Category: Rhet-Comp 102 / English 8A

Rhetoric & Comp – Monday, April 12th / Wednesday, April 14th

WRITE: Quickwrites #22 & #23 – Choose 2 of 3 genres – biography/character sketch, interview ?s, sales ad

STUDY: Reader engagement and rhetorical appeals – a look at how narrative and strong writing binds time and keeps readers hooked.

EXTRA READ: Check out this short article to connect brain science with the ideas we just studied.

WORK TIME:  Get started/keep writing! Take those research design ideas and create some pieces of your project/paper. Work in any order that suits you and let the ideas loose on the page. (Keep your work as ONE document – it will have to be eventually anyway – use the page break function to start new pieces.)

DEADLINES & REMINDERS: Next MG Target is MARK #1 due 4/18 – with 6-8 pages complete (contract A) – which pages are up to you.

*Special Note: The MG assignment is the ONE time you may use Google docs if you’d like. I realize if you don’t have access to full MSWord, the online version is kind of limiting in how it allows you to design (e.g. adding pictures, graphics, fonts, colors, etc.). So, Gdocs is okay – but still put all assignments in Dropbox. Do NOT submit to GClassroom.

PAST DUE: Research Design – if you are stuck at this step, get to it pronto! Contact Mrs. C if you don’t know what’s going on.

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, April 9th

OFFICE HOURS:  Stop in the zoom between 7:20 & 11:20 am (when you aren’t supposed to be in another call) if you have questions or need assistance.

TO CHECK-IN:  What are you reading now? It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the Padlet – go do that. If you read anything over break, include it. Post more than one note if needed. THIS will count for attendance TODAY.

TO-DO: Get started writing! Take those research design ideas and create some pieces of your project/paper. Work in any order that suits you and let the ideas loose on the page. (Keep your work as ONE document – it will have to be eventually anyway – use the page break function to start new pieces.)

DEADLINES & REMINDERS:

  • Next MG Target is MARK #1 due 4/18 – with 6-8 pages complete (contract A) – which pages are up to you.

*Special Note: The MG assignment is the ONE time you may use Google docs if you’d like. I realize if you don’t have access to full MSWord, the online version is kind of limiting in how it allows you to design (e.g. adding pictures, graphics, fonts, colors, etc.). So, Gdocs is okay – but still put all assignments in Dropbox. Do NOT submit to GClassroom.

PAST DUE:

  • RESEARCH DESIGN Was DUE 4/8 (YESTERDAY)
  • GENRE REQUIREMENTS & OPTIONS – watch this series of videos (<20 min. total) Was DUE 4/6 (check out the accompanying PDF too – REQUIRED Genres Pieces Elements)

Rhetoric & Comp – Tuesday, April 6th / Wednesday, April 7th

READ: Read Aoud – What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom

WRITE: Quickwrites #20 & #21 – Choose 2 of 3 genres – “to do”/actions list, dialogue (two or more characters, real or imagined), self-written dictionary-style definitions (words/terms associated with a singular topic)

STUDY & NEW ASSIGNMENT: Take a look at research design – Talk-through video on GClassroom with an example

WORK TIME:  Consider what you need to prioritize next and use this time for in-class work.

DEADLINES/REMINDERS:

  • RESEARCH DESIGN due no later than end of Thursday 4/8 – upload/create to your Dropbox drafts folder or use the Template (I’ll add it to your Drafts folder) and change the doc title as needed
  • Check out the Multi-Genre FAQs page (tab at top of this site) if you are still grappling with this concept or just want to understand it better
  • GENRE REQUIREMENTS & OPTIONS – watch this series of videos (<20 min. total) before you return from Spring Break 4/6 (check out the accompanying PDF too – REQUIRED Genres Pieces Elements)
  • MLA Citation comments are complete for everyone’s CCR (cited commentary) papers.  Check them out in Dropbox comments, make changes as needed, and update your Book Club papers accordingly (use this learning across papers – it’s okay to make changes to ANY of your papers  ).

PAST DUE:

  • WRITE CLUB 2-Type Feedback* – Visit your group Flipgrid and watch/read/listen to your members’ papers.  Next 1) Reply with a short video.  Then 2) Visit each of these two papers in Dropbox/MSWord and leave 5-8 constructive comments.  *See the FLIPGRID WRITE CLUB slides attached to GClassroom for details (in both yesterday’s stream & attached to the assignment located in classwork).  Was DUE 3/25.
  • MG IDEA EXPLORATION – PDF link above & available through GClassroom.  Turn in in Dropbox & Flipgrid. Was DUE 3/28.
  • MB SHORT #4 (last one of these) Was DUE 4/5.

Friday, March 26th – SPRING BREAK!

SPRING BREAK – time to rest, to play a bit, to catch up if needed.  No live OFFICE HOURS today – check in through GClassroom (update the Padlet reading board if needed).  I’ll check email over break, so let me know if you need help or have questions.  I’ll also be sending you some feedback on your MG Ideas.

