From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project:

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rewriting Assignment (Spring 2015)

[a] Fire Write RF
This assignment has a number of functions—not the least...that it is required. Beyond that, it is meant to highlight the importance of writing drafts and rewriting as part of the ongoing writing process. Take a look at the assignment and follow the instructions precisely. Please note that this assignment replaces class on Monday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 6. It does not involve extra work (you get to choose when you do it, as long as it is in before Monday May 6 at noon).

 All Classes
Letter Rewriting Assignment
[1] Make sure you have the following materials. They will be handed out in class on Monday, April 27. If you do not have these materials, please pick them up from the MI administrative assistant, Becky Moffet, in MI 219.
          *An envelope with the Beloit College history department address.
          *A blue index card.
          *A paper clip.
          *A copy of John McPhee's New Yorker essay, "Draft No 4."

[2] In place of class meetings on Monday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 6 do the following things.
          *Read John McPhee's essay (about forty-five minutes).
          *Think about it; really reflect upon it.
          *Rewrite the letter you wrote for the first assignment of this course.
          *Reread it carefully one more time (on-screen or as a print-out).
          *Print the letter.
[3] Take your unstapled, printed letter and position it so that the envelop becomes a kind of "cover." In other words, do not fold the letter into the envelope.

[4] Take the blue card and write out the full address of your reader. Then put your name on the blue card, too.

[5] Put the blue card on top of your letter, and in the "binder" created by the unsealed envelope.

[6] Take the paper clip and bind them all together.

[7] Bring the unit to the MI administrative assistant (pass my office door, go to the top of the steps, take a LEFT, and walk all of the way to the end of the hallway—the office will be on your right). If you have problems, ask anyone in the building. If no one is in the office, gently slip it under the door.

Due No Later Than Noon on Wednesday, May 6.
[c] リライト RF

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