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Nonfiction & Inquiry

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
TRI-CITIES :: SPRING 2013
ONLINE

Sue Webb, Instructor

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

... NEW POSTS! ...

POST 41
POSTED: May 8, 2013

I don't know if any of you will see this, but someone made a pretty cool video of "This is Water," and I thought I'd share it with you all.

THIS IS WATER :: A VIDEO VERSION

Have a great summer, 201ers.

--Sue

 

POST 40
Posted: May 2, 2013

RETURNING YOUR ASSIGNMENTS

I've sent comments and grades on P5/P6/P7 (the research paper, the remix, and the presentation) through ANGEL email. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Remember, the syllabus has the complete list of assignments and their value, and that you earned up to 200 participation points this semester for the peer reviews and discussion boards (weekly tasks). I still need to figure these.

If you do not receive 100% on your P8, I will send you an email through ANGEL on Monday. I believe most of you will earn 100/100 on that assignment, if you followed the prompts and proofread well :)

I post final grades in ZZSUIS on Monday, but it may be a few days before you can see them.

It's been my pleasure, ya'll. Have a great summer.

Sue


POST 39
Posted: Monday, April 29

This is it, folks! I can't believe this semester is gone. Flown by, actually.

Today, your review sheets are due on your PRESENTATIONS. Please email these to me with the subject line 201: Presentation Review.

Your final paper---P8---A reflective essay on the entire semester in 201 is due by 11:59 pm on May 3. Please email these to me with the subject line: 201 Final.

P8: REFLECTIVE FINAL ASSIGNMENT SHEET

I have so enjoyed this class and your work, and I wish each of you the very best in your future endeavors.

I will send comments on the Research papers, the Remix, and your Presentation through ANGEL's email and post here once I've sent them. This will take some time, but remix and presentation will come first.

Your final course grades will be posted into ZZUSIS on May 7th, so I have a lot to grade this week. Thank you all for your dedication and for your willingness to try new things and write about it. Kudos to all!

ONE LAST THING: PLEASE! Take the student/teacher eval posted in ANGEL. Let me know how I can improve the course for future students.

Thanks!

--Sue

 

POST 38
Posted: Sat, April 27

CLARIFICATION:

FINISHING THE PRESENTATIONS
& TURNING IN THE REVIEW SHEETS

Remember: You need to gather the reviews your remixed received and fill out the review sheet with that info. This way, you have 10 (mini) peer reviews to learn from.

I planned for everyone to be done reviewing (your classmate's works) by today. I asked everyone to send me the completed review sheets by 11:59 pm on Monday night.

If you are running behind, email your classmate in ANGEL and let them know you need a short extension. Remember, they need Sunday and Monday to finish their review sheets, so if you are behind, getting these done sometime TODAY is imperative.

THANKS!

 

POST 37
Posted: Wed, April 24

PRESENTATIONS TODAY!
IN ANGEL!

Today, you get to learn about your classmate's research area and these topics they've worked so hard on.

Today, you begin reviewing 10 presentations --- to get 100% on this assignment you need to review 10 presentations! (as stated in this week's agenda -- available in post 36).

Today is an exciting day.

Check out the WEEK 15 AGENDA below and the instructions in ANGEL for all the details.

email your PRESENTATION REVIEW SHEET to me by 11:59 PM ON MONDAY (APRIL 29) to receive your presentation points.

THANKS ALL.

 

POST 36
Posted: Sunday, April 21

WEEK 15 AGENDA <--download here!

The WEEK 15 AGENDA gives you all the details on submitting your remix to ANGEL and on how to view other students' works for the presentations. There are 200 points riding on these two things, so download your WEEK 15 AGENDA and get a jump start on it!

Great week ahead, 201ers.

Let me know if you have questions!

Sue


POST 35
Posted: Saturday, April 20

I just finished returning your P3: DWDFWD essays to you through ANGEL's email function. Your grade is in the last comment bubble at the end of your essay, and I made comments throughout--suggestions for improvement and ideas for revision. These were a fun read. Thank you!

Let me know if you have questions!

Sue


POST 34
Posted: Monday, April 15

YOUR WEEK 14 AGENDA is linked here and is now available for download.

I've granted a short (3-day) extension on the RESEARCH PAPERS (P5). Download your agenda now and check it out!

Remember to email me if you have any questions!

 

POST 33
Posted: Sun, April 14

I will post this coming week's agenda tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Stay tuned. I will offer a 2-day extension on the research papers---so do not pull an all nighter tonight on these!

The agendas will be here, in post 34, tomorrow by noon. Thank you!

sw

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POST 32
Posted: Thur, April 11

(post 2 of 2 today)

RESEARCH PAPERS ARE DUE MONDAY APRIL 15 by 11:59 pm. I think I said Sunday somewhere, but it's MONDAY, APRIL 15, by 11:59 pm.

