Essay #1

IS-E 100

We’re going to begin with the premise that this research is correct.

Watch RSA Animations’ Video of a Daniel Pink lecture:  Drive

Thus, our class operates on 3 principles:

Autonomy-As much as possible, topics are chosen by you, genre is chosen by me.   As much as possible, due dates for first drafts and revisions are up for negotiation.  As much as possible, what topics we cover in terms of grammar and writing process is up for negotiation.

Mastery-I operate on the basic premise that writing is like basketball.   You may not play a game every day, but if you want to get better you handle the basket ball, practice dribbling, shoot free throws, just get on the court and try different things..  Thus, if you want to get better at writing, you write…a lot.

In addition, I will actively ask you participate in discussions, getting to know your classmates, feeling comfortable with speaking up.

Purpose-To that end,

Blog Post #1:  “Why do we write?”

Write 250 words on the above topic.

Lab Work:  

1) Type your first Blog Post into MS Word.   In the interest of making it easy to find, save it with a simple title of “Lab Assignment-1” on your flashdrive or on the desktop.

Then open up your e-mail, put my e-mail address (dmciver@unm.edu) in the “To:” slot, and “Lab Assignment/Blog Address” in the “Subject” slot.

Attach “Lab Assignment-1” to this e-mail.

2)  Before you press send, open up wordpress.com

Sign-up to create a blog (give it a name you’ll remember).   Copy the text from your word file and post it in your blog as your first post.

In the body of the e-mail, write the name of your blog (it should look something like:   www.unmwriter.wordpress.com )

Then send.

Thursday:

Guiding Question.   Why do we write and when was the last time we wrote?

List student responses on the board.

Listen to J. Ivy’s “I Need to Write.

Here’s the text:

I Need to Write
By J. Ivy

I need to write
I need to sit my black, narrow ass down and write
Yeah, the hustle got me hustlin’ but
I must live myself out a time for me well
“What about me?” I ask
“What about the stories that I need to tell?”
I need to write

Cause can’t nobody do it for me
Can’t nobody document my inspirations the way I can
Can’t nobody compliment my aspirations the way I can
Only I can, Only I can, Only I can
So, I need to write

I need to gather up some words and write
I need to gather up some thoughts and write
I need to write
Cause I’m tired of the same old pieces
I know yall tired of hearing the same old pieces
Cause the same old pieces got the same old problems

But I got new problems, more problems,
Problems that change, problems that rearrange
This homeless cat asked me for some money
But got mad when at me cause I aint got no spare change
I need to write

Me & my girl been arguing
I need to write
My boy told me that we need to take it to the next level
So I need to write

My pops died and it’s hard dealin with it
I need to write
I know yall can’t wait for the book
I need to write

I need to write
I need to write

They done stole my hooptie?
I need to write
The cops said I fit the description
I need to write

Wait, wait, hold on, hold on
You mean to tell me my wallet look like a gun?
I need to write
My lil brother got mugged by some grown thug
I need to write

You talkin bout me behind my back?
I need to write
I aint got it no more
I need to write

My ex tried to fuck my boy
I need to write
The weather been actin awfully funny
I need to write

It’s time to take Jesus off that cross
I need to write
Cops killin brothers
Cops killin sisters
Free Mama Mia
I need to write

Wait, wait, wait
You gone kick off WWIII
And possibly drive me?
I need to write
Oh so I’m gay cause I don’t wanna fuck you?

I need to write
They was takin good care of little Freeman boy
But what about the shorties in the projects?
I need to write

You sayin I’m bogus cause I didn’t come to your event cause I was tired?
I need to write
I distinctly remembered askin for 6 wings with mild sauce
Why does this shit only have 4?

I need to write
I think about writin third person cause the first is hurt
Life is a job and the birds is workin
My soul is rehearsin for when the lord pulls the curtain
Words are words but maybe it’s your actions that’s doin the cursin
I need to write

Just yesterday, it was illegal for me to write
Where my pen at?
I need to write

Homework:  Read Kurt Vonnegut’s How to Write with Style on page 39 in the 80 Readings for Composition textbook.

