FALL 2014

RHT 095-001 - Meets M/W/F 9-9:50am Room E320/E146

RHT 095-012 - Meets M/W/F 10-10:50am Room M123B

RHT 095-003 - Meets M/W/F 11-11:50am Room E320/E146

RHT 095-020 - Meets M/W/F 12-12:50pm Room E314/E146



Next week, on either 12/15 or 12/17, you will meet with me for a conference IN OUR USUAL CLASSROOM at your assigned time. If you conference is Monday, that is the only day you see me, and not at the usual class time but at your conference time. Same thing for Wednesday. You'll get your portfolio back at that time and find out your semester grade. If you choose not to come, I will not email you the grade. You'll have to wait until it is posted on your portal to see it.
Remember when you come for the conference to block out a half hour to include a wait-time cushion incase I'm running behind.
Have a great break and remember to register for Spring 2015 classes!



Due Wednesday, 12/3/14

--Meet in E-146.

--Have your completed prewriting (pp. 145/146 and freewriting) with you for your Taking a Position essay. The topic used should be one of the ones you wrote about in class (two-semester foreign language requirement at Triton OR Triton paid parking pass policy).

--Six sentences about the two videos on persuasive writing are due.

PLEASE NOTE: I had emailed the links for the videos to you. If this confused you, here are the links and you can turn the sentences in on Friday for credit:




Due Friday, 12/5/14

--No homework is due.


Due Monday, 12/8/14

--Get to class on time with a blue book for your exam (to be purchased at the Triton Bookstore counter—costs less than a dollar). You will be writing part one of the final in class.

--Argument Essay final draft packet is due. NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED!!

--The Bedford chart and backup documentation is due for the last three topics.


Due Wednesday, 12/10/14

--Meet in E-146.

--Take part two of the final (you will have received a review sheet for this to study from).


Friday, 12/12/14

--The portfolio is due (see p. 173). NONE ACCEPTED LATE!!

--Conference sign-up.


Monday, 12/15/14 OR Wednesday, 12/17/14

This week begins the final schedule. We do NOT have our regularaly scheduled class any more. You only meet me once more for a conference to discuss your final grade in the class. So if your conference is on Wednesday, you DO NOT come to class on Monday the 15th. If your conference is on Monday, after that day (the 15th), you are finished with class.

Come to OUR USUAL CLASSROOM for your conference at your assigned time.




Due Monday, 12/1/14

--No homework. The work due 12/3 was oriinally posted with a 12/1 due date. I changed it.

Have a nice break!


Due Wednesday, 12/3/14

--Complete the prewriting chart and plan on pp. 145 and 146, including the JOURNAL part of the assignment on p. 146 (3 sides of freewriting).

--Read pp. 137-144.

--Watch the following video. Write down three things you learned from the video. And write down two things he leaves out (especially about supporting paragraphs) compared to what's in the book pages you have read on "taking a position" (128-130 and 137-144). 


We will be meeting in E-146.


Due Friday, 11/21/14

--Complete the rough draft of your illustration essay rewrite.

--Using this ROUGH DRAFT, complete the rewriting checklist and plan on pp. 121 and 122. Remember this requires writing on the typed rough draft, as I showed you in class on the example from the book. Also, remember on p. 122 not to provide "yes" or "no" answers. Instead, use the questions at the top of the page as a GUIDE and summarize in complete sentences what you need to revise to improve each element of effective writing (unity, support, coherence, sentnece clarity).

--Read pp. 128-130 and pp. 133-134.


Due Monday, 11/24/14

--The final draft packet of your illustration essay is due. Remember to use the checklist in the assignment handout to be sure you include all pieces.

Sections 012 (10-10:50), 003 (11-11:50) and 020 (12-12:50) will meet in E-146 on Monday. Bring your flash drive.

Section 001 (9-9:50) will meet in our usual classroom (E320).

Remember we do not have class on Wednesday, 11/26 or Friday, 11/28.



Due Wednesday, 11/12/14

-- Read pp. 165-168 in your book about fragments. Then complete the exercise on p. 169. Remember that you must fix the fragments you find (there are at least nine).

