When You Arrive Today:

You should have:

  • A PRINTED version of the code YOU want to use to analyze your writing process
  • An ELECTRONIC version of your first draft of WP 1 (WP 1 Draft 1)
  • Your Contending Voices text book

Test Your Code!

Get with a partner from your Writing Group. Take turns being the "writer" and the "coder."

  • Writers, open a word doc and respond to the prompts:
    • First, free write, or list some ideas. Think about: what are similarities and differences between this Learning Community v. the Learning Community you were in last semester. If you weren't in an LC last semester, think about differences between classes in LC E and high school. Just list some ideas, or bullet points.
    • Then, begin drafting. Use the journalist's questions (who, what, where when, how, why?) to be as descriptive as possible about both LC's. USE THE COMPOSING OUT LOUD PROTOCOL. You'll be writing for 10 minutes.
  • Coders: set the timer on your phone or use the clock on your computer. While your writer writes, refer to the code you came up with, and code everything that happens, noting the time.
    What's the code for "cat sat on notes?"
  • Then, reverse roles.
  • Crunch the numbers. Add up everything your writer did. How many minutes did they write? How much editing? Look for recursive patterns.
  • Discuss your findings...
    • Tell your writer what you discovered about their composing processes
    • Analyze your own code...is there anything from your code that is missing that you need to add?

What's Next? Get Ready to Star in your YouTube Production!!!

  • READ the instructions for tonight's homework. What questions do you have?

If There's Time...Continue Drafting WP 1

A word about drafting and MLA. Don't let worrying over MLA get in the way of your composing process. On the other hand, be careful to make a note when you use a source...even if you are paraphrasing. Just jot down a page # if you're using a print source, or note "Wooster's lecture Jan. 15." You will be expected to add proper documentation before you submit your draft on Friday.

  • Who are the two main historical figures presented in the chapter? What does each historical figure want, according to the chapter?
  • Who is the author of the primary source document you are analyzing? Where does this person "fit" in the ongoing debate about the issue addressed in the chapter?
  • For the specific primary source document you are analyzing, what is the main argument being conveyed? Identify the writer's strategy in trying to convince his or her audience to think, believe, or do something.
  • SAVE this draft as WP 1 Draft 2

Homework

Note: these are detailed, complicated homework instructions. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST. Then, go through each bullet point step by step.

  • Continue drafting WP 1 - The Critical Analysis by responding to the following prompts:
    • Who are the two main historical figures presented in the chapter? What does each historical figure want, according to the chapter?
    • Who is the author of the primary source document you are analyzing? Where does this person "fit" in the ongoing debate about the issue addressed in the chapter?
    • For the specific primary source document you are analyzing, what is the main argument being conveyed? Identify the writer's strategy in trying to convince his or her audience to think, believe, or do something.
  • Before you begin this writing session, make sure to MARK ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT (WORD DOC) WHERE YOUR NEW WRITING BEGINS. Then, be sure to SAVE what you write (the transcripts). Don't alter them. When you are finished with this next writing session, SAVE the draft and call it WP 1 Draft 2 or 3, depending on which draft you are on
  • As you draft, videotape yourself as you write. You must use the compose aloud protocol. This will feel weird. Just go with it; everyone else has to do it, too.
  • Videotape at least one 15 minute writing sessions between now and next Tuesday.
  • Choose a two minute excerpt that you believe shows many parts of the writing processes going on. Upload this two minute excerpt onto YouTube, then copy and paste the YouTube link onto your transcript. Need help with this? Collaborate on this project with members of your writing group!
  • Your two minute excerpt must be ready to go at the beginning of class on Tuesday. This will count as a homework grade.
  • Bring all of your materials for this project, and some ear buds, if you have them, to class on Tuesday.

This means you will need the following for Tuesday's class:

  • Access to your two 15 minute videos.
  • Access to your YouTube video excerpt
  • PRINTED transcripts (what you wrote during your video taped writing sessions)
  • Ear buds
  • The customized code you developed. It's a good idea to have a printed version of this.

But Wait...There's More HOMEWORK

MEANWHILE...after your recording session:

  • Finish drafting WP 1. Follow the instructions.
  • Once you are done drafting all required elements, get someone in your Writing Group to give you peer feedback.
  • After you make revisions for content, work on your MLA documentation. How to do this? Consult the MLA Documentation Guide
  • A fully evolved draft of WP 1 is due no later than FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. SUBMIT VIA BLACKBOARD.