• 1. Read Deborah Tannen's "Communication Styles" and type thoughtful, well-written and well-supported answers for questions #2 and #6. Due Thursday, 8/22. Here is the link to the essay:

    Communication Styles

    2. Materials Needed:

    • Single-subject, college-ruled, spiral notebook 8 1/2" x 11", due Monday, 8/26.
    • Blue or black ink pen, due Monday, 8/26.
    • Folder for handouts, due Monday 8/26.
    • Moleskine Classic Notebook, Soft Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Ruled/Lined due Thursday, 8/29. I recommend ordering it from Amazon: MOLESKINE LINK If you need assistance getting a MOLESKINE let me know. Due Thursday, 8/29.

     

    4. If you typed a response to "Communication Styles" submit your response to turnitin.

    5.  For Tuesday, August 27, read selections 2-9, Joan Didion - Virginia Woolf: Joan Didion-Virginia Woolf . After reading the selections, answer the following response questions using SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the readings to support your ideas:

    • 1. What is the value of keeping a notebook, diary, journal, or written record of personal experiences?

    • 2. What different approaches do different authors use when recording personal experiences? Why do they approach journals, notebooks, and diaries in different ways? What are the potential benefits of different approaches?

    • 3. Of the selections, whose writing style: word choice, sentence patterns, selection of detail, appeals to you the most? Why do you find his or her writing especially effective?

    6. In The Writer's Presence, read E.B. White's "Once More to the Lake," p. 256-262, and answer questions 1 and 2, p 262. Submit your work to turnitin.com. Due Thursday, 8/29.

    7. Bring Moleskine to class on Thursday, 8/29.

    8. MOLESKINE ENTRY #1, Images of My Childhood Directions: In your Moleskine, respond to the prompt with at least three pages of writing (a page is one side). Write neatly and carefully. Bring your Moleskine to class on Tuesday, 9/2, to share with your group. PROMPT: Look at pictures from your childhood. What memories, feelings, ideas, and experiences come to mind when you look at them. How do the pictures make you feel? Which picture triggers your memory the most? What does it prompt you to recall? What details do you remember? Why does the picture have such a strong effect on your memory? How can pictures help writers compose?

    9. For Thursday, 9/5, in The Writer's Presence, read Patti Smith's "Sticky Fingers," p. 214-217, and Alice Walker's "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self," p. 232-238. There will be a short quiz at the beginning of the period on the two readings.

    10. For Tuesday, 9/10, in The Writer's Presence, read "Tough Love: Parents and Children," p. 514-516, and answer #2. Submit your answer to turnitin.

    11. For Thursday, 9/12, in The Writer's Presence, read "If You Are What You Eat Than What Am I?" p. 142-150, and "My Two Lives," p. 151-153. There will be a short quiz at the beginning of the period on the two readings.

    12. The First Draft of your Childhood Experience Narrative Major Paper is due Thursday, 9/19. It must be a three to five-page draft to receive credit. Have a hard copy of the essay printed and ready at the beginning of class. If you need to print, come to class early. Here is a copy of the assignment: Childhood Paper

    13. The Revised Draft of your Childhood Experience Narrative Major Paper is due Tuesday, 9/24. Bring in a hard copy to class with the changes you have made highlighted or noted in the margin. Only highlight significant changes.

    14. Submit final draft of Childhood Experience Narrative Major Paper to turnitin by the beginning of the period on 9/26. Bring first draft, revised draft, and the two revision worksheets to class to turn in by hand.

    15. In The Language of Composition, read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," p. 888-894,  and answer#2, p. 895, "Questions on Rhetoric and Style." Submit your answer to turnitin. Due 10/1.

    16. Read Jared Diamond's "The Ends of the World as We Know Them." Quiz on 10/3. Here is the essay: The Ends of the World as We Know Them.

    17 For Tuesday, 10/8, read the following essays. There will be a content quiz on the essays checking for reading completion and comprehension. In the Writer's Presence: "The Change Within," p. 433-436; "The Santa Ana," p. 353-356; and "A Moral Atmosphere," p. 553-557.

    18. For Thursday, 10/10, read Michael Lewis's "The Mansion: A Sub-Prime Parable." There will be a quiz. Linked here: The Mansion: A Sub-Prime Parable

    19. For Tuesday, 10/15, read Manil Suri's "Keys to the Kingdom" and Dinaw Mengestu's "Home at Last." Expect a short quiz. Here are the essays: Kingdom and Home.

    20. For Thusday, 10/17, read Charles Bowden's "Our Wall," p. 317-323  of The Writer's Presence, and answer number 1, p. 323. Submit your answer to turnitin.

    21. For Tuesday, 10/22, in The Language of Composition, read "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," p. 296-302, and "My Visit to Niagara" linked here: My Visit to Niagara Quiz.

    22. For Thursday, 10/24, read Walker Percy's "The Loss of Creature." Expect a quiz. The Loss of Creature

    23. Study terms definitions for the mid-term on 11/5. You can find the definitions for terms 1-40 in your notebook and in the terms packet: Terms Packet

    24. First Draft of the Sense and Significance of Place Major Paper is due 11/7. Sense and Significance of Place Major Paper

    25. Revised Draft of Sense and Significance of Place Major Papaer is due 11/12.

    26. Final Draft of Sense and Significance of Place Major Paper due 11/14. Submit the final draft to turnitin. Bring your first draft, revised draft, and the two peer editing sheets to class to hand in on 11/14.

    27. For Tuesday, 11/19, in The Language of Composition, read James McBride's "Hip Hop Planet," p. 787-797. Ther will be a short quiz at the beginning of the period.

    28. For Thursday, 12/5, in The Language of Composition, read p. 838-853, and answer #4, p. 846; #5, p. 850; #3, p. 851; and #2, p. 853. 

    29. For Tuesday, 12/10, in The Language of Composition, read p. 855-872, "Conversation: Exporting American Pop Culture." Quiz.

    30. Moleskines are due 12/12. Write carefully, thoughtfully, vividly, and concretely. Keep your Moleskine with you for reflections on your life, observations of the world around you, opinions you have about issues and current events, and moments of creativity or exercises in style. Do not do the bare minimum at the last minute. Here is the assignment if you have lost it. Moleskine Assignment

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