Bring your three illustration paragraph final draft packets to class on Wednesday (stress, mayor, proud moment, influence or heritage). Also bring the flash drive with these final drafts on it.

We will meet in E-146.


Due Friday, 11/14/14

Watch the following videos about body paragraphs in an essay and using anecdotes for support. If you write five sentences EXPLAINING what you learned, it will count as extra credit.




Due Monday, 11/17/14

--If you haven't already done so, edit your illustration essay rewrite key sentence outline for any grammar or spelling errors, save it and print it out. Label the parts of the key sentences on the hard copy (see p. 113). Remember that if you can’t label a part, it may mean that you need to revise before submitting it.

--Read over pp. 103-110 and 115-119. Write out five sentences explaining two similarities between an essay and a paragraph and three differences. Use complete sentences.

--For each supporting point in the illustration essay rewrite, you will complete one FULL side of freewriting (three sides total). As you complete this part of the assignment, remember the freewriting “rules” (see the TOP of p. 34). Try and brainstorm stories, or ANECDOTES, that will illustrate the points you’re making. Don’t be afraid to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end (see samples on the last page of the assignment handout as well as in the sample illustration essay on pp. 117-119).


Due Wednesday, 11/19/14

--Compose a typed introductory and concluding paragraph for the illustration essay rewrite (to be saved to your flash drive). Bring a hard copy also.

--Bring all of the pieces of the process (outline, support from freewrites and introduction and conclusion) to class with you.

--Watch the following videos. Write 3 sentences explaining what you learned about introductions and conclusions and two sentence explaining what you learned about five-paragraph essays.



5-paragraph essay:


We'll meet in E-146.

Due Monday, 11/10/14 


--The final draft packet for the Descriptive Paragraph is due. You need to complete the rewriting plan on p. 95 and the rewriting activity on p. 97. The checklist for the packet is on p. 99. Cross out the "freewriting" line because that was not assigned. The clustering, typed outline, rough draft and Musker comments should all be together already as Midterm Part One. If the outline and rough draft were originally handwritten, you need to type them for the packet as they were originally--no rewriting--and add those to your packet along with the originals with my comments.

This time, in addition to highlighting changes on the final draft, you need to label the descriptive techniques required on p. 97. See the sample on that page for labeling guidance, although unlike on the sample you don't have to type the labels. You can just do it by hand on the printed draft. If it will make it easier to label, I don't mind if you triple space the final draft to leave room for your writing. The grading sheet is on p. 101. It's also a good idea to look at that sheet when rewriting to be sure you have fulfilled the assignment expectations. Be sure to print an extra final draft copy separate from the packet.


Due Friday, 11/7/14

--No homework is due, but if you have any questions on your descriptive rewrite, be prepared to ask.

--I will check off pp. 157 and 163, which were due previously.

Complete the online fragment exercises by Monday.


Due Wednesday, 11/5/14

--Complete the Reflection Assignment on p. 75.

--If you emailed any Bedford materials to me on Monday because you did not have them with you in class that day, you need to bring hard copies of those on Wednesday.

We'll meet in E-146 Wednesday. Be sure to bring the flash drive with the rough draft of your descriptive paragraph (Midterm Part One) on it. If you handwrote your in-class paragraph, you need to type it for the final draft packet.





Due Monday, 11/3/14

--Rewrite the sample descriptive rough draft, focusing on rewording to remove "there is/are/was/were," "it is/has/had," "they have/had" and the pronoun "you." Some of this might require combining sentences. Remember to use the "find" function in Word. Highlight what you change as you rewrite. Resave this as with a new file name. Print it out and bring it to class on Monday.

--Catch up on the online exercises, including run-ons. Make sure your chart is up to date with the NUMBERS of the three exercises completed at 70% or higher on the first try. Assuming it is reflecting the work you've done, print your personal scorecard and staple it to the chart. If your scorecard is not accurate, and you have emailed reports to yourself, just copy and paste the top score portions of those that were completed at 70% or higher on the first try into a Word document. Instead of the scorecard. print this out and staple it to the chart. 

