Class 02: MON JAN 27


Class Notes

The difference between “What Happened” and “What I Learned.”

  • What Happened: We got into groups to discuss the Island of Stone Money topic.
    • What I Learned: Realized the importance of studying the source materials when they’re assigned, before coming to class. Found out some of my classmates are well prepared.
  • What Happened: We went into detail about how the class will use certain features on the blog.
    • What I Learned: Discovered that when I publish, I need to put my posts into categories (my Username, the name of the assignment).
  • What Happened: Had class discussion on the topic of money.
    • What I Learned: Instructor expects us to interact with the source material, not just summarize or cite it. “As much a thinking course as a writing course.”

What you write in your daily Class Notes (recorded as Replies to the daily Agenda) is a report about What I Learned.

Why Class Notes Matter

Later in the course, we’ll make a similar distinction between What the Author Talked About, and What the Author Claimed.

  • What the Author talked about: The Author made several observations about the effect on the environment of burning huge amounts of fossil fuel.
    (This summary wastes 18 words telling us nothing.)

    • What the Author claimed: The Author blamed the continuing irresponsible burning of fossil fuel for the catastrophic rise in the temperature of the globe.
      (This summary tells us in 20 words what argument the Author made.)

Assignment for WED JAN 29

Preview the Stone Money Task

  1. Preview the Task for SUN FEB 02: Stone Money
  2. Read and Listen to the Source Material before class WED JAN 29
    • Listen to the Invention of Money podcast.
      • Pod 1, Pod 2, Pod 3
    • Read the accompanying brief source materials.
      • Start with “Island of Stone Money” by Milton Friedman
    • Be prepared for class discussion and 10-question quiz
  3. First Draft of Stone Money task due midnight SUN FEB 02.

Looking for the Stone Money Material? Find it by scrolling the sidebar until you see this:


In-Class Exercise

  1. Read the Stone Money Assignment, including the first draft titled “Kit Kats for Nerds.”
  2. In a Reply to the Assignment page, analyze the Feedback received for either the Argument, Rhetoric, or Mechanics aspects of the draft.

13 Responses to Class 02: MON JAN 27

  1. nayr79 says:

    My notes need to be taken in the replies section. It’s weird to be taking notes on how to take notes. The writing being done for the class is going to be receiving much feedback. I realized this since everything is anonymous, therefore more feedback without any need for sugar-coating can be attained.

  2. harp03 says:

    -This is a THINKING course, not a writing course
    -When taking notes, think about “What I learned” rather than “What happened”
    -It is important to make sure the reader fully understands references you make, as they may not have the same background knowledge as you and your peers

  3. j6128 says:

    What happened
    Professor Hodges discussed our three essay research assignment in which there will be a total of 6 essays- three first drafts and three rewrites.
    Professor Hodges discussed changing profile picture to something unique and that represents you-but does not have to be a picture of yourself
    Professor highlights the importance of class notes and how it relates to how the author talked about vs what they said
    Stone Money is a non-portfolio essay that is an assigned topic that is due Sun Feb 2, before midnight
    We analyzed professor’s comments on a former students first draft in the argument, rhetorical and mechanics section
    What I learned
    Professor highlights the importance of how english composition 2 is “As much a thinking course as a writing course”
    Before you can write well you have to think way- the only magic to writing is having a great idea- make sure the idea is clear and comes through
    The requires of the three essay research assignment is worth the majority of our grade that is part of our portfolio
    The class notes need to discuss who made a compelling case and analyze the authors claim
    Class notes serve as a reference guide for remembering the importance of the information that had happened in class
    The purpose of english composition 2 is to conduct research in an essay format while making a compelling argument supported by credible evidence that is clear for the intended audience to understand
    Important to incorporate information along with the narrative in order for the reader to understand the argument and the topic that is being made
    It is important to remember that we are writing for “the world at large” in which we need to incorporate enough detail for readers to understand without assuming they already know the information

  4. stripedsweater21 says:

    This course is more of a thinking course than a writing course. Thinking is required to write; the better the thinking process, the better the writing.
    For note-taking, it is important to write what I learned instead of what happened, meaning that instead of discussing what happened in class, I should write down what I got out of the lesson.

