RHT 095-004 - Meets M 7-9:45pm Room E205
--Study the review sheet we went over in class on 12/2 as well as your midterm and editing quizzes to prepare for the objective part of your final.
--Buy a blue book and review pp. 128-130 in your book about timed writing. Also, review the sample essay on p. 133 to prepare for the in-class writing portion of your final.
--The portfolio (p. 173) is due. Remember that I have your paragraph to essay rewrite and one of your illustration paragraph packets. You need to rewrite your argument essay and include that in the portfolio as well as the reflection essay (see directions p. 173).
Next week is the last regular class meeting. THe following week, on 12/16, you will meet me for a short conference to discuss your grade. You'll sign up for a conference time next week. Also, next week I'll ask you to turn in p. 175, the assessment of the class. Do not put your name on this. It's up to you if you want to do it in advance or complete it during class next week.
--Complete the final draft packet for your illustration essay rewrite. Be sure to do the Rewriting Checklist and Plan on pp. 121/122. Also be sure to print out the draft with my comments and address the revising and editing issues I raised (as well as those from your rewriting plan) as you rewrite. Finally, remember to use the checklist/grade sheet to be sure you've included all packet pieces.
THIS CANNOT BE TURNED IN LATE FOR A GRADE!!! AFTER NEXT WEEK, THE GRADE WILL BE A ZERO.
--Read pp. 137-148. Answer the questions on p. 138 about the essay on p. 137. Also, fill in the chart on p. 145 using the issue you wrote about in class on Monday, the 25th.
If you weren't in class, the three issues to choose from are:
1) Does a casino in a town benefit the area or do harm?
2) Are six-year high schools (hybrid of high school and college) a good idea?
3) Is it a good idea or not to no longer teach kids cursive handwriting in school?
-- Choose one of your illustration paragraphs to rewrite as an illustration essay. THen complete three sides of freewriting, one side for each supporting point you used in the paragraph. If you have to broaden the topic or points in order to have enough support for an essay, that's okay, but I suggest you email the thesis to me in that case before you write the rough draft. In fact, if I didn't review your thesis in class Monday night, you should email it to me.
--Write a rough draft (at least 1.5 pages - the final draft has to be at least two full pages) and email it to me by Sunday midnight. Remember to use stories--anecdotes or scenarios--to support your point. Don't forget to review the writing guide and sample paragraph to essay in your book. Also, do your best to compose an introduction that ends with the thesis with a plan and a concluding paragraph. Remember that these should be shorter than the supporting paragraphs.
--Complete the Introduction Avtivity on pp. 111/112.
--Complete the final draft packet for your descriptive paragraph. Use the checklist on p. 99 as a guide to what to include in the packet. Remember to complete p. 95 rewriting plan, p. 97 labeling of key elements on the final draft, and include the grading sheet (p. 101) as well as all of the other required pieces. If you are using my emailed comments for rewriting, you should have them by Friday. If not, email me to find out what's going on.
--Read pp. 103-119 and complete a "5 Things Learned" assignment.
--Read over my comments on your graded illustration paragraphs, and complete the Reflection assignment on p. 75. Remember to look at the sample on pp. 73/74 as a guide, but do not directly quote from the sample.
--Moving forward, you will be working with ONLY ONE of the topics from your descriptive journal. Using that topic, create a 45-circle clustering (see p. 81 for directions, although yours is 45 circles, not 40).
--Use that clustering to help you figure out three supporting points for the paragraph. Type up your topic sentence and three supporting point sentences (key sentence outline). Email it to me by noon on Thursday. I'll look it over and respond via email.
--As you compose the 12-14 sentence descriptive paragraph rough draft, make any edits or revisions to those key sentences that I suggested in my response to you. Remember to look at pp. 82/84 for the Descriptive Paragraph Writing Guide as well as the sample descriptive paragraph for reminders of how to do this.
--Next week, you'll bring a hard copy of your rough draft and key sentence outline. Also bring your clustering and bring back your journal for a number grade. Have the flash drive with the draft and outline on it with you too.
--Complete the descriptive writing journal assignment you started in class on 10/28 with your in-class invisible freewrite.Remember that 1/2 side of a sheet typed, double spaced equals one full side handwritten. It's up to you which way you choose to complete the assignment as long as it total 3 sides, one for each of three of the topics on p. 80. Remember the in-class work can count toward this.
--Read pp. 77, 82-84, 87, 91-94. Then explain what you learned or reviewed in a "Five Things Learned" assignment. If you don't remember how to do this, refer to the directions on p. 9 in your book. Remember to include page references for each 3-5 sentence entry and to highlight the concept you're explaining in each entry.
--Complete the Exercise Central assignment started in class. You must complete 3 run-on exercises with a score of at least 80% on the first attempt and 3 fragment exercises with a score of at least 80% on the first attempt. That means you do not redo exercises. If you score below 80%, choose another exercise from the run-on or fragment list and try to score higher. It helps to read the tips when provided and to review the explanations for your wrong answers.
