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Wednesday, January 17 Introduction to the Course and the technology. Creating student folders, logging onto Nicenet, and navigating the ISU system. Homework: Read "What is English 101?" and "Grading Standards" in The Course Guide (CG). You should also look over the Table of Contents and familiarize yourself with the course policies. Email policy contract. Bring two computer discs to class.

Friday, January 19 Generation Who? Introduction to first paper topic with brainstorming and discovery drafting. Homework: Read Chapter One pages 1-29 and "Generation X" in The Mercury Reader. Write a response (you talking to the writer, explaining what you think of her essay) for "Generation X." This response must be typed. I will collect these on Friday. Timed discovery drafting (two 10-minute drafts).

Monday, January 22 Working with Discovery Drafts A, B, and C Homework: Use the material you generated in this class to create a "polished" (typed, spell & grammar checked, working draft). Bring a hard (paper) copy of this draft to class (Paper 1, Draft 1).

Wednesday. January 24 Peer Response Homework: Use the information you gained from your peer's responses to revise your working draft. Bring a hard copy of this draft to class.

Friday, January 26 Peer response II and Writing the Reflection I will collect Paper 1, Process Draft on Wednesday. Include all early drafts of this paper, peer comments, and reflection. This is to be your last draft of this paper until mid-semester revision. Homework: It's time to test your theories. You have now attempted to define, describe, and, possibly, defend your generation. Spend the weekend revising your paper and looking over the things you have written about your generation and come up with an experiment you can do or an observation cycle that will prove this hypothesis of yours is "true." For example, I have occasionally (and informally) observed that people from my mother's generation are generally well-mannered and polite. If I wished to prove this, I might go someplace where senior citizens meet and observe how often they hold the door for one another. Your observation will be more formal, and it should be conducted for more than just a few minutes with a few subjects. In fact, I encourage you to keep track of the times you observed a particular behavior and the number of subjects you observed.

Unit 2

Monday, January 29 Today you will spend the first half of the class writing out your reflection of the process you went through to write the first paper for this class. This reflection should then be revised and turned in on Wednesday with your Process Draft of paper 1, all other drafts, notes, and peer responses. Testing the Myths: Write your observation proposal for Paper 2 during the second half of class, and begin thinking about what you hope to discover with this observation.

Wednesday, January 31 Observation proposals sent to me as a "Personal Message" and Paper 1, Process Draft collected. Homework: Do not waste any time here. Set aside a couple of hours over the course of a couple of days to make your observations or conduct your experiment. Bring in at least one group of findings to class on Friday so that you can begin to draft your next paper. Read Chapter 1, pages 30-38 in the Mercury Reader.

Friday, February 2 Drafting the paper Homework: Use the information you have already gathered to begin putting together a polished draft of your paper for a peer review on Monday. You may want to re-read your original paper for the inspiration that will take you through this drafting process (Paper 2, Draft 1).

Monday, February 5 Peer Review and revision Homework: Use your peer's comments to revise your paper. Bring a "polished" hard copy of your paper to class on Wednesday (Paper 2, Draft 2). Read Chapter Two "Revision" in the Mercury Reader. Then read Deborah Tannen's "Sex, Lies, and Conversation" in MR. Write a summary of this essay and a response to it. The summary and response to Tannen's essay is due on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 7 Introduction to peer editing Homework: Revise that draft again. Bring in a polished draft for the peer copy-editing party (Paper 2, Draft 3).

Friday, February 9 Peer Review Homework: Copyedit your own paper. Polish it up, read it out loud, and bring a copy to class (hard copy or electronic) for the copyediting party. The process draft is due on Wednesday. You will include all drafts and peer comments with this Process Draft; in addition, you will write a reflection about the process of writing this paper.

Unit 3

Monday, February 12 Copyediting.

Wednesday, February 14 Turn in Paper 2, Process Draft. Introduction to the Ethnography. Group Field Trips and Conferencing Reports.

Friday, February 16 Field Trip Discussion & Research workshop Homework: Read the chapter titled "Research," "A Word about Honesty," "'Free Speech' in Writing Courses…" and "Nonsexist Language" in CG. Read "Miss U.S.A." in the Mercury Reader; write a summary and response to this essay for Monday.

