FALL 2016

RHT 095-019  / MON 7-9:45pm /  Room E146

 

Homework Assignments

     

 Due Monday, 12/5/16 

 --To prepare to write your timed essay—FINAL PART ONE—during class, review your graded in-class essay, p. 149/150 sample essay and pp. 155-160 and 162/163. You will NOT be able to use these during the test, but reviewing them in advance should be helpful. BRING A BLUE BOOK AND GET TO CLASS ON TIME!

 --Study the topics in the review sheet distributed in class (included below) to prepare for FINAL PART TWO. 

--Complete the Illustration Essay Final Draft Packet. Use the Rewriting checklist on p. 143 to mark up your ROUGH draft. Then fill in the bottom of p. 144 using the questions at the top of the page as a guide. Use complete sentences to explain what you already did well ON YOUR ROUGH DRAFT in terms of unity, support. Coherence and editing (sentence clarity), AND what you need to work on to improve those areas. Then use your notes and my emailed comments to REWRITE the draft in to final draft. Print two copies of the final draft. Use the checklist on p. 146 to put your packet together. ON THE FINAL DRAFT IN THE PACKET, be sure to highlight anything that changed from the rough draft. Put an R is any space where something was removed. The other final draft copy does not have to be highlighted or stapled into the packet. The packet will be included in the portfolio you turn in next week.

--Turn in your portfolio (see instructions on p. 221 of your book). NO LATE PORTFOLIOS ACCEPTED.  Read over the directions carefully and email me if you have any questions.

Please note that the illustration essay packet, the portfolio and the final exam are each worth 100 points, so that means next week’s assignments are worth 300 points total toward your grade (about 1/3 of your overall grade).

 This is the last actual class meeting. 

 

Monday 12/12/16 from 7-8:50pm- FINAL CONFERENCES 

--These conferences will take place during our normally scheduled final exam time, but you will already have completed the final the week before. You will know what time you need to show up at our USUAL CLASSROOM because you will have signed up for a conference during our 11/28 class. You do not need to bring anything to this meeting. At this time, I’ll let you know your timed essay score, course average, and whether or not you have met your writing requirement for RHT 096 or RHT 101 as well as your course grade. You’ll also get your portfolio back at the conference. 

 

RHT 095  

Final Exam Review Sheet

 

The lists below remind you of the concepts we’ve discussed so far this semester which you’ll be tested on. The test will consist mostly of multiple choice and true/false questions. There will be some questions that require you to make grammatical corrections to examples as well. The numbers in parentheses indicate page numbers from your book that may be useful to review.

 

To study, make sure you can…

--name the three major steps of the writing process and know the key purpose and techniques for each  -- (19)

--identify well-written topic sentences  -- (43-48)

--provide examples of transitions for each ordering system (look under “coherence” in the writing guides)  -- (34)

--identify revising changes to improve unity or support or coherence  -- (20/21)

--correct run-ons in several ways – (189)

--identify subjects and verbs in sentences  -- (181)

--find and correct fragments   -- (195)

--rewrite a sentence to make it concise – (99)

--know how to write an effective argument   -- (155-160) / (162/163)

--know the correct location for a thesis and a topic sentence  -- (114)

--know the parts of a thesis   -- (120/124)

--know descriptive techniques  -- (89)

--know the parts of a topic sentence and a supporting point sentence

--know the difference between editing and revising  -- (19-21)

--know the parts of an essay – (113/114)

--identify active verbs in a passage  -- (101/102)

 

 

Define and recognize the following:

Topic sentence                         Paragraph

Essay                                                Rough draft

Freewriting                                       Vague

Illustration paragraph                        Sentence

Clause, independent and dependent

Run-On                                     Fragment

Unity                                                Support

Coherence                                    Concise language

Active verbs                                    Anecdote

Scenario                                    Clustering

Counterargument                        Adverb/adjective

11/14 CLASS CANCELLED!!

 I am sorry, but I have to cancel tonight's (11/14) RHT 095 7pm class due to illness.

I haven't figured out how this impacts the illustration essay assignment yet in terms of revised due dates for things. I know that I'd like you to email me your key sentence outline for it, which should include the thesis with the plan of development.

Other than that, I will email any other assignment updates, if there are any, in the next couple of days.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Due Monday, 11/14/16

 

--Decide which graded illustration paragraph you’ll be rewriting into an essay. Bring all three graded illustration paragraph packets with you next week. 

 --Complete your typed key sentence outline for the Illustration Essay (rewrite).  If it was well-written, use the outline from your illustration paragraph and just add the plan of development to the thesis. If the supporting points in your paragraph were too narrow to develop enough support for an essay, then broaden your overall topic or main point and use your original paragraph as ONE supporting paragraph for your rewrite. Then you’ll have to come up with two more supporting points for the essay.

