Questions about WP 1 - The Critical Analysis?

Speaking of WP 1...MLA & Academic Writing Issues

Feedback on your first Reading Responses. Your ideas were great! Many of you had very thoughtful things to say. Don't let messy academic documentation and/or usage issues get in the way of communicating your ideas with your audience.

  • MLA
    • Make use the MLA Sample for WP 1.
    • Let's create a template in the correct format for future Reading Responses, and I'll show you how to get rid of those pesky spaces in your headings. (If I wrote "D.S." on your paper, that just means you need to double space.)
    • Please always include your Section #!
    • In-text citations
    • How to cite an Anthology
    • Alphabetize Works Cited lists
  • Academic Writing and Usage Issues
    • Learn the "lingo." Here's a link that may help:
    • Pay particular attention to constructing signal phrases, and...
    • Refer to other writers/scholars by title (if possible), and first and last name on first reference in your essay. On subsequent references, just use their LAST name. Don't call them by their first name. They are not your friend. ;-)
      • History Professor Robert Wooster states, "..."
      • Wooster goes on to say that...
    • Italicize Titles of long works. Put titles of "Shorter Essays" in quotation marks. BTW...this is my one and only pet peeve when it comes to grammar.
    • Need help with constructing complex sentences? Check out OWL.

Form Writing Groups

  • Each class should break into a maximum of 5 different groups. This means there will be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 people in each group.
  • Issues to consider: You want a balanced group comprised of members who are strong in different areas, such as:
    • Researching...may already be familiar with library databases & academic research
    • Proof-reading...strong with grammar, spelling, sentence structure
    • Organizing...reminding members about assignment due dates, keeping everyone organized; willing to contact all group members on behalf of Jen.
    • to read for content and alert a writer when she's not making sense
  • Exchange email addresses/phone #'s/twitter, facebook, whatever y'all use to communicate.
  • Under the LC E Writing Groups link, name your group (be creative!) and list all of its members.


  • If you haven't already READ Chapter 5 from Contending Voices. Make sure you read the "lead essay," written by Hollitz, AND, all of the primary source documents at the end of the chapter.
  • Choose your favorite primary source document; this is what you will analyze and write about for WP 1!
  • REVIEW the handout on Writing Processes
  • READ "The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers" by Sondra Perl. TAKE NOTES. This is a dense text. You may have to read this more than once for comprehension. Do your best.
  • Compose a Reading Response in which you respond to the following prompts:
    • Why is it significant that Perl concluded the research subjects' writing processes were actually "consistent," instead of "scattered?"
    • What were Perl's critiques of previous writing studies? Discuss the limitations of these studies?
    • Now that you read Perl's approach, how would you distinguish "drafting" from "editing." How do you go about these processes in your own writing?
    • Using modern day technology, describe how you would conduct a study similar to Perl's.
  • Please bring your Reading Response as a printed, stapled document to class on Tuesday. It's due at the beginning of class and won't be accepted late, per the LC E policy.