Calendar of Assignments

* All weeks in our calendar end on a Sunday, as such, all work is due on the Sunday of that week and should be submitted by 11:59PM Alaska Standard Time. If work is late it will earn a zero. You are always welcome to work ahead on writing assignments and papers! (You will need to stay with the class’s pace for discussions).

Lesson  1  — Jan 16-21

Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right,’ by Janice Walker in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Read MLA1, 2 &3 in  A Writer’s Reference  (pp.395-412)

*”Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace in  Gourmet Magazine

Discussion 1 30
1-Page Response “Good Writing’ (WA1) 20

Lesson  2  — Jan 22-28

Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps to Rhetorical Analysis‘ by in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.  

Read MLA-1 through MLA-5  in  A Writer’s Reference—please note you’re responsible for these pages  for your MLA Quiz (pp. 391-470)

* Our Class  Rubric

*  The  Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Intro and Chapters 1 & 2 (57 pages)

Discussion 2 30
Analysis Writing Exercise (WA2) 20
MLA Quiz 20

Lesson  3  — Jan 29-Feb 4

How to Read like a Writer‘ by Mike Bunn in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

Shitty First Drafts‘ by Anne Lamott, excerpt from  Bird by Bird

*The  Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapters 3-7 (60 pages)

Discussion 3 30
Paper 1 (Analysis Essay) 100


Lesson  4 — Feb 5-11

The Ladder of Abstraction.‘

Scope: Narrowing your focus,‘ by Agnes Scott.

Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the academic‘ by Dadbender Gitanjali in  Writing Spaces,  Vol. 2

* “Staying Home for Dinner‘ by Lisa Heldke

Discussion 4 30
Peer Review Writing Exercise (WA4) 20

Lesson  5  — Feb 12-18

Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” by Karen Rosenberg in  Writing Spaces Vol. 2

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapters 8-9 (61 pages)

Section C5 in a  Writer’s Reference,  pp.  43-51

Discussion 5 30
Paper 1 Revision  variable


Lesson 6  — Feb 19-25

* “Food, Culture, and Human Health in Alaska: an integrated healthy approach to food security’ by Philip A. Loring and S.C. Gerlach (Located in our class’  Blackboard  resources section)

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 13-14 (38 pages)

Discussion 6 30
Paper 2 (Paper in your Field) 100

Lesson 7  —  Feb 26- Mar 4

 Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys and Interviews‘ by Dana Lynn Driscoll in  Writing Spaces, Vol. 2.

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapters 10-12 (53 pages)

*’Pastoral Romance  by Brent Cunningham


Discussion 7 30
Research Paper Topics Proposal (WA5) 20


Lesson 8  — Mar 5-11

Pp. 139-172 in A Writer’s Reference (Section W)

Annoying Ways People Use Sources” by Kyle D. Stedman

Purdue OWL’s entry on “Annotated Bibliographies‘ and the “Bibliography Samples‘

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 15-17 (56 pages)

Discussion 8 30
Paper 2 Revision Variable

Spring Break Mar 12-18

Lesson 9  Mar 19-25

Googlepedia: turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills‘ by Randall McClure,  Writing Spaces, Vol. 2.

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 18-19 (56 page)

Discussion 9 30
Research Samples (WA7)  20

Annotated Bibliography (5 Sources) (WA6)                                                                      20

Lesson 10  — Mar 26 — Apr 1

Do’s and Don’t’s of Research Interviews  by Kendell Newman Sadiik

Section A-2 in  A Writer’s Reference  (pp. 78-91)

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 20 (21 pages)

Discussion 10 30
Annotated Bibliography (10 sources) (WA8) 20

Lesson 11
 — Apr 2-8

Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: A Guide to Using Sources‘ by Cynthia R. Haller in  Writing Spaces, Vol 2.

How to Structure and Organize your Paper” by the Odegaard Writing & Research Center

Individual Student Research

Research Paper Outline (WA9) 20

Lesson 12  — Apr 9 —15

Storytelling, Narration, and the Who Am I Story” by Catherine Ramsdell in Writing Spaces Vol. 2.

Pages 1-8 in “Crafting Your Query by using Special Characters‘ Pages 1-8 are linked on the main page.

Individual Student Research

Research Draft 1  50

Lesson 13  — Apr 16-22

Wikipedia Is Good for You!?‘ by James P. Purdy in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

 Research Draft 2 50


Lesson 14  — Apr 23-29

Individual Student Research

Reflective Writing and the Revision Process: What Were You Thinking?‘   by Sandra L. Giles in  Writing Spaces, Vol 1.

Research Paper Final Draft 100


Lessons 15— Apr 30-May 5 (note: SATURDAY 11:59am deadline)

Navigating Genre” by Kerry Dirk in  Writing Spaces Vol. 1.

Paper 3 (Persuasive Essay) 100
 Reflective Memo (WA10)  20

Congratulations you’ve completed English 213! Feel free to commence a celebratory, no-guilt, corn-filled food binge. We are corn people, after all.