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G+ Community

We’ll use a G+ Community to share our artifacts and ideas. Link here



Short Paper: initial thoughts about language (20 pts)

Due: Tuesday, Jan 28

In this first short paper, I’m hoping we learn a bit about everyone’s access to various language communities and our initial thoughts about language.

Some questions to consider:

What are your earliest memories of learning to talk? To read and write? 

Do you speak, text, dress, behave differently in various communities? When do you use slang? 

Does your family speak a language in addition to English at home? Does your family only speak in a language other than English at home? Do you speak a variety of languages? When do you decide to use different languages? Have you ever been cautious about when to speak in one language over another?

What has been your experience with language in school? How about at Chico State? How about how you talk with friends versus your professors versus your work or family? How does this shift?  

Do you think there is one way everyone should speak? Why or why not? Has anyone ever tried to impose their way of speaking/writing on you? 

These questions are meant to be helpful, so you certainly do not need to answer all of them. Perhaps take a few that are productive to write about. Let’s try for 2(ish) pages. Our goal: get a sense of the experiences with language in our class.

You’ll share this in a Google Doc with me: (and we’ll also set the share settings to “anyone with the link can comment.” I can show everyone in class too.)

Paper Start 1, 2 and revised paper 3 (20 pts each)

Due: Feb 11, Feb 25, March 12

We’ll get started with three different papers, what I am calling “paper starts.” Each paper start will focus on some of the ideas we’ve been reading and discussing in class together; think of these as drafts for ideas that you could turn into more polished ideas later. We’ll use some of the readings as “mentor texts” that I hope will model or inspire ideas for writing. In mid-March, you’ll turn one of the paper starts into a full, revised draft. We’ll also give each other feedback on these papers and consider ideas that could be interesting for our larger projects this semester.

Each paper start will be 2-3 pages. Share in Google Docs with Kim: and also set the share settings to “anyone with the link can comment.”

Paper Start 1: language autobiography (Tuesday, Feb 11)

We’ll look closely at Anzaldúa’s “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” especially the beautiful way she weaves Spanish and English together in her writing. Ideally, this paper start will support trying out our own language autobiographies. 

Paper Start 2: language policy (Tuesday, Feb 25)

Choose from one of the readings we read earlier in the semester:

Then, also choose one of these language policies to work with:

Review these texts and then write a paper that address these questions:

  1. What is the article about? Walk the reader through the ideas in the article: the writer starts by…, then she…, next, she…then she ends with…what I might call a slow, thorough summary. Use a quote or two from the article to support your summary of the ideas.
  2. Next, summarize one of the policy documents: who wrote it, what do they care about, what is the focus, what changes do they hope comes from the policy? Quote some from the policy document.
  3. What do you think about the ideas in the article and the policy document? What is interesting or puzzling? What questions are you left with?
  4. Finally, you could end the paper by trying out one of these ideas:
    • How might you use these ideas (from the article and the policy) to understand your language autobiography?
    • Or, what might you research next about language and identity now that you’ve summarized these articles/policy and written about your language use?
    • Or what would be your language policy (you could make you own bulleted list)?
  5. Works Cited/References: End by citing the article and policy document using whatever citation form you prefer (MLA, APA, other?).

Some examples from a previous semester can be found here

Revised paper: language issues (Thursday, March 12)

We’ll remix, revise, and polish a paper using our paper starts from the last few weeks. We’ll think through ways to approach this revision together.

Artifacts (20 pts each)

Due: Feb 4, Feb 18, March 3

In addition to papers, we’ll also create artifacts that represents the ideas we’re discussing. I use artifacts to meet a couple of goals: 1) to invite students to have full control over the things we compose in this class: you decide on the materials, the processes, the products, the distribution of a thing you make; and 2) to try out various ways of composing so we can consider purpose and audience with a variety of texts.  You can create a short film, give an Ignite talk, create slam poetry, write a song, create art, blackout poetry…lots of possible ways to share. You can decide to do your own thing or work in pairs or teams.

You will also write a brief artist’s/writer’s statement explaining what you were attempting to do with this artifact: how did you approach this artifact? what worked? what did not work out as planned?

We’ll bring the artifacts to class (on laptops or tablets if they’re digital) and share in a gallery walk. You’ll share the statements in a Google Doc with Kim: and also set the share settings to “anyone with the link can comment.”

Peer Response (10 pts each)

Due (in class work): Feb 11, Feb 25, March 12

We’ll give peer feedback to all of the paper start drafts. We’ll create some guiding questions and guidelines together for our feedback.

Review Board (10 pts)

various due dates

In the beginning of the semester, each week, we’ll invite 4-5 people in the class to be responsible for reading and highlighting the work of the class. You will read and select a couple of your favorite paper starts and artifacts. You’ll do this once during the semester. We’ll highlight these papers and artifacts on our course website.


Our new plan options after spring break (15 points each week: 75 points total)

Track 1: How I Survived the Pandemic

Track 2: Open Inquiry

Click on the links above to review and then choose your adventure. You can do the assignments for Track 1 OR Track 2. In your G+ post on April 5, you’ll let us know what you’ve chosen.

Reflection (20 pts)

Due: May 12 by midnight

We’ll create reflective essays using Adobe Spark. See the Quick Guide here if you’ve never used Adobe Spark. 

  • Create an account on Adobe Spark by clicking on the “Get Started Now” button. You will be creating an Adobe Page.
  • Look over everything you’ve created and written for our class. Read through your papers and look over your artifacts. Look at our last few week’s G+ posts. Collect some examples of things you are proud of: sentences, paragraphs, artifacts,…collect things that demonstrate work you like and things you have learned.
  • Find some images or links to videos that you can use on your Adobe Spark page…pictures of your freshman year perhaps?

–Once you’ve gathered and read through your work, respond to these questions in your Adobe Spark page. Add images, links, examples of your work to the page as you answer these questions:

  • What have you learned? What have you learned to do?
  • Explain what you consider to be your “best” writing of the semester  (Be sure to define your criteria for “best” and to cite specific parts of your texts).
  • What do you wish you had learned? What can you do with what you have learned?
  • How have you contributed to our class? What role do you play here? Are you pleased with your membership role/participation in the class?
  • If you want, you might reflect on your first year in college: what did you learn overall about yourself, about college, about ideas? What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back to last May when you were in highschool? How did you make it through the pandemic to get through the spring semester?
  • Be specific. Quote yourself or link to your work where helpful.

Share the link to your Adobe Spark in our G+ community.

Due May 12 by midnight.