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
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…
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.
“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.
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.
“I’m convinced that something as seemingly mundane as notetaking can be a key part of becoming a knower rather than a parrot” (Ballenger 126).
In the Middle.
ENGL 102 Wednesday and Thursday
Part One: Are We Good Listeners? Evaluating Paraphrases.
Part Two: Getting Into the Conversation – Practicing Dialogic Notetaking.
Part Three: Preparing for Blog 4.
ENGL 102 Monday and Tuesday: July 29 and 30
As researchers, we’re more than just words on a page. The articles we find through our research are more than just words on a page. We’re humans responding to the thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations of other humans. One of the greatest skills we can learn when we’re “writing in the middle” is listening. When we learn to listen closely to each other, whether the “other” is human or text, we are not only being fair and respectful, but we’re also setting ourselves up for ultimate engagement: we hear clearly and we respond with our own ideas. This is infinitely more powerful than dumping some random data into a paper where we think we already know the answers. Instead, we bring something unique to the table. And sometimes, as we’ll see with Brenee Brown, that something is more moving and more human than we ever imagined.