Adding the Class
I will take 32 students, and I will add until the final day to
If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I will email add
codes in waitlist order. Those on the waitlist or those
wishing to add should indicate so on the roll sheet. Please
include an email address.
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
The Green Sheet
Contest 1: Content
Rhetorical Strategy: using compressed
statements to communicate meaning: Writing
Social and Political Haiku
The Green Sheet:
What you will find here
The Class Website
How to sign up for
How to post your
Texts and Required Materials:
Lee A. Jacobus A World of
Ideas 7th Edition
George RR Martin Game of
One large Blue Book for
Active participation in class discussions and regular
attendance. You will earn real points for your participation
Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading.
Formal writing: four out of class essays and one in-class
A series of homework posts to the class website
Reading quizzes and in-class assignments.
1. Before you submit your essay, please save your file as your last name and the
number 2, like this: Smith 2. That will help me keep your essays organized.
2. Submit your essay through Kaizena, a Google Drive add-on, at
https://kaizena.com/palmoreessaysubmissiongmail. Or simply use the link on
our class website home page. This system allows me to respond to your essay
with both voice and written comments and to insert helpful links.
3. Sign in to your Google Account and allow Kaizena access to your Google
4. Click on the “Ask Dr. Kim Palmore for feedback” link.
5. Choose your document from your Google Drive. You will be directed to a new
page to choose a delivery box from a drop down menu.
6. Add your essay to the appropriate EWRT 2 box (Essay #1, #2, #3, or #5).
Then, click the “Ask for feedback” button again.
7. Once I have graded your paper, Kaizena will automatically share with you the
link to the Google document in the comments section — located on the top-
right corner of the Google document.
8. Click on the highlighted sections of the paper to find both audio and written
comments concerning your essay or links to materials that will help you
improve your writing.
All out of class essays are to be submitted to me electronically
before the due date.
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
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.
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.
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, and do not text-message in class.
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.
The syllabus is a tentative schedule.
It may be revised during the quarter.
Use it to determine how to prepare for class.
before the next
class Project Title
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. The system will walk you through the
steps to signup for a username or to set up your own user-friendly Word
Press blog. Alternatively, you can sign into our website through Facebook.
If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a pseudonym. Just
make sure you sign in with YOUR Word Press username before you post on
our class page so you get credit for your work. Please email me your
username once you have established which account you shall use for
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
On the Website
Some Reading Assignments
The Green Sheet
The Syllabus (The Daily Plan)
Your Daily Homework
Assignment (which is where you
post your 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
On the front page of the website, you will find the
homework post after each class. (text me if you don’t
Below that post on the right, are the words “Leave a
Click there and a comment box will open. Copy and
paste your homework into the comment box
Click “Post Comment.”
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.
Your first essay will be a argumentative analysis of your character.
Is this class
Is this class
Will I be the
Get out a blank sheet of paper
Clear your desks
Prepare to answer five questions based on
A Game of Thrones
Questions are worth three points each and will be
applied to your participation score
In A Game of Thrones you win 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,
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”?
2. Who “always favored huge, ill-tempered stallions with
more spirit than sense”?
the snow zombies
3. Who tells Arya that she will “marry a king and rule his
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
5. Who tells Eddard, “A courageous
informer would be as useless as a
25 words from A Game of Thrones
Test Format: Matching
When: next class
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
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
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
11. cursory: going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty;
Vocabulary Exam #1
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.
“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).
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It is a traditional form of
It describes nature, every
day life, or the human
It is based on personal
Its value is in sudden
discovery or revelation
What is Haiku?
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The moment two bubbles
are united, they both vanish.
A lotus blooms.
-Kijo Murakami (1865-1938)
It is a great mode of self-
It demands both brevity and
clarity in writing
It captures one moment and its
It expresses complex ideas
through simple observations
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Writing and understanding
Haiku requires multiple skills:
Concise word choice
An open mind
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The crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.
-Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)
A Haiku traditionally has three lines with seventeen
This form is strict in Japanese
Sometimes it varies in other languages or in translation.
Writing Haiku: Form
Haiku consists of two parts: The description and the
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
Social and Political Haiku
And that pesky Bill of Rights:
Who needs 'em? Wink. Wink.
McCain is ailin'
Chooses hockey mom Palin--
You betcha, we're pucked!
See dust thick on text books.
Evolution was a fad.
Science dead? You betcha.
Write Your Own Political or Social
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.
Natural Endowment for the Humanities. EDSITEment. Can You Haiku?
May 2002. 10 October 2009.
Toyomasu, Kei Grieg. HAIKU for PEOPLE. 10 Jan. 2001. 10 October 2009.
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.
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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