October 25, 2007

Essay 1 Materials

Assignment Sheet
Grading Rubric
Sample Passage Analysis
On Thesis Statements

October 15, 2007

Battle of Algiers Discussion

After Tuesday's viewing, share a question, a comment, or a connection to another text. Be specific in referring to a certain shot, scene, or line if appropriate. And please respond to one another's observations and concerns.

(post a total of two comments by Thursday, if you choose this assignment option)

September 26, 2007

Media Project

Assignment Sheet

Sample Media Project

September 12, 2007


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- Do not begin or end a paragraph with a quotation; you should introduce and analyze each selection.
- Use ellipses (. . .) to omit unnecessary words within your quotations, but not at the beginning or end (the nature of quotation suggests that there is something before and after).
- Use [word] to replace any words you need to change, such as verb changes or names: e.g. change 'Marlow and Kurtz disagree about what "he believes is progress,"' to 'Marlow and Kurtz disagree about what "[Kurtz] believes is progress."'
- Quotations should be integrated into your sentences, i.e. they shouldn’t stand on their own grammatically. Put punctuation inside the quotations, and a parenthetical citation after it:
As Said’s conclusion indicates, “the crisis is one of storytelling and not dramatic action? (46).
According to the article, Marlow “is a hero who deserves to be praised,? which raises further questions about the term heroism (42).

The one-page response papers are an opportunity to document your insights and questions; they will prepare you to discuss and serve as groundwork for your essays. The best response papers will: ask questions, make connections between texts and experiences, and closely engage the text (quote liberally for future reference). These papers need not be polished—forego a traditional introduction/conclusion—but be concise and efficient (see examples below):

Okay: “Stavrianos raises many interesting points. I hadn’t really considered these ideas before. For example, he describes the Third World as a set of relations rather than a group of countries (40). This raises a bunch of questions for me though. I wonder whether these relations stable? And are they controllable? And then who would control them? etc.??

Better: “Stavrianos’s description of the Third World as a set of relations is an appealing model, but who governs these relations and are they stable (40)??

Response papers will not be accepted late and are a part of your participation grade.

Discussion Leader Schedule

Week of Sep 11 -- Haftom, Janice, Carrie
Week of Sep 18 -- Brianna, Chris Z.
Week of Sep 25 -- Charlie, Heidi
Week of Oct 2 -- Casey, Kristen
Week of Oct 9 -- Rebecca, Kaylee
Week of Oct 16 -- Sirak, David
Week of Oct 23-- Tim, Hope, Chris B.
Week of Oct 30 -- Trista, Katie
Week of Nov 6 -- Piper, Tricia
Week of Nov 13 -- Virginia, Staci, Rekha
Week of Nov 20 -- Mhalet, Mandi
Week of Nov 27 -- Colleen, Hayoung Yoo, David Cheng
Week of Dec 4 --

(At least 2 people haven't signed up -- please let me know if you prefer Nov 27 or Dec 4)

September 9, 2007

Syllabus and Course Schedules

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