Upcoming November

Tuesday, November 3

Reading: Pages 267 – 300, “Bill Clinton, Public Citizen,” Best American Nonrequired Reading; pages 668 – 573, “The Cosmic Significance of Britney Spears,” Seeing and Writing

Writing: Assignment 19 (continued) Add four more qualities to your list of what makes a “genius.”

In class: Group workshop and discussion. (If you are not here on this day, you will be assigned a group and will be responsible for communicating with the group for the completion of your paper.)

Key concepts: reading for meaning, critical thinking, evidence and argument. What is a “good” source?

Thursday, November 5

Reading: Handout— Chapter 10, Argumentation, Pages 300 – 336, St. Martin’s Handbook (you don’t need to read, you just need to reference)

Writing: Assignment 21 Pick a “genius” according to the criteria you have assigned in your groups. Research this genius in the library. Find paragraphs from three different sources that provide supporting evidence that this person as a “genius” according to your criteria. Cut and paste this evidence word for word into one document, and cite this evidence according to MLA standards.

In class: Class discussion on argumentation, plus paraphrasing exercise, plus fallacies.

Key concepts: methods of argumentation, paraphrasing, citing sources

Tuesday, November 10

Reading: None.

Writing: Assignment 22 (20 points) First Draft Essay titled “[Insert person here] is a Genius.” Write an 800-1000 word essay on someone you think is a genius, and why. You must argue by definition (by explaining your criteria of what a genius is), as well as use one other methods of argumentation (as discussed in class and in the handout). You will be graded on the presence of these argumentation methods, as well as the general rubric for papers found on this blog. You must use three sources in your essay, and you must cite those three sources correctly using MLA style. BRING TO CLASS FOR PEER REVIEW!

In-class: Assignment 23 (20 points) Peer Review

Thursday, November 12

Reading: None.

Writing: Assignment 24 (60 points) Second Draft Essay “[Insert Person Here] is a Genius”

In-class: Assignment 25 (10 points) Group excercise on fallacies. This cannot be made up. You must attend class to get the points.

Tuesday, November 17

Reading: None.

Writing/Research: None.

In class: Assignment 26 (10 points) Screening: Michael Moore’s Sicko. This cannot be made up. You must attend class to get the points.

Thursday, November 19

Reading: View/read items on this blog.

Writing/Research: None.

In class: Assignment 27 (10 points) Screening: Michael Moore’s Sicko. This cannot be made up. You must attend class to get the points. Discussion of other voices in the health care debate.

Plus: Handout and discussion on the process of completing the final paper.

Tuesday, November 24

Reading: See below.

Writing/Research: Assignment 28 (20 points) BRING TO CLASS a copy of an opinion piece about the health care debate that you find in a newspaper, magazine (print or online, but it must be reputable, according to the criteria we have discussed, no older than one year, and no longer than 800-1000 words. Be prepared to discuss the articles thesis, assumptions, biases, methods of argumentation, fallacies (if any), counterarguments, and effectiveness.

In-class: Discussion of other voices in the health care debate.

Thursday, November 26

No class. Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 1

Reading: Preliminary library research.

Writing: Assignment 29: (10 points) Typed thesis statement, plus three sources typed in MLA style (based on your preliminary research). You must DROP IN DROPBOX and BRING A COPY TO CLASS.

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