Thursday, December 01, 2011


Portfolio Checklist 2011 Draft

This checklist can serve as the table of contents. Put a check next to the items to show inclusion in the portfolio. Use as the second page to the portfolio, after the cover sheet. Where there are questions for the section, students can post the answers to the narrative there.

Number the pages with a header.

Name ______________________________
Date ______________________________
Class including class code and semester ____________________
Address _______________________________________
Phone number __________________________________
Email address__________________________________

ENG 201 A
40015 Lec 08:00-08:50 MTWTh Sabir A 200
40019 Lec 01:30-03:20 PM T/Th Sabir A 202

English 201B
40020 Lec 08:00-08:50 MTWTh Sabir C 200
40024 Lec 01:30-03:20 PM MW Sabir A 200
Final Exam: 8-10 AM, Friday, Dec.16 or 12-2 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 13 (Portfolios due via e-mail. There is no sitting exam.)

Dec. 7 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Drop-in Portfolio assembly workshop in A-205 _______________

Portfolio Due Date

Portfolios due by Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, 12 Noon electronically. Make sure you receive a receipt for your submission. No paper copies, no exceptions.

Grade Justification

What grade do you think you've earned this semester? What evidence supports this conclusion?

1. Portfolio Essay 1 Reflection on COA Fall 2011, Professor Sabir’s English Class_______

The narrative will look at the 18 weeks, the themes we looked at this semester: the role family and community have in shaping the lives of its inhabitants, also how much control we have over our lives and their outcome. Are people ever stuck in situations they cannot or will not change?

We also read stories of forgiveness and faith, love and guilt. Friendship and parenting were other themes explored in the texts along with the power of art to change one's life and the lives of others both negatively and positively.

What have you learned about yourself this semester? What have you learned about the discipline you are studying here: reading and writing that you plan to carry forth into your lifelong pursuit of learning.

Please also comment on the texts and whether or not they were helpful in this process. You can also talk about the instruction, culture of the class and the teacher. You can also offer suggestions.

2. Portfolio Essay 2 Reflection on revision process__________________
Look at the writing process and what you have been learning about yourself as a writer. Take two essays and talk about the planning, research and revision strategies you used. It helps to choose an early paper and compare to a later paper. Often you can more easily see the differences in your writing and a better example of mastery of certain concepts. Also discuss skills you need to improve and how you plan to address that.

Additional narrative considerations for the portfolio essay:

The second essay has students look at the writing process and discuss their own writing process: the topics chosen, the information used, revision strategies, writing as a process. This should include a definition of the difference between editing and revising and a value statement on the place for both in composition.

I am really interested in discourse about audience and how that shapes or determines how the writer approaches her topic.

I am also interested in discussion of the revision process, and whether or not seeing writing as a work in progress or a draft, liberates or stagnates the creative process. (Students are to use examples from their writing to illustrate these points.)

I'd also like students to think about and give at three specific ways how they have grown as writers and thinkers this semester. Each essay (1 & 2) should be minimally 1-2 pages (250-500 words).

3. Stewart Pidd Hates English Section:

The Stewart Pidd Experience _________
Multiple Choice Exam 1and 2 essay _________

Social Entrepreneur Portfolio

Planning _____________

Library Research sheet _______________(if you did it)
List of sources (5) minimum in MLA format (post here)

Essay: Planning Sheet, Outline, Thesis__________
First Draft (peer review)__________
Final Draft Grade ______________
Revisions (How many?)_____________
Pidd type essay ________________ or narrative ____________

SE Presentation date ___________
Self-reflection __________
Classmate responses __________

Frontline World ___________
Muhammad Yunus ___________
Extreme Tour Oct. 7, 2011 (Extra Credit)____________

Nature vs. Nurture Portfolio

Book: Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy
First Graded Draft __________
Revisions (How many?) _________
Correction Essays How Many?____________
Planning ___________
Peer Review _________
Related Cyber-Assignments _________

Hip Hop Portfolio: Dyson, Tupac, Hurt

Michael Erik Dyson: Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur
Cyber-Assignments (How many?) ___________
Byron Hurt’s “Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes” Essay__________
Planning _________
Revisions (How many?) ________
Correction Essays (How many?) ___________

Cyber-Assignments connected to Hurt_________

The Rose that Grew from Concrete Assignments

Cyber-Assignments (How many?) _________
Tupac-related cyber-assignments such as freewrites connected to songs (how many?) ________

Semester Cyber-assignments

Any cyber-assignments not connected to the two books or social entrepreneur essay, give another heading and post here. Some of these are connected to the other assignments. Put them there. Do not post twice.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cyber-Assignment 1
Please respond to the syllabus in a minimally three paragraph essay August 23, 2011 (250 words). Comment on the goals and objectives, texts, methodology and anything else.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Post your freewrite summary of the article on Katrina or Michael Jackson.

