Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Final Exam Reflection

PLEASE compose in Microsoft Word, then print, and then post to your blog.


In our class we have examined the work of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ideas about non-violence in great detail. This final blog entry asks you to connect what you have learned about King to the other classes in this cluster. To complete the blog, first explain to your reader what ideas you’d like to concentrate on. Next, explain what other major ideas from the cluster you’d like to connect them with. Then spend the remaining time on paragraphs organized around critical thinking between the three cluster. In the back of your mind, always try to frame your writing around the following questions: how does the language of human rights work? How is it effective? What are its limits?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blogging the Final Week Workshop

Citing Citizen King

The main information you'll need for citation is Citizen King / PBS Home Video / American Experience / Produce, Directed, and Written by Orlando Bagwell and W. Noland Walker / WGBH Educational Foundation and ROJA Productions, INC / 2004

For the correct citation format, see the link below in the next section.

Citing YouTube Videos

How Long, Not Long

Final Speech

Cite these videos in your bibliography using the MLA citation format for videos.You can find it here.

In-text Citations

Cite these videos within your paragraphs using the format here (for videos without an author, which I assume fits the definition of our videos). 

For situations where the essay does have a known author (such as academic articles), I believe the practice of in-text citation matches what you see with texts with authors (last name page number). For example, here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blogging the Third Essay Writing Workshop

What does it sound like to begin this essay?

Here is an updated version of a template to use in your own words:

This essay is about non-violent theory and practice. The main elements of Dr. King's non-violent theory are_______[1]  [2] [3] [etc]_____[keywords]__________________________________.  Define keywords. In practice, these elements of non-violent theory worked at different moments in Dr. King's civil rights struggle. They worked because ____________________[Invent your keywords? Define them.] Give an introduction (context) to your reader (they haven't read the essays, perhaps you could briefly introduce here the ones you're working from. We can see this in Birmingham, for example, when _____________. We can see this in the Montgomery Bus Boycott when _________________, or in the Poor People's Campaign, when ____________________.

Consider matching up an element of non-violent theory with an event where we can 'see it' in action. Then, in your critical thinking for those paragraphs, consider introducing your own keywords.

How Much Research is Necessary? How much context for the events do students need?

Students should be able to answer the following questions for the context of Montgomery, Birmingham, and the Poor People's Campaign (and, if you choose, Selma):

When did the event take place?
Who was involved?
What happened?
What element of non-violence can we see 'in action' there?
What was Dr. King's involvement, if any?

Monday, November 28, 2011

In-Class Workshop: Revising, Drafting Essays 1-3

Revising: for students who have not completed essays one and two with grades of 60 or higher. 

All students must turn in essays with grades of 60 or higher to pass this course. For students seeking to revise essays one or two by choice or by demand, the deadline of Dec. 1 still operates. These students should use the first hour of class today to discuss on-going or planned revisions with the professor.

Drafting ENG 103: for students who have completed essays one and two, turn to the ENG 103 research supplement. 

Students that have completed essays one and two should turn their focus to the ENG 103 research supplement revision of either their first or second essays. First, students should decide what essay to revise. Then, they should begin the process of locating sources to add to the essay. Next, they should plan out two additional claims to craft into new paragraphs for the essay. They should locate passages from the text and then add them to the essay. They should incorporate critical thinking. Afterward, they should revise their conclusions to the essay. Finally, they should revise the rest of the essay by focusing on two key areas: the thesis statement, and the critical thinking sections of earlier paragraphs. Students should also revise any outstanding issues with the essay (citations, paraphrase, context). These essays will be graded as a whole.

Planning: Discussing Essay Three

Students will discuss the reading from the past weekend and how it may help essays.

Tomorrow: Bibliographies...and more drafting!