Thanks for writing & asking!

--sw

POST 31
Posted: Thur, April 11

Margaret Atwood quote

Who's Margaret Atwood? <--Click here!




POST 30
Posted Sunday, April 7

Your WEEK 13 AGENDA is available for download now.

Click the link listed above to access your tasks and deadlines for the week. The Peer Review begins in ANGEL this week and I've introduced the REMIX project as well. Check out your WEEK 13 AGENDA for all the details.

POST 29
Posted: Wed, April 3

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES have been graded and an email with your grade sent through the ANGEL email function.

Thanks to everyone for their dedication on this assignment. I believe these documents/tools will be of great value as you write your paper drafts this week.

REMEMBER: Peer review will begin Tuesday! Less than a week. Only post to the peer review if you plan to review for others. Do NOT post to get reviews unless you are willing to give them as well! Each person participating will review for 2 (two) peers. It's totally worth it to get some input on your research papers!

MEANWHILE ... back on P3 ... I put these essays aside so that I could respond immediately to the proposals and to the bibs. I am now working on them and will be returning them as I complete them. They are by far my favorite pieces of the semester to read and learn from. I'll post here once I'm done with them, and I will return them with comments through ANGEL. Stay tuned!

Thanks again, everyone, and happy writing!

sw

 

POST 28
Posted: Monday, April 1

Week 12 Agenda (no download)

APPROACHING DEADLINES:

  • Your annotated bibs are due Tuesday, April 2, by 11:59 pm, emailed to me. 10 sources w/ annotations. I will return these rather quickly so you can move on with the draft of your papers
  • Introducing P6: The Remix on April 8
  • Peer Review P4 The Research Paper begins on April 9
  • Research Papers Due: April 15
  • Remix Due (no peer reviews) Due for online presentations April 22

These are the major milestones and deadlines during week 12. I did not make a downloadable agenda this week, just the list above. Let me know if you have ANY questions! Get those papers written! Peer review in 1 week!

Thanks!

POST 27
POSTED: Sunday, March 31

Happy Easter Sunday. I will post agendas tomorrow, Monday, April 1. Your annotated bib will now be due TUESDAY, APRIL 2 (by 11:59 pm). It's a 1-day extension. Watch for your agenda tomorrow morning, and instead of working on ENGL201, celebrate today with your family.

--sw

POST 26
Posted: Thur, March 28

GREAT QUESTION ABOUT ANNOTATED BIBS & THE BIBS AT THE END OF YOUR RESEARCH PAPERS.

You are working on an "annotated bib.

It consists of the "bibliographic information" (author, title, name of work it was published in, pub city, publisher, date, etc)
and an "annotation" (notes, basically, about the work) for each of your 10 sources.

When you write your paper, I only *require* that you use 6 sources. So, you may end up not using all 10 from this assignment, though you well could. You might find something you really need to use last minute that wasn't on the annotated bib. That's ok, too.

In your research paper, at the back of it, you will do a "Works Cited" page. This pages uses just the "bibliographic information" from your annotated bib and only lists the sources you use in your paper.

For help with the Works Cited, use the OWL at Purdue:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/12/


The nice thing about doing the annotated bib first is that most of the info you need for your Works Cited page, you will simply copy and paste from your annotated bib.

Does that make sense? Please please please let me know any of you have questions!

 

POST 25
Posted: Sunday, March 25

WEEK 11 AGENDA

Click the link above and download your Week 11 Agenda now and find out your tasks and deliverables for the next 3 weeks!

 

 

POST 24
POSTED: WED, MAR 20
post 2 of 2 today!

I've responded to all of the proposals I received. Several did not submit. Several have been asked to Revise & Resubmit.

If you haven't heard from me, then I didn't hear from you!

Thanks!

Also--read post 23 below!

Sue

 

POST 23
POSTED: WED, MAR 20
post 1 of 2 today!

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR P4
...check 'em out!

...Help with finding RELIABLE sources!

How to choose a database (WSU Libraries)

WSU Databases (Griffin)

Google Scholar

 

...Help narrowing your topic!

NARROWING YOUR TOPIC

...Help with MLA citation

MLA CITATION @ OWL/PURDUE


POST 22
POSTED: MONDAY, MARCH 18

Everyone check this out...

NARROWING YOUR TOPIC!

Apply his filters!

 

...and then read your week 10 agenda below in POST 21.

 

POST 21
POSTED: SUNDAY, MARCH 17

WEEK 10 AGENDA (this is it; no download)

Happy St. Paddy's Day Extension!

