English 113A Calendar (Fall 2018)

113A  Calendar Fall 2018

Week 1

August 28, Tuesday:  Introduction of class members and syllabus/course.

Read Top Six Digital Transformation Trends In Media And Entertainment (Online) from Forbes Magazine.

Watch these Ted Talks:


  1. Watch these videos again and write a 300-words response to it. Post your response to Canvas by Wednesday Midnight.
  2. Read and write a precise summary (500 Words) of Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google making Us Stupid? Post Summary to Canvas Discussion Board by Midnight,  Wednesday, August 29.

August 30, Thursday:

  1. Discussion of some student responses.
  2. Class discussion on ““Is Google making Us Stupid?” In-class writing: What is Carr’s argument in the essay or what is his position on technology debate?


  1. Write a letter to the author, Nicholas Carr, responding to his position on technological advancements. Post your letter to Canvas  by Saturday Midnight, September 1.
  2. Read and write a precise summary (500 Words due by Sunday, September 2) of Clive Thompson’s “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better” (PDF in Canvas).

Week 2

Sept 4, Tuesday: Group discussion on the article: “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better”. Each group will take up an issue from the reading and present in the class.

In-class writing: Compare and Contrast Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” Clive Thompson’s “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” and Two Ted Talks: Do all of three make the same argument? Where do they agree and disagree? Is there any difference in the point of view or tone or argument/s? If they agree, why do you think they do, and if not, why not?

Next, we will generate a list of potential research topics in the class.

Finally, we will return to the assignment sheet and review the expectations for the essay


  1. Write a letter to a friend this time describing your response to Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Post your letter to Canvas by Wednesday Midnight, September 5.
  2. Read and write a precise summary (500 Words due by Wednesday, Sept. 5) of Kevin Kelly’s “Better than Human: Why Robots will—and Must—Take our Jobs

Sept 6, Thursday:

  1. Group Discussion on Kevin Kelly’s “Better than Human: Why Robots will—and Must—Take our Jobs”
  2. Watch this Ted Talks and Discuss it: Don’t Fear Intelligent Machines Work With Them 
  3. Workshop on finding, contextualizing and evaluating sources for Progression 1 essay: We will take a quick tour through the library databases to see which ones might best serve our unit inquiry.


  1. Access library databases and locate one or two secondary (pref. scholarly) source/s for your unit 1 essay.
  2. Start drafting the essay—at least three paragraphs—for the beginning, middle or end of the essay. While doing that keep in mind that your writing goal in this progression involves deeply engaging with the arguments of the shared texts, and developing a position(s) of your own.

Week 3

Sept 11, Tuesday:

  1. 1 min idea sharing on your essay topics
  2. Analyzing the beginning and conclusion of two sample essays (download from Canvas)


Read chapter 22 “Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing” (pp. 388-400) from Everyone’s An Author.

Now by using three shared texts and at least one secondary source, compose the first draft for Progression 1 essay. Make sure you keep in mind techniques of “quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing” as you compose the essay.

Sept. 13, Thursday:

Synthesis Heuristic/ Thesis Building Heuristic—(Handouts)

Homework: Further build your paper. Bring the full draft for peer review on Wednesday.

Week 4

Sept. 18, Tuesday

Peer Review/Workshopping the essay. Final questions and solutions related to Progression 1 essay.

Homework: Finalize your essay. Essay is due on Tuesday, Sept 25.

Sept. 20, Thursday

  1. Distribution of Rhetorical Analysis assignment

2.Watch documentary—Miss Representation, 2011

Write a quick response to the movie, and discuss some responses.


Read and write a precise summary (In 500 Words)of chapter nine ““Let’s Take a Closer Look” Writing Analytically” (pp. 137-154 from Everyone’s An Author)Post Summary to Canvas by Monday, September 24.

