Wednesday, October 16, 2013


More on the essay and recap for today

Today in class, students took the Multiple Choice Grammar Exam 1, graded it and handed it into me to record. We then shifted to summarizing scenes from Virgin Soul. Bring the summaries into class on Monday to share. We will read the scenes aloud and then hear the summaries.

Don't worry if you didn't do well on the Exam. It hopefully will let you know where you need to focus your review. Go back to the chapters and review the exercises. In the Writing Center (L-234) you can get additional exercises. You can also get more practice at this link:
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Monday, October 21, we will be really busy. I am going to allow students some time to figure out what they want their question to be for their essays. I have made some suggestions, however, I am flexible on the prompt. If you have an idea in mind, let me know.

I will bring more prompts in for Monday, October 21, as well. If you have already started writing about a topic you find interesting, feel free to develop it further in an expanded version for this assignment. Each essay is 3-4 pages long. This does not include the works cited page. Each essay will use 3-4 citations, varying in type: block quote, free paraphrase and shorter citation.

Handouts today

I also gave students a package from the book, Writing with a Thesis. Read and do the exercises up to the Letters of Complaint. 

Grading for Essay 1

For this first essay students will be graded on how well written their thesis sentence is and how successful they are in supporting and proving their argument. Students will also be assessed on their use of the text. 

Writing Workshop continues

Thursdays, 12:30-2 p.m. in A-205, I am here. Come by. I will be back for Nov. 7.

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