Week Five

M 10-23: Developing and narrowing topics; working with style

Bring one of your sources to class today (either in physical form or have electronic access to it)

Reading due: Draft of Texts in Conversation essay

    • Recommended: Envision chapter 8, p. 298-299 on decorum; chapter 3, p. 110-116 Style in Argument
    • Recommended: Browse some of the sample essays on the Texts in Conversation assignment page

Writing due: Texts in Conversation Blogpost and Comments – full draft as a Microsoft Word document due by class. Upload to your Texts in Conversation subfolder  by your class time.  NOTE: it is only optional, not required, for you to turn in a draft of your annotated bibliography with your full TiC draft at this time.

Miscellaneous due: 

      • Sign Up for a required TiC conference with Christine using the “sign up” link on the right sidebar.

In-Class links:


T 10-24: No Class – work due

Writing due: (Optional) Upload any revision to your TiC draft by 5pm to your Stanford Box folder so your peer review partner can read it


W 10-25: Working with style, continued; revising the TiC; Peer review


  • Read through your peer review partners’s TiCs (wait until after 5pm on Tuesday to access their file on Box)
  • Read at least one of the sample TIC essays all the way to the end linked on the TiC Assignment page (your choice of essay)

Writing due:

  • Annotate your designated peer review partner’s TiC (each student will annotate only ONE of their partners’ drafts, although they will read through all the essay sfrom their group) and write your peer review memo, using the TiC Peer Review guidelines.  Bring the annotated drafts with you to class.  Upload your peer review memo to your peer review partners’ TiC folders on Stanford Box.  Remember that, as the guidelines point out, you need to write a 200-250 word summary comment for the essay that you annotate.  Here are the peer review groups and designated annotators for peer review:
    • Group 1: Amelia – Brad – Ying Hang (please see Christine’s email to your group from Tuesday at 6pm for your instructions)
    • Group 2: Max – Jack – Louis (all three read each other’s essays; Max comment on Jack’s; Jack comment on Louis’s; Louis comment on Max’s)
    • Group 3: Amanda – Michelle – Ryan (all three read each other’s essays; Amanda comment on Michelle’s; Michelle comment on Ryan’s; Ryan comment on Amanda’s)
    • Group 4: Jacob – Nikita – Niki – Andrew (all four read each other’s essays; Jacob and Nikita comment on each other’s; Niki and Andrew comment on each other’s)
  • Go to the blogpost on style and read through it.  Now, look at your sources and choose a quote (only needs to be 1-3 sentences long) from one source that exemplifies EITHER high, middle, or plain style.  Reply to the blogpost, quoting from your source, and then identify which level of style it belongs to and why you have categorized it that way (referring to the specific writing strategies at use in the quotation).


COMING UP NEXT WEEK: TiC Revision due on Tuesday







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