Final Projects Info.

Hi all,

For your convenience I am posting the facilitation order and texts that we will be reading for the last two weeks of class below. I will also update this post with specific links to the blog entries created by each group so you can access the necessary videos/texts you should read for each class date.

Also, if you are interested in bumping up your blogging grade, feel free to comment on the blog entries posted by each group! The comments are still due by noon on the day of class.

All the best,

Prof. Tran

Monday, November 30th 

Group: Ashley, Catherine, Kaitlyn, Jillian

  • Topic/Text: Incorporation of science and speculative fiction tropes into contemporary pop music lyrics and videos, e.g. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga.
  • See their post here.

Group: Adrian, Patrick, Dean, John

  • Topic/Text: Bioshock video game
  • See their post here.

Wednesday, December 2nd

Group: Marjorie, David, JP

  • Topic/Text: Pacific Rim, connections to Big Hero 6
  • Check out their post here.

Group: Sara, Caitlyn, Nicole S.

  • Topic/Text: gender norms in the superhero genre; analyzing connections between SNL’s Black Widow trailer and Big Hero 6 and Ms. Marvel.  
  • See their post here.

Monday, December 7th

Group: Vennela, Brandon, Wen-Chiao, Serina

  • Topic/Text: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • See their post here.

Group: Matthew, Nicole C. Jennifer, Jimmy

  • Topic/Text: The Avengers, thinking through similarities and differences to Big Hero 6

Wednesday, December 9th

Group: Ben, Siri, Jacob, Justin

  • Love & Radio’s “The Living Room”
  • Access the podcast here.

Reminders about Final Project & Classes after Thanksgiving Break

Hi all,

Here are just some quick reminders about the final project and the last two weeks of class:

  • Final Project
    • Please remember to select one person from your group to email me by this Friday, Nov. 20th the following information: (1) name of all group members; (2) date and slot (A/B) of your presentation; (3) the title of the text(s) you have chosen to facilitate
    • One week before your facilitation, you should select one person from your group to create a blog post that provides links/files to the texts you want us to read or look at in advance of your facilitation. Your group may also choose to include in this post specific instructions about what details to pay attention and/or what texts from previous sessions of our class that you might want us to bring on that date. This is of course all up to you!
  • Midterm Paper- grades and revisions
    • I will be emailing you pdf copies of your grades on the midterm paper along with my comments by the end of the week. If you plan to revise your essay, you can get a head start over Thanksgiving break.
    • The cover letters for revisions are due by Monday, Nov. 30th. Revised essays are due in hard copy on the last day of class, Wednesday, Dec. 9th.
    • Things to keep in mind: (1) If you turn in your revision on the last date of class, please do not expect detailed comments from me. At most, I can email you your grade on the revision. You are free to turn in your revised essays earlier. (2) If you are revising your essay, make sure all of the MLA citations and works cited entries are correct. If they are incorrect, I will return the essay without grading it. I have mentioned this several times in class and have even given you MLA formatting guidelines, so there should be no excuses for incorrect/absent citations!
    • *Please note that by now you all should have received grades on both of your blog responses and your facilitation. If you have not received them, just send me a quick email! (proftran100@gmail.com)
  • Extra points for “blogging” component
    • If you  have not been commenting regularly on the blog and would like to have a chance to “bump up” your grade, you can choose to comment on the blog entries posted by each group with your general reflections on the texts they have selected to facilitate on. To count, these comments are due by 12:00pm the day of class.

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Break!

Prof. Tran

Reminders for Wed. (11/18)

Hi all,

Some quick reminders for Wednesday’s class, Nov. 18th:

  • We will be discussing the movie Snowpiercer, which is on reserve at the Media Center in the Douglass Library. You will have Wednesday morning to watch it before I take the film off reserve.
    • Bloggers: Wen-Chiao O’Boyle, Adrian Casper, Matthew Berns
    • Facilitators: Adrian Casper and Marjorie Eyong
  • By now, all of you should know your group for the final project. As I mentioned in class today, please select one person from your group to email me (proftran100@gmail.com) the following information by noon this Friday, Nov. 20th:
    • Names of all of your group members
    • The title of the text(s)/object(s)  you are planning to facilitate
    • The date and slot (A/B) of your facilitation
  • *Important note: For those of you who were absent, we have collectively decided to cancel class next Monday, Nov. 23rd, so everyone will have more time to work on the final project and to get an early start to Thanksgiving break!

