HW for Wednesday, 9/18

Below is a list of your HW for Wednesday, 9/18.

Bring one printed copy of your full paper to class for me. This is the paper I will read and provide feedback on, which means that no paper equals no feedback.

-Pinpoint a section of your paper that needs attention, and that you would like to use for peer review. Print out a copy of that section for each member of your writing group.

-Read “Responding, Really Responding, to Other Students’ Writing” on page 43. This will help you engage in a more productive peer review.

MLA Format and Works Cited Information

As you finish your first drafts, you will be working on Works Cited pages and starting to perfect your in-text citations. Here is a link to the Purdue OWL MLA Style Guide:


There is an index on the left that will guide you to the answer to almost any question you have.


In addition, many of the texts you are using come from larger collections, or books. Here are links to the Amazon page for each full book, which will contain all the information you will need for your Works Cited page.

Trevor Noah  



Chimamanda Adichie

Scaachi Koul

Media Clips: Adichie, Noah, and Bliss

Below are the links to what we’ve watched in class so far. If you’d like to watch again or use these talks in your essay, these will come in handy!

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story


Trevor Noah: stand-up clip


Chris Bliss: Comedy is Translation




“Fair and Lovely” by Scaachi Koul, due Monday, 9/9

Below is a link to the essay “Fair and Lovely” by Scaachi Koul, taken from Scaachi Koul’s essay collection One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.


After reading this essay, please write a brief response below to the following question:

  1. How does environment affect Koul’s experience of racism? Point to a specific example from the text that illustrates your point.


What is Rhetoric? due Thursday, 9/5

You’ve read about logos, pathos and ethos in “What is Rhetoric,” as well as rhetorical conventions. Now, look around you. Find an example from the world around you (or the world within your screen)–an advertisement, a photo, a product label–that exemplifies one of Aristotle’s “Big Three.” Post an image or link in the comments section, and then 1) state what concept this piece of media is appealing to, and 2) name at least one rhetorical convention that this piece of media is using, and explain why.

Composing as a Process, due Wed. 9/4

After you read the Introduction and “On Writing as Style and Entering a Conversation” in the Composing as a Process section of your reader, please reflect upon and share something about your own process.

For instance, have you worked with multiple drafts before? Have you considered your audience before? Do you panic when you have a paper and blow off a quick draft the night before, hoping for the best? There’s no right or wrong answer here. This is just an exercise to help you reflect on your habits of mind.

Chimamanda Adichie, excerpts due Wed., 9/4

Below is a link to two short excerpts from Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Americanah.

The novel follows a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who moves to the United States for graduate school, then returns to Nigeria. The first excerpt is a first-person blog entry in Ifemelu’s voice (not Adichie’s!) about race in America. The second excerpt, “Chapter 48,” is a third-person narrative describing Ifemelu’s experience at a party after she has returned to Nigeria.


In the comments section below, please answer the following questions:

-How does the blog entry address racial bias? Do you think Ifemelu’s approach is more or less effective than Trevor Noah’s? Why?

-What kind of bias is examined in the second excerpt? What is the main point Adichie is making in this passage? Please point to one specific moment in the text that shows her making this point.