Spring 2018 ENGL 2050-04Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Everyday LifeMonday, Wednesday 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.Humanities 205
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Dr. Lori Wilson Snaithhttps://lsnaith.wikispaces.com/Snaith+home+pageOffice: TLC 3137You must have completed course readings bythe beginning of class on the day they appearon our schedule--please bring them with to class with you.
Make sure to read our"Self-Staging Course Descriptions and Policies"page very carefully; I will holdyou accountable for knowing its contents.
Please check this page often, as we will be collaboratively changing our schedule throughout the semester.
UNIT I: The Self in Dialogue with Others: Public Speaking

Week One--Know Your "Stage": Self-Awareness in the Real World

Mon 1/08--Campus Closure; no class


Weds 1/10
  • Welcome to English 2050! Introductions, syllabus, textbook, etc.
  • Discussion: University studenthood--what's at stake?
  • Curing **"LIKE" disease!
  • Getting acquainted with each other through everyday improvisation.
  • Self-Aware Presentation skills--the basics
  • Cases in point: perfect MLA formatting for college papers
  • Memorization of your end-of-semester recitation assignment
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Week Two
Mon 1/15--MLK Day! No Class



Weds 1/17
IMPROV!

  • Bring to class today: Self-Aware Communication in Everyday Life
  • Read for today:
    • Introduction: pp. i-x. and Unit I: Public Presentation pp. 1-18
    • Write your responses and questions for discussion in Week Three
Read for today:

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Week Three
Mon 1/22
  • Presentation #1 Proposals due at the beginning of class
  • Argumentation Analysis (Response Essay) discussion (first of three due in Week Eight)
  • Improvisation: Circle Story; Story Time; Make a Scene

Weds 1/24

  • Recitation Proposal due at the beginning of class
  • Diction and projection
  • One-minute impromptus

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Week Four


Mon 1/29
  • VOCABULARY #1 LIST:
    • CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE, PRINT OUT THE WORD LIST, WRITE DEFINITIONS, and BRING TO CLASS TODAY.
  • One-minute impromptus


Weds 1/31
  • Expanding our capacity for lateral thinking
  • One-minute impromptus, concluded.
  • Vocabulary Test Rehearsal


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Week Five

Mon 2/05

  • Catch-up day: bring your Self-Staging workbooks, beginning-of-semester readings, and vocabulary lists.


Weds 2/07
  • Vocabulary test #1: Thurs 2/08
    • Vocabulary test #1; bring a hard copy of Kurt Weins's article (link above on Tues 2/06), and be prepared to talk about it with your vocabulary words.

  • LOOKING AHEAD: Argumentation Response Essays Due in Week Eight

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Week Six--

Mon 2/12
  • No class today: drop by our classroom to rehearse a minute or two of your presentations, and give other classmates feedback.

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE FOR WEEK SEVEN






Here's the **rubric** by which I'll be assessing your presentations.

  • In order to get participation credit for Presentation days, you must print out and bring to class enough ******student presentation evaluations****** for each of your classmates (you'll have 22 classmates to evaluate, so you'll be making 11 copies of the above document--please cut your pages in half before class).

  • You must have these precise forms ready to use at the beginning of class (no last-minute college-ruled blank paper substitutions).


Weds 2/14
  • Placeholder day


Week Seven: PRESENTATIONS
Speakers must submit a PERFECTLY-FORMATTED MLA Works Cited page to me on the day of their presentation

Mon 2/19
Pittman
Umana
Latimore
Thornton
Wiggins
Adams
Guyton
Wiggles
Farmer
Rogers
Myers



Weds 2/21
Rabjohn
Duffey
Stone
Bain
Scroggins
Whitley
Katterjon
Smith
Morrison
Bellback
Marchbanks
Day



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Week Eight
UNIT II: The Self in Conflict with the Self--Stress Management

Mon 02/26--Short Class Meeting--prepare for the three discussion items, below; afterward, dismissal for solitary work in Unit II
  • Argumentation Analysis Essay due Wednesday 2/28: bring a draft with you today for Q&A
  • Bring your Self Staging workbook
  • Discussion: Exercises pp. 19-22 for Wednesday...make sure your definitions of the six areas of your life are complete, detailed, and well-defined; this is a really important exercise.



Weds 02/28
  • VOCABULARY #2 LIST--Print out, write definitions, practice correct pronunciation, and bring to class; test in Week Ten
  • Argumentation Analysis Essay #1 due at the beginning of class.
  • Stress Management, continued
  • Midterm impromptu speech rehearsals

  • FOR WEEK NINE: Create a running journal of at least Ten Major Stressors that you encounter in any category of your life, to whatever degree--big or small:
    • In three to four sentences per stressor, examine the source of the stress, the essence of it, the physiological response you experienced, the Area of Life (as you define it) that the stressor threatens, and how it does so.
    • We'll unpack your lists in Week Nine.
      • This isn't busy work, and it's nothing you can do at the last minute (don't add to your stress!!). This is a sustained exercise in reflection and self-awareness, logical analysis of emotion, expressing it in rational language, and articulating steps you can take toward exercising your power in the face of stress multitude of people/thoughts/circumstances that cause you stress.


