Essay 2:  Analytic Essay
Critique of an Essay on Morality

Essay Requirements
Skills Required

Day 10
Final draft of Essay I, with metatext.  Submit in LearningSpace.  Get a head start on reading due Friday. Review peer commenting process.  Begin Essay II by looking at website requirements, freewriting, and starting to read Brandt essay in class to review critical reading habits.
Day 11
Read Brandt (191)and Didion (179) and write an elegant, inclusive summary of each.  (Do the part-whole exercise by marking and labeling the parts in the book.)  Write a response to main idea of each (combined, 1-2 pages). Practice part-whole technique and 
Day 12
Read Gilligan (169) and Gomes (205).  Before reading the Gilligan, do a bit of freewriting to think about whether you've noticed a difference in what men and women value as morally correct.  As you read Gomes, consider how Didion might react to him.  As last Friday's assignment, write a summary, doing the part-whole exercise in your book (or underlining and connecting key concepts, as we did in class), and write a response (about 1 page each).  In your annotating, pay special attention to places you liked and disliked.  Create Writing Log based on previous comments on drafts and on previous metatexts.  Volunteer(s) to discuss your understanding of the essay just enough to pose a question to the class about how they reacted to some aspect of it.
Day 13
Read the King essay (142).  Some students find this boring, but after all your thinking and writing on race, I think you'll find it interesting.  To get into it, I recommend that you first put yourself in his position (in jail, South still segregated even 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, himself a clergyman) and do a freewrite about what you might be thinking about fellow clergyman who criticized the demonstrations against unfair hiring practices in Birmingham, Alabama, as "unwise and untimely."  What do you think Didion would say of King's call to conscience? Pizza.  Discussion of essays not previously discussed, plus King essay.  Learn a process for critiquing an essay.
Day 14
Choose one of the five essays we've read in the "Moralities" section of The Presence of Others  Reread it.  Note all the places that you particularly like, dislike, or have some reaction to.  Revise your summary to create one that is truly elegant and inclusive, that connects, in a way that "flows," all the major parts.  Revisit the places you noted and create a 2-column response that explains why you responded as you did.  Finally, notice the patterns in your response to critique the essay.  Enter in Learning Space under "2-Column Critique."  Plan Essay 2 in class through full-group and small-group work.
Day 15
In The Presence of Others, scan pp. 1-7 to check to see how well you are now reading critically.  Use the checklist on p. 3 to write a brief entry in your Reading Log about what kind of critical reader you are at this point in the term. Read pp. 19-21 to get other ideas about how to approach Essay 2.  First draft of Essay 2, with metatext.  Enter into Learning Space. Mini-lecture on revision issues based on your drafts.  Time for peer review in Learning Space.
Day 16
Finish a second peer response to a classmate's draft.  Create a Works Cited page.  Begin revising essay and enter what you've revised into Learning Space (Essay 2, draft 2).  Make appointment to see me or keep regular Writing Center appointment. Pizza!  Sentence-level work on Essay 2.
Day 17
Final draft of Essay 2, with metatext.  Printout plus submission in Learning Space.  

I hope we can address the question of the basis upon which ethical and moral decisions can be made in a society that is no longer so religious.  Also, are there different types of morality (gender differences, for example)?