Comp Updates

Week Ten Syllabus Update

We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience.

                                        John Dewey

Week Ten (11.2-11.6):

Due to my presence being required at the musical matinees, 4th period Comp will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of this week.

5th and 7th periods will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of this week.

You should be reading and taking notes on your nonfiction Book Blog books. Your assessment is based solely on the quality of your responses, but you would do well to find a note-taking/summarization method. The ease with which one can find summaries online can be tempting to students who do not manage their time well; some have no doubt succeeded in faking their way, but others have had their plagiarism discovered (and had their semester grade suffer accordingly). Reminder: Academic dishonesty also includes claiming to have read something that you have not. 

I urge you again to look at the rubric, the student models, and especially my annotated model response. 

Your response over the first half of your book is due on November 16.

Monday:

Here are the in-class group citation quiz instructions:

Each group needs to create a correctly formatted works cited page with four sources. Two of those sources need to come from Academic One File, and two need to come from web searches. For the two from the web, you need to explain why you think this particular source is valid, and how you determined this. Your group also needs to show how you would correctly refer to the source with an in-text citation. This is you and your Hacker guide and any web resources figuring this out together. When you feel you are done, show me your results and I will provide immediate feedback. You will be assessed on the correctness of the last draft you are able to produce during the class period. I will announce your "concept" at the beginning of the class period.

Your concept is aphasia.

Tuesday:

Research, research, research. Now that you've decided upon a concept, it's time (well, it's past time, but it's classtime time) to find the best possible sources to help our readers understand this concept.

For the concept paper, we are looking for a minimum of five pages and a minimum of five sources, at least two of which should come from the DMACC databases. For Thursday/Friday (depending on which period--see note at the beginning of the update about meeting days), you need to have a preliminary works cited page built. I will be providing feedback on sources and citing/formatting during class.

Wednesday (shortened classes):

No class.

Thursday:

Remember: Only fourth period will meet today. Fifth and seventh periods will meet on Friday.

You need to have your preliminary works cited page ready for feedback. I say "preliminary" because you can/should add sources after today.

Minimum of five sources, at least two of which come from DMACC databases.

Friday:

Remember: Fifth and seventh periods will meet today.

You need to have your preliminary works cited page ready for feedback. I say "preliminary" because you can/should add sources after today.

Minimum of five sources, at least two of which come from DMACC databases.

The first draft of the concept paper will be due on Thursday, November 12. This is a slight change (in your favor) from the semester syllabus.

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