FALL 2017

 

RHT 095-001  Meets 9-9:50am - Mon/Wed in Room F302 // Fri in Room F203

RHT 095-002  Meets 10-10:50am - Mon/Wed in Room F206 // Fri in Room F203

 

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS 

 

OUR CLASS IS CANCELLED MONDAY, 11/6/17. CHECK YOUR TRITON EMAIL FOR DETAILS ABOUT WEDNESDAY'S ASSIGNMENTS.

 

Due Wednesday, 11/1/17

--Rewriting Activity - The descriptive paragraph rough draft on p. 103, has at least ten instances where words or phrases that are not allowed in the descriptive final draft are used. Find at least 8 of these and cross out the wording.

On the final draft version (p. 90), these sections were reworded by using sentence combining or more active verbs. For five of these errors on the rough draft, indicate which sentence number on the final draft is a more effectively worded version of the same idea. You can just write the number of the final draft sentence on the rough draft next to the crossed out error.

 

Due Friday, 11/3/17

--Complete the Rewriting Plan on p. 109 for the most revised version of your descriptive house draft. Bring the draft with labeling to class with the plan.

Class meets in F203.

 

Due Monday, 11/6/17

 --Read p. 113-114, 120-124 and p. 131. Complete a Five Things Learned assignment (directions p. 13) about what you learned about writing an illustration essay. 

--Keep working on rewriting your descriptive paragraph, which will be due Wednesday.

 --By MIDNIGHT, complete the MWL Pronoun Reference (W2.7) topic within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:   

   o   Read the Overview or view the Animation    

   o   Complete the Recall 1 activity   

   o   Complete the Apply activity    

·       Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries. 

   

Due Wednesday, 11/8/17

--Bring your three graded illustration paragraph packets with you to class.

--The descriptive final draft packet due. See the notes below to help you rewrite. You will be expected to turn the stapled packet in at the beginning of class. 

1)    Read over your rough draft for any highlighted forms of the verbs TO BE or TO HAVE. When you rewrite, REWORD these using more ACTIVE VERBS (see p. 101).

2)    Read over your rough draft for any sequences of sentences where more than one sentence uses the same subject. Consider COMBINING these sentences. You will be able to REMOVE repetitive words to make it more concise. You should also be sure to put adjectives in front of the nouns they describe (see p. 102).

3)    You can choose to complete the Rough Draft Review sheet on p. 107 to create a quick evaluation of your strengths and areas needing improvement on the rough draft. This is OPTIONAL—not required.

4)    Read over the Musker comments on your rough draft.  Using those notes and your own Descriptive Rough Draft Review sheet if you did it, complete the Rewriting Plan on p. 109, which includes creating rewriting NOTES on the draft and the plan.

5)    On the top half of p. 110, read over the elements that will be required in this final draft. Then read over the sample labeled final draft on the bottom of p. 110 as a guide toward labeling these parts of your own final draft. If you cannot label any of these on your final draft, then you still need to rewrite to add these elements to your final draft.

6)    Remember to work on REWORDING as you REVISE to use concrete, sensory details. Also, be concise. For example, place adjectives BEFORE the nouns they describe. Look for and REWORD any use of “you” in the paragraph, as in “you can see,” “you can hear.” REMOVE that wording and just make the sight or sound the subject of the sentence instead of the pronoun YOU.

7)    It may help to review the comments on your illustration final drafts as well as your illustration reflection to avoid recurring editing errors/issues.

8)    Once you have completed all rewriting, save it with a file name different from that of the rough draft, and print out two copies of this final draft.

9)    On one copy of the FINAL DRAFT, label the key elements as from p. 110 and highlight anything that changed from the rough draft. If you removed something, put a capital R where it was removed.

10) Use the Final Draft Packet Checklist (p. 112) to put your final draft packet together to turn in on Wednesday, 11/8. Your packet MUST include a rough draft AND a rewritten final draft. If you turn it in without both of these, it will be returned to you, you’ll be required to resubmit it correctly by the next class meeting, and your grade will be reduced by 20%. If you don't turn the packet in on time, you can still turn it in on 11/10, at the beginning of class with a 10% late penalty. After 11/10, any packet not submitted (or resubmitted) will receive a grade of 0.  

