SPRING 2014

RHT 095-001 - Meets M/W/F 10-10:50am Room E320

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

 

By midnight Friday (4/25/14), you need to complete the next topic of the Online Grammar Assignment: VERB TENSE. This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for the topic at 70% or higher on the first try. If you score less than 70% on an exercise, you cannot redo that exercise but must choose another one under that topic. PLEASE NOTE that this is a new scoring guideline to replace the previous cutoff of 80%. You DO NOT need to print anything out or even email anything to me. If you have my email address maureenmusker@triton.edu listed as your instructor's email, I will be able to see all your work when I log-in to the site.

 

Due Friday, 4/25/14

--Read pp. 127-138 in your book. Complete the questions on p. 138 , which are about the essay on p. 137.

For Monday, the final draft packet of your illustration essay is due. See p. 123 for the checklist of what goes in the packet. PLEASE NOTE that there is a type. The final draft must be 2 pages long, not 12 pages as it says on the sheet. If you have any questions about what goes into this packet, ask me on Friday, so you're ready to turn it in on time on Monday.

 

 Due Wednesday, 4/23/14

--You should have emailed me the rough draft of your illustration paragraph rewrite into a five-paragraph (1.5page) essay by 2pm Monday. Now print out that draft and go through it to figure out how you will rewrite (revise and edit) it by completing the activities on the checklist on p. 121 (so the rough draft should have parts labeled) and filling out the Rewriting Plan on p. 122. Remember that if you cannot easily label something from p. 121 on your rough draft, that's an indication that revising is probably necessary. The questions at the top of p. 122 are reminders of what to consider as you plan your rewriting. At the bottom of the page, do not just fill in "yes, no, no, yes." Use full sentences to EXPLAIN what you'll do as you rewrite, just using the questions as a guide. See the following example:

Bottom of p. 122 sample entry- UNITY - My thesis is clear for the first part, but the language in the plan isn't parallel. I have to REWORD. Also, I put my thesis at the beginning of my introduction instead of at the end of it, so I have to REARRANGE that sentence. Each supporting paragraph begins with a clear topic sentence, so no revising needed there. I need to reread once more to make sure all of my sentences stay on topic.

Class will meet in E-146 on Wednesday. Be sure to have the flash drive with you that holds the rough draft of the illustration essay.

 

Due Monday, 4/21/14

--The 1.5 page typed rough draft of the rewrite of your illustration paragraph into a five-paragraph essay is due via email by 2pm.

To rewrite, do the following: 

      --On the computer, open the final draft of the illustration paragraph you're rewriting as an essay.

      --Place the cursor in front of each of the three supporting point sentences and hit ENTER + TAB. Do the same right before the concluding sentence. It should now look like a very short essay with a one-sentence introduction, 3 short supporting paragraphs, and a one-sentence conclusion.

      --Go back to the main idea at the beginning (now called a thesis) and add a plan of development (the three supporting point sentences briefly listed using parallel language, meaning all three worded in the same way). Then BEFORE the thesis type the rest of the introduction that will lead up to the thesis. The thesis will be at the end of the introductory paragraph. So you'll write an attention-getter and a bridge section to complete the introduction. Look at the introduction we labeled on p. 117. Also see #1 on page 111 and #5 on p. 112. It may also help to review p. 110.

      --Now ADD support to the three supporting paragraphs. Remember these should begin with the supporting point sentences from your original paragraph (now called topic sentences). After the topic sentence, you may need a few sentences of general explanation. Then add specific examples. Some of these may be anecdotes, or brief real-life stories, that illustrate the point of that paragraph. Refer to the sample essay on pp. 117/118, especially the paragraphs we reviewed in class. Also be sure to look for anecdotes or anecdote ideas in the freewriting you did.

