Homework for Tuesday, May 2nd (Yes, there’s homework)

When I assigned homework in class today,  I heard mixed reactions. Some were like, “What?” Others were like, “What the hell?” Others had already walked out, so let’s hope they check the blog.

Our socratic circles are nearly completed, meaning 1/3 of your final projects are done. As I’ve said many times before, I’m bringing back an old favorite. The VLOG!

I was asked in class if we could do “joint vlogs.” My answer is sure, but it’s limited to three people, and that means you all must talk for the same amount of required time, otherwise, I’ll remove points from everyone’s grade.

Example) Jo, Tom, Harry all have a vlog

Jo talks for 4 minutes, Harry talks for 4 minutes, and Tom talks for 2. Jo,  Harry, and Tom will all have -5 points from their grade.

On your vlog:

You are going to answer the following questions in a 4 minute time frame. I recommend not writing anything out word-for-word, but rather keeping some notes on you if need be.

1) Last semester, we covered a lot of ground on social media. From analyzing others, ourselves, and the world around us, rhetoric opened a door for brand new ways of looking at our online and offline world. As you moved into this semester, do you find yourself looking at, or using, social media differently? How and why?

2) What was your biggest OMG moment during the course of this year?

  • OMG relates to the moment where your mind was blown (if this occurred)
  • Try to be specific as to how and why this affected you and if any reading, presentation, or project triggered it
    • PAST PROJECTS: Rhetorical reflection of a partner, Social Branding (redoing advertisements to stop the perpetuation of a dangerous ideology, comparative analysis with Souza e Silva and a Location Based Social Media App, Research Rationale, AB, and Freshman Paper 

3) What do you plan on taking from this course and applying to your future in college or professional life?

4) How do you feel that collaborating with your classmates, your professor, and the Manhattanville community (librarians, writing tutors, other profs, etc) has changed your writing identity? (Writing identity referring to who you are as an author/writer/human)

Any closing statements/

  • Your vlog is going to be due on Monday, May 1st by 5:00PM– please email me the link to your vlog as well
  • Your vlog will take the format at a Youtube video.
    • When you’re finished, send me the link via email
    • Make sure to make your video public so that it can be seen by everyone- this allows me access to it

I spend WAY too much time on Twitter.

See you all soon, both digitally and in-person.





Homework for Tuesday, April 25th: AKA the day of reckoning, judgement day, or for some, the best day of the semester.

It is the day you will hand in your freshman paper. I purposely withheld the folder information since I wanted the ultimate focus on the essay itself. Some of you might have decided to do process work before applying finishing touches to the paper; this is what I wanted to avoid, so now, despite everyone most likely not being done, I’ll reveal it to you.


  • By 10:00AM on Tuesday morning, you should email me your paper. A full-draft of your freshman essay includes the following:
    • A full 12-15 page draft
    • A MLA formatted Work Cited page with ALL sources used in your paper (not as a separate document. Please put it at the end of your essay)
    • A properly formatted draft:
      • Heading
      • Numbered pages in upper-right hand corner: example: LaPadura1
      • Centered title in 12 pt font- do not bold/underline etc.
      • Double–spaced paragraphs/ single-spaced heading
      • 1-inch margins all around
      • 12 point, legible font- NO COMIC SANS (save that for informal documents)
  • I will only accept a Word Document or a Document from Google Docs- it is your responsibility to make sure you DID NOT send me a PDF. PDFs or Pages documents will not be graded, and they will result in a 0.
  • If you send me your paper at a reasonable hour, I will respond with a confirmation email — non-reasonable hours = after 11:30PM
    • Any papers later than that will not receive a confirmation email

In your folder- you won’t get your folders back, so give me one you can part ways with

  • A hard copy of your freshman essay- work cited page included
  • The copy of the freshman essay guide your partner filled out for you
  • The revised highlighted copy of the essay your partner sent you for the final workshop
  • Workshop letter: this letter has two parts
    • Part I: At the end of last semester, I sent you your grades for the third paper you completed using Sousa e Silva’s article- tonight, April 23rd, I will resend you those papers
    • Read over the comments that I left on the draft I am sending to you (margin comments and end-note) and answer the following questions in 350 (or more if you want) words
      • What are some of the errors you made on the fall P3 paper?
      • How did you rectify those errors on your freshman essay?
      • In what ways do you feel you’re writing has grown/changed since writing the fall P3 paper and writing the freshman essay? Improvement? Decline? Stayed the same? Explain why.
    • Part II: This will be completed in class, so please make sure to bring your laptop, as I will have you email this to me

There is much more to come in these finals steps to the finish line. We have a few end of year projects to complete (don’t worry, they are all easy), and then our time together will end, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Until then, here’s the queen of England’s face on Rihanna’s body.

