Friday Office Hours & HW: ACE Paragraphs & Galileo Galilei

Friday Office Hours:  

11am-12pm; by appointment 12-3pm in OU Writing Center, Wagner Hall Room 280. For this Friday and all Fridays: the Writing Center is technically closed, but just inform the receptionist that you are here for Dr. Mintler’s Office hours.

HW Order of Operations: 

I recommend working on your PRELIM 2 ACE Paragraph A prior to reading and viewing the material about Galileo Galileo. Doing so will enable you to make a more focused claim that you can support from evidence from Plato, Aristotle, and/or Jay. Also, remember that you are writing paragraph DRAFTS (not final revised versions) that we will workshop in class on Tuesday. Don’t forget to place the DOC for PRELIM 2 in the Spectators Group, to put it into the PRELIMs folder, and to TAG it (i.e. your name, PRELIM 2, ACE)

After you write your draft of PRELIM 2 ACE Paragraph A, read/view the material on Galileo. You will find the link to the film On The Shoulders of Giants under “Moving and Still Images.” When you click on the link, you will be directed to enter your 4×4 and password at the Bizzell Library home page. Once you enter it, you will be directed to the movie.

After you have viewed, read, annotated, thought about the Galileo pieces, you might start drafting PRELIM 2 ACE Paragraph B. It will be up to you to decide if you want to write claims that are specific to the Renaissance, the use of technology to aid the unaided eye, the battle between the ocularcentrism of science and the antiocularcentrism (or misguided or limited ocularcentrism) of religion (in this case, of a Catholic Church accepting as fact religious doctrine from the Bible and Ancient Greek philosophical claims about seeing. You might also write a paragraph that makes an assertion that makes a claim about ocularcentrism in Plato and the Catholic Church OR an assertion that makes a claim about how technology helps us see better, can change our knowledge of the empirical world, etc.

p.s. I have added student Observation Blogs at the bottom of the Seeing Is Believing home page (and have also put the URLs under the Observation Blogs menu).


For Thursday’s Class

Finish creating your Observation Blog so that you can begin recording your observations! I will be available to help anyone who needs it on Thursday morning before class and after class between 12-1pm.

Join the conversations in the course readings vis Hypothesis comments and in the Discussion Forum!

Add new Keyterms to PRELIM 1 Keyterm Catalog

Add compelling or important “THEY SAY” claims (Jay’s, Aristotle’s, or Plato’s) or I SAY claims (your own claim ABOUT seeing-vision-ocularcentrism) ABOUT these readings these to your Claims DOC.

Read & annotate Jay’s “The Noblest of the Senses” (up to and including page 33–the page that ends with the quotation “Oh, Helas!”  This part of the chapter is specifically about the Ancient Greeks).  I had to replace the other version because it wouldn’t annotate properly–but this version works fine.

Practice using G&B templates for different rhetorical strategies/moves in stating your claims, responding to comments/participating in our ongoing conversation!

Dr. M

SIB Website FYI + HW for Tuesday

Homework for Tuesday:

1) Enter the Conversation started in the 1st Discussion Thread in the course Discussion Forum re: “Entering the Conversation about Seeing.” This first discussion asks you to think about the focus of our course on SEEING as an ongoing “conversation” that you are entering as a student in this course–one that began with the Ancient Greeks, if not earlier, and continues in the work of contemporary critics like Martin Jay. Try to situate yourself as a participant in this conversation–in Jay in particular, since he is your contemporary–with a template from G&B’s Introduction or Chapter 12 if you can. In other words, you can use G&B to help you phrase how you enter a conversation with Jay. You get credit if you reply to another student’s discussion post–if you join into a conversation with what a classmate says about SEEING/Jay.

2) Read and annotate (and make at least 2 and no more than 3-4) annotation comments public for Plato’s “Timaeus” and Aristotle’s “Sense and the Sensible.” Add any new terminology you believe functions as a major keyterm to PRELIM 1: Keyterm Catalog.  I have added an annotated PDF version of Aristotle so the you can highlight and add comments. Don’t forget that replying to another student’s comment counts as one of your public annotations. TAG your annotation comments SIB2017.

I have installed the plug-in that provides an RSS feed that now lets us see recent annotation for our course readings on the Seeing Is Believing HOME page (bottom right, under “Who’s online?” If you scroll through the feed you can click through to any annotation comment that you wish to reply to.

3) If you haven’t yet made your annotation for Jay’s Introduction public, you can still do so and also TAG your comments in arrears by clicking on “edit” to add the SIB2917 TAG it after the fact.

4) Create your Observation Blog and draft your first Blog Post (this can be the draft of a post-in-progress.

Course Updates: (1) I have increased the number of login attempts you have before getting locked out of the course and decreased lockout time. (2) There is a new RSS Feed that scrolls recent comments in from your annotations of course readings. You can click through to an annotation comment to reply/respond to it without going to the reading itself. (3) Right now, if you ever want to comment to a post on the course blog, click the title of the post and scroll down to leave a comment in the comment box. (4) I have moved all of your PRELIM 1 assignments into the PRELIM folder. (5) Lastly, I have added 5 sample Observation Blogs from previous Seeing Is Believing students, all of which have different designs, focuses, and writing styles, etc.


Seen at the Women’s March in Oklahoma City on Saturday, January 21: a sign on which was drawn an enormous eyeball and on which was written the following: “Oklahoma Legislature We Are Watching You.”