 --Complete three full sides of freewriting, one side for each supporting point. Remember this is FREEWRITING, not a rough draft. DO NOT WORRY about correctness; just keep writing. Don’t think too hard, but try to generate stories you can use as examples in your essay. 

 

--Read p. 113, 120-124 and p. 131. Complete a Five Things Learned assignment (directions p. 13) about what you learned about writing an illustration essay.

 

  --By MIDNIGHT, complete the MWL Pronoun Reference (W2.7) topic within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills  Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:  

  o   Read the Overview or view the Animation   

  o   Complete the Recall 1 activity  

  o   Complete the Apply activity   

  o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries.

 

 

Due Monday, 11/7/16

  --By MIDNIGHT, complete the MWL Subject-Verb Agreement (W2.4) topic within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills  Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:  

  o   Read the Overview or view the Animation   

  o   Complete the Recall 1 activity  

  o   Complete the Apply activity   

  o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries.

 

--The final draft packet of the Descriptive Paragraph is due. See below for details: 

REWRITING / DESCRIPTIVE FINAL DRAFT PACKET

1)     Read over any comments on your rough draft from class on 10/31. Make sure you understand them. Email me for clarification if you don’t understand. Make the changes I recommended unless you have discussed not doing so with me directly.

2)    Complete a rewriting plan (p. 109) and rewriting notes on your draft. Make the changes you think are necessary to strengthen the dominant impression and provide clarity for the reader. Follow the checklist on p. 110 to help you identify where or what you need to ADD or REWORD to strengthen the descriptive detail. Remember to compare this final draft on p. 110 to the rough draft on p. 103 for examples of how to revise this type of paragraph.

3)    Remember to work on REWORDING as you REVISE to combine sentences, use simple present tense active verbs (NOT is, are, have, has looks, makes, seems, appears) and concrete, sensory details. Also, be concise. For example, place adjectives BEFORE the nouns they describe. Refer to pp. 98, 101, 102.

4)    It may help to review the comments on your illustration final drafts to avoid similar errors/issues. 

5)    Review the grading sheet on p. 111 to double check that you have fulfilled the expectations of the assignment.

6)    Rewrite the draft, save it with a file name different from that of the rough draft, and print out two copies of this final draft. 

7)    On one copy of the final draft, highlight the key elements as from p. 110.

8)    Also, on the FINAL DRAFT, highlight anything that changed from the rough draft. If you removed something, put a capital R where it was removed. 

9)    Use the checklist on p. 112 to put your final draft packet together to turn in Monday, 11/7/16. Your packet MUST include a rough draft AND a rewritten final draft. If you turn it in without both of these, it will be returned to you, you’ll be required to resubmit it correctly by the next class meeting, and your grade will be reduced by 20%. If you don't turn the packet in on time Monday, you can still turn it until Friday, starting one grade (10%) lower. After Friday (11/11/16), any packet not submitted will receive a grade of 0.

10)  Be sure to fill in the checklist and include it in your packet.   

 

RHT 095-019 Homework for 10/31/16

--Complete the MWL Describing topic (W6.1) in the Paragraph Development Module:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

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--Complete the Descriptive Clustering as on p. 93 in your book (and review the sample clustering distributed in class).

--The typed key sentence outline and rough draft of your descriptive paragraph is due (assignment sheet p. 105). Just as with your illustration paragraphs, you will be using a three-part structure for this assignment. So once you complete your clustering (assignment sheet p. 93), review it to decide what your three supporting points will be. PLEASE NOTE on the clustering assignment sheet there are suggestions for supporting point groupings. You will use your clustering about the house to write a key sentence outline for this paragraph as well as the rough draft. Look at the Writing Guide on pp. 95-97 and the sample draft on p. 90. Remember that overall, you are trying to create a dominant impression of this house in the reader’s mind. The options for that dominant impression are assigned on the clustering handout. If you want to use a different adjective for your house, you need to get my approval via email first. Just as before, the draft should be at least 14 sentences. Bring a hard copy of the draft, outline and clustering. Also bring the flash drive with the rough draft on it.

--Complete the Illustration Paragraph Reflection Assignment on p. 85. Read over your graded illustration paragraphs with comments. Using the comments on both rough and final draft, consider the strengths of your papers and those parts that needed work. Complete the top part of the worksheet. This should be written in complete sentences. I would expect it to be at least six sentences long. Then review your editing errors. Note two errors you made repeatedly. Consider them in order of importance, starting with run-ons and fragments as most, then SV or VT, and WW, MW, PL, PRO as the least. Choose two of the most serious types of errors you made. Explain what the error is, how you will try and find it next time and how you will fix it (for each of the two). Include an example of a sentence with each error from your draft and a corrected version. Look at the sample reflection assignment on pp. 83/84, but do not use any exact wording from it. Just look it over to get the basic idea.

