- Video of a talk given at UMD by Michael Dorris,
Saving Grace: The Waste and Destruction of Fetal Alcohol Syndrom
(VC 1716), which discusses his and Louise Erdrich's son "Adam."
- Dorris's talk, which we'll view in class, is 57 min. (Question/Answers
= 22 min.)
- As you watch this speech do two things:
- Outline Dorris's speech
[Don't forget to identify Dorris's thesis statement
(cf. 43a.2., pp. 500 - 501, 5.c., pp. 74 - 75, 4.d., pp.
56 - 57.]
- 4.e "Analyzing organization," p. 57
- 3.e. "Preparing a formal outline," pp. 44
- 21a. "Using parallel structures in series, lists,
outlines, and headings," pp. 263 - 264
- 43b.2. "Outlining," p. 502
- List the kinds of things
he uses to make his point, and how he uses these
- 48d. "Understanding the use of evidence,"
pp. 626 - 627
- 2h.2. "Offering appropriate evidence," p. 27
- 5d.e. "Using narratives to support anargument,"
pp. 76 - 77
- Review: How does Dorris organize his talk? What kind of information
does he use to support his argument? What is his argument?
Case Study: Wisconsin vs. Zimmerman
In August 1996, the State of Wisconsin charged Deborah
J. Zimmerman, a 35-year-old waitress from Racine, with attempted first
degree murder for inducing Fetal Alcohol Syndrom (FAS) to her child.
Her baby girl was born with a blood alcohol level of 0.199, nearly
twice the threshold for legal intoxication in Wisconsin, and the baby
appears to have FAS. Ms. Zimmerman herself had a blood alcohol level
more than three times the threshold when she delivered the baby. According
to a report in the Duluth News-Tribune (19 August 1996, pp.
1A, 6A) before the baby was born, insisting that she did not want
to give birth, ". . . she told a surgical aide, I'm just going to
go home and keep drinking and drink myself to death, and I'm going
to kill this thing because I don't want it anyways."
How would you vote in the Wisconsin vs. Zimmerman
How might Dorris' talk or the writings below affect
your reaction to the murder trial which may be getting underway this
quarter in our neighboring state?
NOTE ON AUDIOVISUAL LAB: We
encourage you to watch the videotape material again, in the Library.
You can view it by checking in with the people at the general
- Discussion of video
- Prepare bibliography and note cards on your the Dorris video. Make
(1) a bibliography card, and (2) several note cards on 4 x 6 or 3
x 5 cards [or recycled paper of the same size].
- See The New St. Martin's Handbook, §42a.1 for information
on and samples of bibliography cards.
- On the note cards briefly summarize / paraphrase topics (100
to 150 words). Do this as if you were taking notes for a 5000-level
term paper. On your note cards you should also include your personal
reaction / evaluation as a separate section on each card. See
§42c. for examples of note cards, and information on how
to prepare the note cards.
- Put your name on each card before you hand it in. Write on only
one side of each card. Turn these cards in next class meeting.
PowerPoint Demonstrations (52b)
Make a revised/edited outline for Paper
#4. See The New St. New Martin's Handbook, Sections 3e.,
Indicate your audience at the top of the outline. See The
New St. New Martin's Handbook, Section 2h.
Work on rough draft of "Coffee and Conversation" presentation