Tuesday, December 15, 2015

End Game 12/15

Hi folks: I am posting grades as I get them.

No work will be accepted in any format after 9:00am on Wednesday 12/16. The preferred format at this point is to cut and paste work into the text of an email with the subject line formatted as "Course: Last Name: Included" (i.e. ENG102: Smith: Final).

After 9:00am tomorrow, 12,16, I will not be checking email or responding to texts until after the New Year (January 5) unless you happen to be my Mom.

Happy Holidays,
Dr. Smith

Thursday, December 10, 2015

End of Term

*Conference times have changed! We do NOT meet as a class.*

Hi all! The crazy semester is almost done. Thank you all for being patient. Grades, sans the final (which cannot lower your grade) will be going up throughout today and tomorrow on Blackboard.

Your final essay prompt is HERE. Since we are running a little late, you may respond via email to dr.c.jason.smith@gmail.com and/or put a hard-copy in my box in E103. You should get a confirmation from me if you email. The final is due T 12/15 .

My conference schedule for next week is as follows:

M 12/14  03:00-06:30 walk-in conferences.
T 12/15   03:00-06:30 walk-in conferences. ALL revisions and the final are DUE. 
W 12/16 Final Grades posted.

Feel free to drop by at any time I am in, or schedule an appointment. I will be finalizing grades on Wednesday the 16th.

Publishing (you can skip the steps we have already done): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Your_first_article

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Final Essay

Your final on Coraline will be posted in the morning 12/10. Apologies for the delay. As a reminder, your final cannot lower your overall grade. I will have conference hours next week for discussions of your grades and the final grade.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

End of Days Schedule 11/23

Here we go!

  • 11/23 Wikipedia stubs completed. Submitted to your sand-box and hard-copy (posting live is optional). 
  • 11/30 Wikipedia cross-editing and clean-up. Discussion of Coraline (continued online). Use the "Comments" function below and respond to classmates' posts (Activity grade = 40 points)
  • 12/07 Coraline
  • 12/14 Final Exam Due (take home)
For next time: Read Coraline


Monday, November 16, 2015

Wikipedia Basics 11/16

Today we will start working with Wikipedia. Details to follow in class. If you have not done so, please complete the following. The model entry that you should follow is HERE.
  1. Join Wikipedia HERE . 
  2. Go to the course page (link in upper right hand corner). Click "Dashboard". The user code is "lvwzgdca"
  3. Complete the Wikipedia Training HERE. This activity takes about 30-40 minutes and will NOT save your progress, so be prepared to finish in one go. 
  4. Read the Wikipedia article on the Caldecott Medal HERE. We will be working on the authors, award winning books, and honor books (runners up) as our research projects this semester.
  5. The Wikipedia course page is up and running (the link is to the right). 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Reflection and Workshop 11/9

Announcement: Coraline is the ONLY novel this semester. We will not have time for Valiant. If you have already purchased Valiant, bring your copy and see me next class.

Hi all! I am catching up on getting grades into Blackboard, but it is running very slowly, so bear with me. 

Today: Workshop
  1. Copybook: "What I Have Learned So Far" (15 minutes)
  2. Holistic Grading Explained
  3. Essay 2 Returned
  4. Revisions of Either Essay
  5. We will end class at 3:15 to attend a Writing and Literature Major Event (optional): "You Can do Anything with an English Major. 3:30 in C-103. They have drinks and snacks!
  6. Extra Credit: You may choose to write a 250+ word description of the event (including your opinions about it) for a potential 40 points extra credit. Any extra credit will NOT be averaged into your grade until the end of the semester.
Homework: Review the list of Caldecott Medalists and Honor Books HERE. Choose a few books you might be interested in working on. They should be very short articles (or non-extent) or incomplete and/or highly flawed. We will discuss the process for your Wikipedia work next time. 

Additionally, If you have not done so, please complete the following:
  1. Join Wikipedia HERE . 
  2. Go to the course page (link in upper right hand corner). Click "Dashboard". The user code is "lvwzgdca"
  3. Complete the Wikipedia Training HERE. This activity takes about 30-40 minutes and will NOT save your progress, so be prepared to finish in one go. 
  4. Read the Wikipedia article on the Caldecott Medal HERE. We will be working on the authors, award winning books, and honor books (runners up) as our research projects this semester.
  5. Note: We do have a course page on Wikipedia, but it is currently down. I am working to get this rectified by next Monday. 
Next Time
  1. The Wikipedia Project
  2. Wikipedia Basics
  3. Basic Wikipedia Editing
Coming Soon: Coraline (begin reading). Most assignments for Coraline will be online.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Mid-term Essay 11/2

