My Class Notes: September 29, 2014

  • More Complicated:
  • read thoroughly
  • read with understanding
  • read in your mind what the author invisions
  • scholars fail with writing papers because they do not work with new forms and do not experiment
  • do not want to be stuck repeating the same thing over and over
  • grammar and punctuation are not the most important thing
  • rules of writing are not universal
  • they depend on the situation
  • writing can display facts without having evidence. (NOT TRUE)
  • pay attention to headings
  • authors make a bold claim
  • misconception
  • what a bad product i, what a good product is.

My Class Notes: September 29, 2014

  • never be without pen and paper
  • annotating
  • write in the book
  • write down questions
  • circle and underline
  • Start things with a question because it is inviting
  • we communicate by:
  1. speaking
  2. writing
  3. reading
  • Bill is trying to build confidence and push engagement
  • certain studies show that 90% of quotes used in different students papers came from the first 2 paragraphs of the source
  • in comp we need to read deeper
  • cut down on sources
  • choose sources wisely
  • read source thoroughly
  • let the situation narrow the the sources
  • if you don’t do this
  1. lazy
  2. not putting in enough effort
  3. cheating
  4. not doing research
  5. not prepared
  6. unmotivated
  7. resisting
  8. non scholarly
  • when we write like that we think that we cannot benefit from the work so we just don’t do it
  • We should leave plenty f time for reading
  • room for error
  • time to think
  • tels the audience that we have simplified a sentence
  • not always simplified. DO NOT USE THE WORD BASICALLY

My Class Notes: September 22, 2014

  • Writing in college is about making claims and backing it up with evidence
  • What is your name —> Ethan
  • What evidence do you have/, Have to have evidence
  • We use the claim ” I don’t know” all the time
  • all we do is make claims and then back it up with evidence
  • HUNGRY—>claim
  1. stomach
  2. skinny/emaciated
  3. cold sweat
  4. angry
  5. lack of energy
  6. haven’t eaten in a while

I’M TIRED—> Claim

  1. not enough sleep
  2. sick
  • Bill does not like it when someone says “Let me be honest with you”
  • as a scholar we have to suspend empathy
  • the process of making claims and backing it up with evidence is everywhere
  • have to become aware
  • does evidence prove claim?
  • happens 1000x a day
  • scholars listen to claims and present alternative reading
  • we are all animals hat distinguishes us from other animals is language
  • ask for evidence/challenge
  • good to set up a conversation a certain way
  • conversations can either fail or succeed because of word choice

My Class Notes: September 17, 2014

  • jokes are rhetorical situations
  • all jokes presuppose a body of knowledge, you have to know your audience
  • timing is important when telling jokes
  • chronos (Greek for time)
  1. chronological
  2. chronical
  • Kairos (appropriate timing)
  • everyone needs to have a ringer plug in on blog
  • organize material to help reader
  • bold
  • quotes
  • title name
  • visually attractive
  • vertical list
  • Bill detests small groups

My Class Notes:Sept 15, 2014

  • Bill always gives papers back within 1 week
  • he does not correct them
  • wants to energize us as writers
  • “money is not how you buy a book, the amount of ink you put in the book is how you buy it”
  • annotate
  • computer is not responsible for errors, you are
  • Talked a lot about blogging

My Class Notes: September 12, 2014

  • come to class
  • write everything down
  • talk to your peers
  • event at the clock tower about sexual assault
  • extra credit
  • selfassessment:
  1. criticize
  2. evaluate
  3. reflection
  4. observation
  • criticize—> negative
  • observe—> Good and bad
  • COMP 250= definitional argument, different than other arguments
  • “Criticism is a tool used to improve”-Ethan
  • “Evaluate, go over everything you’ve collected” -Molly
  • reflection: use past expiriences
  • success requires confidence
  • writing and thinking
  • pros and cons
  • inside and outside
  • objective
  • evaluate= look at what you have done by holding it to an outside standard
  • reflection is more internalized
  • evaluate is something that a teacher or someone else does
  • papers improve once we know what the words that we are using mean. have to control our language so that we know what we are saying
  • we have to care about language
  • we have a fear of being corrected
  • sometimes we don’t pay attention to what we say because we think that it won’t matter or that no one will care
  • college: force yourself to be heard
  • it is a good idea to all upon a peer instead of a professor
  • ask peers questions
  • use language correctly and effectively
  • construct your thoughts
  • assessing our language
  • learn to care about language
  • learning how to use empowerment
  • learning how to empower other people
  • learning how to properly respond and critical thinking
  • “Learning to take control of our own education”-Marina
  • learning to speak with confidence in class
  • each individual is unique in their own way
  • if you are confident in the class students and teachers will take you seriously
  • you can fax fears and you can win or you can check pout and never win.

