Week One– July 8-11: Getting Started
- Play around with your blog
- Read the Introduction and Chapter One in The Curious Researcher (TCR). Take notes (and consider writing in response to those notes as you create Blog #1). Please practice and transfer what you learned in English 101 (use it or lose it!) by practicing the basic moves of MLA. In addition to exercising your skills of integrating summary, paraphrase, and direct quotes into your thoughts, please remember to use signal phrases and employ parenthetical citations at the end of your sentences.
- EX. According to Bruce Ballenger, the research paper can indeed be creative (15).
“According to Bruce Ballenger” is the signal phrase, and the number 15 in parentheses is the parenthetical citation.
- Write Blog #1 before Sunday night before midnight.
- Start Tracking Your Grade. Jen will collect these (via e-mail) at the end of Week Two (Sunday, July 21st, before midnight).
Week Two– July 15-18: The Importance of Getting Curious
Monday (sub), Tuesday (sub)
No Class Wednesday or Thursday– Jen is at a conference.
Read through the blogs from your peers (101 and the sections of English 102). Choose two and write comments to both (200 words each) by Thursday night (the 18th) before midnight. In addition, please be sure your blog is ready for comments.
- Note: Jen is making this assignment OPTIONAL and EXTRA CREDIT. If you know how to access the student blogs and follow them (instructions on Creating Your Very Own WordPress Blog), then please do the assignment as extra credit and add it to your Grade Accounting Sheet. If you are overwhelmed with the technology, then do not do the assignment. Jen will go over how to follow blogs and how to comment on blogs when she returns on Monday of Week Three.
- Read Chapter Two (Developing a Research Strategy) in TCR. Take notes and consider what you might integrate into your blog #2.
- Write Blog #2 (Jen highly suggests that you use/continue the exercises from Chapter 1) before Sunday/midnight.
- Research to Develop a Working Knowledge (Re-read pages 33 to 37 and apply). You also might write about the research you do to develop your working knowledge this weekend in your Blog #2– where did you look? What did you find?)
- Write Your Research Proposal (Exercise 1.5 on page 45). This is due before Sunday night before midnight. It must be 800 words.
Week Three– July 22-25: Developing a Research Strategy
- Write your responses #3 and #4 (#1 and #2 are extra credit) to TWO of your peer’s blogs.
- Read Chapter Three (Writing in the Middle) in TCR.
- Visit the librarian. Write your 800 word account of your visit and post by
Sunday nightnext Sunday night, August 4, before midnight.
- Write your Blog #3: Jen is particularly interested in reading how you are progressing from a WORKING knowledge (page 69) to a FOCUSED Knowledge. Look particularly at page 69 to 73 for ideas as to what you might write about. Remember that this is you showing Jen WHAT you have learned. This is important preparation for next week.
- Remember to update the Keeping Track of Your Grade Sheet.
Week Four–July 29 to August 1 : Writing in the Middle
- Write your responses #5 and #6 to TWO of your peer’s blogs by Thursday night before midnight (Aug. 1).
- Read Chapter Four (Getting to the Draft) in TCR
- Continue Your Research
- If you haven’t yet, visit the librarian. Write your 800 word account of your visit and post Sunday night before midnight.
- Write Blog #4: Use this blog to “Write in the Middle” using one of the strategies Ballenger discusses.
- Update and email your grade tracking sheet to Lindsay by Monday, Aug.5 (email@example.com).
Week Five-– August 5th to August 8th: Getting to the Draft
- Write your responses #7 and #8 to TWO of your peer’s blogs by Thursday night before midnight (Aug. 8).
- Read Chapter Five (Revising is Re-Seeing) in TCR
- Draft your essay. Your first rough draft is due August 12th (MW) or August 13th (TTH) promptly at the start of class. 50 points. Please see syllabus for more details: hard copy, MLA, WITH works cited, Full 10 pages, etc.
- Write Blog #5 to experiment with leads, or to draft body paragraphs, or just to get your ideas out for your draft.
Week Six— August 12th to August 15th: Revising is Re-Seeing
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- Write your responses #9 and #10 to TWO of your peer’s blogs by Thursday night before midnight (Aug. 15).
- Revise your essay to the very best of your ability. This is your Dress Rehearsal Draft– the one you will conference with Lindsay. It is due on Monday, the 19th of August at the beginning of class.
- Use Blog #6 to write about your revisions, or to flesh out revisions. As always, post before Sunday night at midnight.
- Send an electronic copy of your updated Grade Tracking Sheet to Lindsay by Sunday by midnight (worth 32 points).
Week Seven– August 19th to August 22nd: Conferences with Lindsay
No Class Thursday or Friday– Lindsay is conferencing with students
- Start drafting parts of your reflective essay as Blog #7.
- Write your responses #11 and #12 to TWO of your peer’s blogs by Thursday night before midnight (Aug. 22).
Week Eight– August 26th to August 29th: Conferences with Lindsay
No Class This Week– Lindsay is conferencing with students.
Your final reflective essay, your final version of your research paper, and your last updated Grade Tracking Sheet are due on Thursday, August 29th, before midnight. Please e-mail both essays and the grade sheet as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.