   

Due Friday, 11/10/17

--Type up the key sentence outline for the Illustration Essay Rewrite (see pp. 7/8 of this handout for detailed instructions rather than the assignment sheet in your book as this has been revised).  If it was well-written, use the outline from your illustration paragraph and just add the plan of development to the thesis. If the supporting points in your paragraph were too narrow to develop enough support for an essay, then broaden your overall topic or main point and use your original paragraph as ONE supporting paragraph for your rewrite. Then you’ll have to come up with two more supporting points for the essay.

--Compose and type up an introductory paragraph for your illustration essay rewrite (see p. 131).

--Complete three full sides of freewriting, one side for each supporting point. Focus on anecdotes (what DID happen) or scenarios (what COULD happen). These stories should have a beginning, middle, and end. Do NOT rush through the stories. See samples in the final draft on pp. 118/119. Remember this is FREEWRITING, not a rough draft. DO NOT WORRY about correctness; just keep writing. Don’t think too hard, but try to generate stories you can use as examples in your essay.   

Class meets in F203.

 

Due Monday, 11/13/17

--Read the sample essay on pp. 137/138 and annotate it as “The Nightmare Boss” was annotated on the handout distributed in class on Friday.

--By class time, complete the MWL Writing Skills Recognizing the Essay (W7.1) topic in the Essay Development module.    

   o   Read the Overview or view the Animation    

   o   Complete the Recall 1 activity   

   o   Complete the Apply activity    

   o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries   

 

Due Wednesday, 11/15/17

--Print out and bring your Pearson comments with you to class along with your draft.

--Complete the checklist and plan on pp. 143/144.

   

Due Friday, 11/17/17

--The Illustration Essay Final Draft packet is due. Use the grading sheet on p. 145 to be sure you have fulfilled assignment expectations. Also use the checklist on p. 146 to put your packet together. Include the completed checklist in the packet. 

Class meets in F203.

 

Due Monday, 11/20/17

--By midnight, the three remaining MWL grammar topics are due (see p. 32 for details). Once you complete them, please email me to let me know which ones you did, including the numbers that identify the exact topics (ex. W6.1 Describing).

--Read the “Teens and Jobs” essay on the handout and answer the questions on the reverse side.

--Read over pp. 155-160 in your book about argument writing.

 

NO CLASS 11/22-11/26 – Thanksgiving holiday

 

Due Monday, 11/27/17

--Complete the prewriting on pp. 169/170 for the Taking a Position (argument) Essay assignment, which is a rewrite of one of the two practice essays you wrote in class. This involves filling out those two pages but also completing additional prewriting. You can choose whether you want to do ½ side of freewriting or a twenty-circle clustering per supporting point, or a combination of both.

 

--Create a typed key sentence outline that includes your thesis with plan and three topic sentences. Print this out and label the parts. Make sure your supporting points are distinct, convincing and broad enough for you to provide enough support.

 

Due Wednesday, 11/29/17

--By class time, you need to email me a rough draft of the two-page essay in order to receive my comments. Remember to use the Writing Guide to help you as you draft. Use scenarios for support where appropriate and/or anecdotes (examples p. 171) if you have them. Contrast is a useful way to generate additional support in an argument. Be sure to end each supporting paragraph with a tie-in sentence for UNITY. This is a sentence that connects the examples to your overall point of the paragraph.

--I strongly recommend you review the argumentation topic in the “Essay” module in MyWritingLab, but I am not requiring it.

 

Due Friday, 12/1/17

--Complete the Rewriting Plan on pp. 173/174 for your argument rough draft.

Class meets in F203.

