English 108L, Early Fall Start 2018
Assignments and Updates
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(Information on this page will be listed in reverse chronological order--beware!)
For help with grammar and mechanics for ELL/ESL students, try:
Tuesday August 28
Reading: Willingham handout; Ramirez and Beilock handout; and the Glossary for Learning About Learning handout.
Writing: Here I'm asking you to begin your own deep thinking about yourself as a learner. Focusing on the Glossary for LaL and having read through the Glossary, write about two things. First list and then write about 3 or 4 concepts that you think capture something about your own learning process either positively or as something to get better at doing. One of the concepts that I keep returning to, for example, is Motivation. I often find myself thinking about what seems to work well for me and what seems not to work well. For each concept you select, give an example from your own experience as a learner that illustrates either success or difficulty.
And second, list the concepts here that you don't find obvious or clear. As someone who has tried to write clearly, if concisely, about learning concepts, I'd like to know what here isn't clear enough for you. Beyond that, from reading your papers I'd also like to get a sense of how much of this information you as a class already understand.
To sum all that up: for the Glossary: write me a summary of your responses to reading the LaL Glossary, citing concepts that capture something about your learning processes and concepts that my explanation has not yet enabled you to understand fully.
For R and B, write a page of response to their work. Does it make sense to you? Have you any experience with the problem of allaying fear/anxiety before high-stakes testing situations? What is it you have tried--if anything--to do in order to control learning/study anxiety?
Fri Aug 24
Reading: No new Reading
Writing: My Writing Life due (two copies, and printed out using the formatting requirements included on your assignment sheet.)
Thurs Aug 23
Reading: Sample "My Writing Life" drafts, along with your criteria scores and an explanation for those scores.
Writing: Here the writing is based on the Criteria you can find on the Blackboard page of this website, and which we talked about on Wednesday.
So, what do you write? After reading the first essay, and after reading and thinking as best you can about the criteria and the description of what 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 mean, assign scores to each of the categories for that first paper--and then add a sentence to each score you give to explain why you have given it the number you have given it. This is NOT a high stakes exercise so don't worry about whether you are "right" or "wrong." It's just a way to be able to talk about the relative strengths of a paper.
Then, after reading the first essay and giving it scores and a short explanation of why you gave it what you did, go on and read the second essay and do the same thing. You just want to have thought as best you can about it. We will then discuss all of our scores tomorrow morning.
With that preparation, tomorrow in class we'll look at the two papers and we will do what is called a "norming" exercise where we find ways to talk about all of our scores and decide on a final set of scores for each paper. This is a first step towards becoming better self-assessors of your own work and that of others....
You are also, of course, working on "My Writing Life," which is due on Friday (two copies, and printed out using the formatting requirements included on your assignment sheet.)
Wed Aug 22
Reading: Kohl: "I won't Learn from You," pp. 1-15 (to end of paragraph in the middle of the page).
Writing: I will have given you a set of questions--read them ALL and think about them all, but then go on to write about the one you have been assigned and then one other--free pick!
Remember that the criterion for good work on low stakes writing is ECI!