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Introduce one another and course through cultural analysis activity.

Go over syllabus and policy briefly.

Read in RA Introduction pp1-15, and the poem by Hernandez-Avila, pp. 216-18. Read in PHG "Purpose and Audience" 20-6, "Writing Process", 124-33.

Write a brief response to the poem (Did you like it? Why or why not? What do you think it's about?)

Write about your definition of "success" and the "American dream."

Thurs.Week One

Why read for culture. Reading for meaning/active reading.

Prereading and reading from a position. Discuss their responses to first homework assignment and purpose and context in writing.

Read in PHG "Techniques for reading: Summary and Response", 147-58; in RA, read the Soto essay and write a one-page summary of Soto following the guidelines in PHG.

Tues. Week Two

Discussion of Soto and what must be in a good Soto response (IDEAS, not EVENTS). Introduce Personal Reflective Response assignment.

Read in RA Terkel and Nelson and summarize the main ideas of ONE of the authors

Thurs. Week Two

Discussion of Nelson and Terkel -- group work on responses and support in the form of personal evidence

Read Dalton and respond briefly, concentrating on what in your experience has led you to respond this way. Also, in the interest of critical reading, keep a list of any words or phrases you do not know the meaning of.

Tues. Week Three

Discuss Dalton

Read sample PRR and fill in workshop sheet. Bring in two copies of a draft of your essay.

Thurs. Week Three

Use sample to generate criteria for a good PRR and model workshop techniques.

Revise draft.

PRR due Tues. Read Mantsios. Write: practice a brief response

Tues. Week Four

PRR due. Introduction to academic response and the ARE assignment. Discuss Mantsios, focusing on support and development.

Read Barlett and Steele and write a brief response.

Thurs. Week Four

Discuss Barlett and Steele, focusing on organization; backwards outline.

Read Chang and write a brief response.

Tues. Week Five

Discuss Chang in relation to purpose and audience.

Read Pincus and write a brief response.

Thurs.Week Five

Discuss Pincus and using other texts as support.

Write a draft of your ARE.

Tues. Week Six

Organization workshop - backwards outline

Revise as necessary.

Thurs. Week Six

Development/support workshop

Revise as necessary. Academic Response Essay due Tuesday. Read Katz and Douglas.