 

Due Monday, 12/4/17

--To prepare to write your timed essay—FINAL PART ONE—during class, review your graded in-class essay, p. 149/150 sample essay and pp. 155-160 and 162/163. You will NOT be able to use these during the test, but reviewing them in advance should be helpful. BRING A BLUE BOOK (FOR SALE AT THE TRITON BOOKSTORE OR FIFTH AVENUE BOOKS) AND GET TO CLASS ON TIME! 

 

Due Wednesday, 12/6/17

--The final draft packet of your Argument Essay is due. NO LATE PACKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!! Use the grade sheet (pp. 175/176) and checklist to be sure to be sure the packet is complete. 

 

Due Friday, 12/8/17

--Study your midterm and the topics on the final exam review sheet (page 9 of this handout) to prepare for FINAL PART TWO.  

 --Turn in your portfolio (see instructions on p. 221 of your book). NO LATE PORTFOLIOS ACCEPTED. 

This is the last actual class meeting.   

Class meets in F203.

   

FINAL CONFERENCES  

These conferences will take place during our normally scheduled final exam time, but you will already have completed the final on 12/8. See below for a reminder of the block of time during which your section will meet with me, but remember you’ll only be coming for a short conference within that time frame. You will know what time you need to show up at our USUAL CLASSROOM because you will have signed up for a conference during our 12/6 class. You do not need to bring anything to this meeting. During this conference, I’ll let you know your timed essay score, course average, final grade and whether you have made enough progress to move on to RHT 096 or whether you have met your writing requirement for RHT 101. You’ll also get your portfolio back at the conference.  

SECTION 001 – 9am class - Final conferences for our class take place during our scheduled final time on Monday, 12/11, from 10-11:50am.   

SECTION 002 – 10am class - Final conferences for our class take place during our scheduled final time on Wednesday, 12/13, from 10-11:50am.   

     

Illustration Essay – Rewrite Assignment

You will be rewriting one of your illustration paragraphs (stress, mayor, influence, heritage or pride) as an illustration essay. This essay must (at the end of the introduction) have a thesis statement that makes a main point about the topic and contains a parallel plan of development listing the three supporting points in order. Each supporting paragraph must begin with a topic sentence that connects back to the thesis (unity). Anecdotes (brief real-life stories that illustrate a point) provide good examples in this type of essay (support). Clear organization also is essential. Paragraphs should be arranged in a logical order (same order as they are listed in the thesis plan) and ideas connected with transition words or phrases (coherence). The arrangement of details WITHIN paragraphs must also be logical, with similar ideas being grouped together.  The final paragraph should be a conclusion, which restates the thesis and summarizes your supporting points. Finally, your sentences throughout the essay must contain FEW spelling or grammar errors.

 

How to proceed:

1)     Look over your three illustration paragraph final drafts. Decide which of these papers you will rewrite into a two-page five-paragraph essay. It’s a good idea to choose one that already has a strong three-part structure. You also need to think about which topic will generate the most support. For this essay, you will use personal anecdotes (brief, real-life stories) and comparisons as evidence, except for the mayor topic, which would include scenarios (brief, hypothetical stories). DECIDE WHICH ONE TO REWRITE TODAY, so you can create a thesis with a plan of development to show me in class (hopefully).

 

2)     Once you have decided which illustration paragraph to rewrite, be sure you have three clear, unified supporting points that will work in an essay (may be the same ones you used in the paragraph; may be revised). You may use the previous main point this time as ONE supporting point and add two more if you will not have enough support with the original supporting points. Rewrite your original topic sentence into a thesis statement with a parallel plan of development (see p. 124 -126). Do this today for me to review.

 

3)     Once I’ve checked out your thesis, create a revised key sentence outline. Read over my comments of the original final draft. If I suggested there were issues with any of the supporting points (too narrow, too broad or just off-topic) you will need to revise these to make them more effective. Possibly, the only difference between this outline and the one from your illustration paragraph will be the added plan of development. It depends on how well-written the first outline was and how well those supporting points will work for an essay.

 

4)     Edit your key sentence outline for any grammar/spelling errors, save it and print it out. Label the parts of the key sentences on the hard copy (see p. 120/121). If you can’t label a part, it means that you need to revise before submitting it. DUE Friday, 11/10/17.

