English 110.FY71: Cultural Identity and Poverty

This is the site for Dr. Navarro's Fall English 110: College Writing class.

Course Schedule

Please refer to the schedule frequently as dates and time are liable to change.

Date

Topic

Assignment (to be done in advance of next class)

T 8/28

 

Why this class?

In-class writing diagnostic: What do these key words mean to me?

TH 8/30

 

What is culture? What is identity?

The importance of grounded (and flexible) definitions.

READ: “Prologue: Cold City” (Desmond). PDF available on our course site.

WRITE: A one-page response to this reading.

T 9/4

 

 

The importance of drafting.

READ: Chap 1, “The Business of Owning the City” (Desmond) Must have a copy of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted for next class (or by the weekend at the latest).

TH 9/6

 

What is the close reading essay?

***First draft of essay #1 due on 9/13.***

READ:  Chap 2, “Making Rent” and Chap 3, “Hot Water” (Desmond)

T 9/11

NO CLASSES*

 

 

 

TH 9/13

 

Peer Review Writer’s Workshop:  Essay #1, Close Reading

(DRAFT 1)

Start incorporating suggestions and comments towards your second draft.

 

Bring your reflections of the documentary to next class.

T 9/18

NO CLASSES*

 

 

 

TH 9/20

 

Working towards a definition of cultural identity: the intersection of culture and poverty

Work on incorporating different sources into your writing. Fine tuning response and rhetorical analysis

T 9/25

 

Summarizing: How does more information alter and change your original ideas?

Be prepared to answer two questions:

How do Sherrena and Tobin approach managing their rental properties?

How are they similar (and different) in their approaches?

TH 9/27

 

Analysis and evidence

READ Chap 4, “A Beautiful Collection” and Chap 5 “Thirteenth Street” (Desmond)

 

T 10/2

 

Towards more complete definitions and arguments

How does evidence move a text?

***Second draft of essay #1 due on 10/4***

TH 10/4

 

Peer Review Writer’s Workshop:  Essay #1, Close Reading

(DRAFT 2)

 

READ Chap 8 “Christmas in Room 400” (Desmond)

 

Also, watch PBS FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY: Poor Kids (2012) https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poor-kids/#video-2

T 10/9

Argumentative Frameworks

 

READ ethos, pathos, logos PDF.

TH 10/11

 

Challenging argumentative frameworks

READ Toulmin PDF

T 10/16

 

Language politics in the genre of academic writing

***First draft of essay #2 due on 10/18***

READ Chap 9 “Order some Carryout” (Desmond)

TH 10/18

 

Peer Review Writer’s Workshop

ESSAY #2

Start incorporating suggestions and comments towards your second draft of ESSAY #2.

T 10/23

 

Incorporating evidence and research

READ Chap 10 “Hypes for Hire” (Desmond)

TH 10/25

 

Using and situating historical perspectives

READ Chap 11 “The ‘Hood is Good” (Desmond)

T 10/30

 

Style and genre

 

READ Chap 12 “Disposable Ties” (Desmond)

TH 11/1

 

Exploring background information

 

***Second draft of essay #2 due on 11/6***

T 11/6

 

Peer Review Writer’s Workshop:  Essay #2, (DRAFT 2)

READ: "Historical Memory and Collective Memory" by Maurice Halbwachs (pp50-63)

 

TH 11/8

 

Developing

Historical/Analytical frameworks

READ: "Historical Memory and Collective Memory" by Maurice Halbwachs (pp63-87)

READ Chap 17 “This is America” (Desmond)

 

T 11/13

 

LIBRARY RESEARCH DAY

More research work

LIBRARY 225

READ Chap 18 “Lobster on Food Stamps” (Desmond)

 

TH 11/15

 

No classes.

Independent Study Day: Individual group work

 

***First draft of essay #3 due on 11/20***

T 11/20

 

Research Paper Work: Templates, more efficient source work

 

READ Chap 23 “The Serenity Club”

READ Chap 24 “Can’t Win for Losing” (Desmond)

TH 11/22

NO CLASSES*

 

 

THANKSGIVING!

T 11/27

 

Research Paper Questions

Read “Epilogue: Home and Hope” (Desmond

TH 11/29

 

 

Peer Review Writer’s Workshop

ESSAY #3

DO NOT BE LATE! DO NOT MISS!

T 12/4

 

Group Presentation Work (in-class)

 

TH 12/6

 

Final Group Presentations

 

T 12/11

LAST DAY OF CLASSES*

 

Final Group Presentations

 

12/18

FINAL DRAFT Essay #3 Due via email (Google Drive) before 5:00PM,  EST.

 

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