 Due Friday, 10/31/14

--No homework is due. You do need to read over the comments on the papers that were returned to you and be prepared with any questions. You need to bring the three illustration packets, the descriptive draft (with my grade sheet stapled to it) and the midterm test back to class with you on Friday.


Due Wednesday, 10/29/14

 --Read pp. 153 to 163 about sentences and run-ons and fragments. Complete the two exercises within those pages (p. 157, p. 163).

--Watch the following two videos on sentence structure topics. Write four sentences TOTAL explaining (NOT just naming) what you learned or reviewed about sentence structure:



Watch the following two videos on run-ons and fragments. Write six sentences TOTAL explaining (NOT just naming) what you learned or reviewed about these two types of incorrect sentences:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlNmxljAmZ8 (note that this one is 16 minutes long)

Due Friday, 10/24/14

--Complete p. 89.

--Read and complete pp. 91/92.


Due Wednesday, 10/22/14

--No homework is due. Be sure, though, to have your online exercise handout with you.

We will meet in E-146.


Due Monday, 10/20/14

--Study for part two of the midterm. Remember to use the review sheet distributed in class.

--Complete the TWO sets of Bedford exercises (see the note above and look at the chart on the assignment handout for details).


Due Friday, 10/17/14

--Look over the review sheet for part two of the midterm, which you will take on Monday, 10/20.


Due Wednesday, 10/15/14

--Read pp. 77 and 82-84 about descriptive writing. There are blanks you should fill in based on p. 77 and what you already know about writing a paragraph.

--Watch the following video on descriptive writing:


Write down three things you learned or reviewed.

--Complete the clustering assignment. I am copying the directions below for anyone who was not in class on Monday.

--We will meet in E-146. Remember, you will be writing a key sentence outline and paragraph in class as part one of your midterm. Be sure to have your book, flash drive and completed clustering with you.

--If you are a CAAS student, you should make an appointment to complete part one of the midterm at the CAAS office by Friday at noon. Bring your clustering with you.


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. Please note that you will ONLY be describing the outside of the front of the house.  

You have the choice of five different dominant impressions of the house. You need to choose ONE from the list below:  

  • creepy  
  • neglected  
  • perfectly-maintained  
  • cheerful  
  • ostentatious (means over-the-top / showing off wealth)  

The dominant impression in descriptive writing is the main point about the topic (the house). All the details of your description should contribute to creating the dominant impression.  

For this assignment, the clustering must have at least three supporting point circles but no more than five. I am recommending using ONE of these groups of three as the first layer of circles:  

  • front yard / main entrance / building structure  
  • sights / sounds / smells  
  • colors / lighting / foliage (plants and trees)  

You can add one or two more supporting point circles, but five is the limit. The whole clustering must have at least 40 circles total. Once you’re done, number each circle and put the total on the page.  

For the clustering, do NOT use the dominant impression word in your clustering except in the center circle. The sensory and figurative detail you use (see pp. 77 / 82-84) should make obvious which dominant impression you chose.  

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 the reverse side of this sheet. Note that the dominant impression word is BIZARRE, which is NOT one of your options.  



Due Monday, 10/13/14


--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 Monday, this is the one kind of assignment that will be accepted late for a grade. However, it must be turned in by Wednesday and the grade will be lowered by 10%, or one letter grade. If you have one or two packets ready for Monday but not all three, turn in what you have ready on time to receive full credit for that.  


Due Friday, 10/10/14


--No homework is due. However, before Friday, you should look at the checklists on p. 68 in your book, and check that you have all the materials you'll need for the final draft packets. If you have any questions about the packets, Friday will be the day to ask.


Due Wednesday, 10/8/14


--Complete the activity on p. 55.

--Be sure to bring hard copies of your three drafts with comments (two will have my comments if they were submitted on time, and one will have your comments based on p. 61). Also, be sure to have your flash drive with you that has these drafts on it. Be prepared to ask me about any of my comments that you do not understand.

