EL 210 | Writing 2 (Multimodal Writing)

(Fall 2016)

EL 210, "Writing 2," is designed to explore the increasingly important intersection of visual, verbal, and written communication in the 21st century. Not only will you think about visual communication alongside written communication, you will create both visual and text-based compositions, and you will compose in some new(ish) kinds of electronic spaces, too.

Like English 110 (which you've dodged by taking this course), English 210 is not “English class” in the way you may have learned to think about English classes up to this point; this course has a more specific focus. 210 looks at thinking and composing and sending messages—at how you think and how you write and how you communicate, and also at how you understand, interpret, and work with the thinking, writing, and communications of others. The course is designed to help you find strategies for approaching intellectual problems—for asking and answering questions, organizing your thoughts, and turning your organized thoughts into clear messages. In some ways, Writing Program courses (Writing 1 and 2, in other words) are the Swiss Army Knives of college courses, and we hope the tools and strategies you explore in this course will be useful to you throughout your time at Whitworth and throughout your career.

My goals include not only helping you to improve your grammar and paragraph structure, as you probably expect, but also helping you to think about how you think, understand writing as a process you can refine and personalize, and begin approaching problems with the mental habits of a professional knowledge worker. You should think of this course as one of your last opportunities to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of your writing and to have your writing professionally critiqued before you enter the post-college workforce. Whether you struggle with writing or are already a pretty confident writer, the ideas and processes we examine in 210 ought to help you improve your interpretation, composition, and communication skills.

Writing/Composing Assignments to Anticipate

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Note that reading and viewing links may be added and altered as we go. Also, note that while I do a lot of work to keep links and linked documents up to date, the Internet is full of tricks and inconsistencies. If needed/required links are broken or documents are not available when you try to get to them, it's your responsibility to let me know that the links aren't working or the documents have disappeared. Send me an email right away if you have trouble getting to any assigned online text or document.

Week 1 (Sep. 7 and 9)

Due Friday, Class Time: Self Intro on Wiki

Due Friday, Class Time: Sign up for an Observation-to Analysis Group at the Wiki

Due Friday, Class Time: Read and Sign (In That Order) The Policy Sheet

Sunday@Midnight: Observation lists posted to your group's page on the wiki.

Week 2 (Sept. 12, 14, and 16)

Due Sunday, 11:59pm: Observ. Lists Posted to Your Group's Page on the Wiki

Due Monday, 11:59pm: Partner Feedback from In-Class Discussions

Due Wednesday, Class Time: Drafts of Your Album Reviews

Due Wednesday, 11:59pm: Partner Feedback from In-Class Discussions

Due NEXT Monday at 5:00: "Observation-to-Analysis" Essay

More on Multitasking

(Not Required Reading)

  • Day 1: Observation to Analysis Workshop 1
  • Watch: Video of "Fameishness," and add to your observation list, before posting to the wiki (so do this by Sunday night)
  • Read "Observation-to-Analysis," Part 2, in preparation for in-class work.
  • Due: Observ. Lists on Wiki (Sunday 11:59pm) + 4-5 Printouts for Class
    Due After Class: Feedback to Partners (by Monday, 11:59 pm)
  • Day 2: Multimodality + Writer/Designer, Chapter 1
  • Read: Writer/Designer, Chapters 1-2
  • Read: "Shitty First Drafts" (Anne Lamott)
  • Work: Get going on your Draft for Friday! But first read the Lamott, above.)
  • Day 3: Draft Day!
  • Due: Analysis Draft
    Due After Class: Partner Feedback by 11:59 pm
  • Due Monday @5:00: The Analysis is Due Monday!

Week 3 (Sept. 19, 21, and 23)

Due Sunday the 22rd, Before 11:59pm: Flickr.com should be created and linked at the proper spot on the wiki.

