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  • Allbee Awards

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    ENTRY DEADLINE: MARCH 21 st Students in undergraduate or graduate UVM English Department courses are invited to submit outstanding papers—any nonfiction topic or genre—completed since March 2010 for our annual Allbee Awards for Outstanding Nonfiction Prose Writing in the following categories: Outstanding paper by a student in English 1 [Read more]
    Posted March 12, 2011.
  • Portfolio 2 Pickup

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Portfolio 2 pickup is tomorrow from 2-5 in my office, 403 Old Mill Annex. If you go to 403 Old Mill rather than the Annex, you’ll find the English Department supply closet, which won’t be terribly helpful. So, be sure to go to the Annex.
    Posted December 14, 2010.
  • Portfolio 2 Pickup

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Portfolio 2 pickup will be on Tuesday 12/14 from 2-5. If these times do not work for you, please email me and I can meet you either earlier or later on 12/14. However, the 14th will be the only day this semester for portfolio pickup. I will be around next semester, and you can come [...]
    Posted December 08, 2010.
  • Reader-Ready Pieces

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    We discussed this in class, but, just for clarity’s sake, by reader-ready I mean two pieces that are polished and as good as they possible can be. So, you should be picking your two pieces that are already closest to this point rather than focusing on some of your more problematic essays. These two pieces [...]
    Posted December 06, 2010.
  • Appeal Process for Portfolio 2

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    The appeal process for Portfolio 2 and final grades in general is going to be similar to what we did last time.  The only significant difference is that you cannot resubmit your portfolio to me along with your letter for me to reconsider because I’ll be leaving on the 15th and handing portfolios back on [...]
    Posted December 06, 2010.
  • For Tomorrow 12/7

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    For tomorrow, please bring in drafts of your two reader-ready pieces for the peer-workshop. These drafts need to contain new work, i.e. things that you have done to make the pieces more reader-ready since the original essays. So, they cannot just be the original draft with my comments on it.
    Posted December 06, 2010.
  • Portfolio 2 Checklist

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Everything from Portfolio 1 including the checklist and the letter that I gave you Exploration 5 brainstorming activity from class Exploration 5 with my comments Exploration 6 with my comments Interpretive paraphrasing activity from class Project 4 with your peer-partner’s comments Project 4 with my comments One of the radical revision prompts…[Read more]
    Posted December 02, 2010.
  • Looking Again at the Verb “To Be” and Verbs Ending in -ing

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    No rule says you can’t use “to be” verbs like “are” and “were” or start a sentence with “It is” or “There are.” Likewise, no rule says you can’t use gerunds, verbs ending with –ing like “running.” But we sometimes fall into these constructions without looking for other options. See how many “to be” and [...]
    Posted December 02, 2010.
  • Eliminating an Unnecessary “That” and Clothing a “Naked This”

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Some sentences depend on “that” to make sense, but often you can drop “that” from a sentence with no loss in meaning—and maybe a big gain in voice. On the other hand, when “this” appears in a sentence without an accompanying noun, your readers may puzzle over what “This” is supposed to mean. So see [...]
    Posted December 02, 2010.
  • Eliminating Passive Voice

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Passive voice constructions can really bog down your essay and make things significantly more confusing than they need to be. A passive voice construction is a verbal phrase where the subject receives the verb’s action. For example, saying “the apples were purchased at the store by me” instead of “I purchased the apples at the [...]
    Posted December 02, 2010.
  • Exploration 7 Peer-Work

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Find a friend, and then do the following: 1. Discuss what two essays each of you are planning on doing as your two reader-ready pieces and why 2. Discuss your plans for revising those two pieces. What areas do you think need the most work? Why? How do you plan on going about resolving problems? [...]
    Posted November 30, 2010.
  • Editing to Make Nouns and Verbs Do the Work

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Look for sentences that rely on adjectives (like beautiful or terrible) or adverbs (intensifiers like really and very plus words ending in –ly like badly or slowly) to convey meaning. Consider how you could make meaning felt all the more by 1) eliminating some, many, or even all of the adjectives and adverbs and 2) [...]
    Posted November 30, 2010.
  • What I Really Mean to Say Is...

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Look through your draft for sentences that are key to meaning but also aren’t quite conveying or capturing what you want and need them to. Maybe the sentences is “circumlocutious,” circling around what you really mean to say. Maybe the sentence understates or overstates, is too general or implies something you don’t mean at all. [...]
    Posted November 30, 2010.
  • Integrating your Quotes

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Once you get your Project 4 back from me, please do the following: 1. Find a quote that isn’t well integrated into your text, i.e. is bomb-dropped 2. Rewrite that section of your paper integrating that quote both physically and by making a quote sandwich, i.e. text that introduces the quote followed by the quote [...]
    Posted November 30, 2010.
  • Effect vs. Affect Cartoons

    Effect vs. Affect Cartoons
    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    So, as we discussed in class, effect is typically a noun and affect is typically a verb. Here are some cartoons to help you remember both those typical meanings and the more obscure meanings of effect as a verb meaning “to bring about” and affect as a noun meaning someone’s apparent mood.
    Posted November 30, 2010.
  • Class Tomorrow 11/30

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    We will be having class tomorrow, as stated in my earlier email. Thus, the schedule is as follows: Tuesday 11/30: Exploration 7 due; revision and editing activities for final portfolio selection; bring your essays to class Thursday 12/2: More revision and editing activities Tuesday 12/7: Peer-workshop for your reader-ready pieces Thursday 12/9:…[Read more]
    Posted November 29, 2010.
  • Exploration 7

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    For Exploration 7 I want you to: 1. Tell me what two essays you plan on using as your reader-ready pieces and why you picked those two 2. Outline your plans for revising/polishing those pieces in detail; you can either describe what you’re going to do in paragraphs or you can just create a bullet [...]
    Posted November 19, 2010.
  • Project 5 and 4

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Please put a hard copy of Project 5 in my box by no later than 5 PM tomorrow. Please drop-off a hard copy rather than emailing it to me. Also, if you’d like your Project 4 back, email me and I can set-up a time to meet you on Friday to return it.
    Posted November 17, 2010.
  • Conferences

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Right after the Thanksgiving break, we will be having optional conferences. I may cancel class on Tuesday 11/30 if a lot of people sign-up for conferences. Otherwise, we’ll have class as planned. I’ll email everyone and post to the blog when I’ve made a decision about that. In the interest of making a timely decision about [...]
    Posted November 17, 2010.
  • Schedule Changes

    Danielle Mary Walsh on English 001
    Thursday 11/18: No class Monday 11/29- Tuesday 11/30: Optional conferences; depending on how many people sign-up we may or may not have class on Tuesday 11/30 Thursday 12/2: Exploration 7 due; revision and editing activities for final portfolio selection; bring your essays to class Tuesday 12/7: Peer-workshop for your reader-ready pieces Thursday…[Read more]
    Posted November 17, 2010.