I am grateful for the opportunity to have you all decide on this assignment. Over the course of the semester my grades have faltered; however, I have used all of my free time rewriting essays for this class. I spent countless hours in the writing lab, for help with my writing, only to make new mistakes on the next attempt. And I am a little lazy and forgetful, but I have not given up since the start of the semester. We have less than a week before this class ends which means that I still have time for some corrective measures. I hope that you consider me in your final decision.
My dear class,
How goes the end of your semester? I hope that it goes well and that you are staying warm now that it’s getting cold out again. I write to you in need of a favor. I was wondering if you could award me a with little bit of extra credit. I searched through every link on our blog, checked our syllabus, reread every text from the semester, but cannot seem to find any. I even asked my mom to help me look around the house for some and, for the first time ever, she cannot find it either! Finally, after asking Professor Savonick, she informed me that if I composed this formal email addressed to you all, my beloved classmates, that I might be able to achieve the little bit of extra credit that I need to pass this class. I rest my case, I am forever indebted to all of you for your time, regardless of whether you grant my wish or not. If I have learned one thing about the purpose of education this semester, it is that a student must be ready to give and receive help when it is necessary. My best wishes go out to you and your families at the beginning of this break from school.
Friends and Fellow Students,
Hope all is well on your fronts and Thank You kindly for your time.
I am sending this email in hope that you will chose me as the student who deserves the extra credit. The reason I’m in this position at all is that I decided against doing my first blog, not because I was lazy, but because I didn’t want to burden you with yet another blog post to wade through.
I know and respect all the time you guys put into this class and again, I would like to thank you for using a few of your precious moments to read this email. Please, if you find it in your heart, vote for me in this coming election.
I would like to finish with a poem I have composed:
Extra credit is on the line, I didn’t do the first blog to save you guys some time.
So vote for me as winter is coming, or before class I’ll eat some dairy and forget about plumbing.
Thank you all so much and best regards,
Leopold “Butters” Stotch
Hello, fellow classmates,
Thank you for reading this, I hope you are doing well today. I am writing to ask you, could you please review this as a make-up assignment and consider giving me credit for it? You make be wondering to yourself: ”why should we give you credit for this?” Well first of all, I am not doing so well in Professor Savonick’s English 110 class, so I could use a small boost in my grade and I hope you can assist me with this. Furthermore, I have been doubling my work efforts in since the second part of this semester trying to keep my grade from sinking anymore than it already has. I really do hope you consider this email as make-up for the blog posts I have missed, and I thank you for your time and patience.
Drawing on your knowledge of professional emails, rhetorical strategies, and persuasive writing, carefully craft an email to your classmates requesting extra credit. Convince us that you deserve this extra credit in a respectful way.
- Your blog should be crafted as an email with a subject line, greeting, sign off, and all components addressed in class.
- If you are stuck, look back through the emails I have sent the class.
Commenters: leave a comment on the post that you think should receive extra credit and explain why.
After spending the past three months reading and writing about effective teaching and learning methods, now it is your turn to put what you have learned into practice. Below are the learning objectives for our course. In your blog post design an assignment that will help students to achieve one (or several) of these. Your post should include both the assignment itself and a reflection on the pedagogy (your reasoning) behind it. If you are stuck, use the assignments from this class and other classes for guidance.
Some things to consider:
- What readings, newspaper articles, video screenings, podcasts, etc. will you assign to help students complete the assignment?
- How long will students have to complete the assignment?
- Will students work on this during class, at home, or both?
- Will students be working individually or in groups?
- Will students have different options for how to complete the assignment?
- What will you as an instructor do to help ensure that students succeed on this assignment?
- How will this assignment be evaluated?
In this course, you will learn
- To practice writing as a process of thinking, rethinking, editing, and revising
- To read critically and creatively and draw connections among a wide variety of texts
- To make persuasive arguments that are organized and supported by sufficient evidence
- To develop revision skills in looking at one’s own writing and that of peers and professionals
- To communicate with different audiences and in different contexts, with an emphasis on digital and public publishing
- To collaborate effectively, for the maximum benefit of everyone in the group
Davidson’s “Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions” and Skallerup Bessette’s “It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide” are both articles published in Hybrid Pedagogy, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that you will all be submitting writing to for your final project. Using specific examples from the readings, please answer 1-2 of the following questions (you do not need to address them all):
- What arguments are advanced in each of these pieces, and what kinds of evidence are used to support these arguments?
- How are these arguments organized?
- What stands out to you about the writing style?
- What can you tell about the journal’s audience from these readings?
In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks argues that education should be “liberatory,” that it should be “the practice of freedom.” Using specific examples from the text, please answer the following:
- What does education as “the practice of freedom” mean? What does it look like in everyday life, on the ground, and in the classroom? (In other words, this is an abstract concept. Help us make it more concrete and specific.)
- Do you agree with hooks’ vision of education? What aspects do you find particularly compelling or undesirable?
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire argues that the “problem-posing” model of teaching should replace the “banking” model of education. Using specific examples from the text, please answer the following:
- What are the defining features of these two models? What would examples of these two methods look like?
- What parts of this chapter stood out to you as particularly compelling or confusing? Do Freire’s descriptions of education resonate in any ways with your own experiences?
Using specific examples from Washington’s “Industrial Education for the Negro” and DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, please answer both of the following.
- What are Washington’s and DuBois’ visions of African American education? On what do they agree and disagree? Which vision do you ultimately find more compelling and why?
- DuBois’ “Of the Coming of John,” tells the story of John Jones, who went off to college and was changed by the experience. As such, it can be read as an educational narrative (see slide 11). How does this story address the issues at stake in the debates between DuBois and Washington?
Note: please avoid extensive summary in your blog post and presentation. You can assume we have all read both texts. Instead, draw our attention to specific, important moments in each that will help us address these questions.