Week 11 (December 19)
- Review of mind maps.
- More on thesis statements and topic sentences.
- Supporting sentences.
- Detail and example sentences.
Week 10 (December 12)
- Topic check and revision.
- Learning how to narrow your topic.
- Revise your topics so that they are more focused and narrow.
- Please use Google Docs to collaborate on fixing your topics.
- After you have revised your topics, make a mind map of your chosen topic with 3 levels.
- If you can, upload your mind map to Slack.
Week 9 (December 5)
- Review and discussion about using Google Docs.
- Editing of documents using Google Docs.
- Basic sentence practice.
- Paper topic discussion.
- Brainstorm a list of 3 possible final paper topics.
- Make simple mind maps for each topic with approximately 3 levels.
- Print out or bring your mind maps to the next class.
Week 8 (November 28)
- The class will be spent on learning how to use Google Docs for collaborative writing and editing.
- Opening a Google Doc.
- Writing with Google Docs.
- Using the comment function.
- Using the chat function.
- Use Google Docs to revise your paragraphs.
- Peer edit and provide feedback to your classmates using Google Docs.
Week 7 (November 21)
- Peer editing.
- Abstract and concrete language.
- Please bring your computers to class so we can work on using Google Docs.
Week 6 (November 14)
- Peer editing with a focus on supporting sentences.
- Understanding claims.
- Providing support and evidence for claims.
- Writing detail and example sentences.
- Write paragraph based on the feedback you received in class about your mind map.
- Print out 2 copies of your homework and bring them to class.
Week 5 (November 7)
- Homework peer edit check.
- Expansion work on supporting sentences.
- Planning a simple essay.
- Mind map or outline a paragraph using one on your YNU topic sentences.
- The paragraph should have 3 - 4 supporting sentences.
- Each supporting sentence should have 2 - 3 detail and example sentences.
- Print out two copies of your paragraph and bring it to class.
Week 4 (October 31)
- Homework check.
- Sentence practice 10 and 11.
- Review of paragraph structure.
- Write 10 topic sentences about YNU.
- For each sentence, write one supporting sentence.
Week 3 (October 24)
Week 2 (October 17)
- Homework check.
- Basic sentences and grammar practice.
- Free writing (everyday).
- Complete practice 8 and 9.
Week 1 (October 10)
- Course introduction.
- Free writing
By the end of this semester you will be able to write an expository essay of at least 3-4 pages that contains a clear thesis statement, coherent and cohesive introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs, as well as in-text citations and references. Additional essay level writing skills, such as outlining, writing drafts, revising, and editing will also be developed.