ENGL 13100: Reading, Writing, & inquiry

Spring 2020 - MW 3-4.15 - LA 116 - Labs in Neff B39

We're here to learn as much as we can about the kinds of writing we do for an academic audience. So we'll develop and practice our skills of observation, analysis, and exposition. We'll focus on the cultures that produced us, the society in which we live, and our relationships to both. (Pretty much, anyway.)


Though we'll attend to the conventions of research writing such as summary, paraphrase, quotation, and formatting, our main focus at all times will be the actual WRITING WE DO. Sentences, paragraphing, rhetorical structures (organizing our thoughts).

strategies for learning and teaching

Humility

Industriousness

Attentiveness

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Attentiveness

Industriousness

Attentiveness

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Industriousness

Industriousness

Industriousness

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Receptiveness

Receptiveness

Industriousness

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Engagement

Receptiveness

Teachablity

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Teachablity

Receptiveness

Teachablity

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General information and course book

General Information

GENERAL


Dr. M. L. Stapleton

Office:  LA 233  Hours: please contact me

email: stapletm@pfw.edu   phone: 481.6841 (message)

webpage: www.elmlsteach.org

blog: shakespeareinyourface.blogspot.com


TEXT 


Lunsford et al., eds., Everyone's An Author (recommended)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)


ELECTRONIC DEVICES


Yes, feel free, but please use their powers for Good only

Standard Course Outcomes!

13100 has a set of prescribed course outcomes!

1: ANALYZING A CULTURAL ARTIFACT: ADVERTISEMENTS

TIMEFRAME, PROMPT, SUGGESTED, SPECS

TIMEFRAME


13 15 22 27 29 January; 3  5 February

No class on 20 January

Lab in Neff B39 29 January; 3 5 February


PROMPT

  

The purpose of the assignment is to exercise your powers of visual analysis and to translate your insights to expository written form. You’ll choose a print or online advertisement and examine it as a cultural artifact. Your paragraphs should be devoted to the details of the image, and your focus should be at all times on what these details are DOING and how they contribute to the overall effect of the ad. 


Assume that your audience is yourself: someone who understands media but might not always grasp the significance of what she or he sees. Ultimately, what you seek is not simply “selling” something—we take that for granted—but what elements of culture inform your ad. 


You’ll be explaining to a reader what your ad is about, why someone might use it, and why it is important. Then, you’ll re-examine your ad’s significance and try to make a larger point about cultural values and practices. Is the ad manipulative? Exploitative?


SUGGESTED


Choose something that you care about and that will allow you to discuss elements other people might not notice. It doesn't have to be an item you use or necessarily aimed at you.  As you write, you might ask yourself why the thing advertised disguises its real intent, if this is the case. Is the thing important to you? Is it important to the culture at large? 


Since your job is to be objective, it would probably best to avoid PSAs, simply because it would be natural to identify strongly with the subject rather than subjecting it to rigorous, disinterested analysis.


SPECS


3-4 pp.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR AD, EITHER IN AN ATTACHMENT OR INSERTED INTO THE ESSAT

Attach your paper as a Word document to your email. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf 

Due Friday, 7 February, 9 a.m., by email:

stapletm@pfw.edu


Please keep in mind that you may revise this paper as often as you like, as long as you meet with me to discuss it after you have turned it in the first time. Revisions are due on or before the due date for the fourth essay, 8 May




2: ANALYZING WORDS IN EXPOSITION: ARTICLES

TIMEFRAME, PROMPT, SUGGESTED, SPECS

 TIMEFRAME 


10 12 17 19 24 26 February; 2 March

Article due 17 February

No class on 4 9 11 March

Lab in Neff 39: 24 26 February; 2 March


PROMPT


We’ll build on our previous assignment in which we determined the possible cultural significance of an advertisement by visual analysis. Here, we’ll sharpen our analytical powers further by examining the language of a professional writer on a controversial subject. 


To prepare ourselves, our reading materials will not be from pop culture, such as the internet, television news, blogs, or local newspapers. Instead, we’ll look at several articles from the august and longstanding American journals of opinion, The New Republic and National Review, with links below. As you’ll see, however, simply because these media are highbrow and aimed at a sophisticated readership does not mean that they’re free from ideology or political agendas.  As you'll see, each one is devoted in part to Hillary Rodham Clinton, our former senator from New York, First Lady, and Secretary of State.


