RHT 095-006 - Meets M 7-9:45pm Room E143
the three illustration paragraph topic sentences to me BY NOON WEDNESDAY, 2/10
(see attached sheet for detailed assignment instructions). I will send them
back with my comments by Saturday at the latest. Read over my comments and
rewrite the topic sentences. DO NOT just write over the old ones. Save the
rewritten versions with their own file name. Print the rewritten sentences out
and staple those to a printout of the original topic sentences with my
comments. On the rewrite, highlight anything you changed from the original
pp. 153-156 in your book and complete p. 157.
the MWL Writing Skills Path Builder and the Sentence Structure topic in the
Sentence Skills module (see MWL handout for detailed assignment instructions).
pp. 43-47 in your book about Illustration Paragraph writing. Watch the video
(link below) on the same topic. Write down three numbered sentences
explaining what you learned (or reviewed) about drafting this type of
paragraph. Also, look for two differences in terminology or drafting advice
between the video and the book Writing Guide and write a sentence explaining
Paragraph Topic Sentences Assignment
--You are now shifting into the writing (or drafting) step of
the larger writing process. For this Illustration Paragraph assignment (p. 33),
you will be writing three separate illustration paragraphs on three separate
topics. You'll use the ideas you've generated through your freewriting and
clustering (prewriting step). The first decision to make is to decide what your
main idea will be. Remember it has two parts: a narrow topic and a point about
the topic. The first decision will be how narrow to make your topic. The
narrower, the better since you are only writing paragraphs. However, don't make
it so narrow that it's a fact that can't be argued.
For each of your three topics, type up a topic sentence (can
be on the same page) and email them to me preferably
by the end of class—definitely no later than noon Wednesday. I will review
these and send my comments back to you via email.
Please note: For most of these topic sentences, you only have
to come up with the narrow topic. The journal assignment provided the point.
EX. 1) ________________ stresses me out. I've already
assigned the "point" of "stresses me out." Remember to make this one specific thing in
your life that is stressful to YOU.
EX. 2) My _________________ heritage plays a major role in my
EX. 3) ______________________ is a positive influence in my
life. In this case, you could narrow the point by making the paragraph about
someone who has a positive influence on one area of your life. EX. My
sister has had a positive influence on my educational life.
EX. 4) _____________________ was a proud moment in my life. OR
______________________ is an achievement I'm proud of. OR _____________________
is a talent I’m proud of.
EX. 5) If I were mayor of _______________________, I would
make several improvements. It would be more effective to narrow this down to
improvements in one aspect of city life. EX. If I were mayor of
____________________, I would improve the public transportation system.
receive my feedback on these via email, read over my comments and rewrite the
topic sentences. DO NOT just write over the old ones. Save the rewritten
versions with their own file name. Print the rewritten sentences out and staple
those to a printout of the original topic sentences with my comments. On the
rewrite, highlight anything you changed from the original version.
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. 36 and review the sample on
p. 37. 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
the following video and write down three differences between the video
explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 14 in your book. To explain a
difference, you must include BOTH sides of the contrast. You can't just say
"On page 14, it says XXXXX about prewriting." That doesn't explain
the difference. Instead, you need to say "On page 14, it says XXXXX about
prewriting, whereas in the video, it states XXXXXX."
the illustration paragraph sample on p. 11 in your book and complete the
questions about it on p.12. This is an assessment. Just do your best. Do not
leave any blanks.
pages 13-19 and 28-30 in your book. Complete a “5 Things Learned” assignment
(see p. 9 for detailed directions).
--Buy your book (listed on the
syllabus and only available at the Triton Bookstore / price $17),
purchase the materials required for class (see the syllabus and
handout/book page 8), and get a current Triton ID (no cost at the Welcome Desk
in the B building--bring two forms of ID and your course schedule).
your syllabus and complete the syllabus worksheet in your handout (p. 5), NOT
in the book.
the Campus Resources Assignment (handout p. 7).
the Student Information sheet (handout pages 3 and 4).
the YouTube video on prewriting by clicking this link:
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.
Journal One (p. 34), which consists of three sides of freewriting TOTAL—one
side for each topic you use from p. 34. Remember to look at the sample on p.
35. 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.