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Schedule

This schedule is current as of the beginning of the Fall 2011 term, but obviously, there could be some changes and revisions as the semester goes along. Stay tuned for details and updates.

Week 1:  August 31-September 2

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

Week 2: September 5-9

Monday, September 5:  Labor Day

Begin by Tuesday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Read and discuss selection from Plato’s Phaderus.
  • Read and discuss Walter Ong’s “Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought,” available via eReserves.
  • Continued discussion for “Invent Your Own Writing Technology” project.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Read and discuss Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels” and Alberto Manguel’s “The Shape of the Book,” available via eReserves.
  • By Friday, complete the blog post assignment “My Writing Technologies.”

Week 3: September 12-16

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Invent your own writing technology “show and tell.” By midnight Monday, post an image and a brief description of your writing invention to your own blog and post a link to your entry in the comments section of the class blog.
  • Begin discussing the Ancient Styles and YouTube Commercials Project.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Discuss the peer review process, TBA.
  • The first peer review begins! By midnight on Wednesday, you will need to begin the peer review process. Late drafts will be docked a letter grade on the final project!
  • Continue discussing the Ancient Styles and YouTube Commercials Project.

Week 4: September 19-23

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Read and begin discussing the first half of “Style,” from Crowley and Hawhee (about to page 240 in the reading), available via eReserves.
  • Peer review ends! By midnight on Monday, you need to complete the peer review process for the “Writing as a Technology” project.  After you complete your peer review, complete blog post 4, peer review recap, part 1.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Continue reading and discussing second half of “Style,” from Crowley and Hawhee, available via eReserves.
  • By Friday, complete blog post 5, “Ancient Style.”

Week 5: September 26-30

Monday: “Invent your own writing technologies” project due by midnight tonight!  Late projects will be docked a letter grade!

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Continue reading and discussing “Style,” from Crowley and Hawhee, available via eReserves.
  • Considering some YouTube Examples
  • By Wednesday, complete blog post 6, “Considering some YouTube commercials”

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • The second peer review begins! By midnight on Wednesday, you will need to begin the peer review process. Late drafts will be docked a letter grade on the final project!
  • Begin discussion of Using and Remaking Style Guides project.

Week 6: October 3-7

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Read and begin discussing Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style (don’t worry– it’s a really short book).
  • Continue discussing the Using and Remaking Style Guides project.
  • The second peer review ends!  After you finish the peer review and by Wednesday, Complete blog post 7, peer review recap, part 2.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Continue discussing Strunk and White; Complete the blog post Strunk and White, first impressions. (This is the last blog post for the first part of the term).

Week 7: October 10-14

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Begin reading and discussing Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, preface and chapter 1 and chapter 2.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Continue reading and discussing Williams, chapters 3, 4, and 5.
  • Discuss the Using and Remaking Style Guides Projects.
  • By Friday, complete blog post 9. Revising with Williams.

Week 8: October 17-21

Monday:  Ancient Style and YouTube Commercials project due by midnight tonight! Late projects will be docked a letter grade!

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Continue reading and discussing Williams, chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
  • Discuss Part 1 of “Using and Remaking Style Guides.”
  • By Wednesday, complete blog post 10, comparing Strunk and White and Williams.
  • Discuss Part ! of “Using and Remaking Style Guides.”

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Continue reading and discussing Williams.
  • Continue discussing Part 1 of “Using and Remaking Style Guides.”

Week 9: October 24-28

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Read and discuss selection from the E.B. Whipe/Marquis de Sade The Elements of Style (eReserves)
  • Read and discuss selection from Karen Gordon’s The Transitive Vampire:  A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. (eReserves)
  • Read and discuss EM-Journal 1.1 Elements and some of the examples of recent style guide remakes.
  • Continue discussion of readings and “part 2″ part of the using and remaking style guides project.

Week 10: October 31-November 3

Monday: Part 1 of the “Using and Remaking ‘Style’ Guides project due!   Late projects will be docked a letter grade.

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Continue discussing “part 2″ part of the using and remaking style guide project– peer review is coming up on Wednesday!
  • Begin discussing the Collaborative Movie/Individual Essay project.
  • Discuss video making and editing options.
  • Discuss strategies and software for online collaboration (TBA).

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

  • Peer review on “part 2″ or using and remaking style guides begins! By midnight on Wednesday, you will need to begin the peer review process. Late drafts will be docked a letter grade on the final project!
  • By this Wednesday, I will assign groups for the collaborative movie portion of this project.
  • Continue discussing online collaboration options.

Week 11: November 7-11

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday:

  • Peer review ends!  Be sure to wrap up your comments on your peers by the end of the day today.  After this, complete blog post peer review recap, part 3
  • Watch and then discuss Michael Wesch’s “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube.”Note that this is a 56 minute YouTube video! Plan accordingly!
  • Skim/read but don’t discuss yet! the essays by Alexandra Juhasz, “Why Not (To) Teach On YouTube”  and Daniel Anderson, “The Low Bridge to High Benefits: Entry-Level Multimedia, Literacies, and Motivation.”  (eReserves).  The idea here is to read these now and to then discuss them after you get into the assignment a bit more.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday:

Week 12: November 14-18

Monday: Part two of Using and Remaking Style Guides project due! By midnight tonight, hand in part two of your style remakes!  Late projects will be docked a letter grade.

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday

  • By the end of the day Wednesday: complete Blog Post  Looking Back, Looking Forward
  • And work on your movies– that is, write scripts, collaborate on ideas, act, make props, do the actual filming, edit, etc., etc.  For the most part, this time is yours to work on the movies.

By Wednesday, do the following:

  • Continue to work on your movies– that is, write scripts, collaborate on ideas, act, make props, do the actual filming, edit, etc., etc.  For the most part, this time is yours to work on the movies.

Week 13: November 21-25

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday

  • Discuss the Juhasz and Anderson essays you read earlier:  now that you are further along in actually making a video for this class, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the claims of these articles?
  • Begin discussing the individual essay portion of the assignment.
  • Continue to work on your movies.  Ideally, groups will have their movies posted on YouTube before the Thanksgiving break

November 23-25:  Thanksgiving break

Week 14: November 28-December 2

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday

  • Begin Virtual film festival begins!  By the beginning of the day today (and hopefully earlier), each group will need to send me a link to their  View and comment on the videos from your peers in English 328!
  • Continue discussing the individual essay portion of the assignment.

Begin by Wednesday

  • Peer review on the individual essay part of the collaborative movie project begins! By midnight on Wednesday, you will need to begin the peer review process. Late drafts will be docked a letter grade on the final project!
  • Wrap-up of discussions on movie project readings and activities.
  • Begin discussing project revisions and “the end of time” for the term.

Week 15:  December 5-9

Begin by Monday and complete by Wednesday

  • Peer review ends!  Be sure to wrap up your comments on your peers by the end of the day today.  After this, complete blog post about the final peer review recap.
  • Continue discussion about revisions and the “end of time” for the term.

Begin by Wednesday and complete by Friday

Wednesday: Individual essay part of the movie project due by midnight tonight!  Late projects will be docked a letter grade. 

Week 15.5:  Monday, December 12

  • Last day of the term!
  • By today, you will not what your grade for the course will be, not counting the final and any revisions you complete.

Finals

The final, revisions, and any other remaining work of the class must be turned in by the “end of time” for our course, which will be December 16, 2011 at 5 PM Michigan time.


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