Anagram of my name. Julie Rose Platt = Aristotle Julep
Aristotle is one of the fathers of rhetoric.
A julep is a sweet drink. The word “julep” comes from the Persian word “gulab” meaning “rosewater.”
Twitter in WRA 110.744
Analogy: If our class is a book, think of Twitter as a kind of “virtual margin” for notes, doodles, etc.
I’ll give you short Twitter assignments each week. You are required to complete these, and to follow me and your classmates.
You’re welcome to Tweet as much as you want and follow whomever you want. Explore!
Entering the Conversation
They Say, I Say
“ The underlying structure of academic writing—and of responsible public discourse—resides not just in stating our own ideas, but in listening closely to others around us, summarizing their views in a way that they will recognize, and responding with our own ideas in kind. Broadly speaking, academic writing is argumentative writing, and we believe that to argue well you need to do more than assert your own ideas. You need to enter a conversation, using what others say (or might say) as a launching pad or sounding board for your own ideas.”
- Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
Old School: Writing for the Teacher Writing in college is more than just writing papers for an audience of one. You are writing so that your voice can be heard in the midst of a much larger conversation in which many have participated before you and in which many will participate after you are gone.
Writing for a Wider Audience
Begin with a good inquiry question
First find out what others are saying about the topic before deciding on a thesis statement
Once you find out what the experts are saying, construct a central argument and think it through
In your writing, incorporate what others are saying by responding to those who might disagree with you and using what others say as evidence to assert your claims
Be sure to cite all your sources accurately
Old School: Revision is Just Editing Revising a paper does not mean that you simply fix the bad grammar, poor structure, or confusing parts. When you revise in your writing, not only do you fix problematic parts of the paper, but you revise previous ideas, attitudes, and arguments. If I just fix the parts my teacher marked in red, I’ll get an A on this!
Revising College Writing
Revising can involve editing a text to fix grammar
When you revise a paper, you also revise your ideas so that they flow more easily or make more sense
Revision might also include changing the structure of your paper, reorganizing quotations, or even refocusing your thesis statement
Revision takes time and can result in substantial changes to your paper…for the better
Old School: A Good Essay Is Always Arranged as a Five Paragraph Theme
Effective Arrangement Can Take Many Forms
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to arrange the ideas in your paper, as long as it follows a logical progression and works as a, effective and cohesive piece
Finding an effective arrangement may take many revisions to achieve
The way you arrange your argument, your sources, your examples, etc. can greatly impact the overall impression that your writing leaves on your audience
Old School: Invention is Just Prewriting Coming up with ideas to put into your writing can happen in a variety of ways. There is no set list of techniques for an author to use in order to gather and organize ideas. There are many ways to invent a text. Likewise, there are many ways to invent ideas. Invention is more than just prewriting. A text can use several strategies to invent just as it can invent a variety of strategies. Freewriting! Bubble Graph! Lists! Venn Diagram!
Invention is discovery. It’s what gets you on the page, but may not involve prewriting or even any writing at all
But, when inventing a new piece of writing, you might try the old prewriting techniques to help you discover new ideas and to organize them
Many things can be invented in a text, from the core argument to a revising of an old conversation
Old School: Literacy is Being Able to Read and Write Literacy used to be discussed only in the context of reading and writing. Today literacy is being explored as a more ubiquitous, broad, and diverse topic. Literacy can encompass many forms of communication, personal expression, and interpretation. One can be literate in more than just textual understanding. Literacy! Literacy! Literacy!
What is Literacy?
Literacies in plural
Culture and literacy
Literacy in academic disciplines and careers
Technology and literacy
Old School: The Writing Process is Always Linear Prewriting Rough Draft Revision Editing Final Paper
Writing is Recursive and Epistemic
One can begin and end the writing process with any component of the process. It does not necessarily run linearly
A writer might cycle through or choose to revisit one or more components of the process before finishing a piece. This means it is recursive (goes in a circle)
In addition to being recursive, writing is epistemic—it produces knowledge