My Class Notes : Sept 8, 2014

  • Cell phone
  • Noble 234 (Bill’s Office) English department
  • use the FLC email address
  • check emails daily!!!!!!
  • print out welcome letter.
  • emails should be formal
  • Each time you write is an opportunity to better your writing
  • “Shaking hands is a welcoming gesture”- Rob Snodgrass
  • Gestures can be used to communicate
  • taking sound and putting it down on paper
  • words are an agreement that we make together on how to make  certain sequence of sounds
  • have to agree on certain sequence of sounds
  • We are animals and all animals we make sounds
  • write so that you control how an audience hears your sounds
  • a name is an arrangement of sounds
  • This is manipulating. Manipulating is not always a bad thing
  • language has helped us develop as a society
  • Want to get inside the head of our peers

Blog 2: October 24, 2014

At the beginning of class Bill talked about how we were not taking our self assessments serious enough. HE told us that these are a big deal since we are responsible for our own grade in the class. Not enough f us in the class turned them in on time or even failed to turn them in all together. We need to be scholarly and be rigorous about our work in COMP 150. Bill even admitted to not changing that many people’s grades. What the student said their grade should be he kept. This proves that Bill is a man of his word and that self assessments are a huge part of this class and are not to be taken lightly.  Then we discussed how we need to be more motivated with our self assessments. and more serious. After this happening we all came to realize that we were not sure what the word “serious” really meant. This made me really realize that there a lot of words that I use every day that I am not entirely sure of the meaning of the word. Surprisingly most people were in the same boat. Everyone was struggling to come up with a solid definition of the word, seriously. It is a word that w use constantly multiple times everyday. This made us realize that in our papers theres a lot of words that we use that we may not know the meaning of, or have a different definition than others.  Which means our papers are not solid. We need to keep this in mind when we are writing papers. That everyone is bringing a unique set of experiences and strategies to the paper they are reading.


My Class Notes: 24 October 2014

  •  1) activity theory
  • 2)blogging
  • 3) looking forward to self assessment at the end of the term
  • Bill wants a robust and engaged conversation
  • self assessment is built into comp classes
  • Bill did not mess with too many peoples grades
  • some people didn’t turn in self assessment or were not that rigorous.
  • we need to collaborate
  • we are not just responsible for ourselves
  • “How can we be more motivated” – Andrew
  • “Fixing past habits”-Josh
  • we are making knowledge
  • self assessment is a genre
  • there are lots of different types of genres
  • “How do we take this class more seriously” -Jonathan
  • What does it mean to take something seriously?


  • serious is not playful
  • it is not half-hearted
  • Rigor
  • to the best of your ability
  • you have to care
  • there is a difference between care and ability
  • to find a definition you have to put it in opposition
  • How do people use the word in very day language?
  • seriously Stop”
  • if you want to pass a class you have to take that class seriously 
  • seriously hard/ seriously messed up
  • might be questioning the truth behind it
  • is it a credible expression of true intention
  • Serious  Texas BBQ
  • High instances in date rape
  •          Man raping a woman
  •          “I didn’t think she was serious when she said no.”
  • both are very serious
  • different use of the word serious
  • different intentions and motivations
  • both are super serious
  • paper= cite
  • we put down and pick up knowledge
  • it is a cite for knowledge because of how the reader pick up the knowledge
  • we thick wrongly when we assume that the meaning of the words on the paper are fixed
  •       reader brings different set of experiences and strategies to the paper
  • words are not solid
  • consider the audience
  • everyone interprets things differently
  • if you’re  listening to someone you are taking them seriously 
  • listening is a physical sensation
  • being serious is an internal intention

My Class Notes:

  • Whats about not even trying
  • make knowledge
  • every class is about 25 dollars
  • be motivated
  • if confused about something ask group
  • school has our money and we can’t get it back even if we val a course
  • it’s up to me to get moneys worth
  • intertextuality
  • borrow phrases
  • bring traces of meaning from other places
  • construct new ideas
  • prior knowledge
  • brainstorm
  • deconstruct
  • Paraphrasing
  • if you’re not trying you’re not getting anywhere
  • it takes time to be smart


  • give effort
  • to attempt
  • apply
  • pursue
  • towards certain goal
  • accomplishment
  • to explore something new that you haven’t done before
  • challenges
  • do to the best of your abilities
  • success and failure


  • a common word is hard to define
  • pursue=different than trying
  • research is hard

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