Preparing to Draft!

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.


Will You Sing Like Bieber or Argue Like Parrots?

“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).

Write Here.

Right Here.

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.

Essay #1: Learning Narrative

Overview: In this essay you will

  1. Tell a Story: You will relate a significant (positive or negative) learning experience (or series of connected events) that have been important in shaping the kind of reader/writer you have become (“good,” “bad,” “bookworm,” “Anti-Reader,” etc.)
  2. Analyze Your Experience: After you relate your narrative, you will ANALYZE your experience using one or both of the texts from English 101 (Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk “Changing Educational Paradigms” and/or Paul Tough’s essay “Is Failure the Secret to Success?”)

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