-If you did not resubmit your grammar assessment handout with your scores for different topics totaled, please bring that to turn in.

We'll meet in E-146.


Due Monday, 10/6/14

--Bring the print-out of rough draft #3 along with the completed Rewriting Plan (p. 61) for it. The draft should be marked up based on p. 61. And the blanks on p. 61 should be filled in.

--Read pp. 53 and 54 and follow the directions regarding how to mark up the drafts.

--Bring your totaled up grammar assessments back to class to turn in as well as draft #2 printout with comments.


 Due Friday, 10/3/14

--Instead of emailing the third illustration rough draft to me, bring a hard copy to class. In class, you will work on a rewriting plan for that yourself using a worksheet in the book. Be sure to have the printout of your stress draft with my comments as a point of reference.

--Watch the following video on confusing words:


 Choose  three sets of the confusing words from the video that you most often make errors on or are unsure of. For each set, write your own original sentence that contains both words and clarifies the meaning of each confusing word. Also, explain one memory suggestion from the video that you think will help you most to avoid one of these errors in the future.

INCORRECT EX. Some people mix up the words "where" and "were." This sentence does not show that you understand the difference between the two.

CORRECT EX. Where did I put the books that were on the table ten minutes ago? This shows that you know "where" is for location and "were" is the past tense of "are."

--Remember the online Commonly Confused Words online exercises are due by midnight.


Due Wednesday, 10/1/14

--Email me the rough draft of one of your other illustration paragraphs: influence, mayor, heritage or proud moment. I will comments via email by the end of the week. I suggest you choose the draft you are less confident about. The third draft will be due Friday, but you will complete a rewriting worksheet yourself for that one rather than getting my comments.

By tomorrow afternoon at some point, I should be done responding to all of the stress paragraphs. It'd be a good idea to review my comments on that as some of the same issues may come up when you're writing draft #2.

Sections 012, 003 and 020 - Complete the handout distributed in class today.

We will meet in E-146. Be sure to bring your flash drive with your work on it to class

Due Monday, 9/29/14 

--Rewrite all three of your key sentence outlines following my comments and making any other changes you think are needed. You can put them all in one document if you want. Print this out. Also print out the original version with my comments. Compare the two versions and on the rewritten version, highlight anything you changed, including editing changes. Staple the new, highlighted outlines over the original with comments. On the rewritten versions, also label the parts of the key sentences as on p. 47 or on the p. 49 sample.

--The rough draft of the second illustration paragraph will be due Wednesday via email by class time.


 Due Friday, 9/26/14

--Complete the rough draft (12-14 sentences - 12 point font - double-spaced) for your stress paragraph. Use the rewritten (based on my comments) key sentences from your outline in the draft of the paragraph. Then you have to add a few sentences of detailed example(s) after each supporting point to illustrate it. At the end, add a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence in slightly different words. Email this draft to me by class time Friday.


Due Wednesday, 9/24/14

--Complete the Key Sentence Outlines for your other two illustration paragraph topics. Email them to me by class time Wednesday and bring hard copies to class.

--Watch this video on illustration paragraph writing.


Write two things you learned about illustration paragraphs. The final version of the video paragraph is not exactly structured how the book suggests structuring one. Contrast the video final draft with the one on p. 11 or with the diagram on p. 46. Name two differences you find.

--Read the paragraph on p. 11 and answer the questions about it on p. 12.

Sections 001 / 003 / 020 - We will meet in E-146.


Due Monday, 9/22/14

--Complete pp. 42 and 49 in your book.

--Type up a Key Sentence Outline for your stress paragraph. 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. Email this to me by class time Monday and bring a hard copy to class. This time you can email the four sentences as the message itself rather than as an attached document if you'd prefer.Also, be sure to check your email for my comments on your topic sentences. Print this out and bring it with you to class, so I can answer any questions you may have.


Due Friday, 9/19/14

--Complete the Campus Resources Assignment.
--Read pp. 43-47 in the book. Fill in the blanks on pp. 44/45.

