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ENG 1310 Course Calendar with Lesson Plans

Created by Cruz Barajas-Briones, Summer 2019

 

WEEK 1: Course Overview and Topic Selection

Discuss the following:

  • Tips
  • Email etiquette
  • MLA
  • Download Microsoft Office
  • Printing services
  • EW: Ch 1

Activity: Brainstorming Activity: Have students bring in their laptops. Have students write/type over a given topic (or free topic) for a certain amount of time. The laptop screen should be lowered in brightness. This will show students how they should allow themselves to let their mistakes be and then come back to it at the end. Their ideas disappear as they focus on correcting their grammar or spelling.


WEEK 2: Academic Confidence, Reading Strategies, and Mantras

Discuss the following:

  • Annotating
  • EW Ch. 7 pp. 47, 97-99

Activity: Students can read a selected article and write out what they think on their own. Then come together as a class and go over the article.


WEEK 3: Forming a Thesis and Synthesis

Discuss the following:

  • What is rhetoric?
  • Thesis EW: 2b pp. 11
  • Synthesis EW: Ch. 8 pp. 57

Activity: A way to show students would be to write out your own paper as an example. Then throughout the semester refer back to that specific paper. So, for example, begin with brainstorming and write out ideas. Then come up with a thesis, synthesis, and argument. As the semester transitions on create an outline for the same paper with PIE and CRIE examples.

  • Create a thesis: (Title) completely fails to/succeeds at (reason/purpose) (audience) that/to (thesis) because (weaknesses/strengths).
  • Create a synthesis: Even though it (key strengths/weaknesses), (title), mostly fails to/succeeds at (reason/purpose) (audience) that/to (thesis) because (weaknesses/strengths).

WEEK 4: Getting Organized and Balancing Workloads

Discuss the following:

  • Plagiarism
  • EW: pp. 108 ethos, logos, pathos

Activity: Hand out article and have students read through it. Hand out cut outs of different paragraphs that students or you have written, and students will tell the difference between plagiarized and writing in their own words.


WEEK 5: Structuring Paragraphs Part 1: PIE (Point, Illustration, Explanation)

SEPT 25

Discuss the following:

  • EW: 2e pp. 15
  • Reference notes from previous class

Activity: PIE: Give students an example such as cutting out a PIE paragraph and having them put it back together. Students should create a PIE paragraph for their paper.

  • Students can use sticky notes, index cards, and or individual sheets of paper, to write out their own paragraphs. The idea is to get students to write down as much information that they can regarding their topic.

WEEK 6: Structuring Paragraphs Part 2: CRIE (Counterargument, Response to argument, Illustration, and Explanation)

Discuss the following:

  • Reference notes from previous class

Activity: CRIE: Give students an example such as cutting out a CRIE paragraph and having them put it back together. Students should create a CRIE paragraph for their paper.

  • Students can use sticky notes, index cards, and or individual sheets of paper, to write out their own paragraphs. The idea is to get students to write down as much information that they can regarding their topic.

WEEK 7: Structuring Paragraphs Part 3: Layout

Discuss the following:

  • Outline, structuring essay EW: 2d, pp.13, 14e 121

Activity: Hand out example of outline and have them place the strips in order

  • Students can use sticky notes, index cards, and or individual sheets of paper, to write out their own paragraphs. The idea is to get students to write down as much information that they can regarding their topic.

WEEK 8: MLA Formatting and Peer Review

Discuss the following:

  • Go over EW section of MLA.
  • Header/page numbers
  • Intext citations
  • Quotations -- proper ways to introduce them
  • Citing sources – works cited page
  • EW: pp. 124-173

Activity: Have students bring in their own papers and go over their own MLA formatting. A student can volunteer to have his/her paper looked over as a class.