Vonnegut Powerpoint

Pair students and have them generate a list of how college is different than high school.

Collectively write the differences on the board.

Audience:  How would the list be different if you were explaining it to someone who doesn’t understand high school or American high school?

Blog #2 What did you wish you knew before your first week?

Read Annie Dillardfrom An American Childhood on page 312 in the Readings for Composition textbook.

Homework for Thursday.

We’re going to be writing about College.

  1. What is college?
  2. How is it different than high school?

Blog #3  

In what ways is Annie Dillard’s childhood experience “American?”

or

What would be an idyllic college experience?

Had students list…The American Dream and their American Dream, then put them on the board and discuss.

Lecture:   4 Types of Sentences.

Important Terms to understand.

1.  Dependent Clause-a clause that has a subject and a verb but CANNOT stand alone as a sentence.

2.  Independent Clause-a clause that has a subject and a verb and CAN stand alone as a sentence.

1.  Simple Sentence-Has a subject and a verb or a subject and two or more verbs (compound predicate) or two or more subjects and a verb (compound subject).  By definition,  a simple sentence is an independent clause.

2.  Compound Sentence-Has two or more independent clauses joined with coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).

3.  Complex Sentence-Has at least a dependent clause and a independent clause.

4.  Compound/Complex Sentence-Has at least a dependent clause and two independent clauses.

And for bragging rights…what type of sentence is the 2nd sentence (at 4 pages long) of Rick Moody’s Purple America ?  You have a 25% chance of guessing right, but I want to know why you picked what you did.

Background for Essay #1

Homework:   Read 107-114 in R.I.P. in preparation for Essay #1

Trailer for The Walking Dead.

And for background, the wikipedia link to Max Brooks’ World War Z

How to begin?   List what you think are major points about college.

Audience:   the point of phrasing the question the way I did is to get you to think about who your audience is and what do they know.

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Portfolio

Before you begin on the portfolio, revisit your blog post:   “I Write Because”

 

The portfolio will include a revised blog post from January ( I Write Because…) that will act as a cover letter.

1) I Write Because….

 

What should be included in your portfolio?

Clean printed copies of your 3 best essays  and a 1 page “I Write Because…” enclosed in a binder, manilla folder, plastic sheet protector, etc.

 

 

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Essay #4-In Class Essay-Assignment

Essay #4 Write a 750 word response to the following:

Governments should offer college and university education free of charge to all students.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position.

Be sure you organize your paper effectively, use standard written English, and use examples.

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Essay #4-The In-Class Essay

Essay #4- In Class-4-17-24

Our writing prompts will be first about to organize and taken from GRE/ACT Writing prompts.

Prompt #1

As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

Class Discussion:   How would you go about organizing your answer?   Write an outline/brainstorm/etc. detailing how you would begin writing this.

Prompt #2

“Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.”

Prompt #3

People’s behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

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Essay #3 The Review-Assignment

Essay #3  Write a 750 word review.  You can review a movie (Dead Man would be a good one to review), a book (reading something for another class), a restaurant (try some place new and local), a CD, a concert, an art exhibit, or a television show.   Keep in mind that a basic review should have 3 parts:   an introduction that will draw the reader in, a summary of some sort, and final evaluative statement that argues whether it is good or not and why.  Some things are going to be harder to write 750 words on, so keep that in mind when you pick your topic.  While there are some basic conventions (any of Roger Ebert’s online reviews pretty much follow the conventions), I want to see some balance between the facts of the “text” (in this case text can mean book, movie, album, exhibit, restaurant, etc.) and how you interact with it.   Don’t just pick something because you think it will be easy; write about something you care about and ask questions of me, yourself, and your text.