Monday, February 19 Research & Drafting Homework: Read "The Grooves of Academe" in the Mercury Reader. Write a summary and response to this work for class on Wednesday. Begin to organize your research around your original draft. Remember, research can act as background information and as additional information that you evaluate, analyze, or explain for the reader, but research is best thought of as the big behemoth behind you who tells the reader "you better listen to this writer because she knows what she's talking about."

Wednesday, February 21 In Class Drafting Homework: Bring in a draft of your paper for a peer review on Friday.

Friday, February 23 Peer Review Homework: Read over your peer's comments and bring a copy of your paper for a peer review on Monday. Pick any essay in the MR that we have not read yet. read it, and write a response to it.

Monday, February 26 Peer Review Homework: Continue revamping, cleaning, copyediting this paper. Write a reflection about your experience with this paper that includes your thoughts about the peer review process and about your experiences observing and interacting with the subculture. Bring in this clean copy of both your paper and reflection to class on Wednesday. The process draft will not be due until Monday after break..

Wednesday, February 28 Copyediting party. Homework: Read the introduction to "Pop Culture" in the MR. Then read one of the essays in the "Pop Culture" chapter (your choice) and write a response to this essay.

Friday, March 2 No Class, Library Day. Homework: Begin thinking about themes, articles, quotes, etc for your group or individual zine.

Unit 4

Monday, March 5 today in class we will discuss designing some zines for the fourth project.

Wednesday, March 7 Zines continued...today we will do some brainstorming, researching, and collecting of information for the zines.

Friday, March 9 Paper 3 Workshopping Day. Someone will be in class to help you with your papers if you would like some one-on-one time. Please arrive no later than 1:05, as the person who has kindly agreed to workshop with you has been instructed to hang around and wait for no more than 10 minutes.

Week of March 10-March 18 SPRING BREAK!

Monday, March 19 Zine drafting day Homework: Read the remaining articles in the "Pop Culture" chapter of MR (or I may find a few of my own for you to read). Write responses to 2 of these essays these responses will be due on Friday, March 23. Bring in at least half of your Zine content for some group work and a peer discussion. Write a reflection for paper3 (ethnography).

Wednesday, March 21 Homework: Paper 3, Process Draft (ethnography) is due today. In class work on Zines. See class project "Zine Stuff" under "Documents" in Nicenet for today's in-class activity. I may schedule a workshop outside of class to discuss layout of the group E-Zines.

Friday, March 23 Group meetings about the Zines. This will be the "putting it together" day when you finalize the content, graphics, etc, and copyedit your work. I will meet with each group throughout the class, you will make changes to your group zines, and you will report those changes to me at the end of class.

Unit 5

Part 1 Monday, March 26 today we will spend the class time reading each group's zine and responding to that work. Homework: find a forum (newspaper, magazine, ejournal, and/or organization) where one of your first three papers for this class might appear (generation, observation, and ethnography papers). Bring in the forum (newspaper, magazine, ejournal, and/or organization) and the paper you plan to revise for class on Wednesday. For the next couple of weeks you will be revising your first three papers to target a very specific audience and forum. These revisions will represent three of the four globally revised papers that you must include in your portfolio, so look at class time as a way to figure out how to do this and as an opportunity to do some good work on the portfolio.

Wednesday, March 28 Write up an audience/forum analysis for the first paper you wish to revise. The begin revising that paper for the forum you have chose. Homework: continue Revising your first paper to suit your audience. On Friday we will have a drafting day to help you complete these first revisions.

Friday, March 30 In class drafting of global revsions Homework: Continue revising. Bring your revision to class for a group presentation/peer review of your project. Write a reflection about your experience with this process and save that reflection to your disk. READ an essay in the MR and write a summary and response for that essay (due Monday). Please click on the "response" link above for additional information on this assignment.

Unit 5, Part 2

Monday, April 2 Group peer review of global (forum) revisions. Creating an Assessment form for the zines. Homework: Bring in two hard copies (unless you did an electronic zine) of your ZINE. On Wednesday we will just kick back, relax, and read some zines. I'll provide the donuts. Before Wednesday you should visit Nicenet and follow the directions under "documents" for the homework, which is a reflection on the zine project with specific directions

Wednesday, April 4 In-Class reading day. Class evaluation of the zines using the zine assessment criteria you created on Monday. Today each person/group will bring in 2 copies of the Zines for everyone in the class to read. I will collect both copies at the end of class. Homework: Bring in the second paper you wish to revise for audience and something (magazine, paper) that reflects that audience (where you would like to publish this essay).

