1020 Schedule

Mon, Jan 9:

Intro to class, expectations, theme

Inquiry: “Where Does Our Water Come From?”

Diagnostic: tell me about your research experience, your goals for the semester

Directions about blogs: user name choices, style of entries

HW: set up your WordPress blog (use firstnamelastinitial1020 as your user name on the URL and on WordPress) and write Blog 1. Blog 1 directions: write about a place/setting near your home that was off limits/abandoned by the public when you were a child.

Read handout on news sources (find the pdf on Blackboard)

Wed, Jan 11:

Opening notes on research and news sources

Test sites: are these sources reliable?



Case study of The Walking Dead and research ?: what effect does filming have on the small towns of Georgia? (find answers from 2 sources, determine if they’re reliable)–write this down as Blog 1.5.

Establish parameters for Blog 2

HW: read 1-25 in Green; write Blog 2 on a natural setting in a movie or tv show. Pick a setting that is authentic, not one that was created on a studio stage in Hollywood. Then attempt to answer the same ?: What effect did filming have on the place?

Mon, Jan 16: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR holiday

HW: finish Blog 2 and your reading from Green / download Project One handout from Bboard

Wed, Jan 18:

Review Blogs 1 and 2: places/settings as research prompts

Update Blog 1 based on sources in the Green text

Group work on Blog 2

HW: Read 436-446 in JTC (Joining the Conversation) and write rough draft of exploration document based on the location you’ve chosen–this will be Blog 3 / make sure your blog is up and running smoothly

Mon, Jan 23:

Discuss rough drafts and JTC pages

More info on writing as a conversation

HW: finish and polish your rough draft, print and staple, use MLA format w/proper header for the two page “email” doc, double spacing, and appropriate font size/type, final doc is 3 pages, list of resources and daily agenda may use single spacing and bullets

Wed, Jan 25:

First written assignment due: the inquiry/exploration document

Visit https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Searching for “fan tourism” on aumnicat.edu.

HW: read 454-464 in JTC, write Blog 5: list questions, problems, and irritations you have had (in the past) re: searching for research online in databases or other areas (200 words)

Then write the appropriate works cited entry for your textbook Joining the Conversation using the link above to Purdue OWL.

Mon, Jan 30:

Possible quiz

Discuss Blog 5 and other info on sources:


Example from Purdue OWL:

Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd ed.,       Pearson, 2004.

HW: read 484-494 in JTC, write Blog 6: what concerns do you have about plagiarism?

Wed, Feb 1:

Possible quiz

How to “join the research conversation” and prove you’re not plagiarizing

HW: read 51-64 in Green and write blog Blog 7 on a topic from the reading that you might connect to your own experience (make sure this is posted before class starts–points for blogs will be given this week)

Mon, Feb 6:

Review conversation technique of using sources–add notes to 6.6

Look at templates on Bboard to help you set up conversation

Clip from Chernobyl Diaries, searches for “Chernobyl” AND “tourism”

Intro to new project

HW: read about the Deepwater Horizon spill, 65-80 in Green; Explain in a blog post what the Deepwater Horizon, DDT/insecticides, Fukushima, and Chernobyl all have in common. This only needs to be 50-75 words.

Wed, Feb 8:

Review reading from Green

Working on structure and sources for your Chernobyl project

HW: read 189-195 in Green; look for sources on extreme tourism and/or Chernobyl that you can find via Google, Google Scholar, AVL, EBSCO, ProQuest, etc.

List all the info on TWO of those sources as Blog 9. Use MLA 8.

Mon, Feb 13:

Review reading from Green

Working on structure and sources for your Chernobyl project

HW: write introductions of your project–this will be Blog 10 (MUST BE POSTED BY 1PM ON WEDNESDAY)

Wed, Feb 15:

Discuss introductions

Writing workshop on body paragraphs and “joining the conversation”

HW: complete your rough draft of Chernobyl project–copy and paste this as Blog 11, but don’t write the conclusion yet

Mon, Feb 20:

Peer Review Workshop

Revisit conclusions and delayed thesis statements

HW: read pages 651-670  in JTC about works cited and MLA (keep in mind that this is MLA 7, not MLA 8, so you’ll also want to consult Purdue OWL’s page)/ bring a list of all your sources to organize in class Wednesday

Wed, Feb 22:

Workshop on MLA and citation

Begin works cited in class for me to check

HW: prepare final version of Chernobyl project to turn in on Monday; bring English Composition Guide to class for first time

Mon, Feb 27:

Turn in Chernobyl projects

Introduction to your own research proposals on local exploring/ “green” topics

In class discussion of “First, Writing is a Conversation” in English Comp Guidebook

HW: begin work on research proposal–Blog 13 should be the opening paragraph w/a description or story of a place you’d like to research /look at sample research papers in English Comp Guide, on my site for ideas about what the finished product will look like

Wed, Mar 1:

Evaluation sample proposal on Bboard

Source investigation and following the trail

Sign up for conference times to discuss rough draft of proposal

HW: work on proposal by updating Blog 13 w/more sections–literature you’ve found about the place, summary of a hypothetical way to renovate/change it, create timeline, potential obstacles to your work


Mon, Mar 6:

First 7 conferences in my office, 144I

HW: finish drafts of proposals, then work on final

Wed, Mar 8:

Last 7 conferences in my office, 144I

HW: finish proposals and email proposals to me at khowar20@aum.edu by Friday.


