Composition – Course Schedule

Thursday, September 5

Intro & Expectations

Tuesday, September 10

Posting Due: Describe a time when something you wrote made an impact on a person or a situation.  Explain in detail how the writing worked to change a person or a situation in some way.  You must also post replies on  at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Assignment Due: Bring to class a piece of non-fiction writing (not written by you) of any length that had an impact on you.

In class: What is writing for?  What can it do?

Thursday, September 12

Reading Due: “Why Write” (Auster) on Moodle

Assignment Due: Make a list of ten reasons why writing is or could be useful to a person.  Try to think outside the box on some of them.

Reading Due: “Anxiety: Challenge By Another Name” (Collier) on Moodle

Posting Due: Post a paragraph that describes what you would get up early to do.  Think of it this way: you’re tired and you want to stay in bed most early mornings.  What thing would make you get out of bed regularly (say, twice a week at least)?  What would you most like to be doing?  You must also post replies on  at least two of your classmates’ posts.

In class: Creating Your Interview

Tuesday, September 17

Assignment Due: Make an appointment with your chosen professor, to take place between 9/12 at 1:45pm and the afternoon of Wednesday, 9/18.

Reading Due: Intro and Issue 1 in Understanding Rhetoric

In Class: Quiz on reading; planning for the paper

Thursday, September 19

Paper Due: Write a short essay introducing your professor, and explaining how writing has mattered to her/his life, how writing matters to her/his field, and what the biggest challenges are facing undergraduate writers in her/his courses.

In class: Workshopping the paper

Tuesday, September 24

Reading Due: “Shitty First Drafts” (Lamott)

Paper Due: Rewrite of First Paper

Posting Due: What are the most significant things that you changed in your paper from the first draft to the second? How did those changes improve your work?

Thursday, September 26

Reading Due: Issues 2 and 3 in Understanding Rhetoric

Posting Due: Drawing Conclusions Question #2 in Issue 2 (page 110)  from Understanding Rhetoric.  Use Paper #1 from this class to explore the role of logos, ethos, pathos, and kairos.

In class: Quiz on reading

Tuesday, October 1

Reading Due: Issues 4 in Understanding Rhetoric

Assignment Due: Watch “Mylie Twerks” video on Moodle

Reading Due: “When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland” (Cottom) on Moodle and “How to Talk with Your Sons About Robin Thicke” (Clapp)

Assignment Due: Choose either article and print it.  Mark up the article using highlighters of different colors, sticky notes, annotations, or other methods to identify: topic sentences, supporting claims, and data, along with any counterarguments.

Posting Due: Write a paragraph explaining whether or not you found the article that you marked up persuasive.  If yes, explain why it was convincing and how you could add to or revise the article to make it even stronger.  If no, explain why it fell short of convincing you, and how you could revise the article to make it more balanced or effective.

Assignment Due: Email a copy of your revised first paper as an attached pdf to your professor with a nice thank-you note.  CC me (rderosa@plymouth.edu).

Thursday, October 3

Reading Due:”Writing Now” (NCTE) on Moodle

Assignment Due: Craft a list of The Five Most Important Things That A College Comp Class Should Emphasize About Writing

Paper Due: Write a short essay of about seven paragraphs that explains your philosophy about college Composition courses.  Aim this essay at a general audience, such as high school seniors, college Comp instructors, and folks just browsing around for a good read.  Be sure to use the work you have done in the course so far to inform your essay.

In class: Workshopping paper

Tuesday, October 8

Paper Due: Revised paper due.

Posting Due: What are the most significant things that you changed in your paper from the first draft to the second? How did those changes improve your work?

Thursday, October 10

Reading Due: Issue 5 in Understanding Rhetoric

Reading Due: Karen Gocsik’s 12-step Research Paper Assignment, on Moodle

Posting Due: Think back to the question of what you would get up for early in the morning on a regular basis.  Think about what things make you angry or happy or worried in your life now.  Think about how you think you could have an impact on the world.  Write five casual paragraphs, each focused on a separate topic that you might want to research more about over the rest of the semester.

