In-class free writes, warm-ups and other assignments:
These assignments are to be completed in your Composition Book. Composition Books will be spot-checked frequently (often unannounced) throughout the semester, so be sure to keep up with in-class assignments.
Thursday 5/4 Journal Assignments
1. Write down each of the topic sentences from your body paragraphs from Essay 2. Then answer the following question: What are you arguing in your topic sentence? If you cannot state what your argument is, you need to revise your topic sentence.
Tuesday 5/2 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [FREEWRITE FOR 5 MINUTES]: Reflect on your essay so far. Some questions to consider are: What are the three main arguments you will make in your essay? Where did you decide you need more research? Have you completed the research? Did you use paraphrase in your body paragraph for today?
2. Run-ons: notes and activities
3. Intro/Body paragraph checklist:
[Journal Activity] Does your introduction pass the checklist test:
1. Does each body paragraph start with a topic sentence that clearly ties to the thesis statement of the essay (ie. does it repeat language that you have already introduced)?
2. Does each body paragraph contain two pieces of evidence (either quoted or paraphrased)?
a) Are each of these pieces of evidence surrounded by a sandwich?
b) Are quotes properly integrated into one of your sentences using a phrase like, Schlosser argues OR Pollan writes?
c) Does the evidence clearly support the argument you introduced in your topic sentence?
d) Does the bottom bread of the sandwich explain the evidence in a way that goes beyond restating what the author said and actually draws conclusions about the situation based on the evidence?
3. Does each body paragraph end with a concluding sentence that concludes the entire paragraph and/or acts as a bridge to link the paragraph to the next paragraph?
Tuesday 4/25 Journal Assignments
1. Run-ons: notes and activities
Friday 4/21 Journal Assignments
1. 2-column film notes about Wall-E
Journal Submission #1
Friday 4/7 Journal Assignments
1. Reaction #4 in your journals. (2 pages)
Thursday 4/6 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [FREEWRITE FOR 10 MINUTES]: What ethical arguments against eating meat are made in Lappe’s reading and Foer’s reading? Are these arguments effective in persuading people? If not, what arguments might be more effective in persuading people?
2. FREEWRITE FOR 30 MINUTES: Compare and contrast Pollan and Foer's arguments about meat eating. How are Pollan and Foer similar in their arguments about meat eating? How do their arguments differ? Which author do you think makes the most convincing arguments? Why?
Tuesday 4/4 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [FREEWRITE FOR 5 MINUTES] How did you go about identifying main points in Anna Lappe's article and differentiating them from supporting details? Was writing a summary easy or difficult? The next time you write a summary, what might you do differently? What would you do the same?
2. Summarize a section of Foer's article. First, identify the main points of the section by underlining/highlighting them in the text. Next, compose your summary of the main points.
Thursday 3/30 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [FREEWRITE FOR 5 MINUTES] How does paraphrase differ from using direct quotation to support your arguments? When should you quote directly? When should you use paraphrase?
2. Summarize your assigned section of Lappe's article.
Tuesday 3/28 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [FREEWRITE FOR 15 MINUTES]: Why has Anna Lappe´ titled her chapter “The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Forks”? What evidence does she provide to prove her claim that we have a food-caused climate crisis? What rhetorical devices does she use: ethos, pathos and/or logos? Are these devices effective in persuading her audience?
Thursday 3/24 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [Freewrite for 5 minutes]: What types of information did Fast Food Nation and Food Inc. provide? Describe two examples of information you received from each source. Then decide, for each bit of information, was it supposed to persuade you by appealing to your reason, appealing to your emotions or through using an authority figure?
2. Notes on Paraphrase:- Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning.
- Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase down
- Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form.
- Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source.
- Record the source (including the page) in a MLA in-text citation
3. Practice using a paraphrase to answer Homework Question #2
Tuesday 3/21 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup [Freewrite for 5 minutes]: Before we watch the solutions suggested by the film, Food Inc., what solutions to our food problems can you think of? What makes you think they would improve our food or the wellbeing of workers, consumers, the environment and/or animals?
2. Group Work: In a group of 3, create two lists of facts from Food Inc. and FFN to address the following questions: 1. How has our food system changed and what has caused these changes?
2. What are some of the problems that our food system has caused?
3. Sustained Writing [Write for 20 minutes]: How has the modern American food industry evolved and what are its impacts? Be sure to use evidence from the film in your discussion.
Friday 3/17 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup: [Freewrite for 5 minutes] Based on your peer review from yesterday, what do you need to work on to get your essay ready to turn in on Thursday? How will you go about making the necessary revisions? When do you plan on revising your essay? Will you seek out any extra help (in the Writing Center, my office hours or…?)? How might seeking extra help guarantee your success? In other words, what is your plan?
