Calendar- Section 3


Yo-Yo Ma’s “Necessary Edges

Jonah Lehrer’s “The Future of Science…Is Art?

Optional School of Life Short Film What is Art For?  

Your Choice Essay


Paper 2 Due (Free Draft): November 4

Paper 2 Due (Formal Draft with Multimodal Statement) November 18


October 21 (Monday)

  • Free Write: Grammar 101: Check-in. What surface error topics, global error hang ups would you like me to touch on. What is working for you? What makes it more difficult for you to learn?
  • Formal Draft Due! HW, What’s happening next.
  • Presentations (Section C)
  • multimodal text 101
  • Favorite Writing Strategies Sheet: FavoriteRecursiveWritingProcessStrategies
    • For Next class:
      • Print, read, and annotate “Necessary Edges: Arts, Empathy, and Education” By Yo-Yo Ma (Please bring to class on Thursday)
      • Blog # 14
      • STEP 1) Please upload at least 3-5 pages of your annotations to your Blog and briefly reflect on how you feel you are achieving your annotation goals. (15-25 words)
      • STEP 2) Revisit your notes on active reading and understanding context and do your best to describe each of the three contexts we’ve discussed in class. 1) What is the surrounding context for this essay? Where and when was it first published? Who wrote the essay, and what do you notice about the author’s bio? 2) What is the circumstantial context? What circumstances surround your personal reading experience? What is your purpose for reading this text? 3) Describe the intentional context. What is the rhetorical situation? What is the scope? What is the “so what?” Finally, please choose three unfamiliar words or references to look up. Define or explain those terms in your blog.

October 23 (Wednesday)

  • Free Write: Do you agree with Yo-Yo Ma that art can build empathy? Spend two minutes quickly researching online before you write.
  • Review Paragraphs–Build a TREAC together. (Work toward a Barclay)
  • Group Discussion YoYo Ma’s essay (Content)
    • Headings, and prepared questions
    • Prompt 3
    • Favorite Strategies Sheet (Section C)
  • For next class:
    • Don’t forget to fill out your Favorite Strategies Sheet
    • Print, Read, and Annotate Jonah Lehrer’s “The Future of Science…Is Art?
    • Jonah Lehrer Blog #15 Practice with Paragraphs
      • Please upload an image of 3-5 pages of annotations.
      • Write two paragraphs–one Barclay and one TREAC. Your Barclay can pair Lehrer with Yo-Yo Ma or it can pair Lehrer with a self-to-text, world-to-text “illustration.”

October 25 (Friday)

  • Free Write: Case against Good and Bad  
  • Prompt 3
  • Assign Library Field Trip
  • Discuss Lehrer’s “The Future of Science is Art”
  • For next class:
    • Prepare for the Library (Have a plan)
    • Read: Skeptics May Object: Planting a Naysayer in Your Text” from They Say/I Say pages 78-90. Blog: Naysayer—Voice your objections: Practice reading as a believer and as a doubter
    • Blog #16: Try writing your own naysayer paragraph. Try to write your paragraph so that you can include it in your free draft.


Week 10—Engaging the World

October 28 (Monday)


 October 30 (Wednesday)

  • Free Write: Comma Story. As you free write, pay particular attention to your commas. Answer the question: What is the particular role that your believe art can play in addressing your choice problem? Consider: what can’t art do? 
  • Section C: Favorite Strategies Sheet
  • Class discussion: Jonah Lehrer
    • Connecting Strategy with YoYo Ma
  • Small Group Discussion: What is art?
  • For Next Class
    • Please bring annotated copies of Ma and Lehrer to class on Friday. We will put them to good use. 
    • Blog post #18: Begin your paper. You can have a brainstorm session: Choose your favorite brainstorming activity (“follow the thread,” clustering, columns, or free write) to help you decide on an angle you want to take when drafting this next paper. Please post evidence of this brainstorming activity into your post.
    • You can begin to draft: If you have already decided what angle you want to argue, feel free to make an outline, including a tentative thesis statement and 3-4 strong claim sentences you plan to use in order to make your point.

November 1 (Friday)

Week 11—Peer Review

November 4 (Monday)
  • Free Write: Apostrophes
  • Discuss Extra Credit Opportunities
    • Peer Review: (Worth up to two PR point per Form. Fill out Checkboxes as appropriate and leave detailed explanations for unmarked boxes in margins.)  Due along with Peer Review
    • Worth 6 extra HW points: Watch What is Art For? . After you have watched the short video, visit an art museum, and write a 200-400 word multimodal blog post connecting your visit with the School of Life video. Please specificly name the museum you choose to visit as well as any referenced peices of work you note. Note: Any one under 21 can visit the Portland Museum of Art for free with the Susie Konkel Pass. Highly recommended. Due Monday, November 11th.
  • Free Draft Due! Exchange.
  • For next class:
    • Finish Peer Review Marginal Notes and End Note. Don’t forget your 150-word note! Please make sure that you do your best. Please POST ONE COMPLETED peer review–including the 150 word note–on your site as a POST labled Peer Review #3.
November 6 (Wednesday)
  • Free Write: What is the purpose of a higher education? Can Science Save Us?
  • Look at Sample Multimodal Essay Examples
  • Peer review!
  • For next class:
    • Blog 19: After perusing the remaining chapters from They Say/ I Say, choose one to read. Try to base your choice on a problem area that you would like to address. For your blog post, please summarize your choice chapter and explain why you chose to read it. Finally, please put what you learned to work in your revision. Explain what you changed and the impact that it had on your ongoing paper.
November 8 (Friday)
  • Free Write: Critical Thinking. Apply these tips to your thesis. 1) Formulate your question. 2) Gather (or revisit) your information. 3) Apply the information. 4) Consider the implications 5) Explore other points of view.
  • Reverse Outline Practice
  • Class conversation: What are your biggest hangups?
  • Grade A Paper
  • Multimodal discussion
      • Class time to work
  • For next class:

