Schedule

Class
Date

Readings
Due

Writing
Due

In Class

Tu 8/2

Introductions (to course/syllabus, website, themes, colleagues)

Th 8/27

DLE readings (in Blackboard) Post annotations of DLE readings to Blackboard before class today.
  • Drafting the DLE essay
  • Challenge: building a list of news sites (and apps) for you all to try

Tu 9/1

  • Review your work on the DLE. Develop and post (to Blackboard) a revision plan before class today.
  • Make an effort to follow the headlines (and follow up on stories than intrigue you.)

Th 9/3

Self and peer reviews, DLE.

Tu 9/8

Discussion of readings, exploring project 1 and project ideas

Th 9/10

Exploring portfolio 1. Considering possible focuses/angles. Planning interviews.

Tu 9/15

read: “Life, Engineered.” “Meet Sara Thomas, NFL’s First Female Official” + “Mo’ne Davis, A Woman Among Boys at the Little League World Series” “Men at Work: Profiles of Men in Nursing” OR “The End: Reimagining the Funeral Home”  Choose an interview subject/focus. Make a plan to prepare. What do you need to READ to get ready? What else do you need to do to get ready? Come ready to share your plan with us! Practicing interviews. Considering sample profiles. Signing up for presentation groups.

Th 9/17

read “How to Write a Profile Feature Article” + sample “Writing a Profile” pieces (four) from FYC Reader. If you haven’t already downloaded this, do so now!) Bring a draft of your interview questions Practicing interviews. Considering sample profiles.

Tu 9/22

Read “Beyond Black and White: Document Design in the Writing Classroom” + “The Big Four: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity”  Design workshop.

Th 9/24

Review Chapter 3 (Writing a Profile), St Martin’s Guide. (Pay attention to the sections on writing and improving a draft)  Draft workshop (Complete ELECTRONIC draft needed)

Tu 9/29

Review “Reflecting on what you have learned” + “reflection on the genre” at the end of SMG Chapter 3 + “Reflective Writing, The Learning Center” + “Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were you Thinking?” ONLINE Reflection Workshop..)

Th 10/1

Portfolio 1 due date extended to Tu 10/6. bring draft of profile And reflection for peer review workshop

Tu 10/6

PORTFOLIO 1 (profile + reflection) due before class time today Exploring project 2. What is “culture?” Brainstorming topics.

Th 10/8

 Read

Discussion of readings. In-class writing (project proposal). Choosing readings for group project

Tu 10/13

 Read: Chapter 4 (Explaining a Concept), St. Martin’s Guide Choose your concept! Exploring the genre. Beginning concept proposals. Emailing in group members, choice of readings.

Th 10/15

read sample “concept” pieces from FYC Reader.   Do some exploratory research on your concept. Bring what you find to class for help citing it and building your working bibliography.  walking through samples. Research workshop.

Tu 10/20

 Readings:

 Finish your cultural concept research proposal and email me!  Group Presentation: Passing

Th 10/22

Movie making workshop: Read “Matters of Type” + “Time Frames”  + “Pulling Back the Curtain” + “8 Steps to Creating a Great Storyboard”  Gather sounds, images, facts to use in making a short video. Play with storyboarding. Bring these resources to class with you.  movie making, part 1 (theory and storyboarding)

Tu 10/27

Gather sounds, images, facts to use in making a short video. Play with storyboarding. Bring these resources to class with you.  movie making, part 2 (making!)

Th 10/29

 Readings:

Group Presentation: Native Americans

Tu 11/3

Group Presentation: Racism in America

Th 11/5

Get your paper and video drafts completed! Post the video to YouTube, and bring the text to class for help posting to our blog, and feedback.
  • Bring complete drafts of all three elements of this project for a peer review workshop! (Post the video to Youtube. Bring the text of your concept paper typed up and ready to cut and paste in to our website.)

Tu 11/10

Readings:

Group Presentation: Black Lives Matter (Group, please focus on “finding common ground,” rather than explaining a concept, to help us start thinking about our new writing project, which we’ll explore today.)

Th 11/12

 PORTFOLIO 2 (Explaining a concept essay + video + reflection) due before class time today.

(Post video to Youtube. Post writing to Conceptlandia, and embed your video. Email me, including a link to your blog post AND attach your reflection.)

NO CLASS TODAY. Use this time to work on your second portfolio, due via email before class time on Tuesday. (I will be in the office from 11-2:20 today. Come see me if I can help!)

Tu 11/17

PORTFOLIO 2 (Explaining a concept essay + video + reflection) due before class time today.

(Post video to Youtube. Post writing to Conceptlandia, and embed your video. Email me, including a link to your blog post AND attach your reflection.)

Exploring portfolio 3: finding common ground. (Online: no face to face meeting today.)

Th 11/19

 Read assignment sheet for PF3, choose options for paired readings, and read from St. Martin’s Guide (Chapter 5, pages 175-225.) Discussion of sample paired readings

Tu 11/24

 read the sample “Finding Common Ground” pieces in the FYC reader (the text you downloaded.)  We’ll spend class talking through samples.

Th 11/26

 no class meeting. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tu 12/1

 Bring (at least the start of) a draft. (Remember how we outlined when we did the DLE? That would help on this project.)  Drafting workshop!

Th 12/3

 Setting up online peer review, drafting final reflection (must cover course and final project)

Finals week: 12/10 1 pm

  • Our final exam time is slated for Thursday 12/10 from 1-3 pm. (You do not have an exam, but we do need to meet.)
  • Your final portfolio (the “finding common ground” essay + reflection) is due before the start of our finals time today.
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