Calendar (Section 1)

“Metaphorically Speaking” by James Geary (TED talk)
“See through Words” by Michael Erard
“The Trouble with Medicine’s Metaphors” by Dhruv Khullar

Paper 1 Due (“Free Draft”): September 18th
Paper 1 Due (“Formal Draft”): September 27th


Week 1—Introductions and Self-Assessment

August 28 (Wednesday)
  • Introductions, Welcome to class
  • Syllabus
  • Best class and worst class
    • Expectations
    • Strategies
  • Exit prompt: Name/ Preferred Pronoun. Favorite book/story. Describe Fears or Hopes for this class.
  • For next class:
    • STEP ONE: Set a timer for fifteen minutes. Now, think of a problem or question that you need to “process” and free write in your notebook about this problem/question for the full 15 minutes. Do your best to keep going. Try not to stop. Think on the page, and keep that pen or pencil moving. No one but you needs to read what you write. You can use your sentences to try to seek a solution or you can use your sentences to explore your thoughts/feelings about the problem. If your sentences wander, that’s okay. Try not to stress if you write a sentence like, “I don’t know what to write right now. I can hear my roommate chewing. She must be eating chips.”
    • STEP TWO: TYPE a formal 3-4 paragraphs analyzing what you think about when you hear the phrase, “the writing process.” Please reference your experience free writing in your response. While you do not necessarily need to share specifics about your problem, please be as specific as possible when you describe your experience. For example, you could write, “I found that it was difficult to focus on my problem. My attention continued to shift from my paper to my phone” or “I tried to better understand how I felt about my problem, but my sentences frequently contradicted themselves, and this made me confused,” or “I realized something new about my problem around ten minutes into the writing process.” Finally, please make sure that you address the role that you believe REVISION plays or could play in the writing process. Feel free to reference past writing experiences.
    • STEP 3: Practice sharing your Analysis with me as a Google Document (Labeled: NameSectionTitle)
    • Please bring your laptop to class on Tuesday and every class, hereafter
August 30 (Friday)
  • Free Write- Name/ Preferred Pronoun. Favorite book/story. Describe Fears or Hopes for this class.
  • Check-in: Writing Process.
  • Active Reading Exercise (From Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards) (Video)
  • What did we learn?
  • For next class:
    • Complete Start of Term Self-Assessment (Approx: 10 minutes)
    • Watch Metaphorically Speaking” by James Geary. Please print the transcript and bring to class–we will use the transcript in a class exercise. (Approx. 10 minutes)
    • Google Doc: After you have watched Geary’s TED talk, describe a metaphor that applies to your life and place it in direct conversation with Geary’s TED talk. The metaphor could be personal, for example, “life is a road,” “the world is a stage,” etc. You could also explore metaphors that pertain to your career path or current discipline. Imagine you are in a conversation with Geary and you are attempting to personally relate to the topic at hand. Use Geary’s logic to identify the source and target of your metaphor. Do you feel that your metaphor gives you a more “vivid understanding” of your target? If so, in what ways? Is your metaphor synesthetic? Try to analyze the consequences of your choice metaphor. What expectations does it create? How does the metaphor empower and/or limit your thinking? (200-300 words. Printed.) (approx. 45 minutes)
    • Please bring Geary’s Transcript and Laptop to class

Week 2—Settling in and Engaging Text

September 2 (Monday)
    • NO CLASS!

September 4 (Wednesday)

  • Discuss Geary: Life is a garden vs. Life is a roller coaster. What’s the Diff?
  • How we learn. Reflecting on the Active Reading Exercise 
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  • Active Reading Handout: Some Thoughts on Active Reading
  • Setting up ePortfolio tutorial in class
  • For next class:
    • Finish Establishing your ePortfolio–Please make sure that you flesh out your About Me page.  (approx. time: 30-60 minutes)
    • BLOG 1:
      • Annotate Geary’s transcript and upload an image of your annotations. Compare your first experience with Geary with your second experience. Did you notice something new while reading? Did you build new text-to-self or text-to-world connections? Highlight a moment in your “conversation” with Geary that stands out to you. Please explain why. 200-300 words. (approx. time: 30-60 minutes)
September 6 (Friday)
  • Free Write: What makes for Good Conversation?
  • “Klinkinborg ‘Noticing’ Free write–“Follow the Thread” Exercise
  • Discuss Geary
  • For Next Class: 
  • Print, Read, and Annotate “See through Words” by Michael Erard (Please refer to “Some Thoughts on Active Reading” as you annotate) (est. time: 45 minutes)
  • Blog 2: After you have read and marked Erard’s text, please choose two places that sparked your interest and engage those moments in conversation. In other words: choose two to three marginal comments that you make and “Follow The Thread.” Please incorporate an image of your annotated text into your blog (3-5 pages). You may choose to handwrite or type your exploratory writing. The important thing is that your brainstorming session is legible as it appears on your blog. Don’t forget to categorize your blog post as ENG 110. Your class blogs should run around 200-300 words. (est. time: 45 minutes) 

