Welcome Back!

Please make sure you bring your text, Naming What We Know with you to class today.

Turn in your first Reading Response


  • This homework assignment was a "practice run." You'll get full credit if you at least attempted it. For the rest of the session, you'll compose several Reading Responses to each assigned reading. The Reading Responses are designed to 1) help you better comprehend the readings; 2) serve as a form of "pre-writing" for potential food blog posts and major assignments.
  • What about MLA documentation? What is it? Why do we use it? What should this look like? What's your familiarity with academic documentation systems?
  • You have multiple resources to help you with correct academic documentation:
    • Go to Purdue's OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
    • Visit the Writing Center. The Writing Center in CASA has summer hours! If you go, ask the consultant to sign and stamp a slip verifying your visit, and if you include this when you turn in major assignments, I'll give you extra credit!

Questions about the syllabus, assignments, or life in general?

Anne Lamott & NWWK Discussion

Get into small groups of 3-4. Elect a note-taker/spokesperson. Share your thoughts about these two readings. Then, each group's spokesperson will share the group's ideas with the class as a whole.

  • Oh, and here's another favorite quote by Anne Lamott: I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

Daily Writing Assignment!

Open the journal link in Blackboard for today & respond to the following prompts:

  • Putting it all together. Now that you've read some about writing studies, and read Michael Pollan's piece, "Unhappy Meals," see if you can't come up with some connections. You may refer to both NWWK and Pollan's article and you compose this journal entry.
    • How is Pollan's article a "social and rhetorical" activity?
    • What kinds of ethical choices do you think Pollan may have made in writing "Unhappy Meals"? How so?
    • How did Pollan's article "mediate activity?"

10 Minute Break

Form Writing Groups

  • Create a group of 3-4 people. This means we'll likely have 3-5 groups in the class.
  • Issues to consider: You want a balanced group comprised of members who are strong in different areas, such as:
    • Researching...knows the databases, how to find stuff
    • 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.
    • Logician...able 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 Writing Groups link, name your group (be creative!) and list all of its members.
  • Each group will be responsible for leading a class discussion during the summer session. The first discussion is on TUESDAY!

Set Up Your Food Blog!!


  • READ: "The Omnivore's Delusion" by Blake Hurst. Take notes on this article as you read. We'll be using these on Monday.
  • Complete a Reading Response in which you respond to the following prompts:
    • Describe some of the key objections Hurst has with Pollan in your own words. Essentially, outline his main arguments.
    • Can you find any "holes" in Hurst's argument? Identify these and describe why some of his assumptions or arguments may not be valid.
    • Identify an emotional argument Freedman makes in the article. Describe the argument, using direct quotes from the article, and identify Which specific emotion(s) is he trying to evoke.
    • Identify how Hurst "establishes his authority" as a "food expert." What does he do in the article to convince his readers that he knows what of he speaks? Incorporate a direct quote from the article to support your assertion.
    • Identify a logical argument Hurst uses. Incorporate a direct quote, and analyze how Hurst uses facts, statistics, or surveys to support this particular point.
  • Play around with your Food Blog. Finish setting it up however you like. You don't have to publish anything yet. Just play around and get familiar with the site. Also, if you can, use your own original photography. We'll talk about copyright issues later in the session.
  • Think about a recipe that has significance and meaning to you or to your family. Track down this recipe, and bring it to class on Thursday!