Week 1 (Jan. 18-24)

Week at a Glance

  • Topics: Course Introduction and What Is Writing?
  • Reading Posts due (please post to the appropriate Slack channel):
    • Jan. 21: See below.

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Course Introduction

In-class

  • Course introduction

Homework, to do

  • Review the syllabus.
  • Look over the course website
  • Sign up with the course Slack site. Invitations will be emailed Tuesday evening.
  • Reading posts for Jan. 21. Due: 12:00 PM, Jan. 21. Please post to the appropriate Slack channel.
    • For one of your posts: select your favorite quote about writing from “30 Indispensable Writing Tips” (or submit a different one) and explain why you chose it.
    • Post either a question or a comment about Windsor’s “What Counts are Writing?” or the Writing, Technology, and Teens report.

Homework, to read for Jan. 21

  • Shepherd, Jack. “30 Indispensable Writing Tips from Famous Authors.” Buzzfeed. 15 Aug. 2012. (Online reading)
  • Windsor, Dorothy A. “What Counts as Writing? An Argument from Engineers’ Practice.” Journal of Advanced Composition 12.2 (1992): 337-47. (PDF in Blackboard)
  • Lenhart, Amanda et. al. “Overview.” Writing, Technology, and Teens. Pew Internet & American Life Project. 24 April 2008. (Online reading)

Resources


 

Thursday, Jan. 21: What is Writing?

Due

  • Reading posts for Jan. 21. Due: 12:00 PM, Jan. 21. Please post to the appropriate Slack channel.
    • For one of your posts: select your favorite quote about writing from “30 Indispensable Writing Tips” (or submit a different one) and explain why you chose it.
    • Post either a question or a comment about Windsor’s “What Counts are Writing?” or the Writing, Technology, and Teens report.

In-class

  • What Is Writing?
  • Readings to discuss:
    • Shepherd, Jack. “30 Indispensable Writing Tips from Famous Authors.” Buzzfeed. 15 Aug. 2012. (Online reading)
    • Windsor, Dorothy A. “What Counts as Writing? An Argument from Engineers’ Practice.” Journal of Advanced Composition 12.2 (1992): 337-47. (PDF in Blackboard)
    • Lenhart, Amanda et. al. “Overview.” Writing, Technology, and Teens. Pew Internet & American Life Project. 24 April 2008. (Online reading)

Homework, to do for Jan. 26

  • Reading posts for Jan. 26. Due: 12:00 PM, Jan. 26. Please post to the appropriate Slack channel.
    • One post should be framed as a question and one post should be framed as a comment.

Homework, to read for Jan. 26

  • Coulmas, Florian. “What Is Writing?” Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. 1-17. (PDF in Blackboard)
  • Emig, Janet. “Writing as a Mode of Learning.” CCC 28.2 (1977): 122-128. (PDF in Blackboard)
  • Ong, Walter J. “Writing Is a Technology that Restructures Thought.” The Written Word: Literacy in Transition. Ed. Gerd Baumann. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986. 23-50. (PDF in Blackboard)
  • Lunsford, Andrea. “Writing, Technologies, and the Fifth Canon.” Computers and Composition 23 (2006): 169-177. (PDF in Blackboard)