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The Weekly Blast: January 29, 2010


EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
A stick figure has been found dead. How does this relate to College Writing? In the “Context Murder Mystery,” Danna Zeller gives us an exercise that enables students to see how gathering and exploring contextual information is an important part of the reading and writing process. To see how to do this exercise in your class, as well as who murdered the stick figure click on: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

IT’S A PROCESS:
Doing something different for Unit 1? Thinking about what essays to use for Interacting with Texts? Want to share a TBA assignment? Check out the Resource Center teaching blog at:
http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

DIVERSITY ON TAP:
Diversity on Tap will be on Friday February 5, at 4 PM at the ABC Brewery.
Celebrate the beginning of the semester and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living.

We'll just rotate the brewery every week, but Fridays. Beer. 4(pm). Diversity
If you have any questions about Diversity on Tap or the Diversity Committee, feel free to ask any one of our committee members: Morgan Lynn, Anne Bello, A’Dora Phillips

LIBRARY TRAINING IN ENGLWRIT 112:
All College Writing instructors need to introduce their students to the research resources, print and electronic, available through UMass Libraries. This is a key part of Unit III: Adding to a Conversation. In the standard calendar for spring, we are recommending that you hold this meeting either right before or right after spring recess. For MWF sections, we’re suggesting sometime around Friday, March 12; for MW sections, Wednesday, March 10; and for TuTh sections, Tuesday, March 23. To learn more about the library visit, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/ugradlib/college-writing/ . This page will be updated by the librarians for spring semester; but you can click now on “Reserving a Library Instruction Classroom” and reserve a computer classroom there. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible so you’ll be sure to get a room when you want it and so you can include that date in the calendar you give your students.

NEW UNIT III “PATHS” TO BE PILOTED THIS SEMESTER:
The Curriculum Committee has been hard at work this year devising some new “paths” through Unit III that we think will enliven and improve student work during that part of the curriculum and better connect it to the other units of the course. We unveiled the new paths at the General Meeting on January 15 and encourage you to try one of them out with your students this spring. A summary of the paths can be found under “Unit III” on the Writing Program Teaching Database or by clicking here: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/three%20paths.pdf . Special thanks to the members of the Curriculum Committee: Landis Duffett, David Fleming, John Gallagher, Emma Howes, Morgan Lynn, Megan Trexler, Deirdre Vinyard, Peggy Woods, and Danna Zeller.

GEORGE SAUNDERS ON CAMPUS FEBRUARY 23!
George Saunders, author of “The Braindead Megaphone” (Other Words, pp. 239-248), will be speaking on campus February 23, 2010, at 7:00 pm. That’s perfect timing for using the essay in Unit II of your College Writing class and asking your students to attend the talk. For more information see: http://www.comcol.umass.edu/academics/honorsseminar/events.html

SPECIAL PROJECT MONEY:
Interested in bringing a guest speaker to your class? Taking your students to a play or movie? Doing a more book-like publication? The Writing Program has small funds available for these purposes. To see more information about doing and applying for special project money see our website at: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/special%20projects.html

SCHEDULING COMPUTER LABS:
If you would like to use the Writing Program Computer Labs on Fridays please contact Peggy (pmwoods@acad.umass.edu).

OFFICE HOUR FORMS:
Reminder: Office hour/address forms are due today, Friday, Jan 29. Please complete the entire form, including the address section. Forms were put in your mail box and there are extras in the office.

SYLLABUS:
Please drop off a hard copy of your syllabus and grading policy to the office. The deadline date for this is today, Friday, January 29. Let me know if you are using the standard syllabus and I will print one for your file. - Becky

THE WRITING CENTER IS NOW OPEN IN A NEW LOCATION:
The Writing Center is open for spring semester tutoring. We are now located in the Learning Commons extension, on the other side of the bank of elevators. Drop by and visit. Please let your students know about our new location, and encourage them to make an appointment through our website: http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter. Walk-ins are always welcome, but available times do fill up quickly. We are open Su 2-6, M-W 10-9, Th 10-6, and Fri 10-2.
You can also find the Writing Center on Facebook! Become a fan at http://bit.ly/cUqvLp.

HELLO GEO MEMBERS:
Please make a point of attending the first GEO membership meeting of the semester next Wednesday, 2/3 from 6-7pm in Campus Center room 174-176. We will be discussing crucial matters, such as new staff and officers. Now more than ever, GEO needs your participation! (And there's free food;)!) See you there, Kathleen and Miranda.

Kathleen M. Baldwin
Composition and Rhetoric
Ph.D. Student
GEO Steward
kmbaldwi@english.umass.edu


 
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