Mon 7pm E209/E146
Regular class sessions have ended as of 12/14.
Just be sure to come to our classroom at your conference time next Monday to find out your grade and what to register for in the Spring 2013 semester. You'll get your portfolios back at that time. If you don't come to the conference, I will not give you your grade through email or voicemail. You'll just wait until it is posted to your Triton account. Also, if you don't attend, you can pick up your portfolio during the first few weeks of the next semester. After that, I'll be recycling! And it would be greatly appreciated if you call to let me know you are not attending if you know that in advance.
It was great having you all in class. Good luck next semester!
--You will be writing your in-class essay (part one of your final).
--Bring a blue book (purchase at Triton Bookstore or Fifth Avenue Books - less than $1).
--Study for the objective exam (part two of the final). You have a review sheet to help you. Pages to review are in parentheses on the sheet.
--Read over the security camera essay (pp. 117/118) and pp. 121-123 about writing a timed argument essay.
--Complete your protfolio assignment (p. 157). You DO NOT NEED to write the argument essay. You will have four of the six required pieces in your possession. I'll return the other two to you next week for you to put in your portfolio to complete it. Be sure to use a POCKET folder and don't forget to write the portfolio essay explained on the bottom half of p. 157.
OPTIONAL - Practice writing argument thesis statements using some of the topics from the handouts. Give yourself ten minutes to prewrite and construct a complete thesis.
You can also time yourself for 40 minutes and write an essay for practice. You can email it to me for feedback if you like.
--Complete the Rewriting Plan for your illustration essay rough draft on pp. 109/110. Remember that you have to write up both why you don't need to revise and why and what you do need to revise for unity, support and coherence. In the Sentence Clarity section, focus on a couple of recurring editing errors you need to address.
--The final draft packet for your illustration paragraph-to-essay rewrite will be due. Use the checklist to be sure everything is in your packet. Bring an extra reading copy.
--Read pp. 115-136. Using the scoring guidelines on p. 115 for a grade of 4, 3 or 2 only, grade the three essays on pp. 117-120. Do not make corrections on the essays. Just read them quickly and decide on a grade of 2, 3 or 4. Write your grade on the essay along with a couple of sentences explaining the reason for your grade.
--Write five numbered sentences EXPLAINING the most important things you learned (or reviewed) about argument writing
--Answer the questions on p. 128.
--Complete the paragraph to essay journal assignment. Choose one of the illustration paragraphs you wrote--stressful, positive influence, mayor or heritage--to rewrite as an illustration essay. For each of your three supporting points from the paragraph, do one side of freewriting. That's three sides of freewriting total. Remember the journal "rules." Do NOT worry about correctness in terms of spelling, grammar or organization. You DO need, however, to make sure you fill each side, from top to bottom line and to the right edge. Try not to cross out or erase. It's okay to go off topic for a bit, but try and come back if possible. The point of these freewrites is to generate ideas to use as support in the essay. It would help to think in terms of short stories that could provide evidence to illustrate your point. But this is NOT a rough draft, so don't think too hard or self-censor; just keep the pen moving
--If you weren't in class or didn't finish it in class, type up the key sentence outline for your illustration essay. See p. 107 for a sample. You do not need to email this; just bring the hard copy to class.
--Complete the activity at the bottom of p. 107 and top of p. 108. You can ignore the bottom half of 108 because you already did that by writing your outline.
--Complete the activity on pp. 93/94.
Have a lovely holiday!
--Descriptive paragraph final draft packet is due. Be sure to bring an extra reading copy of the final draft, not stapled into the packet.
--Complete the run-on/fragment exercises on the handout distributed in class on 11/12.
--Read pp. 89/90 and 96-105 in your book. Write five numbered sentences explaining what you learned about writing an essay. Do NOT use pp. 101-105 for this, but read over the samples in these pages.
--Label the parts of the key sentences on p. 101.
--Compose the rough draft of your descriptive paragraph and email it to me as an attached Word document by Friday midnight.
--Print out a copy and complete the rewriting plan on p. 83 for your rough draft.
--Complete p. 67.
-- Complete pp. 77-78.
If you need to email your outline to me, do so by Tuesday afternoon.
MONDAY, 10/29 CLASS IS CANCELED. Triton is open; just our class is canceled.
I apologize for any inconvenience. Note that the homework that would have been due 10/29 is now due 11/5. Two new assignments have been added. They are marked with **.
--Complete the Descriptive Journal assignment on p. 73. Remember NOT to worry about correctness of any kind. Just get your ideas down as fast as possible without judging them. Read the directions at the top of the page to remind yourself of the requirements of this assignment.
--Read over your freewrites and choose ONE of them to cluster. Be sure to choose a narrow topic. If you did the makeover topic and your freewrite jumped among five possible things or people to make over, narrow it down to ONE for the clustering. It must have 45 circles total with three to five circles coming out of the center circle. Remember each descriptive detail can be its own circle. Look back at the sample clustering about the messy family.
