This Week

27 Sep

bell hooks

Today I’ve been grading more of your essays and creating a powerpoint for chapter five in your textbook, which you should be reading at this very moment – wink, wink, nudge, nudge.  Think blue light, and try not to fall asleep when we embark on the journey towards creating more solid thesis statements. None of you can afford to tune out! Though the powerpoints highlight some key material in the textbook, you really still need to do the readings. You need the examples offered in the text, especially when we don’t have a lot of time to come up with our own in class. The process of learning to write a smart thesis (and an academic essay) begins first with good imitation, and as you gain insight and confidence, you will begin to stray from the formulaic so that your ideas represent your own personalities.

Speaking of personalities, many of yours shined through in your essay two completed drafts, and I was pleasantly surprised to be able to hear your voices (the ones you use in class) start to take form in 2nd and 3rd person. You still have a lot of work to do, but many of you are on a very successful path. This assignment is probably the most difficult of the entire semester, so breathe a deep sigh of relief and know that you can only become a more articulate 3rd person writer from this point on, that is, if you really put your mind to it.

One class of completed drafts has been graded, and I am not about to begin grading the prewriting materials. Stay tuned in class for approximate return times for your essay portfolios. I start with a different class each grading cycle, so if you were the first to get your essays back the first time around, expect yours a little later this time around.

Don’t forget the bell hooks’ reading “Confronting Class” to be completed by Wednesday or Thursday depending on your day rotation. Your initial discussion posts must be completed on those days before we meet. Your responses to your peers will be due the following class, Friday and Tuesday respectively.

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