INSTRUCTOR  Owen M. Williamson, MA  

In case of absence, or if class is ever cancelled due to circumstances beyond Instructor control, students are still expected to complete and submit all assignments shown on this Calendar page if possible.

Week 5: September 20-24, 2010Mensa Shirt


Time management:

Review: Three Big Rules for university-level writing


I have reserved the time of your class on September 22nd, from 8:30 to 9:20 to give the advising center presentation.  Esteban Terrazas, M.A. Academic Advisor

Optional extra credit: Note taking 101: Getting the most from classroom lectures. Sept 23 (Thurs.), 3:00-4:30 p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

EVENT: UTEP students, alumni and prospective students are invited to attend the Career Expo taking place at the Don Haskins Center. The free event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.












1.Read Kennedy (click for link) 101-3 (example).

2.Read Borders Chapter 4: "Making the Grade."


1. Do online Time Management Calculator and print out results. Bring next class.  Post on your Wiki comments a BRIEF reflection on your own time management results. Particularly if your time management shows in the "Danger" zone or negative, discuss exactly how you plan to manage, keep up your health and sanity, and still get excellent grades in your courses at UTEP at the same time. Be specific--do not simply state "I will do it somehow," or "I'll keep a positive attitude," or similar empty general statements.

2. Print out and annotate "Forty Winks."  Bring next class.


1. Do Progymnasma 5. . [Applies to theme / discipline]

2. KTEP report. [Academic success strategies—note taking] [Critical thinking]



Progymnasma 5: Refutation.

Directions for Composition (Adapted from BYU website)
Attack the credibility of some common present day lie, myth or false urban legend that has to do with your theme, employing these steps:

  1. Give a very brief summary of the story, myth, urban legend or lie that you are refuting.
  2. Blame the teller of the story--briefly examine what her or his motives may have been for introducing this false story or lie. 
  3. In at least two full paragraphs, carefully and exactly show why the story is characterized by at least two of the following factors: 
    • obscure (unclear; confused; lacking critical details or impossible to prove)
    • incredible (unbelievable)
    • impossible (violates the laws of physics, biology, history or human behavior; cannot happen in the real world)
    • illogical (makes no sense; crazy; contradicts itself)
    • unfitting, (uncivilized, immoral, discriminatory, unfair, not fit for decent people); or
    • unprofitable (wastes more money than it saves; will bankrupt us all; too big a risk; too costly for the results to be gained).

    See the example in Kennedy 101-3 for an example of desired length and style. Do not use the 5 part format.



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