Tuesday, September 11, 2007
English 201 A/B 8-9 M-Th, and 1-3 MW
We've been meeting now for over a month and it's about time I got this conversation blog going so we can be in touch with one another in ways the classroom setting doesn't allow. Here, I will recap assignments given in class, as well as, post assignments exclusive to the Internet, which you will post then respond to each other by certain due dates. You can also ask questions about assignments here. I will be reading the blog comments at least once, maybe twice a day, so it is a good place to contact me along with the email address: email@example.com.
Why don't you send me an email now and say hi, so I can create a group for English 201 A/B so I can do an email blast when necessary. If you don't have an email account, gmail.com is a great place to sign on or yahoo.com or hotmail.com. These servers are all free and you can retrieve your mail while at the college or any public library. I would suggest using your name as your address so friends and I know who you are more readily.
I will also post announcements for weekend activities, just in case you have a little time, plus other campus activities.
We have finished our American Culture archives. I plan to post photos here of the presenters for that session and for the one on Hip Hop culture.
Homework for this week was to read the East Bay Express Article, Too Short, Career Counselor. Visit http://www.eastbayexpress.com/2007-09-05/news/too-hort-career-counselor/. Students were to respond to the argument posed here: Will Too Short make a good career counselor, in a 250 word essay.
Students were also to identify 5 arguments and their support from the Holler. I believe I told students they could write in the book.
I gave an example. Dyson's style of writing is pretty easy to scan. He puts his argument at the top the paragraph, most often as the topic sentence then uses the supporting sentences to flush out the claim.
We had fun listing all the slang terms students had identified for homework last week in the 1-3 p.m. class. We also had a pretty involved discussion in the 1-3 p.m. class about Chapter 1 and inferences students drew from Dyson's earlier comments about male sensitivity evidence which appeared in the references to tears.
Both classes are not doing exactly the same work at the same time, but by week's end we're in the same place.
Lecture topics this week:
Sabir: Talking Points Sept. 10-15
1. What is a thesis? It’s role in the essay drama. How to develop a thesis or invention strategies: topical invention, three-part thesis statement, other ideas (Hacker, Skwire and other sources)
Review sentence types (Hacker)
2. What is an essay? (Hacker and other sources)
Review types of essays. The role of planning. Why is documentation important. (Handout)
3. What is the difference between grammar and mechanics. Why is grammar important?
4. Audience. The role of peer support.
5. The writer’s voice is a blueprint.
6. Tools for the writer. (Skwire)
7. Summary, annotation, and other ways to engage the text, like highlighting or tabs, in other words: Digestion, discourse and other culinary forms (Handouts: How to Mark a Book)