Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Prewriting" for Essay #1

INGL 3103
Fall 2016
Dr. J. Adams

Due at the end of class today, September 28

Project: “Prewriting” for Essay #1

1.     Do some fun warm-up writing! (5–10 minutes) This is a useful strategy in preparing to write “academic” essays. Write a quick description of something that interests you, a poem, a dialogue, a letter to someone, a post you’d put on social media...whatever appeals most right now.

2.     What is the REVISED, specific question that you want to use to guide Essay #1?

3.     What text from the syllabus are you using to help you answer it?

4.     Write 2–3 paragraphs in which you explore your question (15–20 minutes).

5.     What emerged from #4 as the most compelling answer to your question? This may be your initial thesis. If you didn’t find something interesting in your writing above, keep going. Your initial thesis will change as you write the essay itself. It may well appear in your conclusion.

6.     Choose 3 quotes from the text that you think will be useful to you as you develop your main idea. Record them below, including quotation marks and page numbers.




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gretel Erlich, "About Men"--response due by 1 pm on 9/25

For this response, choose one or two sentences that you think express the argument (or "thesis") of this essay. Then explain your perspective, using other quotes from the text if necessary. Be sure to put the page number of the quote you use in parentheses. In addition, use a "signal phrase," such as, "According to Erlich,..." to introduce your quote. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

An interesting (I think!) article on masculinity


Monday, September 19, 2016

Extra credit workshop

Good day, all,

Here is some information from the Centro para el Desarrollo de Compentencias Lingüísticas regarding a writing workshop to be held this Wednesday at 11:30 am this time in an amphitheater in the law school:

Great news, everyone! We were able to reserve an amphitheater for this week's workshop. Please let your students know how to find us: once inside the School of Law's main entrance, immediately turn right. 

Please note that the repetition of this workshop will be the following week as this Friday is a holiday. 

Thanks again for your support! We look forward to receiving your students!


On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 5:21 PM, Laura Martinez Ortiz <> wrote:
Dear professors—

Thank you so much for your support! The number of students visiting the Center is ever increasing and our workshops are packed. You are definitely a huge part of our success, and we are thankful that you are encouraging your students to be part of our community of learners. 

I’ve recently written to some of you to ask if your students are required to come to our workshops as part of their classwork: how many students and which topics, to be specific. Those of you who would like to take advantage of our services and send whole groups, please let us know in advance so we may accommodate a larger number of students in larger spaces. Our protocol is to limit the number of students once the maximum capacity of the room is reached, but it often happens that students squeeze in even if they don’t fit because they feel compelled to comply with the course requirements. It is important that your students rest assured that if they cannot make it to a workshop on Wednesday, they will have another chance to attend on Friday or they can take the workshop individually at the Center. Upon your request, we would be happy to send you a special attendance list of students who take workshops at the Center in addition to the monthly report of student visits.

Again, thank you so much for your support! We are currently working on finding an amphitheater for our next workshop: Outlining and Building Essays. We’ll keep you posted on any changes to our program. 

Ever thankful,
Laura Martínez Ortiz, directora
Centro para el Desarrollo de Competencias Lingüísticas
Facultad de Estudios Generales
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

Laura Martínez Ortiz, directora
Centro para el Desarrollo de Competencias Lingüísticas
Facultad de Estudios Generales
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

Friday, September 16, 2016

Steven Doloff, "The Opposite Sex" (respond by 1 pm on 9/20)

For this response, imagine that you are spending a day as a member of the opposite sex. What do you choose to do with your day? What issues come up for you during the course of this experiment? Add a relevant citation from the article somewhere in your response. Be sure to include quotation marks and the page number(s). 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Elaine Showalter, "Representing Ophelia"

Good day, everyone,

Please add your comment on this reading in keeping with the instructions given in class on 9/14. Post no later than 1 pm on Sunday, 9/18.

If you have questions, be sure to let me know. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"Signal phrases"

This is a key concept that we will be discussing in class, as related to the paper assignment below. Please review the following link over the next week. The page is divided into MLA and APA signal phrases. Please ignore the distinction unless it's useful to you for another class. For our purposes, this entire list of verbs is useful!

Essay #1

Please peruse the following assignment. We will also talk about it in class.

INGL 3103
Fall 2016
Dr. Jessica Adams Stone

Project: Essay #1

In this project, you will engage with one of the topics we are covering in class leading up to the paper due date.

If you don’t already have a topic you like, you may want to read the works on the syllabus between now and Oct. 3.

First, you will ask an insightful question that you actually want to answer about the topic you have chosen.

We will discuss your questions and I will provide you with feedback.

After some “exploratory” writing and drafting, you will arrive at an answer to this question. Your answer will be your initial thesis statement.

If you consider the answer you discover to be boring, keep working. Obviously, you want to feel interested in/excited about your project!

Your final draft will reflect your further refinement of your idea. Your initial thesis and your final thesis will not be the same.

You will incorporate:

a.     Analysis of one of the essays we are reading this semester, using citations from the essay incorporated into the essay using “signal” phrases (to be discussed in class) and page numbers
b.     Personal experience
c.     Any other texts you find relevant (cited as per MLA style)
d.     A “Works Cited” page that lists any texts you quoted from, summarized, or paragraphsed, using MLA style (to be discussed in class)

Due dates

Sept. 21           The question you want to use as the basis for your essay is due at the
                        beginning of class

Sept. 28           In class: Discussion of essay topics/Prewriting

Oct. 3              Draft of Essay 1 due at the beginning of class (2 copies, typed)
                        In class: Workshop/peer response

Oct. 17            Final version of Essay 1 due (3-4 pages; 12-pt font; 1-inch margins all                           the way around; typed using Times New Roman)

                        Include the following:

a.     Your initial question
b.     Your “prewriting”
c.     Your typed draft and any subsequent drafts you wrote
d.     The final version of your essay, formatted as above
e.     A letter written in class on the due date, stating: Why you were excited to write about this topic; why you think I should feel excited to read your essay; what you think you did well, specifically; and what you would have liked to have done better, specifically

Grading rubric

This is the rubric that I will be using to assess your essays this semester. Please review it over the next week and let me know your questions. We will also discuss it in class. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Judith Ortiz Cofer, "I Fell in Love..."

Good evening, all,

Please add your comment to this post, in keeping with the directions that I put on the board in class on 9/12.

I look forward to reading your thoughts.