RHT 095-007 Homework Assignments

Monday 7-9:45pm Room E145

RHT 095-007-Homework due 3/12 and 3/26

Due 3/12


--Study for the midterm you'll be taking in class next week (3/12). A review sheet to help you focus your studying is included in this handout. I also passed out an answer sheet for the review activity we did in class, which might also help you.


--You will be completing an argument practice essay in class that counts toward your grade, so to prepare, I suggest you read over pp. 149-150 and 155-163.

--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 included on this handout.

SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS 3/19-3/25 -  Have fun!

Due 3/26


 --Complete a typed key-sentence outline 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 or the cloud).


I recommend you look at the Writing Guide on pp. 95-97 and the sample draft on p. 90 as a guide while you compose this rough draft. 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.


PLEASE NOTE: The MWL W2.5 topic on Consistent Verb Tense, which was originally scheduled to be due on 3/26 will not be due until 4/2. As always, though, feel free to work ahead on MyWritingLab homework if you choose to.


 RHT 095   

 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


Homework due 3/5/18

--The TWO final draft packets for your illustration paragraphs are due. 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. Ignore column three since you only have two packets due. You do NOT have to complete any rewriting plans or rewriting notes on the drafts, so just mark out those boxes. However, if you did not turn your drafts in in time to receive my comments, you are expected to complete a rewriting plan ((p. 71 or 73) for any rough draft that does NOT have my comments. 


You are supposed to check off whatever you do have in your packet. Use this checklist to make sure each packet is put together correctly. Be sure ON THE FINAL DRAFT to highlight anything that changed from the rough draft to the final draft. If you removed something that was in the rough draft, put a capital R in that spot where it was on the final draft. Also, look at the checklist to remind yourself of the expectations for formatting the draft and its length.


It’s also a good idea to read over the grading sheet (rubric) on pp. 78 and 79 as you are rewriting. This is another way to check over your draft to be sure it meets the assignment requirements.


You CANNOT turn in drafts that are not typed for credit. You also cannot turn in a packet that does not include a rough draft that has been rewritten into a final draft. You will not receive a grade for such a packet. Instead, I will return it to you the following class with a 20% grade reduction, and you’ll still need to rewrite and turn it in by the next class to receive any credit for the packet.


Next week, you need to come to class with the packets ready to turn in. Turn in whatever packets are ready. You can still turn packets in for a grade by Friday, 3/9 with a 10% grade deduction for late submission. You would put these in my mailbox in E102 or slide them under my office E102H) door. After Friday, no credit will be issued for illustration paragraph packets.


 --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


--Read pp. 191-194 in your book about identifying and fixing fragments. Complete the activity on p. 195.



Homework for 2/26/18

--Complete the run-on exercise on p. 189 in your book. It may help to reference pp. 183-187, especially p. 187.

--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


--Complete the transition activity on p. 35.


--Read the sample paragraphs on pp. 67/68. Label the parts of the three paragraphs on these pages that we did not go over together in class. Use that sample to help you figure out how to label these. You could also color code these as long as you include a key to clarify what color is being used to mark what part.


--Feel free to begin rewriting your paragraphs, but these will not be turned in next week. The two final draft packets will be turned in on 3/5, two weeks from now. We will continue to discuss rewriting next week.



Homework for 2/19/18

--Compose the rough draft for your stress illustration paragraph and the rough draft for your other illustration topic. These two drafts that will receive my comments should be emailed to me no later than 10pm Thursday. They should be sent as attached Word documents AND copied into the message of your email. I will comment on these via email, and then you’ll review those next week in class and ask me any questions.


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 if you need to. 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.



--Read pp. 177-180 and complete the exercise on p. 181.


--Complete two MWL topics:

1) Parts of Speech, Phrases, Clauses topic (W1.1) within the Basic Grammar module in the Writing Skills Learning Path. Remember to access this from the main menu, you click Writing Skills / Learning Path / Basic Grammar (first box to the left). This topic is already highlighted. So all you have to do is click in the box on the right to access the specific activities I am requiring for this assignment.

2) Sentence Structure topic (W2.1), which is in the second box from the left, labeled “Sentence Skills.” To receive full credit (15 points each) for a topic you must complete the following:

•    Read the Overview or view the Animation
•    Complete the Recall 1 activity
•    Complete the Apply activity for practice and check your answers – These are usually  

      tough, so just do your best. You’ll still learn from trying it.
•    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 Monday, 2/12/18

----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 class) 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 need to type the two four-sentence outlines in one document (8 sentences total) and EMAIL them to me by Thursday, so I can comment on them by next week.

--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 to the best of your ability 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 2/5/18


--Complete the clusterings for your TWO narrowed journal topics (from p. 37) by following the directions on p. 39 and example on p. 40. If I have passed out an additional handout to your section with revised directions, be sure to follow those. Remember that you are REQUIRED to complete a clustering for Journal Topic #1, and then you will complete a second one for the other journal topic you chose to continue with after reviewing your freewrites in class.


For the clustering, it’s fine to duplicate ideas from your freewrite, but don’t look at the freewrite while you do the clustering. If you do, you’ll just be copying rather than prewriting. Remember that the clustering must contain at least 25 circles (my assignment requirement). It shouldn't be the exact same clustering anyone writing about the same topic would come up with. Rather than vague words, it needs to get to the point where you have specific examples and details particular to YOU in the outer layer of the clustering. Number the circles on the sheet and include the total number for me to easily see.


 --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).  


--Read over pp. 43-45 in your book about topic sentences. Then complete the exercises on pp. 46/47. If you have not read over the lesson pages (43-45), you may have trouble with the exercises, so be sure to read those pages. If you have any questions, write them down or email them to me right away. You can also try the self-test on p. 48 before you do the exercises. This is good practice because the answers for this exercise are provided in the back of the book. If you are confused, this self-test may clarify how to do the exercises on 46/47.


Due 1/29/18

Complete the Student Information Sheet (pp. 7/8 in green handout packet).

Complete the “Getting to Know Your Syllabus” sheet (p. 9 in green handout packet). Be sure to read over the syllabus as part of this assignment.

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

You can buy your book (RHT 095 Writing and Reference – 2016 ed.) at the Triton Bookstore. 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.