When you choose your article (subject to approval), you'll need to analyze its language, tone, diction, perspective, intended audience, or anything else that would help you determine what the author's point of view  might be. You're welcome to use one of the examples below.   You're also welcome to find a one- or two-page editorial from a magazine such as Newsweek or Time, or a newspaper such as The New York Times.  Also, it doesn't need to be contemporary.  It can be historical.  Consult the Academic Search Premier on the Helmke website. If this is difficult for you, ask for help.


SUGGESTED

  

  • Organize your paper by topic, devoting each paragraph to a single element, even if one of your paragraphs makes reference to your essay. 
  • Use significant words and phrases from your source to make your points.
  • Consult the Writing page on Analytical Writing and Lead-ins and Quotations.
  • Consult the Purdue OWL on paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing.
  • We'll use the updated MLA Works Cited style.   There are Purdue OWL examples for that, too.


SPECS


First: send me via email a copy of an article you might use, plus a 1-page summary of its content and perspective.   This is due Monday, 17 February, by 9 a.m.


Second: the finished product itself: 4 pp.

Attach your paper as a Word document to your email. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf   

Due Friday, 6 March, 9 a.m. via email.

stapletm@pfw.edu


Please keep in mind that you may revise this paper as often as you like, as long as you meet with me to discuss it after you have turned it in the first time. Revisions are due on or before the due date for the fourth essay, 8 May


CLINTON ESSAYS


New Republic

Sasson, "Who Is the Hillary Voter?"

Hitt, "Hillarys for President"

Heer, "The Magic of Silly Putty"

Crispin, "Feminist Fail"

 

National Review

McCarthy, "Impeach Her"

Roy, "The Queen of Faction"

Williamson, "The Empty Pantsuit"

Coffin, "Hillary Rules"


  


Don't plagiarize

Most plagiarism tends to be accidental, a result of carelessness or ignorance rather than malice. Ultimately, it's simpler than they say. It's yours, or it's not.

3: MINI RESEARCH PAPER: FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR COURSE OF Study

TIMEFRAME, PROMPT, SUGGESTED, SPECS

TIMEFRAME 


16 18 23 25 30 March; 1 6 8 April

Lab in Neff B39: 1 6 8 April


PROMPT


This is a skill-set assignment.  No arguments or brilliant insights required. All we're going to do is learn or review the basics: finding information, making it work in a paper assignment, paraphrasing and quoting, documenting information, avoiding plagiarism, and formatting Works Cited pages in the style according to the conventions of your field.


Research a problem in your field, whatever it happens to be. Give an account of the problem in some detail and let the reader know about some possible solutions.


SUGGESTED


Make sure you care about what you're researching, whatever it might be: chemistry, wildlife management, nursing, graphic design, teaching, construction.  If you don't care about it, you will not do a good job on the assignment.



SPECS


At least three reputable sources. Print media that can be accessed online, as with the previous assignment, would be best.

4 pp.

Attach your paper as a Word document to your email. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf  

MLA style, Works Cited page, OR APA style, if this is what your major requires

Due Friday,  10 April, 9 a.m. via email

stapletm@pfw.edu


Please keep in mind that you may revise this paper as often as you like, as long as you meet with me to discuss it after you have turned it in the first time. Revisions are due on or before the due date for the fourth essay, 8 May

Documentation conventions

Below you'll find a link to the Purdue Online Writing Lab that demonstrates how to use either APA or MLA style.


Let this link be your friend in all things.

4: THIS IS WHAT I CARE ABOUT

TIMEFRAME, PROMPT, SUGGESTED, SPECS

TIMEFRAME FOR PRESENTERS: 


(M) 13 April

(W) 15 April

(M) 20 April

(W) 22 April

(M)  27 April

(W) 28 April



PROMPT


This assignment should tell us something about you that you want to share with the class.  Its only parameters are that it shouldn't be too personal, because then telling us about it would be awkward. If you can write about it for 4-5 pages, put it easily into a PowerPoint (or equivalent) presentation, make yourself understood about it, and treat it with relative academic gravitas, that would be best.  If your idea fails any of these four elements, I'd strongly suggest you choose another topic.


SUGGESTED


hobby, passion, non-religious belief, non-cliché ethical position, art, reading, sport, relationship. 


SPECS


4-5 pp.

Attach your paper as a Word document to your email. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf  

Any source material should be MLA formatted.

