Schedule of Deadlines and Points

Detailed assignment instructions can be found in the CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS area of the Blackboard virtual classroom. This summary gives you an overall view of the course, so you can plan your schedule with more control. Deadlines are twice a week, Weds. and Fri., at noon Central Time.

Preview Week: Aug. 24 through 31

Due by the end of the day on Monday, August 31:

  • View the introductory message.
  • Read the communication guidelines
  • Get the textbook.
  • Read the syllabus.
  • Log into Bb and complete the quiz to confirm your seat in the course.

Week 1: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4

Writing to Learn: Read/View weekly course content located in the Blackboard classroom. Generally, you will view all the weekly course content before completing the assignments each week. Each week, you should also read any announcements from your instructor and check your email.

Due by Noon on Friday. Sept. 4:

Because the week starts on Monday, there is no Weds. deadline. Just get all the activities done by Friday.

  • Self-Intro VoiceThread 1 (Introduce yourself to the class)
  • Summary 1 (25 points)
  • Summary 2 (25 points)
  • VoiceThread 2 (40 points)
  • Quiz 1 (10 Points)

Week 2: Sept. 4 through Sept. 11

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Weds. Sept. 9:

  • Reflection on Summary 1 and 2 (Points graded with Summary 1 and 2)
  • Pre-writing activity based on VoiceThread 2 (10 points)
  • Participate in identifying elements of the Closed-form essay
  • Essay 1 Outline (30 Points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 11:

  • Quiz 2 (10 points)
  • Essay 1 Rough Draft (no late work accepted) (30 Points)
  • Takeaway/Muddiest Point

Week 3: Sept. 11 through Sept. 18

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Weds. Sept. 16:

  • Participate in VoiceThread 3
  • Essay 1 Peer Reviews (no late work accepted) (50 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 18:

  • Review Peer Feedback
  • Peer Feedback Reflection 1
  • Essay 1 Revision/Final Version (100 points)
  • Essay 2 Compose a Research Question (20 points)

Week 4: Sept. 18 through 25

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Weds., Sept. 23:

  • Quiz 3 (10 points)
  • Learning Object on Web Searching (14 Points)
  • Essay 2 Research Plan (20 points)
  • Find a primary Source
  • Do a Quick "Ask-a-Librarian" Check

Due by Noon on Friday, Sept. 25:

  • Summary 3 (25 points--100% correctness)
  • Documentation Exercise 1 (25 points)
  • Summary 4 (25 points)
  • Documentation Exercise 2 (25 points)

Week 5: Sept. 25 through Oct. 2

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Weds., Sept. 30:

  • Participate in VoiceThread discussion 4 (10 points)
  • Complete all Research for Essay 2
  • Draft Essay 2
  • Documentation Exercise 3 (25 points)
  • Quiz 4 (10 Points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 2:

  • Quiz 5 (10 Points)
  • Essay 2 Rough Draft (No late work accepted) (25 points)
  • Self-Assessment on Essay 2

Week 6: Oct. 2 through Oct. 9

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Weds., Oct. 7:

  • Essay 2 Peer Review (no late work accepted) (30 points)

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 9:

  • Review Peer Feedback
  • Essay 2 Revision/Final Draft (200 points)
  • Peer Feedback Reflection 2

Week 7: Oct. 9 through 16

Read/View weekly course content.

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 16:

  • Self-Assessment of Essay 2 Performance (5 points)
  • Final Thoughts on Research Posting (5 points)
  • Essay 3 (100 points)

Week 8: Oct. 16 through 23

Read/View weekly course content. No work can be accepted after the last day of regular classes without written permission ahead of time. Please plan accordingly.

Due by Noon on Friday, Oct. 23 (last day of regular classes):

  • All late work or "not yet" redo work. No late work accepted beyond this week's Friday deadline.
  • Final Course Reflection (60 points)
  • Final Exam on Summary, Paraphrase, and Quoting (100 points)
  • Post to the Wisdom Wall for future students
  • Complete a final course survey

If you have questions or concerns about this overview, please leave a message below or contact your instructor.

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things--childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves--that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.” ― Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991