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.
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! 🙂