*Assignments

Week 6 (July 9 – 15).

This week the focus will be on finishing up Essay 4 and tying up loose ends (submitting late work or revisions). A number of you have not yet posted a rough draft of Essay 4; if you haven’t posted one yet, please send me an email once it gets posted, and I’ll try to get some feedback on draft asap. I’m working now to get Essay 2 final drafts graded (hopefully will get to you tonight–7/9), and then I’ll hop onto Essay 4 drafts to make some quick comments. Essay 3 final drafts should be graded by Wednesday. You may submit revisions for grading for any of the final essays, with due date for everything being midnight on Sunday, July 15. Please email all final drafts and revisions (though I’ll double-check blogs as well). I’ll try to get completed grades posted on eLearning in the next day or two.

  1. Peer review of Essay 4. Due by Wednesday, July 11.

Questions.

  1. Has the writer clearly established a problem and posed a solution (if so, what are they?), or what suggestion does he/she offer to improve the community? Is the thesis clear and appropriately placed in the essay?
  2. Does the writer give reasons for how or why this will improve the community? Are these reasons presently in unified, focused, and coherent paragraphs? If not, indicate where and how the writer might improve the structure of the argument? Can you suggest additional reasons the writer might have included?
  3. Is the evidence used persuasive and credible? Does it follow the guidelines given in assignment? Can you suggest other types of evidence or places the writer might have found evidence that would strengthen the argument?
  4. Does the proposal follow MLA 8 guidelines for citation, both use of in-text citations and format for Works Cited section?

Partners:

  • Caitlyn and Cintia
  • Carrie and Heather
  • Jon and Ryan G
  • Ryan F and Irin

2. Essay 4 final draft.  Due Sunday, July 15 at midnight. Read peer review, my review, and revision reading assignment I make in my review. Complete final draft, and email to me as attached .docx file (if possible)–or you can use Word Online via AccessBCC and share with me. I also encourage students to post final drafts on blog, but my grading will be on emailed docs to ensure privacy. Write and post on your blog (or fine to include in final draft) a reflection on how you used info from reviews, readings, and your own reconsideration of rough draft to produce final draft. Be specific about at least three changes you made. (NOTE: given time frame, I’m not assigning a specific reading for revision, but feel free to check out the list under Revision tab at the top of blog.)

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Week 5 (July 2 – July 8).

Congratulations to those of you who are keeping up–it’s such a fast-paced class. Next week’s assignments will be minimal (primarily the final draft of Essay 4), which I hope will allow some of you to catch up and others to submit additional revisions for grading. I’m working my hardest to get a couple essays back today (Monday, 7/2). Many of you neglected to do reflections on revising process for each essay (except the short Place Where I Live one). You may submit these through the end of next week.

  1. Peer review of Essay 3. Due by Thursday, July 5.

(As always: If you did not have your essay done in time for peer review, you can still get credit for peer review by finding an essay that needs peer review and answering these questions; post as comment to the student essay you read. If you do not want to do peer review, use these questions as a checklist for yourself as you think about revision.) As before, please post peer review both as comment on your partner’s essay and as post on your own blog.

Questions:

  • For annotated bib part of assignment:
    • Comment on the quality of sources used and the usefulness of the annotations given.
    • Are the Works Cited entries done according to MLA 8 guidelines? If not, specify problems.
  • For report part of assignment:
    • Are paragraphs unified,focused, and coherent? If not, identify problems.
    • Comment on depth and clarity of information provided. (Is information given that the audience would not likely already know?)
    • Are in-text citations used properly? If not, explain the issue(s).

Peer review partners:

  • Alycia and Carrie
  • Caitlyn and Kristin
  • Heather and Irin
  • Lyda and Ryan G
  • Jon and Ryan F

2. Reading about argument. Read/watch the pages Argument, Basics of argument, Types of argument, and Structure of argument.

3. Essay 4 rough draft. By Thursday, July 5, post a comment on the post Brainstorming for Essay 4 that shares what you are planning to write about for Essay 4 (to help give others some inspiration). Rough draft is due posted on your blog by Sunday, July 8 at midnight.

