Here’s the Conference Schedule for individual conferences. Please remember to bring questions you have for me about your draft and meet me in our normal classroom.
Also, some changes have been made to the Course Schedule. Please check there for the most updated information about homework. And remember…
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
– Les Brown
Last week we talked about that tasty evidence sandwich and about synthesis (sorry no fun metaphor available for synthesis). Here is the in-class PowerPoint covering those topics: Lesson Plan 8-14 Body Paragraphs.
But seriously: before we get to the tough work of learning how to proofread and what to look for, I want to take a moment to
say write share some thoughts on this day, our last official group meeting. YOU. ROCK. Working with you as a class, as a writing collective, a team of researchers, as fellow intellectuals, has been an honor. Your work has blown me away. I’ve learned tons from you and your graciousness has made me feel like a welcomed and valuable member of your learning community. Thanks, dudes – so excited for conferences and for your final assignments!
Onward. Today’s title says it all – taking a few minutes to polish can ensure that we’re understood by our gentle readership. We’ll start, then, with MLA to see if our formatting is within the bounds of taste and academic decorum (and we’ll collectively decide what that means). After that, let’s tackle Exercise 5.5 and use it to figure out how to make the most of our proofreading process and that little blue book, Rules for Writers.
To these ends, make sure you bring to class Rules, Ballenger, your undying sense of curiosity, a modicum of patience, a big open mind, and your best researcher/teacher voice. You can leave Grandma at home (for her safety).
SPECS: 6 pages. Typed. Double Spaced. MLA format.
DUE: August 29 before midnight. By August 30 before midnight for late credit. Email as an attachment along with your research essay and final grade tracking sheet.
Overview: In this essay, you will examine and discuss both your learning in the course and your final product (aka the actual research paper) in English 102 this summer quarter.
Read on for more details and instructions…
Use this blog to start drafting Essay #2. As you go, you may also want to comment on your own draft, on how you are trying to apply what you learned in class this week. For example, write your introduction and then talk about what you learned about introductions. What strategy did you use for your introduction? How does it set the tone of your essay? How does it engage readers and guide them to your inquiry question? Then you can do the same for body paragraphs. What pattern are you using in your body paragraphs? Are you making an evidence sandwich? Employing synthesis?
If it is too inhibiting to employ this blended style, then by all means just get to that shitty rough draft or just reflect on what you learned in class this week.
Another direction to take your blog would be to comment on any new sources you found since Blog #5. Who wrote them? What are they about? Where did you find them? How did you find them? How does each one answer your inquiry question? How is each in conversation with Zakaria and your other sources? Answering these questions will help you reflect on your process (which is also invention for Essay#3–stay tuned) AND invent for your Essay #2 draft.
So many useful directions. Which will you take?
Wednesday and Thursday (8/14 & 8/15): Local Revision – Revising for Language
Warm Up: TED Talking: Roger Ebert on “Remaking My Voice.” For discussion: What does Ebert’s talk tell us about the importance of voice for speaking and for communicating in our global, digitized world?
Stretching: Using your voice. A discussion of Ballenger pp.202-203.
Cardio: Take notes as your partner reads the first 2 pages of your essay to you. How well are you using your voice according to the criteria in Ballenger? Do you sound like a well-informed “knower” version of yourself? Blog about it.
Weight Training: Choose a page from you paper. Rip it out. Write GESTURES! at the top (and put some crazy stars or smiles or lighting bolts around it – whatever moves you). Go through your page, sentence by sentence, and add at least 5 verbal gestures. If you already have some, highlight those. They count.
Toning: Choose another page from your paper. Rip it out. Write SENTENCES! at the top and decorate accordingly. In this speed round, follow my verbal and on-board instructions to edit for tired phrases, sentence length, verbs, and the passive voice.
Cool Down: Close your eyes and imagine the polished dress rehearsal draft you’ll be turning in on Monday or Tuesday. Notice how different it is from the one you drafted this week! It’s streamlined, polished, kinda sexy. Imagine feeling its weight in your hands. Turn its pages and marvel at the balanced paragraphs and reader-friendly prose. Feel your heart swell at the strength of your purpose, the clarity of your point, and the dexterity of your prose. Imagine how proud and confident you’ll be when you turn it in and how excited you’ll be to discuss it one-on-one with Lindsay. Now, keep this feeling with you as you move toward this second round of revisions this weekend. Go to this happy place when you’re feeling the stress, knowing that if you can dream it – it’s possible! Have an amazing weekend.
Please bring your 2-3 sources to class tomorrow (Wednesday, August 14th)–either as a hard copy or as a digital device with which you have access to the sources. They will be helpful in class tomorrow, but they are not an absolute requirement. If you are reading this before the class time, spread the word. Thanks!
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo
However you look at it, as “breaking up” or breaking in, revision is, as Ballenger says, “hard to do” (185). You have to chisel, ax, cut, carve, mold, shape, add. Wrestle, coax, outfox, finesse. The good thing is that you have your block of marble now. You have your relationship. You have 10 pages. Now, this week and next, we’ll work on “reconceiving” those 10 pages into a reader-based work of academic art.
Blog #5 is all about your inquiry question and the two articles you find in response to your inquiry question. Please consider the following:
- What inquiry question did you start with when looking for articles? What are some possible new inquiry questions that have come to you based on your research?
- What two articles did you find? Who wrote them? Where did you find them? How did you find them?
- How is each article in conversation with Zakaria?
- How does each article answer your inquiry question(s)?
Answering these questions should help you invent for Essay #2, so this is probably not a good blog to skip. (Of course, is there ever really a good blog to skip?)
Exciting times here in English 102! When I first subbed for you, I was anxious (the good definition – see #3) and thrilled to be with you at your first moments of curiosity and invention. This week, I’m feeling those same happy butterflies as we start to discover our points and gear up to draft. This week we’ll be moving from questions to statements, deciding if we’re explorers or arguers, and learning how to use our voices and others’ voices as forces of good in this crazy world of academic research.
Get ready! Hang on. It’s going to be a wild ride.
Here are your links to in-class writing for Monday and Tuesday (you’ll also find them if you click on the English 102 tab and look at the left-side menu):
A reminder of draft requirements (check your Clark email for the rubric):
1. 10 pages (minimum – 12 pages max), double-spaced
2. Include a Works Cited (References if APA) page with 10 sources, two of which are scholarly
3. Document using APA or MLA
4. Bring 2 hard copies to class (one of which should be single-sided. Once can be double-sided)
5. Consult this file, English102EssayRubric, as needed to help see how your Final Research Essay will be assessed.
In-Class Assignments for Wednesday and Thursday: 1.) Freewrite about life-altering (or at the very least “interesting”) passages from Chapter 4 that change our perception of drafting; 2.) Creating and Teaching Ballenger’s options for quotation (grafting, sandwiching, billboarding, splicing) and 3.) Exercise 4.3: Three Ways In – either as a draft of Blog 5 or a blog of its own.