02 Class MON JAN 28

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult

than it is for others. 

—Thomas Mann



Curriculum Activity


36 Responses to 02 Class MON JAN 28

  1. chavanillo says:

    There is no such thing of a empty bottle of scotch because if its a empty bottle theres no scotch.

    • davidbdale says:

      * it’s

      Good to see you were present, Chavanillo. I see you’ve left two Replies to this page. I’ll post your grade (out of 3) in the second Reply.

  2. nj908 says:

    -say good morning
    -stay active on checking the agenda
    -find a hypothesis that means something
    -ideas are when you begin to write
    -use white pages to write down possible ideas

  3. pomegranate4800 says:

    Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch?
    – Because if there is no Scotch in the bottle, it is not an empty bottle of Scotch. It is simply just an empty bottle, an empty Scotch bottle.

    > Agendas are daily course guidelines, so even if you are not in class you’ll know what you missed.
    > If you know you’re missing in advance, though, email or text the professor.
    > Syllabus has all contact information, office hours, and addresses.
    > Portfolios take up 75% of your final grade.
    > Course outline is a completely accurate agenda.
    > By valentines day, you should have a pretty narrowed thesis. By the first day of spring, it would be beneficial to you to have a 50% jump on your final portfolio.
    > The link, “Mandatory Professor Conferences” will help you set appointments with your professor.
    > Small pox is gone.
    > Polio will probably never be gone.
    > We research to find things out, not to prove what we already know is true.
    > Thinking is a waste of time?
    > You can’t type without an idea in your head. You can think of ideas all day.
    > You can’t think about yours sources, it’s a waste of time. Write about your sources AS you read them. Not after, or you’re wasting your time.
    > When you, for example, take a 10 page source and break it down to 3 or 4 paragraphs, this is where you explain your central idea of the source, and that is truly interacting with your sources.
    > Describing what you see as the truth is your research paper. Describe it in detail.
    > Use White-Paper as your drafts, and a place to practice writing.
    > Measles was banished in the US from vaccinating children, but now it’s back
    > You are more likely to have a higher leveled thesis if you really narrow your idea and detail it.

    • davidbdale says:

      Brilliant work, Pomegranate. I’m particularly happy to see that you question my ridiculous claim that thinking is a waste of time. I believe it, but I don’t expect anybody else to. Pretend it’s true for awhile by writing about your sources as you read them. The difference between daydreaming and active seeking inspiration should be obvious.

  4. hazelnutlatte123 says:

    -answered the riddle question, “why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of scotch?”
    -Because without the scotch, it can’t be a bottle of scotch, it is just a scotch bottle.
    -Talked about agendas and why they are important for keeping up and staying on track with class
    -Syllabus has all contact information and office hours if student needs to meet or contact professor
    -When assignments are due, they are due at 11:59 the night prior to the class day that it should be completed
    -Agendas are always correct if you come across something that conflicts with course outline
    -Conferences: must have some research before valentines day, and before first day of spring about 50% of research should be done
    – Link “Mandatory professor conferences” shows chart for conferences and times to make appointments
    -Polio has been close to being proven to get rid of for many years, but will never completely be gone
    -“we research to find things out, not to prove what we already believe is true”
    – You can’t type without an idea in your head, but you can sit around and think with no idea in your head
    -until we have to actually talk to someone, we don’t really have an idea in our head
    -no value in “thinking about my sources”
    -don’t brainstorm, don’t think
    -gather sources, and while reading, write about them
    – gathering sources= wood pile, but describing sources/condensing= interacting and figuring out
    the actual value of the sources
    -start with vague idea, read, describe (research paper= describing what you discover to be the truth)
    -White paper- can be used to practice writing
    -more we resist inoculation, the farther away we get from getting rid of disease
    -the more detailed, and thought out a hypothesis, the easier it is to try and prove.
    -when writing a paper, you must look for the truth, not try to make convictions.
    -make sure to categorize when writing on the blog (ex: hypothesis must be categorized in My Hypothesis)

    • davidbdale says:

      Fantastic work, Latte. The only lapse in your technique came early, and you quickly resolved it. Here’s the offending note:
      -Talked about agendas and why they are important for keeping up and staying on track with class

      I’ll remind you several times this semester to purge your writing of “talks about” language. It doesn’t make claims; it simply identifies a topic, and that’s never enough.

      Claims language:
      —Agendas make it possible to follow along with classwork, readings, and assignments even when we can’t make it to class.