2. Notes on Fragments and Fragment exercises
3. Two-column film notes for Food Inc.
Thursday 3/16 Journal Assignments
2. Notes on Fragments and Fragment exercises
Tuesday 3/14 Journal Assignments
Friday 3/10 Journal Assignments
Thursday 3/9 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup (FREEWRITE FOR 10 MINUTES): React to your process of writing Reaction #2. What was easy? What did you struggle with? In what part(s) of your writing process do you need to grow? Did you attempt to write an introduction based on what we discussed in class Tuesday? How did it go? Did you attempt to use quotations? How did it go? Any other thoughts about your writing?
2. Notes on Quote sandwiches/homework requirements
3. FREEWRITE (10 Minutes): Based on what you’ve read or watched in class, what are some of the negative effects of consumerism? What are some possible solutions to these problems?
4. Group work: Make a list of at least 10 (negative) effects of consumerism. For each effect, make a note of what source you read/watched it in.
Tuesday 3/7 Journal Assignments
1. FREEWRITE (10 minutes): What are some of the hidden or externalized costs of the stuff Americans purchase? (Think of your readings when you answer this question!)
2. MLA Citations of Leonard and Klein chapters
3. Notes on Introductions and Sentence Summaries
4. Thesis Statement for Reaction #2
Friday 3/2 Journal Assignments
1. FREEWRITE: How did Consuming Kids highlight the consumer culture of children in America? How might learning about advertising help us understand consumerism or why we are driven to consume? In what ways can we combat the manipulative influences of advertising? What were your biggest take aways from the film?
2. CONSUMING KIDS DISCUSSION: Pick out 3 “hot topic” issues from the film and write them down in your journal.
3. Group of 3: Take ten minutes to share and discuss your three hot topic issues. Compose a discussion question about the film that you feel would help others understand and discuss one of you “hot topics.” Your question should be open-ended enough to allow for discussion (in other words it should not just be a question of fact), but it should also relate to the film and allow your classmates to use the film to support their answers.
4. Answer to your group assigned question.
Tuesday 2/28 Journal Assignments
1. Warmup: Raising the national minimum wage has been a hot button issue in recent years. Some argue that the minimum wage is far too low for people to survive and thrive. Others argue that the jobs that typically pay minimum wage are not meant to be career choices but rather jobs for kids who are attending school or other career training and, therefore, not meant to be a primary source of income. Based on your understanding of current events, Klein's readings and perhaps your own experience with service sector employment, do you believe the minimum wage is a huge problem for American workers? What do you think is the biggest problem that workers face?
2. Notes on MLA Works Cited
Friday 2/24 Journal Assignments
1. If you didn't complete your reading assignment on Thursday, why not? What road blocks are there in your life that prevent you from completing assignments? How will you work to overcome those roadblocks and become a more successful student? (If you did complete your reading as assigned, what did you do to ensure you completed your assignment? How can you ensure you complete future assignments?)
2. Thesis statements notes.
Thursday 2/23 Journal Assignments
1. Free-write for five minutes about any similarities between Annie Leonard's research (chapter and video) and Naomi Klein's research ("The Discarded Factory"). Some questions you might consider include:
How are both women similar in their interests? How are Leonard and Klein similar in their approaches to their various studies? In other words, are they written in a similar style? Are their interests similar? Do they find similar or related problems? How are the two articles interconnected?
Tuesday 2/21 Journal Assignments
1. Free-write for five minutes about your personal reaction to Annie Leonard’s chapter. Some questions you might consider: Did anything shock you or make you angry? Were you surprised by anything? Do you believe the problem to be as bad as Leonard makes it out to be? Do you see any evidence of the problems she speaks of in your community, our nation or the world as a whole?
2. After 5 minutes, share some of your reflection with a partner. As a pair, come up with an answer to the question: What does Leonard think is the main problem with “Stuff”? Record your answer in your journal.
3. Reaction Paper #1: Self-Analysis
4. Reflect on how you felt reading the chapter. Questions to consider: Was this chapter difficult or easy for you to understand? What did you do as you read to help you understand or better remember? What did you do when you encountered a word you didn’t know? What did you do to help you understand main points within the chapter? What were you doing while you read? Where were you when you read?
5. Identify four main points in Leonard's reading. 1) Write the main point in your own words and 2) identify a quote that supports your main point. Write down the entire quote in quotation marks followed by the page number in parenthesis. Ex: "Leonard's quote" (vi).
6. Notes on answering questions for college level courses.