Monthly Archives: January 2014

Day 2: Writing Processes & Reading Strategies

What does your writing process look like? How do you read? Those questions are the basis of today’s conversation.

Illustrate your writing process:

Either in script or short-story form, paint me a scene that shows you in the process of writing.  If it helps, pretend someone is shooting a film about your life, and they want to shoot a scene with you in the act of writing. What does this look like? How could you help the director see what you see? You might consider setting, internal monologue, or dialogue with other characters. Really, it is up to you to use your imagination and eye for detail.


What Can I Do with a Major in….? Writing Assignment Instructions

“What Can I Do With a Major in….?”

For your first assignment in ENG201, I am asking you to do a little research into your major or professor path.


In a brief opening paragraph, describe what it means to be a ________ major or professional.

  • Next, list and define several career paths related to your major or profession. You may think there is only one, but there are typically many specializations within a field.
  • Then, find the major professional organizations related to your field. For example, if you were an English professor like me, you might be interested in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Include a list, along with the mission statement of each organization, which may be cut and pasted from their website. Remember, a professional organization is NOT the same thing as a corporation.
  • Finally, write a paragraph or so that explains which of these career paths appeals most to you and why.
  • If you take any information from outside sources (except for the mission statements), including website content, please cite appropriately. If you are unsure how to do this, please see the Purdue OWL site for either MLA or APA citation guidelines.


Post to your blog by class time on Tuesday, February 4. Don’t forget to hit the publish button on your post!

1st Day Recap

It was great meeting you all today. I’m looking forward to a wonderful semester.

Things tend to fly pretty quickly on the first day, so I’d recommend you all check over the syllabus from time to time, especially the policies sections. The best way to keep up with work is to check it after every class.

With that said, once you’ve made your WordPress blog, don’t forget to email me a link. I will put them all up before class on Thursday and password protect the page, so that only people in our class have access to the full list.

Also, create a Twitter account. If you have issues, see the Twitter link on our class page. There are helpful resources there. Some of you already got a jump start.

And finally… here are the readings for Thursday’s class:

  1. Read “Ten Ways to Think About Writing: Metaphoric Musings for College Writing Student” by E. Shelley Reid.–ten-ways-to-think.pdf..
  2. Read “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg–reading-games.pdf

Welcome to ENG201: Writing in the Disciplines!

Welcome to ENG201: Writing in the Disciplines with Professor Papaioannou (think: pop-piano, or Professor P. works too)! I am excited to spend the next few weeks getting to know each of you better and helping you to achieve your personal writing goals.

I have opted to use WordPress in tandem with Blackboard because I find more user-friendly, and in cases of unexpected Bb downtime, students can still access course materials. Here, I will post notes from lectures, resources I find useful or things I pick up that have to do with class discussion, and other little tidbits. You will also have access to our syllabus and readings. I will tweet links to posts, as well as announce them on Blackboard.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at