  5. doorknob9 says:

    There is no such thing as an empty bottle of scotch because if there’s no scotch, than it’s just an empty bottle. Office hours are 30 minutes before class and 45 minutes after class. Deadlines are a week after the assignment is assigned at 11:59 PM. Course outline contains all the assignments throughout the semester. Small pox was eradicated in the 20th century. Polio has crippled hundreds of millions of people. Come up with a vague idea, gather information on both ends of the argument and decide what you think is right. There’s no value in thinking about your sources. Gather them, read them, and write about them. Let the things you find in your sources guide your writing. Make sure your hypothesis is specific and makes sense.

  6. nousernamefound1 says:

    Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch? Without having scotch in the bottle it can’t be an empty bottle of Scotch. This would be called a empty Scotch bottle.

    Check Syllabus for office hours, professor email/phone number, and class location.
    Coursework, Help, and penalties are also located on syllabus.

    Mandatory Professor Conferences/ Valentines Day, first day of spring, week of finals.

    White Paper- Research to find whats true.”We write to find out what we believe”. We receive impressions, we experience sensations, our instincts control the momentary notions that fit across our consciousness.

    Read sources, collect sources, write about sources as I read them, write a disorganized essay, revise for organization, endlessly revise.

    Effective STEPS-
    Collect a Source
    Write about that Source
    Collect New Sources Suggested by a Developing Hypothesis
    Write about those Sources
    Repeat Beyond what is Needed
    Write a first draft that is way too long.
    Edit and organize into Persuasive Essay

    Practice opening must support thesis.
    Self critique the practice opening.

    If you know that your topic has a lot of better answers out there, its your job to dismiss it early and go from a different way for the truth of your topic.

    • davidbdale says:

      Periods and commas ALWAYS go inside the quotation marks:
      ”We write to find out what we believe.”

      I’m not sure I understand the last sentence, but everything else is clear and quite impressive. Nice work, NoUserName.


  7. jets1313 says:

    – assignments due 12:00 am before class
    writing paper
    – research to find things out not to prove already what we know
    – when we communicate whats in our heads that when we actually have ideas
    – gather sources that you think might be useful you and write about them while you read them. condense them down so you can understand the value of the source to hep you guide your thinking
    – describe what you determine to be the truth and this will become the paper
    – try to have to much material will make formulating your paper much easier
    – their are always more than one answer. include the objection of your thesis and address it in your paper

  8. nyaj32 says:

    Talked about good and bad notes
    We take notes on the agenda to see how well we participate in class
    Must make an appointment to meet with professor prior to the meeting
    19th Century we eliminated small pox with an international effort
    Polio kills 1 in 200 people it strikes
    We research to find things out, not to prove what we already know
    Don’t waste time brainstorming. Just get sources and read them and write about them.
    Hypothesis needs to be specific. If it is too broad, then it will be almost impossible to keep the essay to 3000 words.

    • davidbdale says:

      I’ll remind you several times this semester to purge your writing of “talks about” language, Nyaj. It doesn’t identify claims; it merely names topics, accomplishing little.
      —Talked about good and bad notes
      We did. It’s true. We identified as good notes as those that make claims about the essence of the material.
      After that first little glitch, your notes do a beautiful job of finding and recording the essence.

  9. biggarz7 says:

    Good note: What is going on in the agenda.
    Bad note: “We talked about the agenda.”
    Everything is all easy to access even when you are not in the class
    Polio is almost fully eradicated from the US. Also is not as harmful as smallpox, which killed hundreds of millions of people.
    Don’t brainstorm, collect sources. Write about them while you read them
    Gathering sources is useless, have to actually analyze it and see if they have value.
    “Writing is a recursive progress”
    White paper is just one big draft
    Never ends since there is just an overwhelming amount of evidence
    Most important point to a persuasive essay is the counter argument

  10. nina525 says:

    Take notes as part of class attendance
    Students can still tied class online
    Office hours are before class
    Portfolio counts for 75% of your grade
    The daily agenda is usually accurate, but can change
    Mandatory professor conferences, by valentines day hypothesis should be narrowed down’
    Schedule mandatory meetings in advance
    Polio cripples individuals and usually occurs in children
    Come up with a hypothesis that you can prove
    We research to find things out, not to prove what we already know
    Gather sources, and write about them.
    The most important job when writing a research paper is narrowing down your information
    Anticipate the strongest argument against your hypothesis
    Counter arguments
    Any hypothesis must be researched and proven by sources
    You must look for information that supports and counters your argument.

    • davidbdale says:

      Let me clarify a few things, Nina.
      Office hours are before AND AFTER class
      The COURSE OUTLINE is usually accurate, but when it changes, the DAILY AGENDA will have the most accurate information.
      Come up with a hypothesis, THEN RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN PROVE.
      Good to see you kept taking notes to the end of class.

