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Newsletter March 2012

Newsletter March 2012

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Social actionweek: March26th-30rd
by Dan Richards
FYC Community Manager 
RHETORIC, ACTION, COMMUNITY
It’s that time of the semesteragain: social action time. Oh yes,the wonderful time when our FYCstudents get to literally get their voices heard by occupying space within the Marshall Center andsharing their rhetoric in actionprojects with any and all who willlisten. This week, headed by theCelebrate Student Successcommittee is chock full with activ-ities all aimed at acknowledging the great work our students aredoing every semester in ourprogram. Be on the lookout formore information. In the mean-time,check out the videoof last year’s Social Action Day in MSC toget a sense of what it looks like!This model is based on the idea that more time should be spent by students working in groups,conferencing with the in-structor, and conducting a fairamount of peer review.Several instructors are already in the process of teaching thismodel to their ENC 1102students. To check in on whatthey are doing, blogging about,and teaching, please see theCMModel page on the InstructorSite.Read excerpts from teacher blogs on Page 4.
Collaborative Model Pilot
MY REVIEWERS VIDEOSERIES
 Page 2
NEW BULLITZER PRIZEINFORMATION
 Page 3
 WRITING CENTER WORKSHOPS
 Page 4
 
FYC @ USF
FYC.USF.EDU
MARCH 2012
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA FIRST-YEAR COMPOSITION PROGRAM’S OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER1
 
My Reviewers video series, froma student perspective
TEACHER FEATURE
Name:
Kristen Gay
Status:
MA Rhet/Comp
From:
Tampa, FL
Inspirations:
I aminspired by Sylvia Plath’spoetry, Virginia Woolf’sprose, and Hélène Cixous’stheory of l’écriture féminineas writing the body. I aminterested in Rhetoric andComposition, genderstudies, and creativenonfiction.
Teaching Philosophy:
Good writing teachers invitestudents to let writing writethem.
Fun Fact:
If I was fluent, Iwould speak in French all thetime.
Future Goals:
My careergoals include: earning myPhD in Rhetoric andComposition, extendingCixous’s theory of l’écritureféminine, and becoming afeminist rhetorician.
 
by Dan Richards
FYC Community Manager 
NEW VIDEOS HELP FACILITATE STUDENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE FIVE GRADINGCRITERIA IN MY REVIEWERS
Focus. Organization. Evidence. Style and Grammar. Formatting. All five of thesecriteria frame the grading we conduct on My Reviewers. All five are key components of writing. And all five can be easily misunderstood by students.In light of this, there is a new video series aimed specifically at facilitating a deeper understanding of these criteria from a student perspective. These videosare meant to simplify, not complicate, each of the five components for studentsin a cogent and hopefully humorous way. Of course, each component (evidence,for example) is much more complicated than what is being presented in the video. As a writing instructor with your own students, it is assumed that youhave set up your own methods for how students should become successfulusers, integrators, and quoters of other texts. These videos are not meant tostep on your toes or tell you how to best explain these concepts.Rather, these videos should be used inclass (or assigned at home) assupplements to your teaching, orperhaps even as springboards for classdiscussion about a given component.Keep watching for more videos soon...
 
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by Katherine McGee
Celebrate Student Success• • •
SOLICITING BULLITZERSUBMISSIONS FOR SPRING 2012(PLEASE SEE NEW SUBMISSIONTIMEFRAMES AND NOMINATIONCRITERIA BELOW)
• • •
In the past, we have awarded theBullitzer prize to students at theend of theacademic year.
Thissemester, we would like to awardthe prizes as each project iscompleted.
 
By recognizing students throughout thesemester, we reward students’ work more immediately.
 
 With this in mind, we’re ready toreceive submissions for ENC 1101Projects 1 and 2 and 1102 Project1.Submissions that are received by Friday, March 9
th
will beconsidered for the awards. TheCelebrate Student SuccessCommittee
is also looking for readers
. Any instructor who would like to participate in theBullitzer selection process, pleasecontact Katherine atkmmcgee@mail.usf.edu
Nomination Criteria
Teachers should nominatestudents’ essays in ENC 1101 andENC 1102 that are the
 best
of the“A’s” in each project. Bullitzeressay winners should reflectoutstanding papers that teachers believe would work well asstudent paper models (and couldappear on the FYC site undereach project page).In particular, Bullitzer-winning essays should reflect the following (not necessarily orderedaccording to weightedpreferences):·
 
 A particularly original orinsightful thesis statement that iseffectively carried throughout thepaper·
 
Clarity of argument and writing ·
 
Effective incorporation of evidence/support, which excels atintegrating evidence/support intothe writer’s argument·
 
 A thoughtful and/or novelapproach to the topic·
 
 A thorough discussion of thetopic, which may includeappropriate and varied sources as well as attention to otherperspectives or concerns beyondthe author’s perspective·
 
 An engaging opening and a closing that goes beyond thesummative and a strong organizational structure·
 
 A solid cohesive essay thatmakes good use of transitions andsegues·
 
 A well-polished essay thatreflects proper diction, grammar,style, etc.
Nomination Process
Nominate your students via email.
 
Follow this linkand you will find a sample email you may use.
 
Simply add your student’sname and which project you haveselected them for.
 
The sampleemail also includes uploadinstructions.
 What this Award Means toStudents
Bullitzer winners will behighlighted as model texts on theproject page and posted on theBullitzer webpage. The students will also receive a certificate andcan, of course, post the award ontheir CVs/résumés.
Celebrate Student Success Committeeactively seeking Bullitzer Prize submissions
 
Katherine McGee
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