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May 8, 2018

Schedule of Classes

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Date Before Class In-Class
Wednesday, Aug. 28 ·       Course Introduction

·       Diagnostic Essay

Monday, Sept. 2   College Closed
Wednesday, Sept 4 Review course site and syllabus

Sign-up for CUNY Academic Commons

·       Syllabus Review

·       Overview of Writing for the Social Sciences

Thursday, Sept. 5 Read “The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Discussion Post #1 — Write a brief summary of King’s main points and analyze one idea that interests or confuses you.

Classes follow a Monday schedule

·       Discuss King

·       Review Essay #1 Assignment

·       Peer Interviews

Monday, Sept. 9 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 1 pg. 1-18

ESSAY #1 SUBJECT DESCRIPTION DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Writing Activity: Looking at Subcultures

·       Workshop: Investigating Insider vs. Outsider Perspectives

Wednesday, Sept 11 Read “A Report from Occupied Territory” by James Baldwin

Discussion Post #2 — Write a short response to Baldwin’s essay that addresses the following questions:

1.     What cultural information does the article include?

2.     What kind of questions might a fieldworker ask to further uncover the culture the article describes?

3.     What other sources of information might a fieldworker use to penetrate the insider perspective?

·       Discuss Baldwin

·       Writing Activity: Engaging the Ethnographic Perspective

·       Workshop: Researching People

Monday, Sept. 16 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 5 pg. 220-242

ESSAY #1 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Peer Review: Interview Questions

·       Workshop: Interview Strategies

Wednesday, Sept. 18 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 5 pg. 264-266

Discussion Post #3 — Read “Solange, the Polymathic Cultural Force” by Ayana Mathis, write a response to Mathis’ profile that addresses the following questions

1.     What cultural information does the article include?

2.     How was the background information chosen helpful in understanding the story?

3.     How did she describe the subject to make them come to life?

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Using Character, Setting, and Theme to Create a Portrait

·       Writing Activity: Writing a Verbal Portrait

Monday, Sept. 23 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 2 pg. 55-65

ESSAY #1 INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Understanding Rhetoric

·       Writing Activity: Analyzing Your Interview Skills

Wednesday, Sept. 25 ESSAY #1 FIRST DRAFT DUE ·       Peer Review: Essay #1 First Draft
Monday, Sept. 30   No Classes Scheduled
Wednesday, Oct. 2 Post peer review comments to Bb no later than Friday, September 27th at 11:59pm

ESSAY #1 FINAL DRAFT + REFLECTION DUE

·       Review Essay #2 Assignment

·       Writing Activity: Exploratory Writing

Monday, Oct. 7 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 2 pg. 66-71, pg. 80-84

Discussion Post #4: Choose a public place (park, restaurant, church, coffee shop, etc.) to conduct a non-participant observation. Plan to spend at least one hour observing and taking notes. Record as many details, informational and personal, as you can about what you experience. Write a brief summary of what you observe noting any patterns or themes.

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Notetaking Strategies

·       Peer Review: Observation Notes

Wednesday, Oct. 9   No Classes Scheduled
Monday, Oct. 14   College Closed
Wednesday, Oct. 16 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 3 pg. 141-157

ESSAY #2 SUBJECT DESCRIPTION DUE

·       Discuss readings

·       Workshop: Researching Online Communities

Monday, Oct. 21 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 3. pg. 101-117

Discussion Post #5: Reread the excerpt from Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day (pg. 103-109). Write a short response describing your process of reading the text. Questions to consider:

1.     What other books have you read or movies have you seen that this excerpt reminds you of? In what ways?

2.     How do your previous reading experiences affect the way you appreciate Naylor’s writing? How would you describe Naylor’s style?

3.     What stood out for you? Which characters interested you the most, and why? In your second reading, what did you discover that you missed the first time?

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Positioning Yourself

·       Writing Activity: Unlearning Your Privilege

Wednesday, Oct. 23 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 2, pg. 86-94

ESSAY #2 OBSERVATION FIELD NOTES DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Writing Activity: Questioning Your Field Notes

·       Peer Review: Observation Field Notes

Monday, Oct. 28 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 8 pg. 353-371

Discussion Post #6: Re-read “Shitty First Drafts” (pg. 354-357), Write a brief summary of Lamott’s main points and analyze one idea that interests or confuses you.

