Course Calendar

This calendar is our best plan. Don’t print this out because we may need to make adjustments throughout the semester. Each week, I’ll move the old information to the bottom of the page (along with the slides from class). If you want to review course material, just scroll down. 

WAW = Reading from Writing about Writing (2nd edition)

 WEEK 14

Monday, December 1

  • One More Sample WP4 :: Evidence is Key!
  • Read aloud Peer Review for WP4

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Keep working on your WP4. Ask me questions. Talk to Nikky. Visit the Writing Center.
  2. I am holding extended office hours this week, so if you’d like to schedule an appointment, here is a sign-in sheet for your reference.

Wednesday, December 3

  • Last Minute WP4 Questions
  • Course Evaluation Day :: Dr. McCracken’s + University

Homework for Friday, December 5

  1. Final revisions for WP4 are due. You’ll be submitting this during class time on Friday.

Friday, December 5

  • Last Day of Class
  • Writing Project 4 Due at 12:50 pm — Woohoo!

Final End-of-Semester Reminders

  • FSTY 1310 Lecture Final is Monday, December 8 @ 1:30 pm. Good luck!
  • I will be available in our regular classroom on Thursday, December 11 from 11:15 pm until 1:15 pm. You may come ask me questions about any revisions for WP3. All revisions must be completed before 1:15 pm on Thursday; these revisions must be accompanied by a Revision Memo (at the top of your revised WP3). No Revision Memo? No revised grade.
  • Final grades are due on December 16 @ 11:59 pm. All grades will be available via MyHilltop.



 WEEK 1 | Welcome to First-Year Writing

Monday, August 25

  • Introduction to the Course, Google Drive, website.
  • Small-group discussions.

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Complete Literacy Strategies Inventory. Please complete this before you complete the reading assignments below and before you come back to class. This inventory is the basis for your Writing Project 4, so you need to capture your thinking today, before I start planting ideas in your head.
  2. Create your Google Drive folder. Share it with me (
  3. Create these folders within your primary GDrive folder (the one with your name): RR Logs, SEU Logs, WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4.
  4. Read Rosenberg, “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources.”
  5. Here are some reading notes and questions to consider as you read Rosenberg.
  6. Draft your Reading Reflection Log entry in your private GDrive folder; we’ll review these in class.

Homework for Friday

  1. Read Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (through page 5, but we’ll come back to the whole document later this semester). ​
  2. When you come to class, make sure you have access to this reading and to your reflection (either via email, USB drive, hardcopy).
  3. Here are some reading notes and questions to consider as you read the Framework.
  4. Complete your Reading Reflection Log entry in your private GDrive folder.

Friday, August 29

  • Applying Rosenberg.
  • Understanding what post-secondary writing may look like.
  • Understanding the 8 Habits of Mind and applying them.


Homework for Wednesday

    1. Revise your Rosenberg, Framework RRLs using my feedback. Revisions are due by 7:59 am on Tuesday, September 2. I will be grading these after this deadline. If you need help getting those citations just right, use the Purdue OWL links for MLA style and APA style.
    2. Read Writing Project 1 description. Focus on Phase 1: SEU Reading and Writing Logs.
    3. Read “Introduction to the Conversation” (WAW, 1-11).
    4. Read Haas & Flower’s “Rhetorical Reading Strategies” (WAW, 410-427).
    5. Here are some reading notes and questions to guide you.
    6. Complete a Reading Reflection Log entry for Haas and Flower (GDrive folder / RR Logs).
    7. Draft a Haas + Flower entry for your SEU Reading and Writing Log (in GDrive folder / SEU Logs). Bring a hard copy to class for workshopping. Remember, you can copy and paste the template from this link.

What a week. I know that you likely still feel overwhelmed by your coursework, and you are still trying to get your feet under you from the first full week of life as a college student. Luckily, you get a three-day weekend, so you’ll have a little time to relax and get caught up on everything. A few things to remember going into Wednesday. Make sure you gave me access to your Google Drive folder and that you are keeping up with reflections and logs. You don’t want to get behind in the daily work because it will matter at the end of the semester.