In class: Choose a research topic.

Tuesday, October 15

Posting Due: Write a short trial draft explaining what you plan to explore for your research paper.  You must also comment on at least two classmates’ postings, offering suggestions for sources, ideas for them to consider, differing points of view, etc., to help them develop their topics.

In Class: Session with Librarian Christin Chenard

Thursday, October 17

Assignment Due: Prepare for pitch session

Map your M drive from home if you haven’t done that already.

Tuesday, October 22

Assignment Due: Prepare for pitch session

Thursday, October 24

Annotated  bibliography due.  15 sources included, 1 completed.  Saved on M Drive and hard copy brought to class.

In Class: 15 minutes discussing Options for next time; 15 minutes discussing research paper; 45 minutes of SILENT work on research paper.  Please bring sources and be prepared to access the electronic version of your annotated biblio as you work.  You may bring headsets and listen to music if you like.

Tuesday, October 29

BRING YOUR TRANSITIVE VAMPIRE GRAMMAR BOOK TO CLASS TODAY!

Assignment, all Options: One Annotated Bibliography Source completed (saved to M drive, hard copy turned in in class).

OPTION 1: Professional Writing

Read: “How to Write a Cover Letter They Will Actually READ” (Moodle) and “10 Steps to Write Your Resumé” (Moodle) (for the second reading, make sure you click on the links in each step to get the details!)

Post: Write a posting that outlines, in list form, ALL of the key points from each article.

OPTION 2: Creative Writing

Read: “7 Ways to Perfect Your Tone” (Moodle) and “Tone Examples” (Moodle)

Post: Write a posting that outlines, in list form, the key points from the “7 Ways Article.”  In addition, choose a work of fiction from something you have in your room; choose a few sentences and transcribe them into a post, and then describe the TONE of those sentences, the way the “Tone Examples” article does with their texts.

Thursday, October 31

OPTION 1: Professional Writing

Optional Reading: “50 Cover Letter Examples” (Moodle–  this would probably be a very helpful site to browse before writing your letter) and “Resumé Examples (Moodle– this would probably be a very helpful site to browse before writing your resumé)

Assignment: Write a cover letter and resumé for your dream job out of college.  Upload each in the appropriate folder on Moodle.  I suggest uploading them as PDFs.

OPTION 2: Creative Writing

Assignment: Choose a tone (dark, joyous, innocent, manic, frustrated, etc.) and write a fictional letter from one character to another that illustrates that tone.  Do not use the name of the tone in your letter, but make sure it is the header of your paper so that I know what you are going for.  Upload this to the appropriate folder on Moodle; I suggest uploading as a PDF.  Min. 400 words.

Assignment 2: Choose a DIFFERENT tone from Letter #1, and rewrite the letter in the new tone.  It is fine to change plot characteristics and anything else you like to make your new letter fit with the new tone. Do not use the name of the tone in your letter, but make sure it is the header of your paper so that I know what you are going for.  Upload this to the appropriate folder on Moodle; I suggest uploading as a PDF. Min 400 words.

Tuesday, November 5

Assignment, all Options: One Annotated Bibliography Source completed (saved to M drive, hard copy turned in in class).

BRING A COPY OF YOUR SPEECH OR ESSAY AS AN ELECTRONIC WORD DOCUMENT TO CLASS.  If you uploaded your work as a pdf, make sure you have a Word version on your M drive, a thumb drive, or on your laptop so that you can work with it today in class.

Option 3: PERSUASIVE SPEAKING

Read: “Writing Scripts and Speeches” (Moodle) and “Principles of Writing a Great Persuasive Speech” (Moodle)

Assignment: Using the two articles as a guideline, write a persuasive speech meant to be read out loud.  The topic should be “Does TV contribute to the dumbing down of America?”  You should argue YES or NO.  Min. 500 words.  Upload as PDF or Word doc (PDF preferred) to the appropriate folder on Moodle.

