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Class, Thurs, 4/30/2015

Responding to e2d2

In your writing groups: Please exchange drafts so that each author has their own piece with three sets of comments.

Round One

Writers: Read through the beginning comments on your piece and make notes. Jot down three ideas you now have about revising your piece that you’d like to ask your readers about. At least one of these questions must respond to:

  • Comments from two or more of your readers;
  • An issue that concerns you, but that none of your readers has yet to mention.

When you’re ready, chat together as a group. Each writer should begin the discussion of their essay by asking their three questions/ideas. The readers should respond, and you can go from there.

Round Two

Read through the suggested changes that your readers have made to your text.  Decide:

  • Which changes you will make;
  • Which you will ignore;
  • Which you need to think more about.

Quick Write

Add, cut, change, move. Identify at least three points in your draft where you might make one of these moves in revision.

Thinking About Style: Topics, Cohesion, and Paragraphs

Underline or highlight the topic of each of the sentences in your essay. The topic of a sentence is what it is about, what the rest of the sentence comments on. It usually—but not always—appears near the beginning of the sentence (or clause), and is often its subject. (See this example from Woolf.)

List the topics of the sentences in your essay. Each of your paragraphs should consist of a cluster or series of clearly linked and connected topics. When your topics shift, you should probably start a new paragraph.

To Do

  1. Fri, 5/01, 4:00 pm: Email me your revising plan (w5). I will reply by by Mon, 5/04. If after reading my comments, you feel you’d like to talk more with me, then email me back.
  2. Tues, 5/05, class: Come to class with a print copy of the current version of your second essay. We will work closely with them.
  3. Tues, 5/05, 10:30–12:00, and 3:00–4:00: Optional conferences with me.
  4. Wed, 5/06, 1:00–3:00: Optional conferences with me.
  5. Thurs, 5/07, class: Come to class with a print copy of the current version of your second essay. We will work closely with them.
  6. Mon, 5/11, 11:00: Submit e2d3 to Dropbox.
  7. Tues, 5/12, class: Last class! Sum up, reflections, etc.

Class, Tues, 2/17/2015

JH reads the first quizzes


How this counts: Grades.

Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Chapters 1 and 2

  • Quiz
  • In pairs: Create a ¶ outline of Chapter 1
    • Number each ¶.
    • In two or three words, note the topic of the ¶, what it’s about.
    • List two or three keywords, phrases, or images from the ¶.


  • e1: Writing With Woolf
  • w1: A first draft

Moment of Zen



To Do

  1. Thurs, 2/19, class: Read  Woolf, Chapter 3 (43–58). Be ready to talk about how her approach as a writer and thinker differs from that in Chapters 1 or 2.
  2. Mon, 2/23, 11:00 am: Post w1 to Dropbox.

Class, Thurs, 2/12/2015

Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Chapter 1

  • Quiz: Chapter 1 follows a day in the life of “Mary Beton.” Briefly describe the highlights of that day.
  • Reread Woolf’s first paragraph (5-6).
    • What strikes you as unusual about this ¶? In groups of three: Jot down a list at five or more items.
    • If this is an introduction, what does it introduce? How does Woolf establish a sense of direction or purpose for her writing? What promises does she make to her readers?


Moment of Zen

The president speaks.

To Do

  1. Tues, 2/17, class: Reread Woolf, Chapter 1  (5–26). Read Chapter 2 (27–42). Mark any passages that strike you as either interesting or puzzling. Be ready to answer these questions for both chapters: What kinds of materials does Woolf look at? What kinds of questions does she ask about those materials?
  2. Thurs, 2/19, class: Read  Woolf, Chapter 3 (43–58).
  3. Mon, 2/23, 11:00 am: Post w1 to Dropbox.