Remember that you want to complete the work below BEFORE you come to class. As always, email me or Nikky if you have questions, concerns, or confusions.

Wednesday, September 3

  • Understanding Haas + Flower.
  • Identifying rhetorical reading strategies.
  • Drafting, revising, and finalizing SEU Reading & Writing Logs: what is supposed to be in this content?

Homework for Friday

    1. Review Haas + Flower.
    2. Review Writing Project 1, the whole thing.

Friday, September 5

  • Understanding rhetorical reading.
  • Working with Haas + Flower.
  • Drafting, revising, and finalizing SEU Reading & Writing Logs.

Homework for Monday

      1. Read Margaret Kantz’s “Helping Students Use Textual Sources Persuasively (WAW, 428-446).
      2. Here are some reading notes and questions to guide you.
      3. Complete your Reading Reflection Log entry.
      4. Draft a Kantz entry for your SEU Reading and Writing Log (in GDrive folder / SEU Logs).


Monday, September 8

      • Connecting Kantz to Framework.
      • Connecting Haas & Flower to Kantz.

Homework for Wednesday

            1. Watch “Rewriting: How To Do Things with Texts, Part 1 and Part 2.”
            2. Complete a Harris entry for your SEU Reading and Writing Log.
            3. Here are some notes and suggestions to help you watch this video.
            4. Complete these Kantz review questions for our discussion: Kantz explains that she has taught students “the concept of the rhetorical gap and some simple heuristic questions for thinking about gaps” (438). What are the gaps you should read for? What are the questions you should ask? Also, look up the word heuristic–we’ll be defining that word for ourselves.What does all this rhetorical reading and writing have to do with plagiarism? How is content-based reading different from rhetorical reading when it comes to completing a writing assignment?

Wednesday, September 10

      • Connecting Harris to Haas & Flower.
      • Connecting Harris to Kantz.
      • Writing with and from sources.

Homework for Friday

            1. Watch Part 3 of Harris’ “Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts.”
            2. Identify key quotes from Kantz. Focus on those you understand, those you don’t understand, and those you think do or don’t apply to you. Write these on a sheet of paper and/or mark them in your text. We’ll be working with these passages in class on Friday, so you’ll need them.

Friday, September 12

      • Writing from Academic Texts.
      • Understanding Countering.
      • Reviewing Forwarding and Coming to Terms.

Homework for Monday

        1. Read Blakeslee, “Analyzing Data: Coding” (available via Blackboard). Add to SEU Reading & Writing Log. Focus on the Tools for Analyzing Data section.
        2. Review your SEU Reading & Writing Logs. Bring two hard copy entries to class. We will be writing on these documents, so failing to bring a copy will count as an absence.
        3. Bring different colored highlighters, pens, and/or pencils to class. You may also want to bring sticky notes if you have them.
        4. If you haven’t already, complete your MAP-Works assignment.

NOTE: A draft of Writing Project 1 will be due to your private Google Drive folder by 4:59 am on Monday, September 22 for instructor feedback.


Homework for Monday

  1. Read Blakeslee, “Analyzing Data: Coding” (available via Blackboard). Add to SEU Reading & Writing Log. Focus on the Tools for Analyzing Data section.
  2. Review your SEU Reading & Writing Logs. Bring two hard copy entries to class. We will be writing on these documents, so failing to bring a copy will count as an absence.
  3. Bring different colored highlighters, pens, and/or pencils to class. You may also want to bring sticky notes if you have them.
  4. If you haven’t already, complete your MAP-Works assignment.

NOTE: A draft of Writing Project 1 will be due to your private Google Drive folder by 6:59 am on Monday, September 22 for instructor feedback.

