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F. Jan. 18 | W. Jan. 16

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F. January 18

In class

  • Let’s write – What is an identity? What do identities do for us? Why do they matter? These are the essential questions essay one addresses. Use this activity to activate what you may already know or think about these questions or to ask additional questions of your own.
  • Personal Identity Wheel activity
  • Let’s discuss to prep for the essay – Take notes during class discussions; keep track of who said what
    • What do we already know about identity?
    • What other words might be useful for us to use constructing answers to these questions?
    • What kinds of materials do we need to think better about these questions?

PRO TIP: Take some notes during discussion.

HOMEWORK PRO TIP: Read all homework assignment prompts carefully from beginning to end. Do your best to approach your homework with the mindset that every activity contributes to your growth and development as a reader and writer.

Purposeful practice produces results. Mindless practice – doing the homework just to get it done – does not. Worse, mindless practice keeps you from producing the materials that you will use to write your paper and prevents you from developing the reading and writing skills you need for college, career, and civic success.

This unit’s essential questions: What is an identity? What do identities do for us? Why do they matter? 

Print this: “A Toast Story” 

Homework (4 tasks – 1 due Jan. 18 by 5 pm, 1 film to see tonight, Jan. 18, 2 others at different times over the next several days – be sure preview all of the homework today and plan your work times) 

  1. Due: Friday, Jan. 18 by 5 pm. Create a Google doc or Office 365 document. Call it Quote File & Word Bank. Share it with me.
  2. Due: Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 pm. Go have a free dinner at The Hang (Campus Center) and watch Black Power Mix Tape, 1967-1975 to learn more about next week’s MLK Keynote Speaker, Dr. Angela Davis and the Black Power Movement. The event starts at 6 pm.
  3. Due: Sunday, Jan. 20 by 11:59 pm. Print, read and annotate “A Toast Story” with the aim of gathering “materials to think with” (concepts and examples primarily) to revisit and write about the questions in the Let’s Write prompt for F. Jan. 18. Add at least 4 chunky, relevant quotes to your Quote File by retyping them.  
  4. Due: Sunday, Jan. 20 by 11:59 pm.Post photos of your annotated pages of “A Toast Story” on a post titled “A Toast Story” Notes. IMPORTANT: Be sure to click the Reading Log category when you publish your photos so they’ll show up on your Reading Log submenu. Here’s a photo to show you what I mean. If you haven’t yet created the Reading Log category/menu item, use this video to do so.
    • PRO TIP: Consider talking with one another about this reading outside of class to improve your understanding and generate ideas about how it might help you construct your answers to the questions about identity we’re pursuing.
  5. Due: Tuesday, Jan. 22 by 11:59 pm. Essay 1 Prewriting Activity: The more substantial your prewriting work is at this point, the more material you’ll have to work with as you draft the paper that’s coming up. So, give this activity your best brain, dedicated single-tasking time, and your best effort. Minimize distractions, put away your phone, turn off notifications, close all unrelated tabs and windows, set a timer and write continuously for 60 minutes; write freely (without restraint, doubt or judgment) about the “materials to think [about identity] with” you found in “A Toast Story.” This isn’t an essay; it’s a chance to think on paper in a substantial way about the materials out of which you might construct answers to the questions about identity posed on January 18. Keep reading!
    • During your freewriting time, describe and speculate about at least three concepts, examples, or insights from the article that you think will be important to you as you try to construct your answers. Go beyond pointing at or naming your materials to think with and tell us enough about the concept or example so that we can see it through your ideas and understand why you think its important. 
    • Here are some additional prompts to keep you writing for the full 60 minutes: Explain what questions might arise from thinking about your material and try to answer them. Write about a particularly interesting, surprising, useful, or hard-to-understand quote. Make connections between the concepts and examples you’re working with and try to explain what those connections teach you about identity. Connect the concepts and examples from the reading to examples drawn from your own experiences or those you know or from something you’ve read elsewhere and try to articulate what you learn about identity as a result. While this writing doesn’t need to be well-formed, clean or pretty, it does need to demonstrate your best efforts to make sense of the materials you have to think with. Post the results of this prewriting activity on your ePortfolio. Be sure to categorize it using the “Homework” category so that it shows up under your Homework menu item.

This unit’s essential questions: What is an identity? What do identities do for us? Why do they matter? 



W. January 16

In class

  • Welcome back
  • What’s your name?
    • Who named you? How? Why?
    • What does your name mean? To you? To others?
    • How many names do you have? How many do you use? With whom? In what settings?
    • Are you named after anyone?
    • How do you feel about your name?
    • Do you ever wish you had a different name?
    • To whom does your name connect you? Disconnect you from?

Homework (3 tasks, 2 due Th. Jan. 17, 1 due F. Jan. 18)

  1. Read some name stories to get a feel for them.
  2. Write the stories of your name – 400 words or more.  If you feel comfortable doing so, include one or two pictures of yourself in your post. Publish your name story as a new POST (not PAGE) on your ePortfolio. Be sure to categorize this post as “Homework” in the Category box on the right of your post.  Due on Th. Jan. 17 by 11:59 pm.
  3. Follow the process in the video below to set up your ePortfolio for ENG 123. Due by class time on Friday. When you’re done, your ePortfolio should look quite a bit like this one.
    • Pull any and all ENG 122 materials in your menu from last semester under the ENG 122 menu item, thereby creating a drop-down menu.
How to Build Your UNEportfolio Menu Structure