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ENGL 1A, Fall 2008 - Jamieson


Section 006 class meetings: Mon., Wed., & Fri., 11:15-12:05.  Embury 206

Section 007 class meetings: Mon., Wed., & Fri., 1:15-2:05. Sitterly 101

Office hours: Mon. & Wed., 2:30-6:00, & by appointment (sign up on the board):  Sitterly 107

Telephone: Office: x3499. (973-408-3499)

E-mail: sjamieso@drew.edu.                                IM: profJamieson


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Schedule, Fall 2008

 


 

Dates when there will be no class meeting

 & individual conferences with the professor will be held instead

 


Week 1 (Sept. 3-5)

 

Sept. 3 (Wed.): First class. Introduction to class. Introduction to each other: language and the power of  the ice breaker to fail to break ice!

Homework: Write up a first draft of a literacy narrative (see assignment #1). Draft due on Friday, final version of the paper due on Wednesday 10th

 

Sept. 5 (Fri.): Overview of the class and discussion of the basic ground rules. Introduction to the k:drive and the importance of backups. Discussion of literacy narratives and ways to revise them. Local understandings—the Activities Fair.

Homework: Attend the Activities Fair and select two different student-run clubs or organizations to learn more about. Write a summary of each one and then write a response to each one (see assignment). Due in class Monday.

Work on a good draft of paper #1, due Wednesday (the better the draft, the less homework you have for Wednesday . . .)

  


Week 2 (Sept. 8-12)

 

Sept. 8 (Mon.): Individual writing program (IWP): Sign up for 15 minute conference to discuss the following: two things you do well as a writer and two aspects of your writing you would like to strengthen by the end of this semester. Taking it up a notch. The literacy narrative as academic, thesis-driven essay.  What argument could your essay be used to support? How? The thesis, introductions, conclusions, organization, and topic sentences. The tools of our trade for the semester.

Homework: Revise the literacy narrative. Due in class Wednesday.

Write your IWP: before your conference, write out your list of two things you do well as a writer and two aspects of your writing you would like to strengthen by the end of this semester.

 

Don't forget to attend your conference with me. Meetings in Sitterly 107. Check the time you signed up here. Check a map to find Sitterley here. Please arrive a few minutes early!

 

Sept. 10 (Wed.): Paper #1 due in class.  Line editing and sentence-level corrections. The class wiki, and the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/). Part I: the local:  Introduction to the Local Events wiki. Upload summaries/responses from Friday’s homework. Saturday 13th is “Community Day,” what is that? Why should Drew reach out to local communities? What else is going on at Drew this week? What about the rest of the semester? Which big speakers are coming to the Forum Series? What about the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre? And what is with that Farmer's Market in Mondays anyway? Why do we have clubs, speakers, international programs, civic engagement programs, etc? Think about all of ths in preparation for paper #2: what is college anyway? What is our responsibility to the present and the future?

Homework: Work on paper #2. List ideas and think about what you might write about.

Read the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/) and select a few stories to follow this semester. Find at least two international stories. Pay attention to election coverage as well.

 

Sept. 12 (Fri.): Conference day -no class. Individual conferences this week to discuss Individual Writing Programs (IWP)

Homework: Work on paper #2. List ideas and think about what you might write about.

Read the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/) and select a few stories to follow this semester. Find at least two international stories. Pay attention to election coverage as well.

  


Week 3 (Sept. 15-19)

 

Sept. 15 (Mon.): BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO EVERY CLASS FROM NOW ON Discuss paper #2 College and Community. Review notes, brainstorm arguments. Rush-write a draft of an argument in response to this essay prompt (no introduction--this draft is you speaking to yourself).

Homework:  Complete and revise your rough-write as you see fit. Bring the new version to class on Wednesday. 

 

Sept. 17 (Wed.): The Local News wiki. Discussion of the assignment and of paper #2. 

Homework:  Add a topic from the local news to the Local news wiki and follow that story every day. When somethng happens, write a summary and add it to the site. This link takes you to a list of national and local newspapers.

 

Sept. 19 (Fri.):  News wiki and the k:drive. Hand in paper #2 electronically at the end of class.

Homework:  Continue following your news story. By Monday you should have posted at least four summaries (review the assignment here).   

  


Week 4 (Sept. 22-26)

- no class this week due to family emergency (Professor has to go to France following the sudden death of her father-in-law).

Class time will be made up by the professor holding class the Fridays of conference weeks. See below for dates.

