FALL 2014

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


Remember that the commonly confused words online exercises are
due by midnight Friday. Be sure to email reports to yourself as backup and fill
in the handout chart to keep track of your progress.


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:




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.

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.