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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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.

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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Listening Up / Saying Back: The Secret Life of Research

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.

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Red Light Thinking

Class Today

First Come, First Serve.  🙂  Please sit down, in the classroom, in the order you arrived.  First person sits in chair #1, second person in chair #2, etc.

  1. Look at Conference Schedule Essay 1 final.  Pick three days/times you can attend in order of preference.  Write these down on a sheet of paper and hand to Meredith and Jen.
  2. Reflective Memo English 101 Summer 2013
  3. Go over Homework for Weekend

A Few Thoughts on the Library Visit

Please be sure that you visit the Clark College library, as these librarians encounter hundreds of students each year working on the (dreaded) research essay.  In addition, Clark has many resources targeted specifically for academic research– public libraries have a less specialized audience, and therefore provide access to a completely different realm of sources.

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Research: A Play in Three (or Four) Acts

1:00 to 1:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

5:30 to 6:00: Inquiry Question Questions Answered!

6:00 to 6:50: Orientation to Clark’s library site (50 minutes) and library orientation to databases/search terms/etc.

10 minute break

2:00 to 2:50, 7:00 to 7:50: Your visit to the librarian (how to talk to a librarian, how not to talk to a librarian, how to write your blog post on meeting with the librarian).  This will include role play, so please consider being a volunteer. If you are thinking about volunteering, please check out this website to see what your role might entail.


3:00 to 3:50: Living Sources: A Close Read and active application (50 minutes)

8:00-8:20: Living Sources: A Brief Introduction to Finding the Ethnographer Within: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html – What tools does Brown use for her research? What are her sources? What does she seem to do with her sources? How could you use ethnographic research for your project? What other ways of information gathering could supplement your library research? How can you use ethnographic research to “fill in the gaps”? How would becoming a researcher/storyteller enrich your essay?

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Return to Invention

Heuristic– Writing PROMPT.


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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