 

Due 10/17/16

--Study for the Midterm Quiz (worth 50 points). Use the review sheet distributed in class on 10/10.

--You will also be writing a practice argument essay in class on 10/17. To prepare for that, you might want to review pp. 149-150 and 155-163.

--Complete the MWL Consistent Verb Tense topic (W2.5) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

RHT 095   

 Midterm Exam Review Sheet 

   

 The lists below remind you of the concepts we’ve discussed so far this semester, which you’ll be tested on. The test will consist mostly of multiple choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blanks, identifying good versus bad topic sentences, evaluating and creating key sentence outlines. The numbers in parentheses indicate page numbers from your book that may be useful to review. 

   

 To study, make sure you can: 

 --Identify the prewriting techniques (p. 15)  

 --name the three major steps of the writing process and know the key purpose and techniques for each (p. 19) 

 --identify well-written topic sentences   (pp. 43-48) 

 --identify revising changes to improve unity or support or coherence (p. 20-21) 

 --know the correct location (for this class) for a topic sentence (p. 43) 

 --know the parts of a topic sentence and a supporting point sentence (p. 57) 

 --know the difference between editing and revising   (p. 19) 

 --know the purpose of unity, support, coherence (pp. 28/30) 

   

 Define these terms: 

 Topic sentence  

 Paragraph 

 Rough draft 

 Freewriting    

 Vague  

 Illustration paragraph 

 Sentence  

 Clause, independent and dependent  

 Unity 

 Support 

 Coherence 

   

 You need to review the following handouts or exercises: 

   

 Key sentence outline writing – p. 58

 Key Sentence Outline evaluations – p. 60

 Topic sentences – pp. 46 & 48

 Caps and plural editing  - pp. 197/198

 Run-on and fragment editing pp. 202-205

 


RHT 095-019 Homework

Due 10/10/16

 

--The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due.

This will include the completion of a Rewriting Plan (p. 71), for the third draft which I did not comment on via email. If you sent me a draft late or not at all and so have no comments, you are expected to complete a Rewriting Plan for that (p. 73 or p. 75).

Use my rewriting comments for any drafts on which those were received. Refer to pp. 63/64 doe step-by-step directions on rewriting. For the draft without my comments, use your rewriting plan to help you determine what to revise or edit.

Once you complete a final draft, print it out. Be sure to use the correct format: 12 point font, one inch margins, and double spacing. On the rewritten final draft, highlight any changes made since the rough draft. If you removed something, place an “R” in that spot to indicate something had previously been there.

Be sure to fill in the final draft packet checklist (p. 77 – completed sample p. 76) 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.

Any packets not turned in next week during class will be considered late. They must be turned in by 11am on Friday 10/14/16 (hard copy only) to receive credit. After that, the grade will be a zero. The grade for papers turned in after 10/10 will be reduced by 10% or one letter grade. You can put them under my office door (E102D) or in my mailbox in the English Department Office.

--Complete the MWL Fragment topic (W2.2) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

 

 

 

Due 10/3/16

--Complete the run-on exercise on p. 189 in your book.

--Read pp. 191-194 on finding and fixing fragments. Then complete the exercise on p. 195. Note that TEN of these are fragments. You are supposed to fix the fragments by adding words or entire clauses. For the seven sentences, you should label the subject and verb in each.

--Complete the MWL W2.3 Run-on topic within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

--Complete the transition activity on p. 35.

 

--Complete a rewriting plan (p. 71) for your third illustration paragraph rough draft. Bring the plan and the marked up draft to class next week. For guidance, review the sample rewriting plan on p. 69.

 

--You can start rewriting the two rough drafts you received my comments on if you choose to. That way, if you run into problems or have questions for me, you can ask me next week. However, THE REWRITTEN ILLUSTRATION PARAGRAPH ROUGH DRAFTS ARE NOT DUE UNTIL 10/10, WHEN YOU TURN IN YOUR FINAL DRAFT PACKETS.

 

 Due  9/26/16 

--Complete the MWL Sentence Skills topic (W2.1) within the Sentence Skills module in the Writing Skills

Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a module you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries

 

--Read over any rewriting notes you took in class on your outlines. Rewrite the outlines and highlight anything that changed from the original version. Print out the new version and staple it to the original.

