In-Class Writing Exercises


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FALL QUARTER    WINTER QUARTER      SPRING QUARTER



FALL QUARTER

Week One: Arguing from Premises to Conclusions

Sample Exercise
Current Events Premises/Conclusions
Alternative Exercise I (with Plato)
Alternative Exercise II (with insurance reports)
Alternative Exercise III (with the presidential debates)
Alternative Exercise IV (with an opinion piece on the death penalty)
Alternative Exercise V (with Plato)
Alternative Exercise VI (with a letter about a Japanese history textbook)
Suggestions for Teaching I
Suggestions for Teaching II
First Week Openers
Week Two: Defining Terms
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise I (with the essay prompt)
Alternative Exercise II (with "Ode on a Grecian Urn")
Suggestions for Teaching I
Application in Class
Suggestions for Teaching II
Suggestions for Teaching III
An Etymological Definition of "Piety"
A Supplementary Lecture on the Euthyphro
Sample Argument of Definition Essay
Review Exercise I (with James)
Review Exercise II (with James): "isms" quiz
Review Exercise III (with James): vocabulary quiz
Review Exercise IV (with The Wild Bunch):
Week Three: Counterarguments
Sample Exercise
The Positions of Hume's Characters
Hume: A Prosecution and Defense Model
Arguments from Design for the Counterargument Assignment
A Priori Arguments from Aquinus
Suggestions for Teaching
Information about Teaching "Counterargument" Assignments from Writing 39C
Week Four: Logical Fallacies
Sample Exercise
Quiz for Students (from Humanities Core Course Papers)
Quiz for Students (from Writing 39C Papers)
General Quiz for Students I
General Quiz for Students II
General Quiz for Students III
General Quiz for Students IV
Connecting Formalizing Arguments to Evaluating Them
Week Five: Topic Sentences
Sample Exercise
Sample Paragraph
Alternative Exercise
Suggestions for Teaching
Sentences and Paragraphs Web Tips
Sentence Testing Exercise
Week Six: Transitions
Sample Exercise
Lexical Markers: Conjunctions
Alternative Exercise I
Alternative Exercise II
Suggestions for Teaching
Review Exercise (with Freud)
Week Seven: Rhetorical Contexts
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise
Sample Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Teaching the Rhetorical "Scene"
Teaching Tropes with Rhetorical Analysis
A Passage for Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies
Week Eight: Thesis-Subjects and Thesis-Verbs
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise
Ten Strategies for General Thesis Development
Commonly Asked Questions about Person, Voice, and Tense
Six Strategies for Thesis Development for the Rhetorical Analysis Assignment
Grammatical Subjects in Civilization and Its Discontents: A Glossary of Freudian Nouns
Week Nine: Narrative as a Rhetorical Tool
Sample Exercise
Suggested Readings for Teaching
Suggestions for Teaching Narrative with Film
Review Exercise (with Freud)
Week Ten: Image as a Rhetorical Tool
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise
Suggested Readings for Teaching
A Sample Image Analysis Essay by a Student
Supplement to the Glossary of Film Terms
Quiz on The Wild Bunch


WINTER QUARTER

Week One: Identifying Genre

Sample Exercise
Sample Quiz
Suggested Readings for Teaching
Background Sheet on The Odyssey
Sample Handout on The Odyssey
Heroic Epithets Quiz
An Oral-Formulaic Exercise
 Week Two: Active Reading
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise I
Alternative Exercise II
Alternative Exercise III
Alternative Exercise IV
Alternative Exercise V
Alternative Exercise VI
Alternative Exercise VII
Alternative Exercise VIII
Suggestions for Teaching I (with Homer)
Suggestions for Teaching II (with Homer)
Sample Reading Notes (with Homer)
A Sample Textual Analysis by a Student
Week Three: Textual Analysis
Sample Exercise (with Homer)
Alternative Exercise (with Journey to the West)
Suggestions for Teaching (with Homer)
Suggestions for Teaching (with Journey to the West)
Background Sheet on Jouney to the West
Glossary for Jouney to the West
Sample Close Reading (with Journey to the West)
Sample Close Reading Lesson Plan (with Journey to the West)
Journey to the West Goes Hollywood
Using Images with Journey to the West
Text and Context: Background Information for Journey to the West
Week Four: Integrating Quotations Logically
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise I
Alternative Exercise II
Sample E-mail Message on Claims, Evidence, and Warrants
Small Group Exercise
Review Exercise (with Conrad)
Week Five: Integrating Quotations Stylistically
Sample Quiz
Week Six: Written Texts, Unwritten Assumptions
Sample Exercise (with Conrad)
Sample Exercise (with "The White Man's Burden")
Suggestions for Teaching (with Conrad)
Suggestions for Teaching I (with Shakespeare)
Suggestions for Teaching II (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise I (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise II (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise III (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise IV (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise V (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise VI (with Shakespeare)
Alternative Exercise VII (with Shakespeare)
Sample Textual Explication Tempest Essay from a Student
Week Seven: From Hypothesis to Thesis
Sample Exercise
Model for Counterargument I
Model for Counterargument II
The "Silent Debate"
Suggestions for Teaching (with Emecheta)
Text and Context: Background Information for Heart of Darkness
Text and Context: Background Information for Second Class Citizen
Week Eight: Comparison and Contrast
Sample Exercise
Comparing Emecheta and Conrad with Titles
Comparing Emecheta and Conrad with Titles: The Memo Approach
Comparing Emecheta and Conrad: In-Class Exercise
Comparing Emecheta and Conrad: Irony as a Master Trope
Comparing Second Class Citizen and Madama Butterfly I
Comparing Second Class Citizen and Madama Butterfly II
Week Nine: Revision
Sample Exercise
Sample Revision of Explication Essay
Revision and Counterargument
Revision Tips from the IRC Workshop
A Glossary of Opera Terms
Rhetoric and Music in Madama Butterfly
Cultural References in Madama Butterfly
Rituals in Madama Butterfly: Connecting Back to Earlier Themes
Text and Context: Background Information for Madama Butterfly
Week Ten: Reading One Text "Through" Another
Sample Exercise (with Emecheta and Conrad)
Suggestions for Teaching I (with Emecheta and Conrad)
Suggestions for Teaching II (with Emecheta and Conrad)
Suggestions for Teaching III (with Emecheta and Conrad)
Sample Application Essay
Information about Teaching "Application" Assignments from Writing 39A

