Final Class, Thursday July 21

Final Presentations:

Congratulations and good job to everyone who presented today:Joseph, Nishat, Nafis and Husan, Jennifer, Dorlyn, Sedinam, Gabriela and  Clarily, Dewan, Ashley, Shadanny and  Elazar.  Your presentations were impressive and very enjoyable!

Thursday’s line-up: Maite and Raisa, Selina, Armando, Gabriel and Tenzing, Yuyan, Saboor and Subhaan!

 

To those going tomorrow, think about what we learned today from the first set of presenters and try to put the tips to work.

Reminders:

 

  • Remember to save presentations on USB key as PowerPoint and PDF format.
  • Download Youtube video clips ahead of time with Keepvid . (Google it for suggestions.)
    Be sure to:
  • Spellcheck your presentations: spelling errors look really bad when blown up on a big screen.
  • Use a large font (at least 20 point)
  • Avoid cluttered slides and/or too may bullet points/words
  • Use a light background and dark text/ accent colors (but avoid loud or garish colors)
  • Prepare notes on cards to use for yourself.

 

 

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Wednesday, July 20

Thoughts for the next 2 days…

The presentation line-up is as follows:

Wednesday: Joseph, Nishat, Nafis and Husan, Jennifer, Dorlyn, Sedinam, Gabriela and  Clarily, Dewan, Ashley, Shadanny,  (Elazar, Maite and Raisa: Be ready to go in case any one is absent.)  

Thursday: Elazar, Maite and RaisSelina, Armando, Gabriel and Tenzing, Yuyan, Saboor and Subhaan

Be sure to put your presentation in the folder as explained yesterday.

review:

 

  • Review When Things go Wrong in Public Speaking” from p. 40 in the coursepack.
  • Review “The Wrong Body Language” from p. 24 in the coursepack.
  • Review “How to Create Presentations That Don’t Suck” from p. 31 in the coursepack.
  • Remember to save presentations on USB key as PowerPoint and PDF format.
  • Download Youtube video clips ahead of time with Keepvid or a similar app. (Google it for suggestions.)
  • Be sure to:
  • Spellcheck your presentations: spelling errors look really bad when blown up on a big screen.
  • Use a large font (at least 20 point)
  • Avoid cluttered slides and/or too may bullet points/words
  • Use a light background and dark text/ accent colors (but avoid loud or garish colors)
  • Prepare notes on cards to use for yourself
  • Dress appropriately: you’ll be in front of the rest of your classmates. Make a good visual impression.
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Put your completed presentation in the folder
  •  fun, wisdom from Tom Fishburne on what not to do:

Tuesday, July 19: Final Draft and Presentation Prep

The paper deadline is Midnight Tonight. This will give you time to incorporate some of the comments into your papers and further revise what you have.
 

  • Remember to share it  with me via Google folder. I shared the folder with you, but perhaps this will work too: google drive for paper
  • Important: Name the file like this: “firstname.lastname_final” so I know who it’s from and that this is the final copy of your final paper.

 
Here are a few common problems we’ve seen with drafts to avoid:

 

  • Follow MLA format for formatting both your paper and citations closely: see the Norton Handbook and the Purdue OWL site for help.
  • Be sure to proofread your paper again after doing major revisions/ changes: you might have missed something
  • Give it a meaningful title
  • Always use present tense when describing action in books, films, plays, etc. Do this even if it is set in the past.
  • Be sure your paper thesis is clear and near the beginning of the paper: ideally in the introduction
  • Spellcheck and proofread your paper. Spellcheck doesn’t catch all errors. You might not either, but I trust your eyes better than that of Microsoft’s robots. Better yet, ask someone (mom, dad, uncles/aunts, older brother/sister) to read it for you.

 
For tomorrow, we’ll spend most of the class as a workshop on presentations. To prepare:

 

  • Read : “When Things Go Wrong in Public Speaking”(coursepack, p. 38.) Take notes on what they say to do to recover.
  • Bring whatever files you have on a USB key and  upload to the folder to google drive.
  • “How to create presentations that don’t suck” from Lifehacker on good slide design by Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design (coursepack p. 31)

 

 

Review the following:

 

  • Carmine Gallo’s summary of “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” on p.28 in the coursepack
  • INC Magazine‘s “The Wrong Body Language”

 

Monday July 18, 2016

 Paper Drafts Due and Presentation Prep

Drafts  are due Monday.

  1. Continue to develop and revise of your paper. Please print out a copy of your latest draft and bring it with you. We’ll do some work on that draft in class and you’ll have time to work on it one-on-one with either myself or the tutors. This means that you’ll have to plan to get to school early to print it in the SEEK lab or go to a library over the weekend if you can’t print at home.
  2. Share your draft to the google folder I sent to your email.  If you have specific questions about your draft, submit it by 9am Sunday morning and I will get back to you by noon on Sunday with thoughts about your questions.  Just type your questions above your heading.

As you are writing, keep the  “S-N-S,” vivid verbs and “the 5 W’s and H” in mind when writing and revising.  Hold you reader’s hand! Also use pages 18-21 in the course book as a guide.  See if you can clearly state the main idea each paragraph expresses next to it in the margin.
Also, a reminder that, while the CCNY Library’s closed for summer weekends, most public library locations will be open and can help you with last-minute research or search questions or computer access. Good bets are the Central libraries in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. If you don’t mind travel, the Mid-Manhattan Library is a good bet, and open every day. They’re across the street from the big 42nd Street branch with the lions out front.

