ENG 594 8: Politics in the Classroom

Today’s Plan:

  • Final Paper #2 Feedback List
  • Readings
  • Observation Appointments
  • Break
  • Syllabus Review
  • Homework

Final Paper #2 Feedback List

I made another google doc. Add links to your students’ second final papers. I’ll be working with these on Thursday.


We’ve got four to work through this week.

Observation Appointments

Here’s what I have:

  • Christina, Monday Oct 16th 1:25-2:15
  • Rebecca, Monday Oct 16th 9:05-9:55
  • Cheyenne, Oct 23 or 30th 12:20-1:10

Syllabus Review

Wednesday, October 11th. On the syllabus we’ve got working with statistics. I’ve got an old PowerPoint that I use. Let’s take a look at that.

Numbers don’t speak for themselves, so we need to create context:

  • Who generated the number?
  • What methods did they use?
  • What is their sample size?
  • Do they (likely) have a cross section?
  • What makes a number meaningful?
  • How does the number compare to other numbers?
  • What are the limitations of the number?

I went through my drafts and pulled out paragraphs using statistics for us to examine and talk about in class.

Friday, October 13th AHHH Friday the 13th! Run away.

Monday, October 16th On the syllabus is analogy day. Here is what I did last time.

I’ve also watched Ken Robinson’s RSA animate video “Changing Educational Paradigms.” I focus on Robinson’s discussion of schools and factories as a powerful example of how analogy can strengthen an argument. When I teach analogy, I teach tenor and vehicle. I’ve also used Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73. We talk about whether an analogy offers an unexpected surprise, or whether it feels cliche.

I gave the following “quiz” on Canvas:

  • She held her life in her own hands as if it were___________________________.
  • Education is like _____________________________.
  • Craft an analogy that describes Swift’s reaction. Kayne suprises Taylor Swift at the VMA
  • This famous picture of Y.A Title has become synonymous with defeat. Try to focus on one specific detail in the photo when crafting your analogy (his stare, his posture, the blood on his face, his limp hand, etc).
  • [Day of the week], when we all X like Y.
  • Think of a statistic you use in your week 3 draft. Try and craft an analogy that amplifies the importance of that statistic. If you can’t think of one, then try creating an analogy that supports your argument


For next week we will be reading selections from Asao B. Inoue’s Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies.

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