Language or Cultural Discovery Essay Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change.  It is also available on the website for this class: http://www.ou.edu/faculty/R/Judith.R.Reynolds-2

Sept. 6  Writing Center Guest Speaker,  Attitude Survey
Assignment:   Write a page responding to one of the attitudes you expressed on the survey we did in class today.

Sept. 8  Secrets to Successful Writing
Assignment:  Begin reading about Describing on p. 60-70 in your packet. (section 28 p. 43-53)

Sept. 11  Finish discussing Secrets to Successful Writing
Assignment:  Read and enjoy the 3 sample essays in your packet on p. 48-59 (section 28 p.31-42)
Section 28 students need to look at the website and send Judy an email comment about it.

Sept. 13  Assign the Essay, Invention techniques
Assignment:  Read the sample essays on p. 48-59 in your packet (section 28 p. 31-42)  Write a revision letter for the author of the essay you are assigned using the guidelines on p. 71 in your packet (section 28 online).  A sample letter is on p. 72-73 (section 28 p. 54-55).

Sept. 15 Sample Revision Group Work
Assignment:  Find effective examples of Naming, Detailing, Comparisons, and Sensory Description in the sample essays on p. 48-59 (section 28 p.31-42).  Be prepared to share these examples with the class.

Sept. 18 Naming, Detailing, and Sensory Description
Assignment:  Describe in detail one of the people or a place or an action that is related to your discovery.  Use as many of the describing techniques that we have discussed as you can.  You can insert this description into your draft of the essay if you like it.

Sept. 20  Essay Criteria
Assignment:  Write the first draft of your Literacy or Cultural Discovery essay.  Write it in ink or type it, and bring ______ copies of it to the next class.  Also, answer these question about your readers on a separate sheet of paper: 1.  Briefly describe your readers. 2. What do they know about you? 3.  How do you want them to feel about what happened to you in the events you describe in your Discovery essay?  4.  What experiences do you imagine your readers have had that are similar to those you described in your essay?

Sept. 21 OU Cousins gathering at Lloyd Noble Center at 6:00 p.m.  Take your application and meet your cousin(s).

Sept. 22 Exchange Essays/ In-class writing
Assignment:  Read the two essays your classmates have written.  Write a complete revision letter for each of your classmates using the guidelines on p. 71 in your packet (section 28 online).  Bring 2 copies of each letter that you write.  You must bring the letters for your classmates to the next class.

Sept. 25 Revision Group Work.  Discuss the responses to your classmatesí essays.
Assignment:  Complete the Revision Group Response questions on p. 74 in your packet (section 28 online).   Write a dialogue that is related to the essay you are writing.  Your dialogue could be between people in your essay or the words you said to yourself during the events you are describing.  Consult p. 341-343 in Keys for Writers for information about using quotation marks.  Pick up the Writing Center handout on writing dialogue.  The Writing Center is in room 209 Physical Sciences Center.
Keep the letters your classmates wrote to you because you will submit them with your final draft of this essay.

Sept. 27  Share dialogues. Beginnings
Assignment:  Write another beginning for your essay.  Write a second draft of your Literacy or Cultural Discovery essay and bring ____ copies of it to the next class.

Sept. 29 Exchange Essays.  Verb tense review
Assignment:  Read the two essays your classmates have written  Write a complete revision letter for each essay that you read using the guidelines on p. 75 (section 28 online).  Bring 2 copies of each letter that you write to the next class.  Remember that these letters must be ready to share at the next class.

Oct. 2  Revision Group Discussions
Assignment:  Bring a copy of your most recent draft of the essay to the next class.  Also bring Keys for Writers to class.
Keep the letters your classmates wrote to you because you will submit them with your final draft of this essay.

Oct. 4  Proofreading
Assignment:  Complete your Language or Cultural Discovery essay.  Bring 2 typewritten copies of the essay to the next class.  Remember to just staple these pages togetheródonít use a plastic cover or folder.  Also bring copies of both earlier drafts of this essay and all of the letters that you received. (There should be 5 letters in all).

Oct. 6 University Holiday--no class

Oct. 9  Your Language or Cultural Discovery Essay is due in class TODAY
Assignment:  Answer the self-analysis questions on p. 21 in your packet (section 28 online) about your experiences writing the Language or Cultural Discovery essay.  Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper.
 

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