There are many examples of reviews below as well as the prior blog post.  Here’s some examples that I’ve written:

Television Show Review

Album Review

Book Review

Movie Review

Concert Review

Other samples to consider:

Exhibit Review

Restaurant Review

A Review of the Oscars-sort of

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Essay #3-The Review

 

Going to watch

Blog:   Think back on the last movie you saw, the last book you read, the last song (or CD) you bought that you really, really, really loved.   Write down its name, title, artist and list 5 things why someone else in this class should watch, read, or listen to it.

Homework:

All class read Pgs 614-617.

In your groups have 1 person read:  1) Leslie Marmon Silko on Pg 479;

2) Andre Dubus on Pg 143;

3) David Sedaris on Pg. 447.

In no more than a half a page, bring a summary of one of the above (each group should have at least one person read an essay so that all three essays have been read) to share with your group.

 

Background Music:  In a Silent Way-Miles Davis

Review of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

Music Reviews:

Miles Davis:  In a Silent Way Review 1

Miles Davis:  In a Silent Way Review 2

John Prine Concert Review

Book Reviews:

A review of UNM Professor Justin St. Germain’s Son Of a Gun

and a review of Megan Hustad’s More than Conquerors

How to Write a Book Review

More resources on how to write a book review.

Samples:

Just Ride

Man Up

Television Review

Be prepared to draft (as a class) an introductory paragraph and summary of Dead Man.

  1. Television Show Review
  2. Music Review
  3. Book Review
  4. Food/Restaurant Review
  5. Video Game Review
  6. Movie Review

 

Here’s a resource from Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

Revision Strategies:

You’ve written your rough draft, but don’t know what to do next.

1.   Read it out loud.

2.  Step away from it and then read it with, hopefully, fresh eyes (to try and catch sentences that may be missing words).

3.  Have someone else read it.

4.   Read it backwards, count the number of words in the sentence backwards to forwards, read it forwards.

5.  Check for Run-ons.   How long are the sentences?   Check long sentences first.

Talked about Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

Movie Reviews:

Going to look at 3 different movie trailers and reviews:

50/50 Trailer

1. 50/50 Review

2. 50/50 Review

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Essay #2-The Argument/Comparison-Contrast/Informative Essay

Read the following The  Longman Review:

Richard Rodriguez’s “The Workers” on page 361

Stephen Kings “Why We Crave Horror Movies” on page 397.

Mary Sherry’s “In Praise of the “F” Word” on page 516.

David Brooks’ “The American Precariat

Frank Bruni’s “Panic in the Locker Room

Went over the 4 Types of Sentences.

Sample argument paper we’re going to work on.

Pre-reading Video:  Swift Justice

Read page 499-506 in One Hundred Great Essays.

Discussion for Thursday.   What is satire?  How is satire an effective way to argue?

Topic:  Football

In groups, pick one of the below from One Hundred Great Essays:

Barbara Ehrenreich on pg. 147

or Richard Rodriguez on page 426.

Discussion:   What are values?   Do you share the same values as your parents?  Why/Why not?

Bring a summary of the above articles and identify Thesis and Transition Words.

Lecture:  Some notes on Paragraphs found here:

What a is a paragraph?

Topic Sentence?

Transition.

Some resources on paragraphs:

Look at this sample of a Comparison/Contrast Essay.

It’s Not About the Nail

Cause and effect Essay

Worked with Thesis Statements.

Continuing with the discussions:

Listen to the following story:  On Football:

For the blog on Thursday, do you agree or disagree with the story?   What is your perception of American football?  Why do you think it is so popular?

We talked about Plagiarism using “Sampling” to talk about the concept.

Here’s a couple of resources:   From The Longman Reader, pg. 607.

And here’s a good resource from Purdue.

Here’s a hiphop song:   Cantaloop

Here’s the original:  Canteloupe Island

Blog Post:

1) Define Plagiarism

2) When and why would you cite something?

3) Name at least one “style” of citation and why would you use that style.

 

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