English 101 ~ College Rhetoric

Alma College ~ Fall 2009

Instructor: Leah Stahl



ENG 101.6 final exam is on FRIDAY 12/18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

ENG 101.8 and 101.9 final exam is on WEDNESDAY 12/16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


CLASS LOG, ANNOUNCEMENTS & ASSIGNMENTS

Monday 12/7
We learned about comma splices and run-on (fused) sentences today in class. The handout and presentation are both on the Handouts page.

- Grammar & Style Test is on Wednesday. If you do not pass and have to take the test again, I will send you an email no later than Sunday 12/13. There will be several chances next week to retake the test.

- Portfolio #2 is due on Friday 12/11. There will be a box outside my door where you can drop it off. The requirements and rubrics are on the Unit 2 Materials page. Remember to include your sources -- with all quotes and paraphrases properly indicated -- in your portfolio. If you don't comply with these requirements, I will immediately hand back your portfolio and it will be counted as late, which is a 5% deduction in your total portfolio grade.

- Department Portfolio is due by your exam period (as specified above). Instructions are on the Department Portfolio page.


Monday 11/30
Draft of Paper 4 due today. Upload it to your student page AND email it to your conference group members. The sign-up sheet for group conferences will be on my office door by 1:00 p.m. today.

In class, we learned about sentence fragments and how to avoid and correct them. The PowerPoint is on the Handouts page. I also introduced and went over the instructions for the Department Portfolio. The handout for the Department Portfolio Instructions is on the Department Portfolio page.

Upcoming Assignments & Due Dates:
1. Portfolio #2 is due on Wednesday 12/9
2. Department Portfolio is due by our exam period (see dates & times above)
3. Grammar & Style Post-Assessment Test will be on Monday 12/7
4. Bring the handouts on Comma Splices and Run-ons to class on Wednesday 12/2


These are your Paper 4 Conference Groups.pdf / Paper 4 Conference Groups.doc
Here is the Group Conference Worksheet - Paper 4.doc / Group Conference Worksheet - Paper 4.pdf


Monday 11/16
Today we talked about Paper 4 -- kinds of evidence to use, how to integrate evidence well, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to organize the essay. We talked about the Rogerian method of arguing. Finally, we talked about the Toulmin Method of analyzing an argument and discussed/analyzed the essay "The Lessons I Didn't Learn in College" by Caitlin Petre (pp. 256-257) using the Toulmin Method.

Assignments & Due Dates:
1. Print & bring to class the grammar handouts on the Handouts page. There are 6 hanouts that are clearly marked as the ones you need to have with you on W 11/18.
2. Read DA, Interchapter 4, pp. 269-296 for W 11/18
3. Quiz on logical fallacies on M 11/23. The explanation of what will be on the quiz and the specific pages you should study are detailed on the revised Paper 4 Instructions handout, which is on the Unit 2 Materials page.

Monday 11/9
A6 is due today; please post or upload it to your student page. In class, we finished correcting the worksheet on MLA. We also talked about and practiced proper paraphrasing.

For Wednesday:
1. You have a reading assignment. Please do the reading so that you are prepared for class.
Reading to do for Wednesday 11/11:
DA, pp. 106-112 (Kinds of Evidence); pp. 124-160 (Controversy essay & Argument); pp. 242-262 (Toulmin Method); be familiar with the essay on pp. 256-257 (by Petre).
A Writer's Reference, pp. 355-369 (Thesis, Evidence, Citing Sources, Integrating
Sources)
.
2. A7 is due on Monday 11/16.
3. Draft of Paper 3 is due no later than Wednesday 11/18. Hand in a paper copy in class that day.
Department Portfolio

ANNOUNCEMENT:
I have decided not to have you do P3 (presentation -- explained on the Paper 4 handout). Instead, you will have a quiz on the logical fallacies listed under P3 (on the Paper 4 handout).


Wednesday 11/4
We spent the day today learning about proper citation using MLA.

1.
A6 due Monday 11/9. Complete instructions are on the Paper 3 assignment handout. Upload or post to your student page.
2.
Reading to do for Wednesday 11/11:
DA, pp. 106-112 (Kinds of Evidence); pp. 124-160 (Controversy essay & Argument); pp. 242-262 (Toulmin Method); be familiar with the essay on pp. 256-257 (by Petre).
A Writer's Reference, pp. 355-369 (Thesis, Evidence, Citing Sources, Integrating
Sources)
3. Print & bring to class the handouts
"Paraphrasing" and "Summarizing" on Monday 11/9.
3.
A7 due Monday 11/16. Post to your student page.
4.
Paper 3 draft due Wednesday 11/18.





Monday 11/2

We discussed various issues relating to argument and controversy, as well as critical reading techniques, annotation, and evaluating web sources. I checked everyone's research as well.

