Due September 27

You  have your grammar quiz, so study up! Make sure you can identify simple, compound, and complex sentences. You will also need to write the FANBOYS words.

That’s it. 🙂

Please come on time & ready for some hard work, though. We’ll be doing a bunch of activities that call for you to participate fully. I know you’ll be up to the challenge.


Due September 25

  • Read the Ad Analysis Sample & complete the attached Reading Report (this is the one attached to the front of the ad analysis). Use your very best handwriting (or type out your comments!), use complete sentences, and include lots of detail.
  • Post your reflection by Saturday at noon.

Due September 26

Your second research report is due. I’d encourage you to research a question you haven’t researched yet.

Interested in some of what we’ve been saying about reliable sources? Check out these links:

  • What popular newspapers are out there? Here’s a list of the 10 most-read newspapers. You can use these for sources.
  • How do I know if a source is bad? Check out this list of untrustworthy news sources: a Google doc created by a journalist. This is not an exhaustive list because the Internet is (nearly) infinite, but it also opens with some good tips for recognizing misleading sources. One of the best tips is that some websites will mimic reliable ones; the washingtonpost.com, for instance, is super-reliable, but washingtonpost.com.co is not at all reliable (that .co indicates it’s a different website altogether and is masquerading as the Washington Post).
  • Do people really think joke websites (the Onion) are real? All the time.
  • What happens when your view changes? I love podcasts & I highly recommend this episode of This American Lifeabout a man living in a small Alaskan community and wrestling with (mis)information about immigration.


Due September 21

Write your first research report, about a source you have found (or will find) about your topic. Print out the research report and turn it in.

The research report directions are under Course Documents, when you mouse over English Composition.

Not sure how the research report fits together? You can watch this video here: https://youtu.be/1yNw4qajASA

Interested in the idea of how we tend to read stuff we already agree with? Try this TED talk here, about filter bubbles on the Internet. Highly recommended:


Due September 18

  • Post your reflection blog (noon Saturday).
  • Meet with your teammate & decide on 2-3 ads that you want to write about. For at least one ad, list the important visuals/words/story elements and decide what the message is. Write this down.
  • Come ready to do some writing in class (e.g. with a computer & set of earphones).

If you have questions about which ads you want to do (e.g. will my ad work for this project), please email me.

Please email me the ads you choose, if possible, by Monday at noon. I’d like to use them in class.

Due September 19

Read “Evaluating Internet Research Sources”, available on the “Readings” tab of the course website. (Mouse over “English Composition” to see the “Readings” tab).

Also, use your research questions to find at least two potentially helpful sources (as in, they answer one of the research questions we developed).

When you’re done with this, write a blog post (on your homework blog) that gives at least two reasons why your source is or is not reliable (or a little bit of both), based on “Evaluating Internet Research Sources.” Quote “Evaluating Internet Research Sources” at least once in your post.

Have your sources handy in class. This could mean that you print them, that you save them to your laptop, or that you save them to some kind of mobile device.

All of this is allowable under the terms of the media fast, as long as you don’t check Instagram while you’re doing it! 🙂


Due September 15

Watch the first three minutes of this video, “Visual Rhetoric” from Purdue.


Come prepared to discuss how what you see is similar to / different from what we talked about in class on Wednesday.

Start thinking about which ad you want to do. There are some up under “Ad Picks” (Mouse over “Preparing for College English” to see it), or you can do your own search. Ads should be between 30 seconds & 1 1/2 minutes long and should emphasize a message about the product more than being funny.