Thursday, September 01, 2011
Cyber-Assignments (Morning and Afternoon classes)

8-8:50 AM: Select two topic sentences from the introduction, beginning on page two and write a literal paraphrase. Write the original as well, so we can see what you did.

1:30-3:20 PM: The afternoon class was to paraphrase a paragraph (at least 4 sentences). Don't forget to include the page number(s) in parentheses.

Remember: a literal paraphrase is where you keep the sentence structure and you change the words with words or phrases that mean the same thing. One has to retain the intent of the writer.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Extra Credit September 11, 10 years later

Read a news article, go to an event, or talk to a someone affected by the bombings that day ten years ago. Write a 250 word (min.) reflection on the event. Post it here and email it to me. Don't forget your works cited and use a citation in the piece (1).

Thursday, September 08, 2011
The Rose That Grew from Concrete Freewrites and Cyber Assignments

Post the summaries for Rose here. Each student can chose to summarize either the introduction, the preface or the forward. Don't forget in the 5-10 sentences to use one citation.

Include a works cited with the post. For the 1:30 to 3:20 PM class, this was a group assignment. Post it as a group, do not forget to include all the names in the heading.

Also post the freewrites for the title poem "A Rose That Grew from Concrete," here as well.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Heal the World for English 201 1:30 - 3:20 PM
Students who have not already done so, can post their minimally three paragraph reflections on Heal the World here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cyber-Freewrite and Class Recap
Post your freewrite here, a response to Tupac's poem: "In the Depths of Solitude, Dedicated 2 Me" (5).

Students were to reflect on the poem in light of what Dyson reveals in "Childhood Chains" and find a citation from Dyson that supports your conclusion re: the poem. Find something Dyson writes that agrees with what you have stated in your freewrite and incorporate it into your work.

Don't forget to include page numbers for the citations (Dyson and Tupac).

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Cyber-Freewrite Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

We read three poems Wednesday. Respond to one of the poems, "Sometimes I Cry" (7), "Under the Skies Above," "After the Miscarriage" (9), or "Life through My Eyes" (11).

Support your claim or argument with a reference from Dyson. Watch the signal phrases. Make sure the citation fits and really supports your claim.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Questions for Tupac: Cyber-Assignment Two Parts

Part 1: Questions

Develop 2-3 essay-type questions, that is, questions that do not have yes or no answers, for Tupac based on Dyson's writing so far.

Part 2: Response to Questions

1. Students can answer a question(s) in Tupac's voice. Be creative. Post the question you are responding to here. If you are Tupac then use the pronoun "I." Each response to a question needs to be at least three paragraphs long. Use a citation in each paragraph: a free paraphrase, a short quote and a long quote (4+ lines). Put the page numbers at the end of the sentence for all quotes. For example: (Dyson 4). If you want to quote Tupac from the collection of poetry in one of the citations, you can. The in text citation would be, for example: (Shakur 9).

2. An alternative response would be to answer another student's question in your own voice, rather than Tupac's. Dyson needs to be one reference in the answer no matter what perspective you chose.

3. For each cyber-assignment, this one and others to come, students need to respond to at least one student's post (1). Name the student in your response. Have a conversation with the student who has responded to a question. Would you respond the same way? Expand on their comment. Be positive.


In class today in groups we compiled a list of characteristics that described Tupac and his mother. Students were asked to put page numbers next to the descriptions. Continue the list. At the end of the book it should be quite substantive.

Even though it was not a cyber-assignment, post the character study here as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If students haven't posted questions taken from one of the chapters 1-5 in Dyson, and then responded to a question in 3 paragraphs including a citation in each paragraph, then please do so. Also, respond to another student's post.

Continue with your character profiles. Add information from the current readings. Thursday we will do some writing, so read part three.