Mon, Mar 20:

Case study: “Rhetorical Numbers” article by Joanna Wolfe (how to read, summarize, and interact w/a scholarly source)

Blog 13.5 is going to be your in-class work on this particular article. After reading the article, provide the MLA 8 info in the proper format, and then provide a 2-3 sentence summary of the piece. Last, write 1-2 sentences analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the argument.

Discuss annotated bibliography of project: MLA info first, then 2-3 sentences of summary, 1-2 sentences about the strengths and weaknesses of the argument, then 1-2 sentences of how you plan to connect it to your project

HW: complete 2 entries on bibliography as Blog 14 (1 should be scholarly)

Wed, Mar 22:

Last day to withdraw from class–if you have an F or D, you are required to take 1020 again this summer or next year. If you withdraw on this day, there is no penalty to your GPA.

Working on summaries of sources and revisiting They Say/I Say templates w/your Blog 14

HW:  add 4 more entries to Blog 14 (2 should be scholarly)

Mon, Mar 27:

Revisiting research as conversation and They Say/ I Say handout (“Conversing with Sources”) on Bboard

Write research conversation based on smoking ban at AUM

ILL and ALLIES as tools/library review

HW: work on annotated bibliography–post the full rough draft of it to your blog as Blog 15 by next Mon (add sources)

Wed, Mar 29:

Organization of project by major sections: intro, definitions, background, body, opposing views, global implications, conclusion paragraphs (tie up, then gesture toward future)

Quoting vs summary and paraphrasing (background section and plagiarism)

HW: Add sources/review your bibliography for Monday (should have  10 sources by now)–This is BLOG 15, and it’s due no later than noon (12pm) on Monday. To earn extra credit, submit the blog by 3pm Sunday (2 pts). Make sure ALL entries have summary, strengths/weaknesses of piece, and connection to your topic

Mon, Apr 3:

Bib workshop on MLA formatting, style for MWord, final comments about using sources

Parallel structure and organization of outlines

HW: work on outline to add to front page of bibliography

Wed, Apr 5: ONLINE CLASS–to be completed by Sunday or earlier 

  1. First to learn about parallel structure, visit and read the examples at this site:


Parallel structure helps you

  • Create a hierarchy of ideas with a formal outline
  • Organize your thoughts into major points and subpoints

(see that the two items above are actually parallel–they both start with action verbs)

2. Now download and read the “Example of Parallel Outline” on Bboard’s left menu

3. Optional: make a draft of your outline and post to Discussion Board on Bboard. I can peek and comment on your progress if you’re worried about Monday’s deadline.

HW: finish outline and bibliography to turn in on Monday as HARD COPY (worth 30 pts)

Fri, Apr 7: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM–If you attend, you will earn 5 extra credit points if you do the following: write one very detailed paragraph about how the research at this event is different from the research we’re doing in English. In other words, how is the topic organized? How is citation done? What sorts of evidence do the presenters use?

Mon, Apr 10:

Turn in hard copy of outline and bibliography at start of class (worth 30 points)

Perspective shifting, freewriting, and addressing opposing views: writing exercises to generate text for a longer document

HW: work on full draft–2 body paragraphs posted as Blog 17.

Wed, Apr 12:

Depictions of your topic in popular culture, in personal stories

Post Blog 18: popular culture examples

HW: work on draft–post your pop culture paragraph as Blog 18 in class and 2 additional body paragraphs as Blog 19 (consider background and definition paragraphs if you have not already written them/if you have, write your conclusion).

Mon, Apr 17:

Questions about final submissions next Monday

Drafting and adding opposing views, intros, conclusions–reminders about overall structure

HW: full draft due Wed for class–upload as a MWord document on Bboard on Discussion Board.

Wed, Apr 19:

Draft workshop

HW: final project due in hard copy on Monday, Apr 24

Mon, Apr 24:

Turn in project in hard copy

Preparing for oral presentation of research on exam day

HW: create slide show of major points, be ready to present; upload your slide show to Bboard on April 26  by 2pm–click the Assignments tab on the left menu and submit it there.


All grades will be posted by May 5-6.

Summer classes start May 31.




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