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 6: 

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015

 Monday, Sept. 28

1. Read "Academically Adrift," by Scott Jaschik, and be ready to respond in class (tentative).

2. Read Borders chapter 5: Academic Resources. (pps. 106-121).

3.Weekly Argument Assignment #5: Read Kennedy (click for link), 103-105. Then read and carefully using the techniques on that page, write a strong, three or four paragraph confirmation of your group standpoint. Turn in via Dropbox.

4. Event Report 1 due in Dropbox by Wednesday before class. 

Sept. 30 (updated)
1. Midterm Writing Group research report: Option A: Using your research sources (must be at least 6 different online sources), first write up a background information report on the issue your Writing Group is researching, including relevant facts and background. Option B: Alternatively, you can write up a report of the same length on all the major arguments being used in the real world for and against your chosen standpoint, with specific information on exactly who is proposing each major argument (Name names!). List all your sources in APA format (not just http addresses!). Preferably, follow the APA format as given by Purdue OWL.

Turn this in on paper on Friday at the beginning of class. (The names of all group members who participated must be on the report. This will serve as your midterm exam).

Friday, Oct. 2  (Updated!)

1. Optional: Take the Psych Central Online Depression Screening Test on your own.


2. Weekly Argument Assignment 5: Read Kennedy (click for link), 103-105. Then read . Finally, in two or three good paragraphs, use two or three of the techniques discussed on that page to briefly confirm (argue IN FAVOR of) your standpoint. Turn this in via dropbox.

3. Podcast Report.

Lesson Plans


1.Write a scholarly-level personal response to Alan Watts cartoon strip. Either refute or confirm this argument with reference to yourself (not in general). Use "I" and "Me" in your response.

2. Respond to the recent research finding that "Students whose classes reflect high expectations (more than 40 pages of reading a week and more than 20 pages of writing a semester) gained more than other students." ("Academically Adrift," by Scott Jaschik).  Either confirm (argue for) or refute (argue against) the idea of applying this positive standard to all your UTEP courses, including this one, in order to increase the value of what you pay for at UTEP.

Check of in-class notes.

Reminder: *Group Literature Review due Friday at beginning of class*: Using your research sources, write up a complete (4 to 10 page) informative report with data and current scholarly/professional research and opinion on your issue. Turn this in on paper on Friday, Oct. 2 at the beginning of class (this will serve as your midterm exam). Be sure to carefully cite your sources, using a consistent college-level format for your list of sources (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), not just a list of URL's! (APA is standard at UTEP.) Names of all group members who participated must be on the report. See for instructions.


Event Report 1 due in Dropbox before class.

Tentative: Advisor speaks to the class.


Group literature review on subject due at beginning of class.

Discuss Weekly Exercise Assignment #5: Confirmation.

ALL Midterm group research reports due.  All weekly assignments to date due for midterm check. Be sure to have at least 5 podcast reports and all assigned weekly arguments posted!  

How to do university-level research. How to read an academic text. How to use the Internet for university-level research. "Following the track" of scholarly knowledge. Students will examine how to develop academic survival and success strategies (e.g., note-taking, active reading, time management).  Students will become aware of and use selected academic and student support resources.

Peer Leader Component: How to withdraw from classes.

“How do I completely withdraw from my classes for this term?”     

 A complete withdrawal is dropping all courses for a term and can be done in one of three ways:

1.       Send an email from your UTEP email account to  We will be unable to process the request if it is from an account other than your UTEP email account. 

2.       Send a fax to (915) 747-8764.

To process your request as listed above we will need the following minimum information:




Student ID:

We cannot accept your social security number












Your request will not be processed if any of the above information is missing. 

All requests sent by fax must be signed with a clear copy of a signed valid picture ID, such as your driver’s license.


3.       Visit the Enrollment Services Center or the Registration and Records Office, with a valid photo ID, to fill out a Complete Withdrawal Form.

Check the Refund Schedule for refund information.

Info. from

Tentative: Dispelling the myth of the lone genius creating knowledge. Research and the idea of the community of scholarly discourse. [Academic success strategies] [Critical thinking] [Library research]

What do professors expect from you?
Make office visits. Professors want you to visit them during scheduled
office hours.
Understand the syllabus. Professors expect you to consult the course
syllabus and understand course requirements.
Use knowledge. Professors insist that you think about and synthesize
seemingly unrelated topics.
Be responsible. You have to know what is required when it comes to
being organized and prepared for class; in short, professors expect you to
take responsibility for yourself.

from Borders, 1st edition.

Tentative Assignment: Response or discussion.



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The University of Texas at El Paso - 500 W. University Ave. - El Paso, TX 79968
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