 

5)     For each supporting point in the essay, complete ONE FULL SIDE of freewriting, focusing on anecdotes (what DID happen) or scenarios (what COULD happen). These stories should have a beginning (use a time transition), middle, and end. Do NOT rush through the stories. See sample final draft on pp. 118/119. Freewriting DUE Friday, 11/10/17.

 

6)     Compose an introduction ending in a thesis with a plan of development (see p. 131). The introduction is due on Friday, 11/10/17.

 

7)     In class on Friday, 11/10, you will use all of these pieces (original paragraph final draft, new outline with thesis with plan, introductory paragraph, anecdotes/scenarios from your freewriting) to compose an illustration with an introduction, three supporting paragraphs (one for each point) and a brief concluding paragraph. As you write this draft, be sure to end each supporting paragraph with a tie-in sentence for UNITY. This is a sentence that connects the specific example(s) to your overall point of the paragraph. The draft should be two FULL pages. This ROUGH DRAFT will be sent to Pearson Tutoring Services for review. I will show you how to do this in class on 11/10. You will need to email the draft to them no later than midnight Saturday, 11/11. You will NOT receive my comments on this draft, so you need to have it done on time to send it to Pearson. It takes them a couple of days to respond. I will give you a detailed handout on how to complete this Pearson submission in class on 11/10.

 

8)     You will print the comments and bring them to class with your draft on Wednesday, 11/15 in case you have any questions about them. Complete the checklist and plan on pp. 143/144.

 

9)     Using the Pearson comments and your rewriting plan notes, rewrite the essay, highlight changes on the final draft, and turn in the final draft packet.

 

10)  Use the checklist on p. 146 to be sure you have all pieces, including the checklist itself, in the packet. FINAL DRAFT PACKET DUE FRIDAY, 11/17/17. Remember to use the correct FORMAT: TWO FULL pages, typed, double-spaced in 12 pt. font with a 1” margin.

 

 RHT 095   

 Final Exam Review Sheet 

   

 The lists below remind you of the concepts we’ve discussed so far this semester, which you’ll be tested on. The test will consist mostly of multiple choice and true/false questions. There will be some questions that require you to make grammatical corrections to examples as well. The numbers in parentheses indicate page numbers from your book that may be useful to review. 

 To study, make sure you can… 

 --name the three major steps of the writing process and know the key purpose and techniques for each  -- (19) 

 --identify well-written topic sentences  -- (43-48) 

 --provide examples of transitions for each ordering system (look under “coherence” in the writing guides)  -- (34) 

 --identify revising changes to improve unity or support or coherence  -- (20/21) 

 --correct run-ons in several ways – (189) 

 --identify subjects and verbs in sentences  -- (181) 

 --find and correct fragments   -- (195) 

 --rewrite a sentence to make it concise – (99) 

 --know how to write an effective argument   -- (155-160) / (162/163) 

 --know the correct location for a thesis and a topic sentence  -- (114) 

 --know the parts of a thesis   -- (120/124) 

 --know descriptive techniques  -- (89) 

 --know the parts of a topic sentence and a supporting point sentence  

 --know the difference between editing and revising  -- (19-21) 

 --know the parts of an essay – (113/114) 

 --identify active verbs in a passage  -- (101/102) 

   

   

 Define and recognize the following:

 Topic sentence                                        Paragraph 

 Essay                                                           Rough draft 

 Freewriting                                              Vague  

 Illustration paragraph                         Sentence  

 Clause, independent and dependent  

 Run-On                                                       Fragment  

 Unity                                                            Support 

 Coherence                                                 Concise language 

 Active verbs                                              Anecdote 

 Scenario                                                     Clustering 

 Counterargument                                  Adverb/adjective 

   

 

   

 

Due Friday, 10/27/17

--Complete a key-sentence outline (this can be handwritten) and TYPED rough draft for your descriptive paragraph about the house—using your descriptive clustering to help you write this. Bring hard copies of the outline and draft (which should be AT LEAST 14 sentences long). Be sure you also have digital versions of these with you (on a flash drive or accessible via email).

