“Setting up” Day

Great to see you for Part 2 of our Orientation to ENG 5020 “Writing Theory & Practice”!  Our second meeting was a chance to further acclimate as we continue to set up the course together.  Your early responses to the “Image Gallery” check-in exercise were insightful, and it helps to get to know each other (incrementally) as we embark on this journey together.  Thanks for your generosity in participating.

I am glad we achieved as much as we did regarding our Calendar plan. For now, we have all the dates designated (each of you knows which night you are slated to “take the lead”).   I hope you will take the next week to select some readings (have some 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choices in mind).  I am currently fixing some of the dead links in our Reading Roster, so that should be resolved shortly. ***Please email me your selections by the close of the coming week so I can start to fill out the Course Calendar document with our weekly readings.  

Centering ourselves at the beginning

I am glad we took a moment to write a Spiral Journal together. Writing can be a powerful way to sharpen your own observational precision, especially in terms of self-reflection. I believe it is useful to take stock of where we are at, at the start of the grad school journey. It will help you in setting an intentional direction for new growth in your life. We have our work cut out for us in this course, and yet, I also hope that our rhythm and our way of proceeding together will genuinely be something all of us to look forward to.  We will pace ourselves as we dive deeper into the world of writing theory, seeking that bridge to writing praxis.  Your preparations for the next couple of weeks will continue to be “light” as we warm-up and acclimate together.

Your “to-do” list:

Read: “Rhetoric & Composition” by Janice M. Lauer in English studies : an introduction to the discipline(s) ed. Bruce McComiskey, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. Here is the link to the PDF file: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:5f2203ed-891e-4e5c-b626-662b58d676e9

***Please note this reading is Chapter 2 (pages 106-136) in the English studies : an introduction to the discipline(s) ebook: https://kean.on.worldcat.org/oclc/647111480.

The ebook is accessible here. Scroll to Chapter 2 for your class reading:

Blog #2 (Due 9/25) – A reflection/response on the Janice M. Lauer “Rhetoric & Composition” reading, and any thoughts on the highlights emerging from the first two weeks of class.

See you in person soon!

Dr. Zamora