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Please watch the following video from Bobbie Williams, a librarian at the Dunagan Library. She explains how to use the library catalog and access scholarly databases. The link also contains a transcript to the video.

MLA Quiz

Proceed to the MLA quiz by clicking on the title "MLA Quiz." This quiz is not your typical multiple choice or short answer test. Instead, you will be asked to read an essay and make corrections to its formatting and documentation.  Then, you will save your corrections in a rich text formatted file, using your last name and first initial and the abbreviation "MLA"  for the file name (for instance, if Taylor Swift was to hypothetically complete this assignment, the file name would be:swift_tMLA). Then you will submit this file in the digital drop box provided by the designated deadline. Give yourself at least two hours to complete this assignment.

You are on the honor system with all assignments in this course. Any collaboration detected will result in a zero on the assignment or in the course.

Link to Academic Integrity Inkshed

Please read the following article before posting your response:

Think about the article you just read, "Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud is Laid Bare." What would you have done in this case? If you were at risk of failing, would you have taken "fake" classes? Would you be suspicious of any course that required no attendance, little to no involvement, and had very few assignments? If you were enrolled in this kind of "fake" course and suspected its fraudulent nature, would you stay in to boost your GPA or drop it and report your suspicions? Would your decisions be influenced if you were an athlete? Think about all of these factors and write a 300 word inkshed detailing what you would have done if you were in this kind of situation. Respond to at least 2 of your peers' posts.

Unit 3

a. Reading

Attached Files:

  •  Conversations about Writing (pgs 1-9).pdf  (126.595 KB)

  •  Conversations about Writing (pgs 326-338).pdf  (223.711 KB)

Read pp. 1 - 9 and 326 - 338 in Conversations about Writing.

b. Workshop_Discussion'>Link to Workshop Discussions

After completing the assigned readings from your Conversations About Writing textbook (the page numbers are listed in Part A of this folder) and reading the materials in Part C of this folder, write a paragraph over prompt #2 on pp. 338 in your Conversations About Writing textbook and write a paragraph on the lecture materials.  In other words, you will write one paragraph over prompt #2 from your textbook and you will write one paragraph over what your read from Part C.  Post both paragraphs (one for Part A and one for Part C) in the same thread in the Discussion Board: Workshop.   You need to provide two paragraphs  (minimum 250 words in each) that should demonstrate a grasp of written English grammatical standards.

After posting your inkshed, you must respond to at least five classmates' posts by the due date listed on the calendar. Your responses must be well-thought out and engage the writer's ideas. Responses such as "I agree" or "Good point" will not count for points, nor will comments on their grammar or style suffice.  Consider their inkshed responses and engage in a conversation about where you agree with their perception and where you differ.  For class discussions like these, please try to balance the responses to inksheds so that everyone who posts on time will be equally engaged (by the way, if you do not post your initial inkshed by the designated deadline, you will not receive credit; the same holds true for the second part of the workshop).  In other words, respond to posts that do not have responses.

 Link to Workshop Discussion

Please open, read and print the Workshop 

 (click on the word "Workshop") materials, and write an inkshed of your thoughts about my workshop materials. Post your inkshed to the discussion forum by the due date.  For more details see Part B above.

Creative Commons License

Rebecca Babcock's Workshop Tips by UTPB Freshman English Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0Unported License.
d. Link to Practice Workshop

Read the paper I've posted in a thread to the Practice Workshop discussion forum. Do a practice workshop response to my paper and post it in a new thread. You can do your response using the track changes function of Word or do your response in-text using color, or just write a paragraph or two of text response. Your response is due by the due date listed on the calendar.

Unit 4

. Reading

Attached Files:

  •  Conversations about Writing (pgs 21-46).pdf  (479.239 KB)

Read the literacy narratives of Helen Keller, Malcolm X, and Eva Hoffman in Conversations about Writing (pp. 21-45).
b. Link to Inksheds

Do any one of the inkshedding prompts on pp. 22, 30, or 38-39 in Conversations about Writingwriting your response in the form of a well organized paragraph of about 250 words.. Post your inkshed within the Inkshed tab under the Life without Language forum by the due date listed on the calendar. You should respond thoughtfully to at least 5 of your classmates' inksheds by the due date listed on the calendar. We will also discuss the readings live in the Collaborate session.

Literacy Narrative

Paper Topic #1 - ENGL 1301 Literacy Narrative The readings in Unit IV (Keller, Malcolm X, and Hoffman) are all examples of literacy narratives, which are autobiographical pieces that relate a person’s evolving attitudes and experiences with literacy. In this first major essay, you will reflect on your life up to this point, and describe in detail how you came to be (or are coming to be) a literate person. In order for this essay to be interesting, it is best to focus on a specific moment or period in your life when you realized the importance of literacy, or when you remember connecting the dots (as Helen Keller did) with what literacy means. Remember that literacy, as the readings in Unit IV demonstrate, can be defined in a number of ways. Keep this essay’s scope limited to your own personal narrative as much as possible, without resorting to vague generalities about the value of literacy: keep it mainly about yourself. The keys to doing well on this essay are as follows: 1) Provide a succinct, well-developed thesis statement that describes your own personal journey towards literacy. You may identify with or agree with the authors we are reading if you want to, but at some point you must come up with a thesis statement that is unique and personal to you. For now, I want your thesis statement to be evident the first time I read it. 2) Avoid clichés! Literacy may very well be the key to success, but what is success? It might be wise to define what you think literacy really means. 3) Only include information that you think is important and relevant to your thesis. 4) If you cite from another source besides your own experience (say, if you wanted to quote from a reading in Conversations about Writing), you need to give it a full MLA citation (intext and a works cited). Please see Unit II if you need a refresher. 5) Procrastination will impede your progress on this paper. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Life has never been normal,” so plan your time accordingly. Take time to brainstorm before beginning to write: remember, it’s better to write terribly than not to write at all. (Though still better to write well!) As with all papers in this class, it must conform to the standards of college writing. In this class, I require that this essay be: typed (double-spaced), 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, with a clever and interesting title attached (please no cover sheets). This paper should be around 3-5 pages. Remember that your papers for this course must total 20 pages, so it’s best to balance this page goal over several essays rather than try writing a twenty page Documented Essay at the end of the semester. Finally, do not be afraid to ask questions - I am here to answer them. You must submit an intermediate draft of this paper by the date indicated on the calendar. An intermediate draft does not mean a first draft; rather, it is like a polished rough draft. Coherency and clarity come first: grammar and style come later. Please post your draft to the appropriate forum on your group DB page. You will then workshop the other papers from the peers in your group by the date listed on the calendar, and post your final copy of Paper #1 to the drop box on the Unit IV page by the due date listed on the calendar. Your final paper should also, per the syllabus, include comments on the last page of your essay (at least 100 words, separate from the rest of the paper), in which you discuss how you revised the intermediate draft. Good luck, and happy writing!

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