Please Turn in Your Perl Reading Responses as Soon as You Arrive

These should be printed, stapled versions. I cannot accept work that's submitted late.

Class Discussion: Perl

  • What are the main ideas to take away from the reading? Let's list them.
  • What are the implications of studying how someone writes in such a detailed way?
  • How would you feel if you were the subject of such a study? How do you think it would impact your writing?
  • So, what are we going to do with this? How will this relate to our first writing assignment: Writing Project 1 The Critical Analysis
  • Here are some samples of what you should have and what a video session looks like:

Thanks to Damaris Georgiadis:

Thanks to Felly Jacobo:

Thanks to Travis Benton:

Small Group Brainstorming: How Will I Document and Analyze My Writing Processes?

Get into your newly formed Writing Groups! Assign someone to take notes. You'll need this information later!

  • Referring to the article, come up with your own "code" for analyzing your writing process. You'll need to decide:
    • What aspects of the composing process will you code? You may not need to be as detailed as Perl was, but you'll need to identify the important parts of the writing process.
    • Assign a code to each part of the process. You may use some of Perl's, create your own from scratch, or use some sort of combination.
  • You'll also need to discuss and decide:
    • How will you transcribe and evaluate your experiment?
    • How you will set up your experiment (will you record yourself via web cam? Cell phone? Ask someone to vidoe tape you with a cam corder?
  • Make sure someone from your group types this up in the Bb assignment, and submits it. Then, everyone should be able to see it. This will count as your Daily Writing grade for today.

Report your group's methods to the class.


  • Review the code your group came up with today. Make any revisions you would like in order to "customize" your code to your liking. Make sure your code will work for you as you analyze everything you do while writing. Please print out your own customized code and bring this to class on Thursday.
  • BEGIN DRAFTING WP 1. Start by simply writing a summary of the Hollitz essay. Sum up the key points your reader needs to understand in order to understand the primary source you'll focus on. In other words, make sure you are supplying the necessary information for the "back story" of your primary source document. It may be helpful to use the journalists' questions as you write this "chunk of text:" who, what, when, where, how, why? SAVE this draft by naming it: WP 1 Draft 1. Bring this document in electronic format and your printed customized coding sheet to class on Thursday. This will count as a homework grade. Please also bring your Contending Voices textbook to Comp on Thursday.
  • Reminder: prepare for your reading quiz over Ch. 4 in CV. It's this Thursday in Seminar.