Please note that the Reading and Writing Assignments are DUE the day they’re under. For detailed references to the main readings see that unit’s specific assignment sequence.

BB: Blackboard               ER: E-Reserve               CR: Course Reader               H: Handout               Web: Website will be provided        


Week 4: Begin Unit 2 (Supernova Essay)

Tues Oct 10

Reading Assignment:

  • Mark Gaipa, “Breaking into the Conversation: How Students Can Acquire Authority in Their Writing,” Pedagogy 4.3 (2004): 419-37. (BB)
  • Lardner, Railway Economy (CR)
  • “Pacific Railway Act” (CR)
  • Schwantes and Ronda, The West the Railroads Made (CR)
  • Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey (CR)

Writing Assignment: 

  • PD 2.1: Do I Buy It?

In-class:

  • The Disciplinary Supernova
  • Reading to doubt, reading to believe

Thurs Oct 12

Reading Assignment:

  • Kerry Walk, “Source Functions Across the Disciplines” (H)
  • International Historical Statistics (CR)
  • Poor, “The Pacific Railroad” (CR)
  • Chapple, “Types of Railroad Travellers” (CR)
  • Fogel, Railroads and American Economic Growth (BB)
  • GIS Maps (Web)

Writing Assignment:

  • +- 200 words on what the statistics make you think about the economic of the railroad, and how Fogel and the GIS maps help you rethink that conclusion.

In-class:

  • Statistics, oh my!
  • Interpreting Images

Sat Oct 14         

  • R1 due at 5 pm

Week 5

Tues Oct 17

Reading Assignment:

  • Phillips, Letters from California, 1-11 (CR)
  • Waldo, “The Distribution of Time,” 528-536 (CR)
  • “Standard Time,” 6834 (CR)
  • Warman, “A Thousand-Mile Ride,” 164-184 (CR)
  • Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 (ER)
  • Study “The Image Bank” (Web)

Writing Assignment:

  • On the basis of a brief analysis of one of the primary sources, write ~200 words on how the railroad fits within the broader cultural changes explored by Kern.

In-class: 

  • Rare Books Visit

Thurs Oct 19

Reading Assignment:

  • Cox, Annual Report of the Secretary of the Interior, (CR)
  • Hornaday, The Extermination of the American Bison (CR)
  • Zitkala-Sa, American Indian Stories, 47-51 (CR)
  • Fiege, The Republic of Nature, 228-235; 240-264 (ER)
  • Study photographs in “Railroad Repeats: The Alfred Hart Collection” (Web)

Writing Assignment:

  • +- 200 words on how Fiege’s work makes you think differently about either the assigned primary sources from the Course Reader or the photographs you looked through for this session.

In-class:

  • Sloppy Joe

Week 6 (Midterm Week)

Tues Oct 24

Reading Assignment: 

  • Two readings from the Exploratory Disciplinary Readings (see unit description)

Writing Assignment:

  • +- 150-word summary for each of the readings (thesis, methodology, etc).
  • Draft a couple of speculative theses.

In-class:

  • Presentations of the Exploratory Disciplinary Readings
  • Crafting Paragraphs with Primary and Secondary Sources

Thurs Oct 26

Reading Assignment:

  • New Catalog (Web)
  • Articles+ (Web)

Writing Assignment:

  • Work on your D2

In-class:

  • Library Discovery Research Session

Friday Oct 27

  • D2 due at 5 pm

Fall Break (Oct 28 – Nov 5)


Week 7: Draft Workshop & Paired Conferences

Tues Nov 7

Reading Assignment:

  • 2 Student Drafts (announced by 5pm, Sunday)

Writing Assignment: 

  • 2 Draft response letters (2 hard copies)

In-class: 

  • Draft workshop           

Thurs Nov 9

Reading Assignment:

  • 2 Student Drafts (announced by 5pm, Sunday)

Writing Assignment: 

  • 2 Draft response letters (2 hard copies)

In-class: 

  • Draft workshop

Week 8: Begin Unit 3 (Research Essay)

Tues Nov 14

Reading Assignment:

Writing Assignment:

  • Work on your R2

In-class:

  • “Xtreme Endnotes”

Thurs Nov 16

Reading Assignment:

  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (2008), “From Questions to a Problem” & “From Problems to Sources,” 51-83 (BB)
  • Mobilities paradigm essay (BB)

Writing Assignment:

  • Pre-Draft 3.1: Scavenger Mission

In-class:

  • Book Trailers:
  • X-Ray Scan R2s

Sat Nov 18

  • R2 due at 5 pm