Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Final Exam Information

The final exam will take place on Thursday, December 15th. The exam is open-note. All notes will be 'ok'ed' by the professor prior to the exam.

The structure of the exam is consistent with in-class essays (thesis, 600 words) and with our discussions about it from class discussions.

The meeting to discuss grades will occur on Monday, December 19th.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

LIB 110 Video Project; Filming Thursday

All groups should be ready to film Thursday. All groups should have their lines memorized, their props in place, and be dressed for the camera.

All students should have their revised statement to be read for the camera on Thursday as well. Their statement should respond to the following prompt:

The most important thing I learned this semester was ________________________________________.
The thing I would change most about food would be ________________________________________.
At my ideal college, I would be able to have the choice of eating _______________________ on campus.

Students will make these statements clearly to the camera, with eye contact.

Student Survey


Creating Bibliographies and Incorporating Research


A bibliography is an alphabetized list of sources that you place at the end of essays that cite sources. It generally goes on a separate sheet of paper, though in my courses I allow students to place the list of sources on the last page beneath the final paragraph.

So far in this course have only cited books. For our third assignment, your research will require you to cite many different kinds of sources, including videos, articles, and websites. For instructions how to cite these sources within your essay, see pages 426-435 in the HACKER. For instructions on how to list these sources in your bibliography, see pages 435-469 in the HACKER.

Google "MLA Works Cited"

For those without HACKER, google that phrase (HERE).

Research Activity

In class today students should find at least one source that they can use in either their expanded ENG 103 or third ENG 101 essays. First, students should return to their notes from the library visit and find a relevant research source. Skim the source and select at least one passage useful for an essay. Type the quotation into a new blog. Then, correctly enter a bibliographical citation for the source as it would appear in a works cited page at the end of an essay.

Creating Annotations

Annotations are two to three sentence explanations that summarize what your source says and why it's useful for your essay. Typically, students write these sentences beneath bibliographical citations.

Bibliographies and Research Necessary

Some students chose not to incorporate research for their second essay, even though research was required. It will be impossible to achieve an above-average score on the final ENG 103 essay without correctly referring to sources from research. It will also be necessary to attach a bibliography (works cited) page to the ENG 103 essay (and students should understand that all future essays in college should include a bibliography).

Monday, November 28, 2011

End of Semester Workshop I: Revising, Drafting, Planning

Revising: for students who have not completed essays one and two with grades of 60 or higher. 

All students must turn in essays with grades of 60 or higher to pass this course. For students seeking to revise essays one or two by choice or by demand, the deadline of Dec. 1 still operates. These students should use the first hour of class today to discuss on-going or planned revisions with the professor.

Drafting ENG 103: for students who have completed essays one and two, turn to the ENG 103 research supplement. 

Students that have completed essays one and two should turn their focus to the ENG 103 research supplement revision of either their first or second essays. First, students should decide what essay to revise. Then, they should begin the process of locating sources to add to the essay (perhaps they should turn to the The CAFO Reader or Eating Animals). Next, they should plan out two additional claims to craft into new paragraphs for the essay. They should locate passages from the text and then add them to the essay. They should incorporate critical thinking. Afterward, they should revise their conclusions to the essay. Finally, they should revise the rest of the essay by focusing on two key areas: the thesis statement, and the critical thinking sections of earlier paragraphs. Students should also revise any outstanding issues with the essay (citations, paraphrase, context). These essays will be graded as a whole.

Planning: Discussing Essay Three

Students will discuss the reading from the The CAFO Reader and watch a few more clips from Unnatural Selection.

Planning: Production Teams

Students will return to groups at the end of class for approximately 15 minutes to conclude their plans for filming during class on Thursday.

Tomorrow: Bibliographies...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Assignment Three Grading Grid

Grading Grid Assignment Three

1. Thesis statement: clear argument about how the CAFO system organizes life, why it matters, and what the consequences for life are; keywords present and defined; context for texts provided (20%)
1 5 6 7 8 9 10

2. Citation, evidence, context: all sources introduced and essay provides specific context; citation correct; works cited/bibliography correct; refers to Food, Inc and Unnatural Selection and CAFO Reader (30%)
1 5 6 7 8 9 10

3. Paragraphs and Critical Thinking: Topic sentences refer to thesis; critical thinking strategies present in paragraphs; keywords named and defined (30%)
1 5 6 7 8 9 10

4. Sentence Structure: Obvious polish; doesn’t detract from meaning or intention (10%)
1 5 6 7 8 9 10

5. Conclusion: Extends ideas of essays; new speculations; (10%)
1 5 6 7 8 9 10

Monday, November 21, 2011

Short Week: Peer Review, Beginning Videos, Late Assignments

Students should carefully plan three important aspects of the upcoming week in coordination with class opportunities. Today, students should use the one hour of workshop time to revise late or outstanding assignments and to prepare for tomorrow's Peer Review. Today and tomorrow, students will begin filming the video based on the professor's approval and on the availability of cameras. Students who are not filming will revise essays and/or practice Peer Review.

Late or Outstanding Assignments

All students who must or wish to revise assignment one must hand in the revision by December 1st. All students must complete passing essays (60 or higher) to receive a grade for this course.


All new and revised screenplays must be approved by the professor prior to filming.

Essay Two Grades

Students should email jrcqueens@yahoo.com to recieve their second essay grades. They are on my home computer and I should be able to email them to students by 5 pm. All students are welcome to discuss their grades during office hours or by setting up an appointemnt.