Writing Into the Day

Take a sheet of paper and draw a picture of your writing process so far. Label the different parts of process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. In your drawing you should indicate whether your process is linear (line-like) or recursive (loopy-like). Also, remember that your writing process has been spread out over many days. Try to represent the passage of time in your drawing. Remember that your process has included reading, thinking, questioning, and speaking with others. Your process has probably included some frustration, bewilderment, and consternation. Hopefully, there has been some EUREKA moments too. Try to represent all this complexity in your drawing. This will not be graded on your artistic skill, but on your ability to communicate ideas about process through the use of symbols and text.

Once you are finished, take a picture and post to your Writing Portfolio. Turn in your drawing (hard copy) to me on Friday at the start of class. You will need your drawing for an in-class activity on Friday! Also, I will have a BB column grade for it!


  • Please let me know if you would be interested in me opening up Office Hours on Thursday?
  • Last Call for Extensions -- if you need an extension, you must make arrangements with me by 5:00 today!'''
  • Your Rhetorical Analysis Draft is due on Friday, Oct 6th, at the start of class in History. We will have class in 1302 and you (morning folks) will not be given time to print during our class time. Remember that late work will not be accepted.
  • If there is any confusion about when and where to turn in the RA, be certain to consult the assignment description. It has these details.
  • MLA Formatting Checklist -- you will need to complete this checklist just prior to turning in your Rhetorical Analysis Final Draft. This table should be completed by October 5th and put into your Writing Portfolio.

Learning & Activities for Today

Summary Feedback

  • Your summary of a source should focus on what the author says and claims. That is, it is your job to represent the author's perspective, claims, and reasons.
  • The first line of the summary should specifically name the source and the author and state the author's main idea or purpose or argument.
  • The rest of the summary should present the author's key ideas and reasons.
  • A summary of a source should ONLY focus on the source itself and what the author says.
  • A summary should be written using neutral language. That is, you should avoid adding in any personal commentary or slant. You want to be as objective as possible.
  • You must put the summarized material in your own words rather than relying too heavily on the source language.

Use your resources:


  • Final revision and editing for the Rhetorical Analysis