Monday, September 15

  • Analyzing Samples of WP1.
  • Coding logs.
  • Drafting ideas.

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Today’s slides are available using the link above. Just click on Monday, September 15.
  2. Review your SEU Reading & Writing Logs, identifying patterns. For additional advice, see your Writing Project 1 assignment sheet.
  3. Come to class ready to discuss your own reading and writing patterns.
  4. Bring your copies of all the readings we’ve done thus far in class.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Mapping conversations :: building connections.
  • Drafting ideas.

Homework for Friday

  1. Draft of Writing Project 1 due to your private Google Drive folder by 6:59 am on Monday, September 22 for instructor feedback.
  2. Read “How do I respond to a peer’s writing?”
  3. Read Straub’s  “Responding—Really Responding—to Other Students’ Writing” (WAW, 16-25).
  4. Read VanDeWeghe’s “‘Awesome, Dude!’ Responding Helpfully to Peer Writing.”
  5. Complete Reading Reflection entry for both (one entry discuss both reading assignments).

The work of the project begins in the logs. Don’t get so freaked out about the audience, purpose, and form of this piece that you forget to simply start by coding your logs and asking questions about what you see there. There is no wrong or right answer here. You will be making claims based on your evidence. You simply need to start by finding the evidence. And, remember, you only need one pattern or theme.

Take Kantz’s rhetorical writing goals seriously, and begin your WP1 by explaining what you see in your logs to your audience. Then, you’re going to make those logs mean something by reflecting on what you see there. Your reflection will include personal experience, and it will also include the conversations we’ve been having in class.

Re-read your Writing Project 1 assignment sheet. Yes, you’ve read it already, but you may hear echoes of Blakeslee that you didn’t notice before. Yes, that assignment sheet is long. Yes, it can be confusing, so here are the most important points that you want to remember:

  • Remember, that the purpose of this project is to try to learn some things about your actual writing and reading practices that you might not be aware of and to reflect on what you learn using the terms and concepts we’ve discussed in our class.
  • The purpose of this assignment is for you to step back and consider yourself as a writer and reader, applying what you learned from the readings to better help you understand why and HOW you write and read—and how you might write (or read) differently, or perhaps even understand yourself differently as a writer and a reader. A second purpose for this assignment [is] for you to try and learn some things about your actual writing and reading practices that you might not have been aware of, and to reflect on what you learned by using terms and concepts we’ve discussed in our readings.

The only wrong way to write this draft is to not write it at all. You can email me or Nikky. Don’t sit alone and struggle in silence. We can only help you if you ask, and once you have words on a page, we’ll be able to help you see where you are and are not fulfilling the goals of this assignment. You can do this (even if it feels unlike anything you’ve ever done in your entire academic career).

Friday, September 19

  • Purpose of Peer Review.
  • Finalizing drafts for Monday.

Homework to be Completed before Class

          1. Complete draft of WP1 for instructor feedback on Monday.
          2. Embed questions you want answered using Comment feature.


Monday, September 22

          • Draft of WP1 due to your private GDrive folder before 6:59 am. Drafts shared after this time will not receive instructor feedback.
          • Making connections, starting synthesis.

Homework for Wednesday

                  1. Continue writing and revising WP1.
                  2. Make sure you share a draft of your project to our Peer Review folder.

Wednesday, September 24—Writing Project 1 Workshop

          • Peer review workshop in class.
          • Revising drafts for submission on Wednesday.

Homework for Friday

                  1. Finish up any peer review notes you didn’t get to write in class. Here are the questions you were using to respond to a colleague’s essay.

                    Peer Review Questions

                    • Answer the writer’s questions first, referencing page numbers and providing specific evidence.
                    • Tell them what you think is the purpose of their text, paying attention to how they are talking to the intended audience.
                    • Tell them what you like about their use of the logs; offer any suggestions for improvement.
                    • Tell them what you like about their use of sources, making coming to term, forwarding, or countering suggestions.
                    • Make any final “big picture” comments you think they need to address.

