Monday, 28 Apr 2014

Class Topic

5-Min Oral Presentations

Present your 5-minute speeches during class.

(See the Apr 23 page for details.)

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014

Class Topic

Celebration of Writing (Cecillian Hall; 3:30-5pm)

The celebration is 90 minutes long. I’m asking that you be present for at least an hour — presenting for at least 30 minutes, and observing other presentations for at least 30 minutes.

It is your responsibility to flag me down and make sure that I see you presenting your 5-minute speech in front of an audience. (I may not stay to listen to all of your speech, and you don’t have to wait for another classmate’s speech to finish before you begin — I’ll already know the content of your speech, and my goal in observing your presentation is to watch you engage with the Celebration of Writing audience.)

I will occasionally leave our table in order to see what students from other classes are doing, but I won’t be gone long.

You will receive credit for this event by submitting a reflection paper. The evaluation of that paper will also include my assessment of your 5-minute speech (from Monday’s class) and your engagement with the CoW audience today.

Your Oral Presentation/CoW Participation/Reflection assignment is worth 10% of your grade. (That can make a whole letter grade worth of difference, so please take this assignment seriously.)

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014

Class Topic

Essay 3 Draft Workshop


Activity 3-10: CoW Reflection


FItAW Ch9 (Conclusions)

Friday, 02 May 2014


Essay 3 Draft Due

Class does not meet. Upload your draft to by 11:59pm today.

The shared syllabus that all STW instructors share describes the paper this way:

Research Paper [1]
(see below)
8-10 pages, at least 1 revision. All components count toward grade
(see below for list). Research paper will be taught in multiple stages, with students gradually building skills in a step-by-step fashion.

[1] Research Skills:

  1. Practicing academic integrity
  2. Identifying a relevant topic
  3. Formulating a research question
  4. Finding, evaluating and incorporating appropriate sources (including scholarly publications)
  5. Writing a research thesis
  6. Proposing specific research
  7. Creating an annotated bibliography
  8. Prewriting, outlining and organizing
  9. Citing in a specific documentation style (Instructors have agreed that all sections will teach MLA style, and instructors may choose to add APA and other styles).
  10. Revising

So, your assignment is to produce an 8-10 page college-level research paper,

  • that demonstrates academic integrity,
  • explores a narrow topic,
  • presents and supports a specific stand on a complex question that requires research (rather than a question that you can answer with your pre-existing opinion, or by looking up an answer that someone else has already measured for you),
  • that uses scholarly sources (peer-reviewed academic articles and books) (and, if relevant, other sources),
  • that demonstrates your use of information about your topic that you didn’t already know when you started researching,
  • is based on a thesis statement that involves taking a non-obvious position on a complex question that rational people could answer in more than one way.

Assignments leading up to the full draft have asked you to come up with a topic, research question, bibliography, prewriting, etc.  The draft requires a complete Works Cited list (in MLA style or whatever format you’ve arranged with me beforehand).

The assignment also requires revision. That is, if you turn in a draft that’s worth a B, but you don’t make any revisions, or you make only surface-level changes (fixing spelling errors and such), then your grade for the revision may be much lower than a B.

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