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Monday, October 22, 2012

11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

WR 115, Stevens *rb

Instructor's Name: Rachel Stevens
Instructor e-mail: rstevens@pcc.edu
Instructor's Phone: 977-722-5230
Instructor's Location: Cascade
Refer to me as: Rachel
Preferred contact:
Course no. or title: WR 115
Course CRN: 40273
# of students: 23
ADA provisions needed: yes
Preferred Date: 2012-10-22
Alternate Date:
Preferred Time: 11:00 am
Alternate Time:
Duration: 110
If other:
Do you need time to discuss non-library matters with your class on the day of
library instruction? Yes
If yes please specify: Check bases regarding assignments and progress.
Assignment description and sample topics:
WR 115 Fall 2012 Rachel Stevens
Project 2
Monday, October 15th:
• Read “It’s Hard Enough Being Me” by Anna Lisa Raya (155) and “How
America Unsexes the Asian Male” by David Mura (442).
• Write a summary for one of the reading assignments.
Wednesday, October 17th:
• Read “Thriving as an Outsider, Even as an Outcast, in Smalltown
America” by Louie Crew (423).
• Write a CSRQP for the reading assignment.
• Bring a thumb drive to class.
• Work in class to find a focus and frame a thesis for the First Draft of
the Project 2 essay, which explore issues related to being Latina or being a
Black, Asian, or gay man. This first draft should include some information
from the pertinent reading assignment.
• Write a preliminary draft (without sources) in class.
• Focus on library research topics that will amplify the thesis and
preliminary draft.
Monday,October 22nd:
Meet in Room 106 of the Library.

Wednesday, October 24th: No class today due to SAC Inservice.

Monday, October 29th: Revise the preliminary draft into a more developed
Second Draft with information from your research. Expand on the ideas from
the reading assignments in an essay about issues related to being Latina or
being a Black, Asian, or gay man. Your essay should be a smooth discussion
that incorporates your ideas, quotations or paraphrases from the readings,
and information from a library source. (Internet sources are not acceptable
for this assignment!)
The rough draft should include:
• a clearly stated thesis
• topic sentences that support the thesis and control clearly focused
• an effective organizational strategy (such as compare/contrast or
five-paragraph theme) that works to support the thesis
• a very brief summary of the pertinent reading assignment
• correct use of quotations, paraphrases and citations
• descriptions of experience that illustrate the points
• a small bit of information—more than a dictionary definition--from a
non-internet source that supports the thesis
• quotations, summaries, paraphrases and information--correctly cited in
MLA format
• in-text citations and a Works Cited List

Bring four copies of the rough draft (about 750-1000 words in length)

Schedule a conference with the instructor this week. Be sure to bring a copy
of your draft, as well as comments from writing groups, to the conference.

Wednesday, October 31st: Bring your essay to class on a jump drive for work
during classtime.

Monday, November 5th:
• The final edition of the essay is due.
• It should be thoroughly revised, edited, proofread and typed.
This schedule is subject to change. Please note announcements made in class
and posted on myPCC.

Works Cited List
Crew, Louie. “Thriving as an Outsider, Even as an Outcast, in Smalltown
America.” Ferrell and Williams 423-30.
Ferrell, Monique, and Julian Williams, eds. Lead, Follow, or Move Out of the
Way! Global Perspectives in Literature. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2006.
Mura, David. “How America Unsexes the Asian Male.” Ferrell and Williams
Raya, Anna Lisa. “It’s Hard Enough Being Me.” Ferrell and Williams
Staples, Brent. “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter
Public Space.” The Writer’s Presence: A Pool of Readings. Ed. Donald
McQuade and Robert Atwan. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.
240-43. Print.

Students will be able to (check all that apply):
- Develop a search strategy based on their research topics (15 minutes)
- Perform an efficient search of the library catalog for books and other
materials (15 minutes)
- Differentiate between scholarly journals and magazines (15 minutes)
- Construct a query for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles and
evaluate best choices in the results list (25 minutes)
- Physically locate items and other resources (brief library tour ) (15
- Other (please explain below) (15 minutes)

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