you go?
        • Where did you start with your non-expertise?
          • Needs concrete details as you describe yourself in this time
        • How did you start getting expertise? Was it hard? Yes! Conflict is important in a story...
        • When did you have an ah ha moment about finally being an expert? This is likely the climax or pivotal moment of the story (see Freytag's Triangle for narrative structure).
        • What does it look like being an expert?
      • Conclusion?
        • Where are you with all this now? How has it made your life better (or not)?

 

Announcements:

  • You can take your questions/ideas/drafts to the writing lab in LI 208 for analytical essay writing advice (and 5 points of extra credit)!

 

EA Lecture Notes Day 6:

OneSearch--you need 3-4 outside sources (media, print articles, videos) for your literacy narrative

Freytag's Triangle--Aristotle came up with this first, but there are more sophisticated diagrams now to match more contemporary stories (which often still use classic structures)

Look at my highlighting of Willem and Fatima's essays (see them in Canvas Files, Literacy Narratives)

 

No exposition in dialogue!!

 

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

Jan. 31

Workshop the Literacy Narrative

Readings Due Before Class:

  • Unit 1 Workshop (coming soon)
  • Read The Boys in the Boat ch. 4; be sure to take notes about key characters, descriptions, pivotal moments, larger significance (themes, symbolism), and any kind of "hot spot" or One Thing More or meaning between the lines in your writerly journal (keep this for the essay we will do about the book).
  • EA ch. 27 MLA documentation style
  • EA Narrative rubric for commenting on (and grading) the literacy narrative
  • Library Tour--don't forget links for OneSearch above; quiz is due Feb. 5th.

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 1: a better draft of your literacy narrative uploaded to Canvas Discussions for class workshop (1200-1800 words; you can upload a better draft until Feb. 2; you can also upload better drafts after that--I like to look at the begining of the draft with each student live). But also bring 4 hard copies to class share in the groups I'll assign so everyone can write detailed comments right on your draft's page. You need to write a better draft of your literacy narrative (or a narrative about how you became expert enough to join a discourse community).  I'd like to see you use some research too--3 or 4 sources, but you might have to revise next week to include sources after you find them for next class. You also need to make a significant, argument-oriented deeper point (args need multiple POVs, evidence, and good reasons, most of which should be conveyed in the story). You will be assigned groups in class.  Be sure you make comments based on some of the elements of narrative and argument we've discussed, but also what we've discussed about "the one thing more" or significance.  And don't forget to think about the details in this narrative--do they get low on the scale of abstraction?  Do they use similes, metaphors, or analogies, and do these work, or could they push them more? Do they use sensory detail to paint pictures for the reader? Use the EA Narrative Rubric to help you comment.

 

Announcements:

  • You can take your questions/ideas/drafts to the writing lab in LI 208 for analytical essay writing advice (and 5 points of extra credit)!

 

EA Lecture Notes Day 7

Research with Narrative and Personal Essay

  • Article by Dave Hood (blogger):
    • get more credibility--ethos (see Day 7 notes on Aristotle's Appeals)
    • find and be more accurate with facts
    • sources can give you the one thing more Frost talks about--the significance of your essay. I might use a philosopher or a famous thinker--say Freud who I'm teaching now, and his seemingly ridiculous Oedipal Complex that we go through by the time we are 4 years old...
    • think of metaphors based on what you read...Freud's Oedipal Complex is already alluding to the Greek Tragedy, Oedipus Rex

Your literacy narrative should have some elements of Argument:

  • A claim with good reasons (you may not have the best of reasons for your point in a personal narrative like this, though). The claim should be your thesis, or your one thing more, the point of your story, which might eventually be stated, but which should eventually be implied in multiple places throughout your narrative
  • Evidence to support those reasons
  • Multiple viewpoints (though your narrative is not a full fledged argument, so you might not include multiple POV's)

 

 

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

 

EA Narrative rubric for commenting on (and grading) the literacy narrative

Exchange in groups...see Canvas Announcements for Group Assignments...

 

Look at some of the details in Boys in the Boat--most concrete? Overt statements of significance

 

 

Your own style...your voice

Junot Diaz--a very voice-y story; he's not a bad man. A voicey story "the sun, the moon, the starts"...he actually doesn't really change even by the end...always wanting magda even when she's obviously gone...

