Thursday, January 28, 2010

Essay #1 Assignment

Eng. 105
Univ. of Miami
Margaret Haun, Ph.D.

Paper #1
1st draft due on 2/2; 2nd draft due on 2/4 for peer review/conferences
Final Paper due on 2/11

In 750-800 words, discuss what you think are the chief ideas/concepts/contributions in the Tannen article, “The Roots of Debate.” If you want to disagree with her, please do so—but your challenge, if you mount one, must be made explicit in your introductory paragraph. Note, though, that you are not required to disagree with Tannen; this prompt asks only that you explore her main points and make them clear to your audience—in this case, me, a reader familiar with Tannen’s essay. Do not simply rehash her main points. (For example, Tannen first says this; then she says this, and then she says . . .) I am looking for your understanding of her essay as you make that understanding apparent in your analysis/exploration of her ideas.

You may, of course, quote from the essay as you develop your response to the prompt, but please do so sparingly. Long quotes always give the impression that you have not fully understood the text and are relying on the primary source or focus essay/article to do your work for you.

Drafts and final paper must be typed. Follow the MLA format—see the handout at the end of the course syllabus. For additional information on the MLA format, including examples of how to quote, paraphrase and summarize the Tannen essay, please consult the Purdue OWL site listed on my blog ( or go to the website for the University of Miami Writing Center:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eng. 105 Assignment #1: Introduction Narrative

For Thursday, 1/21:

2 1/2 minute presentation on your class partner

Typed/MLA format (Use sample distributed in class--last page of the syllabus.) Bring 2 typed copies of your paper to class.

Do your best to include all of the information derived from your interview. Put into a form that is both logical and interesting. Try not to begin with "My partner's name is __________.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MLA Online Formatting Source

This is an excellent site:

Link to the OWL site appears below in Great Links--

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rally for Caroline Lewis: TERRIFIC TURNOUT!!

We estimate that approximately 150 people showed this morning to rally for quality educational programs and Caroline Lewis, former Director of Education at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. Signs were creative--and colorful: UNFAIR-Child, Honk for Caroline!, Greer Must Go!, New Board at Fairchild, Save the Fairchild Challenge!, Quality Must Mean Something!, etc. Let's see what the next step is. There is a Board meeting coming up at the Garden. We are trying to increase teacher membership so that we can present a stronger front. It seems to be all about dollars.