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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at http://drop.io/writing205. On the first day of class (and again as needed) I will provide the password you need to access the readings stored at Drop.io.

EBIGFY - Everything Bad Is Good For You
TBTH - The Brief Thomson Handbook
The deadline for weekly work, unless otherwise stated, is Sunday at 3:00 p.m. EST.

01.January 12-18
Reply to Welcome Email
Read: Johnson's EBIGFY, pp. 1-62
Read: "Reality Television: Oxymoron," George Will (online)
Post Personal Introduction and Response in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Post to Week One Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Read Project 1 Assignment and post any questions in Discussion Board (Blackboard)
Complete sign-ups for Google Docs and Wet Paint

02.January 19-25
Read: Johnson's EBIGFY, pp. 62-136
Read: "Brain Candy," Malcolm Gladwell (online)
Glance: C. 1-3, TBTH, Blakesley and Hoogeveen, pp. 1-46
Post to Week Two Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Post to Unit One Project Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP) (optional)
Set up a document in Google Docs for the Unit One Project and share it with dmueller@syr.edu (IP)

03.January 26-February 1
Read: Johnson's EBIGFY, pp. 137-221
Read: "Bad Influence," Rufus Griscom (online)
Read: C. 4, TBTH, "Reading Critically," Blakesley and Hoogeveen, pp. 49-57
Post to Week Three Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Continue drafting your Unit One essay in Google Docs

Monday, February 2, Financial Aid drop deadline

04.February 2-8
Due: Project 1; Friday, February 6, 3:00 p.m.
Schedule a consultation appointment with the Writing Center
Introduction of Project Two

05.February 9-15
Read: George Saunders, "The Braindead Megaphone," (drop.io)
Post to Week Five Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)

06.February 16-22
Read: From Here Comes Everybody, c. 3, "Everyone Is a Media Outlet," pp. 55-80 (drop.io)
Post to Week Six Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Post annotation #1 to Wet Paint by Friday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m.

07.February 23-March 1
Read: Geoffrey Sirc, "Box Logic" (through p. 9 of the PDF) (drop.io)
Post to Week Seven Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Post annotation #2 to Wet Paint by Friday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m.

08.March 2-8
Due (coming up): Project 2; Friday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.
Post annotation #3 to Wet Paint by Friday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Post to Week Eight Discussion in Discussion Board (Blackboard) (IP)
Read: Unit Three Assignment
Read: Ballenger, On focusing research (drop.io)
Read: Ballenger, Chapter Two (drop.io)

09.March 9-15
Spring Break
Due: Project 2; Friday, March 13, 3:00 p.m.
To turn in the project, send me the link to the final piece of the Invention Portfolio (i.e., the research memo draft) via Google Docs.
Post annotations #4 & #5 to Wet Paint by Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Note: You have the option of posting early; these deadlines have been extended by one week from the initial schedule.

Tuesday, March 17, Academic drop deadline

10.March 16-22
Continuing with research for Unit Three
Responses to Unit Two and Research Memo

11.March 23-29
Due: Revised Research Memo; Friday, March 27, 3:00 p.m. (IP)

12.March 30-April 5
Citation and reference (Blackboard discussion) (IP)
Read: C. 13, MLA Documentation, The Brief Thomson Handbook
Unit Three Project development via consultation

Tuesday, April 14, Withdrawal Deadline

13.April 6-12
Due: 1200 word draft via Google Docs, Thursday, March 9, 3:00 p.m. (IP)

14.April 13-19
Peer response (Blackboard and Google Docs) (IP)
Read: Lanham, C. 1-3, pp. 1-55

15.April 20-26
Due: Project 3; Friday, April 24, 3:00 p.m.

16.April 27-28

Contact Information

Derek Mueller
Office: HBC 002
Spring '09 office hours: Mon., 9-10 a.m.
Phone: (315) 708-3940


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