 

Feb. 5

Workshopping and MLA, and Comments from Lee

Readings Due Before Class:



Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Bring detailed written comments back for your groups' drafts based on the EA Narrative Rubric checklist under our Readings.
  • If you already have a revision, be sure to upload it to Unit 1 Better Draft in Canvas Discussions--discuss with Lee during class?
  • You can use the EA Literacy Narrative grading rubric for ideas on what to comment on--remember, no attacks, no trolling comments, no comments that aren't useful for revision. We will get into our groups and discuss what you thought worked and what didn't work in each person's draft. Give each person at least 10-15 minutes of discussion.
  • Let's try this again! Use Onesearch and Google to find at least 3 or more articles or quotes that deal with your literacy narrative. These might give you good quotes, or interesting details, or good metaphors, or the one thing more, or someone else's similar or contrasting literacy narrative can be used to create additional tension in yours. Take notes about what you're reading in your general journal--call it research journal if you like (to be collected at midterm). Also keep track of search words you use. Try to incorporate three of these sources into your revision--see the article by Dave Hood on using research in creative nonfiction for a reminder of what sources can help you do.
  • The library tour quiz is due at 11:59pm in Canvas Assignments. See links and info from readings above.

 

Announcements:

 

EA Lecture Notes Day 8:

Lee will start discussing drafts with students

 

 

Library questions? What sources did you find?

 

MLA?? But we need time to meet so everyone's essay can be discussed

 

ocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

Freytag's Triangle--slanted

The three-act restorative screen play or play...

 

 

 

 

Feb. 7

Workshopping Continued, and MLA Works Cited; Editing and Style; Comments From Lee

Readings Due Before Class:

  • Bring back any additional comments for your workshop peers
  • Bring EA
  • Read The Boys in the Boat ch. 8

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 1 Narrative Revision--Bring a revised draft to class to work on certain elements (a hard copy, or on your computer--your phone is too small for revision); be sure to also upload this revision to Canvas Discussions so Lee can comment, preferably with you face to face while students are workshopping and working in class...
  • Extra Credit: Plan some time to get additional comments from the writing center LI208 or online.

 

EA Lecture Notes Day 9

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

MLA and Easybib.com and Purdue

 

MLA questions--Easybib.com!

 

Grammar vs. editing

 

Dialogue

 

later??Unit 1 Ex. 2 Four Highlighter Exercise: highlight different parts of your narrative to check narrative details and significant points. Submit a pdf or jpeg to Canvas Assignments.??

Feb. 12

Reading Rhetorically--more Listening, and Unit 2, Summary and Review of an Article

Readings Due Before Class:

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 1 Ex. 3 Narrative MLA Works Cited uploaded to Canvas Assignments.
  • Be ready to answer questions about hot spots in The Boys in the Boat ??

 

EA Lecture Day 10

Editing

 

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 14

Love...

ugh...lee was sick  
Feb. 19

President's Day Holiday--no class

 

 

 

Feb. 21

Finding and Evaluating Sources for the Unit 2 Review

Readings Due Before Class:

  • Scan our course Tumblr or Google, or newspapers like NYTimes.com for sample reviews, and for "texts" or objects you want to review (games, movies, music, art, books, superbowl ads, cars); choose 2 reviews and 2 objects, then read/watch/participate in them (make comments on the page or in your General Journal etc.)--read  reviews you find about objects (movies, art etc.) you have opinions about; watch a Youtube ad for the texts/objects/cars/art etc. you might want to review; think about how you might use these texts in your own review.
  • Read The Boys in the Boat ch. 11
  • Bring EA: ch. 29 (style)
  • EA ch. 15 (first half, on writing reviews)
  • Handout: Unit 2 Review Essay Assignment

 


Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Due Last Thursday! Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Final Draft Due by 11:59pm Feb. 15! With 3-4 outside sources, videos, graphics, and spanning 1200-1800 words. Be sure to do a final edit like reading it out loud, or reading it backwards before you turn it in. Upload to Canvas Assignments in PDF format.

 

EA Lecture Day 10

EA Lecture Day 10 Additions

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

 

 

Coming Up:

Unit 2, Journal 4: Review Essay Prewriting (Freewrite/Cluster/Brainstorm): after finding 2-4 reviews and 2-4 objects/texts you would like to review, do some guided journaling via freewriting or clustering or brainstorming etc. (EA ch. 15) to come up with details of the criteria you might want to use to judge whatever you have chosen to review.