Class meets in F203.


Due Monday, 10/30/17

--Revise your descriptive paragraph to improve the one you brought to class last Friday. Bring a copy of this updated draft stapled to the original version with you to class.

--Complete the Illustration Reflection Assignment on p. 85 in your book. A completed sample is provided on pp. 83/84 in the book. Basically, what you’ll do for this assignment is use your own writing to improve your writing moving forward. You’ll review my comments on your graded illustration final draft packets and summarize what strengths you should be sure capitalize on and which areas of your writing need improvement. You will also specifically review the editing marks on the rough and final drafts and analyze how you’ll find and fix such errors in the future.

--By MIDNIGHT, complete the MWL Subject-Verb Agreement topic (W2.4) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following: 

 o   Read the Overview or view the Animation  

 o   Complete the Recall 1 activity 

o   Complete the Apply activity  

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RHT 095 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS - due 9/22/17-10/23/17

 

Due Friday, 9/22/17

--No homework is due. However, you could go to your Triton email before class and read my comments on your key sentence outlines, so you are ready to ask me any questions about them. You’ll be able to print them out with comments in class.

We meet in F203.

 

Due Monday, 9/25/17

--Use my comments on your key sentence outlines as well as the assignment directions on p. 61 to rewrite your key sentence outlines. This includes revising AND editing them. The original and rewritten versions will be turned in together stapled with the changes highlighted ON THE REWRITE. Remember detailed instructions are on p. 61.

 

--Read the paragraph on p. 16 and answer the questions about it on p. 17. If you don’t know an answer, don’t skip it. Guess or put “I don’t understand the question” in the blank. You will get points for attempted answers, not correct answers. This is an assessment to see what paragraph writing terms you are already familiar with.

 

--Reread pp. 51-56 in your book about Illustration Paragraph writing. Write down five numbered sentences explaining what you learned (or reviewed) about drafting this type of paragraph.

 

Due Wednesday, 9/27/17

--Complete the Run-on activity on p. 189. Only ONE of these is a correct sentence. Read the directions carefully. You are to provide two possible corrections for EACH of the nine run-ons, NOT USING A PERIOD OR SEMI-COLON BY ITSELF. Use one of the other methods found on pp. 185-187.

Due Friday, 9/29/17

 

--Complete the Transitions Activity on p. 35.       CLASS MEETS IN F203.

 

DUE VIA EMAIL BY 12PM (NOON) SATURDAY--Compose the rough draft for your stress illustration paragraph. Refer to pp. 62-63 in your book for step-by-step instructions and guidance. Remember to USE YOUR REWRITTEN KEY SENTENCES FROM YOUR OUTLINE IN THE ROUGH DRAFT. You may also want to refer back to the sample paragraph on p. 16 and the Writing Guide on pp. 51-56 for additional review of illustration paragraph writing. Remember to email this as an attached Word document AND copy and paste the paragraph into the message box of your email. That way if I cannot open your document, I can still read and comment on your draft.                            

Due Monday, 10/2/17

--Read over the sample paragraphs on pp. 67/68 and label them as we labeled the sample paragraph

on p. 16.

 

Due Wednesday, 10/4/17

--DUE VIA EMAIL BY CLASS TIME--Compose the rough draft for your second illustration paragraph topic. THIS IS NOT A REWRITE OF ROUGH DRAFT #1. This is the rough draft for one of your topics other than the stress one. Remember to USE YOUR REWRITTEN KEY SENTENCES FROM YOUR OUTLINE IN THE ROUGH DRAFT. Refer to pp. 62-63 in your book for step-by-step instructions and guidance. You may also want to refer back to the sample paragraph on p. 16 and the Writing Guide on pp. 51-56 for additional review of illustration paragraph writing.

 

--Read pp. 191-194 in your book about identifying and fixing fragments. Complete the activity on p. 195.

 

Due Friday, 10/6/17

 

--No homework is due. However, we will be working on rewriting in class, so be sure to have digital versions of your drafts with you or accessible to you in class.

