Syllabus Day by Day

Syllabus Day by Day



In Class

Homework for Next Class

Week 1 Wednesday



Focus: Intro

  8/22 Introduction to the Course: Syllabus, Focus, Technology, Project-based learning.Introduction of first project: Video/Pictorial Journal of the First Week at CAU. For program assessment purposes, please complete the following MyCompLabdiagnostics:1.     Comprehensive Grammar Diagnostic 1 (50 items)

  1. Usage and Style Diagnostic 1 (28 items)
  2. Punctuation and Mechanics Diagnostic 1 (32 items)).
Friday 8/24 Meet in WISE computer lab in Kresge Hall.  Introduce WISE technology.  Create WordPress blog.  Make Twitter ID for class. Read Chapter 1 (Understanding Rhetorical Situations and Mediums), Video 1 (Understanding Cultural Networks), 2 (Rhetorical Situations.
Week 2Monday 8/27 Discuss rhetorical situations, audiences, and genres.In-Class exercise.How does this relate to your first project? Read Chapter 19(Organization), 20 (Narration).
Wednesday 8/29 Discuss creation of Annotated Playlist.  What does it mean?  How is it done?Group Discussion on project. Chapter E5:  Annotated Playlists including Video 32 (Playlists—Audio Materials to Include), 33 (Playlists—Composing a Playlist), 34 (Playlists—Adding Visuals), 35 (Playlists—Embedding Web Materials)
Friday 8/31 Meet in WISE computer lab.  Work on annotated playlist. Finish annotated playlist.  Turn in annotated playlist via MyComplab.  Deadline: Tuesday, 9/4 by 11:59 p.m.Read Chapter 13 (Photo Essays). Create first project using music from annotated playlist and pictures/video of first week. Upload project to Slideshare or Youtube.
Week 3 Monday 9/3

Labor Day


Wednesday 9/5 Discussion of Peer Response, Editorial Role, Responsibility. Finish peer response of annotated playlist. Deadline: Thursday  9/6 by 11:59 p.m.
Friday 9/7 Talk about how to embed video/slideshare into blog.  Share some projects with the class. Revise annotated playlist.  FinalDraft Deadline: Sunday 9/9 by 11:59 p.m.Embed first project into blog. Deadline:  Monday 9/10 by 11:59.
Week 4 Monday


9/10 Assign first article: Feature Story. What is a feature story?  How is it different than “hard news?” Have at least two good ideas to pitch to editorial committee. Deadline:  Tuesday, 9/11, 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday 9/12 Editorial meeting on topics. Begin working on story.
Friday 9/14 How to interview. Rough draft of feature story due to MyCompLab.  Deadline:  Sunday, 9/16 11:59 p.m
Week 5 Monday


Rosh Hashanna

9/17 Meet in the lab at McPheeter’s-Dennis 337 to learn WORDPRESS! Finish Peer response comments on MyCompLab. Deadline: Tuesday 9/18, 11:59 p.m.Read Chapter 21 (Description).
Wednesday 9/19 Guest Speaker!  Dr. Harris, MMA Chair. Revise first story and submit final draft to MyCompLab.  Deadline: Thursday 9/20, 11:59.
Friday 9/21 Meet in Lab.  Editorial Meeting: Layout and publication. Publish first newsletter and post to blog (embed or link).  Post link to Class WIKI.  Deadline:  Sunday, 9/23, 11:59.
Week 6 Monday 9/24 Discussion of the Editorial.  What is it, why is it important? Read Chapter 4:  Reading and Understanding Arguments.
Wednesday Yom Kippur 9/26 Watch Michael Wesch’s Video “Using Technology Successfully in the Classroom.”  Take notes. Map out your Editorial about “Using Technology in the Classroom” using one of these free mind-maps.  Please save and/or do a screen shot of mind-map to share with your editorial group on Friday.  Blog about this and include screenshot/embed of mind-map.
Friday 9/28 Class Exercise.  Discussion of what is important in opinion pieces. Editorial Meeting:  Deciding upon topics for Editorial Articles. Write rough draft of Editorial about “Using Technology in the Classroom” and submit to MyCompLab. Deadline:  Sunday, 9/30 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 7 Monday



10/1 Meet in WISE lab and create Second Life avatar.  Record avatar name on class WIKI. Visit Museum of African American Experience and WISE Island.  Make screen-shot of avatar! Blog about Second Life experience. Include screen shot of your avatar. Deadline Monday, 10/1 by 11:59 p.m.Complete peer response of Editorial.  Deadline:  Tuesday, 10/2 by 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday 10/3 Editorial meeting:  How will you publish this newsletter?  Decide. How will it be arranged?  What will you call the publication? Finish on-line form. Work on publication of editorial newsletter.Read Chapter 14 (Understanding Research).
Friday 10/5 Discuss research and it’s role in journalism. What is an investigative piece?  How is it done? Publish Newsletter #2 and post to blog (embed or link).  Post link to Class WIKI.  Deadline:  Sunday, 10/7, 11:59.
Week 8 Monday