Week 5

Sept. 25, Tuesday

Review Essay Due

In the Class:

  1. Generating key critical/rhetorical concepts together from ““Let’s Take a Closer Look” Writing Analytically”” (pp. 137-154).
  2. Critical/rhetorical concepts and Miss Representation: (Potential Topics for class discussion) media and representation, media and gender, media and capitalism, media and status quo, media and hypervisibility, media and new colonialism, media and appropriation, signs, symbols and ideologies in Miss Representation

Homework: Get online and locate a media artifact for critical and rhetorical analysis. Read the assignment description carefully and look for the appropriate media artifact (music video, movie/animation clip, video advertisement etc.).

Bring your laptop and media artifact to class on Thursday.

September 27, Thursday,

Initial analysis of your media artifact–

Critically examining your media artifact: What do you see in your artifact? What signs, symbols? What values or ideologies are being communicated? Whose values or ideologies are those? Who is communicating those values or ideologies? Who is benefitting and who is losing? Does your artifact echo any aspect/s of Miss Representation? How?


1. Write a one and half page description of your media artifact. Try to be specific, accurate, and attempt to re-create the artifact as closely as possible in and through words. Post the Description to Canvas.

2. Read and summarize in 300-500 words, “Writing Analytically/A Roadmap” from Everyone’s An Author. Post summary to Canvas by Saturday, September 29.

3. Bring your laptops and your media artifact to the class.

Week 6

October 2, Tuesday:

1.Discussion of Rhetorical terms. Rhetorical angle at the artifact.


1. Read and summarize (in 300- 500 words) chapter thirteen “Analyzing Arguments: Those You Read and Those You Write” from Everyone’s An Author) (Summary due by Wednesday, Oct. 3rd).

2. Read and summarize in 300-500 words Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins’ “Pigtails, Ponytails, and Getting Tail: The Infantilization and Hyper-Sexualization of African American Females in Popular Culture” (PDf in Moodle). Post Summary to Canvas by Wednesday, October 3rd).

Oct 4, Thursday:

We will discuss the key concepts related to analyzing arguments.

We will also analyze Dagbovie-Mullins’ “Pigtails, Ponytails, and Getting Tail: The Infantilization and Hyper-Sexualization of African American Females in Popular Culture” article.

Then, we will review some sample analysis essays (PDFs in Canvas)

Homework: Read and summarize  in 300-500 words Asa Berger’s “Semiotic Analysis” (PDf in Canvas). Post Summary to Canvas by Sunday, October 7th).

Week 7

Oct. 9, Tuesday:

In class:  We will examine advertiser’s key promotion strategies. Also discuss rhetorical and sexual appeals routinely used by advertisers and popular media.

You will work on pairs. You will also look at each other’s media artifact and share your critical observations


  1. Read and summarize (in  300-500 words) Asa Berger’s Chapter” Discourse Analysis” (PDF in Canvas). Post the summary to Canvas by Wednesday, Oct, 10th).

Oct. 11, Thursday:  

In Class: Group discussion on central ideas in Asa Berger’s Chapter” Discourse Analysis

Homework: Keep working on your analysis.

Week 8

Oct. 16 Tuesday: 

No class

Identify a space or activity, where the idea, process or instance that you are discussing in your essay is manifest. Take copious notes of what you see there. Describe in detail what you saw, where you saw it, how it is related to what you are analyzing in your essay, and in what way is that related to your topic and analysis. (Description Due to Canvas by Wednesday Oct. 17th.)

Oct. 18, Thursday:

Organization, Transitions, Synthesis Heuristics, thesis heuristics

Homework: Finalize Rhetorical Analysis. Bring the full draft for peer review on Tuesday

Week 9

Oct. 23, Tuesday: Peer review

Homework: Revise your draft based on peer review feedback and send me and your peer review group the updated draft by Thursday, Midnight, 26th October.