Take a look at deadlines, reminders, and assignments in yesterday’s webpost or through GClassroom.  Prioritize what you need to accomplish, get it done, and then take a break.  You deserve it.

Return to class Tuesday, April 6th ready for the downhill race to the finish.  Keep moving forward.  You got this.

-Mrs. C ❤

 

 

Rhetoric & Comp – Tuesday, March 23rd / Thursday, March 25th

BOOKTALK

WRITE:  Quickwrite #19 – Interest Inventory #3 QW interest prompt DAY3 as PDF Answer the questions in your notebook – use full sentences so you can kind of include the question.

STUDY & NEW ASSIGNMENT: Tips for Terrific Topics (see slide & video on GClassroom) & Idea Exploration 2021

WORK TIME:  Consider what you need to prioritize next and use this time for in-class work.

DEADLINES/REMINDERS:

  • WRITE CLUB 2-Type Feedback* – Visit your group Flipgrid and watch/read/listen to your members’ papers.  Next 1) Reply with a short video.  Then 2) Visit each of these two papers in Dropbox/MSWord and leave 5-8 constructive comments.  *See the FLIPGRID WRITE CLUB slides attached to GClassroom for details (in both yesterday’s stream & attached to the assignment located in classwork).  Due no later than end of day Thursday 3/25 (DON’T carry this over into Spring Break).
  • MG IDEA EXPLORATION – PDF link above & available through GClassroom.  Turn in in Dropbox & Flipgrid no later than end of day Sunday 3/28
  • MB SHORT #4 (last one of these 🙂 ) window is open now through 4/5 (EXTENDED!) – details in GClassroom as classwork/assignment
  • GENRE REQUIREMENTS & OPTIONS – watch this series of videos (<20 min. total) before you return from Spring Break 4/6 (check out the accompanying PDF too – REQUIRED Genres Pieces Elements)
  • MLA Citation comments are complete for everyone’s CCR (cited commentary) papers.  Check them out in Dropbox comments, make changes as needed, and update your Book Club papers accordingly (use this learning across papers – it’s okay to make changes to ANY of your papers 🙂 ).

PAST DUE:

  • Book Club Analysis & your screenshare/read aloud WERE due last weekend (GET THESE SUBMITTED if you haven’t – your WRITE CLUB groups are waiting!)

UPCOMING: Spring Break!  Complete what’s due, get caught up, rest up, and/or work ahead.  “See” you April 6th!

Rhetoric & Comp – Monday, March 22nd / Wednesday, March 24th

WRITE:  Quickwrite #18 – Interest Inventory #2 QW interest prompt DAY2 as PDF Answer the questions in your notebook – use full sentences so you can kind of include the question.

READ/STUDY: A look at how to shift your mindset concerning research papers.  Reading excerpts from Bruce Ballenger’s “Teaching the Research Paper,” Thomas Newkirk’s Minds Made for Stories, and Tom Romano’s “Crafting Narrative.” Check out the PDFs below and note their are read-through videos on today’s GClassroom stream. And watch Tom Romano on multi-genre in the short video below.

Teaching the Research Paper – Ballenger

Minds Made for Stories – Newkirk

Crafting Narrative from Fearless Writing – Romano

NOTEBOOK:  Create a notes page for stuff you discover today about research, narrative, and multi-genre.

EXTRA: If the idea of how story draws in the reader intrigues you, check out this TED Talk by Pixar team member Andrew Stanton

NEW ASSIGNMENT:  the multi-genre (MG) paper overview & contract choices (videos available in the MG Class of 2021 Flipgrid)

MG overview 2021 Contract A  

MG overview 2021 Contract B

DEADLINES/REMINDERS:

  • MB SHORT #4 (last one of these 🙂 ) window is open now through 4/5 (EXTENDED!) – details in GClassroom as classwork/assignment
  • WRITE CLUB 2-Type Feedback* – Visit your group Flipgrid and watch/read/listen to your members’ papers.  Next 1) Reply with a short video.  Then 2) Visit each of these two papers in Dropbox/MSWord and leave 5-8 constructive comments.  *See the FLIPGRID WRITE CLUB slides attached to GClassroom for details (attached to the assignment located in classwork).  Due no later than end of day Thursday 3/25 (DON’T carry this over into Spring Break).

PAST DUE:

  • BOOK CLUB CRIT LIT ANALYSIS Full Draft with citations no later than end of day Friday 3/19
  • Flipgrid screenshare read aloud of your BCA for WRITE CLUB no later than end of day Sunday 3/21 (find the topic in your WRITE CLUB group Flipgrid)

UPCOMING: A more specific look at how to choose a topic, the required genres for your MG paper, and time to work.