Due Wednesday, 9/17/14

--Type up a topic sentence (JUST ONE SENTENCE FOR EACH - NOT THE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH) for each of your three illustration paragraphs. Remember to use your clustering to construct the main idea which should consist of a narrow topic and a point about the topic. You can also refer back to your book (pp. 39-42) for reminders on good topic sentences. Email these to me by class time Wednesday, and print out a hard copy to bring to class.

--To prepare for the online grammar exercises that will be due by midnight Friday (9/19), watch the following videos, each less than five minutes.

Plural versus possessive   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa3-ibgps-A
Clauses   http://www.teachertube.com/video/independent-and-dependent-clauses-248165

PLEASE NOTE: Sections 001, 003 and 020, we will meet in E-146. Be sure to have your flash drive with you.


Due Monday, 9/15/14

--Complete a 25-circle clustering for each of your Journal One topics. Be sure your topic is narrow: ONE stressful thing in your life or 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 the assignment instructions on p. 36 and the sample on p. 37 if you are confused.

--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.


--Carefully read over page 39 in your book.


Due Friday, 9/12/14

--If you want to be sure you are doing clustering correctly before all three are due on Monday, you can do one of them for me to take a quick look at Friday. This part of the homework is not required for Friday.

--Finish the in-class work if you didn't. If you're having trouble getting into the Student Portal, though, do not spend a lot of time on it. Try a few times, and if it doesn't work, email me to let me know that. If you know your scores, though, because you still have the hard copy score sheet they gave you at the testing center, just email me the scores that were on the sheet.

All sections except 020 (noon class)--Remember to read over my comments on your writing sample, and be prepared to ask me any questions. You will be signing the comment sheet and turning the sample back in on Friday.

This part of the homework is not required for Friday.


Due Wednesday, 9/10/14

--Read over pp. 36/37 in your book about clustering.

--Sections 001, 003 and 020--We will meet in E-146 on Wednesday.

Due Monday, 9/8/14 

--Journal One (p. 34), which will be three FULL SIDES of freewriting, one topic per page. Remember, you won't be freewriting on all five topics on p. 34, just #1 and two other topics from the remaining four listed. Also read over the directions to remind yourself of freewriting "rules." Remeber that if you want to use a topic or two of your own, you need to email me by Friday for my approval.

--Watch the following three videos (links below). After watching them, write four sentences IN YOUR OWN WORDS explaining two things you learned or reviewed about unity in writing and two things you learned or reviewed about coherence in writing. Also include one question someone might have about these topics. Finally, look over pp. 28/29 in your book.

Note that the first link here about coherence is a bit complex. We will discuss these concepts together throughout the semester, but get what you can from it now. This is just an introduction to techniques that will be reviewed in much more detail later on.


These two are the links on unity. They are short and simple.




Due Friday, 9/5/14

--Correct or complete your syllabus worksheet. Write a note on it saying you understand it, and sign it. You will turn in the signed worksheet Friday for points.

Please Note RHT 095-020 (12pm students): We didn't have time to review the syllabus sheet on Wednesday because of the writing sample, so this won't be due for your class until Monday.


Due Wednesday, 9/3/14


--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.

--Complete one side of freewriting about any topic you choose. Remember NOT to worry about spelling, grammar, organization, or staying on topic. Just be sure to fill the whole side and to try NOT to stop writing in order to think! There is a freewriting sample on p. 35 you can review.

--Get your book, materials and current Triton ID.

--For sections 001(9am), 003(11am) and 020(12pm), class will meet in E-146. Go directly to that classroom. For those in section 012(10am), we will meet in M123B on Wednesday.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Due Friday, 8/29/14

--Read your syllabus and complete handout/book pages 5 and 6.

--Complete the Student Information sheet, handout/book pages 3 and 4.


Due Wednesday, 8/27/14

--Buy your book (listed on the syllabus and only available at the Triton Bookstore / price $11.50 + tax),

start purchasing the materials required for class (see the syllabus and handout/book page 7), and

get a current Triton ID (no cost at the Welcome Desk in the B building--bring a photo ID and

your course schedule).

--Class meets in our usual classroom (NOT E146) on Wednesday.