Great teachers are not necessarily systematic thinkers. The very act of teaching is against us – Theodore Roethke



  1. FE #1 shared with me (
  2. Have questions from your readings [Shoeless Joe, Purdue OWL Guide to Narratives, Usage Section of Hacker (you have time for this one)]
  3. Have a hard copy of completed questionnaire with you in class today.


  1. Good Writing Opener
  2. Questionnaire Activity
  3. Personality Assessment Fun
  4. New Page/Events/Dear World/Assignments

In Class Activity #1: INTRODUCTIONS

1. Exchange and read one another’s questionnaires. No speaking. No discussion. No qualifying. (3 MINS)

2. Star your six favorite, most interesting answers. Again, no discussing or qualifying (this is important) from your partner’s questionnaire (5 MIN).

3. Now, discuss the answers you chose (5 MIN)

3. From those, choose three of the most interesting things about your partner to introduce to the class.

4. Add your partner’s name (duh), hometown and major. Then switch (5 MIN).

5. We will introduce one another to the class (20 MIN).



In your animal groups read through the appropriate traits and assessment. Discuss the following:

  1. Is this true? In what ways do you SPECIFICALLY embody these traits?
  2. What’s good about being your “animal?” What’s bad?
  3. As a group, consider how you might “sell” the rest of us on your animal group. Remember that we are going to be arranged into “mixed animal” families. Why might we “want” to have one of “your animal” on our team? Why not?

On the materials provided, create a small poster that illustrates the following:

  1. What are the three most important characteristics that both DEFINE your animal, but also make you VALUABLE to a mixed group? Rank the traits and illustrate them creatively on your poster.
  2. Add the single trait that, while TRUE, makes you a DIFFICULT addition to a group. IN other words, why might we NOT want your animal in our group?
  3. Two volunteers from your animal group will present to the class.




Come to class Wednesday with a hard copy of Formal Essay #1


  1. Spend some time getting acquainted with the mission of Dear World. This group is coming here next week.
  2. Read this narrative by David Sedaris (listen to the author read the narrative below). As you read, consider the discussion we had in class today. Be prepared for Wednesday, to further discuss the quality of this piece and “how” it evinces the tenets of good narrative.
  3. Catch-up on reading from last week.