Posted in Announcement, Reminder

Meeting with Raye Gipson

Hi Class,

I just wanted to send quick reminders about the meetings with Raye, and to let you know that the instructions for how to contact her and set up meetings are available in the Google Drive. Your new sub may decide to transfer materials over to Blackboard, but she does have access to our Google Drive as well. Hope all is going well.


Posted in Announcement, major assignment, Resource

Resources/Next Assignment Sheet

Hi Class,

I found the argument resource I was looking for yesterday and couldn’t find. It is an overview of basic argument structure (thesis, reasons, evidence) and different types of evidence covered in the reading from yesterday. I also found a list of logical fallacy definitions developed by a previous class. Both are available in the “resources-writing” folder. I have uploaded the assignment sheet for your next assignment, the researched proposal and argument. The proposal component is due soon, so please take time to review the assignment sheet before class tomorrow. Show your sub you are well prepared! Thanks again for being awesome. Please do still feel free to contact me with questions/concerns.

Posted in Follow Up

Accessibility Exploration Feedback

So, I FINALLY finished commenting on all of the AE drafts, and I have some general feedback for all of the groups.

  1. Frameworks!  Not all of the drafts have a clear framework as requested. This could be just that you did not include that section in the draft, but think about this, identify and explain it early on in your draft, and use it as you assess the level of accessibility of your buildings. So, check the buildings against ADA standards, or check them against Andrade & Ely’s components of spatial accessibility, whatever you’re using.
  2. Research! Most of you have good background information about your buildings, but you also have research about accessibility in your annotated bibliography that should also be used to support your claims/assessment in your report. Your annotated bibliography is just an expanded works cited or reference list. It’s not just for funsies. Any sources cited there should be used in your paper. The sample papers I gave you model how to integrate sources, some better than others. Refer to them for examples of how to do this.
  3. Consistent voice! In some of the papers I can tell which there is a switch in authorship. Try getting together in person or over Google Hangout and reading the papers aloud. Or, go to the Writing Lab. In some of your majors you’ll do a lot of collaborative writing. Cohesive writing is a valuable skill to learn.
  4. Language! Some of the papers are making use of less preferable terms. There is debate about terms (e.g., people first), and in real life, a lot of times the best thing to do is ask. For our purposes, I have found a few lists of preferred terms and terms to avoid. These are not the final word, just a place to start so we can make sure we’re being mindful and consistent (this is one of the indicators of a different writer). It’s also just useful and interesting historical, cultural, and contextual information.
Posted in Announcement, Homework, major assignment

Catching Up/ Week 8 Homework

My apologies for the confusion of last week. I do plan to be back in class tomorrow. You will have comments on your drafts by the end of the day, which you can use to revise your drafts. I am pushing your final deadline (originally Thursday) back to Saturday by 11:59 pm, to adjust for all of the craziness and my delayed comments. You will submit online. I will print hard copies for myself.

We will be catching up on presentations this week. You will present whatever day your group was originally scheduled for last week. See below for detailed homework.

For Tuesday, February 28th

  • Prepare/review presentations (if scheduled to present)
  • Continue working on annotated bibliography and final report
  • Read “Arguing” from Norton Field Guide to Writing (GD)

For Thursday, March 2nd

  • Prepare/review presentations (if scheduled to present)
  • Continue working on annotated bibliography and final report
  • Read Driscoll’s “Introduction to Primary Research” (GD)


Submit final report and annotated bibliography by Saturday, March 4th at 11:59pm. You may submit earlier.

Posted in Follow Up

Workshop Info

I wanted to clear up some questions regarding workshop/your drafts for tomorrow. Your drafts should be at least 1500 words. You may write more. Workshop will be most useful if you at least have sections of the methods, report of findings, and discussion of findings. The intro and conclusion are less important to receive peer feedback on, although, again, the more complete draft you bring, the better feedback you will receive.

Please remember to print the workshop guide and bring three copies of your projects per group. Submit your rough drafts online to the appropriate folder so that I can also provide  you feedback.

I am commenting on your annotations this morning. You can check for comments this afternoon. I apologize for any inconvenience this week. I have received good reports so far from the sub, so thank you for your patience and cooperation.




Posted in Announcement, major assignment

This Week!!! Please Read!!!1

Hi Class,

We will be having changes to our plan this week. I have a family emergency and cannot teach this week. You will have a sub, Mrs. Sherri Craig, for both Tuesday and Thursday.

We will be moving your presentations to next week, as it is not fair for you to be graded on them if they are not delivered to me directly.

For tomorrow, please still read the sample papers. You will spend time in your groups discussing and evaluating the papers. You also need to review the assignment rubric BEFORE CLASS  (available in “assignment sheets” folder). You may have some studio/work time at the end of the class, so bring whatever materials or information you need with you to work on your drafts.

For Thursday, you will still have in-class workshop. Please make sure you have three copies per group (or electronic access). If you know you will be gone, make sure your group still has third copy (again, or electronic access) for the third member of the other group.  You also need to print copies of the workshop/rubric and bring them with you. This will not be the sub’s responsibility.  As always, upload your drafts to the appropriate folder. I will be providing electronic feedback since I am not there to collect hard copies.

I have gotten behind on responding to reading responses and your annotations, and I am sorry. I will try to catch up on the annotations as soon as I can. Email me if you have questions about the annotated bibliography that were not addressed in the workshop feedback.

I am still available by email. Please contact me if you have questions or concerns. I expect to be back next Tuesday.

Posted in Homework, Reminder

Week 7 Homework

Prepare your presentations. Please see the presentation schedule to confirm which day your group is scheduled to present.  Please upload your ppt google slides presentation into the appropriate folder. I also recommend bringing the presentation on a flash drive as a back up.

For Tuesday, February 21st

  • Prepare and rehearse presentation (if you are scheduled to present)
  • Read over the three sample papers posted in the “Readings” folder. Make sure you read sample 3 closely. After presentations, we will use the remaining time to discuss the sample AE Reports.

For Thursday, February 23rd

  • Prepare and rehears presentation (if you are scheduled to present)
  • Complete and submit a rough draft of your report. Be sure to turn in online and bring four hard copies per group. This is one for each member of the group (for workshop), and one to turn in for instructor feedback.
Posted in Announcement, major assignment

Presentation Schedule

I’ve misplaced my paper with the group numbers, so I am just listing names here. My apologies for the delay. Remember, presentations should be about 15 minutes long. See presentation guideline sheet for additional info.


  • Mike, Dylan, Ruby
  • Julia, Bailey, Ania
  • Dan, Zach, Vince



  • Adam, Chef, Daksh
  • Vanessa, Tatyana, Kaley
  • Brody, Pablo, Alec
Posted in Announcement, Follow Up, Homework, Reminder

Reminders and Announcements from Today

  1. If you have not done so already, please upload your two annotations to the appropriate Google Drive folder.
  2. We will not be meeting regularly for class Thursday. Instead, you will have a work/research day. You may contact me via email.
  3. I would like all groups to meet with Raye Gipson of the DRC by the end of March. I will post instructions for how to set up a meeting in Google Drive.
  4. If you would like to join or contact the DRC Student Advisory Committee, please let me know.
  5. The Student Advisory Committee will be participating in a critical diversity summit on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the PMU Ballroom. In the past, in exchange for attending events relevant to our class discussions, I have offered students ONE of the following:
    • Replace points for missing reading response
    • Remove 1 unexcused absence
    • Earn extra credit participation points

Students have to attend the event and then write a one-page response explaining what they learned or took away from the event. Responses should be turned in by Thursday, March 2nd.