Spring 2018 ENGL 2050-04Self-Staging: Oral Communication in Everyday LifeMonday, Wednesday 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.Humanities 205

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

Week Two
Mon 1/15--MLK Day! No Class

Weds 1/17

  • 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 two 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
  • 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.


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

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

Mon 2/19

Weds 2/21

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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

  • 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
  • Argumentation Analysis (Prager University) due at the beginning of class today: proofread, correct MLA formatting, typed, and insightful!!!!
  • 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


Week Ten

Mon 3/12
  • Midterm one minute impromptu speeches!
  • "Letter to Myself," due at the beginning of class
  • Complete p. 31 for Thursday

Weds 3/14

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Week Eleven--SPRING BREAK! Woo Hoo!!
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Week Twelve: Unit III--The Self in Conflict with Others
Monday 3/26
    • Vocabulary Test #2--Topics:
      • Workbook p. 31 discussion
      • Completed "Landmines" exercise on p. 40 for today
      • Pages 33-47, and your written responses to the categories on p. 46.

Wednesday 3/28
Unit IV: The Self in Collaboration
  • Last day to submit your Argumentation Analysis Essay #1 revision; due at the beginning of class; I will only accept revisions that adhere to these instructions (seriously).
    • Print out, write the definitions, and bring your VOCABULARY LIST #2 to class today
    • Team formation and beginning collaboration

  • Team One: Day, Katterjohn, Pittman, Scoggins, Wiggins
  • Team Two: Adams, Farmer, Myers, Whitley
  • Team Three: Bain, Latimore, Wiggles, Marchbanks, Smith
  • Team Four: Belback, Guyton, Rabjohn, Thornton
  • Team Five: Duffey, Morrison, Rogers, Stone, Umana

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

  • Team videos are due via e-mail attachment to me no later than 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 28th

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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 Wednesday 4/11 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 Wednesday's and next Monday's class periods 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.

Wednesday 4/04

  • Brief class meeting, then dismiss for group work.

LOOKING AHEAD--End of Semester Assignment--be working on these in addition to your Team Presentations
  • Final exam assignment: Recitations
  • Argumentation Analysis Essay #2 (individual) due Week 15: see your schedule, below.

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Week Fourteen
Mon 4/09
  • No formal class meeting; finalize (write, revise, proofread, formatted in perfect MLA style) your Collaborative Essay, and e-mail it to me no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday 4/11.
  • 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!
  • Collaborative Essay due tonight via Word attachment by 11:59 p.m.
  • 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
TEAM MEETINGS with Dr. Snaith: Bring Your Vocabulary Enthusiast #2 Lists with You
--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

Weds 4/18

  • Brief class meeting today; please be on time!
  • Argumentation Analysis #2 Due Today!

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Week Sixteen
Mon 4/23

  • Team Presentations!
  • Student evaluations

Weds 4/25

  • Recitations

Week Seventeen
Mon 4/30--Last Day of Class

  • Recitations!

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