    • Draft: Multimodal Statement that includes an explanation for your individual multimodal choices as well as your reasoning for where you incorporated your media and how this placement influenced your overall argument. For example, if you choose to include an image, why that image, in particular, and why did you choose to place it where you placed it? How does your image work with your linguistic text to achieve your goal? Your Multimodal Statement will count toward 10% of your paper’s overall grade 

Week 12—With a Little Help from our Peers

November 11 (Monday)

  • Grammar 101: Grammar Lessons With Food
  • Claim Sentence Exercise
    • Reverse Outline
  • Peer review Multimodal Statement
    • For next class:

      • Use the Little Seagull, the UNE Library Site, or OWL Purdue to complete your Works Cited page. Use this time to investigate how to cite an image–if using.
      • Please bring They Say/ I Say to class tomorrow


November 13 (Wednesday)

  • Grammar 101: “Beware Nominalizations
  • Free Write: (A challenge) Summarize your favorite movie in one paragraph.
  • Read Klinkinborg—Wordiness Class Exercise
  • They Say/ I Say Rocket Round Revision
  •   For Next Class:
    • Blog 20: Revise a paragraph based on Klinkinborg’s advice. Post the before and after. Reflect on what you notice about the changes.
    • Prepare They Say/I Say “Rocket Round.” Don’t forget to bring in 19 copies of your Revision Worksheet. 
November 15 (Friday)
  • They Say/I Say “Rocket Round” Revision
  • How to add pages to your ePortfolio
  • For next class:
    • Paper 3 Due with Multimodal Statement


Week 13—Final Lap!

November 18 (Monday)

  • Neil De Grasse Tyson’s Knowledge vs. Thinking
  • Paper 3 Due with Multimodal Statement!
  • Grade Paper.
  • For next class:
    • Use the opportunity to revise paper one last time before officially handing it in. Please fill out grading rubric for your paper and bring to class on Wednesday (if you’ve yet to give it to me).


November 20 (Wednesday)

  • Free Write: It’s time to take stock. Let’s practice making claims and supporting those claims with evidence. At the top of your paper write: This semester I learned such and such…  Try to have some fun with this. I’m sure you’ve learned a lot of things inside and outside of the classroom. Be prepared to share.
  • Section A: Writing Fellow Survey
  • Other Survey
  • ePortfolio Assignment
  • Read and annotate
  • Section C: Recursive Writing Sheet
  • For next class:
    • Begin to gather your evidence and complete a free draft of number 3. Please share your draft with me as a Google Document. We will peer review on Friday. (New Groups!)


November 22 (Friday)

  • Free Write: Take out “My Recursive Writing Process” and brainstorm ideas.
  • Recursive Writing Sheet Brainstorming Session
  • Peer Review ePortfolio work – #3
  • Continue to work on ePortfolios
  • Continue to work on ePortfolios 
    • If time, unpack #2 
    • For next class:
      • Work toward completing Portfolios. Visit Digispace, if necessary. 


Week 14—Almost there!

November 25 (Monday)

  • Words-  Putting it all together.
  • Final blog post. Blog #21 As you reflect on the class’s trajectory of readings in the context of this podcast, what role do you see language playing in your life? Work hard to articulate your relationship with language–the good, the bad, and the ugly. How important has language been to you in the past? How important is it now? What role do you see language playing in your future? 
  • For next class
    • Enjoy your break.

November 27 (Wednesday)


November 29 (Friday)


December 2 (Monday)

  • Work on ePortfolios – Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 4
  • In-class work time

December 4 (Wednesday)

  • Life is not a journey? (Or: If life is a journey, what is the destination?)
  • Outcomes Survey:
  • Evaluate a Buddy
    • Revisit the orginal prompt and report on your peer’s portfolio project. 
      • 1) Does your peer include all of the necessary samples?
      • 2)Does your peer address the questions posed by the framing statement prompts?
      • 3) Does your peer use evidence to support the claims they make in their framing statements?
      • 4) Check every link and let your peer know if any links need additional work.
  • Paper #3
  • In-class work time

December 6 (Friday)

  • Multimodal Badge
  • Class Discussion/Reflection
  • Leave your postcard.
  • (Optional) Hand in ePortfolios. Optional help.