  11. yourfavoriteanon says:

    We post these replies to take our own attendance for class. These notes will help us with remembering what is going on in class.
    Today’s riddle: “Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of scotch?” was a tricky riddle which the answer was eventually revealed as an empty bottle can never be a bottle of scotch if it has no scotch in it.
    Mr. Hodges will only be on campus, available, Wednesdays and Mondays.
    The course outline is seen as a calendar of expectations.
    At least one conference is required before February 14, one before March 21, and one before Finals week.
    Once one finds their resources, read them and write while reading them to stay immersed.

    • davidbdale says:

      Interesting rhetoric, Anon. Your use of passive voice and “one” is fascinating. Are you uncomfortable with I, or we, or he? You’ve detailed some important housekeeping policies, but there’s very little here about the White Paper, research methodology, how to craft a hypothesis, the actual material of the course work.


  12. wazoo1234 says:

    Polio effected 1-200 million people in the world. This disease cripples people and paralyzes them. It has not been eradicated yet.
    Use all sources to find things out, Not just ones that support your topic. Don’t waste time, gather resources and get sources. Don’t force sources on your topic, Use a vague topic and learn more by researching, then you will have a source.
    most of the job of a research paper/ hypothesis is narrowing it down.
    The white paper allows you to constantly work and add to your paper.

    • davidbdale says:

      Polio affected 200 million people.
      Good work, Wazoo. I don’t think I would ever recommend a “vague topic,” so I must have said something unclear. I’m sorry if I misled you. Write the most narrow and specific hypothesis possible, then read broadly in the topic to see whether that hypothesis, or something else can be proved. Your final thesis will reflect what you discover can be proved.

  13. daphneblake25 says:

    daphneblake notes:

    -theres no such thing as an empty bottle of scotch because if it’s empty, there’s no scotch in it
    -agendas are daily class outlines: can se before and after class
    -if you miss a class, to get caught up, you can alway check the accurate agenda
    -syllabus always available on top bar of website; includes info on prof
    -mon-wen office hours 7:30-8:00am and 9:15-10:00am
    -one week turnaround for all writing assignments
    – portfolio makes up 75% of final grade
    -course outline is a compilation of all course material: synched with days
    -course agendas might not be updated, but agendas always will be
    -spend 10-12 weeks to research a topic you’re passionate about
    -three conferences are needed for every student, every semester
    -small pox has been eradicated from the wold
    -set out with a vague idea and see If it is true or not by using sources that support and oppose your hypothesis
    -if you have an idea just research and let what you find form your idea and then describe what is true
    -gather 10-20 sources
    -writing not thinking is the way to go
    -getting too much material is the goal
    -implementing laws that if broken gives jail time and expensive fines will reduce nature destruction
    -knowing counter arguments helps to develop a stronger argument
    -1000 words of definition; 1000 words of counter arguments; 1000 words of material

    • davidbdale says:

      Beautiful work, Daphne.
      Some observations:
      —implementing laws that if broken gives jail time and expensive fines will reduce nature destruction
      (Sounds like a hypothesis-in-progress)
      —1000 words of definition; 1000 words of counter arguments; 1000 words of CAUSE AND EFFECT


  14. rowanstudent2 says:

    Started off class with a riddle called “Empty Bottle of Scotch”
    “Why is there no such thing as an empty bottle of Scotch?”
    Grammatical Error: It’s not an empty bottle of Scotch if there is no Scotch in it. It would be just a empty Scotch bottle.

    Access Checklist
    A checklist to see if each student did four assignments: email, survey, photo and text

    Explained what an agenda contains
    It’s like a daily course outline
    Where are they? When will I see them? What if I have to miss a class?

    Contains important information such as contact information and office hours

    Course Outline
    Overview of each class with deadlines and penalties

    Class Notes count as participation and attendance

    Mandatory Professor Conferences
    Required to meet three times during semester to make sure we’re on track

    White Pages
    A place to put all sources and notes about a topic

    Looked at hypotheses on the home page
    Commented on how to better each one

    • davidbdale says:

      RS, these notes are a good indication of your capability, but not a good example of putting your ability to its best use. The White Paper deserves much more of your attention than the bottle of scotch. Not a big deal, just an early observation from me.

  15. johndoe5555 says:

    We learned how to gather sources that argue for and against our topics and how to use the information to structure our papers.

