Feb. 23 Introduce the Assignment, Invention--idea gathering
Assignment: Write answers to the Self-Analysis questions on p.19 in your packet about your experience writing the Language or Cultural Discovery essay. Freewrite a page about a possible topic. What do you already know about the topic? Read: p.113-128 in your packet about Cueing the Reader. This is a very important chapter. Be sure you are familiar with all of the ideas in the chapter when you come to the next class.
Feb. 25 Basic Elements of an Essay
Assignment: Read the three sample OU Profile essays on p. 79-98 in your packet. Write a list of ways an essay in your language is different from an essay in English. Use p.172-174 and p.113-128 in your packet to help you with this list. Find an OU Profile topic!
Feb. 28 Contrastive Rhetoric/ Share your homework--list questions your audience would have about this topic. List all the components of your topic and all the people involved with your topic.
Assignment: Read p.106-112 in your packet on Field Research. Write a full-page vivid description of an experience you've had on the OU campus.
March 1 Interview Results Essay Assignment and Interview Etiquette
Assignment: Who could you interview or survey to get more information for this essay? Prepare a set of 10 crucial questions that you will use in your interview. Bring your questions to the next class. Write a revision letter to the author of the sample essay you were assigned in class. Respond as though the author was a member of this class. Use the revision letter guidelines on p. 129 in your packet. Do you have an OU Profile topic?
March 3 Review Interview Questions/Create the list of Criteria for a good profile essay
Assignment: Read p. 81-90 in Keys for Writers. Complete the assignment
on p.99 in your packet. Complete the Interview Question Form, p. 135 in
your packet, and bring it to the next class. Be prepared to tell Judy which
two classmates you would like to work with on this essay.
Be sure you have completed your interview by March 10.
March 6 Plagiarism
Assignment: Write the first draft of this essay. Bring _______ copies of this draft to class on March 8. Bring Keys for Writers to the next class.
March 8 Exchange essays/ Citing Sources
Assignment: Write thorough and helpful comments for both of the classmates whose drafts you read using the guidelines on p. 129 in your packet. Bring 2 copies of each letter you write to the next class.
March 10 Discuss first drafts and collect ideas for revision.
Your interview should be completed by today.
Assignment: Bring 2 copies of a draft of your Interview Results Essay
to the next class.
Write a letter to one of the classmates who read your first draft and address each of his/her suggestion and comments. Bring 1 copy of your letter to the next class. Revise your first draft.
HAVE A FUN AND SAFE SPRING BREAK
March 20 Exchange Interview Results Essay drafts/ Thesis Statements
Assignment: Write thorough and helpful comments based on the guidelines you receive in class for both of the classmates whose Interview Results Essays you read. Bring 1 copy of the letters you write for each classmate to the next class. Remember to be revising your Profile essay whenever you can.
March 22 Discuss Interview Results Essays and collect ideas for further revision./Comma Splice
Assignment: Write the final draft of your Interview Results Essay. Bring 2 typewritten copies of your essay. Also, submit your interview questions, notes from the interview, and reflections (p.139 in your packet) after the interview. Complete the following comparison in as many ways as you can: The introduction of an essay is like ______________. Bring your list to the next class.
March 24 Your Interview Report is due in class today. Introductions
Assignment: Answer the Self-Analysis questions on p. 19 in your packet about your experience writing the Interview Results Essay. Continue revising your essay. Read p.96-104 in Keys for Writers. Complete the Works Cited assignment on p. 105 in your packet. Rewrite this page in perfect MLA format! Use p. 101-104 in your packet as guidelines for online sources. Bring Keys for Writers to the next class.
March 27 Works Cited Pages
Assignment: Bring _______ copies of your second draft of the OU Profile essay to the next class.
March 29 Exchange second drafts/ Compose Revision Letter Guidelines/ And, So, But sentence structure review
Assignment: Write thorough and helpful revision letters based on the guidelines agreed on in class for both of the classmates whose second drafts you read. Bring 2 copies of the revision letters you write for each classmate to the next class.
March 31 Discuss second drafts.
Assignment: Revise your essay. Bring the Works Cited page for your essay and Keys for Writers to the next class.
April 3 Proofread the Works Cited pages
Assignment: Prepare the final draft of your OU Profile essay. Proofread your essay, and run Spell-check. Bring 2 copies of your typewritten final draft of the OU Profile essay. Also bring one copy of your first draft, one copy of your second draft, and copies of all the letters you received about this essay--this should be a total of 5.
April 5 The final copy of your OU Profile essay is due in class today.
Assignment: Complete the self-analysis questions on p.19 based on your experiences writing this essay.
* This syllabus is subject to change
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