Writing Into the Day -- Let's Make an Argument


  • The last day to drop classes on November 27th. This is one week from today. If you considering dropping a class, please make certain to speak with an academic advisor about how dropping a course is going to affect your degree plan, financial aid, and other factors!
  • Presentation Schedule
  • The Last Important Bits of the Semester
  • The Rhetorical Situation Project -- The Blog Assignment due November 29th!
  • First Year Symposium Presentations --- December 1st
  • The Learning Community E Final Portfolio --- December 6th due in Blackboard by 10:00 with a shareable link. This is a hard deadline, which means that NO LATE WORK will be accepted for this assignment.
  • Study for Exam III in History -- The exam for history falls on December 13th at 8:00-10:30.

Activities for Today

Revision and Thinking Ahead to First Year Symposium

  • Work with your group members and individually to come up with 3 specific revision goals for First Year Symposium Presentation
  • Write these goals down on sheet of paper and put in your Writing Portfolio --title the document - Revision Goals for First Year Symposium


The Blog Post Assignment

  • Genre and Genre Conventions of the Blog
    • Relatively short
    • Driven by images
    • Personal writing
    • Connected to other conversations on the Web through hyperlinks
  • Blog Sample - Mass. Blog on Thanksgiving

The Learning Community E Final Portfolio

Assignment Sheet for the LCE Final Portfolio

  • Evidence for your Portfolio -- Reading the Documents from History
    • What are the key documents that you have read this semester?
    • What makes them significant to you?
    • How do they demonstrate "Courage, Composition, and Conviction?
    • How do they show how writing goes out into the world and makes things happen?
  • Evidence for your Portfolio -- Writing Process
    • Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing
    • What documents have you created for History, Writing and Rhetoric, and Seminar that best show your writing process???
  • Evidence for your Portfolio --- Habits of Mind
    • What documents can you provide and discuss that would help your audience understand how you have engaged with the Habits of Mind concepts:
      • Curiosity: the desire to know more about the world.
      • Openness: the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
      • Engagement: a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
      • Creativity: the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
      • Persistence: the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
      • Responsibility: the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
      • Flexibility: the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
      • Metacognition: the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.



  • Work on The Blog Post Assignment
  • Come to class on Monday, November 27th with a rough draft in your Writing Portfolio! You will need this draft for class activities on the 27th!
  • Make the necessary revisions to your First Year Symposium Presentations!
  • Start studying for Exam III