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.
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, organizing our thoughts.
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13100 has a set of prescribed course outcomes!
25, 30 August; 1, 8, 13, 15 September
No class on 6 September
Lab: 8 and 13 September: B41 Neff
15 September: B27 Neff
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?
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.
First: send me via email a copy of an ad you might use, plus a possible argument. This is due Sunday 29 August by 11.59 p.m. via Brightspace A failure to turn this in: one letter grade off your final paper for this assignment.
Second: the paper itself 3-4 pp.
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR AD, EITHER IN AN ATTACHMENT OR INSERTED INTO THE ESSAY
Attach your paper as a Word document when you send it in Brightspace. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf
Due Friday, 17 September, 11:59 pm on Brightspace
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 either in person in my office or on ZOOM after you have turned it in the first time. Revisions are due on or before the due date for the fourth essay, Wednesday 15 December at 11:59 pm
20, 22, 27, 29 September; 4, 6, 11, 13 October
6 and 13 October: Neff B27
11 October: Neff B41
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 from 18 years ago, 2003.
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 write about an article that you choose from the 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.
When you choose your article, 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.
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 MLA Works Cited style. There are Purdue OWL examples for that, too.
The finished product itself: 4 pp.
Attach your paper as a Word document in Brightspace. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf
Due Friday, 15 October, 11:59 pm via Brightspace
Please keep in mind that you may revise this paper as often as you like, as long as you meet with me on ZOOM 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, Wednesday, 15 December, 11:59 pm
Rosenheck, "WMDs: The Biggest Lie of All." New Statesman, vol. 132, iss. 4652, 25 August 2003, pp. 16-18.
Brumberg, "A Killing Tradition." The Nation, vol. 277, iss. 16, 17 November 2003, pp. 24-26.
Kay, "The Scandal of 'Diversity.'" Commentary, vol. 115, iss. 6, June 2003, pp. 41-45.
Fredriksen, "Mad Mel." The New Republic, vol. 229, iss. 4-5, 28 July 2003, pp. 25-29.
Solomon, "The Big Chill." The Nation, vol. 276, iss. 21, 2 June 2003, pp. 17-22.
Studies, vol. 3, iss. 2, Summer 2003, pp. 114-20.
The Editors, "Sacrifice Fly." The New Republic, vol. 228, iss. 6, 17 February 2003, pp. 8-9.
Hirsh, "Imperialism of Neighbors." Washington Monthly, vol. 35, iss. 6, June 2003, pp. 14-20.
20, 25, 27 October; 1, 3, 8 November
Lab: 1, 3, 8 November B41 Neff
No class on 18 October
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.
Explain your major field to someone who is unfamiliar with it. Then narrow your paper topic so that you can explain a research problem in your discipline. Give an account of the issue in some detail and let the reader know about some possible solutions.
Use at least four (4) secondary sources: book chapters, journal articles, credible online materials. Textbooks are fine.
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.
The task will be easier and more interesting for you and your reader if you think of your project as an answer to questions, e.g., "What is the most difficult thing to understand about my field?" "Does it have a controversial or disputed component or area? If so, what is it, and why is it a problem?" "What do professional writers have to say about it?"
First: send me via email a 1-page summary of your paper topic and a model Works Cited page with four sources you might use, in proper MLA format. This is due Tuesday, 26 October by 11.59 p.m. via Brightspace.
THOSE WHO FAIL TO TURN THIS SUMMARY IN WILL LOSE AN ENTIRE LETTER GRADE FROM THE FINAL VERSION OF THE PAPER.
Second: the thing itself: 4 pp.
Attach your paper as a Word document and send it in Brightspace. Do NOT send it in Google Docs. Do NOT send it in .pdf
MLA style, Works Cited page
Due Friday, 12 November, 11:59 pm via Brightspace
Please keep in mind that you may revise this paper as often as you like, as long as you meet with me in my office or on ZOOM 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, Wednesday, 15 December, 11:59 pm via Brightspace
TIMEFRAME FOR PRESENTERS:
(W) 10 November: intro to presentations
(M) 15 November: NO CLASS
(W) 17 November:
(M) 30 November:
(W) 1 December:
(M) 6 December:
(W) 8 December:
NO CLASS 22 24 November
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.
PLEASE NOTE: your paper does not need to be a finished product on your presentation day. It can be a series of notes.
hobby, passion, non-religious belief, non-cliché ethical position, art, reading, sport, relationship.
Attach your paper as a Word document when you send it in Brightspace. 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 Wednesday, 15 December, at 11:59 via Brightspace
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST TURN IN THE PAPER AND GIVE A PRESENTATION.
A FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN AN F FOR THE ASSIGNMENT.
You are interesting!
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 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.
It can be on the left or the right side
On the next line after the heading, center a title for the paper.
Begin your text on the next line after that title.
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.
You are allowed five (5) absences for any reason you choose. Students who miss more than this will fail the course, unless they provide me with a valid medical excuse that is COVID-19 related. 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.
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.
Your papers are due on the scheduled non-class dates via Brightspace at 11.59 pm.. 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.
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:
THERE IS NO NEED TO PLAGIARIZE IN HERE! NONE WHATSOEVER! AVAUNT, YE CHEATERS!
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.
Feel free to communicate with me at any time via email: email@example.com
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.
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