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Unit One, Day 7 - Wednesday, September 6

What they'll do today in class:

Connection to course goals: The first few activities emphasize the importance of context when writing a text. By comparing the first two essays, students can see the different expectations of different contexts. Introducing more "academic skills" is necessary to meet the new, more academic context for the second essay.

INTRODUCTION: Devise a brief introduction that explains what they'll be doing today in class and why.

  1. Introduce Essay 2
  2. (5 min)

  3. Analyze the context for essay 2 by comparing it with Essay 1. Put their responses on the board so they can see how the contexts differ.
  4. (5-10 min)

  5. Consider how changes in audience will affect their writing.
  6. (5 min)

    Transition: Since you'll be evaluating an essay in a more academic context, let's look at the PHG reading as one approach to this task.

  7. Review the "Evaluating" reading from the PHG.
  8. (5 min)

    Transition: In many ways, this is what you're being asked to do to meet the context for Essay 2. Let's walk through the second and third steps to begin to develop the context in which you'll be writing.

  9. Introduce academic summary as a response to this context - fits #2
  10. (5 min)

  11. What are the main parts of an academic summary?
  12. (5 min)

    Transition: Now that we've seen how summary is a part of this rhetorical context, let's practice academic summary.

  13. Practice academic summary with the Zoellner essay from PHG.
  14. (10 min)

  15. Present summaries. Have them put their summaries on the overhead, and ask the class if they meet the expectations for an academic summary that are listed on the board. Be sure they are:
  16. (10 min)

    After they've presented their summaries, refer back to the list of steps in evaluating. They've just completed step 2 - describing the object they'll evaluate.

  17. Conclusion: Summarize, or perhaps ask a few students to summarize, the main concepts from today's class. What did they learn? How does it relate to their assignment? We'll move on to the next steps of evaluation on Friday.


Read: PHG

"Responding" pp. 156-157