4. Essay 3 final draft.  Due Sunday, July 8 at midnight. Read peer review, my review, and revision reading assignment I make in my review. Complete final draft, and email to me as attached .docx file (if possible)–or you can use Word Online via AccessBCC and share with me. I also encourage students to post final drafts on blog, but my grading will be on emailed docs to ensure privacy. Write and post on your blog (or fine to include in final draft) a reflection on how you used info from reviews, readings, and your own reconsideration of rough draft to produce final draft. Be specific about at least three changes you made. 

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Week 4 (June 25 – July 1).

  1. Peer review of Essay 2. Due by Wednesday, June 27.

(If you did not have your essay done in time for peer review, you can still get credit for peer review by finding an essay that needs peer review and answering these questions; post as comment to the student essay you read. If you do not want to do peer review, use these questions as a checklist for yourself as you think about revision.) As before, please post peer review both as comment on your partner’s essay and as post on your own blog.

Questions:

  • Does the essay have a clear thesis that responds to question in assignment? Is the thesis statement in appropriate place (typically end of 1st paragraph)?
  • Does the writer connect in at least three places to ideas from “The Science of Shopping”?Is that info properly cited and *not* plagiarized. If not, suggest places where writer might make those connections.
  • Comment on the use of detail. Does the writer include plenty of specific observed detail? If not, suggest places and types of  details that might be added.
  • Is the essay well-organized? Is information presented in a logical order? Are paragraphs focused and unified (one main idea per paragraph). If not, indicate places and ways organization could be improved.

Peer review partners:

  • Ben and Ryan F
  • Caitlyn and Jon
  • Carrie and Ryan G
  • Irin and Lyda
  • Alycia, please do Heather; Heather, do Cintia; and Cintia, do Alycia

2. Read about research process. (I’m checking later today–Monday–for broken links.) Read the following pages under Research tab at top of blog: Finding and evaluating sources, Citing sources: how and why, Note-taking, Integrating sources, More on quotation, and  On plagiarism.

3. Essay 3 rough draft. Read Essay 3 assignment, and post rough draft on your blog by Sunday, July 1 at midnight. 

4. Essay 2 final draft. Read peer review, my review, and revision reading assignment I make in my review. I will do a quick post to give some info about how to handle Gladwell source on final draft–link will be here once I get it up. Complete final draft, and email to me as attached .docx file (if possible)–or you can use Word Online via AccessBCC and share with me. I also encourage students to post final drafts on blog, but my grading will be on emailed docs to ensure privacy. Write and post on your blog (or fine to include in final draft) a reflection on how you used info from reviews, readings, and your own reconsideration of rough draft to produce final draft. Be specific about at least three changes you made. 

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Week 3 (June 18 – 24).

I. Peer review of Essay 1. Due by Wednesday, June 20. As you did last week, read your partner’s essay and post answers to questions below, both as comment on partner’s essay and post on your own. Peer partners and questions are listed below. (I’ll try to get some comments on last week’s peer reviews up in the next day or so.)

Questions:

  • Consider the writer’s use of specific detail. Identify any particularly sharp, effective use of detail (by para. number or context, as in “I really get a clear picture of Uncle Eddie”). Indicate places where you think the writer might add more detail (either because something is unclear or could be made more vivid or engaging or understandable). If possible, include questions for the writer: “Could you give an example of a time when your gramma was cruel?”, “This seems to be the crucial scene of the essay. Maybe add some dialogue here?”)
  • What seems to be the main “message” of the essay? What does the author seem to be saying about this experience/person/etc. that you can connect to on a more universal level? What does he/she seem to be saying about “home”? Point out any resonant lines that seem to have particular significance or emotional power (which may or may not be developed in the rest of the essay). Does the author include any commentary on the experience and what its significance was to him/her?
  • How does the structure of the piece work? What is its time frame? Is the order of events clear? How well does the lead work to engage your attention? any suggestions for possible changes in order?
  • What is/are the most successful aspects of the draft? What/s working well? You might indicate a particular part of the essay (lead, fight scene, reflection at the end) or point to the author’s voice or tone, choice of subject matter, vivid descriptions, wonderful style, etc.