 
SPRING QUARTER
Week One: Evaluating Sources
 
Sample Exercise
Sample Hand-Out
Alternative Exercise
Alternative Exercise II
Other First Week Activities
Close Reading Review: Aztec Poetry
Glossary for Aztec Material
Using Images with Aztec Material
Upcoming Material: Evaluating Koning and Morison (e-mail message)
Upcoming Material: Evaluating Koning and Morison (formal writing assignment)
Upcoming Material: Evaluating Koning and Morison (context from faculty in the History Department)
Upcoming Material: Evaluating Koning and Morison (advice to students from LARC)
 Week Two: Ranking, Grouping and Ordering Claims
Sample Exercise
Alternative Exercise
Claims, Evidence, and Warrants Exercise (with Aztec Material)
Claims, Evidence, and Warrants Exercise (with Columbus)
Evaluating Koning and Morison I
Evaluating Koning and Morison II
Evaluating Koning and Morison III
Week Three: Factual and Evaluative Arguments
Sample Hand-Out on Statistical Arguments
Statistical Information about Urban Populations at the Time of Conquest
Factual and Evaluative Arguments
Close Reading Review: Women in Bernal Diaz
Evaluating Sources Review: Bernal Diaz as a Primary Source I
Evaluating Sources Review: Bernal Diaz as a Primary Source II
Week Four: Subordination and Juxtaposition
Sentence Combining Exercises
Subordination Exercise (Cabeza de Vaca)
Subordination Examples/Close Reading (Cabeza de Vaca)
Primary and Secondary Sources (Cabeza de Vaca)
Citation Exercise
Applying the UCI Correction Symbols to Real World Discourse
Integrating Sources Worksheet I (Diaz)
Integrating Sources Worksheet II (Diaz)
Integrating Sources Worksheet III (Diaz)
Week Five: Causal Analysis I (Causal Logic)
A Philosophical Model for Causality
Review: Causal Analysis of Divine Agency in Bernal Diaz and Cabeza de Vaca
Review: A Template for Causality (Diaz)
The Causal Analysis Assignment with research sources: A Model Web Page I (Diaz)
The Causal Analysis Assignment with sample theses: A Model Web Page II (Diaz)
The Causal Analysis Assignment: Problems with Sources (Diaz)
The Causal Analysis Assignment: A Model for Research Solutions (Diaz)
The Causal Analysis Assignment: Engaging Students with the Topic
Review: Diagramming Causal Relationships (Cabeza de Vaca)
Review: In-Class Exercise for Causal Relationships (Cabeza de Vaca)
Causal Claims in Dialogue: Immersion, Conversion, and Subversion (Cabeza de Vaca)
Information about Teaching "Causal Analysis" Assignments from Writing 39C
Close Reading Review: Montaigne
Causal Analysis Diagram for How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
Week Six: Causal Analysis II (Causal Arguments)
Historical and Rhetorical Models for Causality
Sample Exercise
Causal Analysis Worksheet
Editing Exercise for Historical Arguments
Close Reading Review: Winthrop
Close Reading Review: Cotton
Close Reading Review: Bradford and Morton
Causal Claims in Dialogue: The Trial of Thomas Morton
Text and Context: Background Information for Rowlandson
Week Seven: Defining the Terms of a Search
Using Bibliographies and Indexes
Choosing Topics (In-Class Exercises)
Choosing Topics (Lists of Possibilities)
Choosing Topics (Library of Congress Call Numbers)
Sources with Previous Library of Congress Headings
Suggestions for Teaching the Research Paper I
Suggestions for Teaching the Research Paper II
Trouble-Shooting Research Problems
Sample Handout on the Annotated Bibliography
Sample Handout on the Prospectus
Defining Terms with Reference Materials
Defining Terms with Visual Materials
Word Choice and Translation: Review Exercise (with Sor Juana)
Sor Juana Writing Curriculum Review
Robinson Crusoe Study Guide
Week Eight: Analyzing Source-Texts
Analyzing a Core Course Lecture
A Sample Message for an Undergraduate Mailing List about the Research Process
Sample Research Paper from a Student I
Sample Research Paper from a Student II
Suggestions for Teaching Robinson Crusoe I
Suggestions for Teaching Robinson Crusoe II
Week Nine: Critical Thinking about Sources in Context
Peer-Editing the Annotated Bibliography
A Sample Prospectus from a Core Course Section Leader
Three In-Class Exercises about Research and Counterargument
In-Class Exercise on Crevecoeur I
In-Class Exercise on Crevecoeur II
A Crevecoeur Lesson Plan
Suggestions for Teaching Crevecoeur


Week Ten: Negotiating Information Pathways / Mapping the Journey
 

Suggestions for Teaching the California Material
In-Class Exercise for the California Material
The Research Conference: Sample Guidelines for Students
Research Essay Checklist
Research Essay Pledges for Students