6 Introduction to course
Introductions, in-class reading and writing assignments
Write: Relationship to Writing (tba)
11 CULTURAL STUDIES AND ACADEMIC WRITING
Read “Active Reading” (PDF posted on Canvas Files)
“Opinions and Persuasive Writing”; where do opinions come from, what are informed opinions? (PDF in Canvas Files)
Active Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N0u8e1ie9E
Rhetoric and Advertising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeCz5fy02JE
Cultural Studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUgb8E7L0DE
*In-class writing assignment on reading and videos
13 NARRATIVE AND IDENTITY
Watch: The Danger of a Single Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
Read: Brave space, safe space: skim pg135-141; CLOSELY read pg 141-end
How Diversity Makes us Smarter: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-diversity-makes-us-smarter/
Write, print, bring: reflect on the relationship between the Danger of the Single Story and the analysis of Safe/Brave Spaces. What is the difference between safe and brave spaces in this context? How does the revised/alternative Brave space for group communication expand from single stories to consider more complex stories? Type up 1-2 paragraphs, include examples.
18 DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Read: Soul of Citizen Intro + Chap 1 (PDF in Canvas Files)
Write, print, bring: Summarize the main points Loeb is making in these sections. Discuss 1-2 quotes and explain how those relate to his main ideas. What do you find most interesting and why?
Set up a blog: and bring the URL with you to class. Use wordpress or blogger; links to instructions:
wordpress: https://wordpress.com/ (and start a blog) (make sure to choose a free layout and say no to any questions that ask you if you want to pay for service; just use the free blog service)
20 DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Read: Bhutto (PDF in Files); Mandela (PDF in Files) (these are both excerpts from their own autobiography/memoir writing)
Watch: Film: Bhutto at Top Documentary Films online (this is a documentary about Bhutto)
Canvas Assignment: Write 4-5 comprehensive, thoughtful, reflective paragraphs about democracy – and protest/engagement to fight for democracy – in Bhutto and Mandela. Include ideas and quotes from Bhutto and Mandela, and any other texts you want that we’ve looked at so far. You might also reflect on any connections you see to our contemporary American society. Be specific, describe and explain, include your own personal reflection and ideas.
Post your blog site url to Canvas Pages: Go to Pages, find the page Blog Site Urls, and copy/paste the url to your blog there. (There will be an assignment to post a reflection on your blog next week.)
25 LITERACY, ACTIVISM, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Read: Douglass (PDF in Files)
Write about 1-2 quotes that you find most interesting and explain why; print and bring.
*Bring summary assignment typed and printed: see summary assignment and example in Canvas Files, choose from Douglass; Mandela; Bhutto (writing); Soul of a Citizen/Loeb: Intro or Ch 1. Only use one text and summarize objectively, without any personal response.
fyi: how to register to vote or find how where to vote:
27 RHETORIC, ACTIVISM, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Read: MLK’S Letter from Birmingham (PDF in Files)
Watch: Selma (film) at the library or rent online on your own (*plan ahead to find a copy to watch); take notes about important examples or anything that seems especially interesting.
*In-class writing on letter and film
In the news today:
Fri Blog Post 1 Due by 5pm: Revise/expand your Canvas writing assignment about democracy, Bhutto, and Mandela to include reflection on Douglass and/or MLK. Think especially about how/why writing can be a kind of activism; why is writing important to those fighting for democracy and civil rights? 4-5 paragraphs. Be specific and include quotes and examples. *Post this on your blog as a post and copy/paste the link in Canvas Assignments: Blog Reflection 1.
Oct 1 Monday upload your revised Summary Assignment to canvas by 5pm
2 Read: Soul of a Citizen ch 2 (PDF in Canvas)
Re-read MLK’s letter and bring a short summary of the argument of the letter, a quote or long passage that captures that argument in his words, and 2-3 stories he tells or examples he gives that support the main argument that you’ve highlighted/pointed out. Bring this to class.
In-class: discuss and write about Selma the film
4 PRIVILEGE, HARD WORK, LUCK OF THE DRAW
READ: Gladwell Outliers chap 1
*Bring: what are Gladwell’s main points/arguments so far? What are some examples that help illustrate those ideas? Be specific. Write 1-2 paragraphs and bring this to class, printed, on paper.
in-class discuss Analysis Essay Assignment
Oct 5 *Friday: Blog Response 2 Due on blog site and post URL in Canvas Assignments: write 4-5 comprehensive paragraphs that focus on an idea in relation to any texts/videos/podcasts we’ve read/heard/discussed. You can write about whatever idea you want, but do some summarizing and analyzing of some of the texts we’ve read/watched, as well as reflecting and responding. Make sure to include quotes and examples. Also make sure to appropriately quote and cite the texts you discuss and do not copy and paste any additional ideas from anywhere else without referencing/quoting them.
9 READ: Gladwell Outliers chap 3 & 4
*Bring: notes, highlight and underline key arguments and examples in text; come prepared to discuss and write about those.
11 PRIVILEGE, HARD WORK, LUCK OF THE DRAW
READ: READ: My President Was Black Section 4: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/01/my-president-was-black/508793/
*Bring analysis paper typed and printed to share and workshop in class
16 NO CLASS FALL BREAK
18 RACE, PRIVILEGE, AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS
READ: Gladwell Outliers chap 9 & Epilogue
Watch: What is privilege video + questions https://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege
Coates-colbert video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-xssa4BHuI
Stephen Henderson, Detroit Today what white parents are teaching their kids about race: https://wdet.org/posts/2018/10/03/87357-new-book-explores-what-white-well-off-parents-are-really-teaching-their-kids-about-race/
*Bring: think about the different ways people become “successful” (and what defines success); how is “success” multifaceted and stories of success much more complicated in reality than the popular narrative versions we often hear (about how people become successful, etc)? Bring some specific examples, passages, pages from the texts. Write 2-3 paragraphs, print, and bring.
*additional In-class writing : https://docs.google.com/document/d/17iKTA9aChIoFrWAxIuPIi-REz1zVmzJvqGL4Frl0lhQ/edit?usp=sharing
**Fri 10/19 Analysis Essay Due – Upload to Canvas by 5pm
23 PURPOSE, AUDIENCE, PUBLIC WRITING
Watch: Active Citizenship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMdt50_dDAE
Social media don’t get deleted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjrf6vzrV6w
In Class Watch: Crenshaw on Intersectional Feminism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROwquxC_Gxc
#BLM + Kaepernick: (see below, Nov 1)
*Discuss Personal Essay in-class
25 PURPOSE, AUDIENCE, PUBLIC WRITING
Watch Never Sorry at the library or via netflix or amazon. or watch this different free film about Ai Wei Wei: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ai-weiwei-without-fear-or-favour/
Write and Bring to class: write 2-3 paragraphs in which you summarize 2-3 examples from the film and respond/reflect: what do you find interesting about these examples and why?
Bring your ballot printed out (go to SOS, voter info, type in name and address etc, get sample ballot, copy and print)
30 POPULAR CULTURE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Read: Two articles analyzing cultural relevance and impact of song, performance, video; make sure to read both and compare the different perspectives/interpretations:
Read: The Rhetorical Power of Pop Culture (PDF in Canvas Files)
Write: summarize and compare/contrast the two articles, including quotes and explanation; bring this with you to class on paper to share and discuss.(2-3 paragraphs)
Personal Essay Draft — bring one page of essay or ideas for essay
Voting info resources
1 POPULAR CULTURE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS con’t
Listen to Podcast: Code switch episode Oct 24, “The Cost to Cast a Ballot” https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch (Links to an external site.) and bring notes about interesting points and examples to share and write about in class
Read, bring, and take notes on: “Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law (Links to an external site.)”
(in-class groups; choose 1-2 articles to read/discuss: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zuVYA7MhYfHvhkVgU4noaOr6PvbvKbVodKKQHAXRw-0/edit?usp=sharing)
Read: The Awakening of Colin Kaepernick https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-protests.html
Personal Essay Workshop – type, print, and bring complete draft to class
Sun 11/4 *Upload Revised Personal Essay to Canvas by 11pm
Blog Response 3 Due on your blog and post URL to Canvas: What is Citizenship? Using any texts that we’ve discussed and/or current news stories, reflect on this question from your own perspective using examples from readings, videos, or other sources. Write 4-5 comprehensive paragraphs. Due by 5pm on Canvas.
in-class WATCH Capitalism a Love Story (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232207/)
WATCH Capitalism a Love Story
Discuss Mind Map & Proposal (Rationale) assignment
(start reading Amazing Grace to discuss in depth next week)
*Mind Map and Proposal for final paper ; bring to class to discuss/share
READ: Kozol Amazing Grace pages: “To the Reader” through ch 4
*In-class Writing on Amazing Grace; come prepared to write and discuss
Welcome to the South Bronx poorest U.S. District video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL-86vs6Fok
READ: Kozol Amazing Grace ch 5-6
Write and Bring to Class: write about two passages, sections from the text, stories, or examples Kozol presents from the beginning through ch 6; reflect and respond in detail. Also read “To the Reader” and think about the writing and construction of the book. How are we to use the information we get as reader? How important is accuracy in Kozol’s telling of the stories and the ways he edits quotes and conversations? Print and bring.
Revise and post Mind Map and proposal to Canvas
Amazing Grace reflection: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P0xppOe2KbUOszfdy1dW0GtdcMTJy7s6t_3I4qvoFtI/edit?usp=sharing
Watch: Inequality for All (http://inequalityforall.com/)
22 NO CLASS THANKSGIVING
27 * Blog Response 4 Due and post to Canvas; No class meeting
Amazing Grace. Write about 1-2 stories or examples from the first half of the book and at least 2 stories or examples from the second half of the book. Summarize and reflect on what intrigues you about each and explain why. Explain what seems to be the significance of the stories in relation to the whole. What is Kozol’s purpose in writing? What do we get out of it as readers? How is he changing the (single) narrative about people who have little money, resources, and opportunities in places like the Bronx? Consider the relationship between “the individual and society” and other examples that we have looked at in class. For example, where does individual action/responsibility and social action/responsibility begin and end? How are the individual and society are in dynamic relation? Be specific, explain in detail, include quotes and summary of examples, and offer explanation of the significance of these points/ideas. Write 4-6 comprehensive paragraphs. Post on your blog and copy the url into the Canvas assignment
29 *continue discussion of Amazing Grace (Bring Book) (Suggested Additional Reading in relation to Amazing Grace and other conversations during the semester: Coates: The Case for Reparations ; My President was Black ; Between the World and Me )
*Draft 1 of final paper: bring a complete draft of your paper, typed and printed, minimum of 4 FULL pages and any additional media/whatnot; Final paper discussion: Citing Sources: See handouts on MLA citation in Canvas Files Misc Docs
*e-portfolio discussion and workshop in class; see assignment sheet in Files and sample e-portfolios here: https://jilldarling.com/teaching/student-portfolios-and-class-sites-online/
Resources for writing/revising final paper:
MLA handout in Canvas Files; MLA info Purdue OWL
Proofread and correct using Common Grammar and Punctuation handout in Canvas Files-assignment sheets and resources
Find credible news and information via sources here: https://105writingandrhetoric.wordpress.com/reading-list/
*Draft 2 (revised) of final paper: bring typed and printed in class and post to Canvas.
Find credible news and information via sources here: https://105writingandrhetoric.wordpress.com/reading-list/
e-portfolio workshop and bring a laptop or check one out from the Library front desk
See e-portfolio checklist in Canvas Files assignment sheets
6 e-portfolio presentations
*course evaluations; we’ll have time in class to complete the online course evaluations; these are important for me and for the Writing Program so please take them seriously and offer constructive feedback.
bring a laptop or check one out from the Library front desk
11 e-portfolio presentations
*Completed e-portfolio due
*Final Paper due