      --Finally, write a complete conclusion. You should already have a sentence that restates the main idea. Now add a sentence that summarizes the supporting points in order. Then end with a closing remark. This often looks to the future. It can be a question, prediction or recommendation. If you refer back to your attention-getter to close, that's called framing the essay and is a good idea though not necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: You must double space, use 12 point TImes New Roman font, and one inch margins. You also should have a very short header, just your name and "Illustration Essay" is enough. If you use a lot of space for a header, then your essay should fill the second page.

Have a good mini-break!

 

 

Due Wednesday, 4/16/14

--The final draft packet of your descriptive paragraph is due. In class, we reviewed the checklist (p. 99) to make changes to it. No freewrite or outline was due this time, so those elements can be crossed off. Also, my comments were sent via email separate from the draft.  This time, it is up to you to read the paper out loud and find your editing errors (see p. 95). To rewrite, you will use your notes, my notes, p. 97 and p. 101 (the grading sheet). Remember that the final draft must have changes highlighted, but this time it also must have the descriptive elements listed on p. 97 labeled along with labeling of the PARTS of the key sentences.

We will meet in E-146 next time.

BE SURE TO BRING THE FLASH DRIVE THAT HAS THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE ILUSTRATION PARAGRAPH YOU ARE GOING TO REWRITE INTO AN ESSAY.

 

Due Monday, 4/14/14

----Be sure to complete the online exercises by midnight Friday.

--Choose one of your graded illustration paragraphs to rewrite into an essay (see p. 105 for assignment description). I suggest you do not necessarily choose the one you scored highest on, but rather the one you can generate the most support for. You are not writing the essay yet though. For Monday, you just need to complete three sides of freewriting: one for each of the supporting points from the final draft of the paragraph. Remember to NOT worry about spelling, structure, unity, or grammar in freewriting. The idea is to just write without stopping to get ideas down on paper. It might help to put the question words (who, what, where, when, why, how) in the top margin as a reminder if you run out of ideas. Also, think about stories you can tell as examples. One whole side of freewriting could just be a detailed story sparked by something from the final draft, original freewrite or original clustering.

This rewrite will be worth 100 points, so be sure to keep on track with this assignment.

On Wednesday, 4/16/14, the final draft packet of your descriptive paragraph is due. In class Friday we reviewed the checklist to make changes. No freewrite or outline was due this time, so those elements can be crossed off. Also, my comments will be sent via email by Saturday. They will just be general revising and editing comments. This time, it is up to you to read the paper out loud and find your editing errors (see p. 95). To rewrite, you will use your notes, my notes, p. 97 and p. 101 (the grading sheet). Remember that the final draft must have changes highlighted, but this time it also must have the descriptive elements listed on p. 97 labeled along with labeling of the PARTS of the key sentences.

You can email questions to me and/or ask me anything about it on Monday since it isn't due until Wednesday.

 

Due Friday, 4/11/14

----Be sure to complete the online exercises by midnight Friday.

Nothing is due for Friday.

For Monday, 4/14/14

--Choose one of your graded illustration paragraphs to rewrite into an essay (see p. 105 for assignment description). I suggest you do not necessarily choose the one you scored highest on, but rather the one you can generate the most support for. You are not writing the essay yet though. For Monday, you just need to complete three sides of freewriting: one for each of the supporting points from the final draft of the paragraph. Remember to NOT worry about spelling, structure, unity, or grammar in freewriting. The idea is to just write without stopping to get ideas down on paper. It might help to put the question words (who, what, where, when, why, how) in the top margin as a reminder if you run out of ideas. Also, think about stories you can tell as examples. One whole side of freewriting could just be a detailed story sparked by something from the final draft, original freewrite or original clustering.

This rewrite will be worth 100 points, so be sure to keep on track with this assignment.

 

Due Wednesday, 4/9/14

--Complete the Illustration Reflection on p. 75 if you did not turn it in already on Monday

--If you did not turn in the Descriptive Paragraph draft with p. 95 completed, be sure to slide it under my office door (E102D) by the end of the day on Monday in order to receive any credit.

