Due April 17

Read “Skeptics May Object” (sent to you via email). On your blog, answer the following questions:

  1. What is meant by an objection to your paper? Explain what this is in your own words?
  2. Normally we think it’s best to keep objections hushed up. Give two reasons why answering objections in your paper can actually strengthen your argument.
  3. Describe one wrong way to answer an objection, and tell how you should answer an objection instead.

Your response should be 6-12 sentences long, around 2 sentences/each answer.


Due April 5

Read Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, on organizing your paper. (Hyperlink embedded in the name).

On your blog, describe how Monroe’s Motivated Sequence is similar to, and different from, the A-Ha! Moment that we learned in class last week. List at least four similarities or differences total.

Also, find another source for your paper. Read it (taking notes on useful quotations), and then create a Works Cited entry (e.g. author, article title, source location, URL, etc) and an annotation for it on your blog. Make sure that your annotation includes everything we practiced in class today.

Due March 27

We’ll work on your definition paper in class on Tuesday (that way, we can take a little pressure off for Easter Break). To prepare

  • Decide on your term
  • Place them into classes/categories
  • Think of at least one real world-example

Post this on your blog by Monday at noon (that way, I can read through your ideas before Tuesday).

Come with 1) your computer, fully charged and working, and 2) YAWYL

Also, find another source. See if you can find one related to definitions. Post another annotation of it on your homework blog.

Due March 22

You will receive a handout via email on writing definitions. Read it, then answer this prompt on your blog: 

What kinds of words should you define for your reader? Besides giving a dictionary definition (inadvisable), what are some other things you can say about the words in order to help readers understand what you mean by them? Try to describe at least three different ways that you can explain what you mean by the word or phrase you are defining.

Come to class with your top topic choice written down as one full sentence. This is not for points, but we will be using it in class.

Also, research one of the research questions we wrote in class today. Find a relevant article, read it, and post a 2-4 sentence summary of the article and a brief description of what makes it trustworthy (use CARS) on your blog. Your summary doesn’t need to be super in-depth, but it should clearly spell out information about the article that I can’t get simply by reading the title. As you read, don’t forget to keep track of important quotations for your article!

Include the author, title, and location (Google/database) in your blog post so I know where it came from.


Due March 20

First, and most important, you should keep researching! Read and record your sources. Doing a little research over a long period of time is the most effective way to research.

For Tuesday, here’s what you do:

Please read the assignment directions and student sample for Paper #2. Both are posted on Schoology, under the Paper #2 directions.

When you are done reading them, write a report on your blog. Your report should answer these questions:

  • How many pages are required?
  • How many sources are required? What kind of sources are required?
  • In your own words, what is this paper about? It has two parts: Describe each part, and tell what kinds of things you will say in your paper.

Reflect on the student paper:

  • According to Rachel, what problem is the church facing? What information does she give about the problem, and what makes this information useful to the audience?
  • What solution do people often propose, according to Rachel? What makes this solution unworkable?
  • What solution does Rachel propose? Describe what kinds of things Rachel says the church should do to solve the problem. Also describe what makes the solution a good one, according to Rachel?
  • How often does Rachel use sources? What kinds of sources does she use?

Finally, print out the paper. Find the paragraph that begins, “one of the biggest problems” (this paragraph will be early in the paper). Using a highlighter or a pen, identify each part of the MEAL plan in the paragraph.

Bring the paper to class.


Due March 15

Your finalized topic is due. While you’re free to change your topic, it’s inadvisable to do so the further we get into the project, so settle on something you like.

Write your topic out as a complete sentence, not a question or a partial sentence. Make sure it is clear and precise, avoiding ambiguous words like “things” or “problems.”

Then to go along with it, write seven research questions covering various aspects of your topic. Make sure these are good questions, using the standards we practiced in class.

Post your topic and questions to your blog. This will count for credit.

Also, email your interviewee choice. Copy me on the email, or forward it to me once it’s sent, and I will also give you credit for this.

Due March 13

By the time you come back from Spring Break, you should have some idea of what you want your next paper to be about. We’ve talked about the next paper a lot; drawing on those conversations, answer these questions, using this prompt:

I am really concerned that . . . . because . . . . 

Make sure that your topics follow the guidelines for an effective topic that we went over in class. Your topic should be

  • Narrow in scope
  • States an observable, measurable concern
  • Researchable
  • Solvable
  • Significant or “big” in some way
  • People can reasonably disagree

You need to send me a minimum of two topic ideas, but three is better. I will respond with guidance on finalizing your topic. Your email is due absolutely no later than class time on Tuesday.


Due March 1

  • Read the Paper 2 directions, posted in the Paper 2 folder on Schoology.
  • Ask three people (not from the same background/walk of life as you, and not people who took English Comp last semester) what they think the greatest concern, challenge, or opportunity facing the church today is. Record their answers and bring them to class.
  • Finish YAWYL 2. Bring YAWYL (the actual book) to class.

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.

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)