Schedule

The class schedule will develop over the term. Major paper assignment due dates are identified below to help with time management over the semester.

The process-oriented nature of English Composition allows for a flexibility in specific activities in order to tailor activities to the needs of the specific class. Smaller assignments will be added as we move through the term. Stay up to date by subscribing to the RSS feed for the class website.

We can expect to have both a reading and a writing assignment for each class meeting. Many times, we will have multiple assignments running at once.


Week 1 – Introductions & Blogging

January 18 – Introductions

  • Who are we, and what are we doing here?
  • For Next Class

January 20


Week 2 – Blogging

January 23

  • Working with the “10 Tips” and the “16 Rules” in our blogs
  • Blogging Peer Review
  • Bring Laptops to Class
  • For Next Class

January 25 – Tricia Rose, MLK, Jr. Lecture

January 27

  • Blogging Roundtable Discussion
  • Bring Laptops to Class
  • For Next Class

Week 3 – Active Reading & The Intellectual Work of Writing

January 30

February 1

February 3

Week 4 – Active Reading, Synthesis, and the First Draft

February 6

February 8

February 10


Week 5 – Peer Review and Sample Student Text

February 13

  • Peer Review – Bring printed copy of comments on peers’ drafts
  • For Next Class

February 15

  • Student Sample Texts
  • For Next Class
    • Read A1 (“Writing about Texts”), A2 (“Constructing Reasonable Arguments”), and MLA 2, 3, 4 in Hacker.  (You’ll notice that “reading” doesn’t quite apply to MLA 4).
    • Bring Hacker and your draft to Class!
    • Complete Ideas and Evidence Assignment
    • Complete Integrating Quotes Assignment

February 17

  • Integrating Ideas and Evidence Effectively
  • For Next Class
    • Paper 1, Final Draft Due!
    • Getting Started with Xtranormal

Week 6 – Animating Academic Conversations I

February 20

February 22

February 24


Week 7 – Academic Project 2 – Gender Issues on the High Seas

February 27

  • Discuss Marcus Rediker’s “When Women Pirates Sailed the Seas”
  • For Next Class

February 29 (We only get this day once every four years!)

March 2


Week 8 – Engaging a Scholar

March 5 – Attend Marcus Rediker Talk!

March 7

March 9


Week 9 – Working on Paper 2

March 12

March 14

March 16

  • Working with Student Samples
  • Xtranormal Dialog Assignment II – Showcase
  • For Next Class
    • Think about Paper 2 Revisions
    • Take a Spring Break!

Week 10 – Spring Break!


Week 11 – Revising Paper 2

March 26

March 28

March 30


Week 12 – Animated Mechanics and Style

April 2

April 4

  • Xtranormal Project 3 Showcase
  • For Next Class
    • Mapping Conversations in Sources
    • Find and Print Denise Brennan’s “Women Work, Men Sponge, and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatized/ing Women in a Sex Tourist Town,” published in Anthropological Quarterly (It’s available through the Academic Search Complete database; Here’s a tutorial)
    • Bring Scott, Rose, Rediker, and Brennan to Class
    • Complete Broadening Horizons Assignment

April 6

  • Mapping Conversations in Sources
  • Locating, Evaluating, and Connecting Sources
  • For Next Class
    • Locating Sources to Map the Conversation
    • Class Meets in Library

Week 13 – Mapping Scholarly Conversations

April 9

April 11

April 13


Week 14 – Paper 3

April 16

April 18

April 20


Week 15 – A Strong Finish

April 23 – Attend Denise Brennan Talk!

April 25

April 27

April 30

May 2

May 7 (Marcil 121 – 9:45-11:45

  • Final Exam Hoedown