                  2. Add your Reverse Peer Review to the top of the document your peer wrote on today (the file in our shared WP1 Peer Review folder). Here are the questions I want you to answer before you revise.

                    Reverse Peer Review

                    • What did your reader’s feedback help you see in your work that you couldn’t see?
                    • Select a comment that was offered because the reader wasn’t sure of what you were trying to do? How might you address this confusion as you revise? (If there wasn’t a confusion question, pick one you want to revise.)
                    • What are your other plans for revising your project for Friday? Reference particular comments that helped you see this as a place to begin your revision.
                    • Which comments will you not use? Why?
                    • What questions do you still have for me?

                  3. Revise your WP1. Remember to revise in your own folder, not in the shared folder. We need to keep your Peer Review copy so that I can give you a Peer Review grade. You’ll also need to reference this information for Writing Project 4.
                  4. Make sure you have an interesting title. Make sure you have a reference page. Make sure you are properly formatting your project.

Friday, September 26—WP1 Due

          • Submitting WP1.
          • Editing workshop.

Homework for Monday

            1. Nothing.
            2. Yes, I’m serious. All you need to do for Monday’s class is show up on time—rested, relaxed, and ready for the next project.

 WEEK 6 | Discourse Communities & CoP

Monday, September 29

What are the contexts for writing in college? How can you begin to “see” the commonalities and not the differences in your courses? What can you learn by studying writing in a social context? How can you analyze and think about other people’s writing in other disciplines? Why might readers matter?

Homework for Wednesday

Remember my recommendation that you take this in batches. So, here are your two groups of tasks.

          1. Complete our Week 6 barometer.
          2. Identify the professor you would like to interview for WP2. Once you’ve done this, use our template to send an email requesting an interview time.
          3. Add a question or two you’d like to ask your professor and one or two for an upper-level student to our class file, which you can find here.
          4. Review Writing Project 2 on your own, focusing on the two phases: interviews and annotations. Bring any questions you have to class.

And this is the work that will take more time.

          1. Read Greene, “Argument as Conversation” (WAW, 27-39). I would encourage you to skim the sample student text for how. We’ll come back to it later on. For now, focus on the idea of scholarly inquiry, and how you’ll learn to make similar kinds of arguments.
          2. Read McCarthy, “Stranger in Strange Lands” (WAW, 230-261). Here is some context and questions you’re going to want to help you process this text. Complete a reflection for McCarthy only.

Wednesday, October 1

          • Learning from McCarthy.
          • Learning from upper-division students.

Homework for Friday

          1. Complete our Week 6 barometer. Remember, this is how you can make changes to our course.
          2. Review McCarthy

Friday, October 3

          • McCarthy continued
          • Drafting an Annotation

Homework for Monday

          1. Last chance to respond to the Week 6 barometer.
          2. Draft your own annotation for McCarthy. Organize your draft into your WP2 folder. Here’s a quick link to signal verbs that may help you.
          3. Read Johns, “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice” (available via Blackboard).
          4. To help you, here is a copy of some reading notes to help you get through it.
          5. Rather than writing a reflection, you should use the sheet I provided to prepare for Monday’s seminar discussion.

As a reminder, you also have a couple of things to still be done.

          • Review the Getting WP2 Done link above. Check off items as you complete them.
          • Make sure you can record your interviews.
          • Review your Writing Project 2 assignment sheet. Focus on IBEAM criteria for the annotated bibliography phase.


 WEEK 7 | Annotated Bibliographies

Monday, October 6

  • Student led seminar on Johns, “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice.”

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Read “How to Use Sources Effectively in Expert Writing.”
  2. Draft an annotation of Johns. Make sure you read the revised “Advice for Writing Your Annotation” section under Phase 2 section of your WP2.
  3. Bring one hard copy of your completed Johns annotation to class.