DO NOT FORGET TO DO THE ONLINE EXERCISES!

 

Due Friday, 4/4/14

--Use page 95 to do a Rewriting Plan for the paragraph. This means you will label parts of the rough draft as instructed on p. 95. If you can't label something, that's an indicator that it isn't there. So to revise, you would ADD whatever is missing or maybe REWORD. If you go off topic, you will REMOVE those sentences. If the organization isn't logical in one part, you'll REARRANGE. The point is, whether you think, for example, your supporting point sentences need revising or not, you need to write something on the lines on p. 95. Either explain how you will revise or explain what you did well that makes revising unnecessary. If you want to put rewriting notes on the rough draft itself as well as on p. 95, feel free.

 --Staple your clustering, typed and labeled rough draft and page 95 together to turn in Friday.

--Don't forget that fragment online exercises are due by midnight Friday.

 

Due Wednesday, 4/2/14

--Reread pp. 82 & 83 in your book, and fill in the blanks.

--Complete the Descriptive Clustering Assignment discussed in class on Monday.

Following are the details from the assignment sheet I did NOT pass out in class, but which you are to follow for the assignment:

Prewriting CLUSTERING – Description (10 points)

Directions: The Description Clustering assignment consists of ONE FULL clustering for a paragraph describing a house.This does not have to be a house that actually exists, so using your imagination is fine, even encouraged.

You have a choice of six dominant impressions: Scary / Neglected   / Cheerful / Perfect   / Comfortable / Fancy

Pick ONE of these as the dominant impression or main point to go with the topic of “a house on my block.”  However, do NOT use the dominant impression word in your clustering at all. Instead use descriptive words to paint a picture of such a place. Your sensory and figurative detail in describing it should make obvious which dominant impression you chose. Everyone will use the same three supporting points to construct the clustering: the outside / the inside / the inhabitants

Each of these supporting point circles should have circles with details connected to it. In general, the farther from the center a circle is, the more detailed the information is in that circle. Each detail, even adjectives, can count as separate circles. See the sample on p. 37. 

For this assignment, the clustering must have three supporting point circles and at least 40 circles total. Once you’re done, number each circle and put the total on the page.

ATTENTION: Watch out for the centipede clustering. This occurs when your center topic circle is surrounded by 40 lines with circles, all coming directly off of the center circle. This is just a list drawn in a circle, NOT a clustering because ideas haven’t been grouped. Avoid this!

CLASS WILL MEET IN E-146 ON WEDNESDAY.  

 

Due 4/4/14

--Using your graded illustration paragraph packets, complete the Reflection Assignment on p. 75. Read back over your rough and final drafts and the comments for all three. First note the number grade for each at the top of the page. Then, using complete sentences and in the form of a paragraph, thoughtfully evaluate what you did well and what needs work. You may have different strengths and weaknesses depending on the paper. You can make those distinctions. You can also point out what worked and did not work across all three. BE SURE TO REVIEW THE SAMPLE ON PAGES 73/74. This provides an example of the expectation of the type of analysis you are to do. Then you are to explain what ACTIONS you will take next time to make sure the unity of the paper is strong. These may be things you did this time and you'll do again or these may be things I suggested in my comments that you didn't do when you rewrote. If you don't understand what you need to do to improve the unity, you should ask. You might also look at p. 15 as well as the sample of this assignment (73/74) and the grading sheet which lists bullet points for unity.

The rest of this reflection assignment is focused on editing. Remember that the possible editing errors are listed in order of importance, so if you have RO, FRAG and MW errors on all three papers, the two to focus on for this are RO and FRAG because they are more serious errors. Once you decide on the two editing errors you're going to deal with, list them as errors 1 and 2, and for the rest of the assignment if RO was #1, for example, you'll explain how you'll find and fix RO for #1 in the next two sections. Then in the last part for #1, you include an example of an RO from your paper and the corrected version.