 

Sept. 22 (Mon.): No class today. Class time will be made up on October 3.

Homework:  Continue reading the news paper and posting summaries. At least 3 more due by Friday. 

 

Sept. 24 (Wed.): No class today. Class time will be made up on November 7.

Homework:  Continue reading the news paper and posting summaries. At least 3 more due by Friday.

 

Sept. 26 (Fri.): No class today. Class time will be made up on November 21.

Homework:  Continue reading the news paper and posting summaries. At least 3 more due by Friday. 

 


Week 5 (Sept. 29 - Oct. 3)

 

Don't forget to attend your conference with me this week. Meetings in Sitterly 107. Check the time you signed up here. Check a map to find Sitterley here. Please arrive a few minutes early!

 

Sept. 29 (Mon.): SIGN UP FOR 15 minute conference this week to discuss your progress on paper #3, papers #1 and #2, and anything else you want to discuss. Developing arguments 2: the National News project (Project #3). How to use all those summaries to create an argument.  For this assignment we will revisit the narrative skills you practiced in project #1 and the summary skills you practiced in project #2, and explore how these skills can be combined to develop and support an argument. Then you will revisit papers #1 and #2 and review them using your enhanced narrative, summary, and argument skills.

Project 3, step 1: effective summaries. Review of summaries and editing strategies. Everyone edit at least one of their own summaries and at least one of someone else's. 

Homework:  Continue the work on your summaries on the wiki. All of the summaries you posted should have been revised by Wednesday's class. Start with the weakest and revise that first. Then revise the one you consider to be the most important to your topic. Save the best/most important one into your project 3 folder on the k:drive, and name it something like 'P3-summary1'

 

Oct. 1 (Wed.): Review of summary-revision and the k:drive if necessary.  Project 3, step 2: creating a narrative. Use all those summaries to write a narrative outline, and then organize it (chronologically or by topic). Then organize the information you have gathered into the narrative. NOTE: you can use obe source in more than one paragraph!  Due in class on Friday

Homework:  Continue the work on news narrative (save into your project 3 folder on the k:drive, and name it something like 'P3-narrative' or 'P3-planning')

 

 Oct. 3 (Fri.):  News narrative due in the Project 3 k:drive folder by the beginning of class.  Project 3, step 3 turning a narrative into an argument.  Begin to generate arguments, revise outlines, and organize ideas. Introduction to Project #4: The Electronic Democracy Project. Paper #4: argument watch.

Homework:  (1) Continue the work on the national news argument. A draft of your paper is due in class on Monday (save into your project 3 folder on the k:drive, and name it something like 'P3-draft1')

(2) continue to read newspapers and select a person or issue to watch (eg: the way the media treats Sarah Palin or Joe Biden; the way Barak Obama or John MacCain present their qualifications for president;  the argument each presidential candidate presents on the subject of the economy; the argument each presidential candidate presents on the subject of foreign policy; the argument each presidential candidate presents on the subject you followed for project #2.) Select a topic by Monday

 


Week 6 (Oct. 6 - 10)

 

Oct. 6 (Mon.):  Draft of paper #3 due in the k:drive by the beginning of class. Project #4: Topic review (be prepared to identify the candidate or topic you will be watching for the next 3 weeks). Check out the resources (and register to vote if you haven't done so.) The art of the introduction. Discuss what makes an introduction effective--and what doesn't. Work together on revising introductions. Citing sources.

Homework:  (1)  Revise the introductions (and conclusions if you can) to papers #1 and #2, and your draft of paper #3. Due in the k:drive by the beginning of class on Wednesday.

 

Oct. 8 (Wed.):  Revising outlines, topic sentences, and expanding ideas. Using a revised introduction to help you develop a revising outline and revise a paper. Review of source citation methods. Work on one or two papers in class. 

Homework:  (1) Make a revising outline for papers #1, #2, and #3 or revise the one you already made. Due in the k:drive by the beginning of class on Monday. Save into the relevant project folder on the k:drive (eg: 'P2-revising outline' in the project 2 folder, 'P1-revising outline' in the projext 1 folder)

(2) Use the revising outline and my comments where relevant to help you revise ONE of the three papers you have written so far this semester. Due in the relevant project folder in the k:drive by the beginning of class on Monday WITH MONDAY'S DATE AS THE DATE ON THE PAPER (call it final draft, eg: 'P2-penultimate draft').