  5. a1175 says:

    -This class is more than just writing. I will have to think and understand other readings so that I can have good ideas for my writings.
    -It is better to make a claim rather than an observation because a claim shows us more about what is going on.
    -Don’t just answer questions in the order given, the questions are just ideas to get the brain thinking.
    -You have to write for everyone, not just classmates. Not everyone knows what is going on with topics, so you have to be specific.
    -Taking class notes will help me in the future with understanding what is going on in previous classes.

  6. bloomingmystery says:

    Learned that it is more important to take notes based on specifics that are learned during class that will help later on, not based on certain actions/tasks that took place during said class. Today’s task helped zone in on what a good draft for the first assignment looks like, imbedded some ideas into my head which I will take with me when starting my first draft.

  7. shaquilleoatmeal2250 says:

    – Began class with explanation of what pieces will be placed into our end of semester portfolio
    – Prof explained how our 3,000 word research paper will be made by the combination of our three 1,000 word short papers
    – Prof Hodges gave a brief explanation and examples of what are okay notes verse what are great notes
    – Having great notes can get you from that B+ to the A-
    – If you have to take notes you might as well make them good or else your wasting yours and Profs time
    – Read the example of an actual students draft for the “Stone Money” writing, then choose one category from profs feedback and give your own opinion on whether not they were clear, good, bad, etc.
    – Gave my feedback to prof on his feedback for the student; the feedback was great and helpful, but I just want to see a little more positive feedback if possible as it goes a long way
    – First draft due Sunday the 2nd

  8. dancestar10 says:

    What I learned : This is also a thinking course and if you have a good idea you have to stay away from it and learned that the US and yap have the same concept for money in the stone money article

  9. gossipgirl3801 says:

    Talked about the importance of thinking before you write and how thinking is just as much of this class is as writing. Did an exercise where we read a past students essay about Stone-Money and left comments on professors feedback and responded with what we liked and what we didn’t like about his notes. Professor spoke about inflation in Brazil going up by 80%. Finally we made our first practice post to the blog.

  10. alyse816 says:

    Our research paper will be a combination of 3 smaller 1000 word papers on the same topic, combined to give us our final portfolio
    Instructed us on the expectations of our class notes and that they should be posted right to the wordpress website
    Professor focuses on the importance of why this is a thinking course, before we can write we need to think about what we are writing
    Our notes should not be what we discussed, but more in depth of why it was discussed
    Stone money assignment is the only lengthy essay that will be done in this class other than our portfolio
    Important that we read a draft of what we are going to be looking at so we can get an idea of what we are going to be doing
    It is also important that we read the comments from the professor so we can get an understanding of what he will be looking for and the structure of the feedback he will be giving us
    Take a look at the outline of the professors feedback, ARMS, argument, rhetoric, mechanics, and scholarship, and understand what each of these mean.

  11. rose1029 says:

    what happened: Professor talked about what is to come, evaluating on how to take notes. why taking notes in this way is importance, and where to put them. The three major essays of the class and how they will lead up to our portfolio was also discussed as well as how important it is to rewrite drafts multiple times. The class did a mini exercise where students read a former student’s writing on a future assignment called “Stone Money” and critiqued the professor’s comments on that writing. The class ended with a practice post for the students.

    what I learned: As students we need to be able to define exactly what we’re talking about, students need to be able to login and show the reader what they obtained during class. This is practice for future assignments such as “what the author talked about, and what the author claimed.” I learned how my professor commented on writing as well as some writing tips I picked up from reading his advice he gave to another student.

  12. tenere84 says:

    Notes 1/27

    Difference between “what happened” and “what I learned.”
    – Notes should never contains “talked-about” language. The notes writer, when looking back on such notes in the future, may remember what happened in a certain class but not what they actually learned.
    – Example of “talked-about” language: We learned the difference between count and non-count nouns.
    – Example of what I learned: Descriptions like “fewer” and “number” should only be used on count nouns, while “less” and “amount” should only be used on non-count nouns.

    The skill of knowing the difference between “talked-about” language and “what I learned” can be applied to essays in general. The habit of using “talked-about” language in essays wastes words and tells the reader absolutely nothing.

    This writing course is also a thinking course.
    – While students may need to spend lots of time writing, they also need to spend an extensive amount of time thinking as well.
    – The class compels students to think about the arguments and logic they are applying to their writing pieces and challenges them to become critical thinkers during and after college.

    Stone Money Task
    – Listen to the given podcasts about the value of money. Be sure to read the other sources provided as well. There will be a quiz on Wednesday so as to prove that students are getting into the habit of doing their assignments as expected.

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