due Th/F Oct 19/20: essay outline

Put your empathy essay outline in TURNITIN before start of this class.

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agenda F/M Oct 13/16: empathy

learning goal: what is empathy?  which of our stories so far evokes the most empathy? how does it do this with the basic fictional elements of setting, character and plot?

intro to paragraph assignment

time to write

submit writing

Use one, two, or three of the basic elements of fiction in explaining your answer to the question below.

Compose your response in a paragraph that uses the 11-part-paragraph structure.

In each of the three parts of your paragraph, include at least one brief passage from the story.

“The Ultimate Safari” “The Guest” “In a Grove” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

The question:

Which of our stories evokes the most empathy in readers? How does it do this with one, two, or three of the basic fictional elements: setting, character, teller’s position, plot?

guiding questions for fiction

11-part paragraph

announcement: revision protocol

YOU MAY USE THE FOLLOWING PROTOCOL ANYTIME DURING THIS SEMESTER,
AS LONG AS YOU SUBMIT THE INITIAL ANNOTATED RUBRIC BY Mon Dec 4, 2017.
If you have received below a 90% on a TURNITIN assignment and want to revise for an average of the two scores, download and print the corresponding rubric from the links below, or  from the Canvas page called “rubrics, templates, models.”
On this rubric, identify the assignment you want to revise.
Check the same boxes of this rubric that I did on TURNITIN.  On the BACK of the sheet, explain your specific plans for revision, based on the rubric and my marginal comments, both Quickmarks and other comments.
Hand the completed sheet to me, and wait for its return before you start revising.
 
Once you have submitted your revised assignment to TURNITIN, return the approved rubric to me, as a signal for me to assess the new version.

SPECIAL NOTE: YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REVISE A SECOND ASSIGNMENT ONLY AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST REVISION.  A REVISION IS COMPLETE, ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ANNOTATED RUBRIC.

Membean announcement

Given this morning’s announcement from Membean (see below*), I am changing the first assignment.

The same instructions apply–EXCEPT that the period for completing them is now two weeks, instead of one.  This means the period to complete the learning sessions runs from Monday Oct 2 to Sunday Oct 15 (instead of Oct. 8).  In other words, you now have two weeks to accomplish a week’s worth of learning sessions.

*

Hi Bill,

We’re very sorry that some parts of Membean (primarily the word trainer) are not functioning right now. We wanted to be proactive in communicating this with you.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Last night (at 8:45 pm PT) we reached an unexpected limit in a region of our database.  We have a fix in progress but because of the massive volume of data that we need to copy it’s taking quite a while. The unfortunate effect of this limit is that student word training won’t function until the fix is complete.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

Your students will not be able to train until we fix this.  No training data is lost.

WHAT WORKS?

a) You can issue assessments and your students can take them from their dashboard. We know that this is an important Friday activity.
b) New students can continue to enroll and calibrate.
c) The teacher dashboard is fully functional.
d) If you really need your students to be looking at words, they can still click the “All Learning Sessions” links on their dashboards to visit individual word pages outside of training.

WHEN WILL THIS BE FIXED?

We are still assessing the time needed to resolve this issue.  We’ll keep you posted of any resolution or updated estimate. . . . We expect to be back to normal by the end of Saturday [Oct. 7].

– Your friends at Membean

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agenda Th/F Oct 5/6: inherited stories

learning goal: what gifts do we inherit from the four short stories we have read so far–as readers, writers, thinkers, human beings?

For example, which of the four stories evokes the most empathy in its readers?  How does it do this?

check reading journals

individually, and in small groups: Guiding Questions for Fiction

small group presentations

individual writing time

reminder re membean