Peer review partners:

  • Ben and Lyda
  • Alysia and Caitlyn
  • Carrie and Kaitlyn
  • Cintia and Irin
  • Joe and Ryan F
  • Jon and Ryan G
  • Matthew and Kelsy
  • Heather, please do Kristen; Kristen, do Kimberly; and Kimberly, do Heather

2. Read Essay 2 assignment over early in the week. this assignment will require you to find a store to observe, so plan your week accordingly. You will not be able to wait until Sunday night to start this process. Essay 2 rough draft will be due posted on your blog by midnight on Sunday, June 24.

3. Read “The Science of Shopping” (which will be the basis of Essay 2). I’d suggest printing out the essay, so you can mark it up (check out this link for some pointers). In a short blog post due by Thursday, June 21, list the main principles covered in the article (in terms of store layout, atmosphere, and salestaff actions).

4. I will be posting comments on Essay 1 rough drafts the first half of this week. In my comment, I will assign you a section to read on a particular revision strategy. Read this over, along with my comments and comments from your peer reviewer. Final draft of Essay 1 is due at midnight on Sunday, June 24. Please submit to me via email as an attached file (and consider posting final draft on your blog as well). In addition to the final draft, please post a reflection of at least 250 words on what you learned from reading about revision strategy and how you used this info (along with reviewer comments) in completing your final draft.

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Week 2 (June 11 – 17).

Everything due by Sunday, June 17, except reading about peer review and doing peer review, which is due earlier (see below).

Reading for the week. First, read Thoughts on peer review, in preparation for peer review of “The Place Where You Live,”  and Practice with prewriting strategies and Getting something down , before you start your rough draft of Essay 1.

“The Place Where You Live” Assignment. Read “The Place Where You Live” post for the person partnered up with you in list below. By midnight on Wednesday, June 13 in a comment to their post, answer the following questions:

  • Does the piece fulfill the guidelines of assignment? If not, why not.
  • What is the general impression the writer gives of his/her place? Identify any general statements that seem to capture the essential character of the place or the writer’s attitude towards it.
  • What are the sharpest specific details in the piece, the sensory details that give you the clearest picture of what the place looks or sounds or smells like? Identify any places where you think the writer could be more specific in order to sharpen the image. When possible, ask specific questions  to give the writer suggestions about details he/she might add.
  • Comment on the organization of the piece. How are the details ordered? Is that a logical order? (Explain why or why not.) Are the paragraphs broken logically?

Please also copy your comments into a post on your own blog to make it easier for me to track your work and also to prevent anyone from accidentally deleting your comments.

Peer review partners:

  • Joe and Jon (you both still need to post drafts; both of you have emailed me drafts, so let me know if you need your partner’s)
  • Carrie and Kristen
  • Alycia and Matthew
  • Cintia and Heather
  • Irin and Ben
  • Marlena and Ryan F
  • Lyda and Kaitlyn
  • Ryan G and Kelsey
  • Kimberly and Caitlyn

(If you haven’t yet posted your draft, I haven’t assigned you a peer partner. If you let me know when you’ve posted, I’ll try to match you up with someone so you can give and receive some feedback.)

I will also be putting comments on your rough draft. After you have received comments, revise your rough draft using comments as you see fit, as well as anything you notice yourself in rereading your work. Email the final draft of “The Place Where You Live” (as an attached file) to me by Sunday, June 17 at midnight. I encourage you also to post it on your blog (as a new post, labelled final draft), but I’ll be grading via emailed drafts.

Essay 1. Read Reading some memoirs. Do the short post described there thet responds to one of the memoir readings given. Read Essay 1 assignment, and post your rough draft by midnight on Sunday, June 17.

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Week 1 (June 4 – 10). 

The post Work for week 1 gives a full description of work to be done for the week, all due by Sunday, June 10 at midnight. I’d strongly encourage you to try to get your blog set up in the first few days of the course, though, so you can contact me if you have problems or questions.

The brief checklist of week’s assignment: