English 105 Week 1

In Class

1.   Welcome
2.   Meet Your Classmates

At your tables, share biographical data about yourself, why you chose CI, what your major is, and learn everyone’s first name. After discussing with your group, we will have a whole class discussion about the importance of collaboration in writing.

3.   First Day Survey

Please take this survey in order for me to get to know you a little bit better and learn more about you so that I can help you succeed in the course.

4.   Create your Log
  • Log on to MyCI and go to CIDocs
  • Click on the Shared with Me folder on the left side of the screen.
  • Find the English 105 folder I shared with you and open it.
  • Find the folder labeled “Logs” and open it.
  • Click on the blue new button then scroll down and click on Google Docs to create a new doc.
  • Click on “Create and Share” when the pop up “Create in a Shared Folder?” comes up. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents. Often, classmates will read and comment on other classmates’ log entries.
  • Name the doc using your first name (e.g. Clifton’s log).
  • Write all log entries for the semester in this document, placing a page break (see the Insert drop down menu to add a page break) between each.
5.   Log #1: Principles of Learning
  • Locate the section, Principles of Learning in the Syllabus.
  • Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced  short personal essay relating these principles in the syllabus to your learning experiences thus far. You do not need to discuss all of the principles, but should discuss at least 5 out of seven. If some of the principles seem unexpected to you, it’s ok to discuss that and how it makes you feel.
  • Use standard essay formatting, such as paragraphing, capitalization of “I,” complete sentences, and correct spelling.
  • Tie the essay together with a main idea (thesis, a point, whatever you want to call it) which may require you to write and revise the essay
6.   Preview homework

Before Next Class

1.  Read Syllabus and complete this form.
2.   Finish log #1

Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries.

3.   Log #2: Midterm Essay reading and analysis
  • What is the purpose of the Midterm Essay project from the professor’s point of view? What is the purpose of the project from your point of view?
  • Who is the audience for the project? Is there more than one audience for this project? Identify and describe them. In what ways are these audiences familiar and unfamiliar to you?
  • How should you present yourself in the project? Describe the persona that you should adopt when writing the project.
  • What will be the argument for this project?
  • Identify and define directive verbs used in the assignment.
  • What qualifies as an effective outside source for this project? Where might you locate these outside sources? What purpose(s) will  outside sources serve?
  • What formatting and style guidelines are required for the project?

Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries.

4.   Log #3 “What is Academic Writing?” reading and analysis
  • What is the purpose of the article?
  • Who is the audience for this article?
  • How would you describe the persona the writer uses for the article? How do you think the persona is helpful to the writer’s purpose and argument?
  • What is the argument of the article?
  • Relating it to your writing assignment, how might you use this article for the assignment?
  • As this is one of your sources, which quotes do you think your might use from the article? Select at least 5 potential quotes.
All work must be completed and submitted 24 hours prior to your weekly class meeting.