Morning class post your thesis sentence response to one of the two poems: "Untitled" or "When Ur Heart Turns Cold."

On another note:

Troy Anthony Davis did not receive a pardon from the Georgia Board of Corrections so if anyone wants for extra credit to respond to the appeal for clemency, write a letter stating why you do not feel Davis should be executed. There is a petition on the website:

In Tupac's poem, "Untitled," he speaks about captivity.

You can post the letter here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recap: Dyson Assignment . . . and other things
Today in class we were to discuss "Bodies and Beliefs" but students hadn't read Dyson since last week. So I gave students a chapter to write a summary essay on and for a freewrite students were to respond to another question developed last week from chapters 1-5. This is a 3-paragraph response. Remember to use a citation in each paragraph: free paraphrase, one block quote and a shorter citation.

Post the 3-paragraph essays in response to "Bodies and Beliefs" here. Don't forget to respond to two classmates' essays. The essays have to be from the two chapters that differ from yours. Respond with an idea not discussed in the essay. Again, use Dyson in your response. You can respond in a paragraph.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cyber Assignment: "Bodies and Beliefs"
Write a 3-paragraph essay from the assigned chapter in "Bodies and Beliefs"

Outline for the Assignment

What does this section open up for you regarding Tupac's life. Does Dyson make good on his goals and objectives for the biography now that you have come to the end of the book?

Look back at "I Always Wanted. . ." (13-16)?

In a 3-paragraph essay respond to your assigned chapter (6, 7 or 8). If you didn't get an assignment, choose any of the concluding chapters (6, 7 or 8). Also respond to a classmate's post from a chapter different from your own. Use a citation to respond to your comment-on-a-classmate's-post which challenges or expands the claims the writer makes.

The essay needs to include three (3) citations, one per paragraph: a free paraphrase, a block quote, and a shorter citation, all from Dyson.

You also need a works cited page. Each paragraph needs to be between 5-10 sentences long.


1. Talk about the chapter, your impressions. List Dyson's major claims or arguments. He generally starts each paragraph with an argument, followed by examples and if it is a sophisticated claim, he might use the following paragraph to continue developing and proving his prior argument.

The way you find the evidence for an argument is to say: So and so is true . . . because. The answer to because is the evidence or proof.

But back to the Intro.

2. List themes, that is, topics that are repeated.

3. Cite evidence from Dyson that agrees with what you are saying here.

4. State the thesis.

1. One paragraph-discussion of the points stated in the thesis. This is where you answer the because question. This is where you give examples and reasons why what you say is true is true.

2. Include a citation. This is a good place for a block quote (a long citation that is justified on the left (indent 10 spaces from the 1-inch margin) without quotation marks.) See


1. Bring up lesser, yet equally important themes. Remember the entire book is about Tupac. How does this final section, which addresses Tupac's morality, the body-politic as it were, wrap up Dyson's discussion?

How does this part of the book support or extend previous sections: "Childhood Chains, Adolescent Aspirations" and "Portraits of an Artist?" What does Dyson mean about the black body as canvas, as sacrificial offering, as blight, as stigma and Tupac's artistic response to this blessing and curse?

Do his ecclesiastic inclinations show here, especially in the "Epilogue"?

2. Citation

Read the post below this one as well for other assignments (smile).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Today in class we reviewed "Pronoun Case." Students had a lot of questions on assignments and what is due. We responded to a poem, "Only 4 the Righteous," in a freewrite. Two students, Manuel and Ayo shared their work to applause (smile).

If anyone wants to post their freewrite here, you are welcome to do so.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Cyber-Assignment & Homework

1. Today we watched the Byron Hurt film: Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes. It is on Youtube in chapters.


At this link, in 250-500 words, explore one of the issues raised: masculinity, misogyny, homophobia, or media literacy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Library Orientation

Reflect on your library orientation today with Professor Steve Gerstle (ENG 201 8-8:50 AM). What did you learn about libraries that you were not aware of before? What are you looking forward to most when you visit the library at COA or in the community next? Why is information literary important? Why is the free library system one of the most underutilized resources in American today, and by extension on college campuses?

Visit the COA library website and Professor Gerstle's webpage. Send him a note of thanks for the tour today (smile). Comment on his web page. Visit (Look for the library website there).