Feb. 26

 

 

Review of a "Text" or Object or Subject

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA ch. 15 finish (on writing reviews)
  • Bring Boys in the Boat (be ready to answer questions)
  • Read Boys in the Boat ch. 12-15--take good notes or annotate so that it's easy to find hot spots later
  • Handout: Unit 2 Review Essay Assignment
  • Handout: editing marks you might see on your papers

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Journal 3: Unit 2 Review Prewriting for the object/text/event you want to review, and its review criteria: freewriting, brainstorming, clustering, and research are all great things to have in your journal as you prepare to write an essay. Read the Essay Assignment and EA ch. 15 first. You did some research for this already by looking at other reviews for texts or objects or events you might have a desire to review. Focus on freewriting or brainstorming more than 600 words about your judgements about the object/text/event. What are your opinions overall? What are your opinions about small aspects of this object? What criteria seem to be coming up that you want to base your opinions on? Don't be afraid to add more sources to your journal, or another review subject you can contrast with your main review subject (sometimes a review is easier if you compare and contrast two films, two books, two athletic shoes, two sporting events etc). You can also find a review you want to argue against--maybe someone hated a movie you loved, or a sport you love, or a song or album you love. Keep track of criteria in a list or with a highlighter. Also think about how you will make sure your review is fair by including at least one thing that was good or bad about that film/shoe/race. Be sure to keep any articles, reviews, sources, etc. you produce about this. In class, I showed students my own clustering for a review of the movie Alien, and then also did clustering for one of their subjects. Today In Class: we did 5-10 minutes of clustering in class which should be included in your Journal 3 submission (just submit a second document, but label it Journal 3 Clustering).

 

Look at a review aggregator like RottenTomatoes.com. The professional reviewers have fun, and make their audiences laugh like drag queens throwing shade (some reviewers are almost that good).

Look at sample reviews in Youtube:

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

  • High Concept films are what film people call Hollywood Films that are created to make money like Action Films from the Western or Sci Fi or Horror genres...
  • Low Concept films are about characters in conflict, and have a focus on character...

??Canvas Quiz on first half of The Boys in the Boat; ch. 1-10?? NOT YET

Feb. 28

 

 

Reviewing Exciting Objects, or Making Reviews more Exciting

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA--bring it: we will discuss the reviews in ch. 15, as well as online reviews to learn more about our structure, style, and other rhetorical choices our audience might appreciate.
  • Read Boys in the Boat ch. 16-19: finish--take good notes or annotate so that it's easy to find hot spots later
  • Handout: Unit 2 Review Essay Assignment
  • Handout: Review Essay Revision Checklist and Rubric

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Hopefully after last class you added some Clustering to your Journal 3 Review Freewriting that we did at the end of class. Does your cluster start showing you some possible structures for your Unit 2 Review Essay?

 

Announcement:

  • You can go to the writing lab in LI 208 to get ideas on what you want to judge, and ideas about the criteria you can use to judge your object/text...

 

Look at sample reviews in ch. 15

  • p. 331--A review of the film Inside Out
  • p. 336--Review of Serial, a podcast
  • p. 314--Review and history of Monolopy the game

Evidence--the body of your essay needs description and close reading interpretations of aspects that are not easy to demonstrate like the sounds music makes (bass, trebble, but also muddy, tinny, obscured), or aesthetics of a shoe (the power of a classic pump/stilletto)

Do some close reading analysis in class of Inside Out; also look at the review of Inside Out EA p. 331+

Close reading for 1010...

 

Look at sample reviews in Youtube!

Look at some theories you can use to write a review or a critique:

  • A video essay on Damsels in Distress in video games which has elements of review or judgement in it based on feminist equality theory (from Feminist Frequency; she has received death threats for these reviews/critiques, and thus the comments are now disabled--Lee doesn't understand, but some feminists like Betty Freidan say it's because of how men think masculine identity is threatened...)
  • What about using socioeconomic theories to help your review/critique? Some people look at ads and discuss their sexism. Some look at ads and see the way they push consumerism and the out of control need to buy things the American Dream seems to push at us...

