RHT 095-005 - Meets M/W 1-2:15pm Room E306/E145



As of 5/12, regular class meetings are over. REMEMBER to come on 5/14 to our usual room (E-306) for your conference at your assigned time. Block out 30 minutes in case I am running behind, but you will probably be in nd out in ten minutes or so.


If you don't come to the conference, you can see your final grade when it's posted online. And you can pick up your portfolio during the first two weeks of the fall semester.


Due Monday, 5/12/14

--Go directly to A-126 (Testing Center) to retake the writing placement test. Remember to look at the review materials at the Triton web page. Refer to the handout for details.

--The Portfolio is due. Detailed directions are on p. 173 in your book. Email me if you have any questions. Remember that I have your argument essay, so you'll put it into the portfolio when I return it to you on 5/12.


Due Wednesday, 5/7/14

Bring a blue book to class for writing the in-class essay part of your final. We will meet in E306, our usual classroom.

 --The final draft packet of the Argument Essay is due. NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED. This is the essay you first wrote in class last week. You received my comments back on 5/5. You were supposed to turn in pp. 145-146 and three sides of freewriting that day. I didn't get it from anyone, but maybe there was miscommunication. If you did it, include it in your packet for a homework grade as well as packet point.

--You need to complete the Rewriting Plan on pp. 149/150 to include in the packet.

--Mark the checklist on p. 152 to make sure you’ve included everything, and turn it in with the packet. The reverse side (p. 151) is the grading sheet.

--Remember that you MUST have a typed rough draft and REWRITTEN final draft in the packet in order to receive credit. If you do not, there will be no option to resubmit with the correct drafts. The grade will just be a 0.

--Be sure you highlight ON THE FINAL DRAFT anything that changed from the rough draft.


Due Monday, 5/5/14

--Study the review sheet distributed in class on Wednesday to prepare for Monday's final-part one. It will consist of true/false and multiple choice questions as well as editing exercises. It would also be a good idea to study your corrected midterm because some of those exact questions will be on the final.

--Using the topic you chose in class on Wednesday for your "Taking a Position" essay, complete the prewriting activities on pp. 145 and 146 of your book.

If you weren't in class on Wednesday, you should contact me about getting a topic sheet for the essay and a copy of the review sheet for part one of the final.


Due Wednesday, 4/30/14

--If you turned in your Illustration Essay final draft packet, you have no homework. If you didn't turn it in Monday, It must be turned in Wednesday at the beginning of class (no final drafts will be printed in class) in order to receive a grade on it.

Class will meet in E-145. Be sure to bring your flash drive.


Due Monday, 4/28/14

--Read over the holistic grading guidelines we discussed in class (p. 131). Use these guideline to grade the three essay on pp. 133-136. In addition to the grade of 2 or 3 or 4, provide a few bullet points explaining why you assigned the grade you did. DO NOT make corrections to errors in the essays. When you score holistically, you do not mark specific errors.

--The final draft packet of the illustration essay is due. Use the checklist on p. 123 to make sure you have included all required pieces in your packet. PLEASE NOTE the error on the page amount required. It says 12 pages, but it should say 2 pages!

--Don't forget to do your online verb tense exercises by Friday at midnight.


Due Wednesday, 4/23/14 

--Read pp. 127-138 in the book. Part of this is a few examples of actual essays students wrote for their timed in-class finals. We are going to review these together to discuss what they did well and what not to do. So it would help if you've already read over them once. Also, you need to answer the questions on p. 138 regarding the essay on p. 137. The questions will make more sense if you've completed the reading up to this point.

--You should have emailed me the rough draft of your illustration paragraph rewrite into a five-paragraph (1.5page) essay by class time 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-145 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 class time Monday. (See assignment  p. 105.)

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). The thesis will be at the end of the introductory paragraph. So BEFORE the thesis type the rest of the introduction that will lead up to the thesis, which will include an attention-getter and a bridge section. 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-145 next time.