Week 3—The Changing Reality of the Text

September 9 (Monday)
  • Free Write: Imagine you are a metaphor designer and you’ve been asked to help design a metaphor that will help young people understand college/ the purpose of a higher education.
  • Small-to-large group discussion about Erard’s essay
  • For Next Class:
      • If you have yet to do so, please customize the header image on your ePortfolio  (Worth 3 hw points)
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      • Reread Erard’s essay. Use a different color pen or pencil to layer your active reading notes, one on the other.
      • Please post an image of 3-5 pages of your layered annotations.
      • Write Blog #3 (200-400 words) comparing your second reading experience with your first. Did you notice something new? Did you react differently to one of the author’s claims? Did you read something critically when, at first, you read it as a believer or vice versa? Continue to “clear the fog.” Look up at least two more terms or references that you don’t know. Please elaborate on one moment that “clearing the fog” helped you better understand the author’s argument. Finally, please include a hyperlink to at least one resource you used to “clear the fog.” Remember: when seeking quick definitions or glossary terms, you don’t need to be too particular about your source. Feel free to use Wikipedia or the Remember, you aren’t conducting research, just trying to clarify a reference or term that you can’t initially place.
      • Don’t forget to categorize your blog post as ENG 110Don’t forget to copy your link as comment onto class blog. (est. time: 60-90 minutes)
      • Please bring They Say/ I Say to class on Wednesday
September 11 (Wednesday)
  • Free Write: On the one hand _____________. On the other hand, __________________. (Try to keep your write about metaphor and/or the power of language to influence how we understand ourselves and the world.)
  • Annotation Check
  • Prompt 1 (Free Draft Due September 18)
  • Writing Fellow–Meeting Catagories
  • Class Discussion: Rereading Erard. What’s the point?
  • I believe that a metaphor could impact a person’s physical health.(Conversation Extended) Support, Complicate, Develop, and Disagree!
  • Complete Start of Term Self-Assessment (Approx: 10 minutes)
  • For next class:
    • Revisit Prompt Free Draft Due: Sept 18th
    • Print, Read, and Annotate “The Trouble with Medicine’s Metaphors” by Dhruv Khullar (est. time 45 minutes)
    • As always, please include 3-5 pages of your annotations.
    • For Blog #4:
      • STEP 1: Choose at least 3 quotes from Khullar’s text. Beneath each quote, write a brief passage that either SUPPORTS, DEVELOPS, COMPLICATES, and or DISAGREES WITH the quote. Please clearly lable each response.
      • STEP 3: Finally, choose 2 more quotes–one from Geary and one from Erard. Choose quotes that strike you as relevant to the conversation. After identifying the source use 1-2 sentences to explain why you chose each quote. (est. time: 45 minutes)
    • Don’t forget to categorize your blog post as ENG 110.
September 13 (Friday)
  • Free Write:  Blog work exercise:ePortfolio Pod Work: Visit the person’s blog AFTER you in alphabetical order. Read their Blog #4 and leave a comment. Your comment should target their choice quotes as well as their responses. Has this person noticed a quote that you missed? Could you add something to your peer’s conversation? *If your peer has yet to post, move on to the next person in line.
    • Discuss Dhruv Khullar’s “The Trouble with Medicine’s Metaphors”—Small Group, Large Group Discussion
  • For next class:
    • Read and Annotate Introduction and Chapter 1 (1-29) from They Say/I Say. (You do not need to post an image of these annotations, although I will check them in class) (est. time 45 minutes) 
    • Read Class Blog (est. time 15 minutes): Establishing Stakes and the Introductory Paragraph. Follow instructions.
    • Blog #5: Use the insight gleaned from They Say/I Say and the blog post to compose a working introductory paragraph. (Approx. 45-60 minutes)

Week 4—Revision as Process

September 16 (Monday)
  • Free Write:  TBA
  • Khullar Conversation
  • Essay organization
  • Introductory Paragraph, Casual Workshop
  • For next class:
    • Finish Free Draft with two questions and/or areas of focus. Due on Tuesday. Please bring 4 copies. 
September 18 (Wednesday)
  • Free Write: How do we learn?
  • Free Draft Due! Exchange papers. 
  • Peer Review Strategies and Assignment
  • In Class Workshop
  • For next class:
    • Prepare Peer Review. Remember to bring in 2 copies of your 150-word comment.
September 20 (Friday)
  • (If time) Exit Discussion: Please describe your experience prioritizing global edits over local edits. What was the most helpful thing a person said? What was the least helpful?
  • For next class:
    • Please bring your Little Seagull to class on Monday. 
    • BLOG #6:
      • Part 1: After reading Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” (est. time: 15 minutes), take a minute to compare and contrast your own first draft (and the experience of writing it) with Lamott’s descriptions. What did you notice? Did anything surprise you about this short essay? Did anything offend you? (100-150 words) (est. time: 20 minutes)
      • Part 2: At the bottom of your post, please type/include your REVISION PLAN STRATEGY (est. time 40 minutes)

Week 5—Writer as Driver

September 23 (Monday)
  • “Good Writing”
  • “Writing Process” / Anne Lammott
  • Peer Review
  • TRIAC and Barclay
  • Paragraph workshop
  • Hand out Grading Rubric for Revision– 
    • NOTE: Your “position statement” = Your thesis
  • For next class:
    • Please bring your Little Seagull to class on Wednesday. 
    • Use the grading rubric to continue to revise your paper.
    • Blog# 7: List 4 areas from the rubric that provide you with the greatest learning opportunity. Feel free to include areas that confuse or confound you. Spend a few sentences elaborating on each choice.
September 25 (Wednesday)