Today:

For the Midterm, the Monomyth is HERE and Archetypes are HERE.
  1. Submit your copy-books for evaluation. Be sure your name on the first page. You may pick them up at the end of class. 
  2. Mid-term Essay (in-class)
  3. Essay #1: Pick-up Draft and evaluation marks sheet (end of class). Grades will appear in Blackboard (hopefully). Remember you get a full revision of this essay with a potential new grade. I do not "add on points", I fully re-grade it. 
Homework: 
  1. Join Wikipedia HERE
  2. Complete the Wikipedia Training HERE. This activity takes about 30-40 minutes and will NOT save your progress, so be prepared to finish in one go. 
  3. Read the Wikipedia article on the Caldecott Medal HERE. We will be working on the authors, award winning books, and honor books (runners up) as our research projects this semester.
  4. Note: We do have a course page on Wikipedia, but it is currently down. I am working to get this rectified by next Monday. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pearson Archetypes and "Goblin Market" 10/26

Announcement: We will meet in-class (E141) today 10/26

Note: The schedule has been modified to fit the circumstances of the semester. What appear here on the class blog-site is always correct. 


This Time: If you understood that today was supposed to be an online day (I thought I said check to before class sure) you will not be counted absent if you complete the assignments. They were designed to be offline, but since I was able to come to class, i am with the students who are here.
  1. Activity: Scoring the PMAI
  2. Review: Symbols (& Themes & Motifs)
  3. Review: Archetypes
  4. Review: Monomyth
  5. Discuss: PMAI
  6. Copybook Entry: search "Rossetti's Goblin Market" on the web. Switch to image search and choose one image that appeals to you. Describe what is happening in the image (you may pick one you are comfortable with as a few are very sexual). What symbols and symbolic actions do you see in the image and what do you think they mean? Please write about 500 words about the image. This is a journal entry, so feel free to be informal and "open".  
  7. Read/listen to: "Goblin Market" HERE. Yes, there is more than one page. This poem is la long narrative poem. You may find a printable version in the the Readings folder.
  8. Activity (Graded): 
    1. Sign-in to Google/Blogger.
    1. Answer the questions HERE
    2. Review classmates' answers HERE.
    3. Use the comment function on individual "cells" to reply (agree, disagree, question, express confusion, etc.) HERE. Right click on a response to leave a comment. If you are NOT signed-in, your comments will be anonymous and not eligible for credit.
Next Time:
  1. Essay #2: In-class essay on "Goblin Market" (One re-write allowed). 
  2. Journal Evaluation 1. Bring your journals to class. 
  3. Essay 1 returned with comments.
  4. Wikipedia preparation TBA.
Coming Soon: The Wikipedia Project 

Notes: Coraline will be our text for the Final In-class Essay.  (The now deleted comment about Valiant did not apply to your class. Apologies).  

Archetypes and the PMAI 10/19

10/19
Workshop: Essay 1
Essay 1: Poetry DUE
Review: "Archetypes" on Wikipedia
Read: "The Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator (PMAI)" on Wikipedia
Activity: Complete the PMAI questions (course pack). You may wait until class for scoring.




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Symbolism and Poetry

Today:

  • Free-write: "fruit" and "pit" (5 minutes each)
  • Essay 1 assigned.
  • Example: "The Orchard Pit" and symbolism
  • We will conclude at 3:15 ( I have a meeting thingy, but would really rather hang out with you).

For Next Time:

  • Review "Orchard Pit" as an example. 
  • Review the sample essay.
  • Draft essay number 1. You will work on it in class next time as well. 


Monday, October 5, 2015

The Hero's Journey (or Monomyth) and "The Story of Jumping Mouse"

Today: 
Copy Book: Free-write "Hero" (10 minutes)
Discussion: What is a Hero? What sort of story does a Hero live?
Lecture: The Monomyth
Discussion: The Monomyth in "Jumping Mouse"

Homework:
Read the entries for "Archetypes" and "The Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator (PMAI)" in Wikipedia and then take the PMAI in your packet and score it (if you have difficulties, I can help you score it in class).

Next Class Meeting: 14 October (Wed).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Next Meeting 9/28 2:15 E141

Our next class meeting is 9/28  at 2:15 in E141. We will resolve any issues (technical or otherwise) during class. 

Note: Blackboard is currently a train-wreck. Please do not stress-out if you cannot see our course.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Technical Difficulties

Hi all. We will be meeting on the regular schedule. There are no homework assignments nor other requirements until we meet again in class.