Schedule

The course schedule may be modified slightly during the semester. Check here and on the Weekly Updates page for changes. I will inform you during class of any changes to the reading and writing requirements. Informal writing assignments may be added during the semester.

DateReadingWriting
Week 1: January 13-15
Wed., Jan. 13Introduction to the course
Fri., Jan. 15The Passion of Sts Perpetua and Felicity (available via Medieval Sourcebook)
Russ, "What Can a Heroine Do? or Why Women Can't Write," 79-93 (online course reserves)
Week 2: January 18-22
Mon., Jan. 18No class – MLK Day
Wed., Jan. 20The Life of Hildegard, 135-6, 155-60, 193-5, & 205-8
Woolf, "Chapter 5," A Room of One's Own, 78-93
(both on online course reserves)
Fri. Jan. 22Three visual narratives of the life of St Margaret of Antioch (available here on our course website)

Three short articles about social media:
Burge, "Overblown Facebook personas can leave friends deflated," The Washington Post, 30 September 2014
Garner, "The Curated Self: How Social Media Creates the 'Virtual Self,'" The Wall Blog, 10 May 2012
Tokumitsu, "The Politics of the Curation Craze," New Republic, 24 August 2015
Domain registration and blog post #1 (about Satrapi, 3-32) due by 9pm on Sun., Jan. 24
Week 3: January 25-29
Mon., Jan. 25Satrapi, Persepolis, 3-32 ("The Veil" through "Persepolis")
Lamott, "Shitty First Drafts," 527-31 (online course reserves)
Wed., Jan. 27Satrapi, Persepolis, 33-102 ("The Letter" through "The Key")
Fri., Jan. 29No reading.

Peer editing workshop: Social media biography
Draft of social media biography due in class for peer review
Week 4: February 1-5
Mon., Feb. 1Satrapi, Persepolis, 103-34 ("The Wine" through "Kim Wilde")
Murray, "The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts," 56-60 (online course reserves)
Blog post #2 (about Satrapi, 135-72) due by 9pm on Tues., Feb. 2
Wed., Feb. 3Satrapi, Persepolis, 135-72 ("The Shabbat" through "Tyrol")
Fri., Feb. 5Satrapi, Persepolis, 173-206 ("Pasta" through "The Horse")Social media biography due by 7pm on Fri., Feb. 5 via email
Week 5: February 8-12
Mon., Feb. 8Satrapi, Persepolis, 207-98 ("Hide and Seek" through "The Convocation")
Bérubé, "Analyze, Don't Summarize," 318-22 (online course reserves)
Wed., Feb. 10Satrapi, Persepolis, 299-341 ("The Socks" through the end)
"Rhetorical Analysis," in Everything's an Argument, 114-9 (online course reserves)
Fri., Feb. 12No reading.

Peer editing workshop: Visual rhetorical analysis
Draft of visual rhetorical analysis due in class for peer review
Week 6: February 15-19
Mon., Feb. 15The Book of Margery Kempe, 33-67 (proem, preface, & chs 1-14)
Pianko, "Reflection: A Critical Component of the Composing Process," 275-8 (online course reserves)
Blog post #3 (about Margery Kempe, 67-109, 122-7) due by 9pm on Tues., Feb. 16
Wed., Feb. 17The Book of Margery Kempe, 67-109 & 122-7 (chs 15-29 & 35-6)
Fri., Feb. 19The Book of Margery Kempe, 176-85, 193-201, & 247-61 (chs 56-9, 63-6, & 85-9)Visual rhetorical analysis due by 7pm on Fri., Feb. 19 via email
Week 7: February 22-26
Mon., Feb. 22Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half, 1-98 ("Warning Signs" through "The Helper Dog Is an Asshole")
Wed., Feb. 24Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half, 99-180 ("Depression Part One" through "Lost in the Woods")
Wysocki & Lynch, Compose, Design, Advocate, 237-8, 240-2, 244-64, 266-7, & 280-1 (online course reserves)
Fri., Feb. 26No class – Conference #1 with instructor
Week 8: February 29-March 4
Mon., Feb. 29Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half, 181-286 ("Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving" through "Thoughts and Feelings")
Wed., Mar. 2Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half, 287-369 ("Dogs' Guide to Understanding Basic Concepts" through end)
Fri., Mar. 4No reading.

