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Week Eleven Syllabus Update

Most of what makes a book "good" is that we're reading it at the right moment for us.

           Alain de Botton

Week Eleven (11.9-11.13):

PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL MEET FOUR DAYS THIS WEEK, INCLUDING ON FRIDAY.

Monday:

Continue to research and draft your concept paper. First draft, with a minimum of five pages and a minimum of five sources, needs to be shared with your writing group and with your instructor by class time on Thursday.

The following document is to help you with correctly formatting inset quotations and correctly using "quoted in":

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Tuesday:

Continue to research and draft your concept paper. First draft, with a minimum of five pages and a minimum of five sources, needs to be shared with your writing group and with your instructor by class time on Thursday.

Wednesday:

No class. Feel free to stop in if you have questions about your draft.  First draft, with a minimum of five pages and a minimum of five sources, needs to be shared with your writing group and with your instructor by class time on Thursday.

Thursday:

Make sure your draft is shared BEFORE class starts. We will begin right away with the read aloud part of our peer protocol. As this paper is longer, and not over a single, shared source, the read aloud portion will take longer. Then we will begin the peer commenting in the shared document itself. Now that each of us has gone through this process, your comments should be a)thicker and b) more about structure and content rather than "niceties" and surface errors.

Friday:

Experience has taught me that too many students will not respond in a timely fashion to their peers if we do not have class. Therefore: we have class today. Any groups that still need to finish the read aloud portion will do so, and then all should be assiduously commenting on their group members' drafts.

Your first book blog response is due on Monday, November 16. That day is also the blood drive. I fully support you giving blood, but you should not be missing your college class to do so. Schedule wisely. 

Please post your book blog response as a new discussion in the Rising Above the Blather forum. The title of your book should be the title of your new post. I understand that some formatting (like italics) may drop when you paste in your response.

The rubric, student models, and my annotated model are available in the About section of our Google Classroom.

If you wish for some quick feedback, share your response with me ahead of time and I will be happy to provide quick feedback. This offer ends when The Walking Dead begins on Sunday night.

Still struggling on what to analyze? Focus on these two areas:

1) Identify techniques the author is using. Think about the organization of the book as a whole, the style of writing, arguments the author is making. Anything we've worked on in our own writing is fair game for analysis: sentence fluency, word choice, punctuation choices, uses of evidence, use of narrative, and so on.

2) Explain the effects of those choices. How does the organization help (or hinder) the reader? What effect does the style have on you as a reader? Why is the argument convincing (or why isn't it)? How do author choices about style affect you as a reader?

Finally, I understand that with the book response due and a longer paper, we need to extend the conference and revision period. Thus, the final draft due date in the original semester syllabus will be moved to after Thanksgiving break. I'll let you know a specific date next week.

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