I wanted to make sure that a few things are clear to all of you – I know our class meets early and that many of you are (clearly) not morning people, so I need to know that we’re all speaking the same language.
*** Our books ARE available at the bookstores, they’re just not in nice little piles under our section number. Take your syllabus to the bookstore of your choice and they’ll direct you to the texts you need.
*** Please read the sections of the chapter I printed out to you THAT ARE LISTED IN THE SYLLABUS. There are a few pages you can skip over. This will be the basis for our discussion and lesson on Friday, so please have it read before you next come to class. Taking notes and coming to class with questions would be great, too (hint, hint!).
*** The response paper prompts are in your syllabus and yes, please answer ALL of them in your papers. It’s likely that this paper will go over the usual and customary one-page, but as I’m getting to know your writing voices, I think that more is better (at least for this assignment). They won’t all be this involved, as you can see from reading the other prompts. Recognize that you can ALWAYS write more if you feel you need to (but not less, please – that’s not the point of the class). Please also feel free to include any points that strike you, even if they aren’t mentioned in the prompts. Oh, and in case you’re having trouble finding it, the link to the Malcolm X piece is here.
*** I check my email almost constantly, but I can’t always respond immediately (I can receive email on my phone, but it’s often fussy about letting me send outgoing stuff). If you need an IMMEDIATE response from me – if you’re sitting in front of your computer ready to slit your wrists over something – email me your question AND your phone number and, if I’m able, I’ll call you back right away (just don’t expect a return call in the middle of the night – I turn off at about 10:00). Please also recognize that I’m happy to be a resource for the writing that you have to do in other classes, too; don’t feel like you can come to me only for help on writing we’re working on in our class.
*** Please use this email to correspond with me; I have a Local U. email address, but it’s a bear to get to. You’re pretty much guaranteed a quick response from me if you send things to my house rather than to my office.
I think we’re going to have a WONDERFUL semester. I’m very much looking forward to this term with you!