1. Midterm Essay discussion
- 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? How will this project be valuable to you?
- 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 voice, tone, and persona that you should adopt when writing the project.
- What will be the argument for this project?
- Identify and define all the directive verbs used in the assignment.
- What qualifies as an effective outside source for this project? Where might you locate these outside sources? What sections in the project will need outside sources the most?
- What formatting and style guidelines are required for the project?
2. “What is Academic Writing?” discussion
- 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 voice, tone, and persona are helpful to the writer’s purpose and argument?
- What is the argument the article makes?
- Relating it to your writing assignment, how might you use this article to help you define academic writing? Which passages in the article would be helpful in defining the term, academic writing?
- Chapter outline
3. Preview Homework
1. Peer review groups:
To help you get to know others and their writing, I’ve created peer review groups. These peer review groups will be used this week and next.
2. Peer Review: Read your peers’ Log #1 in CIDocs and leave comments for one of your peers at your table:
- Go to the log folder and click on your peer’s log. Everyone in the class has access to everyone’s documents.
- Leave comments by using what is called the 2 stars and one wish approach. Stars are positive – leave 2 positive comments; a wish is an improvement you would like to see – leave 1 improvement comment.
3. Log #4: Literacy narrative
- Write a literacy narrative that discusses your relationship with reading and writing. It should be at least two pages and may focus on any part of your experience, including non-school literacy activities. You do not need to tell us your entire history, but instead, should pick out 2 or 3 events that would help readers better understand the role literacy plays in your life.
- 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.
Please put a page break (see Google Doc Insert drop down menu) between log entries.
4. Log #5: Midterm essay sources review:
Review the curated sources listed in the link above (omit “What is Academic Writing?” as we have already covered that text) and address the following for each:
- What is the text’s purpose? (In your own words)
- Where in the text is the purpose stated? Support your answer with examples/quotes from the text? (1 or 2)
- What is the text’s argument? (In your own words)
- Where in the text is the argument stated? Support your answer with examples/quotes from the text? (1 or 2)
- How does this text connect with “What is Academic Writing?” Use the Chapter Outline to assist you.
- Support your answer with examples/quotes from the text? (Multiple quotes)
This log entry will carry over to week 3 and will be due at the end of week 3.