Schedule of Readings and Assignments

For a summary of due dates of the major assignments, see Requirements.
The Call to Write by John Trimbur = Trimbur

Mon., 8/22


Wed., 8/24

DUE: Read Trimbur, Ch. 1 (pp. 1-17). Bring list of examples of writing from each of the four contexts discussed in Ch. 1. Read Ball Point, Ch. 1 (the password is on the syllabus), and sign and bring the Policy Acknowledgment Sheet to class. Request permission to join the wiki and, once approved, create a page titled with your name (e.g., Matt H.)

Fri., 8/26

DUE: Read Trimbur, Ch. 2 (pp. 25-42). Author blurb due.

Mon., 8/29

REVISE your author blurb to make it as professional and "real" sounding as you can. Then write a parody author blurb and put it on your wiki page below your "real" blurb.
READ the excerpt from An American Childhood (Trimbur 131-134), "Let It Snow" by David Sedaris(pdf), and The Glass Castle (106-109)
WRITE a response, considering any or all of the following questions: What do these stories have in common? What about them stands out to you? Can you relate anything from any of these stories to something in your own life? Why do you think the writers wrote these stories?

Wed., 8/31

READ "American Meat," an excerpt from Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen and Trimbur, Ch. 5 (129-130, 160-171)
WRITE: Bring a list of memories/events that you might develop into a memoir. Consider the prompts in the bulleted list on pp. 160-161 to prompt your ideas.

Fri., 9/2

DUE: Clustering/mapping and/or freewriting on your memoir topic

Mon., 9/5

Labor Day

Wed., 9/7

READ: Two student memoirs, "Rick" and "Calling Home" - Are these memoirs by students different from the memoirs by published writers? Are they as good? Are they trying to do the same things as the professional examples?
DUE: Zero draft of memoir due in Google Docs. If you can't figure out Google Docs, bring a hard copy to class.
Focus in class: structure

Fri., 9/9

DUE: Draft of memoir in Google Docs. Share your memoir draft with me at
Focus in class: craft (show, don't tell)

Mon., 9/12

DUE: Comments on group's drafts. In commenting on your groups drafts in Google Docs, answer these questions, "Which parts do you see the most? Where do you feel the most energy, voice, and life in the writing? What moment in the story seems the most important? What does this story seem to be about (what does this experience seem to mean to the writer)?"
ALSO DUE: Homework on beginnings and endings. Use the worksheet below.

Wed., 9/14

Class cancelled for conferences.

Fri., 9/16

DUE: Final copy of memoir (printed hard copy).

Mon., 9/19

READ "A Letter to My Christian Friends" (below) Print out and bring a copy of this letter with you to class. Write (type) a response of at least 200 words in answer to this question. What makes this letter persuasive? Point to specific passages or features of the letter. If you find it unpersuasive, point to specific passages or features that don't seem to work for you. Consider what your position on the topic was before you read the letter. Were you receptive to the message, sympathetic to the author? Were you resistant to his message? Are you hard to convince on this topic?

Wed., 9/21

READ the excerpt from Thank You for Arguing (below) and "17 Going on 18" (below). Print out and bring copies of these texts to class. Be prepared to discuss your response to both. What do you think Jay Heinrichs woud think of Anna Quindlen's argument in "17 Going on 18"?

Fri., 9/23

READ Trimbur, Ch. 4, "Letters" (91-128).
Bring printed copies of two editorials you find online or in print. Bring list of topic ideas for your letter.

Mon. 9/26

READ Trimbur, Ch. 3, "Persuasion and Responsibility" (49-65): What similarities do you see between the textbook's and Jay Heinrichs's explanations of persuasion?
WRITE: Complete the Rhetorical Analysis worksheet for both of the editorials that you brought to class on Friday.

Wed., 9/28

READ: Trimbur, Ch. 3 (66-87)
WRITE: Rhetorical prospectus due (share with me and your group in Google Docs -

Fri., 9/30

DUE: Draft of your public letter (share with me and your group in Google Docs).

Mon., 10/3

A quiz on Chapter 3!
Sign up for a conference.

Wed., 10/5

READ Trimbur, Ch. 13 (413-425) on working with sources.
WRITE: Look over your letter to see if you've anticipated and responded to any objections (differing views). If not, revise your letter to do so and bring the revision to class.
Sign up for a conference.

Fri., 10/7

Sign up for a conference.

Mon., 10/10

DUE: Final copy of your public letter and cover letter.

Wed., 10/12

Bring samples of your genre to class.

Fri., 10/14

DUE: Proposal for Unfamiliar Genre Project

Mon., 10/17

Fall Break.

Wed., 10/19

DUE: Bibliography of at least five samples in your genre
In Class: Writing the Annotated Bibliography

Fri., 10/21

In Class: Writing the How-To Guide

Mon., 10/24

DUE: Draft of Annotated Bibliography with copies of the sample writings

Wed., 10/26

Fri., 10/28

DUE: Draft of writing in your genre for peer-response workshop. This can be a first-attempt or zero draft. Please post it in google docs, share it with me (allowing comments), and revise it before your conference.

Mon., 10/31

Required conferences. No class meeting.

Wed., 11/2

Required conferences. No class meeting.

Fri., 11/4

In class: introducing the multigenre assignment.

Mon., 11/7

DUE: Unfamiliar Genre Project in folder or binder

Wed., 11/9

READ two multigenre essays:

WRITE a response of at least 500 words. What is it like reading these essays? How is the experience different from reading a normal essay? What does each one seem to be about? Do they have a point? What are some of the genres you can identify in each essay?

Fri., 11/11

READ all of the student essays. Come with ideas for your own project.

Mon., 11/14

DUE: Go to (or another website creation site, if you are already familiar with something else) and create a website. Create a link to it to your wiki page. Come to class with your questions.

Wed., 11/16
DUE: For your chosen topic, write a poem, a dialogue, and one genre of your choosing.

Fri., 11/18
No class meeting. Continue writing toward your multigenre essay.

Mon., 11/21

DUE: Do some research and find one source related to your topic. Bring it with you to class.

Mon., 11/28

Topic: Organizing your multigenre

Wed., 11/30

Topic: Visual rhetoric, incorporating images
DUE: Read one of the student multigenre essays that were created as websites and evaluate its structure (organization) using the rubric we went over in class on Monday. Assign the essay a score between one and six, and write a paragraph explaining your score, using the language in the rubric. To be turned in as a hard copy.

Fri., 12/2

Peer review
DUE: Full draft of multigenre.

Mon., 12/5

DUE: Multigenre Project

Wed., 12/7

READ the Reflective Portfolio examples.
DUE: a list of the things you want to include in your portfolio.

Fri., 12/9

Bring your laptop. We will take class time to do course evaluations.

Mon., 12/12

Final reflective portfolio due

Fri., 12/16

Final meeting, 12:00 - 2:00
Last chance to turn in your final reflective portfolio