Class 2: Heroification and the Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

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People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.

–Helen Keller

To what extent to you agree with this Keller’s quote from the chapter you read for homework?  To what extent do you disagree?


What’s an example of an unpleasant conclusion you can reach based on your research into two U.S. historical figures?

What conclusions has Loewen reached about heroification?

What conclusions did you reach about certain U.S. society and cultural values in light of your research into two historical figures?

What are some new ideas you are thinking in light of your research?

Think, Pair, Share

Find a partner and exchange your analyses of two historical figures. Read each other’s analyses; on a separate sheet of paper, write down the 3-5 most important ideas your partner makes in his/her analysis. Next write down your own experiences/knowledge regarding either or both of the historical figures your partner has discussed.

When you have finished your written responses to each other’s analyses, share your reactions with your partner.  Take notes on interesting ideas and examples you share with one another.

Individual Writing

Use the following template to write a one-page reflection about the meaning you have derived from reading your partner’s discussion about one of the historical figures he/she chose:

“My partner __________ tells a story about __________ to make the point that _________.  My own experience with _________ is __________.  As a result, I conclude _________.”


Read Together the Introduction to They Say, I Say: introduction-they_say_i_say_graff_and_birkenstein

Small Group

Do Exercise #2 (this is one short group essay written collaboratively–appoint a recorder and put all of your names on the paper as I will be collecting)


  • Read Chapter 1 of They Say, I Say (They Say I Say); in your journal, take notes and respond to the ideas presented in the chapter (should be a minimum 2-3 pages).
  • Read Chapter 2 of They Say, I Say (Chapter 2_ The Art of Summarizing); in your journal, take notes and respond to the ideas presented in the chapter (should be a minimum 2-3 pages).
  • Read Ch. 5 of Lies My Teacher Told Me by Loewen (Ch5_Lies); in your journal, write a Reading Response following the guidelines given in your syllabus.
  • Do ex. 2 at the end of Ch. 1 in They Say, I Say.
  • Using the techniques described in Ch. 2 of They Say, I Say, write a one-page summary of Ch. 5 in Lies My Teacher Told Me.
  • Place all parts of your homework in your journal and bring to class next time.
  • Next week you will have your first in-class essay exam: You will be using this week’s homework assignments, along with the analysis of two historical figures you did for homework last time and the individual writing you did in class tonight as material to write next week’s exam.  Do not forget to bring your large-sized exam book with you for next week’s in-class essay.