 

Vocabulary--keep track of new words in your journal:

--A well supported evaluation (good logos) EA p. 307

--Background
--Other's Opinions
--A Clear judgement
---Three Reasons for the claim (your because statements)
-----Evidence for the reasons
-----Acknowledge the good in the bad
-----And the bad in the good
-----What are other’s differing opinions about certain aspects?
--Conclusion--say something newish

 

Mar. 5

Judgement and Close Reading Analysis as Evidence; And Parallelism

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA ch. 15--be sure you've read the sample reviews starting on p. 314; the Inside Out review starts on p. 331.
  • EA ch. 13 (analysis--a big part of your reviewing evidence or details).
  • Handout: Review Essay Revision Checklist and Rubric

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 2 Research--use Onesearch and Google to help you look for scholarly and lay articles that might give you more information about the genre of your text/object, and also proper evidence as is laid out in EA p. 307. You should have already looked up reviews of the very thing you want to review so you can be aware of how others write about that kind of genre of object like cell phones, books, movies, music, shoes, etc., but also so you can perhaps argue with their review which is always a good way to do a specific review. You can add this to your Journal 3.
  • Unit 2 Review Detailed Outline based on your journal 3 (due to Canvas Assignments):
    • Intro: Background
      • you've had a lot of experience with X (Fashion Tennis Shoes, over-the-ear headphones, Sci-Fi..., Pixar movies)
    • Judgement/Claim/Thesis: I dislike the movie Inside Out...
    • 3-5 Reasons (criteria) for your Judgement--your "because statements"; I dislike the movie Inside Out because (the rule of 3's or thirds works here; when Romney ran against Obama in 2012, he broke the rule of 3's and was made fun of):
      • Reason 1:
        • specific evidence supporting reason 1
        • write some very specific, analytic "close reading" details that really help the reader sense what you are talking about, (Lee began talking about close reading last week--how do you describe an obviously "evil" face? By slitted eyes, and the thinning of lips)
        • then explain how those details support your reason 1 (slitted eyes and thinning lips are both cliches used in our "low art" to indicate anger, but maybe also evil)
        • are there any good or bad things to also bring up that go against your main opinion?
        • are there any source details or short quotes to bring up supporting Reason 1 and/or your close reading?
      • Reason 2
        • specific details to support the reason
        • explain how those details support reason
        • good or bad aspects that go against your reason
        • other source details that help support your evidence
      • Reason 3
        • same...
    • Conclusion--not just a repetition of the whole essay, but something about the larger meaning of the object/film (how it's awfulness makes our culture more rotton than it has to be)

 

Announcement:

  • You can go to the writing lab in LI 208 to get ideas on what you want to judge, and ideas about the criteria you can use to judge your object/text...

 

EA ch. 13--analysis or close reading

Grammar du jour--parallelism between paragraphs, and within sentences/thesis statements

 

do some close reading analysis in class...continue with Inside out; look at some of your outlines, but also

Close reading for 1010...and what we could call "subtext" or the underlying, unspoken meaning between the lines (also called implied meaning)

 

p. 126-27 in instructor manual...

 

General Journal due next week...

Workshop on Monday...

 

??Unit 2 Review Journal 5--bring journal notes where you flesh out:

--A well supported evaluation (good logos) EA p. 307

--Background
--Other's Opinions
--A Clear judgement
---Three Reasons for the claim (your because statements)
-----Evidence for the reasons
-----Acknowledge the good in the bad
-----And the bad in the good
-----What are otherís differing opinions about certain aspects?
--Conclusion--say something newish

 

 

Mar. 7

 

 

More on Analysis

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA--bring it

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 2 Review Early Drafty Draft--upload to Canvas Discussions, based on your outline, hopefully...
  • Sign up to meet with Lee about your Review Draft.

 

Announcement:

  • You can go to the writing lab in LI 208 to get ideas on what you want to judge, and ideas about the criteria you can use to judge your object/text, and also on the level of detail you will need to fully support your judgements (like descriptions of details and Close Reading of those details or small quotes, small images, small scenes where you give your interpretation of what you are seeing; your interpretation is likely to be partially based on your thesis)...

 

Ch. 13 analysis...

Sign up to meet with Lee about your Review

--think about detailed evidence and close reading with your own essays

Grammar du jour?

 

??Heads up: 2nd Quiz Boys in the Boat first half (up to ch. 10) due in Canvas by Friday 11:59pm.?????In Class Journal 4??: practice close reading analysis with one or two aspects of your review to help make your evidence more specific

Mar. 9

Friday

Lee will probably have times to meet with students about their essays etc. in her office CB410d just north of our classrooms. See sign up sheet.  

Mar. 12

 

 

 

 

Workshop the Review with Analysis--Don't Miss!