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Week Nine
Mon 3/05

  • *Stress management lab; don't miss this class--BE HERE EARLY, get 12 oz (exactly) of water in your large cup, and have all your supplies ready to go!
  • Bring with you:
    • A print-out of this page
    • your Self-Staging workbook
    • crayons and a Sharpie
    • napkins, just in case...
    • larger water cup with EXACTLY 12 oz. water in it.
    • a quarter for your classmate who's buying everyone's white plastic cups
    • your text book (of course!)
  • Vocabulary Enthusiast #1 pages due today--I'll check them while you're doing the lab



Weds 3/07
  • Midterm 1-1/2 to 2-minute impromptu speeches!
  • Stress Journals: discussion


LOOKING AHEAD: "Letter to Myself" due at the beginning of class in Week Ten--remember to bring it in a stamped, self-addressed envelope

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Week Ten
Unit III: The Self in Conflict with Others
Mon 3/12
  • "Letter to Myself," due at the beginning of class
  • Workbook: pp. 28-32--complete your Milestones and Microsteps before the beginning of class
  • Complete p. 31 for Thursday

Weds 3/14
  • Workbook p. 31 discussion
  • Vocabulary Test #2

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Week Eleven--SPRING BREAK! Woo Hoo!!
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Week Twelve
Monday 3/26
  • Conflict Resolution, concluded:
  • Complete the "Landmines" exercise on p. 40 for today
  • Read for today: 33-47; write your responses to the categories on p. 46.


Wednesday 3/28
Unit IV: The Self in Collaboration
  • Last day to submit your optional Argumentation Analysis Essay #1 revision; due at the beginning of class; I will only accept revisions that adhere to these instructions (seriously).
  • TEAM ASSIGNMENTS!!
    • Print out, write the definitions, and bring your VOCABULARY LIST #2 to class today
    • Team formation and beginning collaboration
      • Brainstorming: restaurant exercise: due to me via e-mail by 9:00 p.m. tonight--Organize information as seems best to the team; double space, and SPELL / GRAMMAR check!
        • Create an idea for an altogether new type of restaurant, one unlike any other you'd find in Carrollton.
        • Name it, describe its theme, provide a sample menu: three items minimum each--appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and desserts.
        • Describe its decor
        • Identify the demographic that this restaurant would serve
        • Each team must submit a PERFECTLY MLA-FORMATTED Word document with all of the above information, organized logically, by Tuesday, 10/31 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

  • Team One:
  • Team Two:
  • Team Three:
  • Team Four:
  • Team Five:


TEAM PRESENTATION ASSIGNMENT
--this is your team's major, multi-faceted presentation, due Week 16

  • Team contracts due (DATE) at the end of class--please send a team representative to deliver it to me in my office personally.

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Week Thirteen
Monday 4/02

  • TEAM RALLY!! Please don't miss this class, and don't be late...this is your first trial run as a functioning team! You'll need your Vocabulary List #2

  • Collaborative Response Essay--due Monday 4/09 at the beginning of class
    • Write a follow-up essay about today's Team Rally: discuss your group's experiences, challenges, strengths, lateral thinking, comfort zone expansion, and insights about team functioning. You may spend WHAT? class period collaborating on this assignment, and/or arrange to meet at another time...or both--whatever works best for your group
    • In any case, I'm expecting that everyone in your group will contribute in some substantial way in order to produce
    • perfectly-formatted MLA style:
      • correct grammar and punctuation
      • strong, descriptive vocabulary choices
      • straightforward, active-voice sentences
      • substantive content that makes reference to class material from discussion and our workbook
      • 1-1/2 page minimum; 2-page maximum.


LOOKING AHEAD--End of Semester Assignment--be working on these in addition to your Team Presentations
  • Final exam assignment: Recitations
  • Response Essay #2 (individual) due at the beginning of class in Week 14

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Week Fourteen
Mon 4/09
  • No formal class meeting; I'll be in my office
  • Collaborative essay due at the beginning of class--send a team representative to my office to deliver it to me


  • Team Presentations Vocabulary Test--LIST of FIFTEEN WORDS (this will count as Vocabulary #3 Test)
  • You'll see fifteen words on the above list; here are your tasks:
    • each team must integrate all of these fifteen words into their written materials for your toy project (highlight them, please) that you'll submit at the beginning of your group presentation; and,
    • each team member must use at least three of these words during his or her portion of the oral presentation (each must use different words; no repetition).
    • Continue working on your Team Presentation today.



Weds 4/11--Brief Class Meeting!
  • We'll check in for you to ask questions or otherwise confer with me as a whole class
  • Then we'll adjourn for you to continue your team collaborations for the rest of the period


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Week Fifteen
Mon 4/16: We're meeting today! Bring your workbook!


  • Vocabulary Enthusiast #2 pages due today--I'll check them while you're doing your team collaborations
  • Team Conflict Management exercise : collaborative completion of pp. 38-40
  • Presentation and discussion of today's collaboration



Weds 4/18
TEAM MEETINGS with Dr. Snaith
--you may use our classroom to continue work on your various team assignments while I hold ten- to fifteen-minute team meetings as follows:
  • Visit me in my office at TLC 3137--everyone in each team MUST attend:
    • Team One: 12:30
    • Team Two: 12:45
    • Team Three: 1:00
    • Team Four: 1:15
    • Team Five: 1:30

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Week Sixteen
Mon 4/23

  • Team Presentations!
  • Student evaluations

Weds 4/25

  • Recitations


Week Seventeen
Mon 4/20--Last Day of Class

  • Recitations!

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