Option 4: SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP

Read: “Social Media Definitions” (Moodle)

Assignment: Choose a career field that is appealing to you (based on your major, your academic interests, your dream job, etc.).  Locate three ways that social media is functioning in your field.  Write a short paper (500 words minimum) describing the importance of each of these three functions to your career field.  Upload to the appropriate folder on Moodle (PDF preferred).

Thursday, November 7

Option 3: PERSUASIVE SPEAKING

Read: “Cool PowerPoint Advice…All in Slides” (Moodle) and “Top 5 Worst Things to Do in a PowerPoint” (Moodle)

Assignment: Design a PowerPoint presentation on the topic of the speech you wrote.  Minimum 10 slides.  Upload it to the appropriate folder on Moodle.

Option 4: SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP

Read: “Smart Social Media for Students” (Moodle)

Assignment: Start a professional Linked-In Profile, Twitter Account, or Facebook profile.  This must be a totally NEW account, targeted at your personal career development.  It should be significantly developed, not just opened.  Find a way to send me your info by email (rderosa@plymouth.edu) or by friending me on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 12

Assignment: One Annotated Bibliography Source completed (saved to M drive, hard copy turned in in class).

Please bring sources to class with you and be prepared to take notes and work on your Annotated Bibliographies during class.  You must work in silence, though if you wish to bring headphones and music, that is fine.  Make sure you are able to access your Annotated Biblio on your M drive or in some other way.

Posting Due: One good paragraph explaining the most interesting idea you have been introduced to as you have been working on your research project.  Explain the new idea.  Cite the source where you learned it from (be sure to use correct APA or MLA in-text citation, and then list the complete citation at the end of your post in the proper format).  Explain why the idea is interesting, controversial, important, etc.  YOU MUST ALSO COMMENT ON AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR PEER’S POSTINGS.

Thursday, November 14

Assignment: One Annotated Bibliography Source completed (saved to M drive, hard copy turned in in class).

In class: Finish upload of grammar study sheet AND/OR work on video.  If your study sheet has been submitted for review to me by 12:30pm, you may SKIP CLASS to work together on your video.  If you choose to do this, please make sure you email me the Biblio Source that is due today (by 12:30pm).

Tuesday, November 19

Assignment: Two more Annotated Bibliography Sources completed (saved to M drive, hard copy turned in in class).

In class: This is your final class day to work on research, so please come prepared to finish up note-taking.  Bring your sources so you can work on completing your Annotated Bibliography and getting quotes.

Thursday, November 21

Assignment: Annotated Bibliography due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Must include at least eight (8) completed sources;  note that eight is the MINIMUM number of sources you may have.  All sources must have summaries, explanations of how you will use them in your paper, and selected QUOTES.  Make sure you have sources to represent all sides of your issue, and make sure you have a good mix of kinds of sources (scholarly and popular, etc.).

Tuesday, November 26

Assignment: Outline Due in hard copy form.

  • Intro
  • Definitions/Context/Background
  • Facets of the Issue
  • Synthesis/Analysis/Opinion
  • Conclusion

In addition, you must have page length explanations for each section AND QUOTES cut and pasted into each body section.  Outline should be specific, well-developed, and at least 2.5 pages typed.

In class: Revise outlines if necessary or work on paper.

Thursday, November 28 NO CLASS

Tuesday, December 3

Assignment: Four pages of body paragraphs due

Thursday, December 5

Assignment: Two pages of body paragraphs due

Tuesday, December 10

Assignment: One page of body paragraphs due, plus revisions

Thursday, December 12

Assignment: Complete rough draft of Research Paper Due.  10 pages minimum.

Assignment: Writing Center Visit Due by 9pm on 12/16.

Final Exam is Tuesday, December 17, 11-1:30: Final Paper Due in Hard Copy Form

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