English 101: College Rhetoric II

Alma College ~ English Department

Fall 2010 ~ L. Keys Stahl

Important Announcements

This guide is written specifically for English 101 submitting department portfolios through Mahara. It is similar to the other guide, but has been adjusted just for you guys to help you navigate Mahara: ENG101_Mahara2.doc

Editing Codes.pdf
Research Paper Portfolio Submission Requirements.pdf
Study guide for grammar & style test: 101 Pre-Assessment Study Key.pdf
PEER REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS & WORKSHEET
(due at the beginning of class on Monday, unless other arrangements have been made)
PEER REVIEW PARTNERS AND INSTRUCTIONS.pdf
Research Paper Peer Review Worksheet.pdf


1) Here is a handout to help you create a Mahara account and navigate the site and its functions: MAHARA Info and Instructions.pdf

2) Research Paper Draft #1 due on Friday, Dec. 5 NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. Draft should be at least 5 solid pages. Upload your essay as an RTF, PDF, DOC, or DOCX file to your student page AND copy and paste the text of your paper onto your student page. Check to see that the file uploaded properly; if your peer reviewer can't access your paper, you will lose half your points for peer review.

3) Final Draft of Research Paper is due on Friday, Dec. 10. There will be a drop-off box outside my office door.

4) Department Portfolio (submit on e-portfolio on Mahara) is due on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

5) Review Session for Grammar & Style Post-Test will be on Sunday 12/5 from noon to about 3 p.m. Materials to help you study will be available on the wiki by this weekend; your pre-tests will be returned by Wednesday.


Daily Class Log with Assignments & Due Dates

Monday 11/28
Today, we spend the class period learning about writing proper paraphrases. On Wednesday, we will learn about writing good intros, conclusions, and titles, as well as using appropriate transitional words and phrases and techniques for creating coherence and unity in a paper. There are some documents to print for Wednesday (see below). I will also give you all the information you need to create a Mahara account so you can upload your department portfolio.

PRINT FOR WEDNESDAY'S CLASS:
1) Handouts on Titles, Intros, Conclusions, and
2) Handout on Transitions
(all handouts on Unit 3 page; transitions handout is in the "Grammar & Style Packet" -- print only the transitions pages)
3) A copy of your working draft of your research paper, even if it is just an outline right now.


Wednesday 11/10
We reviewed how to do the quickest and best research for your research paper. All handouts about the research paper are on the Unit 3 - Research Paper page.
Monday 11/8
THERE IS NO CLASS TODAY DUE TO CONFERENCES.

Wednesday 11/3
We mostly focused on learning about MLA--how to create proper citations, quotations, and works cited entries. The two handouts are on the Unit 2 page.

Assignments/Due Dates:
1) Draft #1 of Rhetorical Analysis due at time class begins on Monday 11/8. There will be no class, so please drop your paper off at my office. there will be a box outside the door.
2) Topic proposal for Paper 3 is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday 11/10. Please hand it in in class.
3) Bring the MLA worksheet that we began last Wednesday (the one where you filled in the type of quotes, in-text citation, and works cited) to class on Monday 11/15.
4) Read chapters 4 and 5 of Diet for a Hot Planet for Monday 11/15
5) Your in-class essay ("midterm") will be on Wednesday 11/17.


Monday 11/1
Today in class, we further discussed how to support your points in a rhetorical analysis essay appropriately and in enough detail.

Assignments/Due Dates:
SEE "IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS" ABOVE.

Wednesday 10/27
Class was canceled today because I was not feeling well. See the documents under the announcements section (above) to see what you need to complete by Monday 11/1.

Monday 10/25
Today in class we looked at an example rhetorical analysis essay to learn about what kind of thesis, organization, and support you want to have in a rhetorical analysis paper. We also analyzed the excerpt from Skinny Bitch for its use of logos, pathos, and ethos. All handouts from class are on the Unit 2 - Analysis of an Argument page.

Assignments/Due Dates: SEE THE TWO ITEMS ABOVE UNDER "Important Announcements."

Monday 10/18
I introduced Paper 2 in class today. Then we figured out how to use semi-colons, colons, and dashes properly in writing. The handouts on Paper 2 (instructions & a handout on summarizing) are both on the Unit 2 - Analysis of an Argument page.

Assignments/Due Dates:
1) Final draft of Paper 1 is due on Monday 10/25. Originally, I planned to have you write a cover letter to go with your paper, but since I completely forgot to remind you in class, don't worry about it this time around.
2) Formal Outline of Paper 2 due on Wednesday 10/27. This should be typed and follow the format on the Paper 2 instructions sheet.
Monday 10/11
Today in class I taught you how to use the library's article databases to find the article about which you will write A2 and Paper 2. (The instructions for A2 and the instructions for using the library's databases are on the Unit 2 - Analysis of an Argument page. I also collected everyone's availability for group conferences this week. A conference schedule will be posted by tomorrow morning on the home page.

Assignments/Due Dates:
1. GROUP CONFERENCES:
a) upload your first draft of your definition essay to your student page on the wiki. If it won't upload, then copy and paste the text.
b) once you know who your conference group members are, download and print their papers as well as a conference worksheet for each paper/member. The worksheet will be posted on the general Student Pages page of the wiki.
c) read and respond (using the worksheet and writing directly on the draft) to your group members' papers before your conference time; BRING A COPY OF EACH PAPER AND EACH WORKSHEET TO THE CONFERENCE.
2. Read Diet for a Hot Planet, chapters 2 and 3 by Wed. 10/13
3. Read excerpt from Skinny Bitch by Wed. 10/13--available on the Handouts & Reading Assignments page.
4. A2 due no later than Sunday 10/17 at 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday 10/6
We discussed chapter 1 of Diet... in groups and as a class, as well as an example definition essay. Then, you had some time to think about your own definition essay.

