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Sunday, July 30, 2017

ENGL 1213: Assignment for August 1-9



Monday July 31: Conferences continue. Work on revisions, and read Mammoths of the Great Plains (through page 79 in the book).

Tuesday August 1: Return to class. Have read all of Mammoths of the Great Plains, and take notes for quiz!

Wednesday August 2:  Read Beatrice Medicine "Child Socialization Among Native Americans: The Lakota (Sioux) in Cultural Context."  as well as "A Right-Wing Think Tank..."

Thursday August 3: Work day -- class will not meet.

Monday August 7: Paper 3 is due. Conferences begin. Work on revisions of papers.

Tuesday August 8: Conferences. Work on revisions of papers.

Wednesday August 9: Open office hours. No class. Portfolio containing final copies of all 3 papers is due by 1:00 p.m.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Assignments for July 25 - August 1


Tuesday July 25: Bring your topic for Paper #2 to class. Read "Shocking Number of Deaths."
Summarize and evaluate it -- take notes for a quiz!

Wednesday July 26: Work day: no class

Thursday July 27: Paper #2 is due by noon. Conferences begin. Work on revisions and read Mammoths of the Great Plains.

Monday July 31: Conferences continue. Work on revisions and read Mammoths of the Great Plains.

Tuesday August 1: Return to class. Have all of Mammoths of the Great Plains read. There will be a quiz!

Paper 3 Handout

ENGL 1213 / 2017/ Jennings
Paper #3: Literary Analysis

Due Date: August 7, 2017, by noon

Length:  Around three to five pages

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1213: Assignments for July 19-31



Wednesday July 19: Return to class. Bring your topic for paper 2, and read this article: "Cats Are Ruthless Killers." Summarize and evaluate it -- take notes for a quiz!

Thursday July 20: Read "The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Drinks."  Summarize, and evaluate it as both a source and an argument.

Monday July 24: Read in Handbook pp 97-157.  (Pages 122-148 you can just skim -- you don't need to read that section in-depth.) There will be a quiz.

Tuesday July 25: Bring your topic for Paper #2 to class. Read "Shocking Number of Deaths."
Summarize and evaluate it -- take notes for a quiz!

Wednesday July 26: Work day: no class

Thursday July 27: Paper #2 is due by noon. Conferences begin. Work on revisions and read Mammoths of the Great Plains.

Monday July 31: Conferences continue. Work on revisions and read Mammoths of the Great Plains.

Tuesday August 1: Return to class. Have all of Mammoths of the Great Plains read. There will be a quiz!


Handout for Paper 2

ENG 1213 / UA Fort Smith / Jennings
Second Paper Assignment

Due Date: This paper is due by noon on July 27.

Length: 4-10 pages.

Subject: This paper will do two things. First, you will explain the causes or the effects (or both!) of some problem. Then you will argue for a solution to the problem. Note that this paper requires an argument – a claim which is supported by backing.

By this I mean you must do more than just assert that a thing is so: you must give the reader some good reasons to believe that it is so.

For example: suppose you are explaining the problems with the new parking system at UAFS – you believe that the parking lots are zoned incorrectly, and that the cost to students is too high. You must assume that you are writing to an audience that is resistant to that claim – an audience that believes the parking system is fair and logical. Thus, you must find good reasons for your argument, reasons that a resistant reader might be willing to listen to, and you must provide support – backing – which will make that reader willing to accept that those reasons are valid. You must make, that is, an evidence-based case.

Topics: This paper works best if you choose a small topic, and one which you are truly interested in. Often you will find these in your chosen major; but you are free to choose problems outside your major as well.

For instance, if you’re a marketing major, you might choose the problem of a new local bakery having trouble marketing their goods in Fort Smith. Again, explain the problem, explain the causes and effects of the problem, and then argue for a solution.

If you’re an education major, you might choose the problem of how to handle a specific discipline problem in the classroom – a pre-schooler who persists in biting his fellow students, for instance.

If you’re having trouble finding a topic, come see me!

Topics that are absolutely forbidden: Abortion, global warming, immigration, gun control, legalizing marijuana, teen pregnancy, GMOs, stem cell research, school prayer, Marriage Equality, the Death penalty, evolution/creationism, Trump in any aspect, animal research, or any other HUGE subject. Look for a small topic.

Sources: You will need at least three good sources, and a Works Cited page. Use MLA citation style. All sources must be cited in-text and on your works cited page. You are responsible for evaluating every source you use. If you site a source that is bogus or unreliable, that will harm your paper’s ethos, and thus your final grade.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Assignments for July 11 - July 18

Tuesday July 11: Read and take notes on these essays. Remember there will be a quiz!


Basic Income: A radical idea for eliminating poverty




Wednesday July 12: Read and take notes on these essays. Remember there will be a quiz!

Skeptical Thoughts on a Taxpayer-funded Basic Income Guarantee  (This link takes you to a .pdf of the article -- scroll down a bit. You may need to read this one either on campus or through your Boreham Library link. )



Thursday July 13


Monday July 17: First draft of paper 1 is due by noon. Come to your conference and begin working on Paper 2. Remember that conferences will be held in my office, Vines 139.

Tuesday July 18: Conferences continue. Work on Paper 2.

Handout for Paper 1

ENGL 1213 / 2016/ Jennings
Paper #1 Summary / Evaluation

Due Date: A draft of this paper is due on July 17. You’ll turn in both the paper itself and either a copy of your source or a link to your source. Remember, this draft will not be graded – you will meet with me one-on-one either on July 17 or July 18, and we will discuss any revisions your paper needs at that time.

Topic: This is a summary and an evaluation of a source.

What does that mean? You will find a scholarly source in your area (that means in the field you are majoring in) and you will first summarize it and then evaluate it as a source.