Readings Due Before Class:

--Handout: Unit 2 Rubric/revision checklist

Assignments Due TODAY:

  • Bring 4 hard copies of your Unit 2 Review essay (with analysis) for workshop. R
  • Turn in 3-4 pages of your General Journal to Canvas Assignments (daily vocabulary, some research, search words, daily thoughts, in class writing, notes about readings etc.). Due this week!

 

Announcements:

  • Go to the Writing Lab for extra credit in LI 208: (801) 863-8099. They can give you ideas about structure and research, and you get 5 points of extra credit.
  • Check your grades in Canvas
  • Check your essay comments in Canvas

 

 

Grammar du jour?

Sign up to meet with Lee about your Review

 

When should I accept these extra credit assignments? Outside Documentary Reaction--upload by 11:59pm tonight. This reaction might be about the documentary based on the book The Boys in the Boat from PBS; or the video should at least complement something from your review subject. 600 intelligent, focused words from a documentary or some other text.

Mar.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop the Review--Don't Miss!

Readings Due Before Class:

--EA ch. 29
--Handout: Unit 2 Rubric/revision checklist

 

Assignments Due TODAY:

  • Bring back comments on your groups' Unit 2 Review Essay drafts.  Be sure to check your Canvas Inbox in case you have group members trying to send you a draft, or request your draft so if they miss class they can still participate in the workshop.
  • Find more sources as needed; work on your MLA Works Cited and In-Text Citations...

 

Grammar du jour?... and think about Style via Voice

Consultations with Lee during and after class...

consultations--in class and after class, and on other days--sign up today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar. 16

Friday

 

All previous late work due!

Lee will probably have some consultations today, Friday, in her office, CB410d--sign up earlier, or sign up to meet in the Canvas Chat room (usually takes 1 hour)

 
Mar. 19-23

Spring Break--No Class--but you should work on your Unit 2 Review Essay!

 

 
Mar. 26

Analysis/Review Details, and Style/Voice--Formality vs Informality, Transitions, and Good Sentences
Readings Due Before Class
:

  • EA ch. 31 good sentences, and ch. 32 revision ideas
  • Handout: Unit 2 Rubric/revision checklist
  • Finish and Bring Boys in the Boat!
  • Handout: EA 1010 Unit 4 Argument Essay Assignment--heads up for Ap. 2
  • EA ch. 17--be sure you've read this chapter on Argument Analysis (stasis questions, appeals, fallacies)
  • EA ch. 11 review (we read this Classic Argument chapter earlier--be sure you've read it, or review it before drafting your Outline)

 

Assignments Due TODAY:

  • Bring back any additional comments for peer Unit 2 Review Essays.
  • Find more sources as needed for your Review Essay. You can use Google, but try to have one source from the Library's OneSearch (click Full Text, and try for at least one scholarly article). Be sure to use multiple search words combined with parentheses and Boolean terms (search word "and" search word expands your search; search word "not" search word limits your search to only the first search word, and gets rid of the second search word if you find it too prevalently in the first search). I highly recommend that you keep track of your search words and research/web pages in a Research Journal folder for your final portfolio.
  • See sign up sheet for consultations on Thurs March. 28--also on Canvas Announcements

 

 

EA ch. 31 and 32--revision help--questions!?

Stasis Interrogation as a way to think more deeply about a topic (from Boys in the Boat)!!

Argument about a controversy in Boys in the Boat

Controversial conversations about Boys in the Boat...

 

Good sentences du jour from EA ch. 31

 

Documentary Assignment--watch a documentary dealing with some topic in Boys in the Boat. Youtube and Netflix is full of documentaries, but so is our library's film collection (films on File????)

 

 

A&B ch. 17--oldp 453, 477 (old before new), p. 456 (avoid plot summaries and encyclopedia essays), p. 458 (avoid Engfish or cliched truism essays); p. 473 (particulars, or details),

Mar. 28

Consultations--No Class--meet in Lee's office CB410d after signing up for a time the previous class

 

Readings "Due"

  • Final Draft of Unit 2 Review Due by 11:59pm: 1200-1800 words, 3-4 sources, MLA format and documentation including in-text citations and a Works Cited page; sources include graphics, sources with more info, sources about the other side).