Assignments/Due Dates:
1. Test Corrections Assignment due on Friday. Upload it to your student page on the wiki
2. Definition essay, draft 1, due on Monday 10/11
3. On Monday 10/11, you will sign up for a group conference.


Wednesday 10/29
We talked about the Definition Essay in class today by examining some sample thesis statements, reviewing the criteria for word choice and writing a thesis statement, as well as analyzing a definition essay for its thesis, use of appeals, and demonstration of argument strategies. Finally, I gave everyone's Grammar and Style Pre-Test back and explained the corrections assignment. The handout with the detailed instructions for the test corrections assignment is above, right under the "Important Announcements."

Assignments/Due Dates:
1. Test Corrections Assignment due on Friday. Upload it to your student page on the wiki
2. Definition essay, draft 1, due on Monday 10/4
VISIT SURVEY MONKEY TO INPUT THE TIME SLOTS DURING WHICH YOU WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CONFERENCES.
(The link for Survey Monkey will be added under the Announcements section of this page shortly.


onday 9/27
Presentation 1 will take place in class today, along with some additional discussion of argument strategies. On Wednesday, we will continue discussion of Diet for a Hot Planet (chapter 1) and logos, pathos, and ethos.

YOUR DEADLINE FOR YOUR DEFINITION ESSAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MONDAY 10/4.


Homework/Assignments:
1. Have your discussion question ready (on Chapter 1 of Diet for a Hot Planet) on Wednesday 9/29
2. Read and annotate Diet for a Hot Planet, Chapter 2, by Wednesday 10/6
3. Draft 1 of Definition Essay due on Monday 10/4
4. Print, read, and bring to class (on Wednesday 9/29) the student-written essay on the word "fire." We will discuss this in class on Wednesday (if we have time; if not, then on Monday 10/4). All student-written example essays are on the UNIT 1 - Definition Essay page.


Wednesday 9-22
In class, you had time to work with your group on P1; work on the Logos, Pathos, Ethos handout; and create your discussion questions on Chapter 1 on Diet for a Hot Planet.

Homework/Assignments:
1. A1 due on SUNDAY 9-26 -- upload to your student page and remember to save your file with the proper name, please
2. P1 will be on Monday 9/27
3. Read and annotate Diet for a Hot Planet, chapter 2 by NEXT MONDAY 10-4
4. Draft 1 of your Definition Essay is due on Wednesday 9/29.
5. Have your discussion question on Chapter 1 ready on WEDNESDAY 9-29.


Monday 9/20
Today we began discussing Diet for a Hot Planet. As well, I introduced Unit 1 and its assignments and major paper. We created groups for presentation 1 (P1). Groups assignments and members' names are listed on the Presentation 1 page.

Homework/Assignments:
1. A1 due on Friday 9/24--upload to your student page and remember to save your file with the proper name, please
2. P1 will be on Monday 9/27
3. Read and annotate Diet for a Hot Planet, chapter 2 by Monday 9/27
4. Draft 1 of your Definition Essay is due on Wednesday 9/29.

Wednesday 9/15
Today we went to the computer lab and learned all about using the wiki. While we did this, we also discussed Critical Reading, the article "What's So Great About Organic Food?" and Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird."

Homework/Assignments:
DUE MONDAY:
1. Read the one-page handout called "Critical Reading" (Handouts & Reading Assignments) carefully before you begin reading Diet for a Hot Planet.
1. Read Diet for a Hot Planet, pp. xiii-xxi and pp. 3-41 (Introduction + Chapter ) carefully and slowly, annotating as you go. I will be checking your books for your annotations in class on Monday.
2. Read A Writer's Reference, pp. 26-31 (section C4-c)


Monday 9/13
We reviewed the syllabus today in the first part of class, and then we took the Grammar & Style Pre-Assessment Test.

Homework/Assignments:
DUE WEDNESDAY:
1. Choose a quote/idea from the Anne Lamott reading and write a one- to two-paragraph response to this idea. Bring your response to class either saved on a memory stick, or email it to yourself so you can access it in a computer lab. Bring the Lamott reading to class with you as well.
2. Read the article I gave out in class today (on Organic Foods) by Wednesday; bring the article with you to class.
DUE MONDAY:
1. Read Diet for a Hot Planet, pp. xiii-xxi and pp. 3-41 (Introduction + Chapter 1).
2. Read A Writer's Reference, pp. 26-31 (section C4-c)


Wednesday 9/8
Today we simply introduced ourselves to one another. I gave you some basic homework assignments, which are listed below.

Homework/Assignments:
1. Download, read, and print the syllabus, which is available on the Syllabus and Schedules page (the list of pages is on the left side of the screen). Bring this to class on Monday.
2. Download, read, and print the reading by Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird." Bring this to class on Monday. This document is on the Handouts & Reading Assignments page.
3. Download, read, and print the handout called "The Importance of Critical Thinking." Do the worksheet at the back of the handout. Due on Monday as well. The handout/worksheet is also on the Handouts & Reading Assignments page.