Agenda

Disclaimer: The agenda is subject to change. I will never make a writing assignment due earlier than originally assigned, but the day-to-day may shift depending on the chemistry of the classroom, inclement weather, or other unforeseeable obstacles. Please keep up-to-date by checking your Pace email account and our course Blackboard, where I will post announcements about such things.

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Twitter: This course will make use of Twitter in class and outside of class as a tool for research, improving writing, and connecting with academic and professional communities. In order for this to work, your Twitter account cannot to be set to “protected.” If you are uncomfortable with sharing your personal tweets, please create an account just for class. We will make use of the hashtag #npWID for all course-related posts.

For the first 6 weeks, you will be expected to tweet 3 times, one of which must be a response. You can use the suggested topics, or if you’ve come up with something really interesting to share, you can post on your topic of interest. At least one of these tweets should be a response/question to a fellow ENG201 students’ tweet.  Use the @ symbol to respond (e.g., @comPOSITIONblog). After 6 weeks, we will discuss as a class how we want to proceed with Twitter.

Week Dates Suggested Topic
1  1/27 -2/3 Introductions: Twitter-length autobiographies
2 2/4-2/10 Who Inspires You?
3 2/11-2/17 Top People/Groups to Follow in Your Field
4 2/18-2/24 Current Events in Your Field
5 2/25-3/3 Favorite Websites Devoted to Your Field
6 3/4 – 3/10 Best Writing Advice

WordPress: You will be keeping a WordPress.com blog as a part of this course, where you will be expected to post coursework and all drafts of all papers (unless told otherwise). Your blog should also have an “About Me” page.

Note that the information on your blog will be accessible to your classmates, as well as the general population. If you wish to remain anonymous to those outside our course, you may use a pseudonym.

Throughout the semester, you will also be expected to write 4 posts. Each one must 250+ words. They may be about any topic related to your discipline or reflecting in-depth on something discussed in class. When you are done, tweet a link.

1st post done by Tuesday, February 18

2nd post done by Tuesday, March 11

3rd post done by Tuesday, April 1

4th post done by Tuesday, April 29

You will also be expected to comment on the blogs of those in your assigned reading group, though you may of course leave comments for those outside your group.

1st round of comments done by Tuesday, February 25

2nd round of comments done by Tuesday, March 18

3rd round of comments by Tuesday, April 8

4th round of comments by Tuesday, May 6

Task criteria: I will post the criteria for each task to our class Blackboard under. Read them carefully. You will not get full credit (or sometimes any credit at all) for work that does not meet the standards given.

Readings: PDFs and web links can be found on our class Blackboard site. Please always have a copy (printed or electronic) of the assigned reading with you in class. It should be read and annotated, unless otherwise noted.

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Important Dates

Tuesday, January 28 – 1st Day of Class

Tuesday, April 29 & Thursday May 1 — Presentations

Tuesday, May 6 – Last Class

Tuesday, May 13 – ePortfolios Due

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Tuesday, January 28

In class: Introduction to ENG201

For homework:

  1. Create WordPress blog with an “about me” page. You may use a pseudonym if you wish. Email link to npapaioannou@pace.edu (should look like this: http://blog.wordpress.com)
  2. Create a Twitter handle (additional instructions on Blackboard) and send a hello tweet, using the hashtag #npWID and mention your professor (type @compositionblog into your tweet). From here on out, you will be tweeting a minimum of 3 times a week. See the Twitter instructions at the beginning of the agenda section for more details.
  3. Read “Ten Ways to Think About Writing: Metaphoric Musings for College Writing Student” by E. Shelley Reid. http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/reid–ten-ways-to-think.pdf..
  4. Read “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/rosenberg–reading-games.pdf

Unit 1: Observations

Thursday, January 30

In class: Writing Processes & Reading Strategies

For homework:

  1. “What Can I Do with a Major in….?” assignment
  2. Read “An Introduction to Twitter and Self-Curation” by Richard E. Miller: http://text2cloud.com/2012/01/lesson_one_intro_to_twitter_and_self_curation/

 

Tuesday, February 4

In class: Self-curation and Observations

For homework:

  1. Read “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice” by Karl-Heinz Pogner: http://openarchive.cbs.dk/bitstream/handle/10398/7320/discourse%20communities.pdf?sequence=1
  2. Post a response to your blog;
  3. Storify a collection of at least 15 posts/tweets about your discipline by looking it up by hashtag (#Accounting, #Nursing, etc.)

