Spring Semester, 2019 calendar of
Owen Williamson, MA, Instructor
Instructor reserves the right to modify calendar to meet the needs of the class.
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Note: Later editions of this book have a chapter 5, which was written later and which is not included for this course. However, if you wish to find out about the later lives of some of the characters in the book, please feel free to get the newer version of the book and read chapter 5 on your own.
14th ed., by Paul Eschholz and Alfred Rosa. This book is available for purchase or as a rental at the UTEP bookstore. You are required to have and to follow reading assignments in this text.
Week 1: Jan. 22-25, 2019
Optional Resource: "Our Country Passes from Undeclared War to Declared War," by Dorothy Day.
Writing diagnostic: Plagiarism.
Week 2: Jan. 28-Feb 1, 2019
Continue reading chapters 1 and 3 of Escholz and Rosa.
Tentative: Respond to "I Hate Reading"
Resource: Real world summary: Aspects of Sexual Assault, Harassment.
Resource: College Reading.
Resource: Heavy Drinking may Change DNA (2019)
Tentative resource 2: What is the most humane way to kill a cane toad?
Resource: Sample First Sentences.
Summary practice: Page from Women's Day magazine, Nov. 1942. Write a one-paragraph summary.
Tentative resource: Alien Apocalypse (2018); OR, tentative resource: Chronic Sleep Restriction Negatively Affects Athletic Performance. Summary practice.
Resource: "Our Country Passes from Undeclared War to Declared War," by Dorothy Day. Read if not read already.
Week 3: Feb. 4-8, 2019
Start reading Chapter 2, Writing, in Escholz and Rosa.
Resource: (Video): Battle Hymn of the Republic).
Review Correct First Sentences.
In-class assignment: Eating Insects. Tentative: Respond to this article, with your own opinion.
1. Understanding vocabulary in context
2. Finding main ideas
Three Big Rules. (Rules apply from this point forward in class.)
Census Day Wed., Feb. 6, 2019
Video [Trigger Warning: Content includes violence and may be highly disturbing for some viewers. May require Facebook signon. ]
Another real-world summary example:
Longitudinal Links Between Fathers' and Mothers' Harsh Verbal Discipline and Adolescents’ Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms, by Ming-Te Wang and Sarah Kenny.
Example of a real-world summary:
Intro to scholarly responses/commentaries. View Response PowerPoint. Assignment: Respond to Video (may require Facebook signon to view).
Resource (from last week): "Grave Injustice done Japanese on West Coast," by Dorothy Day, Tentative: Read "A US Apology for Japanese Internment." (2013). Tentative: Respond with your own opinion on this theme. Quote Day's article in your response.
Week 4: Feb. 11-15, 2019
Reading Journal 3 on your choice of ONE of the following articles (look over both options plus check optional background resource for each one, and then choose only one):
Either: 1. "Where is Sanctuary?" by Dorothy Day, (Optional background resource for information only: Dorothy Day being considered for Catholic Sainthood.)
Graphic: 1942 (series 1935A) $1 Silver Certificates, World War II North Africa Emergency Notes.
Credit: Littleton Coin Co. Click on images for link.
Discuss grading and Blackboard grade records.
Tentative Background resources:
Tentative In-class assignment: Summary practice. Resource: Article on Success in College. Tentative: Respond to this article, with your own opinion.
Optional resource: Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps.
Optional resource (audio): Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Tentative in-class exercise :Respond to article: "Milwaukee." Instructions to be given in class.
Discussion / "chalk talk": Identifying patterns of organization. Briefly review structures of the summary, the argumentative/persuasive essay and the comparative essay. Introduce/discuss other common academic writing structures: Chronological, process, listing, and cause and effect.
Thursday/Friday: Continue discussion of emotional tone.
SUMMARY Paragraph assignment introduced--Major assignment worth 10% of grade! Due date Wednesday, Mar. 13/Thursday, Mar. 14 at the beginning of class. Summary assignment options: Choose any one of these six recent scientific articles linked below to summarize (your choice). Be sure to use a correct first sentence in your summary, and to include numbers (if in the original), names, places, and main ideas! Trigger warning: Articles may include scientific discussion of adult subject matter, which may be uncomfortable for some readers.
Week 5: Feb. 18-22, 2019
Continue reading Chapter 14 of Escholz and Rosa.
Video: from "Hitler's Children" (1 1/2 minutes). Trigger warning: May be highly offensive to some viewers.
Resource on "Tone": Read How to Read a Scientific Paper, by Adam Ruben, Discuss the emotional tone of the article.
Resource article: Succeeding in College, Don't Be a Diva. . Tentative: Respond--What are the three best suggestions in this article, and why? (Explain "Why?" individually for each of the three suggestions you choose. )
Optional: An example of why not to use "you" in academic writing: "Why Did the Passenger Pigeon Die Out?"
Opinion, Fake news vs. facts. Regular Google vs
Thursday/ Friday: Tentative Resource: "Untitled," by Norman Corwin. In Molendyk & Edwards (1947). The Price of Liberty. New York: Harper Bros.; p. 53-64. Tentative: Audio presentation of this article, ~30 min. [Trigger warning: May be upsetting to some readers.] Resource: Script from Norman Corwin's "Untitled." From Molendyk & Edwards, The Price of Liberty, 1947, p. 53-64.
SUMMARY Paragraph cont'd.