RHT 095-006 - Meets M 7-9:45pm Room E146

As of 5/12, regular class meetings are over. REMEMBER to come on 5/19 to either my office E102D or our usual room (E-146) 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

--Study the review sheet distributed in class on 5/5 to prepare for the objective part of the final. This will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions and a couple of editing exercises.
--Complete your portfolio (100 points). The directions are on p. 173. You can ignore the bullet point for the illustration reflection assignment because you didn't do that. You also will just turn in the 5-sentence descriptive assignment in place of the descriptive paragraph listed in the bullet points.You will earn 50 points for just putting the pieces listed into a folder.
The second part of the portfolio requires you to write an essay in which you reflect on your writing from this semester. We discussed this in class. Read over the details on p. 173 and email me if you have any questions. NO LATE PORTFOLIOS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR A GRADE.
--If you have a copy of a two-year academic plan you completed with a counselor, you can still turn it in next week for 25 points extra credit.
Next week will be our last meeting together as a class. On 5/19, we will meet individually for conferences, so you can find out your grade right away. You'll sign up for these conferences next week.

Due Monday, 5/5/14

--Be sure to bring a blue exam book (to be purchased at the Triton Bookstore for 50 cents).
--You will be completing PART ONE of your final by writing a "taking a position" essay in class in 50 minutes. You will find out the topics you have to choose from next week. To prepare, read over pp. 128-130 and pp. 139-144 in your book. I also suggest you review the sample 4 essay on pp. 133-134. We labeled the key parts of this in class, so you can review the format this writer used to score a 4.
--I also distributed two topic sheets. Choose one of these topics and set a timer for 50 minutes. Then sit down at the computer and write a four or five-paragraph "taking-a-position" essay in 50 minutes as practice. Send it to me via email to find out how I would have scored it if it were your final and to get feedback from me.
--Read the essay on p. 137 and answer the questions about it on p. 138.
--If you didn't turn in your Illustration Essay final draft packet on 4/28, you must do so at the beginning of class on 5/5.

Due Friday, 4/25/14

--By Friday, you need to email me the rough draft of your illustration essay. Remember to look at the sample on pp. 117-119, the writing guide on pp. 106-109, and your own freewriting for personal examples for support. Also try to generate some anecdotes, or stories with a beginning, middle and end, to support your points. If you email me by Friday, you'll get comments back at some point on Saturday. Then you need to rewrite the essay into a final draft by next Monday's class. If you want comments sooner, email sooner with a reminder that you need comments back as soon as possible.

Due Monday, 4/28/14

In class next week, you will have your flashdrive with all versions of this paper as well as all of the pieces you'll need for the packet: the freewriting, the original paragraph final draft (I have many of yours still in my possession but will bring them next week), the rewriting checklist and plan (pp. 121 and 122), the printed rough draft with your labeling (from p. 121) and the rough draft with my comments. You'll also have a printout of your final draft with the changes from the rough draft highlighted. Print out an extra copy of the final draft in case we have time for a pair edit. You can put all the pieces together next week. However, you must turn this in before you leave next week in order for it to be considered on time. The last time it can be turned in after that is 5/5, but then points will be deducted for lateness.

--The other thing you have to do (mentioned briefly above) is to complete p. 121 and 122 for your rough draft. So you'll have my rewriting feedback and your own notes and plan to work with. Remember that the plan (p. 122) should  EXPLAIN what you did well that allows you not to revise and what needs work. Do not just fill in "yes, no, no, yes." Use full sentences, 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.



Due Monday 4/21/14

--Using the descriptive writing passage you completed in class on Monday, write five descriptive sentences about a relaxing place. Remember, this doesn't have to be a paragraph; it can be five numbered sentences. You can type or handwrite these. Remember to use the techniques on p. 77 to make the sentences paint vivid images. Also, remember to NOT use "there is" or "there are." REWORD to make the thing you're describing the subject and make it DO something by using an active verb rather than any form of "to be" or "to have." If you weren't in class, just do a 1/2 page freewrite describing a relaxing place to use as the basis for these rewritten sentences. You do not have to be describing an actual place. It's fine to use your imagination.

