Course Schedule

All readings should be completed before class on the date they appear on the syllabus (this means you should have read "Consider the Lobster" before class on Wednesday, 1/10). Unless otherwise noted, all assignments, including tasks like purchasing a domain or signing up for Twitter and hypothes.is, should be completed and/or submitted before class time on the date that they are due (this means that you should have purchased a domain from Reclaim Hosting before class on Wednesday, 1/10).

Date Readings and discussion topics Assignments
Unit I
M 1/8 What does it mean to write in public?
Crafting your online idenitity
W 1/10 David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster," 235-254
"Reading for the Conversation," They Say/I Say, 173-183
WordPress Essential Training, "Getting to Know WordPress" and "Getting Started" (watch all videos in each section)
Purchase a domain through Reclaim Hosting
Introductory reflection due
F 1/12 Wallace, "The View from Mrs. Thompson's" and "How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart," 128-155
"Entering Class Discussions," They Say/I Say, 163-166
WordPress Essential Training, "Creating Posts" and "Adding Images and Media" (watch all videos in each section)
Set up your website
"About" page due
M 1/15 No Class Short analysis due (Sakai)
W 1/17 Wallace, "Authority and American Usage," 66-127
"The Art of Summarizing," They Say/I Say, 30-41
Response post
F 1/19 Wallace, "Up, Simba," 156-234
"The Art of Quoting," They Say/I Say, 42-51
Broadview Guide to Writing, 72-79
Set up your Twitter account
Response post
M 1/22 "Saying Why It Matters" and "Connecting the Parts," They Say/I Say, 92-120
Introduction to hypothes.is
Set up your hypothes.is account
Paper I draft for peer review due (Box)
T 1/23, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 1/24 Broadview Guide to Writing, 394-403 and 573-598
Understanding citations
Peer review discussion
Peer review reflection due
F 1/26 Broadview Guide to Writing, 101-102 and 559-570
They Say/I Say, 167-172
WordPress Essential Training, "Getting, and Interacting With, Readers" (watch all videos in this section)
Digital communication and you
Social media and public writing
Paper I due (Sakai)
Unit II
M 1/29 David Foster Wallace, "Host" (Read the online version in the Atlantic and look over the print version in Consider the Lobster, 275-343) Response post
W 1/31 Anne Helen Peterson, “How Kim Kardashian Pushed The Boundaries Of Celebrity Pregnancy,” Buzzfeed
Sarah Blackwood, “Monstrous Births,” The Hairpin
Response post
F 2/2 Michael Hobbes, "FML," Huffington Post Highline
Malcolm Harris, "The Working Classroom," Harper's
Response post
M 2/5 Lindy West, "What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll," The Guardian
Jesse Barron, "The Babysitters Club," Real Life
"Know Your Sources," Portland Community College Library
Evaluating popular sources
Response post
W 2/7 Laura Turner, "The Good Wife: How the Cult of Domesticity Still Reigns in the 21st Century," Pacific Standard
Emily Matchar, "The Complex, Often Idealistic Reasons Feminists Become Housewives," The Atlantic
Christine Baumgarthuber, "Sewing Dissent," The New Inquiry
Response post
F 2/9 Tom Scocca, "On Smarm," Gawker
Paper II workshop
Paper I revision due (Sakai)
M 2/12 Broadview Guide to Writing, 147, 163-170, 186-214
Style workshop: Voice, agency and clarity
Paper II draft for peer review due (Box)
T 2/13, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 2/14 Frankenreferences
Peer review discussion
Peer review reflection due
F 2/16 Broadview Guide to Writing, 105-146
Style workshop: Using language carefully
Mid-semester reflection due
Paper II due (Sakai)
Unit III
M 2/26 The Fire This Time, 1-61 Response post
W 2/28 The Fire This Time, 63-127 Response post
F 3/2 The Fire This Time, 129-177 Paper II revision due (Sakai)
M 3/5 The Fire This Time, 179-215 Response post
W 3/7 Broadview Guide to Writing, 16-29
Search Strategies 101
Class meets in Leyburn Library
Fill out the research questionnaire before class
Th 3/8 Paper conferences
F 3/9 "Entering the Conversation," They Say/I Say, 1-29
Evaluating scholarly sources
M 3/12 Broadview Guide to Writing, 80-91
Style workshop: Tone and wordiness
Paper III draft for peer review due (Box)
T 3/13, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 3/14 Peer review discussion
Revision workshop
Peer review reflection due
F 3/16 Broadview Guide to Writing, 102-103
Can I use that? Copyright and media
WordPress Essential Training, "Changing the Appearance of Your Site" (watch at least four videos that will help with your site design)
Web design workshop
Paper III due (Sakai)
Unit IV
M 3/19 Workshop and troubleshooting
"Three Ways to Respond," They Say/I Say, 55-67
"Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say," They Say/I Say, 68-77
W 3/21 Group 1 selects readings and leads discussion
Response post
F 3/23 Group 2 selects readings and leads discussion Response post
Last day to turn in revised work for comments
M 3/26 Group 3 selects readings and leads discussion
"Planting a Naysayer in Your Text," The Say/I Say, 78-91
Response post
W 3/28 Group 4 selects readings and leads discussion
"The Art of Metacommentary," They Say/I Say, 129-138
Response post
F 3/30 Class does not meet Paper III revision due (Sakai)
M 4/2 Guest lecture: Catherine Addington, University of Virginia Paper IV draft for peer review due (Box)
T 4/3, 5 PM Peer review feedback due (consult the peer review guidelines for details)
W 4/4 Peer review discussion
Paper IV design workshop
Peer review reflection due
Final reflection due
F 4/6 Broadview Guide to Writing, 475-526 (Read the sections that apply to your potential major(s))
Writing in the Disciplines
Paper IV due
F 4/6
Midnight
Last day to turn in Short Analysis, Paper I and Paper II
M 4/9
Noon
Last day to turn in Paper III
F 4/12
Noon
Paper IV revision due