 

Use these rewritten sentences as the key sentences for each of your illustration paragraphs. Follow the detailed instructions on composing the rough draft in your book on pp. 62/63. Stop reading when you get to the REWRITING heading. You will not rewrite these until next week, once you receive comments from me or create a rewriting plan for yourself.

 

Please send me the stress rough draft and one of the other two rough drafts as attached Word documents BY MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY. I will comment on these and email them back to you. However, you do not need to rewrite them yet. Print these out, read my comments, and note where you have questions. Use the comments on these two to help you as you draft the third one. That one should just be printed out and brought to class with you next week.

 

--Read the sample illustration paragraphs on pp. 67/68, and label them as we labeled the sample on p. 16 in your book.

 

Due Monday, 9/19/16

--Email the three illustration paragraph topic sentences to me no later than midnight Tuesday. See p. 49 for detailed instructions. I will send them back with my comments by Thursday at the latest. You’ll rewrite the topic sentences following my suggestions as you compose your key sentence outlines (see next bullet point). You do not need to email the rewritten versions back to me. I’ll see them next week. If you want to, however, just clarify that you are sending me a rewrite. Print the email with your topic sentences and my comments.

----Read pp. 51-57 in your book. Using what you learn in these pages, write a key sentence outline for each of your illustration paragraphs. Look at pp. 57 and the top of p. 58 for examples.

Remember that each outline will just be four sentences: your topic sentence (rewritten if I made suggestions in my emailed feedback) and three supporting point sentences. Your clustering can help you come up with the three supporting points. Remember that these must be distinct points (not repetitive), points of equal value (not “First my boss makes my job stressful” and “Secondly, it’s stressful when my boss yells at me for not wearing my nametag.” In this case, the second one is more specific than the first and is an example that should be in part one rather than its own supporting point.), and expressed as grammatically correct sentences.

You can type the three four-sentence outlines in one document. Bring a printout of this with you to class next week. Staple the email with my rewriting comments to the key sentence outlines.

--Complete the practice key sentence outlines on p. 58.

--Complete the MWL Writing Skills Path Builder. Also complete the Parts of Speech, Phrases, Clauses (W1.1) topic within the Basic Grammar module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. To receive full credit (15 points each) for a topic you must complete the following:

o   Read the Overview or view the Animation

o   Complete the Recall 1 activity

o   Complete the Apply activity with a score of 60% or higher in two tries

o   Complete the Post-test with a score of 70% or higher in 2 tries **

 

Detailed MWL instructions are on pp. 31-33 in your book,


 

No class next week – 9/5 – Labor Day Holiday!

 

Due 9/12/16

 

--Complete the three illustration paragraph clusterings, using narrower versions of your journal topics (ex. ONE stressful thing in your life, ONE positive influence). Remember to follow the directions on p. 39 and review the sample on p. 40. Be sure that the outer circle details are specific. You should not write a clustering so vague that I could come up with the same one! Number each circle when finished and write the total number of circles at the top of the page. 

 

  --Watch the following video and write down three differences between the video explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 19 in your book. To explain a difference, you must include BOTH sides of the contrast. You can't just say "On page 19, it says XXXXX about prewriting." That doesn't explain the difference. Instead, you need to say "On page 19, it says XXXXX about prewriting, whereas in the video, it states XXXXXX."   

 

    http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=12512   

 

 --Read the illustration paragraph sample on p. 16 in your book and complete the questions about it on p.17. This is an assessment. Just do your best. Do not leave any blanks. 

 

 --Read pages 19-30 in your book. Complete a “5 Things Learned” assignment (see p. 13 for detailed directions).  

 

 

RHT 095-019

 

Homework Assignments

Due 8/29/16

 --Purchase the materials required for class. The corrected RHT 095 book is expected to be in the bookstore by 8/26. I suggest you call first. I will try and remember to send an email when I know that it is available. However, none of next week’s homework requires you to have the book, so don’t worry about it for next week. You should have the other items listed on p. 11 in the handout packet though, including a current Triton ID (no cost at the Welcome Desk in the B building--bring two forms of ID and your course schedule). 

 --Read your syllabus and complete the syllabus worksheet in your handout (pages 5/6).

--Complete the Campus Resources Assignment (handout p. 11).

--Complete the Student Information sheet (handout pages 3 and 4).

--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. 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. If you have any questions, jot those down too.

 --Complete Journal One (p. 37), which consists of three sides of freewriting TOTAL—one side for each topic you use from p. 37. Remember to look at the sample on p. 38. This is NOT an organized piece of writing. Just keep writing ideas as they come to you and don’t worry about spelling, grammar or organization. Try not to reread, cross out or erase. Look at the top of p. 37 for more detailed instructions.