Midterm Week

Shmini Atzaret

10/8 Meet in WISE Lab to learn how to use Twitter as a professional research tool.  Using hashtags, lists, and contacts to build knowledge and networks. Read Chapter 15 (Conducting Research).  Make a list of three possible investigative stories you might want to pursue.  Turn them in to MyCompLab. Deadline, Tuesday, 10/9 at 11:59 p.m. Bring copy of class ideas to class on Wednesday.
Wednesday 10/10 Class Discussion: what is important in investigative pieces. Editorial Meeting:  Decide upon topics for Investigative stories. Sign up for Zotero and Evernote (they are free!).  Watch Evernote video.  Make sure you have your account names and your passwords for next class.
Friday 10/12 Meet in Library Lab for Zotero workshop. Begin research on investigative story.  Add at least five sources to Zotero Group Library.  Deadline: Sunday 10/14 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 9 Monday 10/15 Assign Prospectus for Investigative story.   What is a prospectus, and how does it help you? Prepare rough draft of prospectus for investigative story.  Submit to MyCompLab.  Deadline: Tuesday 10/16 at 11:59 p.m.Bring copy of prospectus to class for Editorial Meeting on Wednesday.
Wednesday 10/17 Share prospectus with editorial group. Talk about how your focus might have changed after researching topic. Get ideas for tightening it up more. Complete peer review on rough-draft of prospectus.  Deadline: Thursday, 10/18 at 11:59 p.m.
Friday 10/19 Talk about how to do annotated bibliography.  Format, plagiarism issues, etc. Prepare final draft of prospectus and rough draft of annotated bibliography for investigative story (at least five sources).  Submit to MyCompLab.  Dual Deadline: Sunday 10/21 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 10 Monday 10/22 Discuss organization of investigative piece.  How do you do it? Complete peer review of annotated bibliography.  Deadline:  Tuesday, 10/23 at 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday 10/24 Making complicated information understandable.   What are Infographics?  How do you make one?   Using metaphors and infographics to make sense of information. Make final draft of Annotated Bibliography with 10 sources. Deadline:  Thursday, 10/25 at 11:59 p.m.
Friday 10/26 Discussion of individual investigative pieces.  How is everyone doing?  What do they need help with? Finish Rough Draft of Investigative piece.  Include at least one infographic and at least one picture.  Deadline:  Sunday, 10/28 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 11 Monday 10/29 Meet in WISE Lab for WordPress e-Portfolio workshop.  Overview of Portfolio requirements. Do Peer Response of Investigative article on MyCompLab.  Deadline: Thursday, 11/1 at 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday 10/31 Discuss hard news.  What is it, and what makes it “hard news.” Discuss how to find breaking news, how to report on it. Identify some events that will be taking place for election day/night.  Pitch idea for event/angle of story.
Friday 11/2 Editorial meeting:  hard news pitch.  Identify election issue you want to report. Complete final draft of Investigative article.  Deadline for final draft:  Sunday, 11/4 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 12 Monday 11/5 Discuss Election—polls, parties, and politics.  Prepare for stories. Prepare for story.  Do some background research. Make arrangements to cover your story. WRITE STORY ON TUESDAY!!! Deadline for Final Draft: Wednesday, 11/7 by 6 a.m.
Wednesday 11/7 Discuss how story went.  Editorial meeting:  publication of election stories. How will you publish these stories?  Decide.  How will it be arranged?  What will you call the publication? Finish on-line form. Publish Newsletter #3 and post to blog (embed or link).  Post link to Class WIKI..  Deadline: Thursday 11/8 at 11:59 p.m.
Friday 11/9 Editorial meeting:  publication of investigative stories. How will you publish these stories?  Decide. How will it be arranged?  What will you call the publication? Finish on-line form. Publish Newsletter #4 and post to blog (embed or link).  Post link to Class WIKI. Deadline: Sunday, 11/11 at 11:59 p.m.
Week 13 Monday 11/12 Discussion of Final Project and e-Portfolio. Gather your class items to place into portfolio project. Begin rewriting
Wednesday 11/14 Discussion of how professional media people showcase their work. Find some examples of Media portfolios.  Share link on class WIKI.
Friday 11/16 Share Media Portfolios with class. Discuss Reflection paper.  Assign Paper. Write rough draft of Reflection paper.  Deadline:  Sunday, 11/18 at 11:59.
Week 14 Monday 11/19 Meet in WISE Lab for workshop. Complete Peer Response of Reflection paper.  Deadline: Tuesday, 11/20 at 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday 11/21 Open Class. Finish Final Draft of Reflection Paper.  Deadline:  Sunday,11/25 at 11:59 p.m.
Friday Thanksgiving 11/23

Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15 Monday 11/26 Workshop:  Finish final project!! Final Project Deadline: Tuesday, 11/27 at 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday Last Day of Classes 11/28

Last class!  Presentations of final Projects.  ALL PAPERS MUST BE IN AND BLOG MUST BE FINISHED BY SUNDAY, 12/2 at 11:59 p.m.

Friday Reading Period 11/30

No Class!

Week 16 Monday


Final Exam Week

Wednesday 12/5
Friday 12/7

Last Day of Semester


In addition to the assignments listed for each week, the instructor may adjust the schedule as needed.


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