Fall 2010 English 101
The Power of Language
In Unit 1, we picked apart different facets of writing and reading.
You thought about your writing
experiences and whether or not writing and reading are important to you and why.
In Unit 2, you’ll have
the opportunity, through conducting an interview (primary research) and through readings (secondary
research), to examine the importance of writing and reading to others.
For your interview, you’ll focus on how language (here are a few senses of that word—written and
spoken words, terms, rhetoric, jargon, communication, meaning, and as all of those change in different
contexts) works in the life of a student in your major, a professor on campus, or someone who works in a
career that you are interested in pursuing.
This person may or may not be aware of how much he/she
writes, but you’ll want to look closely at the processes, products, and contexts in which this person uses
Then, we’ll work towards a writing project that explores, in an inquiry (question, questioning)-
based essay, some of these questions:
How and why do people use language?
What’s the purpose
and role of writing in an individual’s life?
How does that writing work in the contexts in which
How does this person’s experiences fit within a broader range of ideas about writing
Unit 2 Goals:
Explore ideas through writing, reflection, discussion, and initial first-hand research
Explore how writing/communication/literate practices function for a person/in a particular setting
Complicate/extend/deepen your ideas about writers and writing
Final product integrates at least one source beyond own experience
Due Friday, September 24
You’ve annotated various readings when we critically read in Unit 1.
To annotate means to “add notes to
(a text or diagram) giving explanation or comment
: documentation should be annotated with explanatory
| [as adj. ] ( annotated)
an annotated bibliography
” (“annotate” from New Oxford American
Annotating something also has other meanings (and connotations).
are more expansive than just notes/comments/responses in the margins of a text that you’re reading.
longer project, or just so that you remember what a text was about (especially as opposed to other texts
you’ve read), the purpose of the text, and the implications/pertinence of the text to a project you’re
working on, you’ll want to complete an annotation as part of an annotated bibliography.
is like a Works Cited page in that it lists the citation information of a work or text (n.b., a Works Cited
page only includes works that you actually cite in the text of your paper; a Bibliography tracks all of the
resources that you looked up but didn’t necessarily cite in the text of your paper). An annotated
bibliography means that you’ve “explained or commented” on that bibliographic entry.
For Unit 2, we’ll all be reading from EW and articles by Klass (from WC, WL), Bartholomae (handout)