REMINDER: Your professor interviews (with transcript notes, which we’ll discuss on Wednesday) need to be completed by class time on October 15.

Wednesday, October 8

  • In-Class Writing Day—Working on Annotations.
  • Transcript Notes: What are they? Why do I need them?

REMINDER: The Brain on Fire lecture is tonight at 7:00 pm in the RCC. You need to find me and check in before the lecture begins. There will be a content-based quiz on Friday regarding the lecture. It will count as one of your required Reflection Logs for the semester.

Homework for Friday

  • Think about the possible questions that you might raise in your essay for WP3. Choose Haas & Flower or Kantz to annotate next.  Which will be most helpful for your paper?
  • Bring the annotation of your choice to class for workshopping.
  • Read Neubert and McNelis. “Peer Response: Teaching Specific Revision Suggestions.”
  • Read Gillam, “Learning through Response.”
  • Complete one reflection for both readings in your Reading Research Log.

Friday, October 10

  • Thinking about peer review for annotated bibliography.
  • Reviewing questions for student interviews for WP3.

Homework for Monday

  1. Complete your revision sketches for WP1. These should be placed in your private WP1 folder by Wednesday, October 15. Once your sketch is completed, then you should schedule your one-on-one meeting with me to review your sketch. You can use my Doodle link or do this in person before or after class.
  2. Keep drafting and revising your annotations.
  3. Read Grant-Davie, “Rhetorical Situations and Their Constituents” (WAW, 347-394). Complete the seminar questions I provided in class for Monday’s seminar discussion, which you all will lead again.
  4. In lieu of a reflection, you should add your seminar preparation notes to your Reflection Log folder. These will be graded in lieu of a reflection.

REMEMBER for WP2, Part A: If you have completed the interview with your professor, then you need to write up a one-page summary of this interview, which we’ll be using to complete an annotation. Put this summary in your WP2 folder. You want to schedule your student interview. Make sure you are asking the students if you can also have a samples of a writing project they completed for a course in their major. Student interviews and one-page summaries are due on Friday, October 31.


Monday, October 13

  • Seminar on Keith Grant-Davie.

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Polish your Annotated Bibliography for our in-class workshop on Wednesday. Make sure your draft is shared with our WP2 Peer Review folder.
  2. You are required to submit annotations for McCarthy, Johns, Grant-Davie, and one other reading of your choice: either Haas & Flower or Kantz. You should also complete an annotation for your interview with your professor, if you’ve completed that interview.

Remember, you also need to finish your WP1 Revision Sketches. These are due by class time on Wednesday. If you are revising to improve your grade, remember that you are also responsible for scheduling a face-to-face conversation with me. You can have your pick of times on MWF. All revisions for a higher grade will be due one week from your one-on-one conference. Also, remember that all revisions will need to include a revision memo, which you can read more about here, just scroll down for the Revisions section.

Wednesday, October 15—Writing Project 2 Peer Review

  • Writing Project 2 Peer Review
  • Interviews with Professors must be completed before Founder’s Day holiday.

Homework for Monday, October 20

  1. Finish polishing your annotations. We’ll do some quick, in-class editing and write your author’s note before submitting WP2 for a grade; we’ll then move on to our next steps for WP3.
  2. If you haven’t already written up the annotation for the interview with your professor, you need to do this. Add it to your annotated bibliography. Your notes and summary thoughts from the interview should also be in your WP2 folder. If you recorded this interview, please also make the audio/video available to me.
  3. You will also need to bring any consent forms or notes related to your interview to class on this day.

Friday, October 17—Founder’s Day


Monday, October 20

  • Submitting WP2.
  • Mid-Term Barometer discussion.

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Complete your revisions of WP2: Researching Conversations. All edits and your author’s note must be in your private WP2 folder no later than 7:59 am on Tuesday, October 21.
  2. Remember to not revise and/or move your WP2 peer reviewed copy. Leave that one in our shared folder.
  3. Review your annotation from your interview with a professor. Review your notes. We’ll be doing an activity with this information in class on Wednesday.

