Colorado State University — Pueblo, Fall 2018
CTL 494, MAESTRO Field Experience
Course Schedule & Assignments
Here is a link back to the course
When there is a reading assignment, please read the named
section(s) before that day.
A lot of bureaucracy and introductions.
A retrieval practice writing exercise on your schedules.
Discussion and writing about concerns for this semester.
Friday this week is the last day to add classes.
Read Learn how to Study Using... Retrieval Practice — For Students, For Parents, For Teachers, Learning Scientists Posts
A retrieval practice writing exercise on retrieval practice.
Discussion and writing about issues which came up in the past
Going to a computer lab, pulling up school financial info, making
sure everything is in order.
While at the computer, learning how to get articles which our
campus library has on-line, using the reading for next week,
which is Hundreds Of Women And Children Were Coming Towards
Us, And Getting On Their Knees For Mercy by Tony Horwitz.
Discussion of some details of what you will be expected to do this
semester for this course, including:
going to three or four recommended campus events (attendence
will be taken!)
short writing associated with events you will go to
...but there will be alternatives for students who cannot or
do not want to go to particular events, which will involve
other activities (reading, watching a video) and definitely
Monday this week is the last day to drop classes without a
grade being recorded.
This week, you have the option of going to an event on Tuesday
or coming to class on Wednesday — you do not need to
do both. Whichever you do, you must first read the article
mentioned above, which is in our library: Hundreds Of Women And
Children Were Coming Towards Us, And Getting On Their Knees For
Mercy by Tony Horwitz. You will have to write a short reaction
piece to this article, the Tuesday event, and/or the video we will
see in class (if you come to class). Watch this space (the section
below which talks about next week) for the details of this writing
assignment, which will be due in class next week.
Optionally, attend this event
starting at 5:30pm at LARC 109.
Those who come to class instead of attending La'ne' Sa'an
Moonwalker's event from Tuesday will watch
this video in class.
Here's a resource for students who are not feeling like they are getting as
much as they would like out of reading their textbooks.
Hand in at Wednesday's class meeting Writing Assignment 1:
Last week, you read Hundreds Of Women And Children Were
Coming Towards Us, And Getting On Their Knees For Mercy
by Tony Horwitz and either attended the presentation on
Tuesday by La'ne' Sa'an Moonwalker or else came to class
and watched the video Colorado Experience: The Original Coloradans.
Write a thoughtful response to this material that
mentions (aspects of, examples from) at least two of these
You may also mention other sources, if you like, and should
bring in your personal experiences and perspective.
You don't need to have a formal thesis statement,
but the reader should be able to identify some main
point or clear thread running through your work,
or something to that effect — think of your main
point or thread before starting to write, and re-read your
work when you are done with it to make sure it is clear
that your point or thread will be obvious to the reader.
Your response paper should be as long as is necessary to
satisfy the above goals — and no longer! It is hard to
imgaine that that would end up being shorter than around a
page (describing aspects of two of the readings/events/videos,
your response, a unifying point or theme you are trying to
make...). It should be double-spaced and have reasonable
font size and margins, and you should both email the file
to your instructor and bring a printed copy to class.
Read — before class! — this article about how to study a textbook.
This week, you have the option of going to an event on Tuesday
or coming to class on Wednesday — you do not need to
do both. Whichever you do, you will also need to read an
article which will be linked here soon. You will have to write a
short reaction piece to this article, the Tuesday event, and/or the
video we will see in class (if you come to class). Watch this
space for the details of this writing assignment, which will be due
in class next week.
Optionally, attend this event
starting at 6:30pm at LARC 109.
Those who come to class instead of attending Christie Vilsack's
event from Tuesday will
video about global population. It relates to some of the
things Christie Vilsack described on Tuesday.
- Before our class read or watch at least one of the
Whichever item you watch or read, please be ready to
describe it to your fellow students in class. That
doesn't have to be a complete explanation of every detail,
but instead give one clear piece of information, why you
found it interesting, and enough context so everyone can
If you liked the short video by Hans Rosling which we saw in
class last week, you might like a longer
video of his, too. It is longer (an hour), and you do not need to watch it all: but
watch at least 15 minutes, moving around in the video until
you find a section that most interests you.
