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Ewrt 2 class 1

  1. 1. EWRT 2 Class 1
  2. 2.  Adding the Class  I will take 32 students  If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I will email add codes in waitlist order. Those wishing to add should see me right after class.  As we go over the syllabus, consider whether you will stay in the class. If you want out, please let me know, so I can offer your seat to another student.  If you are not on the waiting list, it is very unlikely you will get into the class unless we have a mass exodus after the syllabus!
  3. 3.   A Game of Thrones: Prologue  Website  Green Sheet  Syllabus  Contests/Analytic Authorities  Contest 1: Content  Rhetorical Strategy: using compressed statements to communicate meaning: Writing Social and Political Haiku AGENDA
  4. 4.  Website http://ewrt2palmore.wordpress.com Green Sheet Syllabus
  5. 5.  The Green Sheet: What you will find here  Course Requirements  Assignments and values  Participation  Required Materials  Books  Computer Access  Class Policies  Plagiarism  Conduct and Courtesy  The Class Website  How to sign up for an account  How to post your homework.
  6. 6.  Texts and Required Materials:  Lee A. Jacobus A World of Ideas 7th Edition  George RR Martin Game of Thrones  One large Blue Book.
  7. 7.  Requirements:  Active participation in class discussions and regular attendance. You will earn real points for your participation in activities.  Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading.  Formal writing: four out of class essays and one in-class essay.  Several tests  A series of homework posts to the class website  Reading quizzes and in-class assignments.
  8. 8.  Grading
  9. 9.  Class Policies Writing Submissions:  All out of class work to be submitted to me electronically before the class period in which it is due. Work must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft word. No other saved forms are acceptable. If you do not have Microsoft Word software available, leave yourself time to save and send your work from a library computer. All work must be in MLA format. I will read and return work, in the order I receive it, with comments both in the text and in the margins.
  10. 10.  Attendance:  Success in this course depends on regular attendance and active participation. Participation points will be part of our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points. You should save absences for emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your life.  It is your responsibility to talk to me your absences or other conflicts. Work done in class cannot be made up. Also, please arrive on time, as you will not be able to make up work completed before you arrive, including quizzes.
  11. 11.   Tests: We will have four vocabulary tests during the quarter. There are no make-ups. One day, near the end of the quarter, I will offer every student the opportunity to take or re-take one test.  Late Work: I do not accept late work. I do, however, extend an opportunity to revise one essay for a better grade. If you miss an essay due date, you may submit that essay when the revision is due. If you miss the in-class essay exam, you may take it and count it as your revision submission.
  12. 12.  Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:  In this class, we will regularly engage in the discussion of topics that may stir passionate debates. Please speak freely and candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas in a comfortable environment.  Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to others when they contribute to class discussions, not slamming the classroom door, and maintaining a positive learning environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a positive learning environment, please focus on the work assigned, turn off all cell phones and IPods before class, and do not text-message in class. If your behavior becomes disruptive to the learning environment of the class, you may be asked to leave and/or be marked absent.
  13. 13.  Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism includes quoting or paraphrasing material without documentation and copying from other students or professionals. Intentional plagiarism is a grave offense; the resulting response will be distasteful. Depending upon the severity, instances of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the paper or the course and possible administrative action. All assignments will be scanned and scrutinized for academic dishonesty. Please refer to your handbook for more information regarding plagiarism.
  14. 14.  Syllabus  The syllabus is a tentative schedule.  It may be revised during the quarter.  Use it to determine how to prepare for class. Week and Days  What we will do  in class  Homework due before the next class  Project Title
  15. 15.  In order to do the homework, you must establish an account.  Our class website is http://ewrt2palmore.wordpress.com. In order to do the homework, you must establish an account. To make your own FREE Word Press account, go to Wordpress.com and click on the large, orange button that says, “Get started here.” The system will walk you through a series of steps that will allow you to set up your own user- friendly Word Press blog or sign up for just a user name; alternatively, you can sign in with your Facebook account. Make sure you sign in with YOUR Word Press username before you post on our class page so you get credit for your work.  If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a pseudonym. Please email me your username if it is significantly different from your real name.  If you cannot establish your website and username, please come to my office hours as soon as possible, and I will help you with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so establishing this connection is mandatory. http://ewrt2palmore.wordpress.com
  16. 16.  On the Website  Some Reading Assignments  Essay Assignments  The Green Sheet  The Syllabus (The Daily Plan) Writing Tips Helpful Links Your Daily Homework Assignment (which is where you post your homework.)
  17. 17. Homework There is writing homework due the evening before each meeting. This is both to help you think about your reading and to help you produce ideas for your essays. In order to earn an A on your homework, you must do the following:  Complete all of the posts.  Post them on time.  Be thoughtful in your responses.
  18. 18.  Posting Homework  On the front page of the website, you will find the homework post after each class. (text me if you don’t see it)  Below that post on the right, are the words “Leave a comment.”  Click there and a comment box will open. Copy and paste your homework into the comment box  Click “Post Comment.”
  19. 19.   Each student will select a character from A Game of Thrones for which he or she will be responsible. This, of course, includes learning about the character’s family and history. It also means being responsible for tracking behaviors, acts, and motivations.  The order of choosing characters will be determined through five contests held during the first three class periods. The first will be today. Two and three will be during class 2. Four and five will be during class 3.  The contests will include three content quizzes (participation grade) and two vocabulary exams (exams grade).  The student with the highest overall score will choose first and so on. In the case of ties, students will draw for position. This activity will take place during class 4. I reserve the right to make all final decisions determining order. Contests/Analytic Authorities
  20. 20. Is this class too hard? Is this class History 10? Will I be the teacher’s favorite?
