I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Day 37, Sem. 1
We started class with self-evaluation of the ACES portfolio as a whole. I gave students a self-evaluation handout, and they used the ACES portfolio rubric and the WCPSS Writing Continuum to complete the self-evaluation during the first 25 minutes of class. Those who finished quickly had time to read independently. I collected the self-evaluation from those who finished, but some students could choose to take the handout home and turn it in tomorrow.
Next, we began talking about the two funeral speeches from Julius Caesar as model texts for the art of persuasion. Today we began discussing and preparing for a writing assignment (5-paragraph essay) that analyzes the rhetorical techniques used by one of the two speakers in the funeral scene of Julius Caesar. Students previewed the two speeches and chose one to use as the basis of their essay (I think Antony is the favored speaker). Then, reviewed the essentials for a five paragraph essay: introduction (hook, bridge, and thesis), body paragraphs (follow ACES structure), and conclusion (reverse introduction).
Finally, I gave students the reading schedule for Part I of Things Fall Apart. They have approximately 3 chapters a day to read starting tonight.
Ch. 1-3 by Friday
Ch. 4-6 by Monday
Ch. 7-9 by Tuesday
Ch. 10-13 by Wed. (seminar on Wed.)
Homework: ACES portfolio due in Turnitin.com by 11:59 pm on Friday. It should be ready to submit now. Self-evaluation and blank rubric for ACES portfolio due in class on Friday. Read chapters 1-3 of Things Fall Apart by tomorrow.
Allison Houck, MAT