Homework from Last Week

  • You should have read Concept 4.0 through Concept 4.3 in your NWWK textbook. (Pages 59-65)
  • Post your response to Journal #4 by midnight tonight

In Class Today

Group Discussion

Bring your NWWK and your Chapter 4 (Concept 4) notes to class and be prepared to participate in the class discussion.

Unit 2 Work Groups

If you haven't purchased your textbook (or have lost it!), remember you can access it at the library (it's on reserve) or in the CASA Writing Center.


Some concepts to consider for today's discussion:

  • At what point do "writing students" become "real" writers?
  • Is writing a natural activity for humans?
  • What role does context play in the success or failure of a message?
  • What role does the audience play in the crafting of a message?
  • What is "Externalization" and how does it help writers? (p. 61)
  • How does collaboration turn a text into "a site of negotiated work?" (62)
  • Explain the role that failure plays in the writing process

Important Course Concepts

Review these concepts and consider how they connect with the Threshold Concepts from your NWWK text

*Habits of Mind

*Key Terms


Homework for Thursday

Start thinking about possible topics for your term paper. Think about something that interests you that you would like to do some research about. You'll need to have at least a prospective subject and topic by Thursday. Your term paper will be organized as an academic essay, which you might be more familiar with as an "argumentative" paper. You will need to develop an academic "claim" and then conduct research to find academic support for your claim.

Broad Guidelines

  • Choose an academic topic that you can support with academically credible evidence
  • You have been doing research into your chosen academic field (discipline) so consider choosing to research something in your field of interest
  • Take care to choose a topic you can argue for, not just a subject. For example, don't just choose a subject like "the sun."

Instead, figure out something to "claim" about your subject, like "When the sunlight hours lessen in the winter, the rate of depression among southern college students increases." This claim can then be supported (or refuted by opponents) with academic research.