Peer editing workshop: Visual memoir
Draft of visual memoir due in class for peer review
Mar. 7-11No class – Spring Break
Week 9: March 14-18
Mon., Mar. 14Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 5-6, 11-57 ("Preface" & chs 1-6) (online course reserves)Blog post #4 (about Jacobs, 58-66, 82-9, 145-78) due by 9pm on Tues., Mar. 15
Wed., Mar. 16Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 58-66, 82-9, & 145-78 (chs 7, 10, & 17-21) (online course reserves)
Fri., Mar. 18Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 224-48, 264-7, & 285-303) (chs 29-31, 35, & 40-1 (online course reserves)Visual memoir due by 7pm on Fri., Mar. 18 via email
Week 10: March 21-25
Mon., Mar. 21Farrar, "Evidence," 245-6
Greene, "Argument as Conversation," 9-19
Losh et al., "Deciding Which Sources to Trust," 195-7
(all on online course reserves)
Wed., Mar. 23Graff & Birkenstein, They Say / I Say (2nd ed.), 55-67, 68-77, & 92-101 (chs 4, 5, & 7) (online course reserves)

Peer editing workshop: Researched rhetorical analysis and annotated bibliography
Researched rhetorical analysis: Draft of proposal and list of three sources (not yet fully annotated) due in class
Fri., Mar. 25No reading.

Workshop on library resources for research projects (meet in Woodruff Library, Rm 312)
Researched rhetorical analysis: Proposal and annotated bibliography with three sources due by 3pm on Sat., Mar. 26 via email
Week 11: March 28-April 1
Mon., Mar. 28Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1-60 (chs 1-9)
Wed., Mar. 30Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 61-119 (chs 10-17)
Fri., Apr. 1No reading.

Peer editing workshop: Researched rhetorical analysis
Draft of researched rhetorical analysis due in class for peer review
Week 12: April 4-8
Mon., Apr. 4Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 120-68 (chs 18-22)
Wysocki & Lynch, Compose, Design, Advocate, 197-211 & 232 (online course reserves)
Blog post #5 moved to Apr. 19
Wed., Apr. 6Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 169-225 (chs 23-9)
Fri., Apr. 8Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 226-89 (chs 30-6)Researched rhetorical analysis due by 7pm on Fri., Apr. 8 via email
Week 13: April 11-15
Mon., Apr. 11Oral presentations
Wed., Apr. 13Oral presentations
Fri., Apr. 15No class – Conference #2 with instructor
Week 14: April 18-22
Mon., Apr. 18Oral presentationsBlog post #5 (about Kaling, 11-20, 85-96, 99-103, & 140-3) due by 9pm on Tues., Apr. 19 (moved from Apr. 5 on original syllabus)
Wed., Apr. 20Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, 11-20, 85-96, 99-103, & 140-3 (online course reserves)
Fri., Apr. 22Losh et al., "Rethinking Revision," 217-44 (online course reserves)

Peer editing workshop: Final portfolio revisions
Bring the two essays you will include in your final portfolio, along with three concrete revision and expansion ideas for each.
Week 15: April 25
Mon., Apr. 25Swartzendruber-Putnam, "Written Reflection: Creating Better Thinkers, Better Writers," 88-93 (online course reserves)

Peer editing workshop: Reflective letter
Draft of reflective letter due in class for peer review
Wed., May 4Final portfolio due by 5pm

 

Important dates for Spring 2016

DateEvent
January 12Classes begin
January 18MLK Day, no classes
January 19End of Add/Drop/Swap
March 4Partial withdrawal deadline (without penalty)
March 7-11Spring Break, no classes
April 1One-time partial withdrawal deadline
April 25Classes end
April 28-May 4Exam period