Thursday, February 6

In class: Discourse Communities & Knowledge-Making

For homework:

  1. First draft of Twitter Observation paper due Tuesday, February 13
  2. Read by “Culture and Anarchy 2.0: Self-Branding and the Jobless Present” by Richard E. Miller: http://text2cloud.com/2011/04/culture-and-anarchy-2-0-self-branding-and-the-jobless-present/

Tuesday, February 11

In class: Bios & Workshop

For homework:

  1. Read
  2. Second draft of Twitter Observation paper due Tuesday, February 18

Thursday, February 13

In class:

For homework:

  1. Second draft of Twitter paper due Tuesday, February 18
  2. Read “Reading like a Writer” by Mike Bunn: http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/bunn–how-to-read.pdf.
  3. Bring to class a sample of writing from your field that you enjoy.

Unit 2: Rhetorical Analysis

Tuesday, February 18

In class: Reading Like a Writer & “Good Writing”

 

For homework:

  1. Read Backpacks vs. Briefcases by Laura Bolin Carroll : http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/carroll–backpacks-vs-briefcases.pdf
  2. Bring in two pieces of writing that represent different perspectives on a debate in your field

 

Thursday, February 20

In class: Rhetorical Analysis

For homework:

  1. First draft of Rhetorical Analysis essay due Tuesday, February 25
  2. Read “Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right” by Janice Walker

 

Tuesday, February 25

In class: Workshop & MLA Review

For homework:

  1. Reading TBA

 

Thursday, February 27

In class: Collaborative Writing

 

For homework:

  1. Second draft of Rhetorical Analysis paper due Tuesday, March 4
  2. Read “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” by Kyle Stedman: http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/stedman–annoying-ways.pdf

Tuesday, March 4

In class: Collaborative Writing & Workshop

For homework:

  1. Third draft of Rhetorical Analysis paper due Tuesday March 11
  2. Don’t forget – 2nd blog post is due March 11

 

Thursday, March 6

In class: Research Orientation – Wilcox 21

For homework:

  1. Third draft of Rhetorical Analysis paper due Tuesday March 11

Unit 3: Insights

Tuesday, March 11

In class: Research Questions & Conference Discussion

For homework:

  1. Conference Assignment
  2. Finalize & post proposal to blog before conference on Thursday, March 13
  3. Comment on blog groups’ proposals by Tuesday, March 25
  4. Research Review Posts 1 & 2 (see Bb for instructions) due by Tuesday, March 25

 

Thursday, March 13 – No Formal Class – Mandatory Conferences

Tuesday, March 18 – NO CLASS – Spring Break

Thursday, March 20 – NO CLASS – Spring Break

 

Tuesday, March 25

In class: Interview Skills

For homework:

  1. Research Review Post # 3 due Thursday, March 27
  2. Full Interview due by Thursday, April 10 (posts may be password-protected)

Thursday, March  27

In class: In-class Writing Day – bring research materials

For homework:

  1. First draft of Research Paper (850+ words) due Tuesday, April 1 (not that’s not an April Fool’s joke)

Tuesday, April 1

In class: Workshop

For homework:

  1. Full Interview due Thursday, April 10
  2. Second draft (1400+ words) due April 8
  3. Bring in a posting for a job or internship you’d like to apply for now or immediately following graduation

Thursday, April 3

In class: Professional Writing – Cover Letters & Resumes

For homework:

  1. Second draft of Research paper due April 8
  2. Post cover letters & resumes by Thursday, April 10 (posts may be password-protected)

Tuesday, April 8

In class: Workshop

For homework:

  1. Third draft of research paper due Tuesday, April 17
  2. Reading TBA

Thursday, April 10

In class: Introduction to ePortfolio & Clarity of Prose

For homework:

  1. Interview due Monday, April 14
  2. Third draft of research paper due Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday, April 15 – NO CLASS- Passover

Thursday, April 17

In class: Introduction to Presentations & Research Paper Workshop

 

Tuesday, April 22

In class: Special Event: Ester Grun – Holocaust Survivor – Location to Be Announced

For homework:

  1. Final pre-eportfolio draft of research paper due Thursday, April 24
  2. Bring in abstracts from three journal articles in academic journals from your field

Thursday, April 24

In class: Abstract Writing & Rubric Design

For homework:

  1. Prepare short (5-7 minutes) presentation on your project to be presented on Tuesday, April 29 or Thursday, May 1.

Tuesday, April 29

In class: Presentations

For homework:

  1. Work on ePortfolio

Thursday, May 1

In class: Presentations

For homework:

  1. Work on ePortfolio
  2. Bring writing that you will be placing in your ePortfolio to workshop

 

Tuesday, May 6 – Last Class

In class: ePortfolio Workshop

For homework:

Complete ePortfolios for Tuesday, May 13 (Please read directions carefully!).

Thursday, May 8 – NO CLASS – Study Day

Tuesday, May 13 –NO CLASS – ePortfolio due

Online: Turn in ePortfolios by 8 p.m

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