NOTE: 4:59 pm today is the last day to initiate the revision process for WP1. This is one week and 2 days past the deadline specified in your WP1 Rubrics.

Wednesday, October 22

  • Talk-Back Circles.
  • Discussing WP3: Entering an Academic Conversation.

Homework for Friday

  1. Review the Getting to a Purpose section of WP3 (use the Process link at the top of the page).
  2. For a Reading Reflection Log entry, answer these six questions as completely as you can. This log will likely be your longest of the semester because I expect you to include lots of details. When you don’t know what else to write, start asking questions about the questions. We’ll begin Friday’s discussion by exploring gaps in our knowledge.
  3. NOTE: This RRL and your answers to these questions is the foundation for your WP3: we need to know what you know for sure to determine what else you need to figure out about how writing works in your discipline. Don’t do this at the last minute. Don’t give it half your attention.
  4. Also please review the rhetorical situation questions under the How Do You Create This Kind of Resource section. We’ll be doing an in-class activity with these, so you should make some notes for yourself.
  5. Review the proposed questions for upper-division students. Add questions you think we should cover to fill in our gaps.

Friday, October 24

  • Pre-Writing for WP3
  • Student Interview Questions

Homework for Monday

  1. Read Stedman’s “Annoying Ways People Use Sources.” Here are some notes to help prepare you for your assignment and our class discussion.
  2. Complete a Reading Reflection Log.
  3. You have until October 31 to complete your student interview. Let me know if you need help finding an upper-division student in your major; Nikky is an even better resource. Remember that you’ll need a consent form for that student. Consents and questions are available in the link above (Getting WP2 Done). Once you have the interview scheduled, be sure to add it to our interview schedule.


 WEEK 10

Monday, October 27

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Review the instructions for synthesis maps, which we started at the end of class. I’m sending you home without paper, so you’ll need to make some smaller versions tonight, but we’ll be reviewing these in class on Wednesday and answering questions you have. You simply need a prototype for class discussion on Wednesday, but do bring any colored pencils you’d like to use to class.
  2. Secure writing samples for analysis. If you have not received a sample essay from your student or your professor, you should be consulting the list of possible sources that I compiled for you in our Writing in the Disciplines page.

Wednesday, October 29

  • Synthesis Maps :: Seeing the Conversation.

Homework for Friday

  1. Finalize your synthesis maps, using the larger sheets of paper I provided in class today. Be sure to add any notations about the student interview (if that is complete) as well as observations from the writing samples you have identified for use in this project. Don’t blow this step off. Being able to see how people talk to each other and build on other people’s ideas and work is key for creating good synthesis writing, especially in WP3.
  2. Review the writing samples for Friday’s Panel Discussion about Disciplinary Writing (this is available for download via Blackboard). You’re looking for differences and similarities. You’re trying to think about the kind of research that we did, how we did it, and how we made choices as writers to reach particular audiences. Add your proposed question to the master list before class time on Friday.

Friday, October 31—Finalizing Phase 1: WP2

  • Synthesis Maps become Drafts.
  • Introductions and Opening Conversations.
  • Panel Discussion in FSTY 1310 Lecture.

Homework for Monday

There are only three things required for Monday (two we talked about today and a third reminder about a deadline). 

(1) Finish work on your synthesis maps. Please make sure you have uploaded a picture of your map to your private WP3 folder for me to see, so I can leave suggestions. Add any notes or bits of useful information from the Panel Discussion to your synthesis maps.

(2) Work with your partner to complete the article recalibration. Below are links to Google Docs you should copy and complete with your partner. Remember, your task is summarize the paragraphs identified. No quotes. These are due before class begins on Monday. Don’t remember which article y’all wanted to do? Just pick one. Make sure you make a copy before you start working on the summary (or copy and paste the information into a Google file you’ve already made).