--The next major writing assignment (see p. 105) will be to rewrite one of your illustration paragraphs into an illustration essay. For next week, you need to decide which paragraph you'll rewrite. I suggest you choose the illustration paragraph topic that you think you can generate the most support for. Then complete three sides of freewriting, one for each supporting point you used in the final draft paragraph. Remember that you shouldn't worry about spelling, grammar, coherence or unity when you freewrite. To help you generate ideas for support as you freewrite, it might help to put the question words in the margin. Also, as you freewrite, try and think of stories that will illustrate your point. Think of specific incidents from specific times in your past that relate to the supporting point and tell those stories in your freewrites.


 Due Monday 4/14

--Read pp. 165-168 and complete p. 169.

--Complete the activities on pp. 31.

--The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs were due by the end of class on 4/7. If you did not turn all or any of them in that night, you need to do so next week in order to receive any credit for these major writing assignments. Your grade for a late final draft packet will be lowered by 10% or a letter grade. After next Monday at the beginning of class, these cannot be turned in for credit.

Remember, 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.


Due Monday, 4/7/14
--Read over pp. 159-162, and complete the exercise on p. 163. The directions tell you not to use period and capital letter as a way to fix the run-ons. I'm adding to that that you should not just use a semi-colon by itself either. Be more creative with your fixes. If you use a semi-colon, try and include one of the longer transitions. Also remember to refer back to the methods on pp. 160-162 for how to correct run-ons. 

--Rewrite all three of your illustration rough drafts. Remember to revise and edit. The rewritten versions will be considered your final drafts.

For the stress draft, you have my comments to use to guide your rewriting. For the next draft, you should have written rewriting notes on the draft based on our conference in class on Monday. For the third draft, use the Rewriting Plan on p. 61 to guide your revising and editing. Follow the instructions for each checklist number. Also, write notes about what you'll revise on the blank lines. Even if you don't think you need to revise a section, explain why not. If you did not send the stress draft in time to receive comments, or you were not in class to review your second draft with me, you should use the additional Rewriting Plans that are in your book to figure out on your own how to rewrite your paragraphs.


 It's best to save each rewritten draft with a different file name than the rough draft. That way, you still have the original rough version as well as the final version on your flash drive. Either as you rewrite on the computer or after by hand, you need to highlight on the final draft whatever is different than it was on the rough draft. 

In class on 4/7, you will put together the final draft packets for these three assignments. To do this, you need to bring all of the writing process pieces with you to class: the freewriting journal, the clusterings, the outlines with my comments as well as rewritten versions, the typed rough drafts with rewriting comments, notes or plans, and the typed final drafts. Please note that rough and final drafts must be typed, and the final draft must be a REWRITTEN version of the rough draft in order to receive a grade on the packet. Also be sure to have the flash drive with your drafts on it with you. And be sure to have your book. 



Due Monday, 3/31/14

--By class time Monday (3/31), you need to email me the rough draft paragraph for one of your other topics.

--Read the sample paragraphs on pp. 53/54 in your book. Label the parts of the paragraphs, including the parts of the key sentences, as we did for the paragraph on p. 11. If you think anything is incorrectly done, make a note of it.



The first major writing assignment is a three-part assignment. You are writing three separate paragraphs using the writing process, from freewriting through final draft. When these are turned in later on, you will turn in all the pieces that led up to the final draft with the final draft, so be sure to keep all the returned or graded work. 


In class Monday (3/10), we discussed the writing process (p. 14) and the Four Elements of Effective Writing (pp. 28-29). We also reviewed topic sentences on pp. 39-41. If you missed class, you should carefully review these pages. 


Due 3/24/14

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

Have a nice break!


By midnight Sunday (3/30/14), you need to complete the next two topics of the Online Grammar Assignment:"pronoun agreement" and "pronoun refrence/case." This means you need to have completed 3 exercises for the topic at 80% or higher. 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, 3//14


--Complete the Paragraph Assessment on pp. 11/12. 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.

--Read pages 13-19, 28-30, 39 and 43-47 in your book. Complete a "Five Things Learned" assignment (directions on page 9).


Due Monday, 3/3/14

--Read the syllabus and complete the "Getting to Know Your Syllabus" handout (both sides).


--Complete the Student Information handout (both sides).


--Complete the Journal One assignment. Look at the handout or p. 34 of your book to review the instructions.


--Complete topic one (capitalization) of the online grammar assignment by MIDNIGHT SUNDAY (3/2).


--Buy your book and materials for class and bring them with you next week for credit (p. 7 in your book).


We will begin class in E320, but feel free to check the door of E-146 in case that changes. I will post a sign directing you to the classroom.