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid? is an interesting
article that talks about issues of foreign aid, how much the
US spends on such aid, and on what it is spent.
If you are interested in foreign aid and its impact on flows
of migrants (often refugees), "Foreign aid 'less effective than expected' at curbing migration, study says" is an interesting read.
Christie Vilsack is associated with the organization
US AID, whose history is
described on this web page.
Writing assignment: last week, Christie Vilsack spoke
about her time at USAID, working to help mitigate natural and
human-made disasters in the Global South, and generally to
increase health, education, and commerce there. But she also
talked about how there were certain themes through all of her
career. She specifically suggested that young people make a
plan for their futures — which well might change
drastically, but nevertheless was a very valuable thing to have
in mind. Your writing for this week ‐ to be handed in at
class time -- is therefore to talk about your plan:
Career path: Explain what career path you envision
How do your classes at CSUP fit into that path?
What will you do after CSUP?
If you intend to go to additional schooling, explain why
and how it contriutes to you career path/plan; find a
website of a school where you would happy to go for this
additional education, find information about the
admissions process there and a description of the program
you would like to follow.
If you do not want any more schooling, explain what you
intend to do instead, and find a website which describes
an activity like that -- e.g., for a similar
employer to the one you where you want to work -- and
find information about how to get that job/position, and
what it entails.
The goal is to describe where you want to be in 10 or 15
years and how to get there, in some detail.
E.g., if you've been saying for a while that you
want to go to law school, you should now go to a law
school website, look over their admissions criteria,
their program of study, and the things they say their
Please write at least a page (it's your life plan, it should
be more than a page!), and make sure you give as complete and
careful a citation as possible to any sources you use (such
as websites or articles).
Pick one of the following topics:
Unlimited Polical advertising by corporations (decided by the
US Supreme Court in the Citizens United v. FEC case)
Religious expression by corporations (e.g., refusing
to pay for employee medcial insurance which covers birth
control) (decided in the US Supreme Court in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case)
"Brexit," the process whereby the United Kingdom has chosen
to leave the European Union
Voter ID laws
The North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] and its recent (last week!) replacement
The recent report (dated October 8, 2018) from the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPC] on the
likely severity of impending global warming.
The legalization of marijuana use in certain states of the
US and/or Canada.
Find at least two articles, in at least two different reliable
newspapers, on your chosen topic. Here, "reliable newspaper"
means one of the following:
NOTE: Our campus library has access to these newspapers,
even if they seem to have a paywall — e.g., The
New York Times let's you read only five free articles per
month without a subscription, and The Washington Post is
even more restrictivce. The way to do this is to search through
our library databases. Mostly our library website is quite easy to use, but if you want some
assistence using our campus access to these newspapers, you could
ask a librarian,
read the many help pages on the library website, or
take a look at this page which a friendly CSUP librarian made
just for students from our class doing research for this
Submit a short paper on your chosen subject, relying on your
chosen sources, which includes the following pieces:
A short (around 1/2 to 2/3 page) introduction to your
A summary [in your own words] of at least two things your
learned from your readings on your chosen subject
State your assessment of the accuracy or validity of the
readings you used: do you think they were biased and, if so,
Give a careful and complete citation of each of the newspaper
articles you used.
No required minimal length, but the above require minimal
content means you paper will probably come out to at
least one and a half or two pages.
- Friday this week is the last day to withdraw (with a
W) from classes.
There will be no regular class this week! Students must instead
attend author Craig Johnson's Thursday event on campus and/or the
Booklovers' Black Tie Ball on Friday at the Rawlings Library
Optional event: Dr. Admbareen Siraj, Director of Cyber
Security Education Research and Outreach Center, of Tennessee
Tech, College of Engineering will present a public lecture on
Women in Cyber Security. Reception from 5:30 p.m.- 6:00 pm and
Lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in HSB 101.
Students who want a little extra credit in CTL 494 can attend
To get this extra credit, make sure you find your instructor
and sign in, at the event.
