Calendar of Assignments

* All weeks in our calendar end on a Friday, as such, all work is due on the Friday of that week and should be submitted by 11:59PM Alaska Standard Time. If work is late it will earn a zero. You are always welcome to work ahead on writing assignments and papers! (You will need to stay with the class’s pace for discussions).

Lesson  1 — Aug 28-Sept 1

What is Academic Writing?‘   by Lennie L. Irvin in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.  

Read MLA1, 2 &3 in  A Writer’s Reference  (pp.395-412)

*”Of Traps and Snares” by John Haines in  The Stars, The Snow, The Fire  (located in blackboard resources section)

*”Death of an Innocent” by Jon Krakauer in  Outside Magazine

Discussion 1 30
1-Page Response “Good Writing” 20

Lesson  2 — Sep 4-8

Storytelling, Narration and the Who Am I Story” by Catherine Ramsdell in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2

Read MLA-1 through MLA-5  in  A Writer’s Reference–please note you’re responsible for these pages  for your MLA Quiz (pp. 391-470)

Shitty First Drafts by Anne Lamott

* Our Class Rubric

* “A Man Made Cold by the Universe” by Sherry Simpson

Discussion 2 30
MLA Quiz 20


Lesson  3 – Sept 11-15

Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right‘ by Janice R. Walker in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.  

‘Teaching Literary Analysis‘ by  Rusul Alrubail

* “Consider the Lobster‘ by David Foster Wallace from  Gourmet Magazine


Discussion 3 30
Paper 1 (Blog Essay) 100


 Lesson  4 — Sept  18-22

The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay‘ by Paul Lynch in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

*  “Introduction” chapter in  Nature’s State  by Susan Kollins (located in blackboard resources section)

*”Why do Reality Shows Make Alaska Look Insane?” by Craig Medred

Section C5 in a  Writer’s Reference,  pp.  43-51

Discussion 4 30
Paragraph Exercises 20

Lesson  5 — Sept 25-29

Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic‘ by Gita DasBender in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2

*”Tao of Raven” by Ernestine Hayes in  Mud City Journal

*“Glass Artist Preston Singletary talks about his heritage and Tlingit Mythology”  Youtube

*Walking in Two Worlds  movie directed by Bo Boudart (located in blackboard resource section)

Discussion 5 30
Paper 1 Revision  variable


Lesson 6 – Oct 2-6

From Topic to Presentation: Making Choices to Develop Your Writing‘ by Beth L. Hewett in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Taking Flight: Connecting Inner and Outer Realities during Invention‘ by Susan E. Antlitz in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Section C-1 in  A Writer’s Reference

* “Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study” by Sapna Maheshwari in  The New York Times

*  “Why Can’t Media Portray the Rural Alaska I Know” by Laureli Ivanoff in  The Alaska Dispatch News

Discussion 6 30
Topics Exercise 20

Lesson 7  —  Oct 9-13

 On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing in First Year Composition Courses‘ by Steven D. Krause in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

* “What Defines a Meme?‘ by James Gleick in  Smithsonian  magazine

Discussion 7 30
Paper 2 (Analysis Essay) 100


Lesson 8  — Oct 16-20

Pp. 139-172 in A Writer’s Reference (Section W)

* “The Ecstasy of Influence: a Plagiarism‘ by Jonothan Lethem in  Harper’s Magazine

* “It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing’‘ a response to Lethem by Kenneth Goldsmith in  The Chronicle

Discussion 8 30

Lesson 9 Oct 23-27

Why Visit Your Campus Writing Center?‘ by Ben Rafoth in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

*”Wild Darkness” by Eva Saulitis in  Orion Magazine

Discussion 9 30
Paper 2 Revision  variable


Lesson 10  — Oct 30 – Nov 3

Finding the Good Argument OR Why Bother With Logic?‘ by Rebecca Jones in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.            

Section A-2 in  A Writer’s Reference  (pp. 78-91)

*”Killing Wolves” by Sherry Simpson in  Creative Nonfiction

Discussion 10 30
Paper 3 (Argumentative Essay) 100


Lesson 11 – Nov 6 – 10

Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: A Guide to Using Sources‘ by Cynthia R. Haller in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Annoying Ways People Use Sources‘ by Kyle D. Stedman in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Individual Student Research

Research Paper Topic Proposal 20
Research Samples 20

Lesson 12 – Nov 13 – 17

Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources‘ by Karen Rosenberg in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2

Pages 1-8 in “Crafting Your Query by using Special Characters” Pages 1-8 are linked on the main page.

Purdue OWL’s entry on “Annotated Bibliographies” and the “Bibliography Samples

Individual Student Research

Annotated Bibliography (10 sources) 20
Paper 3 Revision (Argumentative Essay) variable

Lesson 13 – Nov 20-26 (deadline extended for Thanksgiving Holiday)

Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews‘ by Dana Lynn Driscoll in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Individual Student Research

Research Paper Draft 1 50
Annotated Bibliography (5 additional sources) 20


Lesson 14 – Nov 27 – Dec 1

Wikipedia Is Good for You!?‘ by James P. Purdy in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills‘ by Randall McClure in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.  

Individual Student Research

Research Paper Draft 2 50
Research Paper Outline 20


Lessons 15 – Dec 4-8

Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking?‘   by Sandra L. Giles in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Research Paper Final Draft 100
Reflective Memo 20


Congratulations you’ve completed Writing 111! Feel free to commence your happy dance or run a victory lap at your leisure.

with Megan Bush