In addition to your two main essays, I will ask you to write a series of brief process pieces. I will not ask you to revise these writings; their aim is to support your work on your essays.
The first two assignments (p1–p2) are intended both to get you into the rhythm of writing for this course and to help you think your way through a text as complex and challenging to deal with as Ways of Seeing. The next 5 assignments (p3–p7) will directly support your work in drafting and revising your two essays. The final assignment (p8) is meant as a chance for you to reflect upon and re-present your best work for this course.
I’ll have more to say about each of these assignments as the time comes. But here, in brief, is what you should expect.
- p1: Coming to terms with Berger: Define what you see as Berger’s aim or project in writing Ways of Seeing. What is trying to accomplish? Due Tues, 2/18.
- p2: Working with and against Berger: Find two current texts that you can connect to Berger’s ideas—one that illustrates one of his idea and another that poses some problems for his thinking. Due Tues, 2/25.
- p3: Workshop/responses to e1.d1: Respond in writing to the drafts of the other members of your writing group. Participate in the in-class workshops of these drafts. Due Wed, 3/05, through Fri, 3/07.
- p4: Revision plan for e1.d2: Email me a plan for revising your essay, based on the responses you received, both in writing and in workshop, to your first draft. Due Tues, 3/11.
- p5: Proposal for e2: Identify the critical pieces you will work with, and the terms and ideas they take from Berger. Point to several present-day texts you will use their work to discuss. Due Thurs, 4/10.
- p6: Workshop/responses to e2.d1: Respond in writing to the drafts of the other members of your writing group. Participate in the in-class workshops of these drafts. Due Wed, 4/16, through, Fri, 4/18.
- p7: Revision plan for e2.d2: Email me a plan for revising your essay, based on the responses you received, both in writing and in workshop, to your first draft. Due Tues, 4/22.
- p8: Remediating: Recast a section of one your essays in another medium (visual, audio, web). Due Tues, 5/13.
I will grade each of these assignments with a Ø (missing), √–, or √. I will also grade each of the first two drafts of your two essays on the same scale. The tally of these twelve grades (eight process assignments plus four drafts) will determine your process grade for the course. (See Grades for details.)
One reason to keep up with this process work is that failing to do will hurt your grade. Another is that doing this work will help your grade, by keeping you focused and on track in writing your two main essays for this course.