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Week #12: The Things They Carried Professor Poyner-Del Vento Kindly turn off All cell phones The wireless component of any laptop computers
Overview of lecture Introduction to author and novel Historical background Think aloud protocol Announcements Introduction to author and novel
Introduction to Tim OBrien Image from National Endowment for the Arts: http:// www.neabigread.org/books/thethingstheycarried/index.php Introduction to The Things They Carried Image from Tower Books: http://
www.tower.com/things-they-carried-tim-obrien-paperback/wapi/113641220 Historical background Vietnam Image from Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asia/vietnam/ Vietnam War
1955-1975 Vietnam was colonized by the French (and briefly by the Japanese) Vietnamese began fighting for independence during 1940s Vietnam gained independence in mid-1950s
Civil war broke out Other countries became involved in civil war Viewed Vietnams conflicts as decisive showdown between democracy and communism American involvement in Vietnam War
Americans were heavily involved in Vietnam War Viewed it as a fight against communism / Soviet Unions influence Invested lots of time, money, resources, and human life 58,000+ American soldiers killed 300,000+ American soldiers wounded Unpopular war Many Americans at the time protested the warsaw it
as unnecessary, immoral, and/or imperialistic Many Americans have negative feelings toward the war today, for many reasons Vietnamese involvement in Vietnam War High death tollperhaps as high as 3 million+ Vietnamese civilians and soldiers
Many Vietnamese viewed Americans as foreign invaders Civil war ended in 1975Communist government Think aloud protocol Think aloud protocol Developed from usability testing of software
instructions Writers give software instructions to consumers and tell them to: Read the instructions aloud Speak aloud every single thought they have, as theyre thinking it
In this way, the writers can understand at what points readers become confused Software instructions Commands for English Text. EMACS enables you to manipulate words, sentences, or paragraphs of text. In addition, there are commands to fill text,
and convert case. Editing files of text in a human language ought to be done using Text mode rather than Fundamental mode. Invoke M-X Text rather than Fundamental mode. See section 20.1 [Major Modes], p. 85. Quoted from: Academic Writing: An Introduction, second edition, by Janet Giltrow, pages 22-23 Transcript of a Think Aloud for software
instructions OK, now Im going to try . . . Commands for English Text. EMACS enables you to manipulate words, sentences, or paragraphs of text. These commands sound like the ones Id use all the timegood. In addition, there are commands to fill text, and convert case. I dont know what it means to fill text. I guess it means putting data from one text into another . .
. That is, filling the text with what you want in it. Well, I guess Ill soon find out. Quoted from: Academic Writing: An Introduction, second edition, by Janet Giltrow, pages 22-23 Transcript of a think aloud for software instructions Editing files of text in a human language human language? Boy that sounds strange, what could they be distinguishing here? Maybe computer
language or machine language from human language? ought to be done using Text mode rather than Fundamental mode. Well, I dont what text mode or fundamental mode is, so how will I know which Im in? Lets see . . . Invoke M-X Text rather than Fundamental mode. I wont do that because I do not have time to see the other section. Thats terrible to tell me to . . . See section 20.1 [Major Modes], p. 85.
Quoted from: Academic Writing: An Introduction, second edition, by Janet Giltrow, pages 22-23 Be a reader, not a critic Dont give advice, suggestions, or criticism Just read and fully explain your thoughts A Think Aloud is an eyewitness account of thoughts
Instructions for a Think Aloud Read the essay aloud slowly Frequently stop and offer a summary in your own words Say when you understand Say when you are confused and why Try to verbally work through the confusing parts
The Siyabaslakara by Michael Ondaatje In the 10th century, the young princess entered a rock pool like the moon within a blue cloud Her sisters who dove, lit by flares, were lightning
Water and erotics The path from the king to rainmaking his dark shoulders a platform against the youngest instep The Siyabaslakara by Michael Ondaatje waving her head above him this way
this way Later the art of aqueducts, the banning of monks from water events so they would not be caught within the melodious sounds or in the noon heat under the rain of her hair
Dont judge the essay DONT say: You dont have a thesis statement. Just Think Aloud the reading experience DO say something like this: Okay . . . Im
done reading the first paragraph. Im not 100% sure what the essay is about though. I mean, its about violence, right? [Reader looks back over first paragraph.] Yeah, its definitely about violence, but Im not exactly sure what youre trying to say about it. Announcements
Evaluations will be conducted soon You will evaluate the lecture and tutorial components separately Evaluations are anonymous and will be NOT be opened until AFTER all grades are submitted Please provide as much detail as possibleit helps us improve
Extra office hours Tuesday, August 2nd, 4 to 6 p.m. SUR 5191 Format for Final Draft 1500 words minimum Works Cited page, using MLA style Optional: Acknowledgements page
Will be graded according to rubric Due date is Monday, August 8th during LECTURE Also turn in via WebCT The Things They Carried Read until end by next lecture (in two weeks) Good luck with your Final Draft!
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