Week four 9/17 and 9/19

Wed 9/19: No classes scheduled.

Quiz on HW readings: Henrietta Lacks

Video/Discussion: “The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks” [YouTube]. TedEd.

Group and Class Discussion
Analyzing the writing structure and rhetorical modes in the HW articles on the Henrietta Lacks story:

  • Explain how the opening paragraphs engage the reader?
  • Who are the target audience(s)? What supports your position on the target audience(s) you described?
  • What might influence the general public’s biases, suspensions, and criticisms in the article(s)?
  • Are the general public’s concerns legit?
  • Does the writer make concessions that appear skeptical? In other words, does the writer acknowledge the legitimacy of the audience’s concerns without appearing bias or patronizing.
  • Does the writer appear objective, or does the writer take a position? Explain.
  • How does the writer support claims made in the article? In other words, what professional sources or studies are being used as evidence? Are the sources scientifically sound and credible? Explain how?
  • We discussed how “adaptive measures” are used to help convey difficult/controversial concepts to laymen audiences. What type of adaptive measures does the writer use? Are they effective? How?

Review criteria for first draft Informative Review Paper.

HW For Next Class:

  1. Watch video and take notes: The First Human Clone – Real Stories [YouTube]. Real Storeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zTDUZKFb6k
  2. First draft Informative Review Paper for peer-review.