Comedy as Critique
"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." — Charlie Chaplin
Google Docs

In this course we are going to use Google Docs as a platform for several things that are listed in detail below. You will be required to provide me with a valid Gmail account so that I can share our class folder with you. This class is a collaborative space in which we’ll all be helping one another to improve our work, and using Google Docs will facilitate the document sharing we’ll need to do to make that happen. We’ll use the folder for the following:


  1. You will have your own specific folder where you draft and edit your assignments.
  2. When we do peer review, you will go to classmates’ folders to look at the work they’re doing and give them feedback.
  3. Anything I hand out in class (assignment sheets, instructions, resources, etc.) will also be available in the Google Doc folder so that if you lose your copy you can see it there.
  4. You will also be able to find supplementary readings in the folder if you’d like to further pursue a topic we’re talking about in class in your writing.
  5. Finally, we will maintain an ongoing conversation about the comedy we examine and the writing topics we cover by taking notes together in a set of collectively produced Google Docs. That way, you always have a record of the topics we’ve covered.There will be a document corresponding to each class day, where we will collectively record the conversations we have in our open discussion periods about comedy (there will be a guiding question for each day), and we can also take notes about the writing skills we’re developing together.
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