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Analyzing Your Field Notes

·       Writing Activity: Exploratory Freewriting

Wednesday, Oct. 30 Read each group members draft and take notes on the writer’s main strengths and weaknesses. Post peer review comments to Bb no later than Sunday, November 3 at 11:59 pm.

ESSAY #2 FIRST DRAFT DUE

Class Cancelled – Individual Conferences with Instructor by appointment only
Monday, Nov. 4 Read each group members draft and take notes on the writer’s main strengths and weaknesses. Post peer review comments to Bb no later than Sunday, November 3rd at 11:59pm. Class Cancelled – Individual Conferences with Instructor by appointment only
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Read Fieldworking, Ch. 8 pg. 381-385

ESSAY #2 FINAL DRAFT + REFLECTION DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Review Essay #3 Assignment

·       Workshop: CCNY Academic Databases

*Note class will meet in the cITy TECH Center

Monday, Nov. 11 Read “Research as You Go” by Stephen Johnson

ESSAY #3 RESEARCH TOPIC REFLECTION DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: What makes a good research question?

Wednesday, Nov. 13 Read “What is Good Writing” by Celeste Mora

Discussion Post #7: Write a short reflection on your research progress. Questions to consider:

1.     What credible sources have you found so far? How do they effectively answer your research question?

2.     Were there any sources you found while conducting your research that you decided to exclude? Why?

3.     Are there any source you are still unsure about using? What about the source makes you uncertain?

4.     What’s missing in your research? What information are you still seeking from other sources?

·       Discuss reading

·       Peer Review: Research in Progress

·       Workshop: The Annotated Bibliography

Monday, Nov. 18 Read Sample Literature Review and take notes on the writer’s main strengths and weaknesses.

ESSAY #3 ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE

·       Discuss reading

·       Workshop: Writing a Literature Review

Wednesday, Nov. 20th Read each group members draft and take notes on the writer’s main strengths and weaknesses. Post peer review comments to Bb no later than Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 pm.

ESSAY #3 FIRST DRAFT DUE 

Class Cancelled – Individual Conferences with Instructor by appointment only
Monday, Nov. 25th Read each group members draft and take notes on the writer’s main strengths and weaknesses. Class Cancelled – Individual Conferences with Instructor by appointment only
Wednesday, Nov. 27th Post peer review comments to Bb no later 8:00am

Read “Writers on Revising” by Joe Moxley

Discussion Post #8: Write a reverse outline of your first draft following the steps below:

1.     Number the paragraphs of your paper.

2.     On a separate sheet of paper, list the number of paragraphs in your paper, giving a line or two for each number

3.     Turn to your paper, read the first paragraph, and write on your list the main point you make in this paragraph. If you can’t summarize the content of a paragraph, you probably have multiple ideas in play in that paragraph that may need revising; note each of the ideas expressed in the paragraph.

4.     Do the same for each paragraph of your paper in your essay.

BTC one hard copy of Essay #3 First Draft for revision workshop

·       Discuss reading

·       Peer Review: Reverse Outline

·       Workshop: The Revision Process

Monday, Dec. 2

ESSAY #3 FINAL DRAFT + REFLECTION DUE 

·       Review Essay #4 Assignment

·       Workshop: Academic Commons

*Note class will meet in the cITy TECH Center

Wednesday, Dec. 4 Read Sample Portfolios

·       Lauren Heng: https://laursmedium.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

·       Saiful Islam: https://saifreshmancomp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

·       Laura Link: https://learningwithlaura.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Select a sample portfolio and grade it according to the assignment rubric noting your rationale for your assessment.

·       Discuss Sample portfolios

·       Workshop: Theory of Writing

Monday, Dec. 9 Read “Why I Write” by George Orwell

Discussion Post #9: Write a short reflection on your approach to writing. How do you prepare for written assignments/tasks? What do you need to know before you begin? What do you learn as you go through the process? How has this process changed (or not changed) over the course of the semester?

·       Discuss reading

·       Peer Review: Theory of Writing

·       Workshop: Understanding Genres and the Rhetorical Situation

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Read “Thinking Rhetorically” and “Genres Introduction” by Joe Moxley

Discussion Post #10: Write a short reflection describing the genre you feel best represents your goals for your Self-Assessment Essay and then explain why you chose that genre.

Last Day of Class

·       Class Surveys

·       Discuss reading

·       Review CUNY Academic Commons Workshop

Monday, Dec. 16 ESSAY #4 DUE  
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