Class, Tues, 10/04

Taking Stock

  • Essay One
  • Grades
  • Plans and Conferences

Developing a Plan

Exchange proto-drafts with the person next to you. Your task as a reader is to help your partner create a plan to develop this proto-draft into a full-fledged essay.

Read the draft with a pen in your hand. As you go along, mark passages that strike you as strong, that the writer will want to keep pretty much as is, with a solid line. Mark passages that the writer might want to rework or cut with a squiggly line. Draw arrows indicating points where you think the writer could say more, develop their line of thought or add an example, and then add a brief note suggesting what that “more” might be. (See my sample annotations.)

Check also on some details. Does the essay have a strong title? Does the writer make the sources of their examples clear—whether these come from experience, observation, or reading? If the writer discusses other texts than Spelman, do these appear in a list of references?

Finally, while your main task here is not line-editing or proofreading, if a typo or mistake jumps out at you, circle it.

Take your time. I want you to spend at least 15-20 minutes working on this piece. Err on the side of over-annotating. Sign your name when you’re done so the writer can thank you in their acknowledgments.


Add 200 words (or more) to your essay.

To Do

Before you leave today: Make sure you know when and where you are meeting with your GTA and me. Make sure you give each of us a copy of your proto-draft.

  1. Wed, 10/05, Thurs, 10/06, and/or Fri, 10/07: Bring your annotated draft to your conferences with your GTA and me.
  2. Tues, 10/11, class: Bring a print copy of an all-but-final draft of your first essay with you to class.
  3. Wed, 10/12, 4:00 pm: Email the final version of your first essay, saved as a PDF, to both your GTA and me.
  4. Thurs, 10/13, class: Have at least two good ideas for “projects of repair” that you’d like to write about in your second essay.

Class, Tues, 9/27

Highlighting r2

  • Andew B
  • Jillian D
  • Jen C

Fastwrite: Describe something you’ve noticed another writer from this class do that you would like to do in your own writing. Be as specific as possible in describing the move or technique that you want to imitate.

Workshopping r3

Same as before. Except . . . in selecting the piece you would like to present on Thursday, I want you to highlight one sentence in it that you especially admire. In your comment, retype that sentence. (If it is absolutely necessary, you may quote and retype the sentence before or after the one you want to talk about.) Then state as clearly as you can what your group admires about how the sentence works—about its form, how it’s put together, constructed.

To Do

  1. Thurs, 9/29, class: Read the nine featured essays. Post comments on two in which you point to someone else in this class who has written a similar sentence. Retype (and attribute) that sentence in your response.
  2. Review your three responses so far. Be ready to compose a 10-minute, extended fastwrite in which you discuss which response you plan to develop into your first essay, and how. I will ask you to email this fastwrite to your GTA and me. It will serve as a guide to your conferences with us next week.
  3. Tues, 10/04, class: Bring five print copies of a  proto-draft of essay one to class. We will work closely with these drafts in preparation for your conferences.
  4. Wed, 10/05, Thurs, 10/06, or Fri, 10/07: Talk with your GTA and me about your plans for Essay One. You must bring a print copy of your proto-draft—with handwritten highlights, annotations, and questions on it. This will count as p1.
  5. Tues, 10/11, class: Bring a print copy of your near-final draft of essay one with you to class.