Moore EN101 DB 1 8

Week 1

A writing class is most effective when it builds community among participants. As a writer, you are being asked to share a part of yourself every time you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. So, let’s begin by introducing ourselves. For your initial discussion, write a 75 to 150-word post in which you do both of the following:
Introduce yourself. Include your current understanding of this course and what you hope to learn from it.
Read “How to Get a Good Grade” in the Prologue of The Writer’s Way. From the first 25 items, Identify two or three you already do or have done in classes. Identify two items you think may benefit you going forward. (Note: Items 26-32 deal with turning cell phones off and other items which do not apply to an online learning environment).
Please note that there are degrees of disclosure, and you can decide what you want to share with your instructor and classmates. Be willing to share some things. Writers often build trust with their audience by connecting their own experiences with those of the audience. (We will explore this more in depth during Weeks 2 and 3).
In your responses, welcome each other and comment on something specific the other student has said in his or her post. (Don’t write generic welcome messages).

Week 2

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
Interview yourself—or, better yet, have someone interview you—using the same or similar questions Professor Rawlins used to interview his student on pp. 69-72 of The Writer’s Way. Write a 75 to 150-word process describing the interview. Identify at least three ideas for essays which came from your interview. What surprised you about this process?
In your responses, comment on each other’s ideas for essays. Which ideas seem the most promising?

Week 3

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
It has been said that everyone has a story.  These stories can be about anything from heart-wrenching tales of love lost to nerve-racking arguments in a grocery store parking lots.  No matter the subject matter, we tend to think that our adventures are the most enthralling events in the history of mankind…until the next big thing happens.  The assignment for this week gives you the opportunity to tell your story, to write a narrative essay about some pivotal event or moment in your life that changed you in some way or taught some valuable lesson from which you think a reader might benefit.  Before sending this story out for the world to see, it can be highly beneficial though to take a look at it before submitting it to try determine if it is really as engaging and useful as you think.
So, for this week’s discussion, address the following questions.
What is the topic of your essay?  Did you pick one of the essay ideas generated from your interview in the W2 discussion, or did you decide to go with something else?
Why might the reader want to read about this topic?
What can or should the reader learn from your story?  Or, what is the main idea/thesis of your essay?
Finally, how is your narrative essay topic difficult to develop?  How is the story difficult for you to tell?  Or, is it?
This is an opportunity to really dissect what you have or are thinking about writing, so be as honest as possible with your responses.  That is the best way to help shape your narrative and the controlling idea that should be driving it.
Read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.  This will allow you to respond to others’ narrative essay ideas which may in turn help you continue to develop your own ideas.

Week 4

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
Flip to “A Collection of Good Writing” in the back of The Writer’s Way and locate the following informative essays:
“How to Be Younger” by Laura Kate James (p. 352)
“Scratch that Itch” by Bennett Lindsey (p. 355)
“The Sprout Route” by Winston Bell (p. 356)
“Why Falling in Love Feels so Good” by Judy Krause (p. 358)
Do not read the entire essay just yet. Read only the title and first paragraph of each. In your initial post, answer the following questions:
If you had to read just one of these essays all the way through, which one would you pick? Why? Did the subject already interest you or was there something the writer did in the title and first paragraph which pulled you in?
What does this tell you about the importance of titles and introductions? Can you identify particular strategies to use in your own writing?
Now go back and read only the last paragraph of whichever essay you selected. Answer the following questions (do this in the same initial post or add a second post; both of these will count as your “initial post” for this discussion):
Did the conclusion fulfill some sort of “promise” set up in the introduction? Explain.
Does the conclusion leave you with a final thought or impression? If the essay teaches you how to do something, do you feel compelled to do it? Why or why not?
What does this tell you about the importance of conclusions? Can you identify strategies to use in your own writing?
Now feel free to read the entire essay and add any additional comments you may have.
In your responses: Compare your findings on the same essay to those of the topic starter’s. If you didn’t read the intro and conclusion of the same essay, go back and read them before you comment.

Week 5

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
How-To Teaching Tips
This week’s discussion consists of two parts. Both parts are required:
Part One: Re-read one of the how-to essays in the textbook and identify as many of the Eight Teaching Tips from Chapter 13 as you can. Give examples. List any tips the essay doesn’t use.
You may use the same essay you picked last week or one of the others from the following list:
“Your First Kill” by Aaron Kenedi (p. 232)
“The Semi-Sweet Science” by Oscar Villalon (p. 234)
“How to Feed a Fish” by Isabelle Wattenberg (p. 237)
“How to be Younger” by Laura Kate James (p. 352)
“Scratch that Itch” by Bennett Lindsey (p. 355)
“The Sprout Route” by Winston Bell (p. 356)
“Why Falling in Love Feels so Good” by Judy Krause (p. 358)
Alternative: Go to YouTube and look up a “How to” video (type “How to” in YouTube’s search engine, and many will pop up). Watch a short video—no more than 10 minutes–and identify as many of the Eight Teaching Tips from Chapter 13 as you can. Give examples. as you can. Note any of the tips not used in the video. Include a link to your video or embed the video in your post.
Part Two: Tell the class the topic of your how-to essay and ask them to generate every possible question they would like answered or that other readers might like answered in your essay.