WEEK 9: Organizing Writing to Stay on Topic

Discuss the following:

  • Audience EW pp. 260, 247
  • Use of transitions
  • EW: 2E pp. 15

Activity:

  • Listing. On a piece of paper list all the ideas you can think of connected to subjects you are considering exploring. Consider any idea or observation as valid and worthy of listing.
  • Cubing. This technique helps you look at your subject from six different points of view (imagine the 6 sides of a cube and you get the idea). Take your topic or idea and 1) describe it, 2) compare it, 3) associate it with something else you know, 4) analyze it (meaning break it into parts), 5) apply it to a situation you are familiar with, 6) argue for or against it. Write at a paragraph, page, or more about each of the six points of view on your subject.
  • Clustering/Webbing. Find a clock, watch, or timer to help you keep track of time. Put a word you’d like to explore in the center of a piece of paper and put a circle around it. As fast as you can, free-associate or jot down anywhere on the page as many words as you can think of associated with your center word. If you get stuck, go back to the center word and launch again.
  • Shifting viewpoints (role-playing). When you begin to feel you have some understanding of your idea, it sometimes helps to look at it from another person’s point of view. You can do this by role-playing someone who disagrees with your conclusions or who has a different set of assumptions about your subject. Make a list or write a dialogue to begin to reveal the other perspective.

WEEK 10: Conclusions and Intros

Discuss the following:

  • Introduction, Titles
  • EW: 14a pp. 119

Activity: Show the essay previously written and then have students point out the difference between the introduction or conclusion. What sets them apart.


WEEK 11: Revising for Style (Sentence Structure or Word Choice)

Discuss the following:

  • Revision, Editing
  • Can go over grading criteria.
  • EW: Ch. 4 pp. 23, Ch. 20. Pp. 249, 280

Activity: Have students read the grading criteria and see if their work follows it.


WEEK 12: Conducting Secondary Research

Discuss the following:

  • EW Ch. 11 pp. 88-97
  • EW Ch. 12 pp.97-99

Activity: Show the students where the databases are located and tips for coming up with key terms. Students will then go to the Texas State library website and research their essay topics.


WEEK 13: Using and Integrating Sources

Discuss the following:

  • EW pp. 164-173
  • Have students read sample paper and identify the way the writer used sources.

Activity: Students should have brought in two different sources. The student will write a paragraph including the source. Students are encouraged to bring multiple sources and write more paragraphs.


WEEK 14: Thanksgiving Holiday


WEEK 15: Peer Review


 

COURSE SCHEDULE

The following schedule is tentative and will change as I adapt instruction to meet your needs and interests, as well as in response to any unanticipated events. I will announce revisions in class and on TRACS, so please check the site regularly and allow the system to email you with announcements.

 

DATE             ACTIVITIES & WHAT TO BRING

Week 1           Course Overview and Topic Selection

Aug 28            Bring your laptop and syllabus

 

Week 2           Academic Confidence, Reading Strategies, and Mantras

Sept 3             Bring both textbooks and notes on EW Ch. 7

 

Week 3           Forming a Thesis and Synthesis

Sept 11           Bring in topic selection

 

Week 4           Getting Organized and Balancing Workloads

Sept 18           Bring both textbooks and notes on essay 2

 

Week 5           Structuring Paragraphs Part 1: PIE

Sept 25           Bring notes from lecture and draft

 

Week 6           Structuring Paragraphs Part 2: CRIE

Oct 2               Bring notes from lecture and draft

 

Week 7           Structuring Paragraphs Part 3: Layout

Oct 9               Bring EW and draft

 

Week 8           MLA Formatting and Peer Review

Oct 16             Bring in final drafts and feedback

 

Week 9           Organizing Writing to Stay on Topic

Oct 23             Bring EW and topic selection for essay 3

 

Week 10         Conclusions and Intros

Oct 30             Bring in EW and drafts

Week 11         Revising for Style (Sentence Structure or Word Choice) and Peer Review

Nov 6              Bring drafts of all returned papers and current draft

           

Week 12         Conducting Secondary Research

Nov 13            Bring in draft with any questions and laptop

Week 13         Using and Integrating Sources

Nov 20            Bring in final draft

Week 14         Thanksgiving Break

Nov 27            Class does not meet

Week 15         Peer Review

Dec 4               Bring in draft with any questions

 

            One-on-One Conferences with Instructor, Writing Center, OR SLAC