NOTE: Due NEXT Monday, Class Time: Images Uploaded to Flickr or prepped on PowerPoint/Keynote

Week 4 (Sept. 26, 28, and 30)

Due Monday, Class Time: Photos Prepped for Class

Due Monday, 5:00: Respond to Screening Surveys (Details TBA)

DO: Watch Athens, GA, Inside Out Before Class NEXT Monday

Due NEXT Monday, Class Time: Athens, GA Screening Notes

Due Friday at 5:00: Photo Essays, Completed/Posted Online (Link Posted at Wiki)

Due Friday @5:00: Photo Projects

  • Day 1: Photo Project Check In + Catch Up
  • Read: Writer/Designer, Chapter 5
    • Day 2: Photo Project Work (See Workshop Handout)
  • Day 3: On Critical Reading, Claims and Reasons, Stasis Questions
  • Due: Photo Project @5:00
  • Read : Corbett/Eberly, Chapter 1 (pp 16-17 ONLY) and Corbett/Eberly, Chapter 2 (pp 26-37 ONLY) (@Bb)
  • View: "Laws That Choke Creativity" (TED/Larry Lessig)
  • Ask yourself: What "stasis" questions are at issue in the Lessig video? What reasons does Lessig offer in support of his claims? And also: How is he effectively using images, including using what we've called "anchorage" and "relay"?

Week 5 (Oct. 3, 5, and 7)

Notes to come...
  • Day 1: Athens, GA Day
  • Watch: Athens, GA: Inside Out, Before Class (May be watched @Amazon for a fee, or at a TBA scheduled screening.)
    Due: Screening Notes
  • Read: Film Analysis Assignment Sheet
  • Day 2: Enthymemes and Binary Oppositions
  • Read Offline: Corbett/Eberly Chapter 2 (pp 37-43 ONLY) (@Bb)
    Read: "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants" (Prensky) (PDF)
  • Day 3: Sound City Day
  • Watch: Sound City, Before Class (May be watched @Amazon for a fee, free @Hulu for subscribers, or at a TBA scheduled screening.)
    Due: Screening Notes

Week 6 (Oct. 10, 12, and 14)

Due Wednesday, Class Time: "Bad Draft" of Critical Analysis

Due Wednesday, 11:59pm: Partner Feedback and Chore List

Due NEXT Monday, Before Class: 2-Track Audio Snippet, with Audacity or Garageband

Due Friday, 5:00: Critical Analysis, with Prewriting, Chore List, and "Bad Draft"

Due Sunday (10/13), Midnight: Sign Up for Conference Time at Wiki

  • Day 1: Evidence Workshop
  • Due: Assigned Prewriting
    Recommended: Read this on freewriting as a concept and this on how to do it.
  • Day 2: Bad Draft Day
  • Due: "Bad Draft" of Your Critical Analysis
  • Not Required, but useful help thinking about revisions:
    Praxis, Chapter 6, "Revising Rhetorically" (Bb)
  • Day 3: Audio Day
  • Read: Slideware Project Assignment Sheet
  • Download and Experiment With Audacity (PCs or Macs) Before Class OR (Mac Users) Open and Experiment with Garageband Before Class
  • Bring a laptop with Audacity (PC or Macs) or Garageband (Macs) on it.
  • Listen: "Making the Hippo Dance" (RadioLab, 30 min.)
  • Due at 11:59pm: A Two-Track Audio Experiment, Created with Audacity (PCs or Macs) or Garageband (Macs)

Week 7 (Oct. 17, 19, and 21)

ON WEDS: No Regular Class BUT You MUST Come to Your Conference Time

ON FRI: No Regular Class BUT You MUST Meet with Your Support Group

Everyday: Advance your research a little every single day.

  • Day 1: Introduction to Research, Library, MLA...
  • Day 2: 1x3 Conferences **No Regular Class**
  • --Sign up for a research conference time at wiki.
    --Do the assigned conference prep work (available via Bb).
    --Read this on freewriting as a concept and this on how to do it.
    --Watch "Plagiarism Explained by CommonCraft."
  • Day 3: Support Groups Meet at Library **No Regular Class**
  • Meet with your research and tech help group or duo. It may work best for you to meet at your scheduled class time. You'll need about an hour and a half to finish up.
  • You have four jobs: (1) Work together to figure out how Screencast-o-matic works. (2) Explain your research subject to your partner(s), along with your ideas about how your research is going to get started. (3) Spend about an hour researching at the library, then compare notes, at the end end, about how you found your best material. (4) Email me a snapshot of your duo or group in the library together, holding up some kind of evidence of your time spent working.