--Read pp. 69-79 in your book. Fill in the blanks on pp. 74-75.**
--Complete the exercise on p. 72. **
--Using the draft on p. 79, complete the labeling as indicated on p. 83. Do not fill in the revisions sections on p. 83.
--Read pp. 150-154 and complete the exercise on p. 155. Note that ten of these are fragments that need to be fixed.
PLEASE NOTE: If you did NOT turn in your final draft packets on 10/22, the last time to turn them in is 11/5. I will not go over how to put them together again in class. We spent time on that already. If you are turning them in next time and have questions, call or email or set up an appointment with me. The grade for each will be lowered by 10% or one letter grade for being past due. If you do not have these ready to turn in at the beginning of class on 11/5, the grade for each will be a zero.
--Put together the three final draft packets for your three illustration paragraph assignments. Be sure to look at the checklist distributed in class on 10/15* as a reminder of what belongs in each stapled packet. The pieces should be arranged in order, with the freewrite at the bottom and the grading sheet on the top. Don't forget to highlight the changes from rough draft to final draft. On the final draft, highlight all of your editing corrections and any things you ADDED, REARRANGED or REWORDED as you revised to improve unity, support and coherence.
You need to bring these with you ready to turn in at the beginning of class, with the checklist completed to reflect what's really in the packets. Also, be sure to bring the extra final draft printout for each, separate from its packet.
--Redo the run-on activity on p.149, being sure to come up with two DIFFERENT ways to fix each one (other than a period and capital letter). Looking at pp. 146-148 should help you with this.
* Below is a version of the checklist referred to above. Don't worry if the boxes are not lined up. Just use this information to be sure you include all the pieces in your packets.
FINAL DRAFT PACKET CHECKLIST
Your final draft packet should include all of the following stapled together in this order starting with the freewrite on the bottom (other than the extra reading copy of the final draft). Please check off all elements included in your packetS. Points will be deducted for each missing element from each packet.
PARAGRAPH TOPIC _____________ ____________ ____________
Freewrite on journal topic * * *
Clustering on narrowed journal topic * * *
Typed key sentences outline * * *
Rough draft * * *
Rewriting plan * * *
Final draft * * *
- changes from rough draft highlighted * * *
- at least 11 sentences * * *
- double spaced, 12 point font * * *
1 inch margins
Grade sheet (pp. 59, 61, 63) * * *
Extra reading copy separate from packet * * *
PLEASE NOTE: No packet will be accepted without a rough draft AND a rewritten final draft.
Five points will be deducted from the grade for lateness.
--By Wednesday night, you should have emailed rough drafts of two of the illustration paragraphs to me. I will comment on these and send them back via email by the end of the week. You should print these out with my comments and be prepared to ask me any questions about them next week. If you don't see comments in the margin, you probably aren't viewing it correctly. It may require downloading so that you can view the attachment in Word. In Word, you may need to click "View" and "Print Layout" to make the comments appear. Bring all of your drafts and prewriting with you next time.
--You need to print the draft of the third paragraph and complete the Rewriting Plan handout for that one.
--Read pp. 145-148 about run-ons and complete the exercise on p. 149.
--Email me (at email@example.com) the rough draft of your stress illustration paragraph by midnight Tuesday. I’ll email it back with comments within a few days. Use those comments to help you write the rough draft of another illustration paragraph, using one of the other topics from p. 32 that you completed prewriting for. Compose this draft and email it to me by class time next week.
--Print out copies of both drafts and label the parts of the key sentences as we did with the paragraphs on pp. 55/56. Bring these hard copies to class next week.
--Complete the activity on p. 47 in your book.
--Read pp. 141 and 142 and complete the activity on p. 143 in your book.
--Complete the book activities on p. 45 and on pp. 53-56.
--Type up the key sentence outline for each of your illustration paragraphs. Save it to your flash drive and then print out a hard copy, label it (as on p. 41) and bring it to class.
--Complete a 25-circle clustering for each illustration paragraph topic. There should be no more than 3-5 spokes coming out of the main idea for each one. Be sure to number every circle when you're done.
--Read pp. 29-41. Complete a "5 Things Leanred" assignment based on the material covered on pp. 29 and 35-37. Remember, this should EXPLAIN five things you leanred about writing an illustration paragraph.
--Complete the exercise on p. 30.
Due Monday, 9/17
--Complete the Journal Assignment on p. 32 in your book.
--Complete the Diagnostic Test handout. Be sure to do this on your own to the best of your ability. Getting help won't affect the grade you recieve. It will only make it harder for me to assess what areas indiviual students and the class as a whole need to focus on.
--Read pp. 17-28 in your book and write five numbered (complete) sentences EXPLAINING five important things you leanred or reviewed. It helps to start the sentences with "I learned that..." to avoid just naming concepts rather than explaining them in your own words.