Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Picking Essays from Signs of Life
For Friday, I'd like you all to skim/scan, etc. the Table of Contents in Signs of Life in the USA. We're going to be reading five essays from this text as sample academic essays. But, since this is your class, not mine, I'm not going to pick the essays. I want you all to pick them as a class. Of course, you can't read all the essays in order to decide which ones we'd like to study and discuss as a class. However, read the titles in the Table of Contents, and when one looks interesting to you, go to the page where the essay starts because each essay has a short italicized blurb before the essay starts that gives information about the author and what the essay will be about. Next, here on the blog, list five essays that you think you'd like to read. Number them 1-5, 1 being the essay that you would MOST like to read. From your responses, I'll then begin seeing what topics/themes etc. emerge that the class as a whole seems to care about the most and we'll decide on the essays from there.