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  1. 1. <ul><li>January 13, 2011 </li></ul>ENG 112
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>Ice-breaking... again! </li></ul><ul><li>Some notes on WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Critical reading discussion </li></ul><ul><li>“Me Talk Pretty One Day” discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry #1 prompt </li></ul>
  3. 3. Continuing to Break the Ice <ul><li>Fill in the blank with what animal your reading is most like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, to me, is like ______________. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also give us a brief explanation for why that animal! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, to me, is like a turtle: slow and steady, kind of clumsy, and generally entertaining. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Important Points from Syllabus <ul><li>Plagiarism, academic dishonesty, & academic integrity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source .” - WPA definition of plagiarism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Academic dishonesty is defined as any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the institution or subverts the educational process.” - Miami U definition of academic dishonesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic integrity: not doing those things! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you ever have questions about maintaining your academic integrity, ask me . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Important Points from Syllabus <ul><li>Civility Clause </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This classroom should be a safe space for all of us to learn, grow, share, etc. So... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be respectful of differences, and mindful of your own preconceptions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And when in doubt, remember the golden rule--treat others the way you want to be treated. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Cell Phones, Facebook, & Other Distracting Stuff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s 8 am--no one’s going to text you or post on your wall anyway, so just stay awake and attentive to your peers and to me. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. WordPress and Blogs <ul><li>Make sure your blog is not set to private. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have it unsearchable, no one will be able to find you without access to your blog’s URL. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note about the blog: Keep up with it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have quite a bit of required blogging for this course, and leaving it to the last minute is probably not the best choice. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What is “Critical Reading”? <ul><li>Based on your blog entry and the “Critical Reading” description/list, what do you think critical reading is? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a critical reader? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When do you “critically read”? (And why?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do you “critically read” something? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any personal practices that weren’t covered in the reading? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Critical Reading is... <ul><li>… engaging in the process of critique and response when reading a text. </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially, critical reading calls for a reader to actively (writing notes, highlighting, asking questions) pay attention and to note (question, challenge) the meaning, detail, significance of a text. Also, it includes the reader’s own argument or response to the text. </li></ul><ul><li>That is, you don’t just summarize the text, but you look into it further. Think about why the author used certain words, how your background/perspective/experience impact the way you are approaching the text, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day” <ul><li>Reactions, thoughts, etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the intended audience for this essay? (Is it you?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you know? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What techniques (think: language choices) does Sedaris use to convey the story? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do these techniques affect you, as a reader? (Do they alienate you, draw you in, etc.?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does the losing his ability to command language affect the narrator’s identity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever faced a similar situation? How did it affect your identity? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does this essay help reveal anything to you--the reader--about your own language use, how it affects/shapes/creates your identity, etc.? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Inquiry #1 <ul><li>Due Dates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part A (3-5 blogs): January 25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part B (750-1,000 word essay) DRAFT: January 27 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final project: February 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All due by class on the day listed, 8:00 am. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Important details: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of your blogs must be a project proposal for your essay. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Your essay should show how the passage provides us a key to understanding the work as a whole, as well as how this essay provides you specifically some insight into your own language use and/or identity.” --> not just an interpretation, but an application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No outside sources can be used for this assignment! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Homework <ul><li>Read Tan “Mother Tongue” critically–taking notes on the text itself, raising questions, summarizing, reflecting, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As always, be prepared to discuss on Tuesday. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Post a blog with your critical observations and interpretations of “language and identity” in “Mother Tongue” (250-350 words). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See the Inquiry 1 prompt for more info on your blogging for this project. </li></ul></ul>