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Class, Thurs, 4/23

Moving from e2d1 to e2d2

Reread the ¶ you wrote for today in which you defined your own aim or project as a writer. Then:

  • Without consulting your current draft, outline a tentative “map” of  the next draft essay which executes the aim you’ve defined. For each planned section or ¶ of your second draft, note (a) the specific text, experience, or idea you will discuss, and (b) what you plan to do with it (e.g., “analyze as a counter-example”; “show how this scene illustrates a critic’s ideas”; “yes, but . . .”)
  • Once you have your map, read over your e2d1. Where might those ¶s fit into your current plan (or not)? What will you need to do to make them fit better?
  • Note down one question this exercise raises for you. Discuss your question with two other students. Give me a copy of your question as your exit ticket for today.


We need to form writing groups for next week. Let’s use the attached spreadsheet to figure out who can offer useful advice to whom.


To Do

  1. Tues, 4/28, class:  Bring a print copy of the most recent version of your second essay with you to class. We will work with them.
  2. Wed, 4/29: Post e2d2 to your group dropbox folder.
  3. Thurs, 4/30, class: Bring print-outs of our group members’ drafts with at least ten suggested changes marked on each. Bring a clean print-out of your own draft.

Class, Tues, 3/10

Defining a Project as a Writer

Please read the following w2 openings:

  • Sydney Dennis, “Fifty Shades of Controversy”
  • Sean Bates, “Talent vs. Skill”
  • Christina Capobianco, “Her Image”
  • Maya Hall, “A Trail With No End”
  • Lyndsay Lawler, “The Parasite of a Woman’s Mind”

Then jot down some notes that will help you respond to the following questions:

  • How does the writer define a question or issue they plan to explore in their essay? That is, what does it seem the essay will be about?
  • How does the writer suggest the approach or angle they will take on this topic? What sort of tone or perspective do they set?

To Do

  1. Wed, 3/11: 11:00 am: Post w3 to Dropbox.
  2. Thurs, 3/12, class: Bring a print copy of the piece (w1, w2, w3) you plan to develop into your first essay. We will work with these in class.
  3. Mon, 3/16, 11:00 am: Post e1d2 to your group folder on Dropbox.