 

CLASS MEETS IN F203.

 

 

Due Monday, 10/9/17

--The rough draft of your third illustration paragraph is due. Bring a printed copy of the draft to class with a completed rewriting plan (p. 71). You do not need to email this draft to me.

 

--Read over pp. 20-27, 63/64 and 69 about rewriting.

 

--BY MIDNIGHT Complete the MWL Fragment topic (W2.2) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

 

Due Wednesday, 10/11/17

 --The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due. Be sure to fill in the final draft packet checklist (p. 77 – completed sample p. 76) to match the pieces you actually have in each packet. You CANNOT turn in drafts that are not typed for credit. You also cannot turn in a packet with a rough draft that has not been rewritten into a final draft. You will not receive a grade for such a packet. You need to come to class with the packets ready to turn in. Turn in whatever packets are ready. You can still turn these in for a grade Friday with a 10% deduction from your grade for late submission. After Friday, no credit will be issued for illustration paragraph packets.

 

Due Friday, 10/13/17

--No homework is due, but you will be completing a practice essay in class that counts toward your grade, so be sure to attend.  Also, to prepare to write this essay, I suggest you read over pp. 155-163.

 

--If you did not turn in any of your final draft packets on Wednesday, this is the last chance to turn them in AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS for credit. Otherwise, the grade becomes a 0.

 

CLASS MEETS IN F203.

 

 

Due Monday, 10/16/17

--Complete the MWL Subject-Verb Agreement topic (W2.4) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following: 

 o   Read the Overview or view the Animation  

 o   Complete the Recall 1 activity 

 o   Complete the Apply activity  

 o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries 

 

--Study for the midterm you'll be taking in class on Monday, 10/16. A review sheet to help you focus your studying is on the next page.

 

 

Due Wednesday, 10/18/17

--No homework due.

 

Due Friday, 10/20/17

--No homework due.  Class meets in F203.

 

Due Monday, 10/23/17

--Complete the MWL Consistent Verb Tense topic (W2.5) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills

Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries                           

 

--Complete the Illustration Reflection Assignment on p. 85 in your book. A completed sample is provided on pp. 83/84 in the book. Basically, what you’ll do for this assignment is use your own writing to improve your writing moving forward. You’ll review my comments on your graded illustration final draft packets and summarize what strengths you should be sure capitalize on and which areas of your writing need improvement. You will also specifically review the editing marks on the rough and final drafts and analyze how you’ll find and fix such errors in the future.

 

--Read over pp. 95-97 in your book and fill in the blanks. You may need to refer to p. 89.

 

 


 

 RHT 095   

 Midterm Exam Review Sheet 

   

The lists below remind you of the concepts we’ve discussed so far this semester, which you’ll be tested on. The test will consist mostly of multiple choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blanks, identifying good versus bad topic sentences, evaluating and creating key sentence outlines. The numbers in parentheses indicate page numbers from your book that may be useful to review. 

   

 To study, make sure you can: 

 --Identify the prewriting techniques (p. 15)  

 --name the three major steps of the writing process and know the key purpose and techniques for each (p. 19) 

 --identify well-written topic sentences   (pp. 43-48) 

 --identify revising changes to improve unity or support or coherence (p. 20-21) 

 --know the correct location (for this class) for a topic sentence (p. 43) 

 --know the parts of a topic sentence and a supporting point sentence (p. 57) 

 --know the difference between editing and revising   (p. 19) 

 --know the purpose of unity, support, coherence (pp. 28/30) 

   

 Define these terms: 

 Topic sentence  

 Paragraph 

 Rough draft 

 Freewriting    

 Vague  

 Illustration paragraph 

 Sentence  

 Clause, independent and dependent  

 Unity 

 Support 

 Coherence 

   

 You need to review the following handouts or exercises: 

   

 Key sentence outline writing – p. 58

 Key Sentence Outline evaluations – p. 60

 Topic sentences – pp. 46 & 48

 Caps and plural editing  - pp. 197/198

 Run-on and fragment editing pp. 202-205

   

 

 

RHT 095-AM HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS - due 8/23/17 – 9/18/17

 

Due Wednesday, 8/23/17

--Complete the Student Information Sheet (pp. 7/8).

