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The Weekly Blast: February 19, 2010

OPEN MEETING ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN FIRST YEAR WRITING:
I'd like to invite all interested parties to an open meeting on the proposed changes in First Year Writing to be held next Wednesday, 2/24, at 3:00 pm in Bartlett 65 (the basement auditorium). This meeting is being jointly planned by the Writing Program staff and
representatives from the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) and the English Graduate Organization (EGO). Also in attendance will be the Graduate Program Directors (both MFA and MA/PhD) from the English Department. We invite all Writing Program Teaching Associates, Writing Program staff, English faculty, English graduate students, and any other interested parties. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions. -- David Fleming

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
This week Ashley Nadeau gives us “The Ten Sentence Showdown,” a great revision exercise that enables students to focus on the sentence. To see more details click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

IT’S A PROCESS:
How can we connect what is going on around us to our classroom? How to enable students to see writing is more than just genres? Check out the Resource Center teaching blog to see what your colleagues are thinking and to share your own thoughts:
http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/

DIVERSITY ACTION GROUP AND PIZZA:
The Diversity Action Group is hosting an informational session on Monday, February 22 at 5:00 in Bartlett 303. Pizza will be served. The Diversity Action Group will preview its two projects for the semester: A database for diversity-related classroom activities and diversity workshops for TO’s. Join us to learn more! Collaborate with fellow teachers! Grab a slice of pizza! RSVP to Deirdre Vinyard dvinyard@acad.umass.edu (so we get enough pizza!)

BEST TEXT CONTEST – DEADLINE APRIL 7
The final deadline for the Writing Program’s Best Text Contest is April 7. This deadline is for students who are currently enrolled in Basic or College Writing and for students who took Basic of College Writing in Fall 2009. For more information see:

EQUIPMENT FOR LOAN:
WP instructors interested in borrowing the office TV, VHS, C/D player, projector or lap top need to reserve the equipment in advance with Becky.

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

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.

 
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