RHT 095-001 - Meets 10-10:50am M/F Room E320 and W Room M142E



Due Monday, 5/11/15

--Study for the second part of the final. You'll take this at our regular class time in our regular classroom.

Use the review handout to focus your studying on topics that will be covered on the test.

--The portfolio (p. 173) is due. Be sure to ONLY include the assignments listed on p. 173, including the portfolio essay (worth 50 points-don't skip it!!) in the two-pocket folder you turn in as your portfolio.

After Monday, we do not meet again as a class. You will just meet with me in our classroom at your scheduled conference time on Wednesday.

Due Friday, 5/8/15

--No homework is due. You'll sign up for conferences and complete a course assessment. If you have any questions about the topics on the final review sheet, we'll go over them.

Remember, the portfolio assignment (p. 173) is due 5/11. On that day, you will take Part Two of the final in our usual classroom.


Due Wednesday, 5/6/15


--In a blue book, you will be writing part one of the final, an in-class argument essay based on a topic you'll receive in class on Wednesday. It'll be like the practice essay your wrote and received comments on, only with a different choice of topics. I suggest you review my comments on that essay, which was returned to you on Monday in class. Also, review the sample essay on pp. 133/134, the suggested timeline handout, the essay structure diagram handout and the Writing Guide (pp. 128-130).

Remember you need to buy a blue book for 50 cents at the Triton bookstore counter to have with you.

--On Monday, we reviewed the Portfolio Assignment on p. 173 in the book. It is due on Monday, 5/11. If you weren't in class, read this over and email any questions you have.

I also distributed a review sheet for the part two of the final, the 100 point test you'll take on 5/11. If you were absent on 5/4, be sure to ask for one on Friday.


Due Monday, 5/4/15

--Label the Starbucks essay on the handout ditributed in class on Friday. Label all the parts as I did on the labeled "Nightmare Boss" essay handout.

Remember you need to buy a blue book for 50 cents at the Triton bookstore counter to have with you Wednesday to take part one of the final.



Due Friday, 5/1/15

--No homework is due.


Due Wednesday, 4/29/15 

 --The final draft packet of your Illustration Essay is due.

The checklist for the packet is on p. 123. Be sure to use it to make sure you are including all required pieces. Fill it in and include it in the packet. You will not be able to print anything on Wednesday, so make sure you have it all ready to go when you come to class. You will be doing an in-class writing, so we need all the time for that.

We will be meeting in M142E on Wednesday.


Due Monday, 4/27/15

--Complete the checklist and rewriting plan (pp. 121/122) for your illustration essay.

--Read pp. 128-134 in your book, and watch the following videos on writing the 5-paragraph essay.



--Write down five things you learned about writing an argument (also called “taking a position” or “persuasive” essay) from the reading and videos.

--Check your email before coming to class, and print out the rough draft with my comments and bring it to class. 

Due Friday, 4/24/15

--Email the rough draft of your illustration essay by class time.

Due Wednesday, 4/22/15

--Complete three sides of freewriting for your illustration essay. This is the rewrite of one of your illustration paragraph. You need to complete one FULL SIDE of freewriting for each supporting point you'll use in the essay. Try to think in terms of detailed stories/anecdotes.
-- The typed illustration essay key sentence outline will also be due. Depending on how well-written it is, you may be able to just type up the outline from p. 114, which was returned to you in class on Monday with handwritten comments.


Due Monday, 4/20/15

--By midnight Sunday, complete the last Bedford topic, pronoun case. Bring in your filled-in chart on Monday to turn in.
--By Wedensday, you need to complete three sides of freewriting for your illustration essay. This is the rewrite of one of your illustration paragraph. You need to complete one FULL SIDE of freewriting for each supporting point you'll use in the essay. Try to think in terms of detailed stories/anecdotes. It'd be a good idea to get started over the weekend if you have time. On Wednesday, your typed illustration draft key sentence outline will also be due. Depending on how well-written it is, you may be able to just type up the outline from p. 114.