Week 6

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
To prepare for this week’s discussion, first go to YouTube and watch two videos:
I Love Lucy chocolate factory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkQ58I53mjk)
Dove Evolution (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U)
(The above links are current; if they do not work, search for videos using the titles/key terms above.)
Now read “Lucy, You Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do,” pp. 326-330 in The Writer’s Way.
For this discussion, think about the ways the student author, Nicole Benbow, connects something most of us are familiar with (The I Love Lucy television series) to larger issues concerning perceptions of women in the workplace. Think about how she tries to get us to see the TV series—and the larger issue—in a new way.
In your initial post, write a 75- to 150-word response in which you address the following questions:
What is the central point/thesis? What evidence does the author give to support this thesis? Is her argument convincing?
What is your reaction to this essay? Do you find Benbow’s argument convincing? Why or why not?
A good argument needs counterarguments. Can you think of some reasonable opposing views to Benbow’s argument?
Note the unorthodox structure the author employed in writing this essay. She begins with a riddle and solves it at the end. Is this an effective way to write an essay? What other rules does she “break”?
In your responses, reply to each other’s posts with ideas and insights of your own. It is okay to agree or disagree with what another student has written as long as you support your points with evidence from the reading.

Week 7

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
This week, you will be engaging with the work of other students through Peer Review. In Week 6, you were instructed to submit a copy of your rough draft to this forum. If you have not done so, please submit a copy as an attachment in a new thread with your name as the subject.
For this week’s assignment, you’ll need to read and respond to at least two other students’ essays and provide them feedback. These responses must include the Peer Review rubric. Use the rubric to provide constructive feedback, incorporating specific, positive remarks as well as helpful suggestions so your peer can see you genuinely evaluated their rough draft.
Your peer reviews should be posted as a response to that student’s thread and should be submitted as an attached word document.
Additional Instructions:
Select at least one essay which has only one or no responses so everyone has a chance to receive feedback.
Focus primarily on content, not grammar, spelling, punctuation, or format. If you point out errors, give examples from the paper so the writer knows where to look.
Here is a link to the Peer Review Rubric to utilize in your feedback: Peer Review Rubric
Provide an overall conclusion and impression of your peer’s paper.  What did your peer do right? What could they improve?  This should include recommendations and constructive comments to help your peer improve.
This week we will be undergoing the Peer Review process. This process is important because it allows us to gain insight from other perspectives (as well as allow us to give insight). For this week’s discussion, your initial post will consist of your Week 6 Rough draft (which you should submit in Week 6 after you’ve submitted your rough draft to your instructor). You will need to respond to at least two of your fellow student’s rough drafts as well. There are two key things to remember when doing this:
First, your replies should be submitted as attached Word documents. Try not to give one sentence answers, but instead provide positive feedback as well as constructive criticism. Remember that the idea is to support your classmates’ and let them know what they are doing well and what could be improved (but make sure to avoid negativity). Also, focus on the larger issues with the essay (content, structure, organization, use of sources, arguments, thesis, etc.) rather than smaller issues like editing or proofreading.
Second, please make sure to include a copy of the rubric for each student in your response (filled out how you might grade that student’s essay as it is now). This should be included in your response.
A few other tips:
Submit your paper by Sunday. Respond to two of your classmates’ papers by Tuesday.
Select at least one essay which has only one or no responses so everyone has a chance to receive feedback.
You are not required to point out grammar, spelling, and formatting issues, but, if you do, give examples from the paper. Focus on content first.
If you are comfortable using the Comments feature in Word, please download the paper, make comments, and upload the paper with your corrections.

 

Week 8

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
Consider all of the writing you have done in the last eight weeks of this course. Think about the concerns and apprehensions you may have had at the beginning of class about writing essays. You can even take a moment and read your post for the first week’s discussion!

Are you more comfortable with the writing process? Has your attitude about writing changed during this class?
What is the most important take-away from this course?
What do you feel you still need to learn or improve?
Think about the future of your writing. How do you think what you have learned and accomplished in this class help you throughout the rest of your degree program and/or your professional (even personal) life?

 

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