Phase 1 Calendar

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During Phase 1, you will study a variety of texts and ideas and practice skills like rhetorical reading, narrative writing, self-reflection, and analyzing social/political forces in writing. Among other smaller assignments, you will compose two Language & Literacy Narratives, one spoken and one written.


  • You should have access to all readings & all assignments every class (in print or on your laptop/phone). This is because we’ll likely refer back to previous assignments/readings.
  • “BB” stands for “Blackboard”
  • All underlines below are LINKS

  Tu 8/29  Familiarize yourself with Blackboard (BB) & our course site.  Introductions to the course & to each other Syllabus Review Grading Contract
Th 8/31Complete & submit to BB the “Questionnaire.” View A Guide to Annotating TextsRead Rhetoric and Rhetorical Situations” handoutRead Hughe’s “Theme for English BBuilding CommunityRhetorical ConceptsAnnotating Readings (on paper and on the computer)Hughes’ Poem
  Tu 9/5Read & annotate Tan’s “Mother Tongue.” Complete & submit to BB a “Rhetorical Situation. Worksheet” for Tan (it’s ok if you’re unsure about answers).Write & submit to BB a 1-page response to Tan. What parts of Tan’s essay resonate with you most? Why?Tan’s Rhetorical Situation“Charting” texts for what they do (handout)Introduce Phase 1 Assignment
Th 9/7View Saleem’s “Why I Keep Speaking Up…Complete & submit to BB a “Rhetorical Situation Worksheet” for Saleem.Complete & submit to BB the “Language & Literacy Narrative Brainstorms” worksheet (on BB).Saleem’s Rhetorical SituationView Lozada-Oliva’s videoWorkshop LLN brainstormsDiscuss the WLLN Cover Letter & SLLN PresentationAudience Analysis
Tu 9/12Read & annotate Jordan’s “Nobody Mean More to Me Than You…Complete & submit to BB a “Rhetorical Situation Worksheet” for Jordan.Write a 1-page snapshot of 1 meaningful moment in your language &/or literacy experiences. Print 2 copies and bring to class.Jordan’s Rhetorical SituationPractice Charting (Worksheet)Workshop snapshots (peer review)  
  Th 9/14Read Norton’s“Writing a Literacy Narrative” (pages 28-34).Write and submit to BB a full draft of your Written L&L Narrative (at least 2.5 pages long). Print 2 copies and bring to class.Writing a L&L narrative and making larger connectionsAnalyze Model NarrativeWorkshop drafts
  Tu 9/19Write a full draft of your Spoken L&L Narrative. Practice it a few times (ideally with a friend/classmate/family member) and revise/enhance it at least once. Be ready to practice it with peers and email yourself any files you need.View Lyiscott’s videoSign up for SLLN presentationAssign peer review groupsWorkshop SLLNs
Th 9/21Revise & Submit to BB Discussion Board your WLLN based on peer feedback.Introduce Phase 2 Assignment Brainstormideas for Phase 2
Tu 9/26Read & give feedback on two of your peers’ essays using the “Take-Home Peer Review” worksheet. Upload your worksheet to your peers’ Discussion Board post.SLLN Presentation Group 1Discuss connections  
Th 9/28Review your peers’ feedback. Make revisions to your Written L&L Narrative in response to that feedback. Work on your Cover Letter.SLLN Presentation Group 2Discuss connections  
F 9/23Revise & polish the final draft of your Written L&L Narrative. Then, write & paste your Cover Letterat the beginning of your document. Submit to BB and alsoupload your final draft of your WLLN to this shared folder.NO CLASS, of course