  21. 21.  Contest #1 Get out a blank sheet of paper Clear your desks Prepare to answer five questions based on A Game of Thrones In A Game of Thrones you play or you die; A good life is based as much on luck as merit. Some are born royal, some rich, some beggars, some whores, some bastards; some are prepared, some not.
  22. 22. 1. Who said, “You are slow to learn, Lord Eddard. Distrusting me was the wisest thing you’ve done since you climbed down off your horse”? Petyr Gandalf Gregor Tyrion 2. Who “always favored huge, ill-tempered stallions with more spirit than sense”? Benjen Jon the snow zombies Gregor 3. Who tells Arya that she will “marry a king and rule his castle”? Gaston Ned Sansa Tyrion 4. Who says, “The Night’s Watch is a sworn brotherhood. We have no families. None of us will ever father sons. Our wife is duty. Our mistress is honor”? Will Benjen Samurai Jack Jon 5. Who tells Eddard, “A courageous informer would be as useless as a cowardly knight”? Petyr Cersei Varys King Arthur Contest #1
  23. 23.  Vocabulary Exam #1 25 words from A Game of Thrones Test Format: Matching When: next class
  24. 24. 1. amethyst: a purple or violet quartz, used as a gem. 2. bailey: the defensive wall surrounding an outer court of a castle. 3. baluster: any of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing. 4. barbican: a defensive outpost of any sort. 5. caparison: a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings. 6. coffer: a box or chest, esp. one for valuables. 7. coif: a hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn beneath a veil, as by nuns. 8. crannog: a small, artificial, fortified island constructed in bogs in ancient Scotland and Ireland. 9. crenel: any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement. 10. crofter: a person who rents and works a small farm, esp. in Scotland or northern England. 11. cursory: going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: Vocabulary Exam #1
  25. 25. 12. damask: hand-wrought steel, made in various Asian countries, from parts of a bloom of heterogeneous composition, repeatedly folded over and welded and finally etched to reveal the resulting grain: used esp. for sword blades. 13. deft: dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever 14. doublet: a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men in the Renaissance. 15. doughty: steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant. 16. eyrie: the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk. 17. gibbet: a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution. 18. gorget: a piece of armor for the throat. 19. hauberk: a long defensive shirt, usually of mail, extending to the knees. 20. hummock: an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region. 21. insipid: without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid: 22. lithe: bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: 23. pommel: a knob, as on the hilt of a sword. 24. puissant: powerful; mighty; potent. 25. rondel: a metal disk that protects the armpit.
  26. 26.  Haiku Political and Social Commentary
  27. 27. “Haiku show[s] us the world in a water drop, providing a tiny lens through which to glimpse the miracle and mystery of life” (National Endowment for the Humanities). http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/514534462/ Attribution, Non Commercial
  28. 28.  It is a traditional form of Japanese poetry  It describes nature, every day life, or the human condition  It is based on personal reflection Its value is in sudden discovery or revelation What is Haiku? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/434663959/ Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives
  29. 29.  The moment two bubbles are united, they both vanish. A lotus blooms. -Kijo Murakami (1865-1938)
  30. 30. Why Haiku?  It is a great mode of self- expression  It demands both brevity and clarity in writing  It captures one moment and its emotions perfectly  It expresses complex ideas through simple observations http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeysox/277812785 4/ Attribution, No Derivatives
  31. 31.  Writing and understanding Haiku requires multiple skills:  Close observation  Careful reflection  Concise word choice  An open mind Writing Haiku http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcomagrini/698692268/ Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives
  32. 32.  The crow has flown away: swaying in the evening sun, a leafless tree. -Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) Traditional Haiku
  33. 33.   A Haiku traditionally has three lines with seventeen syllables:  Five  Seven  Five  This form is strict in Japanese  Sometimes it varies in other languages or in translation. Writing Haiku: Form
  34. 34.   Haiku consists of two parts: The description and the reflection.  Each part depends on the other for meaning.  In Japanese Haiku, the break is marked by a “cutting word.” In English, the break is often marked by punctuation (e.g. colon, long dash, ellipsis)  Haiku must include a kigo, a word that indicates a season. This does not have to be a traditional season like fall or winter. It could be baseball season or voting time; the reader just has to be able to determine when the event takes place. Writing Haiku: Structure and Language
  35. 35.  Social and Political Haiku  Laura Welch Habeas corpus And that pesky Bill of Rights: Who needs 'em? Wink. Wink.  Jean Hall McCain is ailin' Chooses hockey mom Palin-- You betcha, we're pucked!  Chaunce Windle See dust thick on text books. Evolution was a fad. Science dead? You betcha. http://www.thenation.com/article/political-haiku-winners
  36. 36. Write Your Own Political or Social Haiku Find inspiration in A Game of Thrones Make a list of descriptive words Choose a character or two Use the five, seven, five syllable form Include a kigo to indicate the season Use both a description and a reflection. Remember to identify the break between the two with punctuation.
  37. 37.   Natural Endowment for the Humanities. EDSITEment. Can You Haiku? May 2002. 10 October 2009. <http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=250>.  Toyomasu, Kei Grieg. HAIKU for PEOPLE. 10 Jan. 2001. 10 October 2009. <http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku>.  Herrlin, Jackie. HA-KU. 2004. Internet Archive. 10 October 2009. <http://www.archive.org/details/cie_haku>. (Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives)  Russo, Dave. North Carolina Haiku Society. Unknown. 10 October 2009. <http://nc-haiku.org/haiku-misc.htm>. Works Cited
  38. 38.   Buy books  Register for Wordpress  Read A Game of Thrones through page 100  Post #1 Write a Haiku (or two) that expresses a social or political aspect of the reading thus far.  Study: Vocabulary (Exam one is at our next meeting). You can find the list of words on the website under “Vocabulary” “Vocabulary list one” or on the presentation for class #1

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