December 6 – in the classroom
 1:30 pm-2pm


At 2:30 pm (please arrive by 2:20 so we can use our time efficiently), we will all gather in the classroom for a final brief conversation and to fill out course evaluations. 

Oral exams

The schedule for the oral exams is posted below. 

On Thursday, December 06, you will all have to come in to class to fill out class evaluations, at 2:30pm. 
Your final portfolios are due by 5pm in the English office (2nd floor in Hoover) on Dec 7th (Friday). There will be a box there for them. Please include hard copies in a light or floppy folders. 

Your portfolio should include:

Personal Narrative (rough draft and final draft)
Ad Analysis (rough draft and final draft)
Summary (short and long version of a peer-reviewed article, which is clearly identified at the top of the summary)
Generational Name — claim and analysis (rough draft and final draft; bibliography)

Here is a link to the Subject Guides at Wardman Library, for your research!

Wednesday December 05
A 1:30-2:00 pm

B 2:15-2:45 pm

C 3:00-3:30 pm

Thursday December 6
D 1:30 pm-2pm

E 2:05-2:35pm

Final stretch.

Tomorrow, Thursday 11/8, a reminder that you should bring 2-3 peer-reviewed articles to class. These articles should support an aspect of your claim. 

We will work in class on thesis statements, again. You will be asked, in class, to start writing a thesis statement that supports the name you have chosen. Your thesis statement should drive your ongoing research. 

We will have the small group final oral exams on Wedns Dec 5 and Thursday December 6. Here is a sign-up sheet. Your final portfolios will be due Friday December 7th. 

Let me know if you have questions, see you in class. 

Next Thursday 11/1 and Tuesday 11/6

Next Thursday: Please bring in 2 peer-reviewed articles from your research. As much as possible, bring the full text in, printed out, to work on in class. We will work on summary, as well as on how to keep pushing your research question forward. 

Next Tuesday: Bring in revised versions of your ad analysis papers to class. Proofed and printed. Please come see me in office hours tomorrow (Wedns 1-:30-4:30 on Halloween) or next week to go over your paper if you can. 


Advising Times

Here is a link to the sign-up sheet for Monday October 29 (please note that I have removed mandatory advising slots from Halloween).  
Please sign up for an advising slot on the 29th if you are at all able to. If you aren’t able to come on that day, please sign up for a slot on the 5th. I will eventually open up these slots to other advisees (beyond my first year group).

Also: Please note — you will write an initial thesis statement for Thursday November 1.

And the new  prompt for the final paper (not the next paper) is up in the Assignments section. 

Journalistic sources

  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • Mother Jones
  • The New Yorker
  • The Atlantic
  • The Guardian
  • The Associated Press

(This is a very partial list of sources that follow journalistic conventions and publish reported news, intended only as a place to start)

New deadline & Next week

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on index cards, today. I will do my utmost to cover the material you have requested and to incorporate it as we move into our next shared goal: naming your generation (and writing well-researched arguments to support your choice).

Please remember that you can and should share difficult or challenging questions with me in office hours, as well, if you’re having trouble approaching them in class. I can often help direct you to readings or research that might interest you, in office hours.

While I hope to create space for you to isolate and practice the skills that go into strong writing, I hope that you can see that re-writing papers is its own kind of challenge. I will grade the next round according to this rubric.

New paper deadline: Your final draft, after another round of peer review, is due in my box in the English department (second floor of Hoover) by 10am Monday morning 10/22.

this the final deadline, don’t miss it. 

The rubric should not be surprising to you, but I know that rubrics intimidate people. Remember: generate specific language to describe your ad first (observation). Think carefully about how what you describe is working (what does it call to mind? why? what anxieties does it provoke or soothe or both for whom? — complication). Make a claim about how what you have observed and explained is targeting a specific audience.

As an editor, once you have written a draft based on a strong thesis, go back and look for the types of strengths that the rubric describes. 

I also heard that you'd like to hear about the academic conference I'm attending -- thank you for asking! I will show you a few of my slides and let you know how it went when I see you again on Tuesday. 

Soon after I return, we will schedule individual appointments for your academic advising for next semester. Start thinking of courses you might want to take in the context of the big questions we started with: What do you want to learn in order to become the person you want to be? 

Thanks for all your hard work, and see you in class.