English 105 Week 2

In Class

1.   Log #4: Syllabus Quiz

Write out your answers to the following:

  • What is the attendance policy for this class?
  • When are your assignments due each week? Where should they be submitted? What is the policy on late work? How do the weekly assignments connect to your two midterms?
  • Where can you find your readings for the course?
  • What are the six criteria your essays are graded on?
  • What percentage of your grade comes from the two essays?
  • What are the names of the peers sitting at your table? (Don’t ask!)
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.   Midterm Essay discussion
  • Review log #2 responses;
  • Answer any outstanding questions about the assignment.
4. “What is Academic Writing?” discussion
  • Review log #3 responses;
  • Analysis from the professor;
  • Answer any outstanding questions about the reading.
5. Preview Homework

Before Next Class

1.   Log #5: Research and your writing

Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced personal essay where you discuss your experience in conducting research and using outside sources in your writing. Some ideas to explore in this essay:

  • What has been your experience reading outside source materials?
  • How was researching/writing for one class different from another?
  • What has been the role of form and formatting when you have had to use outside sources in your writing? When has form and formatting played a role in your grade for a project?
  • What do you know and what have instructors told you about style guides, such as MLA, APA, etc.?
  • What sort of instructions and advice have you received from faculty about researching and writing with sources?
  • How has your thinking about research and writing evolved over your education?

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

2.   Log #6: Divide and Conquer: Rethinking Your Approach to Research
  • Why is there no “perfect source”?
  • What does it mean to put texts “into conversation” with one another? How will doing so impact your writing?

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

3.   Log #7: Help! I’ve Been Asked to Synthesize
  • What is synthesis?
  • What is the key to any researched essay? What does it have to do with synthesis?
  • What do you think are the most important points to keep in mind when writing requires synthesis?
All work must be completed and submitted 24 hours prior to your weekly class meeting.