Partnered Discussions

  • I'd like you to trade notes with someone else in the class...
    • I'll let you know who to share with (you will probably have to get up and move!)
    • Focus on what you found important or interesting from the readings and see if your partner had similar or different ideas.
    • After reviewing with each other, try to come up with some answers to the following questions (or other questions if you have some!)

Questions to discuss:

  • After reading Lamott, do you think differently about your writing process? In what way/s?
  • Were you able to relate the readings to your own lives? If so, how?
  • Comic books inspired Alexie to become an active reader and writer. Who or what inspired you to value education or to at least pursue a college education?
  • If you have time - what did you like most about the readings?


  • Let's look at the glossary definitions of discourse communities and

genre. What kinds of genres are present in your immediate personal experience?

  • Take ten minutes or so to add to the end of your discourse community list.
    • Brainstorm a list of genres that relate to you.

Discourse Communities Activity: Grouping Your "Friends"

  • Take 15 minutes with your partner and "interview" each other about your discourse communities. Try to gather information that we can discuss as a class on Wednesday (what communities do you share? What communities are you a part of that differ from your partner's, and in what ways?).


  • Read Donald Murray's "All Writing Is Autobiography" on pages 56-65 of WAW.
  • Bring evidence (an example) of a particular genre that defines a part of your literacy.
  • Don't forget that your first quiz, over Chapters 1-3 of Flight, is on Wednesday in Seminar!