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, March 19th

OFFICE HOURS:  Stop in the zoom between 7:20 & 10:30 am* (when you aren’t supposed to be in another call) if you have questions or need assistance. *hours are weird b/c parent-teacher conferences

TO CHECK-IN:  Be sure to complete your read-aloud screen share for the BOOK CLUB Analysis Paper by end of day Sunday 3/21 – I’ll use the submission of this video for your Friday attendance check-in.

READ: Anything you’d like.  Try reading at least 30 minutes this weekend. 🙂

DEADLINES & REMINDERS:

  • BOOK CLUB CRIT LIT ANALYSIS – Full Draft with citations no later than end of day TODAY 3/19
  • Flipgrid screenshare read aloud of BCA for your WRITE CLUB group no later than end of day Sunday 3/21 (find the topic in your WRITE CLUB group Flipgrid)
  • MB SHORT #4 (last one of these 🙂 ) window is open now through 3/26 – details in GClassroom as classwork/assignment

UPCOMING:  Next week we’ll give WRITE CLUB feedback on the BCA and explore ideas for your multi-genre research project/paper. ❤ Plus, details on the MG assignment and a look at the importance of narrative.

Rhetoric & Comp – Tuesday, March 16th / Thursday, March 18th

WRITE:  Quickwrite #17 – Interest Inventory #1 QW interest prompt DAY1 as PDF  Answer the questions in your notebook – use full sentences so you can kind of include the question.

READ/LISTEN:  Excerpt from “Haunted Christmas Trees” Dear Hank & John (07:23 – 11:35)

NEW ASSIGNMENT TIMELINE: Overview of the 6 week MG Schedule (see slide/video on GClassroom today)

STUDY: Classtime for working right here.  Check out more multi-genre (MG) paper examples in Flipgrid (joincode posted yesterday in GClassroom) and/or work on your BOOK CLUB Analysis paper (draft due no later than Friday).

DEADLINES & REMINDERS:

  • BOOK CLUB CRIT LIT ANALYSIS Full Draft with citations no later than end of day Friday 3/19
  • Flipgrid screenshare read aloud of your BCA for WRITE CLUB no later than end of day Sunday 3/21 (find the topic in your WRITE CLUB group Flipgrid)
  • WATCH:  Check out the video about MLA citations in your BOOK CLUB ANALYSIS paper.  It takes you through setting up your Works Cited page with how-to for your book club book, the textbook reference, CrashCourse videos, and TED talks.  Also sidenotes for how to in-text cite each of these as well.  Please watch to strengthen your understanding and to avoid frivolous mistakes. (Video attached to GClassroom stream today & added to the BCA assignment.)
  • MB SHORT #4 (last one of these 🙂 ) window is open now through 3/26 – details in GClassroom as classwork/assignment

UPCOMING:   Expect some feedback about your MLA citations progress and start thinking ahead about the possibilities for your multi-genre research project/paper. ❤  Friday OFFICE HOURS from 7:20 – 10:30 only due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Stop in if you have questions or need help.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Anyone attending in-person THIS week will NEED headphones.  Please bring some!!!

Rhetoric & Comp – Monday, March 15th / Wednesday, March 17th

READ:  Read aloud Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead.

WRITE (PRE-VIEW):  Quick intro to Multi-genre writing.  Why Multi-genre?  And what is it?

STUDY:  1-on-1 breakouts to check your MLA citations in the CCR paper. While this conferring occurs, it is up to YOU to visit the Flipgrid for Multi-Genre Class of 2021 and to check out the examples under the topic “Multi-genre Examples.”  Watch the “What to Notice” video first and then skip around as you’d like.  There are 16 student-written examples to give you a broad perspective on what can be done with this assignment. (Join Code on the GClassroom stream today).

WATCH:  Check out the video about MLA citations in your BOOK CLUB ANALYSIS paper.  It takes you through setting up your Works Cited page with how-to for your book club book, the textbook reference, CrashCourse videos, and TED talks.  Also sidenotes for how to in-text cite each of these as well.  Please watch to strengthen your understanding and to avoid frivolous mistakes. (Video attached to GClassroom stream today & added to the BCA assignment.)

DEADLINES & REMINDERS:  BOOK CLUB CRIT LIT ANALYSIS (see the video talk-through on yesterday’s GClassroom).

  • Full Draft with citations no later than end of day Friday 3/19
  • Flipgrid screenshare read aloud for your WRITE CLUB group no later than end of day Sunday 3/21 (find the topic in your WRITE CLUB group Flipgrid)

PAST DUE:

  • Crit. Lit. ideas due Sunday 3/14 (YESTERDAY)

UPCOMING:  This week we’ll be writing our book club analysis papers, meeting individiually about your MLA citations progress, and getting a glimpse at what’s ahead after spring break – the multi-genre research project/paper. ❤

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Anyone attending in-person THIS week will NEED headphones.  Please bring some!!!