Announcements:

  • Go to the Writing Lab for extra credit in LI 208: (801) 863-8099. They can give you ideas about structure and research, and you get 5 points of extra credit.
  • Check your grades in Canvas
  • Check your essay comments in Canvas

 

 

 
Ap. 2

Lee was sick. No class

 

 

Ap. 4

 

 

Introduce Unit 4 Essay--Argument Essay on a Controversy from Boys in the Boat

Readings Due Before Class:

  • EA ch. 13 (analysis for Unit 4 Essay)
  • Watch the PBS version of the book, Boys of '36, a documentary about the team that won the gold.
  • Bring Boys in the Boat
  • Handout: EA 1010 Unit 4 Argument Essay Assignment

 

Assignments Due:

  • In Class--Journal 6: due to Canvas Discussions--subject to change--answer the stasis interrogation questions from the Unit 4 Argument essay, trying to find a specific and interesting argument claim.
    • the goal is to come up with a specific issue or controversy from the book that you can analyze, find sources about, and then write a great argument about from The Boys in the Boat including a possible solution or ending of the controversy/argument
    • be sure you answer at least one question from below's (Stasis Questions) in the Unit 4 essay assignment dealing with the controversy you brainstormed about today. 387-389 (there are no single right answers):
        1. What are the facts?
        2. What are the definitions of terms?
        3. What are the morals or ethics? The controversies?
        4. What are the possible solutions?


Announcements:

  • you can get some extra credit by going to the Writing Center in LI 208

 

 

 

You can do a 2nd documentary reaction for extra points:> Extra Credit Outside Documentary Reaction--upload by Ap. 25. This reaction might be about a documentary based on specific parts of theThe Boys in the Bo book at from PBS; or the video should at least complement something from your review subject. 600 intelligent, focused words from a documentary or some other text.

 

Upcoming Outside Documentary Assignment: 600 words reacting to a few specific parts of a documentary dealing with some topic in Boys in the Boat (NOT the PBS video). Youtube and Netflix are full of documentaries, but so is our library's film collection (Films on File????). I can ask that any of them be put in Canvas if that helps you.

 

Ap. 9

 

 

 

 

Joining a Controversial "Conversation" in Boys in the Boat--Start with a Question with no Single Right Answer--a Controversy

Readings:

  • EA ch.'s 17, 18--be sure to read these chapters and bring your book
  • Bring Boys in the Boat every day
  • Bring research or research notes for Boys in the Boat every day
  • EA read the Sprigg's argument "On Buying Local" (150-158)
  • Unit 4 Argument Essay Assignment

 

Assignments to work on:

  • Journal 6 by 11:59pm--add more in class and after class--we're trying to find our topic, our controversy, our argument from something in Boys in the Boat. Keep writing down ideas, or try clustering or brainstorming if that helps you. You can also include any ideas from documentaries you watched dealing wiuth Boys in the Boat's American Experience video, or any documentary from Films on File dealing with a topic from the book. Add any of this to Journal 6. Upload this to Canvas Journal 6. An example is how our country, and even individual families, deals with poverty (but the way this is stated isn't controversial yet). Another example is, are the Olympics really necessary, especially given that now they are so expensive?
  • You can consider Journal 6 Part Two to be a place for your Research for next time--put in articles from Google, Youtube, and from Onesearch, and Films on File. Be sure you have at least 5+ sources for next class.

 

Announcements:

 

Discuss research

Discuss documentary reaction due Ap. 16

Outside Documentary Assignment: 600 words reacting to a few specific parts of a documentary dealing with some topic in Boys in the Boat (NOT the PBS video). Youtube and Netflix are full of documentaries, but so is our library's film collection (Films on File????). I can ask that any of them be put in Canvas if that helps you

 

 

...Youtube has some different approaches to Stasis Questions (but the goal is always to use the questions to help yourself find a really good claim for a classic argument)...

 

 

Ap. 11...

Argument analysis of something interesting from The Boys in the Boat

Readings Due Before Class
:

