SPRING 2018

 

RHT 095-001  Meets 9-9:50am - Mon/Wed in Room E209 // Fri in Room F143

RHT 095-002  Meets 10-10:50am - Mon/Wed in Room E148 // Fri in Room E145

 

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS 

  

Due Wednesday, 2/21/18

 

--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.

 

Due Friday, 2/23/18

 

--Complete the Transitions Activity on p. 35.    

--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.

CLASS MEETS IN THE COMPUTER LAB.

 

Due Monday, 2/26/18

 

DUE VIA EMAIL BY CLASS TIME

--Compose the rough draft for your two illustration paragraphs. 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 DRAFTS. 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 these as attached Word documents AND copy and paste the paragraphs into the message box of your email. That way if I cannot open your document, I can still read and comment on your drafts.                                   

 

Due Wednesday, 2/28/18

--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.

--Read over the sample paragraphs on pp. 67/68 and label or color-code the paragraphs’ parts as was done with the sample paragraph on p. 16.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                (OVER)

Due Friday, 3/2/18

 

--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.  It would also be a good idea to read over pp. 23-27, 63/64 about rewriting.

 

CLASS MEETS IN THE COMPUTER LAB.

 

 

Due Monday, 3/5/18

 

--Complete the MWL Run-on topic (W2.3) 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:

·       Read the Overview or view the Animation

·       Complete the Recall 1 activity

·       Complete the Apply activity

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

 

--Using the forms on pp. 71 and 73, complete a Rewriting Plan for each of your illustration ROUGH drafts. There is a completed sample of part one this assignment on p. 69. However, don’t forget that part of what you are expected to do is to label various parts of your ROUGH DRAFT as instructed on the rewriting plan sheet. You will need to show me your marked-up drafts to receive full credit. You also MUST fill in the sections that ask you to evaluate your drafts for strengths and areas that need revision. This is where seeing how it was done on the sample might help.

 

Due Wednesday, 3/7/18

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

 

Due Friday, 3/9/18

 --The tWO 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. Ignore column three since you only have two packets due. 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 packets in for a grade Monday with a 10% deduction from your grade for late submission. After Monday, no credit will be issued for illustration paragraph packets.

 

CLASS MEETS IN THE COMPUTER LAB.

Due Monday, 3/12/18

 

--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 

 

--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.

 

 

Due Wednesday, 3/14/18

--Study for the midterm you'll be taking in class. A review sheet to help you focus your studying is on the page five of this handout.

 

 

Due Friday, 3/16/18

--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 and review the sample argument essay (pp. 149-150) either in the book or the version that was emailed to you.

 

SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS 3/19-3/25

 

Due Monday, 3/26/18

 

--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 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                (OVER)

Due Wednesday, 3/28

--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.

 

NO CLASS Friday, 3/30  - SPRING HOLIDAY

 

Due Monday, 4/2/18

 

--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                           

 

--Create a clustering for your descriptive paragraph about a house. Follow the directions on p. 93 in your book. You can refer to the sample descriptive house clustering on the last page of this handout as a guide. You cannot use the same dominant impression (bizarre) that is used for the example.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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

 Subject

 Verb

 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 1/24/18 – 2/19/18

 

Due Wednesday, 1/24/18

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

--Complete the “Getting to Know Your Syllabus” sheet (p. 9). 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 1/22. Even if you already bought the book, please use the handout versions for this assignment.

--Although your class materials won’t be due until 2/2, 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, 1/26/18

--Complete one FULL side of freewriting for the required Journal Topic #1 (p. 37). 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 the topic, the date, the total amount of time spent on that freewrite and your name.
Reread p. 37 for more reminders about how to freewrite, and refer to  p. 38 (last page of your handout packet) for a freewriting 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 the lab on Friday:

Section 001 (9-9:50am) will meet in E143.

Section 002 (10-10:50am) will meet in E145.

 

 

Due Monday, 1/29/18

--Although no homework is due, be sure to continue working on the class materials/campus resource assignment (due Friday, 2/2) and on completing the Journal One assignment (p. 37). This is due Wednesday.

 

Due Wednesday, 1/31/18

--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.

                                                                                                                                    OVER

Due Wednesday, 1/31/18 (cont’d)

 

Continued description of Journal One assignment—

 

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. 

Due Friday, 2/2/18

--Read over pp. 31-33 in your book to become familiar with the MyWritingLab 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.

--If you did not complete BOTTOM HALF of the Writing Process Worksheet (p. 18) in class on Wednesday, finish it for today. You do not need to worry about the chart on the top of the page.

