English 101 Evidence Sandwich & Synthesis

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.


English 101 Blog #6

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?


Hey, 101 Students

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!

Blog #5 for English 101

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?)

Happy researching!



An Introduction to Your New English 101 Instructor

Esteemed English 101 Students,

I enjoyed being your substitute during Week 2 of the quarter and so I was thrilled when Jen asked me to take over the class for her.

Since I didn’t get the chance at the beginning of the course, I would like to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about myself and about who I am as an instructor. My background is in English literature and creative writing. I was one of those kids who always had her nose in a book and I wrote my first poem at the age of seven (an ode to my grandmother’s homemade apple sauce).

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