Due Friday, 4/17/15

--Read over p. 106 in your book, the handout on parallel language I distributed in class Wednesday, and the top of p. 113. Then complete the activity on pp. 113/114. In order to complete p. 114, you need to decide which of your illustration paragraph final draft topics (stress, mayor, influence, heritage or proud moment/achievement) you are using for your illustration essay. To write the thesis, all you need to do is compose a plan of development (explained in the reading) and add it to the original topic sentence (as long as it was well-written and not too narrow for an essay). If the supporting point sentences in your paragraph final draft were well-written, you can use those exact sentences as the topic sentences for your essay key sentence outline.
--If you did not turn in your descriptive final draft packet on Wednesday, Friday at the beginning of class will be the last chance to turn it in for any credit.
Due Wednesday, 4/15/15  
--The final draft packet of your descriptive paragraph about the house is due. The checklist (which needs to be included with the final draft packet) is on p. 99. Here are changes to the checklist if you weren't in class: cross out the freewriting (you didn't do any), the rough draft MUST be typed even if you handwrote it in class, include the in-class draft with my comments AND the rough draft grading sheet with comments, the rewriting plan was on p. 95, key elements mini-checklist is on the top of p. 97 and sample labeled draft is on the bottom of that page, and the grade sheet is p. 101.
Be sure to print two copies of the final draft. On ONE of them (the one you'll staple in your packet), highlight changes from the rough draft AND label the ket elements listed on the top of p. 97. the other final draft, separate from the packet, is the extra reading copy.
Your packet MUST include a rough draft AND a rewitten final draft. If you don't turn the packet in on time Wednesday, you can still turn it in on Friday, starting one grade lower. After that, the grade will be 0.
When rewriting, remember to apply the descriptive techniques. Replace vague nouns and verbs with more precise ones. Add sensory details or make them stronger with precise words, adjectives or adverbs. Be sure to use figurative language at least once. Bring the house to life and keep sentences active by using active verbs and combining sentences when appropriate. Also, try and be concise. For example, place adjectives before the nouns they describe.
--Bring your three graded illustration final draft packets and the flash drive that holds them.
We will meet in M142E on Wednesday.
Due Monday, 4/13/15
--Complete the Bedford Pronoun Agreement exercises by midnight Sunday.

--Read pp. 103-110 in your book and be ready for a quiz on those pages. Also read pp. 115-119.

Due Friday, 4/10/15  


--Complete the Rewriting Plan (p. 95) for your descriptive paragraph about the house (the one you previously wrote in class and received back from me with comments on Wednesday).

Remember to label and make notes on the draft as well as the plan itself. If you'd prefer to print out a fresh copy of the draft rather than use the one with my comments, feel free. You need to include notes about why you do OR do not need to revise on the plan. YES or NO answers will not be considered complete.

Whether you have comments from me on your draft or not, you are expected to complete this assignment.








 Due Wednesday, 4/8/15 

--Complete the activity on p. 90 in your book.
We will meet in M142E on Wednesday. Be sure to bring the flash drive that has your saved descriptive rough draft on it.


Due Monday, 4/6/15

--Complete the Bedford verb tense exercises by midnight Sunday, 4/5.

--Read over pp. 87, 91 and 92 in your book and be prepared for a brief quiz. 


Due Wednesday, 4/1/15


--Complete the descriptive clustering about the outside of a house as explained on the handout distributed in class on Monday.

If you were not in class, email me to get a copy of the assignment.


--Complete the reflection assignment on p. 75. Remember to review the sample on pp. 73/74 as a guide.

We will meet in M142E.


Due Monday, 3/30/15


--Complete the Bedford exercises for subject-verb agreement by midnight 3/29.

I highly recommend you watch at least one of these videos and read over pp. 154-155 in your book before you attempt these exercises.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkByKewQVRY - This is about 12 minutes long and goes into a lot of specifics.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC2iQgi1wNY - This is about 13 minutes long. I suggest you watch this or the next one for a more detailed explanation than video one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9F8AR-LCVE - This one is a short, kind of silly introduction, but it is clear and simple.


--Read pp. 77 and 82-85 in your book. Fill in the blanks on pp. 82/83.

--Watch the following video on descriptive writing and write three numbered entries of at least three sentences each explaining three things you learned about descriptive writing.





Due Wednesday, 3/25/15

--Read pp. 165-168 about finding and fixing fragments. Complete the exercise on p. 169. There are ten fragments in the list. Remember to label the subject and verb in the seven that you think are correct sentences.





