Due February 27, 29

On February 27: Your first paper, With & Against the Grain, is due. Please email it to me by class time on Tuesday or it will be counted late. Don’t forget your Works Cited (you can simply include this in the same document as the With & Against the Grain paper.)

On February 29: Your second You Are What You Love reading report is due. This is over Chapter 2. You will find the report under the YAWYL folder on Schoology. You may submit the report in hard copy or via email, but it must be submitted by the time class begins on Thursday.

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Due February 20

Read “Paragraphing: the MEAL Plan” (available as a file for download in this post).

On your blog

  • Explain in your own words what each part of the MEAL plan means; describe what the M, the E, the A, and the L all refer to and why this is an important part of the paragraph.
  • Then choose a paragraph from one of your textbooks. Copy it word-for-word into your blog (include a citation!) and label each part of the paragraph using the MEAL plan concept. Which part of the paragraph is the M? The E? the A? and the L? Your reading (on its second page) breaks down a paragraph into each of its four parts; I want you to do the same on your own blog, as a way of demonstrating your understanding of this concept.

Your blog must be posted no later than class time on February 20 in order for you to receive credit.

MEAL Plan (Click this link to download the reading as a PDF)

Due February 13

Your second research report is due at the beginning of class. You may email it to me (Google Drive or Word) or turn it in via hard copy, but it must be submitted no later than 10.55 AM.

Please read “Annoying Ways People Use Sources.” On your blog, write a brief post; Identify two “annoying ways to use a source” that you are likely to use, or that you have used in the past (on accident, of course!) Describe each one and then tell how you may correct these errors and/or improve your use of quotations, in light of the reading. Publish your blog post no later than 10.55 AM.

You may not do homework in class.

Due February 7

Your first research report is due. The assignment directions are on Schoology, in the purple Paper 1 folder. Please email me if you have trouble finding or opening them.

Also, read “Quotations,” from UNC Chapel Hill. On your blog, answer the following questions:

  1. List at least two reasons that you would use a quotation.
  2. Describe how you “set up” and “follow” a quotation.
  3. Tell what a “block quotation” is and how much you should use a block quotation in your writing.

You should answer each question in 2-4 sentences.

Due February 1

We’re going to start research on the topic of prison education! There are two things you need to do to prepare:

One, decide on at least four research questions that you are interested in. These can be questions from off the master list you were emailed, questions from off the discussion boards, or new questions that you think of. Rewrite the questions if needed to make them strong, clear research questions. Post them on your blog.

Two, read the essay “Evaluating Internet Research Sources“. The article lists four standards (or characteristics) of trustworthy sources. Put each standard in your own words (about one sentence per standard). 

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Due January 30

Post research questions for the topic in the discussion board. Include at least two discussion questions. They must be questions no one else has asked yet.

Read the introduction and Chapter 1 of You Are What You Love. Fill out the first reading report. Bring your reading report and book to class.

Due January 25

We’ll submit your summary in class. Please bring a fully-charged computer to class, with your summary saved on it (or at least accessible on it). Please note: There’s no guarantee that the Internet will be working by Thursday, so your document should actually be DOWNLOADED AND SAVED on your computer, not in the cloud (e.g. Drive).

During class we’ll also

  • Practice MLA formatting
  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your essay
  • Write and evaluate research questions

Due January 23

Watch the short video, “How to Create a Works Cited“. On your own blog, make a list of all the information you’ll need for a Works Cited entry. Along with each item, tell briefly why that information will be important to your reader.

Finish writing the gist of each paragraph for “Let Prisoners Take College Courses.” You may work alone or with the classmate you were partnered with for class. Bring your gist statements to class on Tuesday.

Bring writing materials (pen/paper OR a fully-charged computer) to class on Tuesday. We’re going to write your summary in class.

The summary will be due on January 25.

Due January 18

Re-read the essay “Let Prisoners Take College Courses,” by John Lennon. Print the essay out and bring a hard copy to class.

Watch the video “How to Write a Summary.” Did you learn to write summaries in high school? If so, compare what you learn by watching this video to what you learned in high school? What are some similar points made? Does the video add any new points?

If you did not learn to write summaries in high school, then simply describe what, according to the video, are four of the most important things to keep in mind while you’re writing a summary. Make sure you tell why each thing is important.

Publish your blog before you come to class on Thursday.