Okay, this is the first shot out of a cannon for spring quarter 2017 for New York Times articles. As with anything that we will read this quarter, I want you to think about not only what the articles about, but also how it works. You might also want to think about what the article might be referencing that's not immediately apparent on the page (a lot of times I'll think about this as the engine that's driving the story -you may not necessarily see, but it's the thing that's making the vehicle go). These references that are not apparent and engines driving the articles are often tied to intertextuality and discourse communities. I tried to find a nice range of articles/stories for this first discussion, both in terms of content and in terms of topic. Here are your first three articles:
By Michelle Goldberg
By Rebecca Carroll
By Bill Pennington
Read and annotate all three for discussion in Tuesday's class. Reading the newspaper is different from reading a textbook so you may want to follow some of these suggestions. Also consider why we are talking about these articles as a nation at this time. What is it that's going on in the public conversation that the New York Times is responding to with these articles? How are the articles in different sections joining into a possible conversation? In term total reading for Tuesday's class, at minimum read both the entire front page section as well as the Sunday Review in addition to the three articles.
For the summary homework, convert the "They Can Hit 400-Foot Homers, but Playing Catch? That’s Tricky" (A1) article by Bill Pennington into a 150-200 summary following the guidelines in chapter 7b of the St. Martin's handbook.
Be sure to bring your hard copy of the New York Times with you as well. You need to have both your homework summary submitted to the dropbox and your New York Times in hand to participate in Tuesday's class. If for some reason you did not set your subscription, every Starbucks and Walgreens in Chicago sells the Sunday paper (just go early).