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Unit 4 Journal 6 Research Part Two--5 Additional Research articles for your Argument Controversy based on Boys in the Boat and based on your Journal 6 ideas, and ideas you get from the documentary(ies) you watched. Upload to the same journal 6 as before, but you can add a new file. I will grade both.
  • Due for April 12 at 11:59pm--Unit 4 Argument Outline--in class we will think more about filling out a preliminary Argument Outline--find a focused and controversial classical argument claim from stasis questions in the Unit 4 Assignment that hopefully also make you start researching. Be sure you look at the structure of the sample argument "On Buying Local" EA pp. 150-158. The outline should have at least the basics: claim; reasons; hints at evidence.
    • Intro--what's the issue and it's context? Who cares about this? Why do you care? How did you get your idea from Boys in the Boat?
    • Claim (at the end of the intro): I believe X about an issue/controversy from Boys in the Boat; the Olympics is all about propaganda which pulls the wool over people's eyes about what's really going on in the host country (Germany in 1936; Sochi in 2015); the rest is about The American Dream being promoted for the athletes most of whom never get rich.
      • 3-5 reasons or "because statements" or subclaims narrowing and supporting your claim--Propaganda often preceeds dark deeds
        • multiple data points or evidence from your own experience or knowledge, from Boys, from the documentary you chose, and from your research (Google and OneSearch)
        • ie Germany, Russia both used the Olympics to show their peacefulness, but then attacked another country quickly after the games were over

Announcements:

  • Be watching Canvas Grades

 

 

Claims: p.383-387

Appeals p. 389+

Fallacies EA p. 400+; or try Purdue's Fallacies list:

4 Structures of Argument p. ?

  • Classical
  • Toulmin--think of philosophical grounds for the claim
  • Rogerian
  • Invitational

 

Watch bits of some videos coming from topics in Boys in the Boat:

Ap. 16

 

 

 

 

 

Getting an Argument Draft

Readings Due Before Class:

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Due for class! Early Draft of Unit 4 Argument Essay due during class on a specific Controversy in Boys in the Boat
  • Extra Credit: BTW Get an appointment to discuss your essay with the writing center LI208 for 5 points.
  • Be sure you do the course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it!
  • All late work that is still worth points is due!!

 

Announcements:

  • Check your grades in Canvas--what are you missing?
  • Heads Up--All extra Credit Outside Documentary Reactions due Dec. 6! All extra credit Writing Lab visits due (up to 5 @ 5 points each) Dec. 7. Be careful about writing center closures during finals.
  • I will talk to people individually in class about the first pages of their drafts...if you don't get a chance to talk to me, you can send me an email to mortenle@uvu.edu asking for a little feedback.

 

Appeals--for your evidence--will you use pathos? Or will your focus on ethos and logos?

Outside Doc Reaction 1, and extra credit Reactions...

Fallacies--from Purdue!

  • Slippery Slope
  • Hasty Generalization
  • Oversimplification

Ap. 17th Taxes Due!

 

   
Ap. 18

Workshop Drafts!

Readings due Before Class:

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Bring 4 hard copies of your Unit 4 Argument Essay for workshop--bring back comments next time!
  • Outside Documentary Reaction: Due Fri. Ap. 20 by 11:59pm. 600 words reacting to a the most interesting, specific parts of a documentary dealing with some topic in Boys in the Boat (NOT the PBS video, though). Do not just summarize. That doesn't create interest for the reader. Look to your braistorm/freewrite/cluster in Journal 6 for some ideas you might want to focus your documentary on . Hitler believed in a master race, the Aryan race that would take over the world and breed only the best stock for the future Reich--Fun as !%@$! Youtube and Netflix are full of documentaries related to many of the topics in Boys, and so is our library's film collection (Films on File--go through Onestop, Videos). I can ask that any film be put in Canvas if that helps you.
  • Sign up for a consultation if you want to discuss your upcoming assignments
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it!

 

 

Argument Rubric

Logical Fallacies--common in political speeches, but they should not be anywhere in your own arguments...EA p. 400

  • hasty generalizations and oversimplifications (all women are bad drivers--there is no absolute evidence of this)
  • bandwagoning (join us, we're cool and smart and rich)
  • slippery slope--if we have to pass background checks for guns now, that will lead to our guns being confiscated, and we will have no protection against the foreign terroristic hoardes etc.

Logical appeals, or types of good evidence EA p. 394

Writing a professional Cover Letter: Purdue OWL has three formats; Make Me A Cover Letter (but it's formatting doesn't look precisely right)

Ap. 18

Evening Event

My Word Reading Night for English Dept. publications in Center Stage in the student center at 6pm--You could do an Outside Reading Reaction for extra credit (600 words).  
Ap. 23

Workshop Drafts! And Transitions, Fallacies

Readings due Before Class:

  • Unit 4 Argument Essay Checklist/Grading Rubric (TBA)
  • EA ch. 36 (on portfolios--skim this, but focus on the "essay" or cover letter part of this assignment)
  • Be sure to use For example, or it's synonyms or antonyms, in your Unit 4 argument essay before every single example. Look Right to see some possible words you can use.

