RHT 095-005  / MON 7-9:45pm /  Room E143

Homework Assignments



  Due 4/3/17 

--By MIDNIGHT, 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 


--Complete the Illustration Reflection Assignment on p. 85 in your book. A completed sample is provided on pp. 83/84 in the book. Basically, what you’ll do for this assignment is use your own writing to improve your writing moving forward. You’ll review my comments on your graded illustration final draft packets and summarize what strengths you should be sure capitalize on and which areas of your writing need improvement. You will also specifically review the editing marks on the rough and final drafts and analyze how you’ll find and fix such errors in the future.


--Complete the Descriptive Clustering assignment (p. 93). Remember that this is just about the OUTSIDE of a house, real or imagined. You MUST use one of the dominant impression words in the bulleted list on p. 93 as the focus of your descriptive clustering. As far as supporting points, I suggest you use one of the three-part structures I offer on p. 93. As you brainstorm, come up with as much sensory detail as possible, with each new detail, each new adjective even, in its own circle. This clustering needs to have at least 40 circles. You need to number each circle and put the total number on the clustering. It should help you to refer to the clustering sample passed out in class on Friday.


--Complete a key-sentence outline (the outline can be handwritten) and rough draft for your descriptive paragraph about the house—using your descriptive clustering to help you. Bring hard copies of the outline and draft (which should be AT LEAST 14 sentences long). Be sure you also have digital versions of these with you (on a flash drive or accessible via email).


It might help to 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 with vivid sensory details, but you are still using a three-part structure as you did with your illustration paragraphs.




No homework due 3/27/17. Enjoy your break! Re-energize for the second half of the semester.

RHT 095-005 Homework

Due 3/13/17

--Study for the Midterm Exam (worth 50 points). Use the review sheet on the reverse side.


--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 read 155-158 and 162-163.


--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 for 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 Thursday 3/16/17 (hard copy only) to receive credit. After that, the grade will be a zero. The grade for papers turned in after 3/13 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.


 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  


 Rough draft 



 Illustration paragraph 


 Clause, independent and dependent  





 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 095-005 Homework for 3/6/17


--Read pp. 191-194 in your book and complete the fragment exercise on p. 195.


--Read over p. 27 in your book about commonly confused words, and complete the editing practice on p. 199.


--Complete the Rewriting Activity on p. 65. It may help to review pp. 20-27.


--On the hard copy of the illustration draft you did NOT email me, complete the following: Label the parts of the key sentences (see p. 57), box any transitions, label the detailed examples and label the tie-in sentences. If you’d rather, you can color code some of this and provide me with a key. You can follow the example of the color-coded, annotated draft we reviewed in class on 2/27 (available via email). If you are finding it difficult to label these parts because they are not obvious, that may be a sign that some REVISING is needed to improve the draft’s UNITY, SUPPORT and COHERENCE. You don’t need to do the revising yet, but make notes of any changes you notice that you may need to make.


--BY MIDNIGHT NEXT MONDAY: Complete the MWL W2.2 Fragment 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





RHT 095-005 Homework for 2/27/17 - REVISED

--Redo the run-on exercise on p. 189 in your book if you did not do it correctly.

--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

--Compose the rough draft for your stress illustration paragraph and the rough draft for one of your other illustration topics. I suggest you make the second draft whichever topic you are less sure about because I will be giving you comments on this one. These two drafts that will receive my comments should be emailed to me by class time next week. They should be sent as attached Word documents AND copied into the message of your email. The rough draft for the third topic is also due next week, but you should just print that one out and bring it to class.

Remember to review the step-by-step instructions on pp. 62/63. It’s VERY IMPORTANT to review these pages before or as you work. Also be sure to use correct formatting: indent the first line (hit the tab key), double-space, use 12 point font and 1 inch margins. Refer back to the Computer Use handout for detailed instructions on using Word. Each paragraph should be at least 14 sentences long. Don’t forget to USE YOUR REWRITTEN KEY SENTENCES IN YOUR ROUGH DRAFTS!! Reviewing the diagram on p. 55 might help too as a reminder of what goes into the rough draft in what order.

Just as a heads-up, the final draft packets for these (which will include rewritten final drafts) will all be due on 3/13. You will also have a midterm that night. I will give you more details on this as the date approaches.


 RHT 095-005 Homework for 2/20/17

--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:

Read the Overview or view the Animation

Complete the Recall 1 activity

Complete the Apply activity

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

If you did not complete Topic W1.1 about Parts of Speech, you should do that one as well.

--If I did not discuss your outlines with you during class, email them to me. I will respond via email with comments as I did with your topic sentences. Read over my comments to rewrite the key sentence outlines. 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. Detailed directions for completing this rewrite assignment are on p. 61 in your book.

--Read pp. 183-187 about run-ons and complete the exercise on p. 189.

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

--Complete the exercise on transitions on p. 35.


Due Monday, 2/13/17

--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.


Due 2/6/17


--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."   




 --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).  

 Due 1/30/17

Complete the Student Information Sheet (pp. 7/8 book or handout packet).

Complete the “Getting to Know Your Syllabus” sheet (pp. 9/10 book or handout packet). Be sure to read over the syllabus as part of this assignment.

NOTE: Both of these are included in the packet passed out in class on 1/23. If you already bought the book, you can find them in there as well.

Class materials and the Campus Resources Assignment. Before class, check off all of the materials YOU HAVE WITH YOU on the p. 11 checklist. Bring all materials as well as your stapled, initialed campus resources sheets to class.

You can buy your book (RHT 095 Writing and Reference – 2016 ed.) at either the Triton Bookstore or Fifth Avenue books. It cannot be bought online. It does NOT look like a regular textbook; it is a plastic wrapped packet of handouts on three-hole paper. If anyone tries to sell you a regular textbook, do not buy it. It’s the wrong thing. Your MWL access code (which is just packaged in a folded piece of cardboard) can be bought at either bookstore or online. You do NOT need to do anything with this access code yet, other than bring it to class next week. I highly recommend you do not even open the cardboard until class next week. If you have purchased the wrong access code, you will NOT be able to return it if you opened it already. Remember that if you are using financial aid for your books, you need to buy them at the Triton Bookstore.

Complete Journal One (p. 37), which consists of three FULL SIDES of freewriting--ONE side for each of the three topics you are using from p. 37. Everyone has to use topic #1 (something that stresses you out) as one of the three topics. Remember to make this about your own experience rather than a general piece of writing about all people. It's about YOU. You can either dive deeply into one idea in your freewrite or explore several. For example, your freewrite can be one whole side just about how stressful it is to be in college, or it can cover your stress at school, home, work--follow your mind wherever it goes. As we discussed in class, other prewriting techniques like listing (good to do before you freewrite) or questioning (jot "who, what, where, when, why, how" in the white space at the top of your page), can help. If you get stuck, a glance at those question words may help you KEEP WRITING. It's best to write as much as possible in one sitting. The longer you freewrite in one stretch, the more likely you'll get past the general, predictable ideas to ones that are more unique to you. Refer back to the reminders on how to do this assignment on p. 37 and the sample on p. 38. 

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.