Assignment Sequence: English 110

Unit One: Writing Metaphors

Discussion Board Entry: Introduce yourself to the class by telling us ten things about yourself. Be sure to cover where you are from, why are you in college, your experience with and perceptions of writing, and a little bit about your life outside of school.

Discussion Board Entry: Draft two brief (3 to 4 sentences) summaries of the Tannen’s essay: one “Good” that follows the advice from chapter 2 of They Say/I Say and one “Bad” that violates that advice in some obvious (maybe even humorous) way.

Blog 1 (300 words): For your first blog assignment, think back on what you were told to expect from college-level writing. Describe that understanding with specific detail (where you developed it, what it looks like, etc). Then, compare it to the They Say/I Say description. How do the two definitions similar? How are they different? What are your initial responses and reactions to Graff and Birkenstein’s ideas? You should begin to practice incorporating the templates from They Say/I Say into your writing with this assignment. After you have posted your entry, be sure to come back and read your classmates’. You will be referencing them in your first essay.

Discussion Board Entry: Using two different “I Say” response modes (Agree, Disagree, Agree/Disagree Simultaneously), craft two short (2 to 3 sentence) responses to one of the texts we’ve encountered in this unit so far. A template directly taken from They Say/I Say should be included somewhere in each response.

Blog 2 (300 words): For this second blog entry, provide an anecdote (a story, told in narrative form) of a previous writing experience that feels significant to you. Then analyze how that experience is likely to influence how you approach writing now.

Discussion Board Entry: What are your plans for Essay 1? What are you most concerned about? What advice and/or feedback would you find helpful?

Essay 1 (1500 words)

Thinking back on the texts we’ve read (both published and classmate-generated), propose and then explain your own metaphor for academic writing. Be sure to place your metaphor, and so structure your analysis, within an identifiable They Say/I Say “pair.”

Unit Two: Writing as a Task

Discussion Board Entry: Draft two brief (3 to 4 sentences) summaries of the Hjortshoj’s article: one “Good” that follows the advice from chapter 2 of They Say/I Say and one “Bad” that violates that advice in some obvious (maybe even humorous) way.

Blog 3 (300 words): For this entry, capture the actual, not planned or idealized, process you used to complete the first essay. What did you actually do? When? Where? What tools did you use? After you have described the physical process, reflect on how well it went. What would you do differently if you could? What can you learn from the experience for future essays, not just in this course but also in your other classes now and in the future? You can reference ideas from the readings in this unit regarding writing but most of this entry should be your own reflection on the experience of Essay 1.

Discussion Board Entry: Using two different “I Say” response modes (Agree, Disagree, Agree/Disagree Simultaneously), craft two short (2 to 3 sentence) responses to one of the texts we’ve encountered in the second unit. A template directly taken from They Say/I Say should be included somewhere in each response.

Discussion Board Entry: What are your plans for Essay 2? What are you most concerned about? What advice and/or feedback would you find helpful

Blog 4 (300 words): Take your first essay, and any other writing you’ve submitted this semester and re-proofread it, looking for formatting, usage, spelling, and other mechanical errors in edited academic English that you didn’t catch the first time. Compile a list of your “common errors” and then analyze what “slips through” your proofreading filters. Your post should include your top 7-10 errors, plus 300 words of analysis.

Essay 2 (1500 words)

Analyze how you and your classmates produce writing, using the actual Essay 1 processes captured during this unit. Use a They Say/I Say pair to put your mini-analysis in conversation with a previous study or studies.

Unit Three: Writing Concepts

Discussion Board Entry: Draft three separate They Say/I Say pairs: one for Christensen’s article, one for Brooks’s post, and one for Baron’s post (from class on 3/29).?

Blog 5 (300 words): Compare the process you used to produce Essay 2 with that you followed for the first. Explain the differences and similarities using terminology and concepts we encountered in the second unit. Reflect on the success of any changes you made and on how useful you expect them to be in the future, both in this class and in later courses.

Discussion Board Entry: Describe, in your own words, the characteristics of an effective They Say/I Say pair.

Blog 6 (300 words): In this entry, summarize the feedback you received on your first and second essays—without mentioning the grade—and analyze how elements of your process affected the final product that led to that feedback. In other words, work backwards from the result (your reader’s reaction) to the actions you took that led to each result. You are particularly interested in looking for the effect that any changes in your process had on the final products. This post will be submitted via a feature in Blackboard Learn that will keep it private so your classmates won’t see it.

Essay 3 (1200 words in two parts)

Choose one of the following concepts from our conversation regarding writing process in Units 2 and 3 and explore it using a clear They Say/I Say pair: Discovery, Rituals, Proofreading, Felt Sense, Writing as a Conversation, or Anxiety/Emotions.

Unit Four: Reflection and Research

Essay 4 (1800 words)

Look back on the entire semester and reflect on your journey as a writer from your First-Day Essay through now. Then present and analyze the key writing concept from Essay 3 in two ways; first, an academic analysis built around a They Say/I Say pair that responds to the texts we’ve encountered in this class. This portion of the essay will require you to incorporate a response to outside research. In other words, you will be responsible for finding another “They Say” text to add to the mix for your “I Say” response. The second part will be a letter of advice to next year’s students regarding your writing concept.

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