grades posted

I have posted final grades. You can check them on PAWS. I enjoyed reading your portfolios and seeing the progress that you have made throughout the semester. Have a good break, and I hope you get to enjoy some time with family and friends.

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back in class on Wednesday 11/16

By the end of the day on Monday, I have conferenced with all of you and you all received feedback on your Junod draft (if you wrote it). We meet again as a class on Wednesday. There is no formal homework, but you should do a few things to prepare:

  • Bring your DK Handbook and your purple Student’s Guide to class.
  • Read over all three of your essays and begin thinking about your final portfolio. You need to choose two interpretive essays. Which essays do you think are the most manageable for revision? It would be smart to actually revise one of these essays and bring a hard copy to class on Wednesday so I can give you feedback. I said that to most of you during your conference.
  • Read the handout I gave you during your conference, which is titled Reflective Essay Guidance. Your reflective essay drafts are due 11/21. Turn the paper in early if you are going to be absent on 11/21. I will give you outlines for the reflective essay in class on Wednesday.

Lastly, here is the basic citation pattern you should follow in your Works Cited pages. For Neufeld and Junod, substitute author name, title, and page range as needed.

Kalman, Maira. “Back to the Land.” First Year Composition Reader 2011-2013. Boston: Pearson, 2011. 81-127. Print.

week 8 overview (10/24 – 10/28)

Next week (week 8 on our semester calendar) requires that you pay attention to some changes. All of this has been roughly outlined since the first day of class on the schedule. But, here is a more detailed day-by-day summary of what’s going on:

Monday: Essay 2 (Neufeld interpretation) is due. Bring 2 (two) printed copies on paper to class. They can be printed on both sides to save paper if that’s an issue. Also, bring the first statement of purpose (assignment 2-4) you wrote for the Kalman essay. In class Monday, we will not do a peer review. Instead, we will discuss the reflective essay component of your final portfolio and we will practice reflective writing (assignment 3-7).

Tuesday: Museum trip. Meet in the main lobby area of Riverview at 12:15. Bring a pencil and a notebook. Plan to be gone for an hour and a half. Attending, I have Leif, Tristen, Amandla, Ke’Air, Christian, Molly, and Jackie Samuelsson.
In the gallery, we will take a tour and then you will select one artwork to focus on. While looking at the artwork, take note of the title of the piece, the artist, the year of creation, the medium, and the dimensions of the piece. Do your notice-and-focus procedure, and then look for patterns, contrasts, and anomalies. Take these notes in your notebook. By Wednesday, write a short (2-page) summary and analysis of the artwork. Post this essay to the correct Ning forum.
If you do not post an analysis, that will count as one class absence whether or not you go on the class trip. So, it’s important to take the assignment seriously even if you are not attending the trip.

Wednesday: No class meeting. Post your artwork analysis to the Ning. I will be in Curtin Hall, office 284, most of the day for optional one-on-one (20-minute) student conferences. If you choose to sign up for a conference, I will have comments on your Neufeld interpretation ready for discussion. We can also talk about other issues that you want to raise. Sign up for a conference here.

Thursday: Online conferences most of the day. To use this option, you need to install the AOL Instant Messenger program and send a message to eng101rachael at your specific appointment time. Sign up for a conference here.

Friday: No class meeting. Today, your peer review essay (assignment 2-8) is due. Email the assignment as a .DOC or .RTF file to your partner and copy me (Cc:) on the email. Do not send a .DOCX file or .PAGES file because your classmate might not be able to open your feedback. Instead of attaching a file, I would suggest pasting your review into the email itself.

Monday: Class picks up again as normal. We’ll be starting a new unit with Tom Junod’s moving Esquire magazine essay, “The Falling Man.”

What should you do if you are not attending the museum trip Oct. 25? Here are some options around campus:

** Sum Total 2011
October 14-November 5, 2011
Location: Inova/Arts Center Gallery
Arts Center Building, 2nd Floor
2400 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm.
Cost: Free

** Crossing Over
October 21-November 11
Opening Reception: October 21, 5-8PM.
UWM Union Art Gallery (UAG) – cost = free
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thu 12-7pm

** The Expressionist Portrait, Pathos and Persona in German Art
Art History Gallery (Mitchell 154)
Runs until Oct. 27 (that’s Thursday, so go soon)
This exhibit showcases important paintings, prints and drawings by some of the premier German and Austrian artists of the 20th century and provides an in-depth examination of important social and psychological themes in expressionist portraiture. Featured artists include Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Ludwig Meidner, and others. Nathan Gramse, a graduate student in art history and museum studies, will curate the exhibition. Free and open to the public. Mitchell Hall is located at 3203 N. Downer. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 to 4.

** In Mitchell hall, on the second floor, there is a long hallway where student artists hang artworks on the wall. Some of these are in-progress, but you might find something of interest there.

reading for monday 9/12

There is no writing assignment due on Monday, so please focus on the reading and give it care. This reading assignment is a critical piece in the foundation of our class. For Monday, please read the DK Handbook, pages 1 – 16 (on “Rhetoric and a Process for Composing”), pages 82 – 93 (“What Is Analysis?”), pages 184 – 189 (on “Visual Organization”), and 260-263 (“Style in Visual Texts”). (If you cannot find a book to buy, please see the Course Documents page  for the PDF files to download.) As you read, think broadly about how you could use this method called “rhetorical analysis.” Notice how the textbook uses the terms “composers” and “communication” instead of “writers” and “writing.” This will help us easily apply these concepts to visual culture. The two sections on visual design will also give us ideas for finding rhetorical strategies in texts with visual elements. After class on Monday, hopefully you see that “everything has rhetoric: classrooms, churches, speeches, supermarkets, department store windows, Starbucks, photographs, magazine covers, your bedroom” (Rosenwasser and Stephen 70).

Since you don’t have to write anything this weekend, you could use this opportunity to get caught up if you are behind already, and it would be smart to even start working ahead since the reading assignment for Wednesday is not small. I will hand it out in class on Friday.

Have a rhetorical weekend!


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