10/1 Formal Paper #1 is due in class today; late papers will not be accepted. Please also submit you peer critiques. Then go on to read “Ponds” by Lewis Thomas (pp. 107-111) and “Basin and Range” by John McPhee (111-117). We will discuss the readings in class.
10/3 Please read “A Very Warm Mountain” by Ursula Le Guin (117-125). Before coming to class, please answer (from “Considerations…”) either question #1 or #2.
10/8 View from the four-part series by Ken Burns, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (PBS documentary). Revised! Please be ON TIME! The documentary will take the full class period. Please also take notes.
10/10 Please read “Two Creation Stories” — Genesis 1-3 and “Marumda and Kuksu Make the World” (343-352) in Writing Nature. What are the major differences in each culture’s creation story? Do you notice any similarities in symbols or themes? Take notes; we will discuss the readings in class today
10/17–Professor McGovern was sick. Please continue w/assignments as directed below.
10/22 Please read Henry Bibb’s Section XI from Narrative of the Life and Adventure of Henry Bibb, An American Slave (210-217). Take notes about the many plot details and events in the life of Mr. Bibb and his family; how does his portrait of nature differ from the Pomo Creation myth?
10/24 Please read Silko’s “Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Imagination” (381-393). The reading is a bit longer than average, so allow yourself extra time; then also answer “Considerations” question EITHER #1 OR #4 on p. 393. Enjoy! Leslie M. Silko is a wonderful writer of Pueblo-Laguna and Navajo origin.
10/29 Please read Noel Perrin’s “Forever Virgin: American Views of America” (369-381). Please also answer question #2 (“Considerations”) or #2 in “Possibilities for Writing.” Looking back upon the other essays by men and women of color, how does the Anglo-American understanding of nature differ? Does it? Is there a noticeable philosophical divide? What are they and the consequences? We will discuss in clas
10/31 — All classes except 11 AM should have completed peer critique; due to my inability to attend class, I ask all students in ENG 101 to BRING the drafts and theses back to class this TUESDAY: November 5. The new due date for all of the ENG 101 classes for FP #2 is now Thursday, 11/7
11/5 REPEAT of peer critique for FP #2 — please bring your 400-500 word typed draft to class today; we will complete peer critique in class. Students may write FP #2 about any one essay in the month of October (from 10/3 to 10/29). Please also bring your thesis written on a separate piece of paper. Bear in mind, the thesis should NOT BE: a fact, a fragment, or a question.
11/7 FP #2 is DUE at the start of class today; please be sure to submit your peer critiques as well. Then please go on to read Alice Walker’s essay, “Am I Blue?” (242-247). Since FP #2 is DUE today, please just look at the question’s following Ms. Walker’s essay.
11/12 Please read Peter Mathiessen’s excerpt from The Snow Leopard (46-57). Then go on to read “May’s Lion” by Ursula K. LeGuin (pp. 306-314). Discussion to follow.
11/14 Please read “The Face of a Spider” (235-241) and “Animal Rights and Beyond…” (548-555).
11/19 Please read “When Are Animal Experiments Justifiable” by Peter Singer (541-548). Examine #1 & 2 (“Considerations”) at the top of p. 547 (you do not have to write out the questions, but be prepared to discuss them). Obviously, writers writing about animals in a natural setting will be the theme for FP #3. Students may write about any one essay from between 11/7-11/19 for FP #3. Peer critique due next class.
11/21: Peer critique for Formal Paper #3 (FP #3 can be about any reading we completed between 11/5 and 11/19). If any student has a 90% average or above, the paper will be optional. All other students must write FP #3 w/the intention to improve previous grades. Good luck! Also remember to use the Writing Center (Rm. 8349) as a resource for additional help.
11/26: FP #3 is due today; we will also begin the discussion for your final research papers; as such, this is a very important class. SUNY (in general) and RCC (specifically) both require all ENG 101 students to complete the research essay with a C or better in order to pass ENG 101. Do take notes, and pay careful attention. Review of MLA rules; please read Ideas & Details: Chapter 15, pp. 337-389. This may be the most important chapter in Bauman’s book; students should rely upon Chapter 15 (inIdeas and Details) whenever they have questions about research techniques and how to write entries for the Works Cited page.
11/28 No classes — Happy Thanksgiving!
12/3 Notecards and outline for documented essay are due today; bring work to class w/you. Together, they are worth 10 prewriting points. Individual conferences will also be scheduled today; please come to class on time w/the work that is due.
12/5 Draft #1 (first 2 pages, 500 words) of your documented essay is due; students who fail to use citations will receive ZERO prewriting points. Be sure to have roughly the right length and your citations in place. (Worth 15 prewriting points.)
12/10 Individual conferences–as needed; these may also spill over into my office hours if necessary.
12/12 Individual conferences (see above)
12/17 Final peer critique of ENTIRE research essay: 4-6 pages, citations included, Works Cited on a separate, final page. All of these are required today for students to earn the maximum prewriting points (worth final 15 points of 40 total). Please do not lose points: they are meant to be an incentive to complete this project successfully.
12/19 Final research essay is due ON TIME; final class. No late work will be accepted. RCC faculty must submit grades quickly, so I need the time to read each essay. Plagiarism: a lack of citations, quotation marks (even for a few words or one sentence) AND/OR a missing Works Cited page is grounds for FAILURE. Do be careful to research and cite ethically.