 

Assignments Due Before Class:

  • Bring back comments for your workshop groups' argument drafts
  • If you didn't have printed drafts last time, bring 4 copies of your Unit 4 Argument Draft for a possible off campus workshop...
  • Be sure to use For example, and it's synonyms or antonyms, as well as other transitional words/phrases in your Unit 4 argument essay before every single example. Look below right to see some possible words you can use.
  • Sign up for a consultation about your argument essay...
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Sign up for consultation
  • Take the course evaluation and get extra credit

 

Max Born, an early father of quantum physics, said about evil, "'I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science[. . . ]This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world.'"

Believing that you are the only one who can save the world, or Make America Great Again, is often the basis of tyranny. Fallacies can often help you point out the "figments" of someone's absolutist thinking.

Fallacies

  • Post Hoc
  • Non Sequitur
  • Ad Hominem
  • Red Herring
  • False Analogy
  • False Authority

 

For Example Transitions:

Illustration

Thus, for example, for instance, namely, to illustrate, in other words, in particular, specifically, such as.

Contrast

On the contrary, contrarily, notwithstanding, but, however, nevertheless, in spite of, in contrast, yet, on one hand, on the other hand, rather, or, nor, conversely, at the same time, while this may be true.

Ap. 25

Consultation Day--No Class...

 

Assignments Due:

  • Be working on your excellent Unit 4 Argument Essays! Due May 2 (see below).
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs to meet with me during class while others are workshopping?

 

???***Unit 5 Portfolio Cover Letter assignment***?????

 

ANNOUNCEMENT--NO FALLACIES QUIZ

BE working on the cover letter for your portfolio.

Ap. 27

Fri.

 

No Class--reading day

Reading day--No Classes. Be sure you sign up to see Lee before today. She might be in her office CB410d from 2:15pm until around 6pm

StudyPalooza all day--writing center help (and extra credit), relaxation, food...in the SC Grand Ballroom all day

 

Assignments Due:

  • Extra Credit Outside Documentaries due if you are doing them--up to two are allowed, but this is the hardest way to get extra credit! Upload to Canvas Extra Credit.
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it--after you complete it, email Lee that you have completed it!

 

Extra Credit Outside Documentary Reaction--upload by Ap. 25. This reaction might be about the documentary based on the book The Boys in the Boat from PBS; or the video should at least complement something from your review subject. 600 intelligent, focused words from a documentary or some other text. Don't give me just summary or you won't earn any points.

Ap. 30

Mon.

Finals Week

 

Lee will have office time to meet with students--sign up for a time in advance or try to send me a message with a possible time--I'll be in CB 410d, from around 12noon to 6pm-ish.

 

Assignment Due:

  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it--after you complete it, email Lee that you have completed it!

 

Revision of Unit 1 Narrative Literacy Essay due at end of finals week for a possible better grade! Due by 11:50pm in Canvas Assignments Unit 1 Narrative Revision. My comments are under Canvas Grades, Unit 1 Literacy Narrative Final Draft. Open this up and you will see a black thought bubble with a few comments, and also an attachment PDF with my handwritten comments.

 

May 2

Wed.

Assignments Due (Lee is hidden grading, so you will see numbers and some comments appear in your Canvas feed; Lee will only emerge after May 10):

  • Unit 4 Argument Essay final draft 1200-1800 words (4-6 pages: 6 is probably best), MLA format, MLA in-text citations and last page Works Cited. You also need to write a Classic Argument about a controversy from Boys in the Boat (a controversy you find by answering stasis questions, and doing research for those questions, and freewriting about possible contestable points you want to make related to a controversy in the book).  A classic argument must have:
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it--after you complete it, email Lee that you have completed it!
  • Last day to upload anything late to Canvas is May 3!
  • Be sure you check Canvas Grades and/or email over the next few weeks.

 

 

May 3

Thurs.

  • Everything late from the last few weeks must be turned in to Canvas by or before May 3 by 11:50pm! UVU turns off your access to Canvas tonight or it won't be graded!
  • Be sure to complete the UVLink course evaluation! You can get extra credit for doing it--after you complete it, email Lee that you have completed it!

 

Be sure to check grades later next week, and email me if you see any problems so we can correct things, or discuss things.

 

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