You may print the readings or read them electronically. You must either have a device or a hardcopy of the reading in class. If you do not have regular access to a computer or the Internet or are unsure of availability here at QC, please come speak to me.
We will frequently reference the second edition of “They Say, I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Birkenstein during our conference hour.
All of our essays require MLA format and citation, some conventions for which we will go over in class. Purdue OWL’s MLA Sample Paper provides an excellent reference, and in-depth information on MLA citation is available on the Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide.
Essay 1: Rhetorical Analysis
- “The Question of Cultural Identity” by Stuart Hall
- “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Citizen: An American Lyric (excerpts and video) by Claudia Rankine
Essay 2: Lens Analysis
Essay 3: Researched Argument
- “Hyphen-Nation” (video) from The New York Times
- “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
- “Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity” by Michael S. Kimmel
Readings on Writing
- “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mark Bunn
- “Motivating Your Argument” by Williams and Colomb
- “Breaking into the Conversation” by Mark Gaipa
- “Linking Evidence and Claims” by David Rossenwasser et al.
- “Starting with What Others are Saying” by Gerald Graff et el.
- “Acknowledgments and Responses” by Wayne Booth et al.
- “Elements of the Academic Essay” by Gordon Harvey
- From 8/29 class: Guideline for Close and Critical Reading / Annotation (SQ3R)
- Citing Sources
- Rhetorical Situation
- Ethos, Logos, Pathos
- Effective Theses
- Lens Analysis
- Analyzing Using Simple Sentences*
- Visual Analysis for October 10th class (updated October 7th)
- Visual Analysis: Explicit and Implicit Bias for October 15th class
Note: the advertisements in this handout deal with controversial and sensitive topics and contain explicit and offensive images and language.
- Template for Engaging Multiple Viewpoints for October 17th class
- Engaging Multiple Viewpoints II for October 22nd class
- Socratic Questioning
- Effective Paragraphing
- Radical Revision
- Functions of Sources
- Model Student Introductions
- Identifying Problems
- Strong Research Questions
- Section Titles and Signposting
*To be added or updated as class date approaches.
Images: “We the People” series, created for the 2016 presidential inauguration. From left to right, We the People Protect Each Other by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), We the People Are Greater than Fear by Jessica Sabogal, and We the People Defend Dignity by Ernesto Yerena.
What is your first reaction to the images (thoughts and feelings)? How do the titles change your thoughts and feelings about the images?