November 2009 Archives
We will spend time in class developing a brief rubric, and you will arrange to read and respond to two peer drafts, in an informal but thoughtful 2-3 page essay (uploaded to Turnitin.com and shared with your peers by Thursday).
During the last four decades, a well-publicized shift in what undergraduate students prefer to study has taken place in American higher education. The number of young men and women majoring in English has dropped dramatically; the same is true of philosophy, foreign languages, art history, and kindred fields, including history. As someone who has taught in four university English departments over the last 40 years, I am dismayed by this shift, as are my colleagues here and there across the land. And because it is probably irreversible, it is important to attempt to sort out the reasons--the many reasons--for what has happened. --William M. Chace, The American Scholar
- Being able to finish; depth.
- Starting with sources, tracing chain.
- Analysis of primary text.
- What makes a good thesis.
- Content of paper at this point.
- Confident in analysis.
- Sources. Pro & Con.
- Full 10p length
- Time. Sleep.
- MLA citation.
- Citing graphic novels. (Panel)
- Articulation of thesis.
- Dubiousness of thesis.
- How much depth to explain outside sources.
- How to expand to 10p English paper.
- Definitions and explanations of ambiguous terms, questions on big issues.
- Conveying images properly.
- Proving a point about literature (rather than something else)
This portfolio should present the work that you didn't present as part of Portfolio 1 or Portfolio 2.
If you have a reason to include an entry from the first part of class (maybe you have expanded it, or a new discussion has emerged on an old entry) feel free to include it -- just explain why you think it belongs in this portfolio.
"The Use of Comic Books in Teaching the Holocaust," a lecture by Beverly Harris-Schenz of the University of Pittsburgh German Department, on teaching the Holocaust to German students. 8 p.m., Thursday, Jewish Community Center (412-421-1500). --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Avi sez, "'Mickey Mouse in Gurs' is a tragic 'comic' book made by Horst Rosenthal in 1942 while incarcerated at the Gurs internment camp in France. Rosenthal uses Mickey Mouse as a kind of subversive Virgil to guide us through the hellish experiences of the concentration camp. Horst Rosenthal was murdered in Auschwitz in 1942." --BoingBoing
(It's also the only major assignment we'll do for the rest of the term.)
I do not expect to be able to discuss each paper individually with you during class, but I will aim to get you some quick feedback right away, and encourage you to come to sign up for longer consultations.
Feel free to take risks for this assignment; if you hit a dead end or change your topic, that's a good sign -- it's better that you make those changes now, than after you've written 6 or 8 pages.