Hi! Welcome to English 151RW: Integrated Reading & Writing! This blog is designed to be the central information hub for the course. Come here to access your syllabus, course handouts, and assignment details/deadlines. Below you will see a section titled “Essential Course Documents,” where you’ll find the syllabus and other key documents. Below that, you’ll see a section called “Writing Help,” with links that are designed to help you succeed at the writing in this course.
Scroll down a little more and you’ll see our course schedule, arranged by date. Please note that the date above each reading/writing assignment is the due date. You should be able to click on each reading assignment to open it. If a link is broken, email me and I will fix it ASAP.
If you ever have questions about something on the blog (or if a link is broken), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The course schedule shouldn’t change much, but in the event that I have to revise an assignment or a deadline, those changes will appear on the blog. Thus, it’s a good idea to check the blog regularly so that you always know what’s going on in the course. If you have the blog bookmarked on your phone or computer, be sure to refresh the page so that you get the most current version. Thanks, and welcome to the course!
ESSENTIAL COURSE DOCUMENTS
M Jan. 27
Introduction to the course
Due W Jan. 29
Read Course Syllabus
Read “Brainology” (pink handout)
Homework #1 Due: In your own words, explain “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset” from “Brainology.” Which type of mindset have you had through most of your education? Give a specific example.
Due M Feb. 3
Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Drive (pages 1-31)
Read and print this handout on the Four Types of Support
Homework #2 Due: What did Harry Harlow and Edward Deci’s experiments show about motivation?
Due W Feb. 5
In-class preparation for Essay #1 (will be written in class). Bring “Brainology,” Drive, and any notes you have taken.
Group Presentation sign-ups in class.
Due M Feb. 10
You will write Essay #1 in class today. Bring “Brainology,” Drive, your notes, and a laptop if you have one.
Due W Feb. 12
Read Chapter 2 of Drive (pages 32-57)
Homework #3 Due: In the experiments described in Chapter 2 of Drive, why didn’t money work as a motivator?
Group 1 presents Chapter 2
M Feb. 17: No class due to the President’s Day Holiday! Start reading ahead in Drive.
Due W Feb. 19
Read Essay #2 assignment
Read Chapter 2A in Drive (pages 58-67)
Homework #4 Due: According to Chapter 2A of Drive, in what circumstances did extrinsic rewards help motivate people? In your own words, explain one example Daniel Pink gives. Also, give an example from your own life that relates to the ideas in Chapter 2A.
Group 2 presents Chapter 2A
Due M Feb. 24
Read Chapter 3 in Drive (pages 68-79)
Group 3 presents Chapter 3
Review Essay #2 assignment
Bring in a typed thesis and outline for Essay #2 (1 point)
Due W Feb. 26
Read Chapter 4 in Drive (pages 83-106)
No class today.
Due M March 3
Group 4 presents Chapter 4 of Drive.
Bring in a 2-page, typed rough draft for Essay #2 (2 points assigned, only if you come to class with your draft printed)
Read the Prologue and Ch. 1 of The Power of Habit. Click here to access the reading. I will bring you a printed copy on Monday.
Homework #5 due: In your own words, explain what you learned from reading and apply it to a real-life example.
Due W March 5
Essay #2 due. Be sure that your essay is printed and stapled at the beginning of class. Please also be sure to staple the rubric to the back of your essay. Thank you!
Read Ch. 3 of The Power of Habit (yellow handout) and complete Anticipation Guide
Due M March 10
In-Class Essay #2 will be today. Please bring Ch. 1 and 3 of The Power of Habit and a laptop if you have one.
Due W March 12
Read Ch. 8 of The Power of Habit (blue handout)
Group 5 presents
Due M March 17
Read Chapter 7 (Rat Park) of Opening Skinner’s Box
Group 6 presents
Homework #6 due: What did the Rat Park experiments show about addiction? Explain the reading in your own words, but also use at least one quote in your response.
Due W March 19
Complete brainstorming sheet (handed out in class on Monday) for Essay #4.
Reread “Rat Park”
SPRING BREAK! No Classes Meet on March 24 and 26th
Due M March 31
Bring in a 3-page draft of Essay #4
Due W April 2
In-class revisions of Power of Habit essays. Bring your essay, the reading, and a laptop if you have one.
Due M April 7
Read Chapter 2 from Opening Skinner’s Box (pages 31-62)
There will be a quiz on the reading! Be ready. 🙂
Due W April 9
Reread Chapter 2
Due M April 14
NO CLASS TODAY … but there is still work to do! See below.
Read green handout (Milgram critique)
Read and print Group Presentation guidelines
Work on your Drive revision
Due W April 16
Drive revisions due
Be ready for a quiz on the Milgram reviews
Bring your Angie Bachmann essay to class
In-class writing conferences
Due M April 21
In-class writing conferences
Due W April 23
Final draft of Paper #4 (Angie Bachmann paper) due. To the back of your paper, please staple the draft I commented on and the grading rubric (click here for rubric). Be sure to arrive to class on time for full credit on your essay. Thanks.
Read Ch. 1 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 1-25)
Due M April 28
Print and read the assignment sheet for Essay #5
Read Ch. 2-3 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 26-62)
Group 1 presents
Due W April 30
Read Ch. 4 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 61-84)
Group 2 presents
Due M May 5
Read Ch. 5-6 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 85-122)
Group 3 presents
Due W May 7
Read Ch. 7 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 123-145)
Group 4 presents
Start working on your essay: Brainstorm a working thesis and do a 5-10-minute freewrite.
M May 12
Read Ch. 8-9 of The Other Wes Moore (pages 146-171)
Group 5 presents
Draft of Essay due (3 pages)
W May 14
Read Epilogue and Afterword of The Other Wes Moore (pages 173-186)
Group 6 presents
Final Draft of Wes Moore essay due!
The final exam is scheduled for Monday, May 19, between noon-2pm, in our regular classroom. To prepare for the final, please re-read “Brainology.” Bring “Brainology” to class along with writing materials, including a laptop if you have one. Thank you!