In addtion (to get the extra credit), send your instructor
(by email) a short response piece to the materials presented
at the event. Include an example or specific fact you learned
about at the event, your own personal insight or a relevant
personal experience you, or someone you know, has had. This
should be around half a page in length (or a 2-3 paragraphs as
just an email).
The response piece should be sent to your instructor before
Craig Johnson event: 6pm, Hoag Hall.
Booklovers' Black Tie Ball at Rawlings Library, starting at
No regular class meeting this week, instead please attend
the Cornel West event on Friday, if at all possible.
Please stop by the CTL whenever you have a chance to pick up a
[free] copy of a book by Cornel West.
Note there will be two small writing assignments due next
week, based on this and last weeks' activities. See
Cornel West will be on our campus, please attend!
He speaks at the OSC Ballroom at 7pm — but come early,
Dr West's events frequently fill up completely.
Note: if you are able attend this event, make sure you find
your CTL494 instructor to sign in.
You may choose to go to one of the outside events this
week (or next) instead of coming to class on Wednesday.
If you do,
you will be asked to write a 1-2 paragraph summary/reaction
[although if you don't attend an event, you will be
asked to do a little extra reading and summarize or react to
take a selfie of yourself showing you were there and send it to
These events will be labelled OE in this schedule.
OE: 1:30-2:30 in GCB 111: "Indigenous Student
Association is hosting [Native American Heritage Month
Lecturer] Dr. Lian BigHorse of Arizona to present her doctoral
dissertation, "The Holy Fight: Awakenings of Apache Identity
from Oak Flat to Transgenerational Justice and Decolonization."
Following this there will be a reception and Q and A. There
will be a traditional Lakota blessing at 5:30 in front of Hoag
Hall. Beginning at 6, Matt Little and the Rocky Mountain
Singers will lead a Round Dance Social."
OE: 6:30-8pm in Ryals Room, Rawlings Library, 100
East Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004 [there are busses; if you
drive, there is easy parking; or your instructor will be
driving to and from this event and can give you a lift]: "The
History program and History club at CSU-Pueblo join other CSUP
organizations, as well as the Community of Pueblo, to CELEBRATE
125 YEARS OF COLORADO WOMEN HAVING THE VOTE. Join us in this
two-part event. 6:30-7:00 PM: We will be collecting and
gathering stories of people in southern Colorado who worked for
woman suffrage and/or equality. Bring stories of your ancestors
that you want to share. All struggles for women's equality
count. There will be snacks and activities for all
ages. 7:00-8:00 PM: The story of the suffrage struggle from
Colorado territory to the election of the first female state
legislator (from Vineland!) in the year 1893 will be presented
with re-enactments and excerpts from the Chieftain and other
Southern Colorado newspapers. Hear from suffragist Mary
T. Shields, who spoke about suffrage so well in the town of
Trinidad that the Spanish speaking audience asked her to stay
and wait for a translator so they could better understand her
Some students still have to submit the writing assignment from
week 9, above; please take care of that by
In addition, two additional small writing assignments are due
A short response paper to Craig Johnson's Longmire series.
This can be critical or positive, can bring in related
outside source or stand just on its own. You should base
it on either one or more episodes of the Longmire
series on Netflix (see excerpts on YouTube as well),
on (parts of_ the book which was distributed at the CTL
(come to ask for your [free] copy if you didn't get one yet),
or on something you heard at one or both of Johnson's
public events (one at Hoag Hall, the other at Rawlings
Library). You might talk about the quality of the work as
mystery novels/filsm, any of the local cultures he describes
in his fictional Absaroka County, WY, aspects of
film making in the production of the video version, or another
topic of your choosing. This should be around half a page
or 2-3 paragraphs.
Similarly, please react (same length as the previous one) to
something you read or heard from Cornel West. Come to the
CTL for a [free] book of his, or watch another speech of
his, or interview with him, on YouTube (there are several),
or read an article he authored you find on the Internet.
Make sure you mention in your writing which work of his
(speech, video (which one), book (which part), or other
article (which one)) you concentrated on.
Probably the way to structure your short reaction
piece is to describe, quite briefly, an argument or position
West takes, summarize his reasoning for that position, and
then state whether you agree or disagree, and why or why not.
