This is WRITING WEEK! We will be in the lab all week, for the most part.
We are only going to focus on the expository piece this week. PLEASE remember that this is a short piece: it is meant to be a fine-tuning of the research practices and expository writing skills that you have worked on over the last three years. We will be doing mini-lessons on certain aspects of writing and I will be available all week for conferencing about your writing in class.
apa-powerpoint <– essential. We will be doing APA format which many of you will need for college. The humanities still mostly do MLA and APA has many similarities but it is vital that you be exposed to other versions.
sample-apa-paper This is much longer than what we will be doing, and most likely more complicated. Please do not freak out!
triad-writing-specs ONLY LOOK AT PART I: EXPOSITORY WRITING. You can look at the others, for sure, but we only need part I right now.
Ultimate Due Dates:
Evaluation form due in class on Monday, 12/12.
Essay due by 11:59 p.m. that same night to Turnitin.com
Monday- information dump: what is APA? How have I modified it for you? What are the expectations?
Tuesday– Electricity Day! Go home and appreciate electricity and its role in our lives.
Wednesday– Continued writing/researching time.
Monday– Multiple Choice practice… WHY was the answer right? Excerpt from Thomas DeQuincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater.Please annotate and mark up and keep for your personal uses!
Tuesday– Electricity appreciation day!
Wednesday- Catch-All day: NEHS eligibility, test scoring, conferencing with students missing work.
Thursday/Friday- EVERYTHING is an argument. Looking for and analyzing the rhetoric we encounter in everyday life [and some traditional applications]
- Read pages 90-94 of EIAA text. eaa-ch-6-90-94
- We will have the Ipads today and tomorrow. Bring earbuds as you may be looking at videos online. Youtube access is null at school so some things will need to be done on your own. I have prompts below and you can outline on paper if you don’t want to type on an Ipad.
- Respond to the following on your BLOG. Due Friday 12/9.
- Blog entry 1: Compare three different teachers and the way they dress. What is the argument they are making? This is not a critique and you better be nice. If you can get photos of them, even better, but if not, please be descriptive. Tell them you are analyzing clothing choices as rhetorical argument. Yes, you are welcome to theorize about me.
- Blog entry 2: Photograph yourself OR a friend in several different outfits. What argument are you putting forth? When would you wear each and what are you trying to say [or not trying to say… even that is an argument!]
- Blog entry 3: Find a commercial online that you feel is particularly effective with YOU. Why does this ad manipulate you so well? [There’s no shame in that! It’s what they are supposed to do!]
- Blog entry 4: Find a blog online. Read the blogger bio and several entries. Report back on who your blogger is and how their background colors their writing or how they present their ideas. What about the visuals of the blog? Presentation is everything, and it is an argument!
- Google “xxxx blogs” where x= whatever you are interested in. Food blogs, photography blogs, Nascar, politics, coffee, pop culture, whatever.
- Want an example? Look at the bio of this amazing blog: The Flannel Phoenix
- Blog entry 5: Research one of the following famous persuasive moments and describe the circumstances–the historical situation, the issues at stake, the purpose of the argument–that make it so memorable. [It should go without saying that you should read and if possible, listen to, the speech.] *Also, don’t just use the links I have provided… Google for context info!*
- Blog entry 6: Find a recent example of a visual argument [magazine ads are GREAT for this, hint hint]. Even though you may have a copy of it, describe it in detail and carefully on the assumption that your description is all readers may have to go on. Then make a judgement about its effectiveness, supporting your claim with clear evidence from the “text”.
- Blog entry 7: Find an argument on the editorial page or op-ed page in a recent newspaper [online or actual print]. Then analyze it rhetorically, using principles you have learned. Show how it succeeds, fails, or does something else entirely. Perhaps you can show that the author is unusually successful in connecting with readers but then has nothing to say. Or perhaps you discover that the strong logical appeal is undercut by a contradictory emotional argument. Be sure that the analysis includes a summary of the original essay and basic publication information about it.
**** Each of these will be a separate blog entry. When turning in, create one email to email@example.com and give me a link to each individual page. If this is not possible, then please label each one CLEARLY so I know which one it is.******
YES WE WILL BE WORKING ON THESE IN CLASS NEXT WEEK AS WELL!!!