Daily: Tweet at least once a day using the #np501 hashtag (see Twitter for Class if you need some guidance). You may tweet about anything that you want to share with your classmates. You can link the class to interesting links, respond to an interesting tweet from another user, tell us about your day, discuss readings, write flash fiction, etc. Retweeting doesn’t count for your tweet quota, but you should feel free to retweet in addition to your daily tweets.

Weekly: Free for all blog post. Write one 250+ word blog post on anything that interests you. It may be sparked by one of your daily tweets or in-class freewrites, but it doesn’t have to be. When you are done, tweet a link. Remember, you may set your blog or individual posts to “protected,” meaning that they can only viewed with a password. Of course, that also means that you will have to email or direct message (DM) me the password to view it.

Task criteria: I will post the criteria for each task to our class blog, and I will categorize them by unit and type. Aside from the unit, tasks will typically fall under five categories: major assignment instructions, draft instructions, small assignment, workshop, or food for thought.

Readings: PDFs can be found on our class Blackboard site. Hyperlinked readings will be posted to the blog and our Blackboard page.



“The first step to becoming a better writer is believing your own experience is worth writing about.” -Peter Marmorek

This unit will address literacy and the process of becoming literate, including the process of becoming a writer. We will explore how literacy has affected others and how it has affected our own lives. The unit is intended to help you understand writing as a social process, to help you learn about your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and to begin to improve your skills as a writer.

Monday, January 23: Introduction to ENG1000C

In class:

  • Meet & Greet
  • Review syllabus
  • Twitter & WordPress set-up
  • In-class writing assignment

For homework:

  • Review course site. Pay careful attention to the syllabus and policies. You will be responsible for abiding by them.
  • Leave a blog comment under the Syllabus Agenda section about what you are most excited for/confused about/dreading in the syllabus.
  • Start daily tweets using hashtag #np501 and weekly blog post.
  • Read Flower & Hayes’ “The Cognition of Discovery: Defining a Rhetorical Problem.” Take notes: What do you agree with? What do you think is nonsense? What do you find interesting? What needs more clarification? This is a valuable piece, but not the easiest first read.

Monday, January 30: Introduction to Literacy Narratives

In class:

  • Read, Tweet, & Teach – Literacy Narratives
  • Reading for craft
  • In-class writing
  • Sharing & Responding
  • Review & begin Literacy Narratives

For homework:

  • First draft of literacy narrative. Due Monday, February 6 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.
  • Watch Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Dangers of a Single Story.”
  • Bring in a passage that you consider “good writing” (It can be your own work or someone else’s, but no more than a page).

Monday, February 6

In class:

  • Writing groups
  • Introduction workshop
  • What makes good writing?
  • Somewhere I Belong project intro

For homework:

  • Next draft of literacy narrative. Due Monday, February 13 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.
  • Post of a picture of the somewhere you belong to your blog. It can be literal (your hometown) or figurative (a social group, a socioeconomic class, etc.).
  • Read one selection from This I Believe’s Community section: Tweet the title using our class hashtag. Be prepared to talk about it in class next week.
  • Comment on at least one person’s blog post this week.
  • Comment on at least one person’s first draft who was not in your reading group. Keep our list of “good” versus “bad” writing traits in mind.


The class by class outline for Units 2 & 3 will be posted as you get closer to them. I believe that it is impossible to know the way a class will work until you get to know the students, their educational backgrounds, and the chemistry that they have with one another.

The due dates for the Unit 2 & 3 major assignments are listed, however.




“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” -Willa Cather

This unit will explore places and communities, both literal and figurative. For instance, academics often refer to communities of writers and readers as discourse communities. It is important to understand how they are formed and how being an “insider” or an “outsider” affects the way one views community and responds to others.

Monday, February 13

In class:

For homework:

  • Research Journals 1 & 2. Due Tuesday, February 21 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.
  • Interview due Monday, March 5 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.

Monday, February 20 – NO CLASS – President’s Day: assignment due online

Please note that I will be away from Friday, February 24 – Monday, February 27. I will not have internet access, and therefore, I may be slow to answer emails. Try asking classmates first if you need help. If you need me, then just be aware you may have to wait a few days for a response.

Monday February 27 – No CLASS—Spring Break

For homework:

  • Interview due Monday, March 5 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.

Monday, March 5

In class:

  • In-class writing
  • The Most Boring Essay Ever
  • Research review

For homework:

  • First draft of Somewhere I Belong project. Due Monday, March 12 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.
  • Post a second picture of your place to your blog by Monday, March 12 by 12 p.m. (noon).
  • Twitter assignment (to be posted to blog homepage)
  • Research journal # 3 (directions on blog) due Monday, March 12.

Monday, March 12

In class:

  • Workshop
  • Ethnographies
  • Midterm reflection

For homework:

  • Next draft of Somewhere I Belong project. Due Monday, March 19 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.

Monday, March 19

In class:

  • Bad sentences
  • Workshop
  • Envisioning the Future
  • Writing as Activism Unit introduction

For homework:

  • Final draft of Somewhere I Belong project. Due Monday, March 26 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501.
  • Email proposal for Writing as Activism project by Thursday, March 29 by 12 p.m. (noon).
  • No blog.


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” -Theodore Roosevelt

This final unit is an important one because it takes the leap from classroom theory to practical use. You will learn about the power of writing and some of the ways that writers have used this power to change the world. Then, you will use what you have learned in this course to make an impact on your world.

