Due Today

Today the final draft of the Literacy Narrative is due. I will begin grading them using the rubric we developed. 


The first DLA is due before Thursday Feb. 16th. Attend a workshop, or complete a DLA.

Literacy Reflection

Now that we are all done with the first assignment, literacy narrative, let us reflect on the assignment and what we can learn from it. 

Why did we start with a Literacy Narrative?

What did you learn about literacy?

What did you learn about writing?

Intro to Report

Reports are as diverse as all the classes you will take. You can write a report on a lab experiment, conduct interviews and assemble into a report, and even research a topic and publish it for the benefit of everyone. 

Reports are a genre that you may be familiar with but not know it. Reports are what we have done since elementary school. Reports are produced by government organizations, websites, companies, universities, and even individual students like yourselves. A report can answer a question, explore a topic, review what is already known about a subject, or report new knowledge, to name a few. 

There are a few qualities that a report usually has. 

  • Presents information
  • Uses reliable sources
  • Aims for objectivity
  • Presents information clearly and well structured

For this assignment, I want you to choose a topic that interests you and you want to learn more about. It can be related to your major, future or current career, something you are familiar with, or something you want to know more about. 

We will have  a librarian come to our class next week to help us with researching the library databases and more. 

The Conversation Review

We spent the first couple of weeks talking about the conversation. What was the conversation? How is it connected to a report?

Susan Wilcox “Marathons for Women”

Susan Wilcox’s (p. 39) wrote a research report on something that is important to her. She wanted her classmates, and now us, to learn more about this. 

What did she do well? What did you learn? Can you tell she cares about this topic? How did you feel after reading it?



We read chapter 19, Brainstorming for today. We first need to choose a topic to write about. 

  • Build from lists
  • Mapping ideas
  • Freewriting
  • Memory Prompts
  • Search online for ideas

Come up with at least two ideas that you want to write about. They can be general now, they will become more focused as you begin the research. 

Quick Write

What two topics are you considering for your report? List the topics you came up with in class.


  • Read Chapter 2, Reports
  • Read Grossman p. 59