 

 

Oct. 10 (Fri.): Reading days & Yom Kippur - no class. Learn what Yom Kippur is if you don't know! 

Homework:  Continue working on the homework from Oct 8, which is due Monday.

 


Week 7 (Oct. 13 - 17)

 

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Oct. 13 (Mon.): Perfecting the thesis and using it to drive a paper. Work on one or two papers in class.

Homework:  Revise one more of the three papers you have written this semester. Use the revising outline you developed as homework for today and pay particular attention to the thesis.

 

Oct. 15 (Wed.): Paragraph development and incorporation of source material. Work on one or two papers in class.

Homework:  Revise one more of the two papers you have already revised (these two papers will be haned in as part of the mid-term portfolio on Friday).

 

Oct. 17 (Fri.):  Work on the preface for th emid-term portfolio 

Homework:  (1) Perfect your mid-term portfolio due no later than 5PM today. (2) draft of news narrative ofr paper #4 due in the Project 4 k:drive folder by class on Monday. (This should take the same form as the news narrative you wrote for project #3

 

Oct. 17 (Fri.):   MID-TERM PORTFOLIO DUE AT 5PM TODAY

 

Week 8 (Oct. 20 - 24)

 

Oct. 20 (Mon.): Individual assessment for effort and achievement (20% of the grade). Fill out the form in class or online (the form is in the k:drive folder, open it, save it with your name in the title, and send it to me as an email attachment.

Introduction to Project #4. Sign up for research topics, and then work on researching that topic. You can check national or international newspapers, but don't forget Google news!! 

Homework:  Work on those summaries. I want to see at least two by Wednesday. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Oct. 22 (Wed.): Continue working on summaries in class. At least two more due on Friday. 

Homework:  Work on summaries. At least two more by Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Oct. 24 (Fri.):   Work on paper #4 in class. 

Homework:  Work on summaries and on paper #4. Outline due in the k:drive and ALSO as an email attachment by the beginning fo class on Monday

 


Week 9 (Oct. 27 - 31)

 

Oct. 27 (Mon.): No class Professor has to be at an academic meeting. Use your days off wisely!   

Homework:  Work on writing more summaries of the news articles and posting them to the wiki. See email for further instructions.

 

Oct. 29 (Wed.): No class Professor has to be at an academic meeting. Use your days off wisely!  

Homework:  Work on writing more summaries of the news articles and posting them to the wiki. See email for further instructions. 

 

Oct. 31 (Fri.):   Class discussion of paper #4 and areas of confusion. Focus on the issue of bias and objectivity and what we might expect to see as evidence of that. Discussion of paper #5 and the ways it will help with paper #4. Work on evaluating ONE advocacy website for homework, using the outline and instructions 

Homework:  Work on paper #5. Detailed outline due in the k:drive project #5 folder before class on Monday. PLEASE BRING  A PRINTED COPY TO CLASS AS WELL. Make sure you follow the instructions on the "Advocacy Websites" page!

 


Week 10 (Nov. 3 - 7)

 

Individual conferences this week to discuss your papers and progress so far, return your mid-term portfolios and discuss mid-term grade. Don't forget to give me the self-assessment form before we meet!

 

Nov. 3 (Mon.): Discussion of outlines for paper #5. Work on developing and enhancing them in class. 

Homework:  Write a draft of paper #5 using the outline your wrote this weekend and perfected in class Monday. Draft is due in the k:drive project #5 folder before class on Wednesday.

 

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Nov. 5 (Wed.): Discussion of drafts of paper #5. Work on revising draft in class emphasizing the areas of weakness revealed in themid-term portfolio.

Homework:  Work on strengthened draft of paper #5, which is due in the k:drive project #5 folder before class on Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXCUSES--THE PAPER MUST BE THERE.

 

Nov. 7 (Fri.): CLASS IS NOT CANCELED TODAY!  Workshop paper drafts focusing on the two areas you need to strengthen based on the mid-term portfolio.

Homework:  Work on final revision of paper #5. Final draft due in the k:drive project #5 folder before class. PRINTED COPY of the final draft due in class on Monday.

 


Week 11 (Nov. 10 - 14)

 

Nov. 10 (Mon.): FINAL DRAFT OF PAPER #5 DUE IN CLASS TODAY.

Homework:  Review your summaries and make sure yur overall assessment paragraph is posted on the same wiki page.

