Course Daily Schedule

FYW 1259 01 info

*ALERT: FYW 1259-01 will meet in Hipp Hall 202

FYW 1259 02 info

Session Class Focus Assignment
August Week 1
M/ 26 (no class)
W/ 28 Introduction

James Baldwin (Aug. 2, 1924 – Dec. 1, 1987)

First Year Seminars (See the university guide)

“A House of My Own,” Sandra Cisneros

Watch: James Baldwin and Dick Gregory 1969
F/ 30 Jenny Colvin, library introduction

Discuss Essay 1 (personal narrative)

Essay 1: Compose a personal narrative, focusing on a narrow, specific event from your life. Use that story to guide the reader toward a larger point or question you want them to consider more deeply. Use samples to guide your drafting.

Examples of personal narratives:

Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby, Barbara Kingsolver

Letter to My Son, Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Secret Lives of Inner-City Black Males, Ta-Nehisi Coates

They Can’t Turn Back, James Baldwin

September Week 2
M/ 2 Labor Day (no class)
W/ 4 “Theme for English B,” Langston Hughes

[Related: Revisiting “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes]

REFLECTION 1: Writer’s Practice, Getting Started

Reflection 1 email due before class session
F/ 6 Prologue, Vertigo, Louise DeSalvo

The Good Student Trap, Adele Scheele

September Week 3
M/ 9 A Report from Occupied Territory, James Baldwin

“Peculiar Benefits,” Roxane Gay

REFLECTION 2: Writer’s Practice, Section I

Reflection 2 email due before class session
W/ 11 Jenny Colvin, library and the disciplines

Academic/Scholarly Writing

(See Writing for Specific Fields)

Writing as a Young Scholar/Academic

Advice on Writing, Trish Roberts-Miller

Advice to Students and Authors: Submitting Your Work

Essay submission guidelines

Discuss Writer/Scholar Project (Midterm)

F/ 13 Workshop Essay 1
September Week 4
M/ 16 Beginnings

Lockridge: “The American Myth,” James Baldwin

REFLECTION 3: Writer’s Practice, Section II

Reflection 3 email due before class session
W/ 18 Workshop Essay 1
F/ 20 Essay 1 first submission DUE

Peer review in class (bring a hard copy or electronic file to exchange with others in class)

Essay 1 first submission DUE

Essay submission guidelines

September Week 5
M/ 23 Conferences Essay 1 in class

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Why Ta-Nehisi Coates Isn’t Our James Baldwin, Vinson Cunningham

W/ 25 Conferences Essay 1 in class

REFLECTION 4: Writer’s Practice, Section IIIa

Reflection 4 email due before class session
F/ 27 Conferences Essay 1 in class

Essay 2 Assignment

Compose and draft an essay of about 1250-1500 words in blog/online format (see examples below) that offers an expository or argumentative mode for a general public audience from the perspective of expertise. Incorporate images, video, or other media.

SAMPLE submission format.

Examples:

Should We Marvel at a Black Captain America?

[See scholarly version: Can Superhero Comics Defeat Racism?]

There is no debate about hitting children – it’s just wrong

Corporations Are Behind The Common Core State Standards — And That’s Why They’ll Never Work

Gaiman’s Mythical Folding of Childhood into Adulthood

See a blog started by a former FYW student here at Furman.

REFLECTION 5

Writer’s Practice, Section IIIb

Reflection 5 email due before class session
September/

October

Week 6
M/ 30 If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is? James Baldwin

Adrienne Rich’s Poetic Transformations – The New Yorker

“The Baldwin Stamp,” Adrienne Rich

W/ 2 Essay 2 workshop

‘Whitewashing’ row over Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell role reignites

Ghost in the Shell’s whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem?

Seeking Abraham

F/ 4 Essay 2 workshop

REFLECTION 6: Writer’s Practice, Section IVa

Reflection 6 email due before class session
October Week 7
M/ 7 REFLECTION 7: Writer’s Practice, Section IVb Reflection 7 email due before class session
W/ 9 Essay 2 workshop
F/ 11 MIDTERM

Writer/Scholar Project (in-class share; video/PP submission DUE)

Email 1-2 page handout or PowerPoint of key points based on your interview of a Furman professor about her/his scholarship/writing BEFORE October 11 class.

Midterm: Email 1-2 page handout or PowerPoint of key points based on your interview of a Furman professor about her/his scholarship and writing BEFORE October 11 class.
October Week 8
M/ 14 Fall Break (no class)
W/ 16 Essay 2 first submission DUE

Peer review in class (bring a hard copy or electronic file to exchange with others in class)

Essay 2 Conferences

Essay 2 first submission DUE

Essay submission guidelines

F/ 18 Citation, APA (See OWL)

(See HERE and HERE about different citation styles)

Plagiarism

Jenny Colvin, library

Essay 2 Conferences

REFLECTION 8: Writer’s Practice, Section Va; Style, Appendix  II (Using Sources)

Reflection 8 email due before class session
October Week 9
M/ 21 Complete SURVEY before class

Brainstorm Essay 3/research

Class meeting in LIB 041
W/ 23 Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village,” Teju Cole

REFLECTION 9: Writer’s Practice, Section Va

Workshop

Reflection 9 email due before class session
F/ 25 Essay 2 Conferences

REFLECTION 10: Writer’s Practice, Section VI

Workshop

Reflection 10 email due before class session
October/

November

Week 10
M/ 28 Gay non-fiction choice discussion

Essay 2 Conferences

Workshop

W/ 30 Essay 2 Conferences

Essay 3 Assignment

Compose and draft a substantially cited essay of about 4-6 double-spaced pages that presents a discipline-based examination of a topic or poses a discipline-based argument. Citations must conform to APA style guidelines. [See “Writing for Specific Fields.”]