Class will meet in the lab on Friday:

Section 001 (9-9:50am) will meet in E143.

Section 002 (10-10:50am) will meet in E145.

 

Due Monday, 2/5/18

--Review for a short quiz on prewriting and writing process. This will be taken at the beginning of class. Remember that quizzes cannot be made up if missed. Also if you are late, you will not be given extra time for the quiz, so be sure to get to class on time. To account for the possibility of someone being absent for a quiz during the semester, I will drop the lowest quiz score when I figure out final grades.

--Complete the Online Resources Assignment (p. 14).

--Complete the MyWritingLab - MWL Writing Skills Pathbuilder if you didn’t complete it in class. See p. 33 “Accessing Activities” if you need a reminder of how to get into this part of the site. If you go back through those same steps, it will open up your test where you left off.

Due Wednesday, 2/7/18

--Complete the clusterings for your TWO narrowed journal topics (from p. 37) by following the directions on p. 39 and example on p. 40. If I have passed out an additional handout to your section with revised directions, be sure to follow those. Remember that you are REQUIRED to complete a clustering for Journal Topic #1, and then you will complete a second one for the other journal topic you chose to continue with after reviewing your freewrites in class.

 

For the clustering, 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 rather than 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 same topic 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.

 

Due Friday, 2/9/18

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

--Review pp. 177-180 in your book, and complete the worksheet on p. 181.

Class will meet in the lab on Friday:

Section 001 (9-9:50am) will meet in E143.

Section 002 (10-10:50am) will meet in E145.

 

Due Monday, 2/12/18

--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 – These are usually  

      tough, so just do your best. You’ll still learn from trying it.
•    Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

--Read over pp. 43-45 in your book about topic sentences. Then complete the exercises on pp. 46/47. If you have not read over the lesson pages (43-45), you may have trouble with the exercises, so be sure to read those pages. If you have any questions, write them down or email them to me right away. You can also try the self-test on p. 48 before you do the exercises. This is good practice because the answers for this exercise are provided in the back of the book. If you are confused, this self-test may clarify how to do the exercises on 46/47.

 

Due Wednesday, 2/14/18

-- Read the Writing Guide on pp. 51-56 in your book. Complete a “5 Things Learned” assignment (directions on p. 13) explaining important concepts you learned about (or reviewed) in these pages as well as pp. 43-45.

--Write out a topic sentence for each of your illustration paragraph topics. I do NOT want to see a whole paragraph yet, just the main idea (topic sentence) for each of your two SEPARATE paragraph assignments.                                   

                                                                                                                                    OVERè

Due Wednesday, 2/14/18 (cont’d)

 

Continued description of Topic Sentence assignment—

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 TWO 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.

--Review for a short quiz on sentence structure. This will be taken at the beginning of class. Remember that quizzes cannot be made up if missed. Also if you are late, you will not be given extra time for the quiz, so be sure to get to class on time. To account for the possibility of someone being absent for a quiz during the semester, I will drop the lowest quiz score when I figure out final grades.

 

Due Friday, 2/16/18

--Compose a key sentence outline for EACH of your two illustration paragraph assignment topics. You will have a chance to type these on Friday, so it’s okay if they are legibly handwritten (although always feel free to type your homework if you prefer). Review pp. 57/58. You can use the worksheet on p. 59 to help you write these as they should be written. Each outline should consist of four sentences: Sentence 1=your rewritten topic sentence (highlight changes and bring the original topic sentences from Wednesday back to class with you). Sentences  2-4 = your three supporting point sentences. Remember to use your clustering to help you decide on your supporting points. Review pages 52, 56 and 57 for guidance on how to write these sentences.

Class will meet in the lab on Friday:

Section 001 (9-9:50am) will meet in E143.

Section 002 (10-10:50am) will meet in E145.

                                                                                                                                   

Due Monday, 2/19/18

--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

 

--Your rewritten key sentence outlines are due. You will have started working on this in class last Friday. Using your notes from labeling the parts of each handwritten rough outline and any suggestions I made in class, rewrite and type each of the two outlines. You can put both on one page. Be sure to format these as four separate sentences each (see top of p. 58) rather than as mini-paragraphs. Also, on the TYPED version, highlight whatever you rewrote and LABEL the parts of each sentence in the outline (see p. 57) to check that you have all the required elements. Staple the original, version of your outlines to the typed, highlighted, and labeled rewritten version.

 

--Read the sample paragraph on p. 16 in your book and answer the questions about it on p. 17. Do not skip questions. At least take a guess at the answer.