Class: English 120.. and so much more..

Instructor: Sybil Priebe

Semester: Spring 2002



quick links:

the library

the eng. dept. comp. site

the ndsu homepage

my assignment descriptions

my assessment

the class reading list

Course Description:
This course takes the "average" English 120 and adds technology (use of hypertext, weblogging, web-based research, etc), alternative forms of writing (small subjective pieces, fractured narratives, etc), and a different twist on teaching (students learn more from students, presentations, use of film, out-of-the-ordinary activities). So, not only will you receive the same knowledge and information as a regular English class, but I will be adding other aspects that I find important, fun, and helpful for me and for you, the student.

Rationale for Teaching/Taking this Course:
1) Controversial/Radical teaching often creates more excitement in students.. to learn, listen, speak up, try new things, etc. 2) The ways we teach now (writing-wise) are not reaching all students and all ways of learning- some still don't know how to write well. By opening up the classroom to new and different techniques, perhaps we can catch those students that are not "getting it". 3) Taking a 'normal' English 120 plus web-based readings is already non-traditional as far as classrooms go (getting information from the web, placing conversations through weblogging on the web) so why use traditional exercises and assignments in an already 21st Century atmosphere- It calls for 21st Century teaching. 4) The ways of arguing or proving points come in all shapes: billboards, handouts from people at the Union, commercials, etc- The papers we write nowadays need to attract the interactive learner, the visual learner, etc.

Faigley, Lester, and Jack Selzer. Good Reasons: with Contemporary Arguments. Allyn and Bacon: Boston, 2001.

Schedule: (The activities and due dates in the schedule’s table are not set in stone.)
∑ Unit One: Jan. 14- Jan. 30. The Writing Process and What to Write About. {Simple Persuasion Paper #1}
∑ Unit Two: Feb. 6- March 13. Using Fractured Narrative/Double-Voices/New Research Writing. {Paper #2}
∑ Unit Three: March 25- April 29. Controversy and Definition. {Papers #3 and #4}
∑ Portfolio: May 1, 6, and 8. Online Portfolio Creation. {Paper #5}

Jan. 14: Intro to class, me, and your peers.
Introduce weblogs: our class weblog and expectations, student large and small presentations.
Writing Assignment (WA#1) assigned.

What makes a class/way of teaching controversial?

What kind of writing is controversial?

Jan. 16: Meet in Computer Lab?
Log into class blog, start blogging about who you are and why you are here. List controversial issues you want to discuss in this class.
For Tuesday, link from the class blog to an article/web site you find that discusses a controverisal issue.WA#1 due.
Revision Activity.
Conduct revision activity. WHY is revision so important. Process over Product? Introduce Paper #1. Create rubric and brainstorm. Show examples. For Tuesday: Read Chapter 2 in GR.

Jan. 21: Sticking in Research/Citation Activity
Discuss Chapter 2 in GR. Handout summary of Chapters 13 and 14.
How can what others have said help out your paper? How should they be placed in a piece of writing? How do we cite them? Show examples. Last half of class devoted to research time in labs or library.

Jan. 23: The Last of the Writing Activities?
Conduct the last of the writing activities, for now. Talk about group presentations, to begin in 2 weeks.
Have a rough draft for class= Hold our first peer revision in class.
Jan. 27- 29: No Class- 10 Min. Writing Conferences.
Sign up Thursday for Writing Conferences with me. Be sure to bring another revised rough draft with you!

Jan. 30: No Class. Paper #1 Due Jan. 31 by 5pm.
Go to class blog or my teaching blog to get online readings and assignment for Tuesday. Also, read Chapter 3 in GR. 

Feb. 4: Media: The Straight Truth?
Our everyday lives are full of persuasions. List a few in class, in small groups, and then let's talk about them. "Use this toothpaste and your teeth.." "This gum is recommended by 17 stupid dentists.." Read Chapter 4 of GR for Thursday.
Feb. 6: Introduction to Paper #2.
Talk about Paper #2. Bring in examples. Create rubric. Give some time at end of class for research online or at the library. First rough draft due March 6.

Feb. 11: Student Presentation: Please be considerate throughout all student presentations!

Feb. 13: Student Presentation.
Feb. 18: Student Presentation.
Feb. 20: Student Presentation.
Feb. 25: Student Presentation.

Feb. 27: Student Presentation.
Read Chapter 8 for Tuesday's discussion on Paper #3.

March 4: Student Presentation. Intro. Paper #3.

March 6: Peer Review/Revision Day.
Bring in a rough draft to be looked at by 3-4 peers. 

March 10-12: No Class- Writing Conferences.
Sign up Thursday for Writing Conferences with me. Be sure to bring another revised rough draft with you!

March 13: No Class. Paper #2 Due by 5pm.
Have a Relaxing Spring Break!
Read Chapter 5 for the Tuesday we return.

March 18: Spring Break
March 20: Spring Break
March 25: Introduction to Paper #4, Etc..
March 27: Evaluation of Writing Skills so far...
April 1: Student Presentation
April 3: Student Presentation/ Paper #3 Due.
April 8: Student Presenation

April 10: Student Presentation

April 15: Student Presentation

April 17: Peer Revision/Review of both Papers
Read Chapters 11 and 12 for April 29.

April 22-25: No Class- Writing Conferences.
April 24: No Class.
April 29: Paper #4 Due. Intro to Online Portfolio.
May 1: Planning the Portfolio/ Introduce Paper #5.
May 6: Computer Day.
Putting your portfolio online.
Write up reflection and goals - part of portfolio.
May 8: Computer Day: Presentations.
Take care of any final details.
Paper #5 due by Friday, May 9 at noon.

Freewrite Prompt
10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.

Here's one idea you could play with (hypertext).
Chapter 1: The Heart of the Well by Howard Rheingold.

In each essay/paper: Persuade us. Organize your thoughts. Defend/back up yourself with other sources and quotes. Focus on one thing at a time and make sure the writing flows from each point to another. Have transitions in between ideas/paragraphs.

my info:

Office: Minard Hall 322B

Office Number: 231-7154

Class Hrs: 8 & 9:30 am TR

Office Hrs: 12:30-1:30 pm T/R
4- 5 pm Wednesdays


Teaching Weblog:
my bison blog and my Xanga blog

Our Class Blog

Basic Rules:
∑ Respect. Respect other's opinions, writing styles, and property.

How to Succeed:
1.Attend class. If this is not possible, contact me with the truth.
2.Try your hardest. Learn. Read the assigned readings. Be prepared for class.
3.Discuss in class. Talk. Listen. Get out ideas. Get to know your peers. Blog.
4.Hand in assignments on time. Anything that comes in 10 school days late= 0%. (Possible grade drops 10% every school day after it is due.)

∑ To encourage and support students in their active learning, quality collaboration, and critical thinking skills and activities.
∑ To allow students to develop strong reading skills, research skills, and writing skills.

Special Needs:
I encourage students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course to contact me as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Academic Dishonesty/Plagaiarism:
In the unfortunate incident of plagiarism.."Faculty members may fail the student for the particular assignment, test, or course involved, or they may recommend that the student drop the course in question, or these penalties may be varied with the gravity of the offense and the circumstances of the particular case.