This schedule is subject to change in order to meet instructor and student needs.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Introduction to the course, texts, and Internet materials.
Thursday, Jan 17
Group work: Putting together our own list of grammatical and stylistic errors. The grammar police. Social/political attitudes toward "error" Nicenet conference: United Negro College Fund ad. How is first graffiti artist/writer depicted? How is second graffiti writer (copyeditor) depicted? What does this say about the perceived relationship between grammatical correctness and intelligence, worth, morality, belonging, the purpose(s) of written communication?
Homework: Williams' "Phenomenology of Error" handout. Read your classmates' responses to the conference topic and respond to, at least, one of their posts.
Journal entry: Pick up course pack at Rapid Print (basement of Old Union)
Tuesday, Jan 22
Discussing and copyediting Williams. What is error?
Optional Internet Conference Topic: "Why 'To Who it May Concern'?" Why not a comma splice, fragment, parallel construction error? Is the first writer viewed as having/making/being able to make a choice with regards to language use in this message to his/her community?
Homework: Prescriptive and Descriptive grammar links at Nicenet
Thursday, Jan 24
What is Grammar? How does it mark a language user?
Homework: Hartwell in course pack. Read your classmates' responses to conference topic, and respond to one of their posts.
Tuesday, Jan 29
Discussing Hartwell's grammars 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Internet conference: look over how Hartwell positions Jan Neuleib's attitudes regarding instruction in grammar. Neuleib designed our 244 course, so read the university's description of the course goals (posted to nicenet), look to Hartwell's description of grammar 3, review my course description and goals, and discuss how this course is--might be viewed as--the practical application of Neuleib's theories about grammar instruction.
Homework: grammar links and "Why Shakespeare didn't know Grammar" at
Nicenet, bring in examples of published grammatical or stylistic "errors"
for class discussion. Read your
Thursday, Jan 31
Grammar handbooks and the complaint tradition Metaphors, Similes, and Pictures..."(Standardized, formal) Grammar is..." conference onNicenet
Homework: Read Hawhee in course pack, read your classmates' responses on Nicenet
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Hawhee and grammar guides
Group work and presentations: Making collages to visualize the binaries (and blur them?)
Homework: Read Williams Lesson 2 & Glossary (I'm told the books won't be in for another month, so I put copies of Lesson 2 and the glossary in your course packs)
Thursday, Feb. 7
Williams and Correctness (how Williams discusses correctness, how he deals with the parts of speech and language of grammar and why he chooses this approach) Q & A about the project proposal draft Optional Internet conference: using metaphors, similes, and pictures "Language is..." and/or analogies of the binaries above or of "Standardized Grammar is to Language as" or "Language is to Standardized Grammar as" Internet Conference: thinking about the final project.
Homework: Cooks Intro, Chapter 1, & Appendix A. Read your classmates' responses to the conference topic "thinking about the final project"...hit reply and respond to, expand upon, explain, analyze one of their responses.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Due: Journals Discussing Cooks...how does she discuss the parts of speech and why?
Homework: Cooks Chapter 2. Bring in a work (paper, essay, article, letter,
story, etc.) to
Thursday, Feb. 14
Discussing and applying Cooks chapter 2. High-level and low-level copyediting discussion. Copyedit with a peer. When you have finished copyediting and discussing the changes, brainstorm/conversing/sketch approaches to the project proposal with your peer.
Homework: Cooks Chapters 3 & 4
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Discussing Cooks Due: Draft of project proposal for peer reviews. We'll do more than one with each peer reviewer responding in writing (as a Nicenet message) to your work. When you respond to a peer's proposal, send a copy of the response to yourself as well (just click on the writer's name and your name when you draft the message). The responses you write to your peers will be a part of the packet of materials you turn in at the end of the semester, but they might also provide you with an idea for your own proposal and/or final project.
Homework: Re-write project proposal & write exam questions
Thursday, Feb. 21
Exam Review Day Due: Project proposal
After exam review and Q & A, go to Nicenet, Internet conference topic: Strunk (who wrote some professionally revered grammar and style guides) believes that "you have to know the rules to break them." Freewrite on what this claim might mean. Think back to some of the binaries we've discussed so far. Think back, in particular to our discussions (and the wonderful collages) of the binaries and, especially, to the prescriptive/descriptive and intuitive grammar/school grammar distinctions. What assumptions does Strunk make about rules and about writers?
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Thursday, Feb. 28
Project Proposals Returned (hopefully) and Q & A
Comparing language usage and the assumptions that inform our language practices (activity from Maurice Sharton's homepage): passive and active voice, nominalization, left-loaded and right-loaded sentences, placement of parentheticals, coordination and subordination, hedging, reader/writer relationships, community discourses and communal purposes.
Homework: Cooks Chapter 5, Williams Appendix: Punctuation (in Coursepack also)
Tuesday, March 4
Homework: Read "Teaching Punctuation as Rhetorical Tool" in Coursepack
Pick up copy of Williams' Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace... the bookstore assures me it will be in by March 2
Thursday, March 7
Optional conferences about final projects, etc.
Homework: Williams lesson 1 & 3
Saturday, March 9–Sunday March 17
Tuesday, March 19
Due: Copy of paper for peer review
Possible visit from WPA reps, Ed White and Kathleen Blake-Yancey to discuss the writing minor
Homework: Williams Lessons 4 & 5
Thursday, March 21
NO CLASS, research day (I'm at a professional conference, but I will check my email & Nicenet every day if you need/want to get in touch with me)
Tuesday, March 26
Discussing Williams Due: Journal
Homework: Williams Lessons 6 & 7
Thursday, March 28
Homework: Williams Chapter 8
Tuesday, April 2
Exam Review Day Due: 3 copies of paper for workshopping
Thursday, April 4
Homework: in Handlist of Rhetorical Terms, read 163-180
Tuesday, April 9
Paper workshopping day Due: 1 page comments for each paper
Thursday, April 11
No Class: Optional Conferences
Tuesday April 16
Discussing Rhetoric and grammar and style
Homework: Williams Chapter 9
Thursday, April 18
Last journal entry
Tuesday, April 23
Presentations Due: Journals
Thursday, April 25
Tuesday, April 30
Due: "almost final" hard copy of paper for copyediting
Thursday, May 2
Last Day of Classes & Presentations.
Due: Final Project with all drafts.
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