• Posted May 02, 2011.
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    dcoker on English 001: Written Expression
    Class, As promised, here’s the portfolio requirements: 1. You don’t have to include anything from your mid-term portfolio unless you chose to revise anything. If you did, you need to include the original plus the revision. You do, however, need to include the evaluation sheet I included in your portfolio. If you can’t find it, […]
    Posted April 27, 2011.
  • Op-ed due Wednesday

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    Remember, your op-eds are due on blackboard on Wednesday. Go to bb.uvm.edu, find our class, go to the discussion board, click on op-ed, create a new thread, copy and paste your op-ed. Done. Also, you must respond (on the discussion board), to three (3) of your fellow students’ op-eds. This should be a short response […]
    Posted April 18, 2011.
  • For Monday

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    For Monday, please come with a draft of your op-ed. Remember to check your op-ed’s for both appropriate length (shoot for between 650 and 700 words) and clarity. We will workshop the drafts again on Monday. They will be due (you will post them to a discussion board I will create on BB) on Wednesday, […]
    Posted April 15, 2011.
  • Op-ed questions

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    I want you to come into class on Friday with answers to the following questions about your “journey” from research project to op-ed: 1: What topic now interests you? (after reading and identifying the key moments and surprising discoveries you-hopefully-made in your research project) 2: How will you support your new argument with a mix […]
    Posted April 13, 2011.
  • Readings for tomorrow

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    Remember, I want you to decide which one of these op-eds is more effective, and write a note explaining why. Article I:  Parents sway youth obesity Children didn’t do this to themselves. For years, the nation steadily has become aware of the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, said Karen Ramsey, health education supervisor at the Nash County Health […]
    Posted April 07, 2011.
  • Tomorrow's reading

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    Just this: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1441/full It’s a research-based essay. We will discuss it tomorrow.
    Posted March 31, 2011.
  • Research Workshop Questions

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    1. Does this project move from a unique question (not necessarily phrased as a question) to an original explanation? 2. Does the author’s voice come through? Could this research project have been written by anyone else? Or is it clear that the author is personally invested? 3. Does the research command authority and make you […]
    Posted March 30, 2011.
  • Musings and last minute instructions about the research project

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    Class, As promised, here are the requirements for the research project plus some free-of-charge musings on the interview component. Requirements: 1. 4-6+ pages. Not three pages and one line, at least four full pages. 2. At least one interview with an expert in the field you are researching. (more below). 3. The project must be based on […]
    Posted March 29, 2011.
  • Wednesday's assignment

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    Class(es), For Wednesday, I want you to take a closer look at one of the five questions you asked about your five topics. Remember, I asked you to turn your five topic ideas into questions: Ex. “Hydroelectric power is the best option for replacing America’s dependence on fossil fuels” could be turned into the question […]
    Posted March 21, 2011.
  • Notes from our class on research topics

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    Class, Here are just a few notes from our class on what makes a good research paper: 1: A good research paper seems to move from an original question to a unique explanation rather than from a problem to a solution (feel free to disagree with this characterization, just be ready to back up your […]
    Posted March 21, 2011.
  • Research Research Research

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    Here is the promised link to the research guide:  http://researchguides.uvm.edu/content.php?pid=21561 Remember, this guide is not specifically for our class, but it still has some great resources. Here is the prompt for our research paper: Compose a research-based essay on an issue or question that you also have experience with and a  stake in. As in Project 1, […]
    Posted March 15, 2011.
  • No Class Friday

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    Remember, we don’t have class on Friday. I wouldn’t want people showing up then being mortally disappointed that they couldn’t discuss radical revision one more day 🙂 However, portfolios are due by 430 p.m. Friday in the English department offices; go to the fourth level of the main staircase in Old Mill Annex lobby, take a right […]
    Posted March 03, 2011.
  • Radical Revision Checklist:

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    Here is a run-through of the things we discussed in our workshop class. 1.How does your radical revision represent a new angle/vision on your project 1 topic? I’m looking for a radical, vision-altering change, not simply clarification or grammatical correction. 2. Do you know your audience? Do you have a clear idea of your audience’s […]
    Posted February 28, 2011.
  • For Monday:

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    Remember, for Monday you will need to bring a draft of your radical revision. It need not be complete, but it must be enough to workshop with your peers. Also, you will need to bring in your approximately one-page revision plan. In this plan, you will simply tell me what surprised you in your re-reading of your project […]
    Posted February 26, 2011.
  • Wednesday

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    Part 2-what we are doing Wednesday. For Wednesday, I simply want you to go through your project I and note any interesting/excellent/questionable rhetorical moves you made. What clams did I make in the piece? What questions did I ask? What issues did I explore? Where did I get my ideas? Who is the audience and how did […]
    Posted February 21, 2011.
  • What's due in the portfolio

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    As promised, I am updating the blog with two posts. This one will outline what is due in the portfolio. The portfolio is due Friday, March 4 in class. It should contain all of your projects and explorations, plus a cover letter (we will go over the parameters in class). This should include Exploration 1-your […]
    Posted February 21, 2011.
  • Evaluation Guidelines for Project 2

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    As we went over in class: 1. Does your project demonstrate a clear knowledge of both the text and the author’s point in writing the text? 2. Does your project hold your reader’s attention? Even if your argument isn’t groundbreaking, do you present it in a fresh, original way? 3. Is your project understandable? 4. […]
    Posted February 14, 2011.
  • No reading journals this week!!

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    Yay. Since we are only going over one reading, the journals seemed pointless. In assignment news, your task for Friday (whether or not you choose to accept it) is to find a rhetorically interesting peice of writing and bring it into class ready to discuss it. That’s it. Enjoy the cold midweek.
    Posted February 09, 2011.
  • Assignment for Wednesday 2/9

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    For Wednesday, read “The Greatest Nature Essay Ever” in your E and E book. Decide what you think Doyle’s point in writing the essay is (there are no wrong answers) and tell me in a single paragraph. Then, pick one paragraph from the essay and annotate it in some detail. Tell me how it works […]
    Posted February 08, 2011.