Calendar of Assignments

 

Course Schedule:

Please note that the following schedule is subject to change.

Lesson 1           Due 30 August.

What is Academic Writing?”  by Lennie L. Irvin in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

MLA section in A Writer’s Reference

*“Pastoral Romance” by Brent Cunningham in Lapham’s Quarterly

"Food and Culture": article in the Discussion 1 Post

Turn In:

Discussion 1 (On Discussion Board for your class's section) – 30 points

1 Page Introduction to Blackboard (WA1)– 20 points

 

Lesson 2        Due 8 September

Beyond Black on White: Document Design and Formatting in the Writing Classroom” by Michael J. Klein and Kristi L. Shackelford in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

MLA section in A Writer’s Reference

* “Treasure Hunt” by  Alain de Botton in Lapham’s Quarterly

* “State of Play” by Mike Deri Smith in The Morning News

Turn In:

Discussion 2 on Discussion Board for your class's section – 30 points

MLA Quiz – 20 points

 

Lesson 3           Due 15 September

* “Hitting Bottom” by Chris Norris from The New York Times

“Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right” by Janice R. Walker in Writing Spaces, Vol 2

 

Turn In:

Discussion 3 – 30 points

Paper 1 to Blackboard – 100 points

 

Lesson 4          Due 22 September

The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay” by Paul Lynch in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

* “What Defines a Meme?” by James Gleick in Smithsonian magazine

Section C-4 in A Writer's Reference 7th edition OR Section C-5 in 8th edition on writing paragraphs

Turn In:

Discussion 4 – 30 points

Paragraph Exercise (WA 3) - 20 points

 

Lesson 5             Due 29 September

Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic” by Gita DasBender in Writing Spaces, Vol 2

* “Confessions of a Former Environmental Skeptic” by Michael Shermer

Wikipedia entry on “Logical Fallacies

Turn In:

Discussion 5 – 30 points

Paper 1 revision – variable points

 

 

Lesson 6            Due 6 October

From Topic to Presentation: Making Choices to Develop Your Writing” by Beth L. Hewett in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Taking Flight: Connecting Inner and Outer Realities during Invention” by Susan E. Antlitz in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

* “Has Young Adult Fiction Become Too Dark?” by Mary Elizabeth Williams in the Salon

* “Teens Crave Young Adult Books on Really Dark Topics (And That’s OK)” by Gale Forman in Time Magazine

Section C-1 in A Writer's Reference

Turn In:

Discussion 6 – 30 points

Topic Exercise (WA 4) – 20 points

 

Lesson 7            Due 13 October

Turn In:

Discussion 7 – 30 points

Paper 2 – 100 points

 

Lesson 8               Due 20 October

Section W in A Writer’s Reference

* “The Ecstasy of Influence: a Plagiarism” by Jonothan Lethem in Harper’s Magazine

* “It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing’” a response to Lethem by Kenneth Goldsmith in The Chronicle

* “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” by Kyle D. Stedman in Writing

Turn In:

Discussion 8 – 30 points

 

Lesson 9               Due 27 October

Why Visit Your Campus Writing Center?” by Ben Rafoth in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Turn In:

Discussion 9 – 30 points

Paper 2 Revision - variable points

 

Lesson 10               Due 3 November

Section A-2 in A Writer’s Reference 7th edition OR Sections A-3,4 in 8th edition.

Turn In:

Discussion 10 – 30 points

Paper 3 - 100 points

 

 

Lesson 11            Due 10 November

Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: A Guide to Using Sources” by Cynthia R. Haller in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Annoying Ways People Use Sources” by Kyle D. Stedman in Writing Spaces

Section R in A Writer's Reference

 

Turn In:

Individual Student Research

Research Paper Proposal (WA-5) - 20 points

Research Samples (WA-6) – 20 points

 

Lesson 12                Due 17 November

Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg in Writing Spaces, Vol 2

Pages 1-8 in “Crafting Your Query by using Special Characters” Pages 1-8 are linked on the main page.

Purdue OWL’s entry on “Annotated Bibliographies” and the “Bibliography Samples

Individual Student Research

Turn In:

Annotated Bibliography of 10 sources (WA-7) - 20 points

Paper 3 Revision - variable points

 

Lesson 13        Due 24 November

“Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews” by Dana Lynn Driscoll in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Individual Student Research

Turn In:

Annotated Bibliography of 5 additional sources (WA-8) - 20 points

Research Paper draft 1 - 50 points

 

Lesson 14         Due 1 December

“Wikipedia Is Good for You!?” by James P. Purdy in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

“Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills” by Randall McClure in Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Section C-1 A Writer's Reference, 

Turn In:

Formal Outline of Research Paper (WA-9)

Research Paper Draft 2 - 50 points

 

Lesson  15         Due 8 December

“Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking?” by Sandra L. Giles in Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Individual Student Research

 

Turn In:

Research Essay Final Draft - 100 points

Reflective memo (WA-10) - 20 points