Feel free to do this on lined paper if you don't have enough room on the sheet provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT throw out or recycle your graded final draft packets. You will be turning those back in at the end of the semester in your portfolio.

 

  

Due Friday, 3/28/14

--Use your review sheet to study for the Midterm Exam.

 

Due Wednesday, 3/26/14

--Read pages 77, 84-87, 91-92, 103-110 and 115-120. Complete a "5 Things Learned" assignment (directions on p. 9). Remember you'll have five entries TOTAL for all of these pages of three to five sentences each. Since there are five sections to read, that would be one way to decide on what the five entries will cover. Do not make all five about one section of the reading. These notes should reflect that you read all the pages, not just one part.

--I distributed a midterm review sheet on Monday in class. Read over it and be prepared to ask any questions about it on Wednesday.

--Bring your graded papers as well as the Editing Four Practice back to class with you on Wednesday.

We will meet in our usual classroom E320 on Wednesday.

Your midterm will be on Friday, 3/28/14

 

Due Monday, 3/24/14

--Read pp. 164-168 in your book and complete the exercise on p. 169.  

 

Due Friday, 3/14/14 

--If you only came up with one way to fix each run-on on p. 163 (there are nine of them), or if you never did this page, do so. Be sure to come up with two ways to correct each one other than a period or semi-colon. It would help to review the pages (159-162) about identifying and correcting run-ons.

Remember that the next set of online exercises is due by midnight Friday.

 

Due Wednesday, 3/12/14

--Read pages 159-162 and complete the exercise on p. 163.

We will NOT meet in E-146. We'll meet in our usual classroom, E320.

 

Due Monday, 3/10/14

 --If you turned in your three illustration paragraph packets on Friday (3/7), no homework is due. If any of your packets are late, they must be turned in on Monday at the beginning of class. From that point forward, you will receive no credit for these assignments

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Due Friday, 3/7

--The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due. Each packet must contain all the pieces of the process that led up to the final draft. Each must also include a typed rough draft rewritten into a final draft. Just changing the heading from rough draft to final will not count. If the packet does not contain both, it will not be graded but returned to you. You'll have to resubmit the packet by the next class meeting and it will be lowered by two letter grades. Everything you need to include in the packets is listed on a checklist on p. 68. You are expected to check off what is actually in each packet. You are also expected to HIGHLIGHT the changes on the FINAL DRAFT, so I can see what you rewrote. This includes edits AND revisions. If it would help for you to explain why something is highlighted, do so (EX. I moved this sentence from the beginning to here). You should also put an "R" in any spot on the final draft where something was removed. In addition to the packets, remember to BRING AN EXTRA PRINTOUT OF EACH FINAL DRAFT, not stapled into the packets. Finally, if you do not have a packet Friday, this is the one kind of assignment that will be accepted late for a grade. However, it must be turned in by Monday and the grade will be lowered by 10%, or one letter grade. If you have one or two packets ready for Friday but not all three, turn in what you have ready on Friday to receive full credit for that.

 

 Due Friday, 2/28

--Complete the activity on p. 55.

--By MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY  (2/26), you need to email me the third illustration paragraph rough draft.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT REGULARLY SUBMITTED DRAFTS ON TIME: Be sure the draft you send is a topic other than the stress topic if you want points for it. If you have not sent outlines yet (see p. 47), now would be the time to send those. Then backtrack to email me any other missing drafts. I do not guarantee I'll comment on all late drafts, so if you send me more than one late draft, let me know which one you would rather get comments on.

 

Due Wednesday, 2/26

--Read over p. 30 about transitions and complete the exercise on p. 31.

--Check your email if you didn't over the weekend. I sent reminders about late work. You need to get me late outlines and drafts as soon as possible, but always stay on track first with sending me what's due next that you can still earn points on.

Class will meet in E-146 on Wednesday. Be sure to have your flashdrive with you. Also bring any printed out drafts with my comments, and be prepared to ask me any questions.

