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Writing Religion Pre-Draft: Interpreting Keyterms

Pre-Draft #1 (Interpreting Keyterms, 30 min) At home, listen to the songs “Jesus Walks,” “From a Distance,” and “God” (linked on blog). For each song, write a brief description of what you think the lyrics mean when they invoke the

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Social Movements Pre-Draft: How Do Sentences Help People Move?

Essay #2 (Explication): How Do Sentences Help People Move? Outline Pre-Draft Exercise Objectives: Students will explain how the organization of a text contributes to the effect it has on a reader. Part 1: Students read a text in common before

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Reading Film Pre-Draft: Mock Debate-Interview Transcript

Mock Debate-Interview Transcript I. Your mock debate-interview will ask you to mimic the style and stance of two figures whose writing you have studied. Thus, you need to pay attention to both the ideas and arguments they would make, as

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Reading Film Pre-Draft: Formal Outline

Formal Outline I. Individually, take [Eisenstein’s] essay and make an outline below. [instructors could make this fill-in-the-blanks so that students just focus on identifying and summarizing the topic sentences. Or, students could be asked to make their own organization, and

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Planet Pre-Draft: Structure of Argumentation

Structure of Argumentation Lesson objective(s): Understanding essay structure. Total estimated time: 60 minutes. Course work or assignment underway: Second or Third Essay. Work and/or reading completed before class:  Students have read an essay which is complete (not an excerpt) and

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Digital Revolution Pre-Draft: Annotation of Scholarly Essays

Lesson Plan on: Annotation of Scholarly Essays; Structure and Development; CUNY+ Primary lesson objective: This lesson plan is meant to build on skill sets begun in the 3rd project. After reading and carefully annotating a long academic essay, students will

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Comedy and Satire Pre-Draft: an Abstract of a Theorist’s Position

An abstract of a theorist’s position Academic papers are often published in journals with abstracts at the beginning of the article. An abstract is a brief paragraph or two, written in very precise and clear language, that summarizes the argument,

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Beauty Pre-Draft: Recognizing Key Terms

Lesson Plan – Classroom key terms Lesson objective(s):  The objective of this lesson is to create a list of specialized vocabulary and key terms that the class will use throughout the semester (in discussion and writing). Students will become familiar

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Science & Culture Pre-Draft: Making Initial Observations toward Writing

Making Initial Observations toward Writing Pre-­‐Draft Writing Assignments (if using the Virtual Conference Model; if using the in-­‐class model, this could be modified as homework): Lesson objective: Identifying valuable evidence; making initial observations. Total estimated time: 55 min Additional outcomes:

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Celebrity Culture Pre-Draft: Introducing Critical Writing

Lesson Plan: Introducing Critical Writing  Lesson objective(s): The ability to apply the critical reading tools discussed in class (summary, analysis, evaluation) to writing Total estimated time: 110 minutes Course work or assignment underway: Analytical narrative Work and/or reading completed before

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Creativity Pre-Draft: Introducing Critical Writing

Lesson Plan: Introducing Critical Writing Lesson objective(s): The ability to apply the critical reading tools discussed in class (summary, analysis, evaluation) to writing Total estimated time: 110 minutes Course work or assignment underway: Analytical narrative Work and/or reading completed before

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Beauty Pre-Draft: Comprehending and Summarizing a Text

Lesson Plan 2 – Comprehending and summarizing a text Lesson objective(s): The lesson objective is to ensure that students a) are reading what is assigned and b) are reading carefully and understanding what they read. Require students to summarize/paraphrase each

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American Dreams Pre-Draft: Extracting Key Information from a Text

Lesson Plan on Extracting Key Information from a Text (See alongside “Teaching Annotation Skills to Enhance Reading Comprehension” article on Qwriting website [American Dreams, pre-draft activities]) Lesson objective: Introduce effective close reading of material so that students will be able

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Writing our Biology Pre-Draft: Performing a Close Reading

Performing a Close Reading: How to Stop Being a Tourist in Barbara Enreinreich’s Cancerland Lesson objective: to practice the art of extracting as much meaning as possible (and as many possible meanings!) from a text. Estimated time: 50 minutes Assignment

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Reading Film Pre-Draft: Reviewing the Reviewers

Reviewing the Reviewers I. Your next assignment will ask you to notice the style and stance of different film critics. Thus, you need to pay attention to both the ideas and arguments they would make, as well as the manner

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Cultural Identity Pre-Draft: Analyzing the theories within an article

Analyzing the Theories within an Article Lesson objective: to understand the theories in an article, which students will use to analyze another text. Total estimated time: 70 – 100 mins Additional outcomes: learning about opposing theories and how scholars refute

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