6120 Readings/Schedule

Schedule and Reading List for Independent Study                 

Note: Units do not include power point or video lectures in an independent study. There is less prescriptive teaching and more independent thinking and analyzing in a course like this one. That said, please email me when/if you have any questions about the material you are reading. I am happy to answer questions. I’d also love to meet in person to chat about the ideas in the readings, perhaps every third week.

We’ll see how that works with your schedule.

Blog requirements for each unit:

For each author you read, please write one paragraph of reflection on what you learned.

  1. First, identify the main idea or thesis and explain what kind of content or data the author uses to illustrate it.
  2. Identify a part of the piece that particularly enriches or illumines your understanding of the materials in our world and how they are used in conjunction with writing.
  3. Apply #2 to your future classroom. How might this new perspective change or enhance the way you teach in the future?

Total word count will be approximately 450-500 words. In the weeks where you read one author at great length rather than three shorter pieces, please expand on items 1-3 to address the content thoroughly.

JUNE 2018     Unit One: Analog Tools

David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog (2016)

Part I: introduction and chapters 1-4        June 4-11 /blog due on June 11

Part II: chapters 5-9 and epilogue              June 12-20 / blog due on June 20


Cydney Alexis’s “Symbolic Life of Moleskine Notebook” (2017)      June 21-27

Erica Berry’s “The Call of the Billboard”

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/07/the-call-of-the-billboard/490316/                                                                                        June 21-27

Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels” (1999)                                       June 21-27

Blog for the three pieces above is due June 27.

Retro Space Project due June 29.

JULY 2018           Unit Two: Digital Tools

Bronwyn Williams’s “Which South Park Character are You? Popular Culture, Literacy, and Online Performances of Identity” (2008)                          June 30-July 7

Katherine DeLuca’s “Women, Rhetoric, and Politics on Pinterest” (2015)

http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/19.3/topoi/deluca/index.html           June 30-July 7

Paul Dourish’s “Why Flash Drives Are Still Everywhere” https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/why-flash-drives-are-still-everywhere/489458/ (2016)                                                                    June 30-July 7


Blog due on July 7.

Rhetorical Analysis of Digital Space due July 10.


JULY 2018                 Unit Three: Writing Places and Spaces

Nedra Reynolds’s “Politics of Space” (1998)                                 July 11-17

Hannah Rule’s “Writing’s Rooms” (2017)                                      July 11-17

Nellie Bowles’s “Where Silicon Valley is Going to Get in Touch with its Soul” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/technology/silicon-valley-esalen-institute.html?_r=0 (2017)           July 11-17

Blog due on July 17.


Megan Adams’s “Affective Connections to Place: Digital Storytelling in the Classroom” (2017)   http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/22.1/praxis/adams/index.html         July 18-24

Sean Morey’s “The Deepwater Horizon Roadkill Tollbooth” (2017)

http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/21.2/topoi/morey/index.html           July 18-24

Blog due on July 24.

Work on final project from July 25 to July 30. Final project due July 30.