FALL 2014

RHT 095-004 - Meets M 7-9:45pm Room E143

 

No Bedford exercises are due this Friday. The next set (run-ons) is due on 10/31. As usual , you need to complete three exercises at 70% or higher on the first try. Be sure to email the reports to yourself as backup and fill out the chart in the handout.

 

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CLASS IS CANCELLED NEXT WEEK (10/27).

 

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Due Monday, 11/3/14

 

--Read pp. 153 to 169 about sentences and run-ons and fragments. Complete the three exercises within those pages (p. 157, p. 163, p. 169).

 --Watch the following two videos on sentence structure topics. Write four sentences explaining (NOT just naming) what you learned or reviewed about sentence structure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbjSN05v0hM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIDyXReoV2g

Watch the following two videos on run-ons and fragments. Write six sentences explaining (NOT just naming) what you learned or reviewed about these two types of incorrect sentences:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BesMcdV1KqY&list=TLRa_14CnS5Kzukg64I39BYAW_1M0ibTNp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlNmxljAmZ8   (note that this one is 16 minutes long)

 

--Read p. 87 - 92. Complete the activities on p. 89, 91 and 92.

 

 

Due Monday, 10/20/14

 

--Study for your midterm exam. It will be a two-part test. First, you will have 50 minutes to complete a key sentence outline and paragraph in class to be turned in. You will write a descriptive paragraph based on the clustering assignment below. REMEMBER, you ARE NOT to write anything for this beforehand except the clustering.

The second part of the midterm will be a test based on classwork, handout and the book. I passed out a review sheet on 10/13. If you were not in class to receive one, email me to send you a copy of it.

--Read pp. 77 and 82-84 about descriptive writing. There are blanks you should fill in based on p. 77 and what you already know about writing a paragraph.

--Watch the following video on descriptive writing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZXn0TbJrlw  

Write down three things you learned or reviewed.

--Complete the clustering assignment. I am copying the directions below for anyone who was not in class on Monday.

 --If you did not turn in any of your final draft packets on 10/13, they must be turned in at the begining of class on 10/20 or the grade will be a zero.

 

Prewriting CLUSTERING – Description (10 points)  

Directions: The Description Clustering assignment consists of ONE FULL clustering for a paragraph describing a house. This does not have to be a house that actually exists, so using your imagination is fine, even encouraged. Please note that you will ONLY be describing the outside of the front of the house.  

You have the choice of five different dominant impressions of the house. You need to choose ONE from the list below:  

  • creepy  
  • neglected  
  • perfectly-maintained  
  • cheerful  
  • ostentatious (means over-the-top / showing off wealth)  

The dominant impression in descriptive writing is the main point about the topic (the house). All the details of your description should contribute to creating the dominant impression.  

For this assignment, the clustering must have at least three supporting point circles but no more than five. I am recommending using ONE of these groups of three as the first layer of circles:  

  • front yard / main entrance / building structure  
  • sights / sounds / smells  
  • colors / lighting / foliage (plants and trees)  

You can add one or two more supporting point circles, but five is the limit. The whole clustering must have at least 40 circles total. Once you’re done, number each circle and put the total on the page.  

For the clustering, do NOT use the dominant impression word in your clustering except in the center circle. The sensory and figurative detail you use (see pp. 77 / 82-84) should make obvious which dominant impression you chose.  

Each of these supporting point circles should have circles with details connected to it. In general, the farther from the center a circle is, the more detailed the information is in that circle. Each detail, even adjectives, can count as separate circles. See the sample on the reverse side of this sheet. Note that the dominant impression word is BIZARRE, which is NOT one of your options.  

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CLUSTERING WITH YOU ON WEDNESDAY. WE ARE MEETING IN E-146.  


Due Monday, 10/13/14

 

--Complete the activity on p. 55.

--Using my comments on your drafts (two of them if they were submitted on time) as well as your comments on draft #3 and your rewriting plan for that one (p. 61), rewrite your rough drafts. This means you'll be revising to improve unity, support and coherence (refer to p. 15) and editing (pp. 16-19) to improve sentence skills. Print out the rewritten draft for each. This is what we'll call the final draft. You are expected to HIGHLIGHT the changes on each 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.  


The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs will be due by the end of class on 10/13. 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 can put the packets together in advance or just bring all the pieces and do that in class on Monday. Once you assemble the packets, you are expected to check off on p. 68 what is actually in each one. Because we haven't reviewed this yet, you might want to wait until class for this. Some items on the list will not be required in your packets.  In addition to the packets or packet materials, remember to BRING AN EXTRA PRINTOUT OF EACH FINAL DRAFT, not stapled into the packets.

