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Course Schedule + Readings

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

This is a ZTC/OER (Zero Textbook Cost/Open Educational Resource) course. This means that you are not required to purchase any textbooks or reading material for this class.  I have primarily assigned open educational resource (OER) materials, which are “freely” available to you either because the person who created them made them freely available online, because they are in the public domain, or because you have access to them through your campus library.

(Please keep in mind that this is a dynamic schedule which will ideally evolve and change as the course progresses)

Date Reading/Writing Due before class begins In-Class Work
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  • Introduction to the course + syllabus
  • Discuss logistics and digital preferences for the course
  • Fill out the student survey
  • Pick discussion lead on sign up sheet.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Introduce Analysis Essay
  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
  • 500 WORD DRAFT OF ANALYSIS ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • 1000 WORD DRAFT OF ANALYSIS ESSAY DUE BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.
  • Introduce Comparative Essay
  • WRITING CENTER ZOOM WORKSHOP : PEER REVIEW
  • Group Peer Review and Self-Assessment.
  • Provisional Self-Assessment Grades for analysis essay due at the bottom of your assignment Google doc by 11:59PM.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
  • FINAL 1000 WORD ANALYSIS ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM.
  • Modified/final Self-Assessment Grades for analysis essay due at the bottom of your assignment Google doc by 11:59PM.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • 500 WORD OUTLINE/DRAFT OF COMPARATIVE ESSAY DUE BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.
  • Peer review of topics.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
  • 1000 WORD DRAFT OF COMPARATIVE ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM.
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  • Introduce Research Essay
  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Agatha Christie – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [it’s hard to assign a part of this because it’s a mystery story and the big reveal is at the end; please try and read it in its entirety because it’s a VERY exciting plot!]
  • Comment on the blog prompt of your choice before class begins

 

  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
  • FINAL 1500 WORD  COMPARATIVE ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • 500-700 WORD OUTLINE/DRAFT OF RESEARCH ESSAY DUE BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.
  • WRITING CENTER ZOOM WORKSHOP : FOCUSING RESEARCH TOPICS
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
  • LIBRARY RESEARCH VISIT
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  • 1000 WORD DRAFT OF RESEARCH ESSAY DUE BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.
  • Peer review
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  • 1700 WORD DRAFT OF RESEARCH ESSAY DUE 3 DAYS PRIOR,  11:59 PM.
  • Individual Conferences on Zoom. Half of you are meeting me on this day. The order has been reversed from the last time we did this. Each of you have 10 minutes; please do not be late.
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  • 1700 WORD DRAFT OF RESEARCH ESSAY DUE 3 DAYS PRIOR,  11:59 PM.
  • Individual Conferences on Zoom. Half of you are meeting me on this day. The order has been reversed from the last time we did this. Each of you have 10 minutes; please do not be late.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • Discussion and some in-class writing.
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  • 2000 WORD DRAFT DUE BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.
  • WRITING CENTER ZOOM WORKSHOP : UNDERSTANDING PLAGIARISM AND CITATION
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  • 2000 WORD DRAFT FROM THE PREVIOUS CLASS.
  • Peer Review
    • Focus on:
      • Clear and specific research question + thesis statements 
      • Clear idea in each separate paragraph (topic sentences)
      • Reliability of sources
      • Citation 
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  • No Reading Assigned
  • Short 3-4 minute oral presentation on your final papers!
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  • No Reading Assigned/No Class per se/Overflow
  • Continue working on your research essay.
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  • FINAL 2000 WORD RESEARCH ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM
  • FINAL 2000 WORD RESEARCH ESSAY DUE BY 11:59PM

 

 

 

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