Monday, October 14, 2013

I edited the third prompt, to make it--I hope, clearer. I also put a link there for the block or long citation. Here is a link to the reading and writing assignments for Virgin Soul:

Two Events this weekend:
This Sunday, October 20, 3 p.m., at the Church for the Fellowship of All People in San Francisco, Dr. Angela Y. Davis and Dr. Fania Davis, two revolutionary sisters (smile) will be honored. The event is free. I plan to attend. Let me know if you'd like to go over together. Here is a link:

I also plan to attend the event on the Black Panther Oakland Community School Reunion Alumni 2013 at Mills College, Mills College Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, Saturday, October 21, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. (The talk which is the part you'd be interested in, is in the Mills Concert Hall from 2-5). I passed out fliers for the Mills College event two weeks ago. I have more fliers. It is also free.

You don't have to write about the events, but you might want to use something from each of them to inform your essay.

Today in class I gave students an Initial Planning Sheet. I noticed that a few students just made lists rather than took a position, wrote a thesis or argument and then wrote the essay.Your essay has to have a position you are arguing. Often in the planning stage of the writing, if you pose a research question, the answer to the question could be the thesis.

You start broad when writing about a topic, then narrow so that it leads the writing to the thesis or argument. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, I will give students a package from a book called Writing with a Thesis. We will run through the exercises in class next week. It will help you differentiate between what is a good or effective thesis and what is not. We can juxtapose what we learn here with what is on the Leo handout on thesis sentences handed out two weeks ago.

This coming Wednesday we will also take the Multiple Choice Grammar Exam 1. Students who are not here will have to make arrangement with me later. We will correct it in class. It will be graded. The possible correct is 50. You will look at Pidd up to and including Pronoun Case, Essay Exam 1.

Review it before class.

Most students are almost finished with Pidd. Two students are done. Friday, October 18 or Monday, October 21, I would like the remainder of the essays completed.

Your essay on Virgin Soul is due Monday, October 28. I'd like students to expand one of the shorter essays developed in Cyber Assignments. There will be three more short essays between now and Wednesday, October 23.

The planning is due Monday, October 21. Students are supposed to have reading logs for Virgin Soul. If you recall, I gave you a handout on how to write a reading log. It is also in the Reading to Write handout chapter 1.

If you have not been keeping logs, go back and write them. When we do not meet in class, this does not mean you have a free day or a day off. I am really surprised that so many students have not gotten their work done. The evidence that you understand Pidd is reflected in how well you are able to incorporate the lessons into your own writing.

If you have finished the book and cannot recognize the errors you have corrected in Pidd in your own writing then, you will have many correction essays using your own writing as material for the templates to complete. We are not doing the Hootenanny essay. Subject-Verb Agreement is the last essay.

Lastly, we started to write a 3-paragraph essay in class about "Identity." We raised a question, answered it and then started to write the introduction. I used the Initial Planning Sheet to start the essay.

The IPS asks the questions:
What is your topic;
Who is your audience;
What is your purpose, that is, to explain or inform, to argue a point, to narrate or to describe;
What question do you want the essay to answer; what will be your primary writing strategy; argumentation, cause and effect, problem solution, classification. . . .

Thursday I am in A-205 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Come by.

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