Finally, if you do not turn in a packet on Monday, this is the one kind of assignment that will be accepted late for a grade. However, it must be turned in by the following week and the grade will be lowered by 10%, or one letter grade. If you have one or two packets ready before you leave Monday but not all three, turn in what you have ready on time to receive full credit for that.

Please note that you will NOT have time to rewrite the drafts in class, only to assemble the packets. So if you don't have a final draft for a packet when you come into class Monday, you'll have to wait and turn that packet in late.

 

Due Monday, 10/6/14

 

 --Email one of your other illustration drafts (p. 34 topics) by Wednesday. I will be out of town over the weekend, so if you send it late, I won’t be able to send you emailed comments before class next week.

--Instead of emailing the third illustration rough draft to me, bring a hard copy to class. In class, you will work on a rewriting plan for that yourself using a worksheet in the book.

--Read pp. 53 and 54 and label the parts of the paragraph as we did on p. 11. If you can’t label a part, don’t. These are actual rough drafts and so they may not have all the parts the example had.

--Watch the following video on confusing words:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKKh-krmAj0

 

Choose three sets of the confusing words from the video that you most often make errors on or are unsure of. For each set, write your own original sentence that contains both words and clarifies the meaning of each confusing word. Also, explain one memory suggestion from the video that you think will help you most to avoid one of these errors in the future.

INCORRECT EX. Some people mix up the words "where" and "were." This sentence does not show that you understand the difference between the two.

CORRECT EX. Where did I put the books that were on the table ten minutes ago? This shows that you know "where" is for location and "were" is the past tense of "are."

 

 --Complete the online exercises topic, Commonly Confused Words.

 

 

 

Due 9/29/14

--Email your key sentence outlines to me by midnight Wednesday.

--Read p. 11 and complete the questions about it on p. 12. If you don’t know an answer, that’s okay, but indicate that. Don’t leave anything blank.

--Review the 4 Bases of Effective Writing on pp. 28/29 and complete the handout distributed in class on 9/22.

--Complete the rough draft (12-14 sentences - 12 point font - double-spaced) for your stress paragraph. Use the rewritten (based on my comments) key sentences from your outline in the draft of the paragraph. Then you have to add a few sentences of detailed example(s) after each supporting point to illustrate it. At the end, add a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence in slightly different words. Email this draft to me by class time Monday.

 

Due 9/22/14

 

--Create a 25-circle clustering (instructions on p. 36) for each of your other two p. 34 topics. Be sure to read the directions about narrowing down the topic.

--Reread p. 39 about topic sentences and complete the activity on p. 42.

--Type up a topic sentence (JUST ONE SENTENCE FOR EACH - NOT THE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH) for each of your three illustration paragraphs. Remember to use your clustering to construct the main idea which should consist of a narrow topic and a point about the topic. You can also refer back to your book (pp. 39-43) for reminders on good topic sentences. Email these to me by noon Friday, and print out a hard copy to bring to class.

 

--To prepare for the online grammar exercises that will be due by midnight Friday (9/26), watch the following videos, each less than five minutes.

Plural versus possessive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa3-ibgps-A
 
 
 

Due 9/15/14

 --Complete two more sides of freewriting for Journal One, using two of the four remaining topics on p. 34.
 
--Create a 25-circle clustering about ONE stressful thing in your life. See p. 36 for detailed assignment instructions.
 
--Read over pp. 39-45. You do not need to take notes or complete any exercises.
 
--Watch the following video and write down three differences between the video explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 14 in your book. These should be written as complete sentences.
 
 
 
 
NO CLASS NEXT MONDAY - LABOR DAY
 

Due 9/8/14

--Buy your book (listed on the syllabus and only available at the Triton Bookstore / price $11.50 + tax), purchase the materials  required for class (see the syllabus and handout/book page 7), and get a current Triton ID (no cost at the Welcome Desk in the B building--bring a photo ID and your course schedule).

--Read your syllabus and complete handout/book pages 5 and 6.

--Complete the Student Information sheet, handout/book 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 -- and click on the first entry in the search results. 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. Also write down one question you might have or you can imagine someone having about this topic.

--Complete one side of freewriting about something in your life that is stressful. Remember to follow the directions on the handout or on p. 34 of your book. THere is a freewriting sample on p. 35.

   

 

Go through the drafts Be sure to bring hard copies of your three drafts with comments (two will have my comments if they were submitted on time, and one will have your comments based on p. 61). Also, be sure to have your flash drive with you that has these drafts on it. Be prepared to ask me about any of my comments that you do not understand.

 
-If you did not resubmit your grammar assessment handout with your scores for different topics totaled, please bring that to turn in.