Examples:

Properly formatted APA sample essay

Universal Public Education—Our (Contradictory) Missions

Of Rocks and Hard Places—The Challenge of Maxine Greene ’s Mystification in Teacher Education

Properly formatted APA sample essay

REFLECTION 11: Style, Part I

Reflection 11 email due before class session
F/ 1 REFLECTION 12: Style, Part II

Sample APA Bibliographies

Checklist for Creating Bibliographies

Reflection 12 email due before class session
November Week 11
M/ 4 Jenny Colvin, evaluating sources

Gay non-fiction choice discussion

Workshop

W/ 6 Workshop, Essay 3 (topic, sources DUE) Email topic focus for Essay 3 and as an attachment a draft references list of high-quality sources
F/ 8 REFLECTION 13: Style, Part III Reflection 13 email due before class session
November Week 12
M/ 11 Workshop
W/ 13 Essay 3 first submission DUE

Peer review in class (bring a hard copy or electronic file to exchange with others in class)

Essay 3 first submission DUE

Essay submission guidelines

F/ 15 Checklist for Revising Cited Essay

Conferences Essay 3 in class

November Week 13
M/ 18 Conferences Essay 3 in class

Gay non-fiction choice discussion

REFLECTION 14: Style, IV

 Workshop

Reflection 14 email due before class session
W/ 20 Conferences Essay 3 in class

Workshop

F/ 22 [NCTE] (no class)

Prepare Essay 4 Proposal

Include type of essay you plan to draft and in 2-3 sentences explain the topic and approach you will take. Email proposal DUE before class Monday November 25.

November Week 14
M/ 25 Discuss and approve Essay 4 proposals

Workshop

Email Essay 4 proposal DUE before class session
W/ 27 Thanksgiving (no class)
F/ 29 Thanksgiving (no class)
December Week 15
M/ 2 REFLECTION 15: Style, V/ Appendix I Reflection 15 email due before class session
W/ 4 Essay 4 first submission DUE

Peer review in class (bring a hard copy or electronic file to exchange with others in class)

Essay 4 first submission DUE

Essay submission guidelines

F/ 6 In-class conferences/workshop
December Week 16
M/ 9 Gay non-fiction choice discussion; small group share in class

Essay 4RW DUE

FINAL DUE:

All initial essay submissions of E.1, E.2, E.3, E.4 and at least one RW of all four essays as well as conferences.

Essay 4RW DUE

 

W/ 11 (no class)
F/ 13 (no class)
December EXAMS
M/ 16 FYW 1259-01 – 12:00-2:30

FYW 1259-02 – 8:30-11

Exam/ Final Writing Portfolio

Resubmit all REFLECTIONS (1-15) on exam date noted above. You may include any other artifacts of work throughout the semester to support the grade you deserve in the course.

Submit the following through email attachments:

  • Final drafts of E.1, E.2, E.3, and E.4 as email attachments; be sure to submit CLEAN files (no track changes or comments visible).
  • Label files with your last name, essay number, “final,” and the date of submission, such as Thomas.E1final.121715.docx
  • Attach also a reflection (1-2 pages) on what you have learned as a writer and what you see as the key weaknesses you need to continue to address. Label the file your last name and final reflection, such as Thomas.finalreflection.docx
  • In the body of the email, RANK your four essays from the best to the weakest.

URGENT: Reminder

Minimum Requirements for course credit:

  • Submit all essays in MULTIPLE DRAFTS per schedule before the last day of the course; initial drafts and subsequent drafts should be submitted with great care, as if each is the final submission, but students are expected to participate in process writing throughout the entire semester as a minimum requirement of this course—including a minimum of ONE conference per major essay.
  • Demonstrate adequate understanding of proper documentation and citation of sources through a single well-cited essay or several well-cited essays. A cited essay MUST be included in your final portfolio.

Final Grade Sheet—FYW 1259 (Fall 2019)/Thomas

Final Exam/ Final Writing Portfolio

DUE

 

FinalGr.FYW F19 copy

EDU 111

Perspectives on American Education

EDRD 640

Foundations and Current Trends in Literacy Research and Practice

EDU 115 (MayX)

The Reel World: The Depiction of Schools on Film

EDU 250/ EDRD 750

Scholarly Reading and Writing in Education

Concerned Scholars & Artists

Reclaiming Facts, Truth, Ethics

radical eyes for equity

A Critical Space - Writing by P.L. Thomas

Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

A blog advocating for authentic writing instruction

Diane Ravitch's blog

A site to discuss better education for all

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