Week 8 (Oct. 24, 26, and 28)

Due NEXT WEDS by 5:00: 10 Sources + Research Update 1, w/Screencast-o-matic.

  • Day 1: Evaluating Sources
  • Read Damned Lies and Statistics (excerpt) (Bb)
  • Progress: Make some real progress on your research. Work at least 2-3 hours!
  • Intro'd in Class: Formal Proposal Assignment
  • Day 2: Intro to Visual Design + Formal Proposal for Research Project
  • Bring: A printed copy of the most recent resume you've made, no matter how out-of-date or messy it is. I won't pick these up, but you will be working with them in class.
  • Due: A formal proposal for your research project. I’m looking for good thinking here, not super-clean grammar and writing. Please see the assignment sheet (available at Blackboard) for more info, but the basics you'll need to include are these: 
  • 1. Your Research Subject
    2. A statement (a sentence or two) about what seems, at this point, to be the key stasis question you’ll be addressing in your researched argument.
    3. A statement of your probable claim (at this point), stated as an enthymeme.
    4. A paragraph explaining how you expect (at this point) to defend or explain your claim. Include some specific ideas about how you’ll be appealing to the specific audience you have in mind.
    5. A few sentences noting both your best evidence and sources so far and some additional resource and information gathering you’re planning to do.
  • Progress: Make some real progress on your research. Work at least  2-3 hours!
  • Day 3: No Class (FALL BREAK). But keep working on your research.

Week 9 (Oct. 31; Nov. 2 and 4)

  • Day 3: Slideware Design, Day 2
  • View: An Exemplary Slide-Backed Presentation: Scott McCloud's "The Visual Magic of Comics" << The content is interesting, but pay attention especially to the style here--McCloud's use of simple images to elevate and enhance his complicated talk. That's your goal!
  • Due: "Bad" drafts of at least five potential slides for your slideware project. Print a copy to turn in to me, and have your a copy of your "bad" slides, either on a screen or as a printout for yourself. Draft these a bit after you watch McCloud, or maybe pause McCloud now and then so you can work out a slide design for yourself.

Week 10 (Nov. 7, 9, and 11)

FOR WEDNESDAY: Meet with a Resume/Slide Design Support Group

Due FRIDAY at 5:00: Resumes and Corpus Accounts

  • Day 1: Intro to Corpus Account Assignment / Using and Incorporating Quotes
  • Note: The Composition Commons is doing a resume workshop tonight (Monday) at 7, Weyerhaeuser 111!!
  • Day 2: Slide Design and Resume Conferences
  • Due: Report on Support Group Meetings
  • Day 3: Discussion of Moving from Slideware Project to Traditional Persuasive Paper / Preview Your Slide Presentations
  • Useful Link!: MLA Style Center Online
  • Due @5:00: Habeas Corpus Account (Print)
  • Due @5:00: Resume (Print)

Week 11 (Nov. 14, 16, and 18)

Due WEDNESDAY at 5:00, on Blackboard: w/

  • Day 1: Cohesion/Coherence + Intro Persuasion
  • Day 2: Slideware Project w/Audio DUE! + In Class: Persuasion / Ads
  • Useful Link!: MLA Style Center Online
  • Day 3: Rhetorical Strategies Workshop Day

Week 12 (Nov. 21, 23, and 25)

  • Day 2: Persuasive Research Bad Draft Due + Intro to Handout Assignment and Remediation
  • Day 2: No Class: Thanksgiving Break
  • Day 3: No Class: Thanksgiving Break

Week 13 (Nov. 28 and 30; Dec. 2)

  • Day 1: TBA
  • Day 2: TBA

Week 14 (Dec. 5, 7, and 9)

Due Friday: Handouts (Class Time) + 4-Minute, 4-slide Presentations

  • Day 1: Intro of Final Essay Assignment + "4-4" Work Day
  • Bring: Have access to materials you need for building your 4-4 presentation.
  • Day 2: TBA
  • Day 3: Mini-Conference (Presentations!)

Week 15 (Dec. 12 + Final)

  • Day 1:Mini-Conference (Presentations!)
  • Finals Week
  • 9:05 MWF Class Final: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10:30-12:30 PM

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