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Portfolio Verification Day

WED MAY 01 We’ll be double-checking your Portfolio for completeness and compliance on the last day of class, WED MAY 01. Consider it your Final Exam, essential to passing the course. Once we’ve verified your Portfolio complete, I’ll confirm your … Continue reading

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Course Evaluations

Please help the Writing Arts Department determine my fitness for instruction by completing a brief evaluation of your experiences in this course. Without identifying who, the administration has informed me that three students from this course so far have completed … Continue reading

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Counterintuitive Predictions

Counterintuitive Predictions 1. True or False. What occurs in the world is not always reasonable, logical, or right. Even so, it might be true. You’ll decide whether the Premises below are True or False. 2. Reasonable or Unreasonable. People act for reasons … Continue reading

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Why the Challenger Exploded

Why Challenger Exploded In January, 1986, the solid booster rockets that were to launch NASA’s space shuttle Challenger into orbit suffered a catastrophic failure 73 seconds into the launch. All seven crew were killed in the disaster, most likely from … Continue reading

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Task for WED MAR 13

You’ll find links to the background material for this task on the Agenda for WED MAR 06. Based on sample Openings provided in the Lecture titled “How to Open Lecture/Demo,” write two different opening paragraphs for your Research Position Paper, based … Continue reading

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Why We Blog

Before You Post to Safer Saws We blog to learn from one another. This course is conducted “in public” as it were to benefit every student with the opportunity to view, analyze, appreciate, learn from, even emulate the work of … Continue reading

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I’ve received several texts from students unable to post tonight (this morning). If you’re reading this, WordPress issues have been resolved somehow by 1am. If technology prevented you from posting before midnight, don’t dismay. Just post your White Paper when … Continue reading

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The Mirror Paradox

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Snow Day Attendance

Good News I was encouraged to see that eight of my students logged on to our Counterintuitivity blog during yesterday’s snow cancellation, left good Notes on the MON FEB 11 Agenda, and followed through with very thoughtful responses to the Tasks … Continue reading

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Barter Explained, Poorly

Below is an example of a terrible essay that “explains” an abstract concept by appealing to other abstract concepts. Its terms are vague. It ignores the humanity of readers. It contains not one memorable image or example. Barter is the … Continue reading

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