I assume this person does not have a freshman paper to write, but it may be more likely they do.

Homework for Friday, April 21st

Today was our first major workshop. As we went over strengths and weaknesses, you may have seen parts of your paper you were proud of and parts that need a little work. Either way, you analyzed your own writing, and this is something you’ll need to do over the course of your college career.

Your homework will continue these skills as you start revising the draft you brought in today. As I explained in class, here’s what you’ll be doing.

For your own paper:

  1. Read over the comments your partner left you in class today
  2. Make revisions to your paper–if it’s on Google Docs or One Drive, create a new draft to make revisions on by copying the content from your original, and pasting it to a new document
  3. When you’re finished revising, highlight all the spots on your draft that you changed
  4. Send your highlighted draft to your partner by Thursday between 9:00PM and 9:30PM

For your partner’s paper:

  1. Access the highlighted copy of your partner’s draft
  2. Access the P3 Workshop Guide under Course Documents
  3. Reading over your partner’s draft, use the guide to make comments
  4. Fill out the guide either electronically or by hand (if you do it by hand, make sure to add spaces before printing because I did not do that)
  5. Bring the guide to WS to discuss with your partner

If you are in a research group of three, you only need to do one guide, so decide how that’s going to work in your group

We will devote the first 30 minutes of class to discussing the comments you left for your partner in the guide. The rest of class will be devoted to writing technicalities, tone, transitions, citations, and formatting

For class on Friday:

  1. Bring a laptop with an electronic copy of your draft OR a printed copy of your draft

As I said, we’re ALMOST there. If you have any kind of concerns, feel like you’re choking/dying/drowning, or possibly all of the above, contact me. I can only help you if you help yourselves.

If you haven’t checked out Dog Rates, you’re not living, and if you feel like you’re dying, this will revive you

You’re all 15/10 to me.

Homework for Conference week and beyond:

Some of you may have noticed I didn’t check the length for your 8-10 page workshop. I figured a little break would be needed, and chances are many of you are not at that point yet. You have other classes, and you have other responsibilities, so while this doesn’t give you any process points, I hope it alleviated the pressure.

A few reminders for the following week:

  1. There are no classes scheduled for Tuesday or Friday since we have conferences
  2. Sign-up for your conference ASAP via the Doodle link. Email me if you have yet to receive it (check ALL your emails/ junk mail/ spam first)
  3. Conferences are on Tuesday and Friday, so please come prepared

Here’s what you need for conferences:

– A new outline: This should be more refined, and possibly take on a different structure than the preliminary outline

  • Fill in the gaps where you left things blank, or decided to come back later to include more info
  • Alter the outline to fit your new purpose/audience since that may have changed for some of you
  • complete each section, especially the CA/Alternative Solution, and Solution pages
  • Outline should cover your entire paper including an idea of your conclusion
  • check out the following under Course Documents:
    • outlines slides under the evidence/synthesis review PP (located at the end)
    • the outline organization method examples
    • The outline organization methods lecture

– The first two pages of your essay: I can usually tell how well a paper will do within the first two pages, so bring those so we can look them over- make sure it is a full two pages 

Your conference point breakdown is 60 points 

  • outline: 40
  • two pages: 20

I do not have office hours on Tuesday or Friday, so be sure to use your resources. These include your research group, classmates, and the writing center


APRIL 18TH AND 21ST: FULL PAPER WORKSHOP–more info will be given to you about workshop during conferences



Homework for Tuesday, April 3rd


Homework for today is short and sweet. First, I’m putting the portion of the PP we covered in class today under Course Documents. I’m also going to put the packet there. I’ve decided that since the packet is so much work, I’ll count it as process work for the final draft of your essay. We’ll discuss points for process work in class on Tuesday. I’d like to get your opinion on how much you think this is worth.

Those of you that were absent, complete the following packet sessions:

  1. Part I
  2. Part IA

To complete Part IA, contact your research group, and ask them to look over your work, and also look to them for the notes you missed as well.

Your only homework is to continue working on the draft. No matter how you write your paper, do not leave citing to the end. Cite as you go along. For a longer paper, this is a must. Otherwise, you risk putting info that is not yours AKA plagiarism.

These workshops are extremely important, so I need you all to come prepared. I give explicit instructions on the blog for what to bring (DRAFT WITH EVIDENCE EXAMPLES). Not having that, is akin to not being prepared. Come to class prepared. If your partner is unprepared, than take the initiative to partner yourself with someone else for that activity.

