For 8.4.19

How to complete these learning activities

The only way you’ll be able to keep up with these assignments is by working strategically:

  • Do not do them to “please the teacher” or as if you are writing a term paper: these are exercises for you!
  • Do them only as long as you are learning
  • Do them in a way that guarantees your learning
  • Work in pairs, offer each other help and support, insure that every idea is associated with an inter-personal interaction (an experience, feeling, and relationship)

What is the logic organizing our Syllabus?

  • Work in pairs
  • In Outline view and selecting Headings 1, 2, 3, and 4 in turn, learn how to examine a document’s structure
  • Look for high-level generalizations in the sub-heads and their logic and order
  • One activity to support your learning: Come up with three questions about this syllabus and list them

Create your Eng5 MS Word Template

  • Work in pairs
  • Rename this file as File/Save As/“Eng5 Template”
  • Delete all the text
  • Replace my header with “YourFirstName, date”
  • File/Save As Template
  • Open File/New from Template/Personal/Eng5 Template
  • Save these instructions in a PC notebook app like OSX Notes or Windows OneNote as “MS Word Shortcuts”
  • Look up “ms office support create template” to learn how to look such things up and in your notebook save the link using this label

Learn how use the Outline View

  • Work in pairs

Convince yourself that outlining is worth learning

Learn the Outline View

Learn why and how to read (better): Craft, Chapter 1, “Thinking in Print”

  • Work in pairs
  • Outline the chapter
  • For each part, explain in your own words what is going on and where you’ve seen this before

Learn how to use these methods for your BA Thesis

  • Work in pairs

DO NOT worry about content

This exercise is about developing your workflow for this class and the writing of your BA thesis

  • Applying what you’ve learned about MS Word
  • Web search
  • Organizing a brief homework to talk about with your classmates
  • Sharing on Dropbox

Your first Literature Review

  • Search for an interesting professional article on your topic, such as “current issues mid-range wine retailing” and where “current issues” is the language often used by professionals and your topic can be anything (don’t fret over this, our primary interest is in workflow)
  • Survey quickly 2-3 pages of results and choose one article that sticks out: a) that appears to be of interest to you, b) that is indeed current, written by professionals, and about issues.
  • Read it as we learned to read in Craft: look for keywords and sections, 2-3 things that stick out for you (and not everything like you were supposed to do in school), and write 1-3 sentences on why this might be interesting and why it might be interesting to you
  • In your Portfolio for this week, enter what you’ve learned using the report structure we discussed in class

Saving, managing, and sharing your Portfolio

  • If you use the same template each week, then they will combine easily at the end
  • Save each week’s entry as “YourFirstName, date” exactly so you learn to pay attention to file names, so your folder and our shared folder have good order
  • COPY this file into our folder for next week, “For 8.4.19” by next Saturday evening
  • On Sunday, take a moment to compare your work to that shared by others (“I’m OK!”, “Gosh, why didn’t I do it that way?”)
  • I will print them all out Monday morning so you can post them on the wall and review everyone else’s work in class