    • davidbdale says:

      JohnDoe, I’ll remind you many times this semester to purge your writing of “talks about” language.
      Here are instructions I might have given you that are NOT contradicted by your notes.
      —Bury any sources that don’t support your prejudices.
      —Steal all your sources from a paper somebody else wrote.’
      —Copy your essay from Wikipedia, but cite Wikipedia’s sources in your References section.

      See the problem?
      Unless you actually notate what we said about “how to gather sources,” your notes don’t actually record anything that occurred.


  16. chavanillo says:

    I something is due is due a week from now. If assignment giving on Monday is due next Monday. Agendas always might change but they are always correct and assignments are up to date. Need to meet and have a conferences more then ones to keep track on what I’m behind on your need help with. Always schedule a day before. Going to talk about white paper to see if we are paying attention. 100 million people we affected of the pot disease. It paralyze children and it kills 1 of 5. Always pick a topic that will give you a 3 thousnand word paper. Never ignore opposite arguments. Gather everything because thats the only way we will we could know if my hypothesis is right. We have ideas when we communicate what we are thinking. Theres no value thinking about sources. No brain storming or thinking. When you are reading collect sources write what you read that is the key of getting your information. Stop forcing sources to prove your point. Describe what you discover for the turn. Describe sources in details. Probably paralyze 250 children to stop polio and take that risk because then it could affect more people.

    • davidbdale says:

      Chavanillo, I hope these notes are more useful to you than they would be to me. I won’t insist that they satisfy my needs, but I can’t grade them 3/3 unless they’re clearer and more grammatically compliant. They needn’t be fancy. Your best note is one of the simplest: Stop forcing sources to prove your point.


  17. july02222 says:

    Being addicted to something is a disease, that is impossible to treat if you do not pay mind to it.

    • davidbdale says:

      I think you mean: The first step to curing an addiction is to recognize it.

      You’ll pick up a point by posting a comment, July, but notes will have to much more complete to earn the 3/3.


  18. g903254 says:

    Discussion on what makes good note taking vs. bad note taking i.e a good note equals fully engaging with the class, while inadequate note taking is equal to, “talked about the agenda.”
    Agenda- A daily class outline. This shows what will be discussed in any given class. So, if one misses a class then they can see what was covered in the agenda without having to ask classmates. This allows for the student not to fall behind their peers.

    The Daily Agenda is to be the most updated form of what will be covered in class, however the Course outline is a great way to get a general idea of what is coming up in class.

    Professor Conferences are required. You must have set up a conference to help create a better thesis with the help of the professor.

    White Paper– Why do We Still Have Polio?
    The eradication of Small Pox was no easy feat, but did happen giving hope to eradicating other diseases like Polio.
    Polio may never be eradicated
    Polio cripples many people who contract it. It kills 1/200. There are many possible hypothesis’ on the subject of Polio.

    Don’t look for sources that prove your point. Cognitive Dissonance. All sources must be looked at to see if what you think is correct by looking at data and the general consensus of the Scientific Community.

    Don’t waste time ‘thinking’ instead write/type what your ideas are and share with your peers to see if it makes sense to them rather than just you.

    When reading sources take notes. This allows for you to find out what you can use within your thesis and how to shape your argument. The need to figure out what sources are valuable and which are not. Let the sources guide you. Don’t try to force the sources to fit your idea. Discover the truth through the sources. It is okay if at the end of the project your thoughts are different then when you started because then you have learned what is the truth rather then ‘proving’ your hypothesis. Allowing yourself to fall into an echo-chamber is not productive towards a fair discussion.

    Go through multiple hypothesis’ and see what you feel is the best hypothesis for you. See what is nonsense and what can be tested.

    White Paper

    Write an introduction and see what is missing from said introduction and keep revising. This will help create a strong opening for your thesis.

    Look for refutations for your argument and proactively disprove the strongest arguments against your own argument. This will help convince those who may be on the other side of said argument being made.

    Religion can be a huge setback against the fight against diseases such as Polio.

    Look to narrow down your topic to something that can be tested. Make it counterintuitive.

    Just because a first draft/white paper is graded highly does not mean that it is a good research paper. Constant revision is necessary for creating a great research paper.

    Look for sources that have ten or more sources itself.

    • davidbdale says:

      Brilliant work, G.
      You’ve brought your own background to the classroom and synthesized it with what you heard. You’ve already begun the practice of engaging with source material (lectures being the material).

      Quotation marks in text are ALWAYS DOUBLE unless they are placed inside a framing quote. So:
      —then “proving” your hypothesis.

      The plural of hypothesis is hypotheses. So:
      —Go through multiple hypotheses and see what you feel


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