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Week 02

Tips and Announcements: 1) Each week, I'll “archive” the prior week's lesson plans and replace it with our current work. You can also look back by visiting the Prior Weeks Archive above. 2) The bookstore has run short on They Say/I Say. But you should be able to access online materials for InQuizitive with a temporary account. According to Logan, “When first opening the site, it gives you the option to use the free trial and you just type in your school's name and student ID number. ” Thanks! 3) Sometimes, I'll make an optional reading available via Perusall; it will be in the Library. Only required and assigned readings will be in the D2L/Assignment area.


1. Logistics

  • Trouble with access to Perusall?
  • Trouble with access to InQuizitive?
    • Can you access the ebook content with the trial code?
    • Discussion of self-diagnostic. (What do your results look like?)
  • Trouble with Writers Journals?

How is learning to improve as a writer similar to the way one practices to get better in other areas like music or sports?

2. In-class Writing

Please visit your Writers' Journal . Create an entry for today entitled “Writing Goals - Mechanics” Discuss one or two things you learned (from the homework) about your writing skills and why it might be worth giving one of them some specific attention. What difference would it make if you could achieve a goal of improving in this area (if you could avoid comma-splices, write catchy and clear topic sentences, always choose the right word, etc)? If you have an idea as to specific steps you might take to improve in this area, mention that too.

Hopefully in 12 weeks, you'll look back at the goal(s) and see they've been met!

3. Continued discussion of Chat GPT - What is it? What are possible effects or consequences? What are things some people might welcome? What are some things that might be worrisome?

  • On Point. “How AI Chatbots are Changing How We Write and Who We Trust” - link

Let's explore key ideas shared in the podcast. Group brainstorming. Generation of ideas.

Moving from reading/listening to notetaking/outlines to paragraph summarization.

Homework: In your Writing Journal, write a compressed (100-150 word) paragraph in which you summarize an important, complex set of ideas about Chat GPT. Please use one of four sources below; obviously make clear in the context of your summary what source you are using discussing.

Log in to Perusall via this D2L link before trying to access these materials

You can use the On Point podcast or read “How Chat GPT Will Destabalize White Collar Work” by Annie Lowry link, Ian Bogost's “ChatGPT is Dumber than You Think” link or Kally Huang's “Alarmed by A.I. Chatobs, Universities Start Revamping How they Teach. link. You can aim to write a comprehensive summary or be selective; don't feel you need to capture every trivial point or difference of opinion. Part of the goal is to practice choosing what is salient and then phrasing it in your own words. Finally, follow your paragraph with a one-sentence question of your own – something you would still don't understand, disagree with, or need more information about in relation to the topic.



  • Many of you put an impressive amount of time into InQuizitive. Thanks! Future exercises should be shorter. D2L grading should be working for Perusall but not yet InQuizitive. (Remember that you can always answer additional questions to earn 100% on InQuizitive.)
  • I've fixed the math error in the syllabus! Final essay and Other Activites are each worth +5%
  • A scan of the They Say chapter for homework reading is accessible via D2L if you don't have your book yet.

1. Discussion of homework writing.

What works? What's easy? What is challenging about summarizing?

Peer response. Have a look at your classmate's summary. Use “comment” to make notes. Is there an overarching idea? Do details support it? Could someone unfamiliar with the source understand based on the summary? Is it aiming to be selective or comprehensive?

2. Academic writing as conversation

Observations on They Say/ I Say “Introduction.” See passages on the importance of others' ideas (3), how templates are relevant to entering a conversation in writing (2). How is using templates as guides anything more than low tech version of ChatGPT? (12-13)

3. The Template of Templates

The first “template” - or the template of templates, page 11 (They Say, I Say). Recasting summary in the form of an explicit dance between various views, including your own.

In class writing ( if time allows) use a Listen Before You Leap template (p. 10) to take a position in relation to one of the things we have read or heard. The goal is to fairly present or acknowledge someone else's idea, fact, position or view and then articulate your own view and how it differs. Word Online Edit Space


1) Please read “They Say - Starting with What Others Are Saying” Chapter One in They Say Say (pp. 19-31).

2) Also read one of the other articles (above from Tuesday), or choose any other source from this list of recently published articles, or something you've found that speaks to ChatGPT or AI.

3) In D2L, use one of the templates from Chapter One as a guide. Write a paragraph where you articulate an argument starting with what your source says and then shifting to what you say. You should be certain to name your source. We won't worry about a bibliography yet .