McCarthy :: Johns :: Grant-Davie

Here are my notes from Kantz to show you what we’re trying to do.

(3) Organize your thoughts and observations from the student interview. You have two options for what to do with the information from the student interview.

OPTION A: Add an annotation to your existing WP2 file.

OPTION B: Write a summary and add it to your existing WP3 folder.

There are some things coming up next week that you can get a start on, if you would like to do this. Next Wednesday, you’ll need to turn your synthesis map into a Synthesis Skeleton. Don’t freak out about this. You’ll should be able to see that all your synthesis map notes have a place to live in the outline. We’re simply trying to move from ideas to write about to a more coherent structure you can use to draft. Like other things, make a copy of this file before you begin working on it; you’ll also want to organize this into your WP3 file for me to see.

Our recalibration time is changing our deadlines a bit, but Week 11 remains our Writing Week. For each class period, you’ll be expected to have completed a major step in your WP3 project.

SOME UNSOLICITED ADVICE. Next week is a bad week to miss class, skip an assignment, or check out. No, these drafts won’t be perfect. No, they won’t be as good as you wanted. That isn’t the point. The point is for you to experience writing a researched project, not a research report. This kind of writing is very unfamiliar, but we’re here to help each other.

 WEEK 11

Links You May Need

Monday, November 3

  • Student Interview Reports + Conversation Maps
  • Synthesis Maps into Synthesis Skeletons
  • Article Recalibrations + Annotated Bibliographies

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Today, we used impromptu maps to help you see where your interviews are in conversation. This will help you complete a full draft (that is, 100%) of your Synthesis Skeleton before you come to class on Wednesday. You will get feedback on these skeletons; don’t skip this step.
  2. In a separate WP3 file, draft no less than one paragraph of your “Understanding” section, which will serve as your opening paragraphs for WP3. Here are some samples from previous semesters. They are all very different, each with strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Begin revising your Annotated Bibliography (WP2) using our recalibration sheets. These revisions are due on Monday, November 11 at the beginning of class. No revision memo required.

Wednesday, November 5

Homework for Friday

  1. Draft one section of your Explanations & Descriptions section. You need to make a claim, provide appropriate evidence, and use sources (primary and secondary) fairly and accurately. Feel free to draft more.
  2. Keep revising your WP2 for Monday’s deadline.
  3. You may have an idea or suggestion for how your revision/research writing experience could be improved. Make sure you log this in our Week 11 Barometer.

NOTE: You have lots of feedback from me to review. Start with your Synthesis Skeletons and “Understanding” drafts. You will need to have the skeletons approved before you can draft any more on WP3 this weekend. Also, go back and look at the 6 Questions you answered from WP3 for RRL credit. There will be class time to work tomorrow on your revisions, but you may want to look at my feedback before class so that you’re prepared to ask me questions before the weekend.

Friday, November 7

  • Explanations & Descriptions Round Robin Led by Nikky
  • Revising Synthesis Skeletons

Homework for Monday

  1. WP2: Annotated Bibliography is due before you come to class. No revision memo necessary. Make sure you have the correct number of articles, and be sure both interviews are represented with “summary” entries: one for your faculty member, one for the student. If you still need help understanding the content of the article, here are my crib notes from our Recalibration discussions. You can’t use these to write the revisions, but they may help.
  2. Your Synthesis Skeleton must be approved by me before you can proceed with the drafting process. You have notes and suggestions from me, and we worked on these in class. Make sure you have a clear exigence, which you can support with evidence from your interviews and the writing sample. Make sure you are supporting your discussion of the interviews with our class readings. Email me as you think you complete the skeleton.

Once your skeleton is approved by me, then you should keep drafting your observations. You can also begin working on the Introductions as you see fit.