 
We'll meet in E-146.

 

Due Friday, 10/10/14

 

--No homework is due. However, before Friday, you should look at the checklists on p. 68 in your book, and check that you have all the materials you'll need for the final draft packets. If you have any questions about the packets, Friday will be the day to ask.

 

Due Monday, 10/13/14

 

--The three final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due. 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. In addition to the packets, remember to BRING AN EXTRA PRINTOUT OF EACH FINAL DRAFT, not stapled into the packets.

Finally, if you do not have a packet Monday, this is the one kind of assignment that will be accepted late for a grade. However, it must be turned in by Wednesday and the grade will be lowered by 10%, or one letter grade. If you have one or two packets ready for Monday but not all three, turn in what you have ready on time to receive full credit for that.

 

Due Monday, 10/6/14

 

 --Email one of your other illustration drafts (p. 34 topics) by Wednesday. I will be out of town over the weekend, so if you send it late, I won’t be able to send you emailed comments before class next week.

--Instead of emailing the third illustration rough draft to me, bring a hard copy to class. In class, you will work on a rewriting plan for that yourself using a worksheet in the book.

--Read pp. 53 and 54 and label the parts of the paragraph as we did on p. 11. If you can’t label a part, don’t. These are actual rough drafts and so they may not have all the parts the example had.

--Watch the following video on confusing words:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKKh-krmAj0

 

Choose three sets of the confusing words from the video that you most often make errors on or are unsure of. For each set, write your own original sentence that contains both words and clarifies the meaning of each confusing word. Also, explain one memory suggestion from the video that you think will help you most to avoid one of these errors in the future.

INCORRECT EX. Some people mix up the words "where" and "were." This sentence does not show that you understand the difference between the two.

CORRECT EX. Where did I put the books that were on the table ten minutes ago? This shows that you know "where" is for location and "were" is the past tense of "are."

 

 --Complete the online exercises topic, Commonly Confused Words.

 

 

 

Due 9/29/14

--Email your key sentence outlines to me by midnight Wednesday.

--Read p. 11 and complete the questions about it on p. 12. If you don’t know an answer, that’s okay, but indicate that. Don’t leave anything blank.

--Review the 4 Bases of Effective Writing on pp. 28/29 and complete the handout distributed in class on 9/22.

--Complete the rough draft (12-14 sentences - 12 point font - double-spaced) for your stress paragraph. Use the rewritten (based on my comments) key sentences from your outline in the draft of the paragraph. Then you have to add a few sentences of detailed example(s) after each supporting point to illustrate it. At the end, add a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence in slightly different words. Email this draft to me by class time Monday.

 

Due 9/22/14

 

--Create a 25-circle clustering (instructions on p. 36) for each of your other two p. 34 topics. Be sure to read the directions about narrowing down the topic.

--Reread p. 39 about topic sentences and complete the activity on p. 42.

--Type up a topic sentence (JUST ONE SENTENCE FOR EACH - NOT THE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH) for each of your three illustration paragraphs. Remember to use your clustering to construct the main idea which should consist of a narrow topic and a point about the topic. You can also refer back to your book (pp. 39-43) for reminders on good topic sentences. Email these to me by noon Friday, and print out a hard copy to bring to class.

 

--To prepare for the online grammar exercises that will be due by midnight Friday (9/26), watch the following videos, each less than five minutes.

Plural versus possessive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa3-ibgps-A
 
 
 

Due 9/15/14

 --Complete two more sides of freewriting for Journal One, using two of the four remaining topics on p. 34.
 
--Create a 25-circle clustering about ONE stressful thing in your life. See p. 36 for detailed assignment instructions.
 
--Read over pp. 39-45. You do not need to take notes or complete any exercises.
 
--Watch the following video and write down three differences between the video explanation of the writing process and mine on p. 14 in your book. These should be written as complete sentences.
 
 
 
 
NO CLASS NEXT MONDAY - LABOR DAY
 

Due 9/8/14

--Buy your book (listed on the syllabus and only available at the Triton Bookstore / price $11.50 + tax), purchase the materials  required for class (see the syllabus and handout/book page 7), and get a current Triton ID (no cost at the Welcome Desk in the B building--bring a photo ID and your course schedule).

--Read your syllabus and complete handout/book pages 5 and 6.

--Complete the Student Information sheet, handout/book 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 -- and click on the first entry in the search results. 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. Also write down one question you might have or you can imagine someone having about this topic.

--Complete one side of freewriting about something in your life that is stressful. Remember to follow the directions on the handout or on p. 34 of your book. THere is a freewriting sample on p. 35.