Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 30 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since last report. All attended, verified by sign-in sheet.

Discussion asked after concerns from previous classes before moving to treat upcoming assignments (noted below). Student participation was good.

Students are reminded of upcoming assignments:

  • Interview 2, due no later than 2359 on 2 August 2015;
  • Synthesis Essay, due no later than 2359 on 4 August 2015; and
  • Lab Report, due no later than 2359 on 5 August 2015.

Attending to them will be helpful.

Edit:

Assignment sheets for the Synthesis Essay and Lab Report are on D2L. Rubrics for their assessment are attached:

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 29 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since yesterday’s report. All attended, verified by sign-in sheet.

Discussion asked after questions from previous meetings before critiquing and responding to assigned readings, investigating the application of paratextual features, addressing concerns of shorthand, and treating appropriate deployment of jargon and acronym. Student participation was good.

Students are reminded of several upcoming homework assignments:

  • Interview 2, due no later than 2359 on 2 August 2015;
  • Synthesis Essay, due no later than 2359 on 4 August 2015; and
  • Lab Report, due no later than 2359 on 5 August 2015.

The Lab Report is to be written about the second-week design project, per consultation among the writing instructors. Apologies for the late notice are offered.

Grading of the homework submitted before class on Tuesday is underway. That of Reading Response 3 is likely to follow tomorrow. Students’ patience is appreciated.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 28 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since the previous report. All attended, verified by sign-in sheet.

Discussion asked after questions from previous classes before moving to address responses to the homework due before the class meeting, homework to be completed by the end of the day, and concerns of audience composition and document design. Student participation was reasonably good.

Students are advised that grading may be somewhat delayed to allow more time for inter-section coordination.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 27 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since the last report. Twenty-six attended, verified by sign-in sheet.

Discussion asked after questions from previous classes before moving to treat homework (with one added assignment detailed below) the Hinton and Norton readings, and commas with introductory prepositional phrases. Discussion of the Norton readings expanded on purpose and began to discuss audience more thoroughly. Student participation was good.

Students are reminded that the standing homework assignment of Reading Response 3 remains due as previously indicated. Interview 2 also remains in place. The added assignment, concerning obituaries, works from the document “CSPB HW due Tuesday, 7-28” available on D2L. A dropbox for the assignment has been set up; submissions to it are due before the beginning of class, and they should take the same form as submissions of Reading Responses and Interviews (i.e., a single MS Word document). More details follow:

  • Answer questions 1, 2, 3, and 5 only.
  • For questions 1 and 2, add to the initial prompt the following: “What in the text suggests this? How does it support your assertion?” Please be sure to answer all three parts of each question.
  • Aside from question 3 (which should be answered in a complete sentence that clearly indicates what is being answered), answers should take the form of short paragraphs (100-165 words).

Assessment will look for:

  • Clarity of answers
  • Presence and quality of textual and other appropriate evidence
  • Effectiveness of explanations of answers
  • Adherence to conventions of formatting and mechanics (per MLA and course-established standards)

Each category will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or zero, roughly following the patterns of other assignments’ rubrics, with the average of the category scores being reported as the overall assignment score. Posting to D2L has yet to be determined; grade reports will follow as they can.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 23 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since the last report. All attended, verified by sign-in sheet.

Discussion asked after concerns from previous classes before moving to treat interviews and concerns of academic integrity. Of note are changes to the D2L dropboxes, put in place to ease student confusion and staff work; they may be reviewed on D2L itself. Student participation was good.

Students are reminded that they have a homework assignment due on Sunday, as noted previously; other assignments are forthcoming. The Hinton reading may be discussed on Monday; review of it is advisable. That it may be discussed on Monday does *not* mean the schedule-assigned readings–the excerpt from the Norton Field Guide to Writing–are not to be read; keeping up with the assigned reading is recommended.

Enjoy the weekend. Return refreshed and ready to press on.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 22 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled, unchanged since the last report. Twenty-four attended, verified by a sign-in sheet.

Class discussion reviewed questions from the previous class before treating concerns of upcoming assignments, the assigned reading, and serial or Oxford commas. Student participation was reasonably good.

Students are reminded that they have homework due by 2359 today, as well as an assignment due over the weekend. Assignment sheets and materials are available on D2L; a rubric for the weekend assignment is attached here as CEAT Interview Response Rubric.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 21 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 27 students enrolled in the section, three having dropped and one having added since the last report. All attended, verified by a brief written exercise.

Class discussion reviewed questions from the previous class before treating the homework assignments due tonight and Wednesday night. It moved on to address forensic, epideictic, and deliberative rhetorics, as well as concerns of register. Student participation was reasonably good.

Students are reminded that the first homework assignment is due before 2359 today, with another due tomorrow before 2359. Materials and directions for the assignment are posted on D2L. The rubric that will be used to assess both assignments, as well as the third such assignment (appearing later in the term), is attached as the CEAT Reading Response Rubric.

Class Report: Summer Bridge Technical Writing, Section C- 20 July 2015

Class began as scheduled at 0900 in PS 141. The class roster listed 29 students enrolled in the section as of 19 July 2015. Twenty-six attended, verified by sign-in sheet. Some note was made that class rosters have changed since initial notice; later reports will update enrollment to suit.

Class discussion introduced course documents, D2L, other online resources, the instructor, usage standards, and the first homework assignment, as well as treating Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle to begin features of writing. Student participation was adequate.

Students are reminded that the first homework assignment is due before 2359 on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Materials and directions for the assignment are posted on D2L; rubrics are forthcoming and are likely to be discussed in class.

More Comments about the CEAT Summer Bridge Program

The Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Summer Bridge Program that I discussed earlier will begin Monday, 20 July 2015. I will be teaching the section of the writing class meeting at 0900, Monday through Thursday, and I met with the person who will be helping with grading for all three sections of the class to discuss how we will go about handling the work turned in for the program. We determined to apply rubrics to the students’ submissions, publishing them for each assignment and assessing against them, returning comments to the students. It seems a workable solution to the issue of a short-term course with a rapid assignment sequence and, for the grader, a markedly heavy grading load.

Because I am working from a prescribed program, I will not be posting much to this webspace in terms of materials, although I may well see about completing at least some of the assignments given to the students, and I have every intention of following the practice I had in my previous online offerings of posting reports of classroom activities and reflections on them. It has been a useful habit for me, and it will be good to resume it. It may also help me track the amounts of time and effort I expend in teaching, something the reading I am doing and have done suggests is useful.