Junior English

September 24th, 2012

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…probably enough of the Franken[portmanteaux], yes?

Just a quick overview of our process from start to finish:

  1. Read and journal
  2. Find patterns and group quotations underneath
  3. Make meaning of these patterns
  4. Find how these patterns connect with one another
  5. Compose thesis
  6. Polish outline, ensuring that each point (from thesis to the most basic) is an argument and all arguments are supported with quotations or paraphrasing
  7. Begin rough draft

Here’s a diagram of our process showing how each step contributes to the bottom-up creation of your paper:

We’ve set tentative deadlines as follows:

If you can, please compose your outline and paper in Google Docs, as you can share the live document with me for questions/editing.

Patterns and Papers

Junior English

August 29th, 2012

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We spent Monday looking over your essays, looking for shared connections and discussing composition techniques. I (re)emphasized the importance of outlining, as these essays are going to become part of a larger synthesis later.

Tuesday and Wednesday were devoted to application of the themes and motifs (the sublime, light imagery, creation stories, the beautiful, hubris, etc.) that we found inĀ Frankenstein to other works found in your “Frankensources” packet. By taking copious notes in your journals along the way, you have begun writing your papers in earnest without even realizing it; those patterns you’ve discovered will become major points supported by the quotations you’ve noted. Good times.

Read through the works we discussed today and yesterday and journal through chapter 17 for tomorrow.