 

Due Friday 2/28/14 BY MIDNIGHT -  You need to complete the first three topics of the Online Grammar Assignment: capitalization, plurals and commonly confused words. This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for each topic at 80% or more on the first try. If you score less than 80 on an exercise, you cannot redo that exercise but must choose another one under that topic. You DO NOT need to print anything out or even email anything to me. If you have my email address maureenmusker@triton.edu listed as your instructor's email, I will be able to see all your work when I log in to the site. See the Online Grammar Assignment sheet for specific instructions.

 

 

Due Monday, 2/24

--The rough draft of topic #2 is due by class time on Monday via email. Read over the online comments from rough draft number one and see if anything from those comments can help you compose the rough draft for topic #2. The third rough draft will be due by the end of class on Wednesday, March 26th. The final draft packets for all three paragraphs will be due Wednesday, 3/5. We will discuss these packets in detail before they are due. I just wanted to give you a heads-up about the due date.

--If you have not emailed me anything, outlines or the stress rough draft, you need to get going. If you don't turn in work, I'll have nothing to grade you on making it very difficult for you to pass the class!

--Label the parts of 53/54 as we did p. 11 in class.

 

 

Due Friday, 2/21/14

--If you did not finish rewriting your outlines and highlighting the changes, do that and staple the new printed version to the original with my comments. If you were late sending me your outlines, keep checking your email for my comments. Once you receive my comments, do the outline rewrite. If you do not receive comments before class on Friday, print out your version of the outlines and bring that to class.

--Write the rough draft of your stress paragraph. Remember to refer to the sample illustration paragraph on p. 11 as an example. Also, follow the writing guide on pp. 43-46 for reminders of how to draft the paragraph. Basically you will be adding about ten sentences to your outline. After each supporting point sentence, you need to add a few sentences of detailed example(s) that illustrate the point you made. If point number one is that you mother influenced you by teaching you the value of hard work, think of a specific time she did that and take a few sentences to tell the story. At the end of the paragraph, you will also add a concluding sentence, which is basically a reworded version of your topic sentence.

Remember to format this like a paragraph. Do NOT hit enter at the end of each line. Let the words wrap around automatically to the next line. Before you even start typing, you can press the "2" key and the "Ctrl" key at the same time to double space the document. If you single space it, before you send it to me, hit "ctrl" + "A" to highlight the whole document, and then double space it. Only indent once at the beginning by hitting the tab key since this is only one paragraph. If, however, you prefer to write this as an essay and you know how to write an introduction and conclusion, you can do so. But this is a paragraph assignment of 12-14 sentences, and that is all that is required.

Email the draft to me as an attached Word document as well as pasting the paragraph into the message area of your email in case I can't open your attachment. I will start deducting points if you don't send the attachment. If you don't know how, look in the "Computer Use" section of the book or ask me on Monday. The stress rough draft is due via email by class time on Friday.

--By midnight Friday, you need to complete the first two topics of the Online Grammar Assignment: capitalization and plurals. This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for each topic at 80% or more. If you score less than 80 on an exercise, you cannot redo that exercise but must choose another one under that topic. You DO NOT need to print anything out or even email anything to me. If you have my email address maureenmusker@triton.edu listed as your instructor's email, I will be able to see all your work when I log in to the site.

Due Wednesday, 2/19/14


--Write a key sentence outline (example on page 47) for each of your three illustration paragraphs. Each outline should consist of four sentences: the topic sentence and three supporting point sentences. You can put all three outlines in one document (12 sentences total). Do not format this as a 12-sentence paragraph or even three 4-sentence paragraphs. Instead format each outline as on p. 47. Send me the Word document via email (maureenmusker@triton.edu) as an attachment. In case I can't open your file, it's a good idea to include the outlines as the message of your email. These are due by noon Tuesday to guarantee receiving my rewriting comments. Print out and bring a  hard copy to class with you on Wednesday.

