Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Junot Díaz, "The Dreamer": Read and write a response by Tuesday, 9/6, at 1 pm

Good afternoon, all,

I regret missing class this morning. I have come down with the flu, but plan to be better by next week.

In the meantime, here is the link to the reading for Wednesday, 9/7. (Monday is a holiday.)

Christian will be the discussion leader that day.

Be sure to write your 100-150 word response and post it as a "Comment" no later than 1 pm on Tuesday, 9/6.

Any questions, let me know.

Schedule of discussion leaders

Please note that this is not the complete syllabus. It only lists the days when students have signed up to lead discussion. For the complete syllabus, see "Schedule of Readings and Assignments" in the left-hand column of the website, under the heading "The Basics."

Sept. 7             
“The Dreamer,” Junot Díaz + written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 6) with CHRISTIAN

Sept. 14           
Judith Ortiz Cofer, “I Fell in Love, or My Hormones Awakened” written                                 response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 13) with JULIANNE & JEANCARLOS

Sept. 19           
Elaine Showalter, “Representing Ophelia” written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 18) with SABRINA

Sept. 21           
Steven Doloff, “The Opposite Sex” + written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 20) with ISAAC

Sept. 26           
Gretel Erlich, “About Men” + written response (due by 1 pm on Sept. 25) with MILEIZA

Oct. 5              
George Saunders, “Commencement Speech on Kindness” + written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 4) with GEIMY

Oct. 10                       
George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant” written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 9) with ANGÉLICA

Oct. 19                        
Brent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space” + written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 16) with RICARDO

Oct. 24                        
Joan Didion, “On Going Home” + written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 23) with TISHA

Oct. 26                       
Raya, “It’s Hard Enough Being Me” written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 25) with FABIOLA

Oct. 31            
Langston Hughes, “Salvation” written response (due by 1 pm on Oct. 30) with SEBASTIÁN

Nov. 7             
Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  with JOEL and PAOLA A.

Nov. 16           
Chief Seattle, “My People,” written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 15) with FRANCISCO

Nov. 21           
Lincoln, “Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery +                                  written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 6)written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 20) with PAOLA G.

Nov. 28           
Bill McKibben, “Now or Never” + written response (due by 1 pm on Nov. 27) with RENÉ


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Project guidelines: Leading class discussion

INGL 3103
Fall 2016
Dr. Adams

Project: Leading Class Discussion

1.     Write a 1-paragraph summary that describes the essay in your own words. Be sure not to repeat any language from the essay. You will start off class by reading your paragraph, as a way to orient and focus our discussion.

2.     If you are presenting as part of a group, each student will, individually, write his or her summary. Choose one to read aloud at the beginning of class.)
Each student will turn her/his typed paragraph into me at the end of the class s/he leads.

3.     Each discussion leader will prepare three informed, thoughtful questions about the article that he/she wants the class to consider.

4.     If you are presenting as part of a group, each student will have prepared, individually, three questions for the class. In this case, you will trade off asking your questions; if you don’t finish asking all of them, that’s OK.

Each student will turn in his/her typed list of questions to me at the end of class.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sherman Alexie, "Indian Education"

Good morning, everyone,

Please find the reading for next Monday, August 29, here:

After reading and reflecting, write a 100-150 word response and post it by 1 pm on Sunday, August 28, in the "comments" section. Include your thoughts and questions about the text.

Any questions, be sure to let me know. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Paolo Freire, Ch. 2 of "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"

Part of your assignment for Monday, August 15, is to read Freire's text and add a 100-150 word response to the "Comments" section of this post no later than 1 pm on Sunday, August 14. You will be given points for your post. Late posts will not be accepted, so please plan ahead.

You will find the link to the reading at:


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Textbook table of contents

Here is the table of contents for our textbook. If you have the textbook already, which I encourage, leaf through the selections to see what catches your attention. If you don't yet have the textbook, consider the titles to see which ones seem most suggestive and compelling. Please note that this semester we will be focusing only on essays. Next semester will feature fiction. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016


The adventure begins.

We don't yet know each other, and the semester waits in all its possibility and, perhaps, anxiety.

My goal is to help create a learning environment in which everyone feels respected, in which different interpretations and perspectives are welcome, and in which we all enjoy, as much as possible, the process.

The potential of the interdisciplinary work fostered by General Studies classes means we need never feel bored. The practice of student-centered learning means that we create this class together, responsible to each other and to our own learning. (And I do mean "our"--in every class I teach, I learn.) Your own standards, the standards of UPR, and my standards challenge you to always do your best work.

I'm passionate about reading and writing, and I want to share my enthusiasm with you. Let's keep the lines of communication open and see what the future holds.