1020 Schedule


Thurs, Jan 10:

Intro to class, expectations, syllabus, setting up a blog

Writing prompt about weapons and the zombie apocalypse

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: describe a time that you lost electrical power, water, or heat / air conditioning somewhere, at home or perhaps elsewhere. How did you handle the situation, and what tools were helpful during that time? (150 words)

Read handout: False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical _News_ Sources

Tues, Jan 15:

How to handle loss of utilities and everyday conveniences: what tools and ideas matter most when something goes wrong? (gathering primary sources with peers)

Why a blog? click here: annelamottshortassignments

Where does our water come from? (gathering secondary sources)

Opening notes on research and news sources: we’ll talk about sources almost every day, take careful notes

Discuss blog requirements

HW: read “What I Learned from the Campus Plumber,” read pages 1-3, then start on page 9 and go to the end of the article. Click on the link below:


Thurs, Jan 17:

Discuss the plumbing article, website research,  and the nature of trustworthy sources

Test sites:



Clip of The Walking Dead pilot

Sample research task:

Where do zombies come from? Why are they associated with the apocalypse?

HW: Answer the research question above about zombies. Find five (5) different websites that you believe are reputable/trustworthy sources of information. Then describe how you located these five sources. All of this–the links and the description of how you found your research–will be Blog 2. 

Tues, Jan 22: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR holiday

If you’re wondering what your first major assignment is, here is a preview: exploration document 1020

Thurs, Jan 24:

Review Blogs 1 and 2

Discuss first project: exploration document 1020

HW: Find out what happened in Fukushima, Japan in 2011; list three sources that you believe are credible  and list them as Blog 3  / begin thinking about your topic for the exploration paper


HW: List three sources that you believe are credible about the Chernobyl disaster and add them to Blog 3; explain how you found these sources and how you used the “iceberg” technique (starting at the top and digging deeper into the topic by following the trail past Google sources); think about topic for exploration paper

Thurs, Jan 31:

Review sources for Fukushima and Chernobyl, discuss extreme tourism

Searching better on Google, using Google Scholar and peer-reviewed research

Searching for “extreme” AND “tourism” online

Write Blog 4 in class: compose an email message to a college student who is interested in visiting either Fukushima or Chernobyl, advising them whether or not they should go, use sources you’ve found to back up your argument

HW: write exploratory paper and send in by Wednesday, Feb 6 at 11:59pm; this should also be uploaded as Blog 5

Monday, Feb 4: last day for 50% refund for class if you decide to withdraw

Tues, Feb 5:

Share Blog 4 with class

Final questions and thoughts about your exploratory paper/proposals due tomorrow

HW: finish exploration paper and email it by 11:59pm Wed night to khowar20@aum.edu

HW: finish exploratory paper and email it/ Google and bookmark the Purdue OWL website (this will help you with citation); upload it as Blog 5

Thurs, Feb 7:

Quote sandwiches and proper use of source material

Library “stuff” to know

Begin Stedman–https://wac.colostate.edu/books/writingspaces2/stedman–annoying-ways.pdf

HW: read Stedman’s “Annoying Ways” article (see link above), prepare for possible quiz

Tues, Feb 12:

Source investigation and following the trail–our visual map of research

HW: Looking at the task of annotating and analyzing sources critically:


Begin searching for sources for your project on Google and Google Scholar, do metasearches on the AUM Library page as well

Thurs, Feb 14:

Introduce new assignment: Project2outlinebibliography

Discuss the readings from this week and the exercises we completed in recent blogs

Discuss Stedman’s examples and create your own

HW: read “Rhetorical Numbers” article by Joanna Wolfe; write a short summary of the source, then provide a short evaluation of it (we are practicing for the annotated bibliography)

This is worth 5 pts. Post this as Blog 7 before class on Tues.

Tues, Feb 19:

Discuss ways to incorporate and use sources in a proposal for change

Workshopping and formatting annotated bibliographies

HW: locate two reputable sources on our library databases or Google Scholar that you would use for your paper–read them, cite them using MLA, and provide short summaries (3 sentences at most).  THIS WILL BE BLOG 8.

Thurs, Feb 21:

MLA review and notes

From topic to hypothesis to thesis–the journey

Why intro material is longer than one paragraph in a large research project

Using popular culture sources as part of your intro section

HW: finding and using pop culture artifacts in this project–locate two pop culture sources that you might use for your paper–read them, cite them using MLA, and provide short summaries (3 sentences at most). THIS WILL BE BLOG 9.

Tues, Feb 26:

Discuss research findings you have made and how you might use them, add evaluations to your summaries

A mini-lesson in parallel structure for your outlines

HW: start work on annotated bibliography for your project

Thurs, Feb 28:

MLA in-text citations for your final project

HW: work on finding sources for your project and annotating them if you haven’t finished; Email your peer review team by Monday at 3pm. You will have two other people on your team.

Tues, Mar 3:


Annotated bibliography is due Thurs night, March 5 at 11:59pm to khowar20@aum.edu.

Thurs, Mar 5:

Writing body paragraphs and transitions in your final project

HW: turn in your annotated bibliography to me

Midterm grades will be posted this week.
















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