 WEEK 12

 Monday, November 10

  • Preparing for WP3 Conference
  • WP3 Self-Review Workshop

Homework for Wednesday, November 12

If you need more help—if you are struggling to understand the purpose for your WP3—then you need to schedule a conference earlier in the week. You should plan on seeing me on Wednesday. Don’t wait for Friday.

If you feel like you’ve got a good handle on this project, then you could wait until Friday to give yourself time to compose a “full” draft for us to read together.

  1. Verify your time for the one-on-one conference. All conferences are in my office: Sorin Hall 117.
  2. Keep writing and drafting. Your final WP3 is due at 11:59 am on Monday, November 17. Don’t use our time to complete work for other classes. We’ll immediately dive into WP4 on Monday, so don’t hope for another extension. There will not be one.

Wednesday, November 12

  • No Regular Class Meeting
  • One-on-One Conferences for WP3

Homework for Friday, November 14

  1. There is no extra time in my week, so make sure you sign up early for your conference. Make sure you aren’t late. Be at Sorin Hall 117 on time.
  2. If you’ve already met with me, then you know what to work on. If not, you should be drafting and writing up ideas so that we can review your draft together, making revision plans and notes.

Friday, November 14

  • WP3 Self-Review Workshop
  • Preparing WP3 for Submission

Today, you will be editing and revising your own work (per a Week 11 Barometer request), so either bring your laptop, or arrive 5 minutes early to boot up a computer in the lab. Your choice.

Homework for Monday, November 17

  1. WP3 is due at 11:59 am, before you come to class. You should make sure all your research materials are organized into your private WP3 folder. Make sure you have both an Author’s Note (first page of WP3) and a Works Cited page (last page of WP3).
  2. You should have finished editing and revising based on Friday’s suggestions and tips.

 WEEK 12

Monday, November 17

  • WP3 Due, including Author’s Note
  • SLO Discussion & Brainstorming
  • Self-Assessment Survey (Individual and Group Work)

Homework for Wednesday

  1. Finish translating the remaining SLOs for RCI and identifying potential evidence for WP4. You can make a copy of the document we started in class today.
  2. Complete the individual portions of the Self-Assessment Survey, and start drafting answers to the group questions. We’ll compare your answers in class on Wednesday.
  3. Complete a Reading Reflection Log based on this work. Summarize what you think are your strengths from this semester—what are the things you’ve learned—and what are things you still need to learn in 1302. You should review the assignment sheet for WP4 to find a list of the learning outcomes for RCII.

Wednesday, November 19

Homework for Friday

  1. Remember, we are seeing Hamlet at 7:00 pm on Thursday. Don’t be late. Don’t shame me in public: wear appropriate clothing and keep all devices off and put away.
  2. Complete your final reflection log for the semester (woot!). What is the value of shared experiences to creating a sense of community for all first-year students? How does this play connect to your experiences in lecture, in our writing course, and to your first-year community? How does it connect to the other common events and the common text you were expected to read? [NOTE: Because of the production of Hamlet ran late, you may have until 7:59 am to complete this final RRL.]
  3. Here’s another sample of WP4 if you want to see how other students have approached this task.

Friday, November 21

  • Drafting WP4 Tips and Suggestions
  • Outlining: Identifying Learning and Growth Areas

Homework for Monday

    1. Complete a full draft of WP4 for Monday’s Peer Review activity.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of RCI and RCII SLOs.

NOTE: WP4 cannot be revised. All revision work will have to come from working with my comments, suggestions, and feedback. So, the draft in your folder on Monday is the one I will respond to on Tuesday. Get as much completed as possible. The more you write this weekend, the more pleasant your Thanksgiving weekend will be.

 WEEK 13

Monday, November 24

  • Writing Project 4 Peer Review

Homework for Monday

  1. Use your peer’s suggestions to revise WP4. Use your self-assessment workshop to keep writing and working.

Wednesday, November 26

No Classes. Thanksgiving Break begins.

Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Day. Take a nap. Root for TCU — Fear the Frog!

Friday, November 28

You should be sleeping.