Friday, April 6 Audience/Forum Analysis of second paper and revision day. Homework: Use the weekend to continue revising your second paper for this new forum and audience. On Monday we will work on these second revisions.

Unit 5, Part 3

Monday, April 9 SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES. Revision session for second revision for audience Homework: Bring in your third paper and a third forum for a global revision of that paper. You will conduct another forum analysis in class and begin revising that paper.

Wednesday, April 11 Forum Analysis for third paper and revision day. Homework: Continue revising your third paper. Send me a memo over "personal messages" Nicenet that explains the process you went through to revise these three papers for a new audience and forum. Evaluate your ability to perform these tasks, and explain what, if anything, you learned about writing through these three revision projects. Send yourself a copy of this message...you will need it for your portfolio.

Friday, April 13 Global Revision Conferences. For the next two class periods, I will be available to talk to you about your gloabl revisions or any other course-related topics you wish to discuss. This will be an optional conference that you will sign up for in advance. Homework: continue revising your papers. Read one essay that you haven't read already in The Mercury Reader. Write a summary and response to that essay due Wednesday.

Unit 5, Part 4

Monday, April 16 Global Revision Conferences.

Unit 6

UWE Begins Wednesday, April 18 Discussion of strategies for the UWE Analyzing readings rapidly, quickly organizing ideas, drafting quickly, planning revisions, using proofreading (copyediting) symbols. Homework: Read over the description of the UWE in the 101 Course Guide and get a good night's sleep on Thursday.

Friday, April 20 Take the university writing exam Homework: get a good night's sleep.

Monday, April 23 Revising the writing examination, questions for reader response, revision plan, revising 2 sentences, and proofreading Homework: Reflect on this process. How is taking a timed examination different from writing through an extended process. What things can you do easily in a short time? What things must you eliminate from the process when you are dealing with a timed situation? How can you reach a compromise from the process you need to write a thoughtful draft and the limited time you are allotted for an essay examination? Why do you think the university uses this particular format for its exams? What does each step reveal (to the readers/graders) about the kind of writing you are capable of doing? .

Wednesday, April 25 No Class today...I'll be at a conference.Organizing drafts, housekeeping, talking about the final reflection Homework: look over the portfolio checklist and make sure you have everything. For Friday, bring in all of your drafts, revisions, peer comments, memos, reading responses, reflections, and anything else you have that relates to the papers. We will spend some time in class sorting through these, and you will re-read first drafts, peer comments, revisions, graded process drafts, and reflections, taking notes about the things you learned in this class and the elements of your writing that you feel developed and improved over the last few months.

Friday, April 27 Developing and answering some reflection questions. I will post some questions on the Internet Classroom that should help you to draft these portfolio reflections. You will use class time to discuss these questions in groups (brainstorm things you can include in your reflection), with a partner, or you may answer them individually. Homework: THIS IS THE HOME STRETCH…HIP HIP HOORAY! Write a first draft of your portfolio reflection. Bring in a copy for a peer and a copy for me to look over.

Unit 7

Week 15 Monday, April 30 Peer Review of Portfolio Reflection Homework: Organize those portfolios if you haven't already. Look in the back of your Course Guides for a check list of the things you will need to include in your portfolios. Go over the two example portfolios in the course guide. Revise process drafts, copyedit your process drafts, and revise that Portfolio Reflection. Bring in process draft revisions and your Portfolio Reflection for our "home stretch" copy-editing party.

Wednesday, May 2 Peer Review of Portfolio Drafts. Bring in the four papers you will include as Portfolio (REVISED. REWORKED, CLEAN. COPYEDITED, POLISHED) Drafts in your final portfolio. We will spend the class in group peer editing sessions. HOMEWORK: revise those 4 papers according to the changes your peer group editors suggested and bring in polished copies of the papers for a group copyediting party on Friday.

Friday, May 4 Last day of classes Sharing our work.

Monday, May 7 Portfolios due in my office between 10-12


Tuesday, May 8 Portfolios due in my office between 12-2...you must hand deliver your portfolio to me (or get a friend to deliver it for you)...I am not responsible for portfolios left outside my office door or in the English office (& if your portfolio goes missing, that's 100% of your grade, so you will have to repeat EN101 next fall).

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