--Complete the “Getting to Know Your Syllabus” sheet (pp. 9/10). Be sure to read over the syllabus as part of this assignment.

NOTE: Both of these are included in the packet passed out in class on 8/21. If you already bought the book, you can find these assignments in there as well.

--Although your class materials won’t be due until 9/1, start buying them as soon as possible (see the list on page one of the syllabus).

Be sure to bring your syllabus with you to the bookstore, so the salesperson will help you find the correct books/materials.

 

Due Friday, 8/25/17

--One FULL side of freewriting on your life in 2027. A full side means from the TOP line to the BOTTOM line. The writing should go all the way to the right EDGE (not margin line) of the paper. If you forget to do this, add more writing on the reverse side. In the blank space ABOVE the top line, label the page with “2027 freewrite,” the date, the total amount of time spent on that freewrite and your name.
See p. 38 (last page of your handout packet) for a sample. You will have started this assignment in class on Wednesday.

Follow the general rules of freewriting: don’t worry about correctness, don’t reread, erase or cross out. DO NOT USE A DICTIONARY. The point is to turn off the part of your brain that censors your ideas and just let them flow! It may be hard to get used to at first, so be patient.

Class will meet in F203 on Friday.

 

Due Monday, 8/28/17

 --Watch the YouTube video on prewriting by going to this URL address:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j27mMyGWfM  

   If the link doesn't work for any reason, go to Google and type in "the writing process: prewriting you tube" and click on the entry in the search results that has several blue ovals. This video is about ten minutes long. You might need to watch it a couple of times to be sure you understand it. Choose three things you learned or reviewed in the video and EXPLAIN each in YOUR OWN WORDS. Use complete sentences! Do NOT just write a direct quote from the video. It's best to watch it a few times, turn it off, and reflect on what stood out as the most important ideas for your "notes." If you have any questions about the video or topic, please write those down also.

--Continue to purchase/gather your materials for this class and to work on the

  Campus Resources Assignment (p. 11) that will be due on 9/1.                                                    

 

Due Wednesday, 8/30/17

--No homework due. It would be a smart move to get some work done on Journal One though (due 9/6).

 

Due Friday, 9/1/17

--Read over pp. 31-33 in your book to become familiar with the MWL assignments for the semester.

--Class materials and the Campus Resources Assignment. Before class, check off all of the materials YOU HAVE WITH YOU on the p. 11 checklist. Bring all materials as well as your stapled, initialed campus resources sheets to class.

    

NO CLASS 9/4/17 – LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

 

Due Wednesday, 9/6/17

--Complete Journal One (p. 37), which consists of three FULL SIDES of freewriting--ONE side for each of the three topics you are using from p. 37. Everyone has to use topic #1 (something that stresses you out) as one of the three topics. Remember to make this about your own experience rather than a general piece of writing about all people. It's about YOU. You can either dive deeply into one idea in your freewrite or explore several. For example, your freewrite can be one whole side just about how stressful it is to be in college, or it can cover your stress at school, home, work--follow your mind wherever it goes. As we discussed in class, other prewriting techniques like listing (good to do before you freewrite) or questioning (jot "who, what, where, when, why, how" in the white space at the top of your page), can help. If you get stuck, a glance at those question words may help you KEEP WRITING. It's best to write as much as possible in one sitting. The longer you freewrite in one stretch, the more likely you'll get past the general, predictable ideas to ones that are more unique to you. Refer back to the reminders on how to do this assignment on p. 37 and the sample on p. 38. 

--Read book pp. 19-30 and complete a 5 Things Learned assignment (detailed directions on p. 13).

--Complete the MWL Writing Skills Pathbuilder if you didn’t complete it in class.

