Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday, 11/1

Today's agenda:
  • Handout with instructions for HW 28, 29, 30 and 31 (covers all of next week). Quick discussion of what it means to have a complex and arguable claim/thesis statement in your semester-long project.
  • Symposium session signup sheet--our regular sessions of class next week, 11/6 and 11/8, will be replaced by attendance at the Keene State College Citizenship Symposium . Students will tell me in advance which sessions they're going to, and then write blog posts about each one. Two are required, a third may be used as extra attendance credit. The symposium will tie in nicely with our work with Baghdad Burning, blogging, and the empowerment of marginalized groups.
  • Discussion of first readings in Baghdad Burning. Students share some of their thoughts from HW 25.
  • Watch videos about two central characters in our reading, Paul Bremer and Ahmed Chalabi.
11/2/07: Here's the link to the handout for HW 28, 29, 30, and 31. If you weren't in class you also need to tell me which two of the four offered sessions you're going to attend next week. Look at the sign-up sheet handout and then email me your 2 or 3 choices (12 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock). In addition to the ones listed on the sheet I've also added Professor Steve Clark's "Iraq Body Count: Real People, Fake Numbers" to your choices--it's 3:30 to 5:00 on Wednesday.


Kaitlyn B said...

Tracy, I'm unsure how to sign up on your sign up sheet for this week and going to the wont let me save to it once i add my name. i will be going to tuesdays and thursday but i have class friday. if theres something else you want me to write it on other then this let me know. thanks

Tracy Mendham said...

Hi Kaitlyn; thanks for letting me know. You're all set.

Amy said...

Hi Tracy, I appologize for not being in class. It was a VERY hectic/awful week for me. But ANYWAY....i cant figure out how to let you know what im doing for the symposium things. Im just going to go on tuesday and thursday to replace class...cause i cant make it to the friday one. Can you just let me know what i need to do...? Please. Thank you! Sorry for the late notice, i just got my computer back and im finally in a new dorm room now. So ill just go at 12 tomorrow and if theres soemthing else i need to do, just let me know, please. Thanks so much!!

Tracy Mendham said...

Hi Amy: In addition to attending, follow the HW 30 directions to describe each session you attend. You can either write 3 separate posts or 1 post. Complete them within 48 hours after you attend your last session at the symposium.
I'll copy the directions below.

HW 30: You�re the Citizen Journalist
You�re the citizen-journalist. Report on the two or three sessions of the Citizenship Symposium. For each session that you attended, write a 150-400 word description of the session.
� Give the names of the speakers and anything that�s important for your reader to know about them
� Give the title of the session
� Describe the talk or event overall, including the main topic
� Say the most interesting thing you learned at the session
� Include at least one sentence with concrete description and vivid detail
� Include at least one quote
� Your audience for your blog includes people who don�t know what the symposium is and didn�t attend the sessions you did, so you�ll need to mention that it was part of the Keene State College Citizenship Symposium.