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Class Plan -- Unit One, Day 14
Goals Assignment for Day 15
Reading - PHG pp. 255-65; 285-96 in "Explaining" chapter

Writing - Collect ideas for essay on grid. Complete Web forum assignment. (Respond to instructor post and to two classmates' postings.)

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Daily - Which question will you respond to in your paper? Which readings seem to address this question? What relevant personal experience/observations will you draw upon in your response?

Discuss Daily. Have students share response so that they can get ideas from each other.

Using a collecting grid - Drawing upon the readings is an important aspect of this essay assignment, so students need a heuristic to help them select and organize what the readings say about the issue. Call it a synthesis grid or a multi-column log, it's simply a method for laying out examples from the essays alongside each other. I emphasize that the grid not only helps them take notes from the essays and their own ideas but then allows them to step back and start looking for connections and relationships.

Demonstrate how to use the grid and show students how to make a multi-column table. (See Appendix 12: Collection Grid, for example.) Encourage them to use more than three essays during their collecting so they have plenty of material. I usually go in with an overhead made up with an example in each column and then have the class suggest other examples.

Have students begin work on their grid in class. Circulate to check their progress.

Conferences - Explain conferencing and pass out a sign up sheet.

Remind students that they need to work on collecting for their essays over the weekend AND do the reading in the Explaining chapter.