CAVEAT: You might want to give out only a generic explanation of Unit 2 (see Course Overview materials) at the beginning of the semester until you get to know your students and their strengths and weaknesses. As you think about ways to meet the goals for Unit 2--helping students learn how to find appropriate sources and integrate them appropriately into an academic paper--please remember that some papers will require more sophisticated writing and thinking skills than other types of papers.
Because a discourse-analysis approach in Unit 2 requires giving students more critical apparatus for doing a rhetorical or discourse analysis, you may decide to try a source evaluation and source-based response for the second portfolio. Assignment sheets for essays 4 and 5 using this approach are linked below.
Please give Kate any assignment sheets that fine-tune the essay tasks for Unit 2 (especially if you work out any other options for this part of the semester).