Second, do not pack-up your bags, put on your coat, or put anything away if I, or a classmate, is still talking. If you need to leave early, even if it’s five minutes early, email me and tell me beforehand. I’ll be frank with you; this is the quickest way to get on my bad side. Yes, I have one, and it takes a lot of work to get there, but doing this will book you an express pass.

To avoid leaving you with something so authoritative, many of you may have read J14, TigetBeat or the like as a youngin’. They have quizzes on there designed as flowcharts. Here’s an example:


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I took this groundbreaking technique to teach you YOUR CITATION STYLE. Not really “style,” since that’s a personal decision and this is a rule. Anyway, you can find it on the very last page of your packet.

PS: Comment with answers to all three of these insightful quizzes with a descriptive paragraph of your results. No word count required. You’ve all been working really hard, so you deserve some extra credit.





Homework for Friday, March 31st

Congrats on finishing your first major workshop! While it may feel small, it is a milestone. You began writing, identifying challenges, and building an understanding for the big picture. As we progress toward the next deadline, our classes will be organized in the following way:

Friday, March 31st: Evidence, Synthesis, and Citation review

Tuesday, April 4th: Methods for Organizing your Essay

Friday, April 7th: 8-10 page WS

Here’s what you need to prepare for Friday:

Bring: The draft from today into class. If you have a digital draft, I recommend bringing a hard-copy one as well.

  • In your draft, be sure you have examples to assess where you’re utilizing evidence, practicing synthesis, and citing your sources

Many of you seem to feel like you’re in this alone. You’re not. You have your research group, your classmates, the writing center, and myself. You are completing a lengthy undertaking, but it’s not impossible. So far, the work I’m seeing is great. Many of you are on the right path. In terms of moving forward, utilize the project sheet, and do not be afraid to make changes. While it may not feel like it, it’s early enough to still change purpose if need be.

As for my office hours, I currently have the following meetings with students:

Friday morning: 10:00AM

Friday afternoon: 2:00PM and 3:30PM

If you need to meet with me, keep these times in mind. If you would like to book a time during my office hours instead of dropping in, I also recommend that.

I also recommend following Complex on IG because they post groundbreaking mash-ups like these:

Mask off. @future

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Homework for Tuesday, March 28th

Research is exhausting. We go from knowing our main point, to juggling two new points, to changing our purpose. All of that is normal, expected, and a traditional part of the process. When we research, we may have an idea, but the point of research is to expand on that idea. We want to know more, and with knowledge comes change. You learn more as you grow, and what you learn changes you. The same goes for your research.

With the AB completed, the project sheet distributed, and an outline in your possession, you are fully armed to write this paper. Step one is our first deadline.


Bring: a full 4-6 page draft of your essay. If you don’t have a full copy, I won’t be dismissing you, but  this will be 10 points of process work, so without the full draft, I can’t give you full credit.

  • If you’re doing hard copy, have one copy of your draft for every member of your group
  • If you’re doing it digitally, email your essay to your WS partners, and make sure the bring their laptops to look at it, and give you comments.
  • Digital workshop is acceptable since I won’t collect these drafts

Write: We’re at different points in our work, so it’s important your group knows where you’re at. The first page of your draft should contain the following information (note, this page does NOT count as part of the 4-6 page draft)

  • EVERYONE:Your stated purpose and audience
  • ANYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE A DRAFT BEGINNING WITH THEIR ESSAY’S INTRODUCTION: You need to have a summary of what will come prior to the draft you brought in (this is if you are starting in the middle of your paper)
  • For example) “The draft I am handing you is preceded by my introduction and my thesis is ____________________. Following the introduction is the problem’s origin, and the section you are reading is the problem’s significance to my audience. We begin where I start talking about how the problem affects _____ and why _____ should care about that effect.”

Review: What you want your classmates to focus on? I made a cheat-sheet of rhetorical terms for you to review as you’re writing. Decide where your weak points are, and ask the class to look closely at that.

  • For example) When you’re reading my draft, I am concerned about my use of synthesis between Smith and Jones on page 3. Can you explain if it’s clear that I am saying how Smith and Jones disagree? How can I make it better?
  • When you read my draft, I am trying to use more emotional appeal than anything, but with my audience, I am not sure if it’s too much. Can you tell me if I am being too passionate or opinionated when I describe the problem on page 2? How can I fix it?

It was great to see your theses in class today. I am so proud of how far each of you came with your research, and while we have a long road ahead, many of you are starting off strong.

If you have questions over the weekend, feel free to email me.

Until then, I leave you with a mind-blowing fact:

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