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 Friday morning. 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 Wednesday, 4/9/14 

--Complete page 89 if you didn't finish it in class.

--Redo the bottom of page 91 if you still used "there is" or "there are." And do not use any form of "to have" either. It would help to read the rest of the page leading up to the exercise to review the example.

We will meet in E-145 on Wednesday. Be sure to have the flash drive with you that has your illustration paragraph final drafts and descriptive rough draft on it.


Due Monday, 4/7/14

--Complete the activities on pages 91, 92 and 93 in your book.

--Complete the typed rough draft of the Descriptive Paragraph you were working on in class on Wednesday. As always, be sure to save it on a flash drive.

--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.

--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. Refer to the handout distributed in class for specific instructions.


Due Monday, 3/31/14

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 Wednesday, 3/26/14

--I distributed a midterm review sheet on Monday in class. Read over it and study the topics to be prepared for the midterm on Wednesday.

Class will meet in our usual room (E306) on Wednesday.


Due Monday, 3/24/14

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

--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.


Due Wednesday, 3/12/14

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

We will NOT meet in E-145. We'll meet in our usual classroom, E306. 


Due Monday, 3/10/14

--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 Monday 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 Monday to receive full credit for that.


Due Wednesday, 3/5

--Be sure to bring your printed drafts with comments as well as the flash drive that stores the electronic versions of these drafts. Be prepared to ask me any questions you have regarding my comments. Remember that the expectation when I grade the final drafts is that you made the changes I recommended on the rough draft. So you must understand my comments in order to use them. I'll be happy to clarify any of them for you on Wednesday.

We will meet in E-145.


Due Monday, 3/3

--Complete p. 55 in your book.

--Read pp. 153-156 and complete the exercise on p. 157.

--Print out a copy of your third illustration draft, and label the parts of the key sentences (as we did on p. 11 and as you did on pp. 53/54.)


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. If you haven't yet, 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-145 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.

 --By midnight Friday (2/28/14), you need to complete the first topic of the Online Grammar Assignment: capitalization, if you haven't already as well as "plurals" and "commonly confused words." This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for the 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 Friday, 2/21/14 by MIDNIGHT / See below for Monday homework.

--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 MIDNIGHT on Friday.--By midnight Friday, you also need to complete the first topic of the Online Grammar Assignment: capitalization. This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for the 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 Monday 2/24/14

--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 you need to write your stress rough draft, just do that as best you can and send it to me on time.

--Read the sample student illustration paragraphs on pages 53 and 54 and mark them up (annotate them) the way we did with the "My Messy Family" paragraph on page 11.

--The rough draft of topic #2 is due by class time on Monday via email. Read over the 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 Wednesday, the 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.


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 E145 on Wednesday. Remember that the CAPS 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 midnight Friday.

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

--Complete the Campus Resources Assignment.

Monday, class will meet in E306. 


Due Wednesday, 2/12/14

--No homework is due. The Campus Resources Assignment discussed in class on Monday is due next week on 2/17. If you weren't in class to get the assignment, make sure you ask me for it on Wednesday. Class will be in E-145.


Due Monday 2/3/14

 --Complete Journal One. The directions are on the handout distributed in class last 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.

--Read the syllabus and complete the syllabus worksheet (handout).

--Complete the Student Information sheet (handout).

--Complete the Paragraph Assessment. You aren't expected to know all the answers and won't be graded on correctness but just for doing it. If you don't know an answer, though, don't leave it blank. Either take a guess or write "I don't know" as your answer.


Due Wednesday 2/5/14

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

 --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.

--Class meets in F203.


Due Monday 2/10/14

--In class Wednesday, 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.  

--Read pages 13-19, 28-30, 39, and 43-47. Complete a "Five Things Learned" assignment explaining the five most important concepts you learned. The directions are on page 9 in your book. 

--If you didn’t finish the internet activity on p. 27 during class on Wednesday, complete it and email it to me in the next day or two.

Monday we’re in our usual classroom.