We're working on the RESEARCH PROJECT (P4-7)

That's right; I said extension! I have moved the deadline for your RESEARCH PROPOSAL to Tuesday at 11:59 pm. Be careful with this short extension, because your anntoated bib with 10 sources is still due on April 1.

Since we're just coming off Spring Break, I think all our brains are in slow motion, and a couple extra days to really really wrap our heads around these research projects is just what the Dr. ordered.

You now have till 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19 to send in your Research Project Proposal. I will respond within 24 hours with a "go" or a "revise and resubmit." Keep an eye on your email for my responses on Wednesday afternoon.

Welcome back from break; let's get to it :)

--sw

POST 20
Posted: March 3 (Sunday)

Week 9!

WEEK 9 AGENDA!

Download it now and get a handle on this week. Next week is spring break! Get the deets now for Week 9 by clicking on the link above!

POST 19
Posted: March 1 (Fri)

Syllabi by Famous Authors
Just take a quick look--it'll be quite an eye-opener!

--sw

POST 18
Posted: Tuesday, Feb 26

RECOMMENDED:
Excellent companion piece to "This is Water." Check out this short video on TED: On Compassion.


POST 17
Posted: Sunday, Feb 24

Hello 201!

I'm just recovering from 14.2" of snow on Wed/Th as we prepare for 12-15 (along with 50 mph winds) to roll in Sunday night. This is unprecdented in Wichita, Kansas! If I am slow to respond early next week, presume I've lost my electricity. I hope nothing comes of this, but thought I'd better let you know, I may be away from my computer.

Your WEEK 8 AGENDA is available here for download. Check it out for details on finishing up P3, including the peer review, and beginning P4-7. All the details are linked in the agenda.

Stay warm.

POST 16
Posted: Saturday, Feb 23

PROJECT 2: THIS IS WATER

All of the P2: WDDFWW projects have been returned via ANGEL email. Make sure to read the "READ ME FIRST" file before you read through my comments on P2.


MORE ON DFW

If you're looking for something else Wallace to read, I highly recommend a couple more nonfiction pieces of his:

THE VIEW FROM MRS. THOMPSON'S
(Reflecting on "The Horror" of 9-11)

TICKET TO THE FAIR
(Humorous but sarcastic musings on the Illinois State Fair)

 

POST 15
Posted: Sunday, Feb 17

The WEEK 7 AGENDA is ready for download. Download now and check out this week's tasks and assignments.

I'll be returning your P2 projects later this week. Watch ANGEL email on Thursday/Friday/Saturday for these writings--with comments, suggestions and grades. I'll post here once I've sent them all back. Email me if you have any questions.

Can you believe it?--We're almost half way through the semester!

Have a great week 7!

 

POST 14
Posted: Wed, Feb 13

RETURNING P1 TODAY!

Check your ANGEL email account for your P1 projects. I've made extensive comments, suggestions for improvement, and put your grade in the last comment bubble of your paper.

I've returned your papers through ANGEL email. Let me know if you didn't get yours back!

Thanks!

POST 13
Posted: Sunday, February 10

Your WEEK 6 AGENDA is ready for download.

In it --- some response to your excellent discussion this week, and some guidance as you move forward with P3 (a few notes about taking notes, and some guidance about citation).

Download your WEEK 6 AGENDA now for the details on this coming week! As always, email me if you have any questions!


POST 12
Posted: Thurs, Feb 7

ON ATTENDING AN EVENT

To see the entire schedule for this (and the remaining) assignments, check out your calendar.html page.

WEEK 8: Your draft is due for the peer review (on Mar 4)
WEEK 9: The final draft is due to me (on Mar 10).

Events should be attended between now and Feb 25 so that you have time to reflect on your notes, write a draft, and revise so to be prepared for the peer review on the 4th.

A LOOK AHEAD: On Feb 25, before this is due, I will introduce the research project (P4/5), so you will need to budget time to work on it as well. We will take that in steps. Your calendar has that schedule as well.

Let me know if you have any questions about this!

 

 

POST 11
Posted: Sunday, Feb 3

100 BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Found this yesterday on the web. Thought it right cool. It's a "Wordle" of 100 books everyone should read. You can click on the image to go to the full-size image.

Wordles are interesting ways to represent data. They're fun, quick, and easy to make. Explore Wordles here. And, maybe, read some of these classics...

100 books everyone should read

Your week 5 agenda is below (see: Post 10).

 

POST 10
Posted: Saturday, Feb 2

I'M PREPPING FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!
So, I'm actually working ahead by 1 day.

That said, your WEEK 5 AGENDA is ready for download. Week 5 begins on MONDAY.

