English 101 Blog #4 Assignment

For your blog #4, after you post your notes, you will reflect on Zakaria’s essay.  This is invention/pre-writing for your Essay #2 Assignment Summer 2013 Clark College, so please do not use your syllabus-provided freebie for this assignment.  In addition, this assignment will serve you best if you post your notes on Zakaria’s essay first.  Both assignments are due Sunday night before midnight.

Please practice divergent thinking (remember Sir Ken Robinson) as you answer these questions.  Remember that you do not need to answer all of them– you can pick one or two– or jump around and answer many of them.  In addition, if you have OTHER responses to Zakaria’s essay, you may feel free to write about those.

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Heuristic– Writing PROMPT.

Brainstorm/Invent

Two Heuristics Today: Five Senses and the other is The Reporter’s Questions

SCENE from your brainstorming of your significant learning event

Classroom with a Teacher with an assignment

MESSY.  Not be linear.

  • WHO was there
  • Where did this take place?
  • When did this take place?
  • WHAT happened?
  • HOW did it happen?  DETAILS.
  • WHY did it happen?

Five Senses

  • Taste
  • Seeing
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Hearing– Dialogue

Introduction to the Writing Process

The purpose of writing papers in English 101 is NOT about the actual paper you produce.  It’s not about the PRODUCT.  IT’s about the PROCESS and learning the process.  Paradox is that if you engage in the PROCESS of writing Essay #1 for the SAKE of LEARNING the Process, the product will be probably the best thing you’ve ever written.

Invention— How you get from having NO idea to having an IDEA.

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Week Two Goal for 102: Develop FOCUSED Knowledge

First, a Fun YouTube Clip that Jen thinks Relates to Our Class and to the Rest of Your Lives.

Big Picture Goal this Week (Week Two out of Ballenger’s Five Week Process): To move from a WORKING knowledge (a 1 minute dinner conversation) to a FOCUSED knowledge (a 15 or 20 minute presentation to the class).

Ballenger says, “Focused knowledge is the product of smart research [italics mine] this week and the next” (69).

So . . . this week . . . you should be RESEARCHING!  🙂

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English 101 Closing Memo to Jen

Please write your name and your e-mail address on a blank sheet of paper.

Please tell Jen what you are thinking about in terms of a CONTROLLING NARRATIVE

SPECIFIC not GENERAL

Ex.  HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS and how that impacted/created/relationship between those violations and GRADES.

Then tell Jen about the relationship between that controlling narrative and ONE of our sources (Tough/Robinson).

Blog #2

Hello, English 101 and English 102 students.

I write this from a dorm room at the very beautiful Evergreen State College.  I had no idea how expansive and extensive and tree-filled this gorgeous campus is!  Deer literally frolic (with their fawns!  I saw Bambi!) as we walk from our lodging to the buildings where we are attending seminars, working on our action plan, and receiving a LOT of homework.  Yes, teachers give each other homework at these things.

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How to Take Notes on an Essay

Learning Objectives: Taking notes this way helps you:

  • Read like a Writer
  • Internalize Essay Structure
  • Practice the MOVES of Integrating Sources
  • Create a “backwards” outline of what the essay says/does
  • Invent for Essay Drafting (you can use your summaries and paraphrases in your essays).

Learning Task:

  1. Make Five Guesses as to the Title
  2. Summarize the Introduction (use a signal phrase).
  3. Identify the Topic Sentence of EACH body paragraph.  Then PARAPHRASE it.  Use signal phrases every time!
  4. Summarize the Conclusion.  Use a signal phrase.

Homework

Please post your notes as a blog entry, using this format, on the essay “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” by Sunday night the 21st before midnight.

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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Why Research?

Opening Freewrite: What is research?  Why “the research paper” class?  Why is English 102 required (high school/running start requirement, AA requirement, transfer requirement) by the high school, Clark College, the state?  So what?  Who cares?  What role will research play in your academic life here at Clark?  Your academic life when you transfer?  Your “real” life?

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