If you do six exercises and still can't score 80% on one of them, email me if you want to set up a time to meet to review the exercise or to review run-ons or fragments. Be sure to click "email report" after each quiz just in case your exercises aren't automatically showing up in my gradebook. I'll be able to let you know next week whether or not I am receiving them.
--Bring your graded midterm back for us to review.
--No new homework due. Enjoy the lull while it lasts!
Per our conversation in class last week, this is the Sunday night update. Class will take place on 10/21, and you will take the midterm. You will be allowed to leave after you finish it.
--If you didn't turn your final draft packets in, do so on 10/21 if you want any credit.
--Study for your midterm. Review pp. 11-19. Know how to write a key sentence outline (p. 49) and label it. Know why you are boxing, underlining and numbering – know what you’re identifying. Review pp. 28/29. Review topic sentences, especially p. 42. Review your three editing practices, especially #3 on run-ons and fragments.
--A final draft packet (checklist p. 67) is due for each of your three illustration paragraphs.
--Read pp. 153-163 and complete the exercises on p. 157 and p. 163.
--Email me the stress paragraph rough draft by noon Thursday. Check your email for my comments by Saturday. You do not need to rewrite yet. Read the comments and email me any questions or be prepared to ask on Monday. Consider the comments I made on your first rough draft as you compose the second one. Send me that one by midnight Sunday. Send me the third one by class time on Monday. Bring annotated (as we did in class with the samples) hard copies of all three to class next week.
--Complete p. 55 in your book.
REMEMBER, if I didn't see your outlines, send them to me with the first rough draft. If you didn't show me your rewritten version with the changes highlighted (stapled to the printout with my comments), be sure to do so next week if you want the points for the assignment..
--By midnight Wednesday (9/25) email me a key sentence outline for each of your three illustration paragraph topics (sample on p. 47 / same thing you did in class on p. 49 but with p. 34 topics). Using my comments on your topic sentences, rewrite them as you compose your outlines. By Friday I will hopefully have sent the outlines back to you with comments. Print out this rough version of the outlines with my comments. Use the feedback to rewrite your outlines. Check off each comment or edit mark on the rough version as you address it in your rewriting. Either as you work on the computer or after you print out a hard copy of the rewritten outlines, highlight the changes you made from the rough version. Staple the rough commented-on topic sentence sheet and the rough commented-on outline printout to the rewritten, highlighted outline. Bring this stapled set of papers with you to class next week. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THE REWRITTEN OUTLINES TO ME. If you have questions about my feedback, email me at email@example.com or call ext. 3954. If for any reason we don't connect, still do your best to rewrite the outlines for next time.
--Read the sample illustration paragraphs on pp. 53/54. Annotate them as we did the page 11 sample paragraph.
--Complete the activity on p. 51.
--Be ready for an editing quiz on commonly confused words or wrong words (ww).
--Read pp. 39-47 in your book and complete a "5 Things Learned" assignment (p. 9 for directions). Remember to take into consideration the comments on the first one you did. Be sure to have 3-5 sentences per entry, use complete sentences, explain rather than just name concepts and reread for editing errors and confusing wording.
--Redo the first "5 Things" that was passed back on the 16th. If you completely rewrite it, attach the new version to the original. Or you can make your corrections and revisions right on the original but highlight the changes and additions.
--Complete the topic sentence exercises on pp. 41 and 42.
--Compose a topic sentence for each of the journal/clustering topics you've chosen. It's best to make it more narrow than broad if you are planning on writing these as paragraph assignments. So for example, do not write about three influential people in your life but choose just one. Let's say you choose your mom. Maybe most of your clustering was about her positive influence on your own parenting. If you think you can get a paragraph out of that more narrow part of her influence on you, then narrow it down. A more narrow topic (but not so narrow as a fact) will force you to be more detailed in your examples and probably lead to a more effective final paragraph. Put these three topic sentences into one Word document and email it to me as an attachment by midnight Saturday.
--Complete a 25-circle clustering for each of your three journal topics. Be sure to narrow down the stressful thing, positive influence or proud moment to only ONE for the clustering. Put each clustering on its own side, number the circle when you're done and put the total on the sheet. Consult pp. 36/37 for detailed instructions and a sample.
--Complete the paragraph structure activity on pp. 11/12 in your book. Be sure to make your best guess or explain in a sentence why you can't answer if you can't. If you just leave an answer blank, points will be deducted.
--If you did not complete the internet activity (p. 27) you were working on in class, be sure to do so. Bring the printout next week if you didn't turn it in yet. Also be sure to email the document to me as an attached file if you did not do so during class.
--Be ready for an editing quiz on plurals and capitalization. Be familiar with how to mark those editing erros as well as with how to fix them.
--If you didn't show me your materials yet, bring them ALL next week to get the points.
Remember if you have any questions during the week, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3954.
--Complete the Student Information Sheet.
--Read the Syllabus and complete the Syllabus Worksheet.
--Buy your supplies and book and bring your current Triton ID.
-- Complete a "5 Things Learned" assignment (p. 9 for directions) for pp. 13-30 in your book.
--Complete Journal One on p. 34.