Click the link above and get started on your tasks & deliverables for week 5 in ENGL201. Make sure to email me if you have any questions, and make sure to respond in both ANGEL discussion boards this week! All the details are in the WEEK 5 AGENDA!

Thanks, all!

--sw

POST 9
Posted: Friday, Feb 1

the best teachers...

 

POST 8
Posted: Sun, Jan 28

WEEK 4 AGENDA is ready for download. Download it here! In it, you'll learn about turning in P1, peer reviewing P2, and the upcoming P3. Download it now, and let me know if you have ANY questions!

sw

POST 7
Posted: Wed, January 23

NOTICE! We've had a lot of little problems getting going with the peer reivew. I know it's hard to do this online. It's always hard the first time. If you want reviews and are NOT in the peer review in ANGEL, email me and I'll try to group you with others in your class. No guarantee, but if there are several of you that want reviewed, let me know, and I'll try to pair you up.

I am confident we'll get the flow on the next review (starts on Monday for P2). Don't anyone panic! I know it's hard, and I'll work with you as best I can. It's surely easier when we meet face-to-face, but that's not an option. Still, I'm confident there is a workable workaround.

--Sue

POST 6
Posted: Sunday, January 20

WEEK 3 AGENDA <-- Download Now!

This agenda details this week's peer review and the next assignment. Download it and read up so you know what to do!

 

POST 5
Posted: Saturday, Jan 19

READ: Helpful Peer Review Guide
Read this now to prepare for the peer review on P1 that begins on Monday!


POST 4
Posted: Fri. January 18

ARTICLE:
THE SEARCH FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
BEGINS IN JANUARY


also..
have you read yesterday's post?

POST 3
Posted: Thurs. January 17

Hi everyone. I've given some conflicting information.

DUE DATE CLARIFICATION

The rough draft of P1: What Does Yancey Want is due for peer review on Monday (1-21). Have it ready to post in ANGEL sometime Monday. I'll have the details for doing this in the next agenda.

The FINAL DRAFT is due the following Monday on Jan 28

I apologize for the disrepancy. Let me know anytime you need clarification on dates (or anything else).

Thanks!

 

POST 2
Posted: Sunday, January 12

We are ready for week 2. Click here and download your WEEK 2 AGENDA. Download this and follow the instructions. Email me if you have any questions!

You have some readings and a discussion in ANGEL this week. The ANGEL discussion will help you write P1 (P1: What Does Yancey Want?). You're also starting on P2. Check out your weekly agenda for all the details!

Thanks!

 

POST 1
Posted: JANUARY 1

Welcome to ENGL201. This should be a fun course that helps you think about "inquiry" and "revising" and even what kinds of writing count as academic writing. In this course, you'll take on the role as journalist. You'll go out into your communities and observe. You'll write about your observations. You'll ask questions. You'll write about those conversations. You'll look at things one way, and then another. Then, you'll write about it.

You'll ask your audience(s) to think about what you saw and how you feel about it. And, you'll have them thinking about your observations in relation to what they think!

This is inquiry through nonfiction.

Begin by getting familiar with this website. And, by downloading and reading the Yancey piece below. See if you can figure out Yancey's TWO main topics.

1) Familiarize yourself with this website

2) Download and read:

"Composition in a New Key"

3) Get the Textbook:

Required Text:

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom
--by
John C. Bean

New weeks begin each MONDAY and begin with an agenda. I will post the agendas here, on this page on Sunday nights. It's your responsibility to read each agenda and complete the tasks assigned for each week.

The agenda is our #1 way to communicate outside of the classroom. Email and ANGEL will also be used extensively.

READ EACH WEEKLY AGENDA TO KNOW WHAT TO DO EACH WEEK.

Announcements to the class appear right here on this home page, and are updated throughout the week.

Check this page at least 2-3 times per week.

Only the left side of your pages change. The column on the right remains the same throughout the site. The column on the right are your major resources and major assignments as well as your agendas (which will be posted on Sunday nights prior to the start of the next week).

For this week, read the agenda, learn our site. Read COMPOSITION IN A NEW KEY. Next week, we will discuss the piece in-depth, in ANGEL.

QUICK REF GUIDE:

go to SYLLABUS for the overview of the course.

go to CALENDAR to see a snapshot view of what we're doing this semester

go to CONTACT to learn how to reach me, your instructor.

Watch for WEEKLY AGENDAS posted here every Sunday night (detailing the coming week).

WEEK 1 AGENDA <--CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD. Read the agenda!

Click around this site. Get comfortable with the way the site works. Plan to use our site.

Ask any questions you have. Any time you have them! WHEN EMAILING ME---Always include your course (201) in your subject line so I know which class you're in. I teach 5 different sections of 4 different courses!!!

Thanks!

Welcome!

Sue