10 minute presentation with at least one visual aid.

Due Friday, 8 May, 9 a.m. via email

stapletm@pfw.edu


PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST TURN IN THE PAPER AND GIVE A PRESENTATION. 

A FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN AN F FOR THE ASSIGNMENT.



Let’s Learn More

about YOU!


You are interesting!


YES, YOU.

STANDARD PAPER FORMATTING

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SOFTWARE

As a PFW student, you are entitled to free software, which you'll need. If you follow this link, you can dowload your own copy of Office 365 from IT services.

EVERYTHING IS DOUBLE-SPACED

Everything in your regular papers should be double-spaced. There are no extra spaces between paragraphs, and block quotations are double-spaced.  Go into your copy of Word, find the Paragraph menu, and make sure that it looks like the picture to the left.


Note: paragraphs for minor presentations can be single-spaced. Doesn't matter there.

CHECK YOUR HEADING

It can be on the left or the right side


Your Name

My Name

ENGL 13100

Date


On the next line after the heading, center a title for the paper.

Begin your text on the next line after that title.


OTHER FORMATTING

  • Don't use "fun" fonts or all-caps.
  • Your font size should be 12-point.
  • Don't use 'single quotation marks' for emphasis, or, for that matter, for most any reason at all.

EVERYTHING IS ELECTRONIC

You'll compose your papers and shorter assignments in Word and email them to me, so there is nothing in hard copy.  Attach your paper as a Word document to your email. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf.

course policies

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ATTENDANCE AND GOOD MANNERS

You are allowed five (5) absences for any reason you choose. Students who miss more than this will fail the course, without exception, regardless of circumstances. I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, nor am I responsible for material that you miss because you are absent. Students who miss the attendance call (the first five minutes of class) will be marked absent; students who get up and leave in the middle of class will be marked absent


PLEASE

  • take care of your rest room issues BEFORE class. If you must leave, give us the high sign. 
  • stay awake in class, do not put your head on your desk. If you are ill or exhausted, ask and ye shall be excused.
  • use your electronic devices for good, not evil, e.g., watching videos, texting your friends.


NOTE: if you signed up for the class, it is understood that you can attend it regardless of family or employment obligations. If you have emergencies, this is why you have absences allowed.  Doctors's notes, team travel letters, and other personal effects do not entitle students to extra absences. If circumstances prevent you from observing the attendance policy, drop the course

DUE DATES

Your papers are due on the scheduled non-class dates via email by 9 a.m. Late papers = 0.  You may revise all your papers (with the exception of the last) after meeting with the instructor in his office at our mutual convenience. Your revisions are due on the day your last project is due, 20 December by 9 a.m., email. 

DON'T BE A PLAGIARY

it should go without saying that students are also expected to do their own work; indebtedness to secondary materials (either printed or electronic) must be clearly indicated so as to avoid plagiarism: 

  • (piecemeal) using someone else’s words and phrases as if they were your own, not paraphrasing or summarizing properly, even with proper documentation; 
  • (grotesque) using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own, without proper documentation; 
  • (more grotesque) allowing someone else to write your paper for you.  

  

THERE IS NO NEED TO PLAGIARIZE IN HERE! NONE WHATSOEVER! AVAUNT, YE CHEATERS!

GRADING

Your course grade is determined by a rough averaging together of your four paper grades, including your revisions.  Each paper uses the 100 pt. scale: 90s = A, 80s = B, 70s = C, 60s = D, 50s and below = F. 


PLEASE NOTE: YOUR FAILURE TO TURN IN ALL FOUR OF YOUR MAIN ASSIGNMENTS WILL RESULT IN AN F GRADE FOR THE COURSE.

COMMUNICATION

Feel free to communicate with me at any time via email: stapletm@pfw.edu

I will usually get back to you sooner than you expect.


I always acknowledge an email submission with a reply confirming receipt. If you DON'T hear from me after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine. 

PRESENTATIONS

We'll sometimes present on assigned topics during our class periods. Before 3 p.m. on the due date, you'll email me a one-page summary of your presentation. It can be single-spaced, and must include a picture that will help your audience understand your point. 


Your major presentation at the end of the semester must explain your final project, THIS IS WHAT I CARE ABOUT. You'll create a PowerPoint slide show to accompany yourself. We'll try and do three of these a day. It should be fun.