Assignments & Due Dates:

For Wednesday:
1. Print, read, and bring to class the handout "Quoting and Citing Properly Using MLA" (download from Handouts page).
2. Read "An Argument Worth Having" (handed out today and also available on the Handouts page)
3. Bring sources and your handbook to class.
4. Read DA, pp. 455-456 and pp. 459 (bottom of page)-472,

Due Monday:
1. A6 (Annotated Bibliography) due (upload or post to student page)
2. Print, read, and bring to class the handouts "Paraphrasing" and "Summarizing." (P.S. These handouts will help you to do you Annotated Bibliography, so it is a good idea to read them before writing A6).


Wednesday 10/28
We met in the library today and learned all there is to know about research basics. Shortly (tomorrow morning), I will post a reminder about certain library issues as well as what is due on Monday.

Monday 10/26
There were more editing lessons today. On Wednesday, we will meet in the library. There is a reading assignment that you should do before we go to the library. Also, your topic proposal is due no later than today (post to student page).

Assignments and Due Dates:
1) BEFORE WEDNESDAY 10/28, read DA, pp. 429-448 (Chapter 7 -- Research Strategies).
2) For Monday 11/2, please complete the following:
a) Finish your research for Paper 3 (8-12 sources) and bring them to class with you. (A6 is due on Monday 11/9, so you need to get on your research right away.)
b) Read DA, pp. 80-83 (Tannen essay) and do Activity #1 on pp. 83-84.
c) Read DA, pp. 84-87
d) Print, read, and bring to class the handout called "Critical Reading," which is posted on the Handouts page.

Monday 10/19
There were editing lessons today. Please see the list below for your homework and upcoming events and assignments.

Homework/Assignments:
1) A5 (Topic Proposal) is due no later than Monday 10/26. (Please submit it earlier if you can.) Post it or upload it to your student page. I will give you feedback before we go to the library on Wednesday 10/28. You should all have a very clear idea of your topic and research questions by the time we go to the library. The instructions for A5 are on the Paper 3 and Associated Assignments handout, which is on the Unit 2 Materials page.

2) You must bring all of your research (sources) to class on Monday 11/4. Be sure to make TWO COPIES of each source, as you will be handing all of your sources to me and you need to keep a set for yourself.

3) A6 (annotated bibliography) is due on Monday 11/9. The instructions for A6 are on the Paper 3 and Associated Assignments handout, which is on the Unit 2 Materials page.

4) Print the following documents and bring them with you to class EVERY DAY for the next few weeks. All of these handouts are on the Handouts page.
Note-Taking Methods
Successful Quality Research
Quoting and Citing Properly Using MLA
Paraphrasing
Summarizing


Wednesday 10/14

Today was all about using semi-colons, colons, and dashes correctly and to create variety in your writing/punctuating style. I also brought you some goodies to show you my appreciation for the awesome job you all did during Monday's debate.


Monday 10/12
We did the class debate today, which focused on strategies of argument and using specific evidence to back up an argument. I also gave you materials on writing titles, introductions, and conclusions. If you are having trouble with any of these, please bring the handout with you to your group conference this week so you and your group can discuss strategies that could work for your paper.

Homework/Assignments:
1) Bring handbook to class on Wednesday
2) Print & bring on Wednesday the handout called "Choosing a Topic for Unit 2" (on the Unit 2 Materials page).
3) Prepare for your editing lesson. They are coming up soon!


Wednesday 10/7
There were presentations in class today (P2). We took the remaining time to discuss email etiquette.

Homework/Upcoming Assignments & Due Dates:
1) Debate has been rescheduled for Monday 10/12. Make sure you do the reading -- "Brute" on pp. 420-422 -- before class on Monday.
2) Editing Lessons will begin on Monday 10/19. Check the presentation order on the Editing Lesson page.
3) A4 is due on Monday 10/12. The discussion questions are posted under the DISCUSSION tab on the Unit 1 Materials page. Please find your section of ENG 101 for each essay/set of questions and post your answers by replying to my posting (not as an entirely new post).
4) Draft of Paper 2 due on Monday 10/12. BRING ONE COPY TO CLASS (to hand in to me) and make sure you EMAIL YOUR DRAFT TO YOUR GROUP MEMBERS. Conferences begin on Wednesday 10/14. You should come to your conference prepared -- meaning that you have read all of your group members' papers and responded to each by printing out the "Paper 2 Conference Questions" handout (on the Unit 1 Materials page under "Paper 2 Stuff") and completing the questions for each paper you read.

Monday 10/5
We briefly discussed rhetorical strategies, and then we read and analyzed some sample definition essays. P2 groups had some time to work together on the presentations due on Wednesday. I introduced the group conferences for paper 2 and assigned groups. You can find the group assignments on the Unit 1 Materials page, under the heading "Paper 2." You will want to check out who's in your group because you have to email your draft to your group members by Monday 10/12.

If you missed class, you can make up the reading (and I suggest you do). We read "A Feeling of Wildness" on pp. 223-224 of DA and Parker, "What is Poverty?" from the Reading List (RL) here on the wiki. The rhetorical strategies we discussed are all in your textbook on pp. 176-222.

