Thursday, September 6, 2012

Literary Analysis: How to Answer a Question of Style and Effect

In analyzing the way writing works, there are a couple main functions your answer must provide.  It's important to cite specific details from the text, and then to discuss how these details create certain effects for the reader.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Setting and Specificity of Detail

Details make our writing real in the eyes of the reader.  And the best place to see detail (literally) is in the setting.  By examining how authors use setting to establish place, we can better understand how to use specific and relevant details to bring our writing to life.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Assigned Texts - English 227 - Fall 2012

For this course, we'll be using four rather thick anthologies.  I've selected these anthologies to provide a good overview of fiction, poetry, and memoir.  Here are links to purchase these books from Barnes and Noble (which may provide cheaper rates than the bookstore).

English 227 - Introduction to Creative Writing - Fall 2012

Welcome to English 227.  In this course, we'll be considering the variety in forms and genre of creative writing, and then examining the habits and mechanics of successful writing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Writing Program Assessment

For the Writing Program Assessment, you'll be creating some rather complex documents.
For the program assessment, we'll be going through a couple steps.  You'll do much of the organizational and planning work here in class, but you'll be doing much of the copying, pasting, and writing outside of class.  
Here's a quick guide to get your started.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Genre Analysis Assignment

This assignment is meant to prepare you for the larger Grassroots project by providing practice in writing genre analysis.  Starting with the genre examples you wrote in class and posted on Facebook today, you'll identify a genre convention from within that example and then discuss how that convention is used both in the genre as a whole (e.g. memoir) and in your example (a short example of memoir).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project 3 Purpose Essay: Why We Write

As we transition to Project 3, you'll write a 1,000 word paper about a subject you are personally passionate about.  This essay should focus on two major areas: describing why your subject is important to you, and then describing how English 101 has prepared you to write about this topic.

Unit 3 - Grassroots - Spring 2012

This is the main page for Project 3, your Grassroots articles.  More information will be posted soon.  In the meantime, be sure to check the Grassroots Purpose Essay and the Genre Analysis Assignment for more information on the preparation assignments.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Metaphor and Imagery: Writing to Hold Your Reader

The following exercise is designed to help see the relationships between language and imagery.  By writing metaphors centered on concrete objects and extending them to abstract and even judgmental concepts, you'll see how the "real world" can be used to hold the reader's attention.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Unit 2 Meta-Document Requirements

For Unit 2, we'll be workshopping the meta-documents your group prepares.  Here are the main requirements for these projects.

Interviewing Professors: Setting the Groundwork for Your Writing Research

For Project 2, each group will interview a professor or instructor your selected discipline.  The professor interviews are meant to provide insights regarding the nature of writing in your field and to give additional direction to your writing research.

Please Note: These interviews are not meant as human subjects research.  You may not ask any personal questions during the interview, and you may not record the interviews (though you should certainly take notes during the interview).  Before posting notes or your interviewees name to your blog, must obtain either written or e-mailed permission, and you must make it clear that your interview may withdraw this permission at any time if he or she isn't comfortable being identified on your blog.

Annotated Bibliography: Organizing Research

Research is a crucial component of many projects in your academic and professional lives.  For Project 2, you'll use annotated bibliographies to organize your writing research.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Quiz - Amy Tan and Writing Across the Disciplines

Today's quiz on the readings for Amy Tan and Writing Across the Disciplines will be an open-book group quiz.  For this quiz, you'll each work in groups to provide written answers to questions from the text.

Unit 2 Rationale: Writing Across the Curriculum

For the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) project, you'll be working in small groups to describe how writing is used in other disciplines.  This description of the project is meant to provide an in-depth description of the scope and aims of the project.

Unit 2: Writing Across the Curriculum - Spring 2012

For the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) project, you'll be working in small groups to describe how writing is used in other disciplines.  These links are meant to provide resources and suggestions for your projects.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CHAT Hubs: Examples of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Here are links to the Hubs created by students in response to Project 1, CHAT and Popular Culture.  For these webpages, students assembled PowerPoint slides for the seven aspects of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, and then posted the slides online with descriptions of how these examples of popular culture were affected by the different components of CHAT.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Unit 1 Rationale - CHAT and Pop Culture Presentations

The PowerPoint presentations you create for Unit 1 are designed to thoroughly familiarize you with Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and to help you apply CHAT to understanding the writing which surrounds us every day.  This in-depth description of the project is meant primarily as a reference - I recommend skimming it, and then returning to it as you consider your projects.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Unit 1 - Popular Culture and CHAT - Spring 2012

For Project 1, you'll be preparing a presentation on a work of popular literature of your choice. In preparing your presentation, here are relevant links you'll want to review.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Course Schedule and Resources: Fall 2011

This schedule from the Fall Semester of 2011 can give insights into how the course generally works.

Course Policies - Spring 2012

Here is a complete copy of the course policies for Sections 007 and 015 of English 101.  You can also download a PDF copy from the Moodle.

Semester Schedule - Spring 2012

Here's our current schedule. There will be quizzes on each reading on the day it's listed. Also note the assignments and deadlines in italics.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Presentation Checklist: Pop Culture and CHAT

This checklist for your **Popular Culture** presentations should help guide you as you put together your PowerPoint presentations.