Calendar-Section 3

“La bella vita” by John Armstrong

Two or more Beauty Podcasts  (You may also reference your own)

Your choice essay or article about beauty from a science-based publication


Free Draft Due: November 15

Formal Draft Due: November 29

November 6 (Tuesday)

    • Formal Draft 2 Due!
    • Share “What is Beauty” presentations
    • For next class:
      • Print, Read, And Annotate “La Bella Vita” by John Armstrong
        • Paper 3 Due (Free Draft): November 15th
          Paper 3 Due (Final Draft): November 29th
      • Photograph annotations if you plan to showcase this round in your ePortfolio. Please bring a physical copy of your annotations to class. (worth 3 homework points)
      • Blog #14: (200-300 words) Explore Armstrong’s statement, “To regard beauty as a luxury adornment or a social signifier was to miss the true potential of the experience.” Expand on this comment. How do you view beauty? How do you feel that your community* views beauty? Choose at least one other quote from Armstrong’s essay to integrate into your writing as you consider all that Armstrong’s statement implies.
        • *Please feel free to select “a community” of your choice. For example, you could work with American mainstream society, UNE, or your major’s department.

November 8 (Thursday)

  • Minor in Writing at UNE!
  • Commas!
  • Recursive Writing Process Sheet
  • Prompt 3
  • Small group/ Large group class discussion Armstrong
  • For Saturday (Hybrid Hour):
    • Blog #15: Select and read an article/essay on beauty from a science-based periodical.  Introduce and briefly summarize the article. Begin to brainstorm how you plan to incorporate this text into your argument.
    • Next, choose 2 presentations that you hope to work with and briefly explain why. (Please make sure that your podcast is available on your ePortfolio as a page–not a post.) Did a presentation lend you a fresh perspective? Challenge your thinking? Inspire you? Make sure to create a hyperlink to your peer’s presentation on your peer’s webpage. (200-300 words)
    • For Tuesday 
      • Comment on your peer pod’s portfolios. Respond to their observations. Do you agree or disagree? Consider suggesting another podcast with which you feel your peer could work. (6 points!)
    • Blog Post #16
    • Choose to either:
      • Complete a working outline with a complete and thorough thesis and complete claim sentences. I would also like you to include references to the actual quotes you plan to use as you develop your argument
      • -or-
      • Free write/Brainstorm. Narrow the prompt to a question that you can use to develop a thesis. (For example: How can young Americans use beauty to improve society?) Complete a 500-word free write responding to your question and highlight any “claim seeds” or hidden statements that you hope to use in your free draft.

November 13 (Tuesday)

  • H3- Complete Podcasts H1- No class (In observance of Veteran’s Day)
  • For Thursday:
    • Free Draft Due.

November 15 (Thursday)

  • Free Draft Due. Exchange with peers. Important: If you want me to comment on your paper, please send me specific questions or areas on which you would like me to focus in a separate email.
  • Conversation (What makes for a good conversationalist?)
    • (1) Be genuinely interested in person (2) Listen deeply (3) Converse not debate (or argue) (4) Respect don’t impose, criticize or judge (5) Be true to yourself (6) Ask purposeful questions
  • Multimodal composition
  • Choose to Visit: Wired Magazine, anything by Aatish Bhatia , and The Book of Life and notice how different authors and publications use language, audio, visual, spatial organization, and even gestures to communicate.

In class blog:

  • Blog #17
  • PART 1: Begin to brainstorm how you plan to incorporate other media into your final essay. (200-300 words) Include links and/or descriptions of media that you hope to use in your final essay and describe how these choices will work with your alphabetic text to better communicate your overall idea. Finally, attempt to label each source and briefly mention how you will go about correctly citing these sources in your Works Cited section.
  • Class check-in/Class discussion–Armstrong
  • For Next Class
    • Peer Review

Week 13— That Moveable Draft

November 20 (Tuesday)


  1. Peer reads a brief selection from paper out loud (author’s choice).
  2. Author voices questions or areas of concern.
  3. Discussion flows from there (Shoot for 15-20 minutes of conversation)
  4. Author is responsible for taking notes during the conversation. Please work together to help the author narrow his or her thesis so that it is thorough, specific, and capable of supporting a full paper. (To do this, look for “claim-seeds” or a hidden pattern of logic or interest. Keep in mind that the paper must deeply engage Armstrong’s ideas, including Schiller’s notions about the human drives/forms.)
  5. The author should write this new and improved thesis on an index card before leaving the class. Post an image of the index card thesis on Blog #18 with the Revision Strategy. (If you have a perfect thesis, already, use this time to come up with stronger claim sentences or better quotes.)
  • Complete Revision Strategy (in class)
  • Hand back papers
  • Before Saturday (midnight):
      • Blog #18: Revision Strategy. I would like you to take some minutes and reflect on your peer review experience. Return to your peer’s notes. Flip through your own. Now is the time to develop a strategy.Your strategy is the plan of action you will take to achieve your overall aim ( strategy should include:
  1. Your goal (or goals), articulated in your own words
  2. The steps you plan to take to achieve this goal (in order of priority)
  3. What you see as your biggest challenge
  4. And what will you do if a challenge comes up that proves too difficult for you to solve on your own? In other words, what resources do you plan to use?

You may share your strategy using video, audio, or written communication.

Please note that written strategies should be between 200-300 words long. Audio and video strategies should last at least 3 minutes.

Week 14—Wrapping it up

November 27 (Tuesday)

  • Extra credit due, if using
  • How to use the apostrophe
  • ePortfolio: What’s coming these next days.
  • Favorite revision strategies. Roundtable discussion.
    • MLA formatting, going deeper and using specifics. Here’s your chance to ask last minute questions.
  • For next class:
    • Formal Draft Due Thursday


November 29 (Thursday)

  • Formal Draft Due Today!
    • Runner’s fatigue and the finish line
  • First five minutes: How can we improve the hybrid experience?
  • End of term Self-Assessment Survey
  • ePortfolio Assignment–With a focus on Section 3 and 4.
  • Tech 101–organizing menu
  • For Saturday (midnight):
    • Begin to work on ePortfolio. Complete Section 3 and 4 (at least) of your framing letter and share with me and your partner by Saturday as a Google document.
  • Hybrid Hour (Due by Tuesday)
    • Peer review framing letter section 3 and 4. Make sure that your peer addresses all elements of the framing letter prompt. Make specific suggestions that will help direct your peer’s ongoing revisions.
    • Finish assembling all elements of the ePortfolio. Remember, you will have time to formalize the drafts. (Use placeholders if you need to, but I recommend getting something down). What’s important is that you come in with a “complete” free digital draft of your ePortfolio.


Week 15—Fin.

December 4 (Tuesday)

  • ePortfolio work/Evaluate a “Buddy”
  • Continue to work on ePortfolios
  • For next class
    • Finalize ePortfolios. Due on Thursday!

December 6 (Thursday)

  • Last Class!
  • Hand in ePortfolios
  • Class Discussion/Reflection.

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