Due: Friday September 9
Format: Submit the typed portion of this assignment as a comment on this post. (Scroll to the very bottom of the post until you see the “Leave a Reply” box. You must be logged in to comment. Note: Your very first comment may not appear immediately. Don’t panic.) Also, print the assignment and bring it to class.
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Read these short texts (in this order) to lay groundwork for the course:
- the Course Description, which I forgot to hand out in class but which is uploaded to Course Documents (in the navigation bar just above this post). Don’t print unless you need to – just do your best reading it on the computer. I have copies for you and will distribute on Friday.
- the purple Student’s Guide, available at the book store
- the syllabus, handed out in class and uploaded to Course Documents
- DK Handbook pages 144-147
- skim “Nuts and Bolts of College Writing” uploaded to Course Documents
As you read, use scratch paper to make a list of things that you notice. You can keep one list for all the readings, as long as you keep track of where observations come from. Ask yourself, what do I find interesting, strange, revealing, or significant in the reading? In addition, you should use the margins to write any questions you have about these documents.
Decide which observations on your list are most important or puzzling and rank the items. Ask yourself, what three observations (specific features of the assigned reading) are most interesting, strange, revealing, or significant to me?
Now, type up a few paragraphs in which you explain what three observations topped your list and why. Describe your impression of this course by focusing on these three specific points and asking yourself, what about my background, previous writing/reading experiences, or knowledge makes me concerned with these three things? Be careful to distinguish what you have heard about the course from what you read about it in the course materials. Use quotes and paraphrases, and identify where passages come from.
As you explain the why of your observations in step 4 above, don’t hesitate to be critical of something you read. You might consider how being a writer in English 101 is like/unlike other writing situations. How do the course materials represent students? Why might you discard or adopt the practices described in the readings?
On scratch paper, describe any questions you have about this course, its policies, procedures, and expectations, based on the first class meeting and your reading of the course materials.
In our next class meeting, we will be discussing your initial writing from this assignment. Please bring a hard copy (print-out) of the assignment, your scratch notes, the purple Student’s Guide, syllabus, and The DK Handbook.