Bring all your class materials with you, including your latest draft of your Persuasive Argument.
Monday, March 10
10am Mike D
10:30am Olivia F
11:30am Erica E
12pm Emily W [FQN]
12:30pm Emily W [FQN]
1:30pm Karina H
4pm Joey Batts
4:30pm Daniella W 
Tuesday, March 11
10am Alyssa G
10:30am Christina B 
12pm Eugene M
1pm Vick S
1:30pm Daniel S
4pm Taylor H
4:30pm Jake P
5pm Alyssa S
5:30pm Luke K
Wednesday, March 12
10:30am Carly W
12pm Kait B 
12:30pm Kait B 
1pm Malvin M
1:30pm Aidan D
4pm James O
5pm Joey Batts [tutor]
5:30pm Joey Batts [tutor]
These conferences are available on a first email, first come basis. Email your instructor (i.e., Nester), and he will put you up on the schedule. For these conferences, bring every handout, every book, and every poem you have written in class. We’re going to go over your performances, record one or two, and discuss your progress and grade in the class. Meetings are in my office in Dolan Hall. If you are a no-show it counts as an absence and it cannot be made up.
Monday February 24
10:30am Shawn B
11am Stephanie C
11:30am Caryleanna G
4pm Rachel B
5:30pm Danielle V
6pm Rachel G
Tuesday, February 25
11am Robert R
11:30am Marlee W
12:30pm Christina B.
1pm Tyleigh V
1:30pm Nancy W
4pm Conor W
4:15 Katie C
4:30pm Kate B 
5pm Kyle S
5:30pm Kristen H
6pm Sean R.
All rap is poetry. It’s as simple as that. Rap is an oral tradition-based poetry, performed over a beat or music. More often than not, itt rhymes. The basis of rap is the 16 Bars, or 16 lines, often but not always 8 rhyming couplets.
Your assignment is to write 16 lines of a rap, to be performed to a beat/accompanying track of your choice (I have a suggestion below). Some things to consider follows.
Flow, and emphasis, will help your listeners understand what you’re saying. When you write lyrics, there is a very important principle which will benefit many of you to understand. If you have good flow, as rappers and rap fans say, it’s about the mastery of language but also delivery–intonation, emphasis, and uses of silence as well as going fast.
As much as we might try to avoid scanning poetry, with stressed and unstressed syllables, and anapests and dactyls and iams and so forth, one has to face the issue of time in poetry when we talk about putting together 16 bars. In Paul Edwards How to Rap, a chapter on flow (selections included in our Readings folder) shows us “flow diagrams,” with emphasized words in bold, which is really not that different than traditional poetry scansion. Here’s a scan flow chart from Pharycide’s “Labcabincalifornia”:
Let me freak the funk, obso-lete is the punk that talks
More junk than Sanford sells. I jet propel at a
Rate that compli-cate their mental state as I invade their
Masquerade. They couldn’t fade with a clipper . . .
Rhyme, and rhyme often. Rap lyrics usually rhyme at the end of the line, but that’s not the only place. Rhymes can happen over the course of one line, several, in the middle of one line corresponding with another. Use an online rhyming dictionary–there are plenty, like rhymezone.com, that are invaluable resources.
Write to a beat. You could write your lyrics and adapt them later to a beat, but that will be too much work. Write it to a beat, or instrumental track. If you’ve never rapped along to a song, start out slow. The classic one I use is the instrumental track for Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin But a G Thang,” with students beginning after the 9 second mark. Perfect section there for 16 bars.
English 105: Expository Writing, Oral Communication, and Research
Section EL1, Course #828, The College of Saint Rose
Spring 2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:12pm, Albertus Hall 112
Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English, Instructor
E-mail: daniel [dot] nester [at] strose [dot] edu
Teaching Blog: http://nestersteachingblog.com
Office: Dolan Hall, 442 Western Avenue, First Floor #1
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm and by appointment
Week 1: January 14/January 16
January 14: Introductions
View: Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke appearance at VMAs: link 1, link 2, link 3 (in case these don’t work, search on YouTube)
Read: Sarah Liss, “One ticket out of the magic kingdom” (handed out and in Readings folder in Dropbox)
Read: Coming to a Reckoning assignment on Teaching Blog
January 16: (In-Class) Using the steps in Coming to a Reckoning, write a paragraph based on Liss and video.
