Week One -- Friday
Class Goal: Acclimate them to a low-key peer revision workshop; introduce principles of purpose, focus, and audience.
Connection to Course Goals: Establishes the "rules" and climate for workshopping each other's papers for the semester and the importance of considering purpose, focus, and audience in everything they write (and not just in this class!).
On board or OH, make columns for GROCERY LIST/LETTER TO PARENTS OR FRIENDS/WRITTEN HOMEWORK DUE TODAY
Ask them to generate ideas about (and put on board under lists).
Here's a grocery list example:
What is your purpose in writing ?
To remember things you need to buy. . .
What's your focus?
What you need to buy, not the cost, or what you need at ACE hardware. Focus is determined for this purpose only.
Who's the audience?
Complicating the categories:
Do this for each category and see how purpose/focus/audience/context differ in relation to one another (for example, you would probably focus on different things to tell your parents than your friends).
Goal: Emphasize the need to keep these aspects in mind for all your writing.
Transition: Since this unit focuses on work and the American dream, start with students' ideas and expectations about them.
Transition: We're about to begin reading a series of essays on success and the American dream, and they've written about it for homework. Right now you would like to generate some examples of who the class would define as successful, and then you'll distribute those for the whole class to share as examples. (2 min.)
Who exemplifies the American dream?
Eg. Michael Jordan
Talented, succeeded against odds, dedicated to his work, makes a lot of money
After they complete their group lists, have someone from each group report their lists and make a master list on the board. Collect all the group lists. Explain that you're going to compile them all for the class if not every group got to present. (10 min)
Assignment: Read in PHG "Techniques for Reading: Summary and Response", pp 1470-58; in RA, "Introduction to `Money and Success'" chapter, pp. 304-6 and the Soto essay. Write a one-page summary of Soto's main ideas according to the guidelines in PHG.
If you have extra time: WTL about what fears you have about peer review? What was your reaction to today's peer review? Did it fulfill these fears or reassure you it's better than you thought?
Note: For the next class period, you will type up the variety of definitions of (1) success and (2) the American dream that the class presented in their homework assignment, and compile with it the examples of success stories they generated in class today. This will become a "class text" that you can refer back to for examples in class discussions and they can use as illustrations for support in their essays.