Best,

Prof. Tran

Reminders for Monday’s Class (11/16)

Hi all,

Some quick reminders for Monday’s class, Nov. 16th:

  • We will be finishing our discussion of Sherri Smith’s Orleans (pgs. 235-324)
    • Bloggers: David Huynh, Marjorie Eyong, Bobby O’Connor, Nicole Schmalz
    • Facilitator: Caitlyn Moss
  • For those of you who were absent, we went over the final project today, which you can download from the “Handouts” page.
    • Most of the groups have already been formed, but if you weren’t in class today I will just add you to one of the groups with only 3 students.
    • We will determine the presentation order for the groups on Monday.
    • All groups should have some sense of the text they want to facilitate on by next Wednesday. You should select one person in your group to send me an email with all of the group members’ names and the title of your chosen text(s).
    • I will be giving you time in class on Monday to continue your discussions with your group.
  • Also, the movie Snowpiercer, which we will begin discussing next Wednesday, is now on reserve at the media center in Douglass Library. You will have until next Wednesday morning to watch the film. I believe that Snowpiercer is also available on Netflix if you have an account.

Happy reading!

All the best,

Prof. Tran

Reminders for Wednesday’s Class (11/11)

Hi all,

Some quick reminders for Wednesday’s class:

  • We will be continuing our discussion of Sherri Smith’s Orleans (pgs. 160- 234)
    • Bloggers: Vennela Gadde, Jiapeng Zhao, Dean Keinan, Ben Manahan
    • Facilitators: Siri Nesheim, Jimmy Nolan
    • Note: As I mentioned in class today, I can no longer honor requests to switch blogging/ facilitation dates. We are nearing the end of the semester so you should keep track of your own dates and plan accordingly. No late blog responses or comments will be accepted unless you speak to me in advance (or, unless I have already set up an alternative schedule for you). Blogs are due by 5:00pm the day before class and comments are due 12:00pm the day of class.
  • Please try to be present for Wednesday’s class because we will be discussing the final project and forming groups!
  • Also, the movie Snowpiercer, which we will begin discussing next Wednesday, is now on reserve at the media center in Douglass Library. You will have until next Wednesday morning to watch the film. I believe that Snowpiercer is also available to watch on Netflix if you have an account.

Happy reading!

All the best,

Prof. Tran

Jennifer’s Blog on Orleans (70-159)

Hi all-

I am posting Jennifer’s response on Orleans for her because she had some trouble getting it to appear on the blog. Comment below!

-Prof. Tran

 

Sherri Smiths Orleans (70-159)

I don’t want to pin point on a specific passage within these pages because I would like to focus this blog on the importance a minor character has in the development of this story. Within these pages Fen is faced with the “most important job of her life”, her final fable to the character who had died in the first few pages, Lydia. Lydia is dead, and even without her physical presence she effects how the story moves forward. Fen focuses solely on her journey because she promised Lydia. Many times in the story Fen needs to remind herself why she’s doing all of this, and who’s she’s doing this for. She needs to remind herself about Lydia, or she sees Lydia in the eyes of her daughter, no matter what Lydia’s character is what pushes this plot further. Although she is not physically present Lydia’s minor character role is important to the structure of the novel.

Another topic I would like to focus is on the differences of the language from the beginning of the novel to where we stopped now. In the beginning Fen’s broken English isn’t as noticeable because the people she was interacting with also spoke like that. The reader grows a capacity of understanding the characters at a deep level, so when the reader was reading this constant broken English throughout the beginning of the novel it was almost acceptable. But when the character of Daniel is introduced the reader can now see how wrong Fen’s language really is, because it is being read right next to the doctors seemingly perfect English. The importance of the different forms of language goes to show the different societies they were raised in. One was living in a society filled with fear and war and suffrage while the other lived in a modern society we are accustomed too. The differences are made evident to the readers beginning with the way both characters speak.

Reminders about Midterm Papers and Monday’s Class (11/09)

Hi all,

Just some quick notes about the midterm essay and reminders for Monday’s class, Nov. 9th:

  • The midterm essay was due in hard copy in class today. If you were absent or did not turn in a hard copy of your essay, you must email me your paper by midnight tonight or it will be considered late. Consult the syllabus for details about my lateness policy. No exceptions!
  • Everyone should also email me an electronic copy of their papers for my records by today. And, if you haven’t done so already, please bring in your peer review sheets and a hard copy of your essay on Monday.
  • On Monday we will continue our discussion of Sherri Smith’s Orleans (pgs. 70-159)
    • Bloggers: Justin Wright, Jennifer Gutierrez, Sara Aldaghady, Jimmy Nolan
    • Facilitators: Justin Wright, Jennifer Gutierrez

Happy reading!

-Prof. Tran