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ENGL 1102 | Week Four

In class this week we will discuss the three categories of sources (academic, journalistic, and “other”) that are appropriate for you to use in activities and assignments this semester (and, depending on your instructor, in every university class). It will be important that you capture notes on these three categories because after this week, I will expect all sources that you use (in CRAs and major assignments) to follow these guidelines. I will also require that half of the sources that you use come from academic sources.

We will also begin a conversation today on writing in phases, and I’ll be referring to Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three writing for the remainder of the semester. Please read my three posts on writing phases (available here) beginning with Phase One. By Monday of next week, please join the #writingphases channel in Slack and post a 1000 word Phase One document oriented toward either your Image Argument or Blog Cycle assignments. When you are thinking about what topics/thesis directions you might choose for your Image Argument and Blog Cycle, it might help you to review what readings I may be choosing over the course of the semester. Also, remember: your Image Argument should be a proposal (like a preview or “trailer”) for the arguments that you expect to be making in your Blog Cycle assignment.

Our CRA text for this week (CRA3) is a podcast: “The Culture Inside” published by the podcast Invisiblia. I have posted signup messages for those CRA tasks in Slack. Please signup for your task by the end of today and be sure to choose a job that you have not completed yet in CRA1 or CRA2. A note about listening to podcasts for academic work: podcasts are easy to incorporate into your life (while you’re at the gym, or driving, or doing laundry), however: be sure that you’re prepared to take notes when you listen to our podcast this week. I’ll expect that in the CRA work you’re naming individuals/organizations, using quotes, and proving close familiarity with the text. When you’re talking about the episode in CRA3, don’t just refer to “that one police officer who went through sensitive training”. This is academic work and we need to be specific.

We will also have some discussion in class this week on reactions/responses to last week’s article from Carol Anderson and CRA2.

To recap, this week be sure to:

  • Sign up for your CRA3 task today;
  • Take precise notes during our class discussion on sources (whether you’re in the Tuesday or Thursday class);
  • Complete CRA3 on time;
  • Read the posts I’ve linked here on writing phases;
  • Complete a 1000 word Phase One document and post it to #phasedwriting in Slack by Monday, Sept. 13.

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