Discussion Facilitation # 1: "Monsanto's Harvest of Fear"

Team Blackboard Down (Bennie & Cameron) will lead our discussion and activities. Please be sure to bring your notes from the reading.

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 2 (WP 2 Draft 1)
  • Your video
  • Ear buds

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 is your relationship to food? What do you like to eat? What are your regular food habits? Have any of the readings from the class made you question or re-think your food choices?
    • Then, begin drafting. Discuss your personal response to Pollan's article, based on where you are coming from in your own relationship to food. Do you eat food? Not too much? Mostly plants? Had you ever considered the role of corn in our American diet? etc. 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? MAKE REVISIONS TO YOUR CODE AS NEEDED.

10 Minute Break

What Are Ya Doin' When You Write???

Make sure you have access to all of your coding materials...transcripts, videos, etc.

  • You'll need a printed version of what you wrote while you recorded yourself. This is called your transcript.
  • Using the customized code you just revised, assign the code of the activity to the printed transcript. In addition to "coding" your transcript, it is crucial that you indicate TIME on your transcript. Students have found the easiest way to do this is in pencil, writing directly onto the transcript. You'll code the entire 15 minutes of what you recorded.
  • Here's a sample of what this should look like.
  • You'll have to listen to and watch your video, and transcribe each action as it occurs. Also, you'll notate time.
  • Please wear ear buds, if you have them, so we don't all go crazy.

Crunch the Numbers

  • Finish coding your transcripts. You should have at least 15 minutes coded by today.
  • "Start crunching the numbers:"
    • Calculate how much time you spent on the main composing activities: drafting, reading instructions, brainstorming, editing, etc.
    • Next, look for patterns. What activities led to "bursts of drafting?" What activities tended to slow you down?
  • Finally, go to the journal link for today and begin drafting a short assessment that summarizes your findings of your experiment.


  • Record another 15 minute writing session as you draft Writing Project 2. Make sure to SAVE the transcript of what you wrote.
  • Next, code the second 15 minute writing session, just like you did in class today.
  • 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 the assignment in Bb. 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 Wednesday. This will count as a homework grade.
  • If you have time...continue drafting Writing Project 2. Just make sure you save any subsequent revisions as a different file, so the transcript of what you wrote during your recording sessions stays intact.
  • Bring all of your materials for this project, and some ear buds, if you have them, to class our next class meeting

This means you will need the following for Wednesday'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) that are coded.
  • Ear buds
  • The customized code you developed. It's a good idea to have a printed version of this.