Start work on: Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries
Week 2: January 21/January 23
Due: Sunday, January 19, by 10:59am: Your paragraph on Cyrus/Liss using “Coming to a Reckoning”; name document “LastnameFirstnameTwerk” and place in the “01 Twerk”folder in our Dropbox
Review the following assignments and decide which would be the first and second choice preferences to will do as our first essay: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Narrative Assignment, Manifesto.
We’ll go over the Writing Format; Read: Kissing Oscar Wilde [excerpts, handed out and in Readings folder in Dropbox]
Week 3: January 28/January 30
Due Sunday, January 26, by 1:59pm: First Draft of your Manifesto. Minimum draft length is 750 words. Include summary-paraphrase-quotation work with at least one source from one of the Hellman Library’s databases. Name document LastnameFirstnameManifesto1 and place in the “02 Manifesto 1″ folder in our Dropbox.
January 28: Quiz-discussion on Kissing Oscar Wilde; continue work on Manifesto Assignment; Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries
January 30: (Possible) Class guest/Frequency North event: Jade Sylvan; work on Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries
Due 2:30pm (at time of roll): I Remember assignment (1,000 words); name document LastnameFirstnameIRemember and either email to instructor (subject line “I Remember”) or place in “I Remember” folder in our class Dropbox
January 30: Jade Sylvan event 7:30pm, Standish Rooms, 2nd floor of EAC
Week 4: February 4/February 6
February 4: No class: instructor at New School for speaking engagement
Due: 2:30pm: Visual/Flyer/Online Component of Manifesto assignment; email link or file to instructor (subject line “manifesto”) or place in 02 Manifesto 2 folder in our class Dropbox
February 6: Class guest/Frequency North event: Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, discussing A New Leaf
Read: A New Leaf [excerpts, handed out]
Due February 5, 11:59pm: Coming to a Reckoning paragraph ending with a question (the bonus Step 8), of at least 200 words. Name document LastnameFirstnamePot and place in “03 Pot” folder in our class Dropbox. Have this paragraph on screen at beginning of class on February 6
February 6: Alyson Martin/Nushin Rashidian event 7:30pm, Jack’s Place in Center for Communications and Interactive Media (CCIM)
Week 5: February 11/February 13
February 11: Manifesto Presentations; continue work on Arguments and Research (read section from Seagull ; go over Pecha Kucha assignment; continue work on work on Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries
February 13: Manifesto Presentations, continued; in class: go over Pecha Kucha assignment
Week 6: February 18/February 20
February 18: Manifesto Presentations continue; Read the Arguments section of Little Seagull Reader (section “W-5,” pages 32-37). Vote on Ridiculous Research Argument or Persuasive Essay Assignment; develop topics and research.
Week 7: February 25/February 27
Persuasive Essay Assignment first draft is due Sunday, February 23, 11:59pm; name document LastnameFirstnamePersuasive1 and place in “04 Persuasive 1″ folder in our Dropbox.
February 25: Grades returned for Manifesto Assignment; Persuasive Essay Assignment Pecha Kucha assignment in class; midterm conference times announced
February 27: No class: instructor at AWP conference in Seattle
Persuasive Essay Assignment second draft due Thursday, February 27, 11:59pm; name document LastnameFirstnamePersuasive2 and place in ”05 Persuasive 2″ folder in our Dropbox
Week 8: March 4/March 6
Midwinter break; no class
Persuasive Essay Assignment third draft due
Saturday, March 8–extended to Sunday, March 9, 11:59pm; name document LastnameFirstnamePersuasive3 and place in ”06 Persuasive 3″ folder in our Dropbox
Week 9: March 11/March 13
March 11: Pecha Kucha presentations: Vick S, Eugene M, Malvin M, Olivia F, Luke K, Mike D, Tay Tay, Alyssa S, Karina H, Jacob P, Carly W, Daniel S, Alyssa G, Erica E, Joey Batts, Aidan D Rev. Thaddeus
March 13: Pecha Kucha presentations:
Week 10: March 18/March 20
Week 11: March 25/March 27
Week 12: April 1/April 3
Class guest/Frequency North event: Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer
Week 13: : April 8/April 10
Week 14: April 15/April 17
Week 15: April 22/April 24
Week 16: April 29/May 1
Week 17: May 6/May 8