Welcome, or Welcome BACK, to Learning Community K: "Rebels, Rabble-Rousers and Rhetoric''!

Introductions & What This Class Is About

"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts." from Anne Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts"

  • The difference between a "writing" class and an "English" class
  • My life as a writer
    • I wrote every day, on deadline, from 1991-2003 when I was a broadcast journalist!
    • Here's one example of work I've published as a Technical and Professional Writer
  • The other reason we write..."Arguments to Meditate of Pray" (Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz)
    • Reflective Writing in Learning Community M (in this case, "M" stands for "meta-cognition!")

What Does Writing Have to Do with being a Rebel? A Rabble-Rouser?


  • What's the message?

Let's Do Some Writing (It's a writing class, remember?)

Make sure you are able to log on to the computers. Go to Blackboard, click on English, then go to the journal link for today. You'll probably want to copy these prompts into the journal entry.

  • Think of a published piece of writing that you've read that's been significant to you. It could be a book, a song, a poem, a tweet, or a bumper sticker. Why is this piece of writing meaningful to you?
  • Do you know who wrote the piece?
  • How would you describe the genre of writing (short story, song, poem, etc.)
  • When this particular piece of writing was published, who do you think the intended audience was?
  • Is there a "back story" to why this piece of writing was published? Did something happen that prompted the writer to sit down and compose it?
  • Now, describe how this piece of writing "went out into the world and made something happen."

Make sure you SUBMIT this document...even if you aren't finished! You can go back and work on it some more later if you want to by clicking on the drop down menu and hitting "edit." Make sure this is completed by midnight tonight. Don't worry overmuch about grammar, usage, etc. This is just "daily writing." Don't worry about this being "perfect," or publication ready.

The Nitty Gritty

This is the 1st Day Hand-Out (it is NOT the syllabus!)

  • What is Triad M and what the heck is a Learning Community? (You will be hearing, or have already heard, more about this in History and in Seminar). Oh, and shout out to Prof. Marquez !!!
  • Using technology in the writing class room.


  • Finish the in-class writing, if you didn't have time in class. I have set up the journal in Black Board so that you may edit it. Make sure it's ready for me to read no later than midnight tonight.
  • READ "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott AND pp. 15-34 in your text, Naming What We Know. (BTW, hereafter, I'll refer to our text simply as NWWK. Come to class on Tuesday prepared to contribute thoughtfully to our discussion. You may want to jot some of your thoughts down on paper, hint hint. Don't have the book? Naming What We Know is on reserve in the Library under the Instructor name Frances Johnson
  • Don't forget your writing for Seminar:
    • Answer the following questions below, in paragraph form. Elaborate and explain as much as possible.:
    • Other than class assignments, what kinds of things do you write or have you written?
      • What piece of writing have you done in the past that you are most proud of?
      • What are some social issues, current event topics and interests that you are passionate about?
      • How does writing make you feel and why?
  • I'll be reading & commenting on these, too.
  • If you were having login issues on the first day, make sure these are resolved by Tuesday. Go to passwords.tamucc.edu or call the help desk at (361) 825-2692.