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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