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November 17, 2014

Grading Scheme for Final Writing Project

How will the course-inspired creative writing be assessed?

An "A" paper responds to this assignment with fresh and persuasive insight.
* This story focuses persuasively on a compelling and original insight about technology and future society.
* Characters and the plot are introduced and momentum builds as the climax of the story is reached and then resolved
* The perspective of the narration is consistent or purposely chosen to complement the story
* One or more writing techniques employed by the authors read in this course are used: scientific language/information, humor, etc.
* The style is fluent throughout; sentences within paragraphs are logically sequenced and transitions within and between paragraphs are smooth.
* There are no serious or distracting mechanical errors or flaws. The paper follows the designated formatting.

How will the literary analysis be assessed?

An "A" paper responds to this assignment with fresh and persuasive insight.
* This essay focuses persuasively on a compelling, original and insightful thesis.
* It is consistently directed at its audience (peer readers who are familiar with the novel being analyzed)
* A concise and fluid summary prepares readers for this discussion by giving them both a sense of the novel's relevant content (and flavor) and sense of the author's craft
* The discussion is sequenced around the thesis, rather than leading the reader through an interpretive retelling of the novel.
* Appropriate examples from the text are woven in smoothly and good choices have been made with regards to direct quotation or paraphrasing.
* The style is fluent throughout; sentences within paragraphs are logically sequenced and transitions within and between paragraphs are smooth.
* There are no serious or distracting mechanical errors or flaws. The paper follows the designated formatting.
* The writer has thought hard about the text, read it carefully, and has presented original ideas in an engaging way.

November 1, 2014

"Oryx and Crake" Reading Assignments

Here are the chapter equivalents for our weekly assigned reading for Oryx and Crake:

Week 11: Read Ch 1-4
Week 12: Read Ch 5-7
Week 13: Read Ch 8-11
Week 14: Read Ch 12-15

October 31, 2014

Examples of Creativing Writing and Literary Analysis Papers

You should bring two printed copies of your end-of-semester writing assignment with you to class on 11/13/2014.

I have two creative writing examples from a previous semester.

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I have one literary analysis example from a previous semester.

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Please read and enjoy these papers but respect your fellow students by using them only for the purposes of this course.

October 23, 2014

TED Ed Lessons

Here are the links for the TED Ed lessons used in class:

Week 1: http://ed.ted.com/on/xmcqJ4gd
Week 2: http://ed.ted.com/on/SkuzoXR2
Week 3: http://ed.ted.com/on/zkoUadlv
Week 4: http://ed.ted.com/on/0yboYJBz
Week 5: http://ed.ted.com/on/C5VJUVBE
Week 6: http://ed.ted.com/on/dRZnhJF3
Week 8: http://ed.ted.com/on/faGHMDdf
Week 9: http://ed.ted.com/on/UI3827Zh

October 16, 2014

Resume and Cover Letter

Here are the notes used in class today.

Also, here's the link to the Minnesota Public Radio show that included tips about creating an effective resume in today's job market: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/08/146585368/keeping-your-resume-out-of-online-oblivion.

September 16, 2014

TED Ed Lesson Grading Scheme

Evaluation Criteria (100 points possible):

Link to lesson emailed to professor by 10 am on presentation day - 10 points
Compelling connection made between chosen video/book - 25 points
Clarity of presentation to audience of peers - 20 points
"Dig Deeper" resources - 15 points
"Discuss" questions - 30 points

September 12, 2014

Scientific Presentation Grading Scheme

Evaluation Criteria (100 points possible):

Presentation turned in to professor by 10 am on presentation day - 10 points
Organization of presentation - 15 points
Clarity of presentation to audience of peers - 25 points
Scientific explanation - 25 points
Source citations - 10 points
Answering questions after presentation - 15 points

September 11, 2014

Example Scientific Presentation

>Download the example presentation I did in class.

September 8, 2014

TED Ed Assignment Dates

When it's your turn to present a TED Ed lesson, you will choose the video to be watched and the questions to be discussed to complement the portion of the book being discussed on the day that you chose. Please send me the link for your TED Ed lesson by 10 am on the day you present. I will share these links on the course blog.

TED Ed Lesson Dates:

09/18/2014 - Bret
09/25/2014 - Kallie/Bri
10/02/2014 - Becca/Megan C.
10/09/2014 - Tanner/Garrett
10/23/2014 - Dominic/Mitch
10/30/2014 - Eva/Liz
11/20/2014 - Sam/Reid
12/04/2014 - Stephanie/Megan

September 5, 2014

Scientific Presentation Days

Below you will find the list of who is presenting and leading book discussion on particular class meeting dates:

09/18/2014 - "Conditioned breeding/eugenics" - Kallie and Bri
09/25/2014 - "Sleep learning" - Bret and Becca
10/02/2014 - "Hallucinogens" - Stephanie and Megan
10/16/2014 - "Elemental Isotopes and Allotropes" - Megan C.
10/30/2014 - "Atomic Bomb" - Garrett and Tanner
11/13/2014 - "Genetic engineering" - Eva and Liz
11/20/2014 - "Xenotransplantation" - Dominic and Mitch
12/04/2014 - "Hot bioforms/pandemics/biological weapons" - Sam and Reid

"Brave New World" Reading Assignments

Here are the chapter equivalents for our weekly assigned reading for Brave New World:

Week 2: Read Ch 1-4
Week 3: Read Ch 5-8
Week 4: Read Ch 9-13
Week 5: Read Ch 14-18

August 22, 2014

Reading Assignment for First Class Meeting

Before coming to class on September 4th, please post a comment to the "Welcome to your freshman seminar!" entry above and please read the short story "Thanasphere" at http://www.bookbrowse.com/excerpts/index.cfm?book_number=508. We will discuss this short story as a group during our first class meeting.