Class, Tues, 11/15

Speed Editing

Each of you will be responsible for reading and editing five essays with regard to only one of the following categories. You will have 4 minutes to read each piece.

Format

  • Document: 1.25″ margins, different first page
  • First page: Name, E110, Assignment, Date, sans serif, 1.0 spacing
  • Title: Bold, centered, sans serif
  • Paratext: Subheads, running head, sans serif
  • ¶s: 0.25 or 0.5 indent, 1.5 spacing, 6 points between ¶s, serif
  • BLQs: Indented left and right, 1.0 spacing

Quotations (In-Text)

  • Author identified
  • Page identified
  • Cross-listed in references
  • BLQ for quotations more than one sentence

References (End-of-Text)

  • Author, date, title, place
  • Alphabetical by author
  • Hanging indent, 1.0 spacing, 6 points between items

Project

  • Read the first page (or so). Mark where the author defines their project in writing their essay. Offer any advice you may have about phrasing or placement.

Take-Away

  • Read the last page (or so). Mark where the author states the take-way of the piece. Offer any advice you may have about phrasing or placement.

Sign your name and the category of your work to each piece you edit. Scan your essay once it has been returned to you. If you have any questions, ask your editors about them.

Titles

Read through your essay. Highlight (a) the names of other writers, artists, or works you discuss; (b) words or phrases you take from someone else; and (c) important words or phrases that you bring to the discussion. Then draw on these words to create the following types of titles:

  • Straightforward
  • Allusive
  • Doubled

Acknowledgments

  • In pairs: Here are two acknowledgments written by UD students. Using these two texts as examples of the genre, identify (a) what both writers do [constraints], and (b) what each does differently [options].
  • Fastwrite: Draft a version of the acknowledgments for your essay. The final version of your acknowledgments should appear after your main text and before your list of references.

To Do

  1. Wed, 11/16:I need to cancel my regular office hours tomorrow morning. If you would like to talk with me, please seem me to set up an appointment for later today or Thursday.
  2. Wed, 11/16, 4:00 pm: Email the final version of your second essay to your GTA and me. This essay should be at least 2000 words long, and include a list of references and a note of acknowledgments. Title your document “lastname e2 final”. Good luck!
  3. Thurs, 11/17: Please bring a laptop with you to class.

 

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Class, Thurs, 11/03

Mapping Your Second Essay

Drafting e2d3

Fill in the map. Draft 500 words of your e2d3.

Moving Forward on Your Second Essay (e2d3 and p3)

Writing Geek

Lower Case in Titles [pdf]

To Do

  1. Mon, 11/07, 4:00 pm: Email e2d3 to your GTA and me.
  2. Tues, 11/08: Election Day! No class! Vote!
  3. Wed, 11/09, Thurs, 11/10, or Fri, 11/11: Conferences with your GTA and me, based on your annotated print version of e2d3. (Your annotations will count as p3.)
  4. Tues, 11/15, class: Bring a print copy of e2d3.9 to class. You will work on it.
  5. Wed, 11/16, 4:00 pm: Email e2d4, the final version of your second essay, to your GTA and me.

 

Moving Forward on Your Second Essay

e2d3

A full draft of your second essay (e2d3) is due on Monday, 11/07, by 4:00 pm. This draft should bring together the materials you’ve created for e2d1 and e2d2. But you should also write a new introduction to your essay (topic, project, map) and a new conclusion. My hunch is that you will also want to spend some time making sure the connections between the various ¶s and sections of your essay are clear.

Your draft must

  • Be at least 2,000 words long;
  • Make a meaningful connection to Spelman’s Repair;
  • Have a good title;
  • Include a list of references.

Please follow the guidelines for formatting your document we discussed in class on Tuesday, 10/11. Title your document “lastname e2d3” and email it to your GTA and me.

Plans (p3) and Conferences

As before, you will want to make the best use you can of the ten minutes we have to discuss your piece. Please bring a printout of your e2d3 with you. If you have worked more on your essay since Monday, that’s great. Bring the version that shows the latest work you’ve done. Please highlight or otherwise mark passages that you plan to

  • Add
  • Cut
  • Move
  • Rework

Write any questions you may have for me in the margins of your piece. Bring a pen to your conference and be ready to jot down some notes on your essay.

Finally, on a separate sheet of paper, please block out a map of your essay as it currently stands, using a format similar to the one we worked with in class today.

essay-map

Your annotations and map will count as p3. You will not receive credit if you do not bring them to your conference.

The final, graded version of your essay (e2d4) is due on Wednesday, 11/16. We will work on editing and polishing these pieces in class on Tuesday, 11/15. Good luck!

 

Class, Tues, 11/01

Beginning a Research-Based Essay

In groups of three: Read the first two ¶s of the essays in the Arak Journal by Samantha DiUbaldi and Ryan McNulty. As a group, formulate some answers to these questions:

  • Where does the writer say what their essay is about? (Topic)
  • How do they suggest what questions or ideas they have about their topic? (Project)
  • How do they suggest how their essay will develop? (Map)

Fastwrite: Write  a possible first ¶ (or two) of your final essay. Try to state the topic you’re writing about, the questions or ideas you have about this topic, and how you will develop your essay.

Writing Geek

The singular they is the 2016 word of the year. When you want to talk about what a writer has to say in his or her text, don’t feel like you have to bend over backwards to describe what he or she is arguing. And definitely what not he says. Or one says. It is okay to write “where does the writer say what their essay is about”.  For backup, see

To Do

  1. Thurs, 11/03, class: I will ask you to begin to write the first full draft of your second essay. So, if you compose on a keyboard, come with a laptop with your e2d1 and e2d2 loaded on it. If you write with pen and paper, come with print copies of your e2d and e2d2, and paper to write on.
  2. Mon, 11/07, 4:00 pm: Email e2d3 to your GTA and me.
  3. Tues, 11/08: Election Day! No class! Vote!
  4. Wed, 11/09, Thurs, 11/10, or Fri, 11/11: Conferences with your GTA and me, based on your annotated print version of e2d3. (Your annotations will count as p3.)
  5. Tues, 11/15, class: Bring a print copy of e2d3.9 to class. You will work on it.
  6. Wed, 11/16, 4:00 pm: Email e2d4, the final version of your second essay, to your GTA and me.