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.


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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