Week 15: Monday, December 8th - Friday, December 12th
Return the Portfolio 3 folder not later than the last class
day, and explain at the beginning of this week that the final requirement for
the course will be turned in during the assigned final exam period but worked
on in class during this last week. Clarify that students will be expected to
bring their folder and complete a substantial postscript for the portfolio and
the course at the time of the final exam.
The second arguing essay will be worth 15% of their overall
course grade, completing the 35% associated with Portfolio 3. To complete the
second argument they MUST deeply (globally) revise their first arguing
essay. Week 15 should be devoted to in-class drafting. Treat the last week as a
writing lab. Expect students to attend.
Their final essay for the course, turned in at the time of
the final exam, involves a revision of the first Portfolio 3 argument to make
it suitable for a new context—the Editorial page of the New York Times. First,
remind them of what the Editorial columns do. Just as the Op-Ed page doesn’t
mean “the opposite page” but rather constitutes an argumentative piece in
opposition to a published editorial so too “editorial” is not the province of
the editor of the newspaper. Rather, people who are “in the know” are invited
to write editorials. Pretend that you have been so invited to write on this
issue because you’ve become quite knowledgeable about it. Your assignment from
the New York Times is to write an editorial that meets the interests and
needs of that audience, while also meeting the Times Editorial length
and style conventions. Remind students to submit their whole Portfolio 3
folder at the final exam.
Class time this week should focus on the development of
revision plans, on seeing texts as flexible documents, and on using their skills at analyzing the audience
and conventions of the Editorial page. They should make their final product as
much like a New York Times Editorial piece as possible.
some time each day this week to discuss some news item from the Times
and develop an activity that encourages students to continue to read a national
newspaper, as opposed to relying solely on TV news.Be sure to allow 25-30
minutes for a review of course goals and completion of studentevaluations of