Oct. 25, Thursday:

NO CLASS–Use Class time to Complete your essay incorporating peer feedback and send  me and your peer review group the updated draft by Midnight (Thursday, Oct. 26th)

Week 10

October 30, Tuesday

Small Group Conference with Santosh in his office Sierra Tower 834

Come together as a group on your chosen time slot to Sierra Tower 834

Nov. 1, Thursday:

Screening of a video clips related to American Dream:



  1. Read and post 300-500 words summary of Paul Krugman’s “Confronting Inequality. Post due in Canvas by Monday, Nov. 5.

Week 11

Nov. 6, Tuesday: 

Final Rhetorical Analysis Essay Due

Review the assignment sheet for argument essay.

Discuss Paul Krugman’s “Confronting Inequality.”

Rhetorical Reading of Paul Krugman (Group Activity)

Analysis of some argument essays (PDF in Canvas)

Homework: Read and summarize in 300-500 words Tim Roemer’s “America Remains the World’s Beacon of Success”; Shayan Zadeh’s “Bring on More Immigrant Entrepreneurs”; and Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy’s “The Upside of Income Inequality. Look for instances of claims being made and supported—analytical claims, argumentative claims, explanatory claims. Canvas Posts due by Wednesday, Nov. 7).

Nov. 8, Thursday: We will unpack issues associated with American Dream based on those readings.


Read and Summarize in 300-500 words Brandon King’s “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold” (PDF in Canvas). Post the summary to Canvas by Saturday Nov. 10.

Everyone please start exploring your essay topic or research question/s. Remember your essay topic or research question/s should or could be on any issues, questions, debates or controversies associated with American Dream. Try to look for something you are interested in and want to research further. Be ready to share your tentative topic/research questions to the class on Wednesday.

Week 12

Nov. 13, Tuesday:

We will unpack Brandon King’s article.

Your research: What did you find as the associated issues of “American Dream”?

Homework Read and summarize chapter 16: “Finding Sources, Considering Research Methods (pp. 337-361) from Everyone’s An Author. Post 300-500-words summary to Canvas by Wednesday, Nov. 14th.

Nov. 15, Thursday:

We will unpack “Finding Sources, Research Methods.”

We will look at criteria for evaluating print and online sources.

We will discuss the components of research proposal (I will have handouts for you).


1. Please write a 250-word research essay proposal. (Proposal Due by Sunday Nov. 18).

2. Read and Summarize in 300-500 words chapter 7: “This is Where I Stand: Arguing a Position” (pp. 61-88 from Everyone’s An Author. Post Summary to Canvas by Saturday Nov. 17.

Week 13

Nov. 20, Tuesday:  No Class–Field Visit/Data Collection

1. Locate at least 2 images related to your research topic.

2. Identify Interviewees or Primary Research Site; Arrange for interviews or field observation; Draft interview questions; Conduct interviews, if possible. You need to report progress in class on Tuesday.

Nov. 22, Thursday: Thanksgiving Break

Week 14

Nov. 27, Tuesday

  1. We will share our research proposals in the class: claim/ thesis, sources, research methods etc.
  2. We will look at various elements of argument.
  3. We will also do narrowing the focus exercise.
  4. Evaluation criteria distributed and explained


  1. Prepare the first draft (4+pages) of the essay

Nov. 29, Thursday:

  • Thesis Building Heuristic
  • Peer review (Peer Review sheet distributed)

HomeworkComplete the draft and submit it to Canvas and also email a copy to your small group members an attachment (.doc or .docx) by Saturday, Dec. 1. 

Week 15

Dec. 4, Tuesday

Small Group Peer Review

Homework: Keep working on your essay.

Dec. 6, Thursday

One-on-one Conference in small groups in my Office Sierra Tower 834


Finalize your essay. Start putting together your entire portfolio.

Remember to bring your Portfolio on Tuesday, December 11

Portfolio is due on Tuesday. It should contain print copies of your three polished essays (Review Essay final draft, Rhetorical Analysis Essay final draft, and Argument Essay final draft) and a 2 double-spaced reflection on the entire semester–what you learned and how, what readings stood out, and what assignments and writing and research activities benefitted you the most. Please put those four pieces in a folder/binder and bring it to the class.

Dec. 11: Tuesday:

Course Evaluation

Essay, Portfolio, and Reflection Due


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