Monday, March 26

 In class:

  • Writing as Activism proposal sharing
  • Research Journal # 1
  • Modest Proposal

For Homework:

  • Draft # 1 due Monday, April 2 by 12 p.m. (noon)
  • Research Journal # 1 & 2 (1 may be completed in class)
  • No blog.

Monday, April 2

  In class:

  • In-class writing assignment: Rhetorical Analysis
  • Workshop

 For Homework:

  • Draft # 2 due Wednesday, April 11 by 12 p.m. (noon)
  • No blog this week.
  • Research journal # 3.

Monday, April 9 – NO CLASS—Easter Break


Wednesday, April 11—Wednesday as a Monday

 In class:

  • Workshop
  • In-class writing assignment: PSAs
  • Portfolio explained

For homework:

  • Next draft of Writing as Activism project. Due Monday, April 16 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501. Short presentations of each project will be held during class.
  • Record PSA
  • Blog

Monday, April 17

 In class:

  • Workshop
  • Rubric design

For homework:

  • “Final” draft of Writing as Activism project. Due Monday, April 23 by 12 p.m. (noon). Post to blog and tweet a link to #np501. Short presentations of each project will be held during class.
  • Bring in work that you would like to revise for your final portfolio.
  • Blog

Monday, April 23

In class:

  • Present Writing as Activism projects to class.
  • (if there is time) begin putting final portfolios together
  • Course evaluations

For homework:

  • Bring in work that you would like to revise for your final portfolio.
  • Last blog due Monday, April 30.

End of Semester Odds & Ends

Monday, April 30

During the last week of class, we will be revising pieces for final portfolios, working on opening reflections, and taking the end-of-semester FYW survey.


During finals week, you will be handing in your final portfolio. There will not be a formal class meeting during this week, though I will be available during our scheduled class time if you have final comments, questions, or concerns. As we approach the end of the semester, we will talk more about the requirements of the portfolio.


15 thoughts on “Agenda

  1. I am most excited about setting up our own WordPress accounts. I created one about a month ago and haven’t really touched it since then. However, I am confused about the readings. Where do we find them? Online?

    • Your readings can all be found on Blackboard, Eboni. There’s a link under resources. If they are a PDF, that is the only place that you will be able to find them because of copyright issues. If it is a simple link to an article or video, it will be posted on the blog and to Blackboard.

  2. Well, I’ve never used a twitter, so i guess this is just the beginning of twitter. I’ve heard people post on it many times a day, well lets hope i don’t become addicted. Hehe, and i still need to learn my way around twitter. Hope i get an A on ur class 😀

  3. I’m excited for the internet related parts of the class. I was actually hoping to be reading some actual literature though. But the reading doesn’t seem too bad so I’m alright with it. 🙂

  4. I like the grading policy. Showing up to class and doing your work basically gets you an A. Way easier then some of my other classes.

  5. I think this class seems like it is going to be a lot of fun. Like Nicole said this course is going to be different than any other English class we have ever had. It is definitely going to be a new experience using Twitter everyday, but if it is as easy as it seems, then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I am looking forward to having a lot of good times in this class semester.

  6. Grading policy seems different, but pretty good at the same time. Never used twitter before, and not looking forward to the projects, but i guess that’s just the overwhelmed student inside me. I have a feeling though that it’ll be an entertaining and productive class.

  7. I used twitter in my english class last semester and i thought it was a great way for everyone to interact and share their thoughts. Blogging should be interesting and i am excited about this semester. This class seems so different from what i am used to and not being required to write any research papers is great 🙂

  8. I’m kind of dreading the twitter aspect of this course. :/ I’ve never tweeted everyday for an english class, I’m not sure how it will help me in writing but I guess it’s always good to try new things. Blogs scare me a little also. But what I am excited for is to learn new writing skills and to be challenged. I hope you will challenge me 🙂

  9. I’m actually really excited for this course. I’m an active twitter user so I should be okay with that as long as I don’t forget the hashtag haha. I also have a tumblr which I absolutely love so having this blog should be cool. I feel like these are great ways to make the class more interesting and help students get in touch with themselves and their writing. I used to write a lot, but I haven’t in soooo long so I can’t wait to get it started.

  10. English is one of my strongest subjects and I really enjoy the method writing and getting my thoughts down. The assignments although not conventional really spark my interest and have opened my mind up to a totally different way of thinking about my literary skills. As a freshman this is my first college level English course. I could not be happier, but the twitter/blog posts make me nervous since I am not a social networking guru like some of my peers. I want to leave my mind open to new methods of learning and am excited to be able to be in such a forward-thinking class.

  11. I am pretty excited to begin this class as English has always been one of my strongest subjects, and I am most excited about communicating via social networking sites. I am interested in learning from the rest of my classmates, and reading what they have to say.

  12. I love the fact that this english course we actually using modern day social medias to interact and express ourselves in our writing, which will hopefully help us improve our skills. Even though I am not into twitter/blog post person or in other words I don’t keep up with these social networks it’s intersting how it’s compose of our grade. I am looking forward for something new and open for trying new teaching techniques. Hopefully all goes well this semester and we all make the most out of it. Good luck everybody!!

  13. This class is definitely different from any other English class that I have previously taken. In high school, I was used to reading various pieces of literature from different places of the world. I feel like this class is more of a free write. I think it will be much different because we will be able to express ourselves and write about anything we want to.

  14. I think it’s really neat that we will be using social networking sites actively in this class. I already have a Twitter I use therefore tweeting daily should not be too hard 🙂 I am excited to tree new writing styles as well throughout this course. Although English is not my favorite subject, I am looking forward to this class more than all my others!

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