Today we apply both critical reading and the Writing Situation
Model to Lizabeth Cohen's article. We begin to see that Cohen's
background as an historian influences her choices in writing particularly
concerning audience. We develop our understanding of academic
summary writing by applying its principles to Cohen’s article.
to Course Goals
Today we strengthen student understanding
of the writing situation model by applying it to an example of
public discourse, Lizabeth Cohen's editorial "Trying to Buy
Our Way Out of Trouble." Course objectives are further
developed through application of critical reading strategies and
discussion and application of the academic summary writing principles,
which will help students meet the goals of all the portfolios
but especially Portfolio 1.
Possible Sequence of Activities for Today
attendance and check one more time for new faces.
Apply critical reading strategies learned last time to Cohen's
article—engage class in a critical discussion of both the issue
and the article by Cohen (media and consumption in the U.S.)
a conclusion for the class session and assign
homework for next time. It is very important
that you leave 5 minutes at the end of class to conclude and assign
homework. This avoids students missing the assignment and
you having to talk over students while they are packing up.
In preparation for
the introduction of the New York Times, assign PHG reading on
the shaping of journalistic stories using the "inverted pyramid"
(page 253), and on the reporter’s collecting/investigating heuristic,
which utilizes "Wh" questions (pages 245-246).
Ask students to
review the guidelines for writing an academic summary in the PHG
on page 160-161. Using these guidelines, along with our discussion
from class about the writer’s purposes and key ideas, write an
academic summary of Lizabeth Cohen's article, applying the conventions
of summary writing and taking care to give the proper people credit
for ideas as Cohen cites other people's work in her own.
Have students post their summaries
to their files on the Writing Studio as well as print out a copy
to bring to class with them next time.