 

Due Friday, 9/8/17

--Complete the clustering for your narrowed stress topic (following the directions on p. 39 and example on p. 40). Be sure to narrow the topic down where appropriate (ex. ONE stressful thing in your life like “my boss” or “going to the dentist”). Then brainstorm supporting points and details for that. It’s fine to duplicate ideas from your freewrite, but don’t look at the freewrite while you do the clustering. If you do, you’ll just be copying, not prewriting. Remember that the clustering must contain at least 25 circles (my assignment requirement). It shouldn't be the exact same clustering anyone writing about the stress of family life, for example, would come up with. Rather than vague words, it needs to get to the point where you have specific examples and details particular to YOU in the outer layer of the clustering. Number the circles on the sheet and include the total number for me to easily see.

--Read pp. 177-180 in your book.

--Watch the following video and write down three differences between the video explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 19 in your book. To explain a difference, you must include BOTH sides of the contrast. You can't just say "On page 19, it says XXXXX about prewriting." That doesn't explain the difference. Instead, you need to say "On page 19, it says XXXXX about prewriting, whereas in the video, it states XXXXXX."      

  http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=12512  

Due Monday, 9/11/17

--You will turn in clusterings for all three of your narrowed illustration paragraph topics (including resubmitting the stress clustering). See previous entry (and p. 38) for reminders about this assignment.

 

Due by MIDNIGHT Monday:
--Complete the Parts of Speech, Phrases, Clauses topic (W1.1) within the Basic Grammar module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. Remember to access this from the main menu, you click Writing Skills / Learning Path / Basic Grammar (first box to the left). This topic is already highlighted. So all you have to do is click in the box on the right to access the specific activities I am requiring for this assignment. To receive full credit (15 points each) for the topic you must complete the following:


•    Read the Overview or view the Animation
•    Complete the Recall 1 activity
•    Complete the Apply activity for practice and check your answers
•    Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

Due Wednesday, 9/13/17

-- Read pp. 51-57 and pp. 43-45 in your book about topic sentences. Also watch the following topic sentence video. Feel free to take notes, although that is not required for the assignment. There will be a short quiz on topic sentences on Friday.  Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPiZ8_CsD8 

THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENT WILL BE DUE WEDNESDAY BY 8PM:

--For each of your three illustration topics, type up a topic sentence (can be on the same page) and email them to me preferably by the end of class—definitely no later than 8pm Wednesday.* I will review these and send my comments back to you via email. See detailed assignment on p. 49 in your book.

 

*This is a short assignment but an important one. Be sure to complete it. Otherwise, I cannot give you feedback, which is an essential part of the class. Skipping this one assignment could cause you to fall behind on your first major writing assignments. The assignment is just THREE SENTENCES. Even if you’re a bit confused about the assignment, give it a try. My only way of getting a sense of what you do or do not understand is to see your work each step of the way.

    

Due Friday, 9/15/17

--On Thursday, check your email for my feedback on your topic sentences. Read over my comments and be prepared to ask me any questions about rewriting them in class on Friday.

 

--Review the topic sentences pages or any notes you took on those pages or the topic sentence video to review prepare for the topic sentence quiz.

                                                                                                                                   

Due Monday, 9/18/17

--Complete the Key Sentence Outline Activity on p. 58.

 

--(BY MIDNIGHT MONDAY) Complete the MWL Sentence Structure topic (W2.1) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

BY NOON TUESDAY, COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING AND EMAIL IT TO ME:

 

--Write a key sentence outline (see p. 57) for your stressful thing illustration paragraph. Look at pp. 57 and the top of p. 58 for examples. Remember that this will just be four sentences: your rewritten topic sentence and three supporting point sentences. Your clustering can help you come up with the three supporting points. Remember that these must be distinct points (not repetitive), points of equal value (not “First my boss makes my job stressful” and “Secondly, it’s stressful when my boss yells at me for not wearing my nametag.” In this case, the second one is more specific than the first and is an example that should be in part one rather than its own supporting point.), and expressed as grammatically correct sentences. Email these outlines to me by NOON TUESDAY.