Due Wednesday 3/11/15

-- No homework due unless you still need to turn in any final draft packets.
Those must be turned in at the beginning of class in order to receive credit.

We are meeting in M142E.

Due Friday, 3/13/15

--Study for the midterm, which will be given during this class.
--Read pp. 159-163 in your book and complete the exercise on p. 163. I highly recommend you watch these videos on run-ons and fragments to help you with exercises: 





Homework due the week of 3/2/15 

Due Monday, 3/2/15


--Compose the rough draft of your third illustration paragraph and email it to me by class Monday. Also be sure to print a hard copy of this one and bring it with you to class.

--Complete the Bedford online exercises for "Commonly Confused Words."

--Read pp. 53/54 in your book. Label the parts of these sample paragraphs as we labeled the parts of the paragraph on p. 11.

--If you have not submitted you rewritten, labeled, highlighted outlines for a grade, you must do so on Monday in order to receive a grade.

Due Wednesday, 3/4/15

--The Rewriting Plan for your third illustration paragraph is due.

--Complete the 4 Bases handout distributed in class on Monday.

We will be meeting in M142E. Be sure to have all the materials for your paragraphs with you: freewrites, clusterings, key sentence outlines with comments and rewrites, and rough drafts with comments. Also be sure to have your flash drive with you that has your drafts on it.






Due Friday, 3/6/15



--The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due. Be sure to fill in the final draft packet checklist 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.



Homework due the week of 2/23/15

Due Monday, 2/23/15

--Complete the Bedford online caps and plural/apostrophe exercises by Sunday midnight. Remember to email reports to YOURSELF after you complete exercises, especially if you scored 70% or more. Also, keep track by filling in the handout part of the chart. Remember that you will not get credit for an exercise if you did it more than once. You need to complete three exercises at 70% or higher on the first attempt for EACH of the two topics: caps and plurals.


--Complete the transition exercise on p. 31.

--Rewrite your three illustration key sentence outlines by following my rewriting comments. (These can all be in one Word document.) Either by hand or on the computer, highlight on the rewritten version any changes from the original. If you changed a lot and it’s too hard to highlight, then write a detailed explanation for me of why you made the changes you did.

Following the example on p. 47, label the parts of each sentence on your rewritten outlines. Staple the rewritten outlines to the original version(s) with my comments (so you may need to print out an email or at copy the content of the email into a Word document so you can print that out).

Due Wednesday, 2/25/15


 --Email the rough draft of your stress paragraph to me by noon Tuesday. This should be sent as an attached Word document. Remember to use the rewritten outline as the basis for it. You'll just be adding three sentences of detail in the form of specific examples or one longer example after each supporting point sentence. At the end, you'll add a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence. It should be at least 13 sentences. Remember to use 12 point font and double space.

 --Watch the following video on clauses. Write down three things you learned or review about clauses: 


Remember, we'll meet in M142E. Be sure to bring the flash drive with your work on it.


Due Friday, 2/27/15

--Email the rough draft of your next illustration paragraph to me by class time.

--Read pp. 153-157 in your book about sentence structure. Complete the exercise on p. 157.



Homework due the week of 2/16/15

Due Monday, 2/16/15

--You are now shifting into the writing (or drafting) step of the larger writing process. For this Illustration Paragraph assignment (p. 33), you will be writing three separate illustration paragraphs on three separate topics. You'll use the ideas you've generated through your freewriting and clustering (prewriting step). The first decision to make is to decide what your main idea will be. Remember it has two parts: a narrow topic and a point about the topic. The first decision will be how narrow to make your topic. The narrower, the better since your are only writing paragraphs. However, don't make it so narrow that it's a fact that can't be argued. For each of your three topics, type up a topic sentence (can be on the same page) and email them to me no later than noon on Saturday. I will review these and send my comments back to you via email.

Please note: For most of these topic sentences, you only have to come up with the narrow topic. The journal assignment provided the point.

EX. 1) ________________ stresses me out. I've already assigned the "point" of "stresses me out."

EX. 2) My _________________ heritage plays a major role in my daily life.

EX. 3) ______________________ is a positive influence in my life. In this case, you could narrow the point by making the paragraph about someone who has a positive influence on one area of your life. EX. My sister has had a positive influence on my educational life.

