Welcome to Essentials for ENGL-121
I. Labor-based Assessment
1. Charter for Compassion
2. What Is Labor-based Assessment?
3. Labor Details
II. Writing: How We Do, Be, & Make in the World
4. So You Wanna Be an Engineer, a Welder, a Teacher? Academic Disciplines and Professional Literacies
5. Memorability: 6 Keys for Success
6. Why Fiction?
7. “You Will Never Believe What Happened!”—Stories We Tell
III. Rhetoric: How We Examine Writing in the World
8. On Rhetoric
9. The Rhetorical Situation
10. Language Matters: A Rhetorical Look at Writing
13. On Genre
14. Examples of Genres
15. "Navigating Genres"
16. Checklists for Identifying & Analyzing Genres
19. "Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps toward Rhetorical Analysis"
20. Story as Rhetorical: We Can’t Escape Story No Matter How Hard We Try
IV. Action: How We Engage & Initiate Change Via Writing
21. Personal Literacy and Academic Learning
22. Writing for Community Change
23. The Elizabeth Smart Case: A Study in Narrativized News
24. Service Learning Abroad: Helping the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa
25. The Ethics and Importance of Arguments Across Moral Tribes
V. Deliberation: How We Make Strategic Writing Choices
26. Writers Make Strategic Choices
27. Making Choices in Writing
28. Punctuation, Memes, and Choice
29. Adding the Storyteller’s Tools to Your Writer’s Toolbox
30. Is That a True Story?
31. Consider My Rhetorical What?!! Please, Just Tell Me What You Want
32. Establishing Tone in Your Writing
VI. Engagement: How We Utilize Literate Practices to Write
33. Reading as a Mindful Practice
34. Critical Reading
35. Writing Is Recursive
36. Movies Explain the World (of Writing)
37. Peer Review
38. Citations: Why, When, How?
39. “Intertextuality”: A Reference Guide on Using Texts to Produce Texts
40. Reflection: We’re Always Doing It
41. Revision IS Writing. That is All.
42. ‘Tis Better to Give and Receive: How to Have More Effective Peer Response Groups
VII. Contingency: How We Situate Writing to Create Meaning
43. Why We Might Tell You ‘It Depends’: Insights on the Uncertainties of Writing
44. Effects Experienced Writers Use
45. The Narrative Effect: Story as the Forward Frame
46. The Information Effect: The Facts, the Figures, the So What?
47. The Persuasion Effect: What Does It Mean to Write Persuasively?
48. The Evaluation Effect: Making Judgments
49. GENRE in the WILD: Understanding Genre Within Rhetorical (Eco)systems
50. Whose Job Is It to Make “Good” Writing? Writer-Responsible vs. Reader-Responsible Languages
51. Dash That Oxford Comma! Prestige and Stigma in Academic Writing
VIII. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
52. Why Study or Participate in the SDGs?
53. Resources for Exploring the SDGs
54. TED Talks and the SDGs
55. Transcript -- "How To Make the World a Better Place by 2030"
56. Transcript -- "The Global Food Waste Scandal"
57. Transcript -- "Empower a Girl, Transform a Community"
IX. Writing Resources
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