Week 3: Monday, September 8th  Friday, September 12th

Week 3, September 8  - 10*:  Overview

*Monday, September 6 is Labor Day; there are no university classes.

Goals for this Week

  • Help students understand the importance of reasons and evidence (textual, personal experience, analysis) in a response.
  • Connect development of responses (through reasons and evidence that support the specific response types) to the overall portfolio goals and make connections between this portfolio and the larger course goals.
  • Revisit the etiquette of workshopping.
  • Introduce the second and third types of response - interpreting/reflecting and analyzing the text.
  • Assign Brooks' and Krugman's articles.
  • Introduce and discuss the concepts of assumptions and implications. Connect these concepts to the use of reasons and evidence in an interpretive response.
  • Introduce and discuss development of criteria and making judgments about the effectiveness of texts using sufficient reasons and evidence in support of a claim.
  • Start building a set of debatable issues drawn from newspaper clippings.

Activities for this Week

Detailed lesson plans are available for the first four weeks of the course. Beginning in the third week you will be encouraged to take over the writing (or rewriting) of all introductions, conclusions, and transitions. You will also notice more activity choices in the third, fourth and fifth weeks.  Beginning in the sixth week, you will be expected to choose activities from a set of suggested activities and/or develop your own activities that will help you and your students achieve the course goals for a specific week.