To introduce the course, yourself, your policies, the course texts,
and your students to one another. Begin to address writing as
a "situated," rhetorical activity (a series of choices made for
a specific audience and purpose within a given context).
to Course Goals
interview activity establishes communication necessary for peer
reviews and classroom discussions. This activity, along with the
introduction to course goals, also introduces the idea of how
contexts influence our actions.
Possible Sequence of Activities for Today
attendance and introduce yourself and the course.
your policy and everyday expectations (in terms of homework and
other assignments, class discussions). Hand out your policy
statement and provide a timeline for major due dates or at least
the first portfolio.
a first reading and writing assignment. 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
Assign that students log in to the Writing
Studio Class Page (http://writing.colostate.edu/),
locate the class forum, and post a 250-500 word message that addresses
the following prompts:
Part 1- Describe yourself
as a writer. What kinds of writing do you most enjoy and why?
What kinds of writing do you think are most important and why?
Part 2- What influences
you as a writer? What in your background or environment might
shape your choices about content (what you like to write about)
and style or approach (how you write)? When you have finished
posting your message, print a hard copy and bring it to class.
Note to students: You might find it useful to compose
your message in a word processor and then paste the final version
of the message into the discussion forum’s compose message box.
Read the postings above
and below* yours.
* If you are the first person posted, read the post below yours
and the last person's posting, and if you are the last person
posted, read the post above yours and the first person's posting.