 

Nov. 12 (Wed.):  Now we turn our attention back to paper #4. Developing an argument and outline based on what you found as you read. Discussion of ways to identify bias and kinds of bias to look for. Work through the handout. Think about the IAT and how it might help you develop a thesis if you are not sure how to say what you think you see. Work on a simple thesis like the one for project #5.

Homework:  Use the list of biases to help you develop a detailed outline like the one I provided for paper #5. Post the outline to the bottome of your wiki page or print it out in tie for class on Friday.

*ALSO, read the brief article on global warming and apply the discussion of bias to it. We will discuss the article and paper in class on Friday.

 

Nov. 15 (Fri.):  Discussion of bias in news media. Close reading of the global warming article. Work on revising your working-outline for the remainde

Homework:  A very rough exploratory draft of paper #4 is due in the k:drive project #4 folder before class on Monday.

 


Week 12 (Nov. 17 - 21)

 

Nov. 17 (Mon.): Work on paper #4 in class. Trurning an exploratory draft into a workign draft and perfecting the argument. Begin to think about topic sentences and paragraph coherence.

Homework:  Perfect draft of paper #4 so that it is ready for other eyes. Think of this as a process of translation from ideas you are exploring for yourself to ideas you are explaining to others.  Final draft due in the k:drive project #4 folder before class on Monday.  PLEASE BRING  A PRINTED COPY TO CLASS AS WELL. *NO EXCUSES!!*

 

Nov. 19 (Wed.): Workshop paper drafts focusing on the two areas you need to strengthen based on the mid-term portfolio and any specific areas of difficulty you are experiencing.  Introduction of paper #6, the Global News (Media Watch II). The final paper of the semester. This paper also has a simple thesis: Americans should care about this international event/situation/development/issue because . . .

Homework:  Perfect paper #4 based on the in-class workshop.

ALSO: Work on selecting a topic and finding background information for project #6 

 

Nov. 21 (Fri.):  Printed copy of paper #4 due in class today; electronic copy due in the Project #4 folder in the k:drive along with the outline and all of your drafts, notes, summaries, etc.   Discussion of project #6 and of summaries and topics selected.

Homework:  Work on project #6:  AT LEAST FOUR summaries due on the wiki by mid-night on Sunday. If you promise to do the work without supervision, I will not make you come to class on Monday just so you can do your homework supervised.

 


Week 13 (Nov. 24 - 28):

 

Nov. 24 (Mon.):  No class today--professor is at an academic conference. BUT THERE IS HOMEWORK.

Homework:  Review your summaries and find at least TWO MORE (a total of ne fewer than five). Detailed outline and thesis due in the k:drive  project #6  folder by the end of class period Monday.

 

Nov. 21 (Fri.): 

Thanksgiving. No classes this week - happy Thanksgiving!

     


Week 14 (Dec. 1 - 5)

 

Dec. 1 (Mon.): In class development of detailed outline based on what you have found so far. Work on paper #6 in class. 

Homework: Revise paper #6. Final draft due in the k:drive project #6 folder before class on Wednesday.  PLEASE BRING  A PRINTED COPY TO CLASS AS WELL--*No whining!*

 

Individual conferences December 3-9 to discuss your final portfolios (sign up here).

 

Dec. 3 (Wed.): Workshop paper #4, #5, and/or #6 for inclusion in the final portfolio. Emphasis on evidence, coherence, and organization.

Homework:  Work on your final portfolios.

 

Dec. 5 (Fri.):   Workshop paper #4, #5, and/or #6 for inclusion in the final portfolio. Emphasis on introduction, topic sentences, flow, and conclusion. 

Homework:  Work on your final portfolios.

 


Week 15 (Dec. 10 - 14)

    

Dec. 8 (Mon.): Last Class- Bring your laptops as we'll be doing course evaluations (yes, you get to grade me!) Discusion of Reflective Afterword (aka "The Portfolio Preface"). Final workshop on papers for portfolio. Editing for style, grammar, tone, and word choice.

Homework:  Work on your final portfolios.

 

Dec. 9 - 10 (Tuesday + Wednesday.): Reading days 

Homework:  Work on your final portfolios

 

Dec. 10 (Wed.): FINAL PORTFOLIOS DUE AT 5 PM TODAY -- two papers and the reflective afterword. Everything else is due in the relevant k:drive folder by mid-night.

Homework:  That's it. You're done!

         Get some sleep . . .

                 Have a great vacation

                        See you in 2009!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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