Inventing the University



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Essay Assignment 01

In his essay, “Inventing the University,” David Bartholomae talks a great deal about the unique culture of the university (the “discourse of the academy”). Bartholomae stresses that often, students are labeled as “basic” writers because they have not yet been taught how to participate in that culture, particularly how to participate in that culture linguistically, through their writing.
In his autobiography, Lives on the Boundary Mike Rose illustrates how he struggled to redefine himself from being a remedial student to being a successful participant in the academic discourse (the academic culture).

In 4-5 pages:



Compare and Contrast Rose’s early experiences in school—before he left the vocational education program and/or his early experiences in college with his later experiences in school—after he met Jack MacFarland and/or after his freshman year in college. Come to some conclusion about why you think Rose was ultimately able to, despite his earlier struggles, become a highly successful college student.
Ideas for consideration:


  • What made those later experiences more successful than his earlier ones?




  • You may use personal examples to support your arguments, but don’t overdo it—the focus of this essay should be on Rose, not on you.




  • Including working definitions for terms and key themes (i.e. remedial, academic discourse/culture, etc.) may help you to clarify the overall focus of your essay.




  • Was Rose’s ultimate success in college in fact, as Bartholomae might argue, because Rose was able to successfully start participating in the culture of the university? (If so, explain how). Or was his success due to another reason? (If so, explain what.)

A strong essay will:




  • Have a clear, focused thesis.




  • Use relevant, specific examples to support your thesis.



  1. Compare and Contrast Rose’s early experiences in school—before he left the vocational education program and/or his early experiences in college with his later experiences in school—after he met Jack MacFarland and/or after his freshman year in college. Come to some conclusion about why you think Rose was ultimately able to, despite his earlier struggles, become a highly successful college student.

Ideas for Consideration:




    • What made those later experiences more successful than his earlier ones?

    • Was Rose’s ultimate success in college in fact, as Bartholomae might argue, because Rose was able to successfully start participating in the culture of the university? (If so, explain how). Or was his success due to another reason? (If

Important Due Dates:


02/11/05: Brainstorming Workshop
02/16/05: Draft Workshop

Bring 1 essay copy for instructor to evaluate

Bring 5 essay copies for your writing group members to evaluate

(1 for each member + 1 for yourself)



02/18/05: Draft Workshop (cont.)
02/25/05: Editing Workshop
02/28/05: Essay 01 Due

Bring final draft and all essay drafts and workshop materials

Process Presentations

Peer Writing Group Evaluations



Kogos 1A


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