Homework & Upcoming Assignments:
1) Debate has been rescheduled for Monday 10/12. Make sure you do the reading -- "Brute" on pp. 420-422 -- before class on Monday.
2) P2 are on Wednesday
3) Editing Lessons will begin on Monday 10/19. Check the presentation order on the Editing Lesson page.
4) A4 is due on Monday 10/12. The discussion questions will be posted under the DISCUSSION tab on the Unit 1 Materials page.
5) Draft of Paper 2 due on Monday 10/12. BRING ONE COPY TO CLASS (to hand in to me) and make sure you EMAIL YOUR DRAFT TO YOUR GROUP MEMBERS. Conferences begin on Wednesday 10/14. You should come to your conference prepared -- meaning that you have read all of your group members' papers and responded to each by printing out the "Paper 2 Conference Questions" handout (on the Unit 1 Materials page under "Paper 2 Stuff") and completing the questions for each paper you read.

Wednesday 9/30
Today we discussed all kinds of stylistic tools and practiced using them. The handout and exercise from today -- "Diction & Style" -- is on the Handouts page. We also discussed the Goldberg and Lederer readings. The readings from Ping and Bombeck are examples of definition essays, which are meant to help you and/or give you ideas for Paper 2. Finally, we reviewed our grammar & style tests, made groups for P2, and briefly talked about Paper 2.

If you need help thinking about a topic (word) for Paper 2, check out Activity 22 on p. 222 of DA, questions #2 and 3.

Homework/Assignments:
1. A3 is due on Monday 10/5. Post it to your student page on the wiki. Make sure the word you choose is the one you will write about in Paper 2.
2. The class debate will be on Monday 10/5. To prepare, make sure you read the essay "Brute" on pp. 420-422 of DA. Instructions for the class debate are on the Unit 1 Materials
page.
3. P2 will be on Wednesday 10/7. Remember that your purpose is to teach the class about the method of argument.
4. Read DA, pp. 40-50 and the Handouts on "Introductions" and "Conclusions." Print these handouts and bring them to class with you next week.
5. DRAFT OF PAPER 2 is due on Monday 10/12.

Wednesday 9/23
Today was the grammar & style pre-test. I let everyone go after the test with a homework assignment: make sure you are prepared for Monday's class please.

A2 is due today. Remember to post it to your student page. Since I forgot to remind you about it, you can have until Friday to post it.

For Monday:
1. Print, read, and bring to class: Ping, "Ways to Ai"; Bombeck, "Grandma"; and Lederer, "The Case for Short Words."
2. Keep bringing the student persuasive essay sample to class -- we will get around to discussing it sometime soon.
3. Read DA, pp. 58-72 and pp. 228-241, review the Showing vs. Telling handout and the Goldberg reading and complete the "show vs. tell exercise" handed out in class. If you missed class, the handout can be found under Handouts .
4. Read and be familiar with the handout on your next assignment (Paper 2 & Associated Assignments) and the Editing Lesson. If you missed class, these documents can be downloaded and printed from the Unit 1 Materials page and the Editing Lesson page.

Monday 9/21
There were student presentations today. We then talked about thesis statements for a persuasive essay.

For Wednesday:
1. Bring the readings Goldberg, "Be Specific" (Reading List (RL) and the handout "Showing vs. Telling" (Handouts).
2. Bring the student example persuasive essay "Will Part of You Be Left Behind?" (Unit 1 Materials)
3. The grammar pre-test will be on Wednesday. You may bring and use your book, A Writer's Reference.

Wednesday 9/16
Today in class we discussed Logos, Pathos, and Ethos. Then handouts can be found under Handouts, as can the Joel Stein essay that we examined.

Homework:
1. Read all of the P1 essays (Lahiri, Jennings, Wu, Courtney) because I may quiz you on them on Monday.
2. P1 is on Monday. Be prepared (the Critical Reading handout will help you do this presentation!), and make sure your presentation is saved on a USB drive (not just emailed to yourself).
HERE IS THE LIST OF P1 GROUPS:
P1 Groups.doc
P1 Groups.pdf

3. Read DA, pp. 37-39
4. Bring Showing vs. Telling handout to class (under Handouts) as well as a copy of the student essay (student persuasive sample #1) called "Will Part of You Be Left Behind?"

Monday 9/14
Introduced Unit 1 today. Find the schedule and Paper 1 & Associated Assignments handouts under Unit 1 Materials. We will also discuss the Lamott reading and pp. 1-14 in DA.

Homework:
1. PRINT, READ, AND BRING TO CLASS Manners, "Rudeness Can Be Lethal" and Goldberg, "Be Specific" from the Reading List (RL)
.
2. PRINT, READ, AND BRING TO CLASS the handouts on Critical Reading and Showing vs. Telling, which can be found under Handouts.
3. Finally, please read DA, pp. 15-37.
4. A1 (which will be explained in class and on the the Paper 1 & Associated Assignments handout) is due on W 9/17. Post your answers to the discussion questions under the DISCUSSION tab on the Unit 1 Materials page. Make sure you respond to the questions that are posted under your section number (i.e. ENG101.6). Respond by REPLYING to the posted message/questions.

Last but not least -- not required, but a good idea -- read the student sample persuasive essays, which are all posted under Unit 1 Materials.