When done with your draft, it’s time to turn attention to the presentation. (Re)read the presentation  assignment sheet.  Then read Carmine Gallo’s “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” (p. 35) and “How to Create Presentations That Don’t Suck” (p. 38), which are both in the green coursepack .

There’s also a video that summarizes Gallo’s key points and is embedded below thanks to the magic of YouTube.

If you are struggling a bit to smooth out your transitions, complete out transitions questions, # 8-14.  Note that there is an additional easy to read transition chart on page 26 as well.

If you missed any postings, please be sure to catch up by Sunday AM.  Thanks. 

Thursday’s Assignment, July 14 2016

  • Post a draft copy of a works cited page for your paper using the sources you have right now, including the book, film, or CD/song you’re reviewing.
  • Read your classmate’s submitted quote sandwiches and reflect upon which ones are most effective using the list of criteria we discussed at the beginning of class today and then…
  • Complete ONE of the following: Either post your 2nd quote sandwich paragraph OR  select another of the articles you’ve located for your research and write an (approximately) 200-word summary.
  • Draft an introductory paragraph(s) for your paper.  Be sure to end  with your thesis statement!
  • I will create google docs for the above assignments.    However, I will ask you to bring in a hardcopy, either typed or handwritten of the outlining  assignment.
  • Outline your 4 page paper.  You might want to divide it into 3 sections: I. The introductory section which would include you intro, summary  and the 2 reviews; II. Analysis section, where you will outline your argument supporting you thesis and analyze specific details; III. Conclusion.  You will want to label and organize the outline to best serve your needs.  Read over the outline directions in the course pack.  Bring your hardcopy of this to class!

 

Wednesday’s Assignment, July 13th 2016

1. Complete the quote sandwich you began in class and post your paragraph.

2. Continue to refine you thesis statement. Remember, this does not necessarily have to be the thesis of your final paper. Rather, it is your effort to state the 3 important aspects of your paper clearly and succinctly so that it can serve as a guide for the paper writing process. You MUST mention one aspect of your cultural object as your limited topic. Without that, you are sunk! Your thesis should convey your attitude/slant to the object and let the reader know what the direction of your paper will be. Once I read you thesis, I should have a “map” of your paper so I will know the general context and where you are headed.

3. Review the contexts postings from last night. If you have time, comment on one or two. I hope this exercise will give you some new ideas about your second context.
4. Write a 200-300 word post on the second context you plan to use for your paper. In the post, identify what the context is, then give one specific example from the book/ CD/ film that shows that context at work, and explain what the example you chose shows.

5. Find 2 articles you can use for your paper from today’s library session. Perhaps you can locate one for each of your contexts. Select one of the articles and write an (approximately) 200-word summary. Be sure to document all necessary bibliographical info. Remember to save documents in folders as Daisy instructed. With you NYPL card, you can also use all the NYPL databases. They are similar to the CCNY databases.

Tomorrow we will begin to create drafts of your Works cited page. Bring in all the necessary bibliography info as indicated in the Norton book. Including your source, you should at least a total of 3 sources now.

Remember the library databases mentioned by CCNY’s Daisy Dominguez: Music Index, Ethnic Newswatch, Academic Search Complete, Film Literature Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Literature Resource Center, Lexis Nexis Reader’s Guide Full Text &Retrospective and New York Times Historical (and Google Scholar).  You can find them at the CCNY Library Page or the NYPL main webpage.

 

Tuesday’s Assignment: July 12, 2016

TEXTUAL EVIDENCE 

Tomorrow, we turn our attention to using sources and the MLA citation format.

Read pages 473-477  (“Synthesizing Ideas”), 478-490 (“Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing”), 491-495 (“Acknowledging Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism”) and 496-499 (“Documentation”) and 500-503 ( the beginning of “MLA Style”) in the Norton Field Guide to Writing. Skim over the different types of  MLA in-text documentation on  504-510 , the different examples of  how to cite works for your list of Works Cited Page at the end of essays  on 510-539 and the sample MLA formatted essay on 540-548.  Focus on how quotes and sources are introduced and used in the text of papers.

Find 2-3 quotes you think are significant from either the text you’re reviewing or one of the sources you will use. The quotes should explain something important about the work or show an important point. Highlight/underline the quote and take some notes on its importance and how it connects to the the book/film you’re reviewing or if its from the book/film itself, think about what it says about the topic. Bring the source with you tomorrow. We’ll use it in class. You can print just the page(s) with the significant quotes(s) if it’s long.

Watch the following video on using quotations in essays.  Be ready to create a quote sandwich paragraph tomorrow with your quote and ideas:

Write a 300 word post on one context you plan to use for your paper. In the post, identify what the context is, then give one specific example from the book/ CD/ film that shows that context at work, and explain what the example you chose shows.

Please read over everyone’s HW from today on summarizing and discussing 2 reviews.  Please give one comment on a classmate’s response. We will discuss which summaries are the most effective in class tomorrow- so be ready with examples and reasons for our discussion!

Keep editing the thesis statement you began in class.  Tomorrow we will rewrite them on blank papers with beautiful markers and do a “museum walk” of critique.

Please bring the Norton Field Guide to Writing and green  coursepack with you to class tomorrow. We’ll use them both.