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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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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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

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

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


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.


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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(Re) Forming Education

Opening Freewrite: What is the purpose of public education?


Why English 101?  Why do you think the state requires everyone at every two and four year college to take this course?


What is Knowledge?

Again, Jen has kept these prompts general on purpose.  We will watch a Ted Talk  today (reenvisioned as an RSA Animate) that will help you understand why.

This Ted Talk will also explain some of the underpinnings to Jen’s pedagogy– why she has made certain choices in how she has designed English 101.

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