OE: 7-8:30pm, LARC 109: "Geocaching International
Film Festival ... The library will be hosting the 2018
Geocaching International Film Festival on Thursday, Nov 8 at
7:00 PM. Join us to watch short films made by geocachers from
around the world! Also, join us on Saturday, Nov 10 at 10:00 AM
in LARC 109 for a Geocaching 101 event to learn more about
geocaching and to try it for yourself!"
OE: 7-8:45pm, Hoag Recital Hall: "Wind Ensemble,
Percussion Ensemble, and Sarah Shaw Dancers, The Department of
Music cordially invites you to attend the Fall 2018 concert of
the Percussion Ensemble & Wind Ensemble, with special guests
dancers joining us from Pueblo's own Sarah Shaw Dance
Studio. Enjoy an evening of energized percussion ensemble
music, plus the Wind Ensemble will feature dance music that
will include Cajun, Tap, Jazz, Riverdance, and dance music from
West Side Story to commemorate the centennial of Leonard
OE: 3-5pm, OSC 108: "Movie and Discussion --
Smoke Signals is a humorous yet serious story about Victor, a
young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as 'trying to
forgive his father.' The movie gives us a glimpse into the
contemporary Native American world, and is created by an almost
exclusively Native American cast."
No regular in-person class today. Instead, please attend
one (or more) of the events on this list, as described here and in
recent emails from your instructor.
OE: 1-2pm, LARC 258: "2018 CSU-PUEBLO PRESIDENT’S
OFFICE HACU FORUM -- Budgeting 101: Managing your finances
before and after you graduate from college. Do you need help
managing your money? Does the combination of your future and
finances stress you out? Alyssa Vargas-Lopez, one of the
sponsored HACU National Conference attendees and HACU
Ambassador, will be discussing the dos and don’ts of
budgeting. This interactive discussion will include various
topics, such as outside resources and reliable methods that
students can use to create their own budgets as they continue
their careers. The majority of college students struggle with
budgeting but you don’t have to. Come engage with other
students like you and learn about what you can do to
successfully manage your money so your future and your college
life are less financially stressful."
OE: 12-1pm, GCB312: "2018 CSU-PUEBLO PRESIDENT’S
OFFICE HACU FORUM -- It is important for all students seeking a
career to understand the competitive nature of today's
businesses and educational institutions. How can you
individualize yourself from the moment you apply to the moment
you interview? Making a good impression takes more than an
extensive resume. Yamel Ramirez, whom was a selected 2018 HACU
attendee would like to share with you the tips and strategies
you can use when taking the next big leap. She will highlight
how employers look for candidates and how you can potentially
surpass your professional competition. This will be an
interactive session that will help you across any and every
field, every time you apply! It’s getting back to the
basics. Come have some fun!"
Thanksgiving Break! No classes, of course.
OE: 1-2pm, LARC 258: "2018 CSU-PUEBLO PRESIDENT’S
OFFICE HACU FORUM -- Do you need help managing your money? Does
the combination of your future and finances stress you out?
Alyssa Vargas-Lopez, one of the sponsored HACU National
Conference attendees and HACU Ambassador, will be discussing
the dos and don’ts of budgeting. This interactive discussion
will include various topics, such as outside resources and
reliable methods that students can use to create their own
budgets as they continue their careers. The majority of college
students struggle with budgeting but you don’t have to. Come
engage with other students like you and learn about what you
can do to successfully manage your money so your future and
your college life are less financially stressful!"
OE: 10:30-11:30am, LARC 258: "2018 CSU-PUEBLO
PRESIDENT’S OFFICE HACU FORUM -- Communication skills are an
integral part of the job search process. Potential candidates
may have the qualifications or can build up to them but they
must get past the first hurdle, the interview. This can occur
in a formal setting or less informal such a a job
fair. Learning to tell your story and deliver it an impactful
way can lead to a lasting impression and possibly
employment. Join Diana Rios Martinez, attendee of HACU's 2018
Conference as she shares Telling Your Story with the 3
T's. Come have some fun!"