• Writing Center --- Keep going to the Writing Center!
  • Questions, Concerns, or Comments?

Getting Ready for First-Year Symposium

Goals for Today's Class for Presentation Preparation

Make Some Important Decisions about Content

  • Agree upon some introduction possibilities and how you are going to "pitch" or present the presentation to an audience.
  • Remember any type of meaningful act of communication is purpose-driven. What do you want to convey to your audience?? What is important? What is relevant?
  • Now, practice your opening. You are going to find that there are a lot of kinks and awkward spots. Work through those patches. Trouble shoot and problem solve. Time your Introduction. How long does it last?

Portfolio Prep - Tackling the Prompt, One Section at a Time ...

Let's tackle the first section of the prompt, which is about reading.

Consider the Reading You've Completed, Including Primary Source Documents

  • What are some of the most significant historical writings you've read this semester? What makes this particular piece of writing stand out to you? How did this piece of writing change the way you view American history? In your view, how does this piece of writing demonstrate conviction, or courage?
  • Based on all the reading you've completed in this learning community, how have your views of History changed?
  • Can you provide evidence of time during the semester in which you read a text, then communicated your own ideas and opinions about the text, either through discussion or writing? In what ways did you display conviction in your own, newly formed, opinions?
  • In what ways did you feel like you were a "novice" as a reader of academic texts? How did you become a more sophisticated reader?

Starting the Writing Process for the Reflective Overview Essay with Prewriting

  • Using the brainstorming technique of listing possibilities, work through the questions above about reading.
  • Reflect on your experiences with reading and what do you see as significant and important for your learning and growth as a student and a citizen?
  • What examples will use as evidence and include in your portfolio?


Under Content in Blackboard, you will find the assignment -- Prewriting for the Portfolio - Reading. You should address each bullet point with a substantial response. I want to see you grappling and working with each question in thoughtful and engaged way. If you don't know exactly the answer or what you think, that's okay. Write that you don't know but continue on and let me know what you think.

  • Be truthful -- many of you have really tried the approach of not doing your reading. You need to acknowledge this and offer some reasons why you have avoided reading.
  • This assignment is due by the end of the day at midnight.

0399 for This Week

Week Thirteen