This week we will have very little reading outside of class, but you do have few assignments that will require some homework time.
1. Make three blog comments to three peers' metacognition blog post #3.
2. Write a 100 word minimum reflection about your timed essay performance. What do you need to work on? What will you commit to trying for the next essay?
This weekend you have a few moving pieces. Here is a list of due dates to help you keep it straight.
For Monday, refine your satire. Many of you adopted a tone more on the sarcasm spectrum than on the satire spectrum. To help you see the satire more clearly, reread Swift's Modest Proposal or check out this (and many other) article from The Onion.
Even though you did research, with satire, there are no rules. You can distort facts and amplify truths in order to make your point. Absurdity is your friend.
In addition to this, you will need to answer the reading questions and the multiple choice questions that we worked with in Friday's class. Write your answers on the answer sheet.
This week we are working on your Modest Proposal, the argument essay, and the Metacognition blog post comments. See the due dates below, and remember to email me or swing by for coaching or questions.
Your second metacognition project is due on Sunday. The next draft of your argument essay is due on Wednesday by noon. Looking at the schedule next week, you will have a work day on Tuesday.
Let me know if you have any questions about any of these assignments. I'm here to help!
Tonight, sit back and enjoy some Dave Barry. You are going to take on a similar writing task to Jonathon's Swifts A Modest Proposal, so pay close attention to Barry's tone in the pieces you read this evening. Also, below you will find the Stephen Colbert congressional hearing. Feel free to watch this again. Analyze the satire. How effective is he in achieving his purpose? What works? What doesn't work?
Take a look at the text and annotate it for class tomorrow. Be sure to identify the Toulmin arrangement in addition to interpreting the rhetoric.
Let me know if you have any questions. Some will have audio feedback available on Turnitin.com tonight. Feel free to start your second draft as soon as possible. We'll discuss next essay steps in class tomorrow.