If you get a response, let us know. You can send him this post. Click on the envelop at the end of the link.

Students in the afternoon class in the orientation with Professor David Sparks, October 7, 2011, post your freewrite here as well.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sebastian Chastang’s “My Testimony” Cyber-Freewrite

Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Destiny vs. Free Will. Was Tupac’s life a matter of destiny or free will? Post your freewrite here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Cyber-Assignment & Homework

Today we reviewed the chapter on Be-Verbs. The freewrite is a response to the following questions:

From Evolution of a Revolutionary
Why did Jasmine Guy want to write this book? Describe the relationship between Guy and Afeni. How does Guy's relationship with Afeni differ from Michael Eric Dyson's relationship with Tupac Shakur? What does Afeni want Guy to show with her story? Describe their first interview session.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

From Evolution of a Revolutionary
Freewrite: Why did Jasmine Guy want to write this book? Describe the relationship between Guy and Afeni. How does Guy's relationship with Afeni differ from Michael Eric Dyson's relationship with Tupac Shakur? What does Afeni want Guy to show with her story? Describe their first interview session.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Topical Invention
Post your sentences here: analogies, definition, consequence, testimony. Don't forget to start with the name of the poem and the theme you are referencing. If you want to open with a short summary of the central themes you can.

The questions are:

Definition: What is it/What was it?
Consequence: What caused it/Did it cause?
Analogy: What is it like or unlike?
Testimony: What does an authority say about it?

Note: October 13, 2011
When writing sentences using Topical Invention, include the word in the sentence.

Also, we are not looking at general definitions; rather connect everything to the world of "Evolution of a Revolutionary." The sentences evolve or revolve around the life of Afeni Shakur the protagonist of the story.

Some of the sentences are too general or off topic. They should tie in specifically to the text.

Remember, these sentences could be used as thesis sentences in an essay on the topic.

Monday, October 17, 2011
Today in class students were to develop four thesis sentences from the poem: The Shining Star Within! Dedicated 2 Marilyn Monroe (Shukur 23). Choose a topic and develop 4 sentences: 1 definition, 1 analogy, 1 consequence, 1 testimony.

We also read the poem Starry Night (25). Look up Vincent van Gogh and bring in a topic to reflect on tomorrow for the freewrite. Post the four sentences from today's freewrite in the post "Topical Invention."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

1. Use the COA Database to find a scholarly article on the topic: Nature vs. Nurture. Read and summarize the article. Post the summary. Read the abstract and compare with your summary. Write the summary as an essay, that is, have a thesis or an argument.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Frontline World: Engaged Citizenry Cyber-Assignment

Frontline World Cyber-Assignment Post(s)

Respond to 3 stories by 11/10 (start 10/26). Bring in headphones for the computer.
Post your Frontline World Responses (3) here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Revision Strategies
Today students watched the video "Revision Strategies." Post your three (3) paragraph essay response to the program.

To site the video write:

The Write Course: Revision Strategies. Anneberg Learner. Videocassette.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Today in the early class we read the first essay in the package on Muhammad Yunus. We identified the topic and talked about the thesis. We never articulated it. In a short essay response, (250 words) analyze the article. Talk about its premise. We said it was about innovation and innovators, like Muhammad Yunus.

Monday, November 14, 2011
1. Identify and answer the questions posed for the Frontline World assignment re: Muhammad Yunus. Use the article from Ode magazine to find the answers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Post your abstract for the Social Entrepreneur Essay here. We will present our essays on Thursday. The essay is due by then as well. Presentations will be 3-5 minutes long.

The abstract should answer the questions posed in the Frontline World Assignment.
Post self reflection and comments on students presentations here as well. Give concrete examples. In the self-reflection, speak about your process, what you learned and what you will do differently next time.

Extra Credit Essay: Students can turn in a graded essay from another course if the other teacher doesn’t mind. It has to use research and MLA style documentation, so certain courses are not applicable.

Anything else?____________________________________________________________________

Teacher research

Can I use your work in presentations and publications? Would you like to be anonymous? If I plan on using your essays or work in a book, I will let you know and share any proceeds.

Yes, I agree.
No, do not use my work.

Final Grade

Portfolio checklist _____________
Portfolio Essay 1_______________
Portfolio Essay 2_______________
Portfolio Grade_________

Course Grade_________

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