 


--Complete the practice key sentence outlines on p. 49.
 

We will meet in E146 on Wednesday. Remember that the CAPS and PLURAL online exercises are due Friday. You might want to start this before Wednesday, so you can ask any questions, especially since this is the first time you're doing this assignment.

 


Due Monday, 2/17/14

--Write a topic sentence for each of your illustration paragraph (clustering) topics. Type up these three sentences and email them to me as an attached Word document. The instructions for attaching Word documents to emails are in the Computer/Internet Use section of your book. If you aren't sure if you're doing the attachment correctly, also copy the topic sentences into the text box of the email. That way, even if I can't open your attachment, I can see your three topic sentences. I need to receive these by noon Saturday.

--Read over page 39 about topic sentences again. Then complete the exercises on pages 40, 41 and 42.

--Complete the Campus Resources Assignment.

 

Due Friday 2/14/14

--Read the paragraph on page 11 in your book, and answer the questions on page 12 about it. This is an assessment to see where you're at. So if you don't know an answer, that's okay. However, you need to provide an answer for every question. Either take a guess or explain what you don't know. EX. I can't answer because I don't know what transitions are.

--We reviewed the online grammar exercise assignment that will be ongoing throughout the semester. Remember, though, that there are due dates for finishing exercises in specific topics. The first two topics--capitalization and plurals--are due on 2/21. It's a good idea to get at least one exercise done as soon as possible, so I can check whether or not your results are showing up in my grade book at the web site. If you weren't in class on Wednesday, be sure to ask me for this assignment handout next time.

--The Campus Resources assignment is due Monday, the 17th.

 

Due Wednesday 2/12/14

--Read pages 13-19, 28-30, 39 and 43-47 in your book. Complete a "Five Things Learned" assignment (directions on page 9).

--In class on Monday, a Campus Resources assignment sheet was passed out and reviewed. This is due Monday, 2/17. If you weren't in class, be sure to get the sheet from me on Wednesday.

--Class will meet in E-146 on Wednesday.

 

Due Monday 2/10/14

--In class Friday, I checked your stressful thing clustering to make sure you were doing it correctly. Using any feedback you got about that, complete a 25-circle clustering for each of your other two Journal One topics. Be sure your topic is narrow: ONE positive influence or ONE proud moment even if you freewrote about several. The mayor and heritage topics probably don’t have to be narrowed down. Bring all three clusterings to turn in for points. Remember to review assignment instructions on p. 36 and the sample on p. 37 if you are confused.

--If you didn't turn in the grammar assessment on Friday, you need to turn it in Monday whether it's done or not.

--If you did not turn in your writing sample because you have questions on my comments, be sure to bring that with you on Monday to review and turn back in.

--Monday will be the last day to get points for your course materials. If you have not bought the book and put it in a binder, you need to do that by Monday or set up a time to talk to me about it outside of class, so we can resolve the issue.

 

Due Monday 2/3/14

--Get your book and materials, bring them to class Monday (and every class thereafter).

--Complete Journal One. The directions are on the handout distributed in class this week. If you missed getting that, you can also find the assignment on p. 34 of your book with a sample freewrite on p. 35.

Due Wednesday 2/5/14

 --No homework other than making sure you have your book and materials with you.

--Class meets in E-146.

 

Due Friday 2/7/14 

--Choose ONE thing that stresses you out that you wrote about it in your journal freewrite. Using that narrowed topic, create a 25-circle clustering with three to five level-two circles. Be sure to number all the circles and include the total on the page as well. See assignment directions on p. 36 and sample on p. 37 in your book.

--The Grammar Assessment passed out in class last week is due. Be sure to only spend 40 minutes on it. Stop at that point even if you aren't done. This is an assessment to see where you are at, so the results will not negatively affect your grade unless you don't do it at all. In that case, you'll lose activity points.