Weekly Journals 1: 08/26

L/L 3 Rumors: 08/26/2013
What have you heard about Lit and Lang 3 from others students who are or who have already taken this course?  What are your expectations / fears / anxieties about this course?  What kinds of readings / assignments / projects do you anticipate completing in here?

No Journal: 08/27-08/28

Democracy: 08/30
How do you define Democracy? What does Democracy mean to you?  What does Democracy “look” like?  If Democracy makes America great, what exactly is it?  If you can’t actually define it (because it is a big topic), define what a Democracy is not. Define it by talking about things that are not democratic (dictatorships, inequality, oppression, etc.).


Meta-Essay: Instructions for Writing an Essay

Write a set of instructions to the present freshman class that explains how to write an essay for a Lit/Lang class.

Begin with a paragraph that describes what most freshmen & sophomores know or don’t know about writing.  Think of what you learned the past two years. Think about what you need to learn this year.

Then describe, in a series of numbered steps what to do when writing an essay.

You should use the following questions as a way to organize your own essay about essays:

  1. What could writers do as part of pre-writing?  How can they generate new ideas?
  2. How should they go about starting writing?  How should they organize their ideas?
  3. How should they compose an introduction?
  4. How should they compose their body paragraphs?
  5. What is support?  How much support does one need?
  6. How should they compose their conclusions?
  7. What should writers do before submitting their work?

Remember, you are writing to freshmen & sophomores and they need your help.

Lit & Lang 3 Course Description

The main objective of the literature component is to explore American Literature and follow the changes in style from early America to contemporary America. The language component will continue to emphasize different forms of writing, grammar, techniques of writing, and styles of writing with emphasis on a research paper.