EX. 4) _____________________ was a proud moment in my life. OR ______________________ is a an achievement I'm proud of.

EX. 5) If I were mayor of _______________________, I would make several improvements. It would be more effective to narrow this down to improvements in one aspect of city life. EX. If I were mayor of ____________________, I would improve the public transportation system.

--Read pp. 43-47 in your book about Illustration Paragraph writing. Watch the video (link below) on the same topic. Write down three numbered sentences explinging what you learned (or reviewed) about drafting this type of paragraph. Also, look for two differences in terminology or drafting advice between the video and the book Writing Guide.



Due Wednesday, 2/18/15

--Write a key sentence outline (see p. 47) for your stressful thing illustration paragraph and email it to me by midnight Monday night. Look at pp. 47 and 49 for examples. Remember that this will just be four sentences: your topic sentence (rewritten if I made suggestions in my comments) and three supporting point sentences.

--We will be meeting in M142E on Wednesday. Be sure to have your graded illustration freewriting journals and clusterings with you. Also, bring your flash drive.


 --To prepare for the online grammar exercises that will be due by midnight Sunday (2/22), it might be helpful to watch the following videos, each less than five minutes. 

Plural versus possessive    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa3-ibgps-A  

 Capitalization    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDXdMmLZGxI OR   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWFJthWr8v  


Due Friday, 2/20/15

--Read the illustration paragraph sample on p. 11 in your book and complete the questions about it on p.12.

PLEASE NOTE - The online capitalization and plural/possessive exercises are due by midnight Sunday (2/22). Remember to click "email report" for each quiz. Do not email these to me but to yourself. Just keep the results in your email in case you need this as backup. Also, fill in the chart columns for exercises attempted and exercises completed with 70% or higher score. STOP with a topic when you have completed three exercises with a score of 70% or higher ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT. If you're having trouble with a topic, let me know that BEFORE the due date.



Due Friday, 2/13/15

--Read over pp. 33 and 39 in your book. Page 39 is 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.

Topic sentence video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPiZ8_CsD8


Due Wednesday, 2/11/15

--No homework is due. Remember that we meet in M142E on Wednesday.


Due Monday, 2/9/15

--Complete the other two illustration paragraph clusterings, using narrower versions of your journal topics (ex. ONE positive influence). Remember to follow the directions on p. 36 and any suggestions I made to youin class. You will turn in all three numbered, 25-circle clusterings on Monday, including the stress one I looked at in class on Friday.

--Watch the following video and write down three differences between the video explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 14 in your book. To explain a difference, you must include BOTH sides of the contrast. You can't just say "On page 14, it says XXXXX about prewriting." That doesn't explain the difference. Instead, you need to say "On page 14, it says XXXXX about prewriting, whereas in the video, it states XXXXXX."    



Due Friday, 2/6/15

--Complete a clustering (following the directions on p. 36 and example on p. 37) for your stress topic. Be sure to narrow the topic down to ONE stressful thing in your life. Then brainstorm supporting points and details for that. Remember that the clustering must contain at least 25 circles of worthwhile ideas. It shouldn't be the exact same clustering anyone writing about the stress of family life, for example, would come up with. 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.

--If you didn't finish the internet activity, finish that. You should get registered at the Bedford website by next Wednesday, if possible, following the instructions on the handout distributed in class on 2/4.


Due Wednesday, 2/4/15

--Journal One, which was originally due Monday, will be collected.

--We meet in M142E 


Due Monday, 1/26/15  

Remember that class meets in M142E on Wednesday.Due Wednesday, 1/28/15  


Due Wednesday, 1/28/15

--Watch the YouTube video on prewriting by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j27mMyGWfM 


If the link doesn't work, 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 (should be the first entry in the list). The 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 from the video and write each as a sentence IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Do not just copy an exact quote from the speaker. Also write down one question you might have or you can imagine someone having about this topic.



Due Friday, 1/30/15


--Be sure to have all of your class materials and campus resource assignment signed sheets with you. Check off what you have on the checklist in the handout packet.


--Read pages 13-19 and 28-30 in your book. Complete a "5 Things Learned" assignment  (see p. 9).